50 Old Animated Cartoon Shows From 90s That Children Should Watch

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The 90s were filled with wonderful Cartoons. It was the time when televisions were being fit in every household and along with Doordarshan, it also brought some evergreen animated shows. Those shows hold a great significance for the 90s kids because that was the only sort of TV entertainment for them, unlike today’s generation.

So, dive back to the nostalgic ride of animation and relive the cartoon you loved when you were a child.

50. Duck Tales (1987-1990)

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Disney has made everyone’s childhoods special. Similarly, Duck tales had their way into children’s hearts. The treasure hunting adventures of super-rich McDuck and his nephew were very entertaining.

Genre of Duck Tales: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 8.1
Watch Duck Tales On: Disney+

49. Rugrats (1991-2006)

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Every generation has a show about little mischievous kids and their miss adventures. Rugrats is that cartoon for the 90s. four babies and their older cousin getting into life and crazy adventures.

Genre of Rugrats: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 7.4
Watch Rugrats On: Hulu

48. Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995)

Batman: The Animated Series
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Batman is one of the best superheroes with the best-animated shows. The action-packed Batman adventures were classic heroic tales of the 90s. Whether you watch a Batman movie or animated cartoon series from the 90s, you are going to surely like it.

Genre of Batman: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 9.0
Watch Batman On: Google Play

47. Hey Arnold (1996-2004)

Hey Arnold
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The adventures of fourth-grader Arnold and his friends with students’ life tasks. A simple, clever show involving parents, studying, sports, and city life.

Genre of Hey Arnold: Animation, Comedy, Drama
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Watch Hey Arnold On: Netflix

46. Johnny Bravo (1997-2004)

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Johnny Bravo, the muscle man, but stupid enough to fail at everything he does. This show had some witty dialogues, hilarious jokes, and a little stalking that parents didn’t like. It also had few adult jokes that were too far understandable for children.

Genre of Johnny Bravo: Animation, Short, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 7.2
Watch Johnny Bravo On: Amazon Instant Video

45. Recess (1997-2001)

Recess
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The cartoon has many unique character designs. This is the only cartoon that was closest to reality for kids. A bunch of students gets into trouble for having too much fun during recess.

Genre of Recess: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 7.8
Watch Recess On: Disney+

44. Dexter’s Laboratory (1996-2003)

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The genius Dexter invented things that were lightyears advanced in technology. His only problem was his sister, who couldn’t stay out of his lab.

Genre of Dexter’s Laboratory: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 7.9
Watch Dexter’s Laboratory On: HBO Max

43. Courage The Cowardly Dog (1999-2002)

Courage The Cowardly Dog
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Wonder what might the writers have said to the producers when they would pitch an idea of a horror show for kids. Well, this show has an amazing ability to turn fearful villains, aliens, and ghosts into a comical reaction. Ironically, the frightful little dog was named courage and it was very hilarious.

Genre of Courage the cowardly dog: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 8.2
Watch Courage the cowardly dog On: Amazon Prime

42. The Jungle Book (1989-1990)

The Jungle Book
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The Jungle Book has created a wide space in children’s hearts. Children kept humming the iconic opening song of the show. The unique animation and beloved Mowgli made the show very memorable.

Genre of The Jungle Book: Animation, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Watch The Jungle Book On: Disney+

41. The Scooby-Doo Show (1979-1983)

The Scooby-Doo Show
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Another show, which is about ghosts and ghost hunting. Scooby-Doo is an iconic character and when he is with his team searching for ghosts in dark hallways and jungles, every kid would engage in searching for clues with the rest of them.

Genre of the Scooby-doo show: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 6.4
Watch the Scooby-doo show On: Netflix

40. The Powerpuff Girls (1998-2005)

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Though the show is of the late 90s, it got its recognition pretty soon. Children loved the crazy weird villains and the three little girls with an accident of Chemical X, resulting in superpowers. With the bright colors, the styling of characters, and the story, everything is pretty memorable.

