The 11 Best Cartoon Network Shows of the 1990s

The classic Cartoon Network (1992-2004) produced some iconic TV shows which inspired the whole 90s generation of kids.

Dedicated to the 90s Kids.

1. Dexter's Laboratory (1996–2003)


Dexter's Laboratory has been one of Cartoon Network's most successful and first original series, it worked for both the kids and adults. The series was animated in a stylized way and had simple lines which struck chord with the entire family.The show encouraged and inspired creativity, and also took a funny take on sibling rivalry through the eyes of Dexter who comes across as an anti-social genius kid. The show is quite a classic and we can easily say that Dexter the boy-genius is one of the greatest comic character of the 90s.

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2. SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron (1993-1994)

Chance Furlong and Jake Clawson, the Swat Kats are vigilante pilots with a state-of-the-art fighter jet with an array of weaponry who protect the Megakat City. Swat Kats had outstanding action put together along with moral sense, valour, fantasy, mystery and humour.Music played a major role in the success of the show. The show has a good number of loyal following in spite of a very short run on TV.

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3. Dragon Ball Z (1989-1996)

This iconic Japanese anime series (manga) follows the adventures of the Goku who, along with his companions, defends the Earth against an assortment of villains ranging from intergalactic space fighters and conquerors, unnaturally powerful androids and near indestructible magical creatures. The show talks quite a lot about relationships, friendship, loyalty and courage which makes an emotional connect with the viewers. We still have a cult fan following for Dragon Ball Z and it is one of the greatest TV shows of the 90s.

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4. Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999-2002)

This supernatural comedy show,about a cowardly anthropomorphic dog often thrown into bizarre misadventures is known for its surreal and dark humour. The look of the show was also quite weird and ethereal as the plot itself. Courage's dialogue decreased after the first season, as the makers thought that Courage "talked too much" and wanted his dialogue cut short. This show had an appeal across the ages due to its intelligent dark humour .

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5. Ed, Edd, 'n' Eddy (1999–2009)

Ed, Edd, 'n' Eddy revolves around the day-to-day life of three friends who have exactly the same name. The series had some cool colourful bizarre animation and was widely appreciated for its fresh approach. This show was Cartoon Network’s longest airing shows and the trademark being all the characters having different tongue colours .The Humour of the show had a wide appeal, and each and every character had a depth and personality attached to them which helped it to connect well with the people.

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And the fact is that this show was created by Danny Antonucci out of a dare given to him.

6. The Powerpuff Girls (1998–2005)

The three super-powered little girls constantly save the world from monsters and would-be conquerors. The animation in the show was refreshingly retro minimalist and saturated with pastels, and the action is non-stop which makes this show exciting, involving and funny.This show is also said to be rebooted sometime in 2016.

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7. The Addams Family (1992 -1993)

This animated series about the spooky adventures of the Addams family is known for its dark humour. The Addams Family consisted of Gomez and Morticia Addams and their two children, Pugsley and Wednesday. Also included are Uncle Fester, Grandmamma, the hairy Cousin Itt, the butler Lurch and Thing! The music and the flat animation worked for the show. At the end of every episode when the family debates over which dance to do, are the moments cherished by the viewers of this show.

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8. The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (1996 -1999)

The soundtrack (intro theme) of this TV show will still run through our mind when we hear this name.

The series was often compared to the 1964 original, but for those who were unfamiliar with the original 60s show this was an instant classic.The show was known for its breath-taking CGI and fast paced action back then. The plot revolves around a computer whiz kid Jonny Quest battling international criminals through a computer program 'Quest world' along with his friends.

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9. Johnny Bravo (1997–2004)

The show follows the misadventures of a dumb muscular beefcake man named Johnny Bravo, he is an epitome of coolness and the catchphrases of Johnny Bravo are still relatively common in popular culture.
Johnny Bravo is said to be based on Elvis Presley and even the city where Johnny Bravo lives is Aaron City, named after Elvis Presley's middle name, Aron. The show full on fun quotient, is still relevant which makes this a classic TV show.

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10. The Mask (1995–1997)

This TV series based on the 1994 film starring Jim Carrey, continues to attract viewers even now due to the craziness surrounding the title character ‘The Mask’. The series follows a magical mask which imbues the wearer with reality-bending powers and physical imperviousness, as well as bypassing the wearer's psychological inhibitions. This was the coolest show of the 1990s, high on the entertainment quotient which also helped it impress the adult audience.

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11. Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990-1996)

"Let our powers combine"

This show in a way creates ecological awareness amongst the kids. It also has a spiritual connect as the five planeteers each have rings denoting the Pancha Bhoota (Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, and Heart) which invoke Captain Planet who defends the world from pollution, criminals, and natural disasters.
The ring used by the planeteers still holds a special connect with the people who grew up in the 1990s, reason being as a kid they always wanted to have one of those rings. It was also rumoured in 2013 that Sony Pictures is making a film version of this show.

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