Before Family Guy, Spongebob Squarepants and Phineas and Ferb, we had Rugrats, Daria, Doug and so many more. And let’s be honest: the cartoons from the ’90s totally win over the cartoons of today (in my biased opinion, anyway). I feel bad for the kids who never got to eat junky cereal while watching One Saturday Morning for hours and hours. So, here are some of the TV cartoons from the ’90s that I miss and wish would make a huge comeback. And, yeah, you can catch reruns of some of these shows – but don’t you wish you could watch a brand new episode?!
Check out these 15 cartoons from the ’90s and let us know which one was your favorite:
Angelica! Chuckie! Phil and Lil! And, of course, Tommy Pickles. My childhood doesn’t feel complete without mention of this show. It made me want to be a baby again just so I could get into all of these adventures. And it also made me wonder, to this day, what babies are really thinking about all the time.
Daria was pretty much the ’90s version of an emo chick… and she was also totally badass. Her sarcasm and dry humor made her completely loveable (which she probably would hate to hear). Daria, her BFF Jane and her sister Quinn ruled MTV way before Jersey Shore ever came into the picture.
Powerpuff Girls, 1998
Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup were proof that just because girls might look sweet and innocent doesn’t mean that they actually are sweet and innocent. Okay, yeah, they weren’t actually girls, but we loved these adorable, butt-kicking cartoons just the same.
Doug is one of those ultimate ’90s cartoons that makes you grin ear-to-ear just remembering it. Doug Funnie was one of the most lovable cartoon dudes ever. His love for Patti Mayonnaise and his bromance with Skeeter? So cute. I would give anything for new eps of this show.
This was probably my favorite cartoon variety show. Besides the fact that it had tons of pop culture references (which most likely went way over my head while I was watching it), these little guys were really, really adorable!
Hey Arnold, 1996
Just like Doug, Hey Arnold is another show that is universally missed. Who else could make a long shirt that looks like a skirt AND a football-shaped head look that good? And Helga should make all of us girls feel a little bit better about our Facebook stalking… remember her secret closet shrine to Arnold?!
Aaah!!! Real Monsters, 1994
I was never one for creepy TV shows growing up, but Ickis, Oblina and Krumm stole my heart. No matter how gross they might have been, these three made for one seriously entertaining cartoon.
Pepper Ann, 1997
I know I’m not the only one who now has the Pepper Ann theme song stuck in their head. This cartoon was pretty much created for girls, and what made it awesome was how strong-willed Pepper Ann was. With those glasses, she totally made nerds chic.
The Angry Beavers, 1997
I’m not sure why a show about two beavers was so great, but I do remember sitting in front of the TV and watching it for hours.
Rocket Power, 1999
I remember a dude once told me that if cartoons were real, he would totally date Reggie. Um, probably because she was the coolest skateboarding chick ever. Seriously though, I’m embarrassed to say how many times I tried out skateboarding after I watched episodes of this show.
Pinky & The Brain, 1995
Pinky: “Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?” The Brain: “The same thing we do every night, Pinky… try to take over the world.” I just feel like that’s all there is to say about this awesome show.
The Wild Thornberrys, 1998
Sometimes I think that my love of animals is from this show. If only I could be like Eliza and actually speak to them. This whole family was just so awesome – and Darwin? Coolest chimp ever.
I only wish my recess at school could have been as interesting as theirs was. Unfortunately, we didn’t have our own little society… or kids as cool as Vince, Spinelli, TJ, Mikey, Gretchen or Gus.
Tiny Toons Adventures, 1990
Okay, I admit it: I might have only started watching this show because the characters were so cute. I mean, a baby Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Elmer Fudd? Yes, please! Tiny Toon Adventures combined so many of my favorite Warner Bros characters into one adorable show.
Sailor Moon, 1991
I’ve never really been very into anime, but Sailor Moon was different. Who didn’t want to be Sailor Moon?! She was only one of the coolest girls ever, saving the world at 14, while still managing to have awesome hair.
Which of these is your favorite? Who did we miss? Tell us in the comments!