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

Updated June 17, 2020 1.6m votes 78.4k 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
    21,209
    4,278

    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
    16,176
    1,957

    Scooby-Doo

    Casey Kasem, Don Messick

    Premiered1969

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

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  • 3
    Tiny Toon Adventures
    16,153
    4,641

    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
    15,988
    5,240

    Animaniacs

    Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell

    Premiered1993

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

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  • 5
    Pinky and the Brain
    15,113
    4,680

    Pinky and the Brain

    Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen

    Premiered1995

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

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  • 6
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    20,977
    6,972

    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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  • 7
    ThunderCats
    16,147
    5,602

    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
    15,595
    3,845

    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
    The Jetsons
    17,405
    4,380

    The Jetsons

    George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo

    Premiered1962

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

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  • 10
    Inspector Gadget
    16,565
    4,923

    Inspector Gadget

    Don Adams, Holly Berger

    Premiered1983

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

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  • 11
    The Transformers
    14,262
    5,240

    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
    12,790
    4,554

    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 Runner
    8,981
    2,182

    Genres (Tv)Animated cartoon

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  • 14
    Alvin and the Chipmunks
    13,257
    4,407

    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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  • 15
    X-Men: The Animated Series
    14,956
    5,681

    X-Men: The Animated Series

    Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd

    Premiered2011

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

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  • 16
    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
    16,924
    6,439

    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
    Garfield and Friends
    13,636
    4,262

    Garfield and Friends

    Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge

    Premiered1988

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

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  • 18
    The Smurfs
    14,481
    4,502

    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
    Rugrats
    12,400
    4,635

    Rugrats

    Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh

    Premiered1991

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

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  • 20
    Batman: The Animated Series
    14,833
    7,118

    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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  • 21
    Gargoyles
    11,108
    4,616

    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
    11,999
    3,592

    TaleSpin

    Ed Gilbert, R.J. Williams

    Premiered1990

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

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  • 23
    The Real Ghostbusters
    11,006
    5,382

    The Real Ghostbusters

    Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier

    Premiered1986

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

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  • 24
    Muppet Babies
    10,832
    4,701

    Muppet Babies

    Greg Berg, Katie Leigh

    Premiered1984

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

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  • 25
    G.I. Joe
    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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