Genre of Powerpuff girls: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Watch Powerpuff girls On: Hulu

39. Tom & Jerry (1940-1967)

Tom & Jerry
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Perhaps, this is one of the highly recognized and popular cartoons of all time. Who doesn’t know about the big, stupid cat Tom and smart little mouse Jerry who despite its size always outsmarted Tom?

Genre of Tom & Jerry: Animation, Short, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 9.2
Watch Tom & Jerry On: HBO Max

38. Popeye: The Sailor Man (1960-1962)

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A show about a sailor, his nemesis, his girlfriend, amazing adventures, and Spinach. This show was created in 1929 but was very popular in the 90s due to its evergreen comedy and story.

Genre of Popeye: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 7.1
Watch Popeye On: Amazon Prime Video

37. Dragon Ball Z (1989-2003)

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The Action-packed animated cartoon was a storytelling marvel. Every kid in school did the Goku iconic action and the screams and poses were fun to mimic. When Goku realizes he is from another planet, the warrior along with his friends fight every extra-territorial force trying to invade his planet.

Genre of Dragon Ball Z: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 8.7
Watch Dragon Ball Z On: Funimation and Anime Lab

36. The New Batman Adventures (1997-1999)

The New Batman Adventures
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Released in 1997, the show was an instant success. It was a darker tone on the already successful Batman: The Animated Series. With new Robin, old Robin turns into Nightwing, and Batgirl, Batman was set for some action-packed adventures.

Genre of the New Batman Adventures: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 8.5
Watch the New Batman Adventures On: Prime Video

35. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987-1996)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is one of older cartoons from 90s
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“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is undoubtedly one of the best older cartoons for children. They practically made turtles cool. For all the children out there, Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo, and Donatello were heroes while growing up. They were the first ones who made geeks look good.

Genre of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 7.9
Watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles On: Prime Video

34. Samurai Jack (1973-1974)

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The story of “Samurai Jack” revolved around an unnamed Samurai, Jack who was sent to the dystopian future ruled by the shape-shifting demons after defeating the ultimate evil Aku. Even though it is one of the most famous 90s cartoons, it was very dark for children.

Genre of Samurai Jack: Animation, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 6.4
Watch Samurai Jack On: HBO Max

33. SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron (1993-1995)

SWAT Kats- The Radical Squadron is one of 90s cartoons
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“SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron” is one of the older cartoons of 90s that was loved by children. In this cartoon, agents Jake ‘Razor’ Clawson and Chance ‘T-Bone’ patrol Megakat City as the SWAT Kats after being discharged from the Enforcers. They are defending Megakat City against all its threats.

Genre of SWAT Kats: Animation, Action, Family
IMDb Rating: 8.4
Watch SWAT Kats On: Prime Video

32. Animaniacs (1993-1998)

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In the cartoon “Animaniacs,” the Warner siblings lived in Burbank, California. Interestingly, all the episodes in this cartoon take place in different places and periods of time. They are often seen interacting with famous people and creators of the past.

Genre of Animaniacs: Animation, Short, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 7.9
Watch Animaniacs On: Hulu

31. X-Men (1992-1997)

90s cartoon show X-Men
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This “X-Men” animated cartoon gave children what the X-men were supposed to be unlike the hit and miss X-Men movie franchise. Being one of the cartoons of 90s, they were colorful and diverse. The animated series did not shy away from the comics’ political themes as well.

Genre of X-Men: Action, Fiction
IMDb Rating: 8.4
Watch X-Men On: Disney+

30. TaleSpin (1990-1991)

TaleSpin is one of cartoons from the 90's
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“TaleSpin” is one of the old cartoons from the 90s that gave Disney characters a universe of their own. The story of this cartoon revolves around the adventures of bush pilot Baloo the bear. His air cargo freight business was poached by Rebecca Cunningham. The reason was his default on delinquent bills with the bank run by the tiger Shere Khan.

