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The Best Cartoons of the '90s 

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Updated July 10, 2020 786.9k votes 41.1k voters 1.5M views 131 items

List Rules Whether it was your childhood favorite or your favorite adult pastime, vote up which cartoons from the 90s were you like the most.

The best cartoons of the '90s are those the top animated series that ran between the years of 1990 and 1999 and features Nicktoons, Saturday morning cartoons, Disney animated TV shows, and network cartoon series for both kid and adult audiences. With so many great series airing in the early and late '90s, it's no surprise that these are also some of the best cartoons of all time.

For the most part, these best '90s cartoons are geared towards children. Those growing up in the 1990s undoubtedly spent numerous hours as kids watching the likes of RugratsDougRocko's Modern Life, and Animaniacs. Few can deny that classic series like Dexter's Laboratory, DuckTalesTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and TaleSpin are some of the best ever for Saturday morning viewing.

Then there's another breed of top '90s cartoons that were note kids cartoons, they are better suited for more adult audiences. South Park broke the mold with it's raunchiness, as did the likes of Beavis and Butt-head and Family Guy. Two of those three are still popular even today with new episodes airing weekly. All feature more mature jokes, topics children wouldn't really understand and a whole lot of inappropriateness all bundled tightly in animated form.

Which cartoons from the '90s had you glued to the television and make you miss your '90s childhood? Vote for your favorites, add any we missed or re-rank the list to put it in your order. To reminisce more about the glorious decade of the 1990s, check out the most nostalgia-inducing toys of the '90s too!

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Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh & Nancy Cartwright (Nickelodeon)
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Dexter's Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Kath Soucie, Jeff Bennett & Christine Cavanaugh (YTV)
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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Alan Young, Russi Taylor & Terence McGovern (Toon Disney)
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Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell & Tress MacNeille (Kids' WB)
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Tiny Toon Adventures is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Charles Adler, John Kassir & Tress MacNeille (Kids' WB)
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The Powerpuff Girls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Cathy Cavadini, Elizabeth Daily & Tara Strong (Cartoon Network)
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Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
PeteBoyle added Starring Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith & Dan Castellaneta (YTV)
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Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
thewrecker added Starring Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen & Tress MacNeille (Kids' WB)
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright & Julie Kavner (Fox)
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Sean Astin, Greg Cipes & Rob Paulsen (CBS)
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Recess is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
WaseemSaifi added Starring Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson & Jason Davis (UPN)
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The Magic School Bus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto & Erica Luttrell (Public Broadcasting Service)
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Doug is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Billy West, Fred Newman & Constance Shulman (Nickelodeon)
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Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rang... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Corey Burton, Peter Cullen & Jim Cummings (Rede Globo)
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Rocko's Modern Life is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny & Charles Adler (Nickelodeon)
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Scooby-Doo, Where Are Yo... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Don Messick, Casey Kasem & Nicole Jaffe (Cartoon Network)
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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
ChloeFletcher added Starring Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass & Bill Fagerbakke (Nickelodeon)
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Batman: The Animated Ser... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
PeteBoyle added Starring Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester & Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (Fox Kids)
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CatDog is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Carl12 added Starring Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny & Carlos Alazraqui (Nickelodeon)
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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein & Seth Green (Fox)
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X-Men: The Animated Seri... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd & Lenore Zann (G4)
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Courage the Cowardly Dog... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Thea White, Marty Grabstein & Simon Prebble (Cartoon Network)
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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Starring Billy West, John DiMaggio & Katey Sagal (Comedy Central)
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Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Carl12 added Starring Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis & Eric Stuart (TV Tokyo)
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Johnny Bravo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cartoons of the '90s
Theschizophreniclyricist added Starring Jeff Bennett, Brenda Vaccaro & Mae Whitman (TV2)