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29 Jokes in Cartoons You Didn't Get As A Child 

Jacob Shelton
Updated May 27, 2020 460.8k votes 51.5k voters 14.8M views 29 items

List Rules Vote for the moments you can't believe went over your head when you were a kid.

Do you ever go back and watch cartoons that you liked as a kid, only to discover a subtext or inappropriate moment you didn't understand when you were knee high to a grasshopper? Are you just now getting jokes your older siblings laughed at in your favorite show? If not, then get ready to have your mind blown by this list of pop culture moments and adult jokes in kid's shows that you didn't catch when you were growing up.

A lot of the best cartoons of the '90s are actually full of adult humor. We're not talking about the Powerpuff Girls referencing The Big Lebowski or Freakazoid quoting an Ed Wood film (although both of those super weird and totally '90s things definitely happened). This list covers the stuff you can't believe animators and writers were able to get on the air.

This list is certain to make you go back and binge-watch all the cartoons you loved as a kid to see what pop culture references you wouldn't have thought twice about when you were growing up. Vote for the references and jokes in kids shows that surprised you the most!

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Some Light Reading
Some Light Reading is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 29 Jokes in Cartoons You Didn't Get As A Child
Photo:  Looney Tunes/Warner Bros.
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Edd's Reminder
Edd's Reminder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 29 Jokes in Cartoons You Didn't Get As A Child
Photo:  Ed, Edd n Eddy/Cartoon Network
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The Doctor Is In
The Doctor Is In is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 29 Jokes in Cartoons You Didn't Get As A Child
Photo:  Rocko's Modern Life/Nickelodeon
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Offering A Ride
Offering A Ride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 29 Jokes in Cartoons You Didn't Get As A Child
Photo:  Batman Beyond/Kids' WB
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