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

Updated June 10, 2021 1.5m votes 79.5k voters 3.9m views242 items

List RulesVote up your favorite cartoons 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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    DuckTales

    Alan Young, Russi Taylor

    PremieredSeptember 18, 1987

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    Scooby-Doo

    Casey Kasem, Don Messick

    Premiered1969

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    Tiny Toon Adventures

    Charles Adler, John Kassir

    PremieredSeptember 14, 1990

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Sean Astin, Greg Cipes

    PremieredDecember 28, 1987

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    Animaniacs

    Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell

    PremieredSeptember 13, 1993

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    ThunderCats

    Bob McFadden, Larry Kenney

    PremieredJanuary 23, 1985

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    Pinky and the Brain

    Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen

    PremieredSeptember 9, 1995

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  • 8
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    Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

    Corey Burton, Peter Cullen

    PremieredMarch 4, 1989

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    The Transformers

    Frank Welker, Chris Latta

    PremieredSeptember 17, 1984

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  • 10
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    The Jetsons

    George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo

    PremieredSeptember 23, 1962

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    Inspector Gadget

    Don Adams, Holly Berger

    PremieredSeptember 10, 1983

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    X-Men: The Animated Series

    Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd

    PremieredOctober 31, 1992

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    Darkwing Duck

    Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern

    PremieredSeptember 6, 1991

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    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

    John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer

    PremieredSeptember 5, 1983

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    Garfield and Friends

    Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge

    Premiered1988

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    Alvin and the Chipmunks

    Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman

    PremieredSeptember 17, 1983

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    The Smurfs

    Don Messick, Danny Goldman

    PremieredSeptember 12, 1981

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    Rugrats

    Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh

    PremieredAugust 11, 1991

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    Batman: The Animated Series

    Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester

    PremieredSeptember 5, 1992

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    Gargoyles

    Ed Asner, Bill Fagerbakke

    PremieredOctober 24, 1994

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    TaleSpin

    Ed Gilbert, R.J. Williams

    PremieredMay 5, 1990

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    The Real Ghostbusters

    Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier

    PremieredSeptember 13, 1986

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    Muppet Babies

    Greg Berg, Katie Leigh

    Premiered1984

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    G.I. Joe

    Jackson Beck, Chris Latta

    PremieredSeptember 12, 1983

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