Flashback: 15 Cartoons From The ’90s That We Wish Would Make A Comeback

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:

Rugrats, 1991
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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, 1997
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, 1991

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.


Animaniacs, 1993

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.


Recess, 1997

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!


Also check out these amazing ’90s dance moves!

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  • Kervel

    My shows were definitely Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs, Sailor Moon, Recess, Hey Arnold, Doug, Powerpuff Girls, Tiny Toons, and Rugrats. My favorites, though, were Pinky and the Brain and Animaniacs.

  • Michaela White

    You missed tales spin, duck tale, darkwing duck, mighty ducks, waynehead, batman beyond,aladdin, chip and dale, the mask, looney toons, goof troops, spider man, thank you for remind what it was like grow up in the 90s again.

  • Syd

    I miss pepper ann!!!! I have been trying to find somewhere I can watch the episode where she tries to buy her first bra because it was HILARIOUS. But I can’t find it anywhere! It’s like the show never existed!!!! What is that?!

  • Krystal r

    What happened to ” as told by Ginger “

  • Savi

    I used to LOVE 90 shows! They were the best! All the shows now all either were copied; or have no meaning xD I’m really going to miss kenan and kel; that was my favorite of them all<3

  • password

    You forgot cat dog I love that show but some of them are on nick took rewind

  • password

    I remember most of these they give me good memorys

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  • FamilyForce5Fan

    dude, I loved all of those…except Sailor Moon, my parents were convinced that anime=porn, so that show was outlawed in my house

  • TrendyNerdLuvMB

    B.T.W I agree! These shows DO win over ALL the shows that are on today…Except SpongeBob…that one is kind of a long-lasting show too!

    -TrendyNerdLuvMB Out! 8^D

    • TrendyNerdLuvMB

      Oh Yeah! You also forgotten Oh Yeah!, My Life as A teenage Robot, Chalk Zone, Yakkity Yak!, and Invader Zim!

      -TrendyNerdLuvMB Out! 8^D

      • 90scartoons

        none of those shows were made in the 90s. check out this site for content on all 90s cartoons! http://90scartoons.tumblr.com/

        • Allison

          If you’re talking about the post, ALL of the shows were created in the ’90s. Just look at the dates next to the titles.

          • 90scartoons

            nope im responding to the comment above mine by @TrendyNerdLuvMB, i thought that was relatively obvious. look up all those shows they were all made in the 2000s

        • JaJay

          Actually they were made in the 90’s just saying

  • TrendyNerdLuvMB

    OK! You forgot Tom & Jerry, Hey Arnold, and… oh yeah! Scooby-Doo! (“Scooby-Dooby-Doooo!” L.o.L! Anyhow! I watched almost every single one!

    Oh yeah! And YOU FORGOT THE SHOW GINGER! That was my show!
    I never seen Daria, but reading the paragraph below… makes me wanna see it so bad!

    -TrendyNerdLuvMB Out! 8^D

    • TrendyNerdLuvMB

      Wait… nvm you had Hey Arnold

  • Katie

    The Powerpuff Girls is on Boomerang now…my little sister has gotten hooked. :)

  • Yaay!

    I was looking through old 90s cartoon lists and none of them mentioned Pepper Ann! I totally forgot about that show.

  • Deseray

    Sailor Moon was my favorite growing up as well as Cybersix, Goosebumps, Red and Stimpy and we can’t forget The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show. There was also Johnny Bravo, Pippi Longstocking, Angela Anaconda, Darkwing Duck, Transformers, Spiderman, Batman, Bonkers, and the list is endless.

  • memyselfandi

    omg! i got a little teared up while going through these cartoons it was like a walk in the past for a minute i remeber so much of these cartoons it made me relise how much i wanted to grow up and now as i see how everything is now the only thing i want to do is go back to everything that was good for me when i was little to bad the next gereration will never see quality shows like this anymore

  • Maria

    I have awesome memory and I completely remember watching all these shows like it was just yesterday and my fourth grade year was unreal. It reflected almost entirely on Hey Arnold and it makes me so sad when I think back to those times b/c if only I were able to hold onto them just a little longer.. Now as a junior in High School, I still watch shows like Rocket Power, Rugrats, and especially Hey Arnold on Netflix (thank god!) If only there were shows with morals and connections to kids in today’s generation; Not the sex-based cartoons that are “cool” or the newer Spongebob episodes that are irritating and idiotic (Seasons after 2007)

  • valdosm

    oh gush!!! i have 14 but i know all this shows i seriously LOVE THEM!! i remember me spending hours infront of the tv seein the rugrats, rocket power and all of this cartoon. recess is favorite one, i remember that they were in fourth grade, and i was in third grade when i saw this show and i belived that at fourth grade all my adventures were going to be the same as their adventures i would give everything for another episode of recess!!

  • Preety

    Er. I used to (okay, I STILL do) have a huge crush on Christophe and Kenny from South Park Haha, I think I used to have a crush on Dib from Invader Zim. Also Link from Legend of Zelda and Jack Spicer from Xiaoling Showdown and Butch from Powerpuff Girls and Edd from Ed, Edd and Eddy and Garu from Puca and the list goes on and on. Thankfully I never did anything tuspid about it and got over them er, I can’t say the same thing about anime characters, haha.