From being funny, vibrant, colourful and sassy, cartoon series turn into the most impressionable and memorable components of our lives. The truth is that there’s no age for binge watching your favourite cartoons. Many cartoon characters have turned out to be iconic figures while most of them being a part of movie franchises and being influential elements in today’s times. Cartoons have shaped our childhoods and the characters have been our best companions too.
From Looney Toons to Disney, from Archie to Justice League, from Dennis the Menace to Calvin and Hobbes, cartoons are composed creativity, wit, humour, innocence and a strong message for everyone since their very inception. Today they are an integral part of our lives and right from our bedroom walls to the bags and t shirts we own, they were a part of every single aspect of our routine! Millenials today can never understand how fascinated we were with these figures and how these characters were our childhood superheroes and our best friends! Let us check out some of the most popular cartoons in the golden 90s era to have a trip down the memory lane right away!
Top 10 Most Popular Cartoons in The 90s
10. Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold! had a curly and red haired bespectacled child Arnold who is in his fourth grade and lives with his grandparents in a boarding house. It was aired on Nickelodeon and aired between 1996 and 2004. The show revolved around Arnold’s friends and his adventures in his school campus and daily bus journeys.
9. Johnny Bravo
This show too was aired on Cartoon Network and was one of the most successfully running shows on the channel. It revolves around a flirtatious, muscular Johnny Bravo and his encounters with women where they throw him down, beat him up when he’d approach them. It was one of those shows that was iconic in the sense that it showed women standing up to catcallers and persuasive men.
8. Spongebob Squarepants
SpongeBob SquarePants is still running till date and revolves around characters in the sea including sponge, starfish and octopus. Created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg, this show was aired for Nickelodeon. The show is extremely popular and hilarious. The show has seeped into popular culture with memes, tees, and other merchandise incorporating its characters into their products.
7. Dexter’s Laboratory
Dexter’s Laboratory is the most talked about show and was a part of Cartoon Network’s Cartoon Cartoons series including shows like Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Ed Edd and Eddy, and many more. This show had a science based theme and revolved around Dexter who is a young scientist making new inventions everyday in his secret laboratory and his elder sister Dee Dee who would annoy him by breaking into his lab and tampering with his experiments.
6. Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries
The yellow hued and extremely adorable bird Tweety has been an inspiration for tees, bags and what not. This show was one of the most talked about and funniest shows on Cartoon Network. The adorable character of Granny made it even more popular. Sylvester the cat and his constant pursuit to eat up the bird Tweety along with Granny’s detective pursuits was the central theme of this show.
Presented by Steven Spielberg, this was a comedy cartoon series revolving around Warner Brothers Yakko and Wakko and their sister Dot. The funny and foot tapping songs along with the humourous and well crafted plotline is exactly what made this show stand out. It’s funny and educational and even adults find the show hilarious.
4. The Powerpuff Girls
Three little girls saving the world with their superpowers and out of the world fighting skills? That’s Powerpuff Girls for you. This show revolved around 3 girls, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup. The three superhero girls created by Professor Utonium after an accident with Chemical X save the day fighting villains like Mojo Jojo, and more. The television series was created by animator Craig McCracken and aired exclusively on Cartoon Network. It was one of the best cartoon shows in the 90s.
3. Tom and Jerry
This cartoon is by far the most popular and iconic cartoon series to be launched on television. Tom the cat, and Jerry the mouse were sworn enemies with a love and hate relationship. The entire show was based on the chasing sprees, and misadventures of both the characters. The reason for this show’s popularity was the extremely cute depiction of these characters and the simple plot line. Although the show is believed to end on a tragic note with both Tom and Jerry committing suicide, it still continues to be the most talked about, loved shows of its time.
2. Batman: The Animated Series
Batman is one superhero character we all have grown up watching. The heroic figure set out in the dark to fight evil and save the world from catastrophe. Apart from the main character Batman, other characters that gained popularity included Robin, The Joker and more. This television series was adapted from DC Comics running with the same theme and even turned into a successful movie franchise with successful performers like Batman, The Dark Knight series and more.
1. The Simpsons
The Simpsons is probably one of the most popular, longest running cartoon sitcoms in the history of television. It is an American sitcom revolving around the Simpsons family and their adventures and daily charades. Homer’s simplicity, Marge’s love and innocence, and Bart’s naughty streak is something we’ve relished for almost 3 decades now. Started by Matt Groening in 1989, the Simpsons also had a political relevance that holds true even today. The most eerie discovery about this sitcom was the prediction of Donald Trump’s presidency way before he even stood for office. Many shows on these lines like Family Guy, Futurama, the Cleveland show were on air but none of them could attain the popularity that The Simpsons did. The fact that this show portrayed everyday American life with a tinge of humour was exactly what led to its huge popularity.