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

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List Rules Vote 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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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

Premiered: 1987

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

More DuckTales 

#5 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #8 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #3 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

2
Tiny Toon Adventures is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Charles Adler, John Kassir, Tress MacNeille

Premiered: 1990

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

More Tiny Toon Adventures 

#10 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #34 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #19 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

Premiered: 1987

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

More Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fan Theories #8 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Timelisted on Longest Running Animated Series

4
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille

Premiered: 1993

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

More Animaniacs 

Animaniacs Fan Theories That Are Zany To The Max #17 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #27 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

5
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille

Premiered: 1995

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

More Pinky and the Brain 

#12 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #25 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #9 of 201 The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History

6
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rang... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Corey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings

Premiered: 1989

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

More Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 

#9 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #46 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #24 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

7
Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North

Premiered: 1969

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Fantasy, Animation, Mystery, Situation comedy, + more

More Scooby-Doo 

#3 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #1 of 22 The Best Versions Of Scooby Doo You Watched As A Kid #44 of 303 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

8
Inspector Gadget is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Don Adams, Holly Berger, Frank Welker

Premiered: 1983

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

More Inspector Gadget 

All Of Inspector Gadget's Gadgets, Ranked By Ludicrousness #20 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #40 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

9
ThunderCats is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Bob McFadden, Larry Kenney, Earl Hammond

Premiered: 1985

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

More ThunderCats 

#31 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #47 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #89 of 731 The Best Cartoons of All Time

10
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

Premiered: 1962

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

More The Jetsons 

#6 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #32 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #34 of 201 The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History

11
The Transformers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Frank Welker, Chris Latta, Peter Cullen

Premiered: 1984

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

More The Transformers 

#36 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #48 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #38 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

12
Darkwing Duck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh

Premiered: 1991

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

More Darkwing Duck 

Darkwing Duck's 50 Most Hilarious Introductory Lines #24 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #52 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

13
Alvin and the Chipmunks ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Frank Welker

Premiered: 1983

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

More Alvin and the Chipmunks 

#15 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #61 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #82 of 731 The Best Cartoons of All Time

14
X-Men: The Animated Seri... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd, Lenore Zann

Premiered: 2011

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

More X-Men: The Animated Series 

The X-Men '90s Cartoon Is The Best Take On X-Men #25 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #14 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

15
Batman: The Animated Ser... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Premiered: 1992

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

More Batman: The Animated Series 

13 Reasons Batman: The Animated Series Is Even Better Than The Comics #27 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #4 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

16
Wile E. Coyote and The R... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
jsluckyj added Mel Blanc, Joe Alaskey, Dee Bradley Baker

Genres (Tv): Animated cartoon

17
Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger

Premiered: 1988

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

More Garfield and Friends 

#16 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #35 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #33 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

18
He-Man and the Masters o... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary

Premiered: 1983

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

More He-Man and the Masters of the Universe 

#34 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #64 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #55 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

19
The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
noel-feliciano-febus added Don Messick, Danny Goldman, Lucille Bliss

Premiered: 1981

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

More The Smurfs 

#23 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #56 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Madelisted on Longest Running Children's TV Shows

20
Gargoyles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
lb313 added Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jeff Bennett

Premiered: 1994

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

More Gargoyles 

If You Watched 'Gargoyles' As A Child, You Experienced The Pinnacle Of Children's Entertainment #44 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #50 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

21
Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright

Premiered: 1991

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

More Rugrats 

20 Things You Didn't Know About Rugrats #240 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Animated Series

22
The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker

Premiered: 1986

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

More The Real Ghostbusters 

#53 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #84 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #121 of 731 The Best Cartoons of All Time

23
Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Greg Berg, Katie Leigh, Laurie O'Brien

Premiered: 1984

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

More Muppet Babies 

#38 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #136 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #37 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

24
G.I. Joe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Jackson Beck, Chris Latta, Michael Bell

Premiered: 1983

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

More G.I. Joe 

22 Cobra Action Figures So Bad They Disgraced the Whole Organization #51 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #83 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

25
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Ed Gilbert, R.J. Williams, Sally Struthers

Premiered: 1990

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

More TaleSpin 

#13 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #75 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #40 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time