ByTraelon Randolph, writer at
Man of God. Writer. Superhero Nerd.
Traelon Randolph

I'm a 90's kid, so I was fortunate enough to witness (half of) the best decade of animated series. From Rugrats, to Pinky and the Brain, these animated shows have kept us entertained then, and can still get the job done now. Besides, who doesn't love the animated shows that the 90's had to offer? Today, I share with you The Best Animated TV Shows From My Childhood. There is absolutely no way for me to rank these shows, so I'm just going to list them in no specific order. Nostalgia, here we come!

Dexter's Laboratory (1996-2003)

This show followed a kid genius who whips up outlandish experiments in his secret, underground lab. From time to time, Dexter would compete with his nemesis Mandark, who's voice is as annoying as it is entertaining. Dee Dee, Dexter's pain of an older sister, has to be my favorite part of the show. She's always sneaking into his laboratory, wrecking his experiments, and wearing his patience thin.


Other than Dee Dee and her antics, the best part of the show has to be the fact that Dexter's parents are completely unaware that their son has a secret underground laboratory. (and where'd he get that accent from?)

Gargoyles (1994-1997)

This show was introduced to me when I was in preschool. Just a wee lad, watching a cartoon show about stone creatures coming to life. To be honest, it was frightening, but I enjoyed the thrill. The show was so intense, and so compelling, I couldn't help myself. It followed these nocturnal creatures (Gargoyles) that turn to stone during the day. After staying in a petrified state for thousands of years, the creatures were transported from medieval Scotland, to modern-day New York City; that's where they became the secret guardians of the night. I could be wrong, but I believe that the series can still be watched on YouTube! Check it out if you haven't yet.

Recess (1997-2001)

This was, and still is the BEST cartoon show that didn't have to do with superheroes. It focused on six unlikely friends, and their interactions with students and teachers. You'd never think that kids in elementary school could have so much fun! They also had the coolest playground ever. From left to right, theres Vince, Gretchen, TJ, Mikey, Spinelli, and Gus. Just by writing this, I have revived my love for this show. I'll be searching for it online after I finish writing this post, I'm so excited!

Superman: The Animated Series (1996-2000)

Sorry Batman, I had to add my first favorite superhero. You'll get your turn later. This show blew my mind when I was a kid. I think it may be one of the many reasons why I love superheroes as much as I do today. It had a great storyline, lots of action, drama, and a great look at some of Superman's most infamous foes. The theme music; oh the wonderful theme music! Tim Daly voiced the Man of Steel in this unforgettable animated series. In the same way that Kevin Conroy is Batman, Tom Daly is Superman. Speaking of Batman....

Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995)

Being the Batfan that I am today, you may be surprised by what I am about to say. Because of my love for Superman, I somewhat resented this show for not being as light as Superman: The Animated Series. But that's when I was a kid! Despite the fact that it gave me the chills, I still watched the show because I enjoyed the thrill of it, as well as the mystery.

Batman was this brooding, dark character who you couldn't help but love, no matter how dark the show was. It conveyed the mood of the original "Batman" comics, which was a nice change of pace from the campy show from the 60's. The series included a young Dick Grayson, and a handful of unforgettable villains. I also loved the movies that stemmed from the show. Kevin Conroy voiced the Dark Knight throughout this series, but let's not forget about the greatest villain of all time, The Joker, who was voiced by the sensational Mark Hamill.

Rugrats (1991-2004)

This amazing show focused on the everyday lives of a handful of toddlers, primarily Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, and the brat, Angelica. To the babies, every day was a wild adventure, driven by their adolescent imagination. Funny thing is, the parents were unaware of the children's activities, which left more room for Tommy and the gang to explore. This animated series made you long for days full of adventure, and fueled by imagination. I think I still have "Runaway Reptar" on VHS! Pretty sure that's the only orange colored video i've ever owned.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994-1998)

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what made Spider-Man my favorite Marvel character of all time (tied with Captain America). The awesome theme song got me so hyped as a kid, i'd be jumping and dancing all over the place. Spiderman: TAS began by showing us a Peter Parker who already had his powers, and was working as a part time photographer for the Daily Bugle. Throughout the series, we were introduced to the biggest villains that Spidey has ever had to face. The show introduced them pretty quickly, but it didn't feel rushed. It also featured a good deal of other superheroes, which made me love the show even more. Out of all of the animated series, this is probably the most memorable.

Pinky and the Brain (1995-1998)

Pinky and the Brain was a show about two mice. One was intelligent, and the other was a dope. Together, they attempted to conquer the world each and every night. Yes, this show existed and it was hilarious. Nuff said.

X-Men: The Animated Series (1992-1997)

This show was, and still is one of the best animated series to have ever aired. To me it was so intense, and so powerful, because of the problems that the mutants had to face. It focused on Charles Xavier and his team of mutants, who fought back against corrupt and bigoted government agencies, as well as evil mutants like Magneto. Every character was done justice in the show, and I loved every little thing about it. Here's the super exciting theme song. Goodness, I can't get over how cool this is.


There are so many titles to cover, but I won't break them all down. So I'll leave you with a few honorable mentions...

Doug (1996-1999)

Hey Arnold! (1996-2004)

Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999-2002)

The most frightening, thrilling show of my childhood.

Johnny Bravo (1997-2004)

Batman Beyond (1999-2001)

Great show, idc what you say.
Great show, idc what you say.

Darkwing Duck (1991-1992)

Pokémon (1997-The End of Time)

CatDog (1998-2005)

The Magic School Bus (1994-1997)

It's the mother flubbin' Magic School Bus
It's the mother flubbin' Magic School Bus

Alright folks, that's it for The Best Animated TV Shows From My Childhood! I hope this one took you on a trip down memory lane.

What were your favorited animated TV shows?
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