Do you have children of your own or young nieces and nephews who love to watch TV? We bet they’re tired of watching the same programs over and over. Until their favorite shows get new episodes, why not introduce them to some of the cartoons you watched when you were their age? Here, we round up 10 of the most memorable ‘90s cartoons that your children will love.
1. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Do your children love a good spooky story? Introduce them to Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma. These “meddlesome kids” always seem to find themselves solving mysteries involving curses, ghosts, and monsters. They follow clues, make inferences, and ultimately unmask the real villains in the end—not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning.
2. Extreme Ghostbusters
Your parents might have introduced you to The Ghostbusters when you were younger, but now it’s your turn to pass on another Ghostbusters legacy: the Extreme Ghostbusters. College students Kylie, Eduardo, Garrett, and Roland find themselves saving the city from ghosts and other supernatural creatures under the tutelage of the original Ghostbuster Egon Spengler. Apart from the cool storylines, the original Ghostbusters do drop by for a few special episodes.
3. Dexter’s Laboratory
The Cartoon Network original stars the young and self-proclaimed boy genius Dexter with a secret, well, laboratory. He has an annoying sister named Dee Dee who makes it a point to sneak into his lab whenever she can. Things get complicated when Dexter's nemesis Mandark (who has an intense rivalry with "the smartest boy the world has ever seen") develops a huge crush on Dee Dee.
4. Where’s Wally?: The Animated Series
Where Wally? :The Animated Series (Or Where's Waldo? in the US and UK versions) started as a series of successful children’s books that featured double-page spread illustrations of busy areas with an equally busy crowd. The reader’s task is to find Wally who is dressed in his recognizable red- and white-striped shirt. The successful books then inspired a TV series where the perennially cheerful Wally goes on lots of fun adventures with his dog Woof.
5. The Powerpuff Girls
Sugar, spice, and everything nice—these were supposed to be the ingredients for the world’s most perfect little girls, but when Professor Utonium accidentally added in Chemical X, he ended up with the Powerpuff Girls: Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup. While the girls almost always have to save the city of Townsville from notorious criminals, they also deal with everyday domestic concerns.
6. She-Ra: Princess of Power
A woman who can kick ass will always have a special place in our hearts, and that's one of the many reasons why we love She-Ra so much. She's He-Man's twin sister, and she uses the Sword of Protection to fight off the forces of evil and keep the kingdom safe for every citizen. But more than her sword, she uses her smarts to outwit her enemies. Now that's girl power!
7. Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold! is a wonderful animated series about a cool-headed fourth-grader who lives with his grandparents, regularly hangs out with his friends, and goes through many typical childhood experiences (such as a first crush). Some of the episodes also put the spotlight on the tenants who live in Arnold’s grandparents’ boarding house and on a few urban legends in his neighborhood.
Madeline is based on a series of children’s books by Austrian author Ludwig Bemelmans. It features the day-to-day experiences of a young girl studying in a Paris Catholic school. Aside from Madeline’s cheerful disposition, she also regularly uses simple French words in everyday conversation. Oui, Mademoiselle! It would be a great way to get your kids interested in learning a new language, don't you think?
9. Captain Planet and the Planeteers
Captain Planet is Earth’s eco-friendly warrior who can only be summoned when all the planeteers—the teenagers called upon to help save the environment—assemble. The show is quite educational and tackles a lot of environmental issues such as pollution, mining, and illegal logging.
10. The Adventures of Tintin
Tintin is a young and brilliant detective who is as brave as he is smart. Just like Where’s Wally? the main character of the French-Canadian series loves a good mystery and often takes his dog Snowy along on his adventures. He is usually joined by Captain Haddock, the twin investigators Thomson and Thompson, and Professor Calculus.
(1. Screencap from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! courtesy of American Broadcasting Company (ABC) 2. Photo from Extreme Ghostbusters courtesy of BKN 3. Screencap from Dexter's Laboratory courtesy of Cartoon Network Studios 4. Screencap from Where's Wally?: The Animated Series courtesy of HIT Entertainment 5. Screencap from The Powerpuff Girls courtesy of Cartoon Network Studios 6. Screencap from She-Ra: Princess of Power courtesy of Group W Productions 7. Screencap from Hey Arnold! courtesy of Nickelodeon Network 8. Screencap from Madeline courtesy of The Family Channel 9. Screencap from Captain Planet and the Planeteers courtesy of Warner Bros. Television 10. Screencap from The Adventures of Tintin courtesy of Home Box Office)