Genre of TaleSpin: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Watch TaleSpin On: Disney+Hotstar

29. The Centurions (1986)

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It is yet another old cartoon network shows from the 90s where the 21st century is plagued by the evil cyborg scientist Doc Terror. He wants to conquer Earth and turn its population into slaves. However, Centurions ruin his plan every time.

Genre of Centurions: Animation, Action, Family
IMDb Rating: 7.7
Watch Centurions On: Hulu

28. Captain Planet And The Planeteers (1990-1996)

90s cartoon show Captain Planet And The Planeteers
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The story of “Captain Planet And The Planeteers” revolves around the five magic rings. Among those rings, four of them can control an element of nature, while the one ring can control the element of Heart. These rings are given to five young people across the globe known as the Planeteers. However, when a crisis gets out of hand, all the rings are combined by Planeteers and summon a superhero with all their powers combined, Captain Planet.

Genre of Captain Planet And The Planeteers: Animation, Short, Action
IMDb Rating: 6.7
Watch Captain Planet And The Planeteers On: Prime Video

27. Looney Tunes (1999)

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“Looney Tunes” is one of the cartoons 90s that was very popular among children. The show revolves around Bugs Bunny and his roommate who were living with their colorful neighbors. The show has become has a worldwide franchise.

Genre of Looney Tunes: Action, Adventure, Family
IMDb Rating: 6.7
Watch Looney Tunes On: HBO Max

26. The Flintstones (1960-1966)

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Set in the pre-historic times in the town of Bedrock, “The Flintstones” is one of the cartoons 90s. Even though the lives of the characters resemble the lives of 20th century urban America, they still use Stone Age technologies.

Genre of Flintstones: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 7.5
Watch Flintstones On: HBO Max

25. The Jetsons (1962-1963)

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“The Jetsons” is one of the 90’s cartoons that is set in a comical version of the future with aliens, robots, and some amazing inventions. Even though life is extremely easy with the robots, everyone still complains about how tough life really is.

Genre of Jetsons: Animation, Comedy, Family
IMDb Rating: 7.0
Watch Jetsons On: HBO Max

24. Batman Beyond (1999-2001)

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“Batman Beyond” is one of the evergreen 90’s cartoons that starts in the year 2019. It is the time when Bruce Wayne realizes that he is getting too old to pursue life as the dark knight and fight crime. Later, Bruce Wayne meets Terry McGinnis in 2039. The adventures of Batman can never get old.

Genre of Batman Beyond: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 8.1
Watch Batman Beyond On: HBO Max

23. The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (1996-1997)

The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
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As Johny Quest, Hadji Singh, and Jessi Bannon follow Dr. Benton Quest and his bodyguard to investigate strange phenomena, the series features their adventures. “The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest” is one of the cartoon network shows old that happens in the virtual realm of three-dimensional cyberspace.

Genre of The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 7.7
Watch The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest On: HBO Max

22. The Addams Family (1992-1993)

90s cartoon show The Addams Family
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“The Addams Family” is one of the cartoon network shows old that was toned down in the 1990s TV show. The characters in this show keep facing some threats from a series of recurring villains. It is undoubtedly one of the engaging cartoons for children.

Genre of The Addams Family: Animation, Short, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 7.1
Watch The Addams Family On: Amazon Instant Video

21. The Mask: Animated Series (1995-1997)

90s cartoon show The Mask
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The show adopted many elements from the movie. However, the show managed to keep you giggling throughout despite the absence of Jim Carrey. It’s absolutely brilliant with its absurdity. If you don’t know, Stanley can use the mask during the day as well unlike the movie.

Genre of the mask: Animation, Short, Action
IMDb Rating: 7.0
Watch the mask On: Prime Video

20. The Road Runner Show (1966-1973)

The Road Runner Show is one of cartoon network old shows
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The story of the show revolves around the Road Runner who was a high-octane bird. He ran so fast that he left a trail of flame and caused pavements to ripple. Meanwhile, hungry Wile E. Coyote always fails to catch the bird despite his endless supply of dynamites.

