Every generation has its share of awesome cartoons, but the '90s cartoons are just a bit better than all the rest. The cartoons you watched as a kid not only hold up today, but in some cases they're even better as seen through your adult eyes. Don't believe me? Luckily, shows like Rugrats , Hey Arnold , and Doug are available online for you to revisit at your leisure. The Simpsons in the '90s was smart, culturally savvy, and unbelievably entertaining. At its height, no show — animated or not — could touch The Simpsons' greatness.
The s were truly halcyon days for the animation world. Pre-internet, Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons were filled with every type of cartoon imaginable, and primetime TV also got into the act with more adult animated options. Some of the first animated sitcoms started appearing on television in the s. Throughout the s and s, cartoon series continued to proliferate, offering child- and adult-aged viewers a variety of programming. Fox Kids launched in An anime boom of Japanese content also entered the U. The competition between the networks and broadcasters led to visually stunning, groundbreaking, and often censor-shaking animation that was often ahead of its time.
The best cartoons of the '90s are those top animated series that ran between the years of and and feature Nicktoons, Saturday morning cartoons, Disney animated TV shows , and network cartoon series for both kid and adult audiences. With so many great series airing in the early and late '90s, it's no surprise that these are also some of the best cartoons of all time. For the most part, these best '90s cartoons are geared towards children. Two of those three are still popular even today with new episodes airing weekly. All feature more mature jokes, topics children wouldn't really understand and a whole lot of inappropriateness all bundled tightly in animated form.
Without question, the s were full of some fantastic cartoons. The expansion of original programming on cable channels like Nickelodeon, the Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network and the subsequent competition among all kids-oriented programming blocs led to a new era of creativity, and animation that started evolving away from the previously ubiquitous Hanna-Barbera style. But what were some of the very best of the best?