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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 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?

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

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Toon Disney, Disney Channel

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

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#18 of 724 The Best Cartoons of All Time #3 of 384 The Best Kids Cartoons 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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Kids' WB, Fox Broadcasting Company, CBS

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

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#40 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #10 of 384 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

3
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rang... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Corey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings

Premiered: 1989

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Rede Globo, Disney Channel, American Broadcasting Company

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

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#64 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #8 of 384 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

4
Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North

Premiered: 1969

Number of Seasons: 23

Number of Episodes: 350

Network: USA Network, Boomerang, American Broadcasting Company, Television syndication, The WB Television Network, + more

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

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#9 of 594 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #54 of 2,298 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

5
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

Premiered: 1962

Number of Episodes: 75

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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

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#24 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #9 of 384 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

6
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Kids' WB, Hub Network, Cartoon Network

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

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#25 of 724 The Best Cartoons of All Time #12 of 384 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

7
Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 193

Network: CBS

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

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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

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 86

Network: Jetix, Nickelodeon, ITV, Fox Kids, ABC Family, + more

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

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#39 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #123 of 309 The Greatest Cartoon Characters in TV History All Of Inspector Gadget's Gadgets, Ranked By Ludicrousness

9
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 99

Network: Kids' WB, Fox Kids, The WB Television Network, Fox Broadcasting Company

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

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#14 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #153 of 281 The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time Animaniacs Fan Theories That Are Zany To The Max

10
Wile E. Coyote and The R... is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
Alvin and the Chipmunks ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Frank Welker

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 102

Network: NBC

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

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#72 of 724 The Best Cartoons of All Time #22 of 384 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

12
ThunderCats is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Bob McFadden, Larry Kenney, Earl Hammond

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 130

Network: Stöð 2, Rai 2, France 2, América Televisión, SCTV, + more

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

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#73 of 724 The Best Cartoons of All Time #25 of 384 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #144 of 281 The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time

13
The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 13 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

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 256

Network: Global Television Network, Jetix, British Broadcasting Corporation, ZDF, Italia 1, + more

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

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#49 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #16 of 384 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Timelisted on Longest Running Children's TV Shows

14
Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: CBS, NBC

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

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#50 of 724 The Best Cartoons of All Time #43 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Darkwing Duck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 91

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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

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#75 of 724 The Best Cartoons of All Time #29 of 384 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time Darkwing Duck's 50 Most Hilarious Introductory Lines

16
The Transformers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Frank Welker, Chris Latta, Peter Cullen

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 98

Network: Sky1, TV Tokyo

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

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#63 of 724 The Best Cartoons of All Time #217 of 281 The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time

17
X-Men: The Animated Seri... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd, Lenore Zann

Premiered: 2011

Network: G4

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

More X-Men: The Animated Series 

#28 of 724 The Best Cartoons of All Time #23 of 384 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #55 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time

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Ed Gilbert, R.J. Williams, Sally Struthers

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Disney Channel

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

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#83 of 724 The Best Cartoons of All Time #87 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #26 of 384 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

19
He-Man and the Masters o... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 130

Network: USA Network, Me-TV, Retro Television Network, Qubo

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

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#76 of 724 The Best Cartoons of All Time #73 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #194 of 281 The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time

20
Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 172

Network: Nickelodeon

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

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#295 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch 20 Things You Didn't Know About Rugratslisted on Longest Running Children's TV Shows

21
Gargoyles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
lb313 added Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jeff Bennett

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 78

Network: USA Network, Toon Disney, ABC Family, Disney Channel, American Broadcasting Company

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

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#70 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #55 of 384 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time If You Watched 'Gargoyles' As A Child, You Experienced The Pinnacle Of Children's Entertainment

22
Batman: The Animated Ser... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 85

Network: Fox Kids, Fox Broadcasting Company

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

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#6 of 724 The Best Cartoons of All Time #79 of 281 The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time 13 Reasons Batman: The Animated Series Is Even Better Than The Comics

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

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 107

Network: CBS

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

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#162 of 724 The Best Cartoons of All Time #27 of 384 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

24
The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker

Premiered: 1986

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 147

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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

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#94 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #721 of 2,298 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

25
G.I. Joe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids
Jackson Beck, Chris Latta, Michael Bell

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 95

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

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