Genre of the road runner show: Animation, Family, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 7.9
Watch the road runner show On: Prime Video

19. Pokemon (1997)

Pokemon is one of old cartoon network shows
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In this show, Ash Ketchum starts his journey as a Pokemon trainer after he turns 10. He has the dream of becoming a Pokemon master. Later, he rushes to Professor Oak as he overslept and realizes that the only Pokemon left for him to have is a Pikachu. Later, Pikachu finally trusts Ash and they continue their journey together.

Genre of Pokemon: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 7.5
Watch Pokemon On: Pokemon TV

18. Thundercats (1985-1989)

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“Thundercats” is one of the old cartoon network shows from the 90s that children loved. Forcing the Thundercats to flee, the series begins with the dying planet Thundera. The journey of Thundercats while fighting mutants and the evil sorcerer Mumm-Ra is very interesting to watch.

Genre of Thundercats: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 7.9
Watch Thundercats On: Hulu

17. SpongeBob Squarepants (1999)

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The show “SpongeBob Squarepants” revolves around the life of a talking sea sponge. He lives in an underwater pineapple in the town of Bikini bottom. Besides that, he works at a fast-food restaurant and attends a boating school. Even to this day, the show lives in the form of memes and gifs.

Genre of SpongeBob Squarepants: Animation, Comedy, Family
IMDb Rating: 8.2
Watch SpongeBob Squarepants On: Amazon Prime

16. Pingu (1980-2006)

Pingu is a 90s cartoon show
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The story of the show “Pingu” revolves around a penguin who spends all his days with his parents and his baby sister, Pinga. He regularly finds himself in tricky and troublesome situations. However, ultimately, he always learns a lesson.

Genre of Pingu: Animation, Short, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 7.4
Watch Pingu On: Hopster

15. Timon & Pumbaa (1995-1999)

Timon & Pumbaa is one of cartoon old 90s show
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“Timon & Pumbaa” is one of the cartoon network old shows that was loved by children. The famous characters of the show who raised Simba start to get into their own misadventures. No matter whatever misadventures happen, they were very funny.

Genre of Timon & Pumbaa: Animation, Short, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 7.1
Watch Timon & Pumbaa On: Disney+

14. Aladdin (1994-1995)

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“Aladdin” is a classic and evergreen story. Even now, people love watching the adventures of Aladdin. In the show, Aladdin is a street dweller who lives in Agrabah. He continues his adventures with the help of Lago, the parrot and his best friend, the Genie, Princess Jasmine, his pet monkey Abu, and the magic carpet.

Genre of Aladdin: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
IMDb Rating: 8.2
Watch Aladdin On: Disney+

13. The New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh (1988-1991)

90s cartoon show The New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
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When it comes to cartoon characters, Pooh is undoubtedly one of the cutest and most adorable characters. While growing up, Winnie, Tigger, and Piglet were some of the favorite cartoon characters of all children. Witness the quirky animals live their daily lives while making you laugh and educating you at the same time.

Genre of the Winnie the Pooh: Animation, Short, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 7.7
Watch the Winnie the Pooh On: Disney+

12. Inspector Gadget (1983-1986)

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With the help of some fascinating gadgets, Inspector Gadget fights the forces of M.A.D. But despite these gadgets, he constantly fails to catch Dr. Claw. On the other hand, his niece Penny and her dog do the real investigations and solve some really difficult cases. “Inspector Gadget” is one of the famous cartoon network old shows.

Genre of Inspector Gadget: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 6.8
Watch Inspector Gadget On: Netflix

11. Kochikame (1976-2016)

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“Kochikame” is yet another 90s cartoon where every episode begins with Kankichi ‘Ryo-san’ Ryotsu coming up with new money-making schemes. Even though he becomes extremely successful, he loses all the money as the trend runs out of steam.

Genre of Kochikame: Animation, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 7.2
Watch Kochikame On: Amazon

10. The Transformers (1984-1987)

90s cartoon show The Transformers
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In the show, the Autobots and the Decepticons crash land on Earth during the great Cybertronian War. However, it is discovered that the Decepticons plan to strip the planet of all its energy resources after millions of years. The Autobots seek to protect the inhabitants of Earth from that unfortunate fate.

