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The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids

Updated June 17, 2020 1.5m votes 78.2k voters 3.9m views242 items

List RulesVote up your favorite cartoon television programs that originally aired on weekend mornings in the mid-1980s and/or 1990s.

These are the best Saturday morning cartoons from the '80s and '90s. Thankfully, with the advent of the DVD, the DVR, and even VHS tapes, Soul Train can't ruin our fun anymore. Rank your favorite '80s cartoons and 90s cartoon shows, from the original TMNT to Bucky O'Hare. What were your favorite '80s and '90s cartoons? These awesome Saturday morning cartoons, voiced by some fantastic and recognizable actors, made weekends just the best. Seeing them now instantly brings back glorious memories of those carefree, childhood days.

This '90s cartoons list also includes some great mid 1980s cartoons that you surely enjoyed. But which on this '90s cartoons list were the best? For which did you save your bowl of sugary, soggy cereal so you could enjoy them both at the same time? Which ones had the toys that you received as gifts only from misguided aunts and uncles and then later threw in your closet never to play with again? Did you prefer the more oddball, extreme cartoons?

This list of the best Saturday morning cartoons of the '80s and '90s includes classics with awesome theme songs and persistent franchises as well as single-season cartoon series that will make you be like, "Oh yeah, I remember that!" Click rerank below to make your own version of this list and vote up the best '90s cartoon TV shows below!

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  • 1
    DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    21,095
    4,234

    DuckTales

    Alan Young, Russi Taylor

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Mystery, Comedy-drama

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  • 2
    Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    16,040
    1,931

    Scooby-Doo

    Casey Kasem, Don Messick

    Premiered1969

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Fantasy, Animation, Mystery, Situation comedy

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  • 3
    Tiny Toon Adventures is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    16,069
    4,591

    Tiny Toon Adventures

    Charles Adler, John Kassir

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy, Animated series

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  • 4
    Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    15,904
    5,194

    Animaniacs

    Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy

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  • 5
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    20,851
    6,947

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Sean Astin, Greg Cipes

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Adventure film, Comedy

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  • 6
    Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    15,029
    4,645

    Pinky and the Brain

    Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Satire, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy

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  • 7
    ThunderCats is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    16,065
    5,564

    ThunderCats

    Bob McFadden, Larry Kenney

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Action/Adventure, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Adventure film

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  • 8
    Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    15,516
    3,811

    Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

    Corey Burton, Peter Cullen

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series, Mystery, Adventure film, Comedy

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  • 9
    Inspector Gadget is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    16,478
    4,896

    Inspector Gadget

    Don Adams, Holly Berger

    Premiered1983

    Genres (Tv)Comic science fiction, Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy

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  • 10
    The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    17,314
    4,363

    The Jetsons

    George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo

    Premiered1962

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Science Fiction

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  • 11
    The Transformers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    14,182
    5,203

    The Transformers

    Frank Welker, Chris Latta

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Thriller, Adventure film

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  • 12
    Darkwing Duck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    12,723
    4,522

    Darkwing Duck

    Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern

    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Drama, Children's television series, Mystery

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  • 13
    Wile E. Coyote and The Road Ru is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    8,892
    2,162

    Genres (Tv)Animated cartoon

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  • 14
    X-Men: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    14,866
    5,654

    X-Men: The Animated Series

    Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Superhero, Action, Sci-fi

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  • 15
    Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    13,559
    4,231

    Garfield and Friends

    Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy, Animated series

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  • 16
    He-Man and the Masters of the  is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    16,848
    6,410

    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

    John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer

    Premiered1983

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Adventure film, Action

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  • 17
    Alvin and the Chipmunks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    13,190
    4,381

    Alvin and the Chipmunks

    Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman

    Premiered1983

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

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  • 18
    The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    14,392
    4,475

    The Smurfs

    Don Messick, Danny Goldman

    Premiered1981

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Television comedy, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Family Film

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  • 19
    Batman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    14,754
    7,092

    Batman: The Animated Series

    Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester

    Premiered1992

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, Adventure film, Action

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  • 20
    Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    12,335
    4,601

    Rugrats

    Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh

    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

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  • 21
    Gargoyles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    11,036
    4,587

    Gargoyles

    Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Mystery, Urban fantasy

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  • 22
    TaleSpin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    11,941
    3,562

    TaleSpin

    Ed Gilbert, R.J. Williams

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

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  • 23
    Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    10,772
    4,678

    Muppet Babies

    Greg Berg, Katie Leigh

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series

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  • 24
    The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    10,952
    5,354

    The Real Ghostbusters

    Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier

    Premiered1986

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Action/Adventure, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Mystery

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  • 25
    G.I. Joe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
    10,799
    5,111

    G.I. Joe

    Jackson Beck, Chris Latta

    Premiered1983

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Action, Animated series

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