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Best 90s cartoons

  • #20. Gargoyles

    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Votes: 12,403
    - Years: 1994–1996

    Premiering in 1994, “Gargoyles” was a show about the gargoyle statues on buildings, which in the series come alive at night and protect the city from evil. The show was spun off into a variety of comic books and toys, but only lasted for three seasons and 78 episodes. Rumors swirl that Jordan Peele, of “Get Out” directorial fame, wants to do a live reboot movie of the classic ‘90s cartoon.

  • #19. Daria

    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Votes: 21,418
    - Years: 1997–2001

    Spun off from “Beavis and Butt-Head,” “Daria” was a cartoon on the life of teenage Daria Morgendorffer and her best friend Jane Lane. The show followed them as they navigated high school with deadpan wit. “Daria” first aired in 1997, ran for five seasons, and was MTV's very successful attempt at attracting female viewers. The show is iconic for how it portrayed anti-establishment tropes among teens in ways no other cartoons were doing at the time.

  • #18. Sesame Street

    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - Votes: 10,545
    - Years: 1969–present

    “Sesame Street” is one of the most beloved shows in television history and just recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Starting in 1969 on PBS, the educational and entertaining show combines puppetry, animation, and live actors to educate kids on math, science, reading, and writing. The animated portions of the show were usually short sketches elucidating some educational aspect for kids. In the last 50 years, the show has won countless Emmys, spun-off other series, and turned into numerous books and toys. Famous guest stars on the popular series include Tina Fey, Oprah Winfrey, Adam Sandler, Venus Williams, Denzel Washington, and dozens of other famous celebrities from the past 50 years.

  • #17. Life with Louie

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - Votes: 6,215
    - Years: 1995–1998

    “Life with Louie” was a comical look at the childhood life of stand-up comedian Louie Anderson. The short-run show lasted just 38 episodes and featured Louie's wacky parents, 10 siblings, and school-yard bullies. Louie Anderson voiced his childhood self and received writing credits on all 38 episodes. Critically, the show took home two Daytime Emmy Awards.

  • #16. The Adventures of Tintin

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - Votes: 15,376
    - Years: 1991–1992

    Based on the books by Georges Prosper Remi, “The Adventures of Tintin” follows young reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy as they chase down stories and adventures. The popular brand of books has also spawned movies, toys, radio shows, video games, and endless paraphernalia. Steven Spielberg directed an animated movie adaptation, which was released in 2011 to mixed reviews.

  • #15. Trigun

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - Votes: 17,207
    - Years: 1998

    Though it was only on TV for one year in 1998, “Trigun” is still an all-time fan favorite. The series is based on Vash the Stampede, a galactic outlaw with a $60 billion bounty on his head. The show was a Japanese series that also spawned a feature film called “Trigun: Badlands Rumble.”

  • #14. Spider-Man: The Animated Series

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - Votes: 22,635
    - Years: 1994–1998

    Finding new takes on Spider-Man isn't easy, but “Spider-Man: The Animated Series” followed the superhero into college as he attempts to woo Mary Jane Watson, go to class, and fight major villains all at the same time. Airing from 1994–1998, “Spider-Man” featured a bevy of big voice actors like Sandra Bernhard, Hank Azaria, Martin Landau, and George Takei. The show also spawned video games, comic books, and tons of toys.

  • #13. Detective Conan

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Votes: 9,232
    - Years: 1996–present

    Known as both “Detective Conan” and “Case Closed,” this Japanese series has been on the air since 1996 and is still running today. The series follows a detective who was chemically transformed into a small boy by the bad guys of the Black Syndicate. The young Conan lives his life in secret while solving cases, going to elementary school, and trying to take down the Syndicate. The popular program has been turned into video games and nearly two dozen movies.

  • #12. Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Votes: 9,868
    - Years: 1992–1995

    When 14-year-old Yusuke Urameshi pushed a child out of the way of a moving car, he was hit instead, dying on the spot. Due to his act of altruism, Yusuke was resurrected and winds up as a spirit detective, investigating the paranormal in the regular world. The Japanese series premiered in 1992 and ran through 1995, becoming one of many popular anime imports in the U.S. in the ‘90s.

  • #11. The New Batman Adventures

    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - Votes: 11,632
    - Years: 1997–1999

    “The New Batman Adventures” is a continuation of the hit cartoon “Batman: The Animated Series,” where Dick Grayson/Robin became Nightwing and Batgirl was more prominently featured. The show was a darker portrayal of the winged crusader and the underbelly of Gotham City. Running from 1997–1999, the series had a number of big-name guest stars like Mark Hamill, Billy Zane, Linda Hamilton, and Dennis Haysbert.

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