Genre of The Transformers: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 8.0
Watch The Transformers On: Prime Video

9. Mr. Bean (1990-1995)

90s cartoon show Mr. Bean
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The life of Mr. Bean is quite difficult. Bean struggles to complete even the simplest of tasks despite being a fully grown adult. Fortunately, his perseverance never goes to waste. He always finds an ingenious and funny way around the problem.

Genre of Mr. Bean: Animation, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 8.5
Watch Mr. Bean On: Hulu

8. The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show (1986-2000)

The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show
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“The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show” is one of the cutest shows from the 90s. Bugs Bunny and his friend Tweety Bird are part of this long-running cartoon series, except Speedy Gonzales. Also, it was a bit mature for the crowd it was catering to.

Genre of The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show: Animation, Family, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 7.8
Watch The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show On: Boomerang

7. Beetlejuice (1989-1991)

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The show features the adventure of a ghostly con artist and his pal, Lydia. Loosely adapted from the movie of the same name, Beetlejuice takes his moral companion on many adventures. While growing up, this was one of the favorite cartoon shows for 90s children.

Genre of Beetlejuice: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Watch Beetlejuice On: Netflix

6. Garfield & Friends (1988-1995)

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“Garfield & Friends” is yet another popular cartoon show from the 90s. In the show, Garfield is a lazy feline whose only desires in life are taking naps and eating lasagna. However, he enjoys kicking his hapless canine friend, Odis off the table in his spare time.

Genre of Garfield & Friends: Animation, Comedy, Family
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Watch Garfield & Friends On: Voot Kids

5. Naruto (1999-2014)

90s cartoon show Naruto
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The story of the show “Naruto” revolves around a teenage ninja, Naruto Uzumaki. He seeks recognition and dreams of becoming the village’s leader and strongest ninja, the Hokage. It is one of the most engaging cartoon shows ever from the 90s.

Genre of Naruto: Adventure, Martial Arts, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Watch Naruto On: Crunchyroll

4. The Wild Thornberrys (1998-2004)

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“The Wild Thornberrys” is a famous cartoon show from the 90s where the Thornberry family is the host of nature. Eliza Thornberry is one of the important family members who travel the world in an RV with her famous parents and has the special quality of talking to animals. She gets involved with many different wild adventures along with her sister Debbie, Darwin, her wild-boy foster brother Donnie, and her pet monkey.

Genre of The Wild Thornberrys: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
IMDb Rating: 6.7
Watch The Wild Thornberrys On: Paramount Plus

3. Teen Titans (1980-1991)

90s cartoon show Teen Titans
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In the show, Batman’s former protege, Robin leads a team of superheroes. The team includes princess Starfire, Beast Boy, the dark Raven, and the powerful Cyborg. In order to protect the city, they fight the evil together.

Genre of Teen Titans: Animation, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 8.2
Watch Teen Titans On: HBO Max

2. Digimon: Digital Monsters (1999-2007)

90s cartoon show Digimon
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“Digimon: Digital Monsters” is one of the best cartoons from the 90’s that was made in Japanese style. It became a hit TV show among children after walking in the footsteps of Pokémon. The show spawned video games, films, and a reboot in 2020.

Genre of Digimon: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Watch Digimon On: Hulu

1. Doug (1991-1996)

90s cartoon show Doug
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“Doug” was one of the anchors for Nickelodeon in the ’90s. Following Doug Funnie and his friends, it was an animated show enjoyed by children. The show was heavy on teaching lessons that were mixed with light humor. And to be honest, Doug’s dog, Porkchop was the perfect sidekick.

Genre of Doug: Adventure, Animation
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Watch Doug On: Prime Video

These shows defined entertainment back then. There were even more shows for the fun. After the shows were inspired to create more similar cartoons like horrid Henry, Johnny Test, and more. But the 90s were indeed a golden age for cartoons.

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