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Best 90s cartoons

  • #30. Animaniacs

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 19,062
    - Years: 1993–1998

    Tom Ruegger is responsible for creating some of the most indelible cartoons of all time, including “Pinky and the Brain,” “Tiny Toons,” and the bonkers sketch show “Animaniacs” which premiered in 1993 and ran for 99 episodes. The show was about three Warner kids—Yakko, Wakko, and Dot—who lived in the Warner Bros. water tower on the studio lot and caused mischief around various film and TV production. "Animaniacs" also introduced one-off cartoon segments that inspired spin-offs like “Pinky and the Brain.” The show, which was produced by Steven Spielberg, had great stunt casting with voices like Phil Hartman, Adam West, Buddy Hackett, and Bernadette Peters. A reboot of the show is headed to Hulu in 2020.

  • #29. Recess

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 19,605
    - Years: 1997–2001

    Look closely enough and it's possible to see the allegories in the animated show “Recess,” which deals with social structures in everyday life. The 1997 cartoon about fourth graders ran for six seasons, spawned multiple movies, and created a sense of nostalgia for anyone who battled bullies and stratified cliques on the schoolyard. Some of the stunt casting included astronaut Buzz Aldrin, “American Bandstand's” Dick Clark, and James Earl Jones.

  • #28. Pinky and the Brain

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 25,813
    - Years: 1995–1998

    One of the most famous cartoons of the 1990s, “Pinky and the Brain” was about genetically enhanced mice who try to take over the world. Running for four seasons and 66 episodes, the show was actually a spin-off from “Animaniacs,” where it ran as a recurring segment. Produced by Steven Spielberg and created by Tom Ruegger, “Pinky” was known for making fun of pop culture in the most absurdist ways. Famous guest stars include Pam Grier, Joyce Brothers, Eric Idle, and Roddy McDowall.

  • #27. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 27,515
    - Years: 1987–1996

    Named after Renaissance artists Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael, the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” started as a comic book in 1984 and morphed into multiple TV series, movies, and one of the biggest merchandising empires of all time. The original 1987 cartoon series ran for 10 seasons, 193 episodes, and followed the heroic exploits of mutated turtles who rose up from the subways of New York City to fight crime.

  • #26. Dexter's Laboratory

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 38,155
    - Years: 1996–2003

    Created by Genndy Tartakovsky—who also created “The Powerpuff Girls,” and “Samurai Jack"—“Dexter's Laboratory” was a cartoon about a boy genius with a secret lab who embarks on crazy adventures while fighting with his sister and avoiding his oblivious parents. Running for four seasons (with a brief hiatus) from 1996–2003, the show was one of the first cartoons to be produced by the new Cartoon Network and had some famous voice actors such as Mark Hamill, Fred Willard, and Martin Mull.

  • #25. Space Ghost Coast to Coast

    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Votes: 5,238
    - Years: 1993–2008

    Young fans can be forgiven for not realizing that “Space Ghost Coast to Coast” was actually a spin-off of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera show “Space Ghost.” The reboot started in 1993 and ran for 11 total seasons. Different than the original show, “Coast to Coast” featured a 40-something Space Ghost hosting a late-night talk show and parodied the late-night world in often cringeworthy ways. The show has an enormous legacy, as its spinoffs include “The Brak Show,” “Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law,” “Sealab 2021,” and the enormously popular “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.”

  • #24. Rocko's Modern Life

    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Votes: 17,119
    - Years: 1993–1996

    Following the life of Australian immigrant wallaby Rocko, “Rocko's Modern Life” was an edgy cartoon that catered to adults as much as kids. Rocko's other anthropomorphic friends included a neurotic turtle, a boisterous steer, and his dog Spunky. Together, they navigated the weird and zany world in a fictitious American city called O-Town. Started in 1993, “Rocko” ran for four seasons and was spun off into toys, video games, and comic books.

  • #23. Todd McFarlane's Spawn

    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Votes: 6,543
    - Years: 1997–1999

    Based on the enormously popular comic book of the same name, “Spawn” was a short-lived animated series that began in 1997 and ran for three seasons and 18 episodes on HBO. “Spawn” is about an anti-hero soldier who was killed and makes a deal with the devil in the hopes of avenging his death. Spawn was constantly battling the will of the devil over his desire to reconnect with his long-lost love. The show was also released as a major feature film in 1997 starring Michael Jai White, and a new movie is set for production with stars Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Renner.

  • #22. Beast Wars: Transformers

    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Votes: 6,813
    - Years: 1996–1999

    The world of “Transformers” started as a Hasbro action figure in 1984. Since then, there have been blockbuster movies, multiple TV series, and endless merchandising surrounding the shape-shifting toy brand. The series “Beast Wars: Transformers” is part of the same universe where Maximals and Predacons fight with one another on a prehistoric planet. “Beast Wars” ran for just three seasons from 1996–1999. Legendary voice actor Scott McNeil was the main voice of the show, but he may be more well known for roles in “Dragon Ball Z.”

  • #21. Superman

    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Votes: 11,978
    - Years: 1996–2000

    “Superman” was a highly stylized animated series that got its start in 1996 and ran for 54 episodes. All the classic characters were involved, including Lois Lane (voiced by Dana Delaney), Lex Luthor (voiced by Clancy Brown), and Clark Kent/Superman (voiced by Tim Daly). The show was eventually combined with “Batman: The Animated Series” to form “The New Batman/Superman Adventures.” Other big cast members included Malcolm McDowell, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Cox, and Melissa Joan Hart.

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