Top 5 Best 90’s Cartoon Network Shows

This week Walter gives you his Top 5 Best picks for 90s Cartoon Network Shows. Did some of your favorites like Space Ghost and Dexter’s Laboratory make the list? Watch to find out!

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  1. I think I watched Cartoon Network slightly more than I did Nick. Out of all the shows, Ed, Edd, and Eddy was probably my absolute favorite. ^.^ I also liked Johnny Bravo, the Powerpuff Girls, and Dexter’s Laboratory. Speaking of Dexter’s Laboratory, does anyone remember the rap album for the show (?) because I still listen to it. I think I saw Jonny Quest. I hated Cow and Chicken. I don’t remember What A Cartoon or Space Ghost. I think I was still a baby when those came out.

  2. Yeah you pretty much nailed the list. 😀 Dexter’s Lab is the greatest cartoon of the 90s.

  3. lilith_ascennding

    PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF NOSTALGIA AVOID THE POWERPUFF GIRLS REBOOT. Unless you want to see this classic become a twerking, millennial, meme infested wasteland, just watch the old series. The Powerpuff Girls were a huge part of my childhood and I still love the show to this day. It had an excellent rogue gallery and badass girls that made the show accessible to all. It got this tomboy’s seal of approval XD. As for that one Courage episode, that still freaks me out. I couldn’t watch my one Scooby Doo video I had as a kid because that short was included and it scared the shit out of me XD. Maybe you could do a list of Top 5 Courage the Cowardly Dog episodes since you enjoyed it so much?

    • Sigh… The fear-mongering reboot-haters.

      Seriously. The reboot of PPG is ‘still’ good. A ***different*** kind of good.
      It’s not the original. It will NEVER be the original. It’s not supposed to be.

      But, it IS still the PPG, just slightly modernized. The energy of the show feels different, yes, of course, but the characters… the personalities are still the same;
      While they are shown under a different light, they still shine all the same.

      So, I fail to see the need some people have to trash around and cry about ‘their’ view of ‘their’ past not being kept ”pure and pristine”.

  4. My personal favorites from that time:

    1. Dexter’s Lab.

    2. Powerpuff Girls.

    3. Ed, Edd, ‘n’ Eddie.

    4. Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

    5. Johnny Bravo.

    While I have to acknowledge the importance and influence of What A Cartoon, I have to say that, to me, the shorts themselves were kind of hit and miss. Some of them seemed a bit too random, or like they were trying too hard. But obviously there were some gold nuggets in there, as many of the sketches got their own shows.

    I had to include Space Ghost because of its significance in sparking interest in adult-oriented animation. Also, I met the guy who did his voice a couple of times; he used to shop at the Sandy Springs Office Depot where I was working at the time. Cool dude.

  5. to anyone who enjoyed the What A Cartoon series, Mina and the Count was great and they made about 6 episodes that you can find on Youtube

    • I don’t remember any of the other shorts. The original short Mina and the Count was cute, though.

      • The Real Silverstar

        The other shorts aired on a Nickelodeon show called “Oh, Yeah! Cartoons”, which like What-A-Cartoon, served as a vehicle for pilots for potential new series. Fairly OddParents, ChalkZone and My Life as a Teenage Robot all originated on “Oh, Yeah! Cartoons”.

  6. In the 90’s older kids and uhm…stoned teens pretty much went with Cartoon network for their more zany shows with adult humor tucked away in them. Nick and Disney were recognized for putting out quality, but it was seen as kids stuff. – — BTW agree that Dexter’s Lab was amazing! My #1 as well!

    Now for the most influential Cartoon Network show of the 90s – Space Ghost Coast to Coast – it pretty much set the template for Adult Swim which is still running today and accounts for almost half of their daily program schedule.

  7. The rebooted PPG is horrible.

    • The Real Silverstar

      The Powerpuff Girls lost its’ luster around 2000, the post-movie episodes were notably weak and uninspired. PPG burned out long before the reboot.

      As for the new one, the fact that Craig McCracken isn’t involved in the reboot should have been a huge red flag for fans of the 90’s PPG; anyone who was expecting the new PPG to be a 100% reiteration of the original series was only setting themselves up for disappointment.

      PPG 2016 isn’t great, but it’s far from being the worst thing ever; it’s just another mediocre reboot of a once popular show. 90’s nostalgia buffs hate it, but it’s putting young butts into seats. The thing to remember is that the shows on the current Cartoon Network are made for *this* generation, not *ours*. Kids like the show, and in the end, that’s all that matters.

      • I will never understand people who react in a (obviously paraphrased and exaggerated for the point) ”X person isn’t in Y ?! Suuuuuuuucks!!” way, like the presence of ONE person was all that held a show.

  8. The Real Silverstar

    Overall, I was more into Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs during the 90’s, but I did like some of the Cartoon-Cartoons. I wasn’t a super-fan of Dexter’s Lab, Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy or Powerpuff Girls, but those shows had their moments; I could watch them and got some enjoyment out of them. When those were good, they were very good.

    The weakest of that lot was Johnny Bravo; the other shows had unique imaginative premises; when you strip it down to bare bones level, Johnny Bravo was just about a guy trying to score.

    I personally wan’t all that into most of the What-A-Cartoon shorts; most of them had little to no potential, staying power or lasting impact, but there were clearly some gems to be had, as several of them went on to become series.

  9. Out of all the 90s era Cartoon-Cartoons, I’d say that Dexter’s Laboratory, Ed, Edd ‘N’ Eddy and The Powerpuff Girls were the best of the lot. Dexter’s Lab had an enjoyable premise, although Dee-Dee tended to be annoying and the “Let’s humiliate Dexter for the sake of a laugh” gags were a little much at times.

    The What A Cartoon shorts were mostly hit and miss. In the case of many of them, I can see why they weren’t made into series, and no offense to any of it’s fans, but I absolutely hated Mina and the Count. “Sentimental rubbish”, as Piccolo would say.

    As for the PPG reboot, I knew that It wasn’t going to be good when I found out that Craig McCracken isn’t involved with it, but like Silverstar said; the reboot is meant for today’s kids, not for fans of the original series. The only way that older PPG fans would like the reboot is if it were a 100% reiteration of the original series, which would’ve been impossible to do, since most of the original writers, directors and crew have moved on to other things. No, the new series isn’t the PPG that older fans wanted, but there’s no way that it could have been because it’s not 1998.

  10. I remember these shitty animation cartoons from Cartoon Network, ah good times good times

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