ByKaylin Linke, writer at
Kaylin Linke

For those of us born in the early to mid-'90s, we know that the cartoon crap on TV now is hardly even comparable to the classic shows that we all grew up with. Even kids from this generation, will tell you that the cartoon shows being aired today, have little to zero educational sustenance for a child's brain. Admittedly, not many cartoon shows were very educational, besides shows about family morals like Arthur. However, as much as educational cartoons like The Magic School Bus or today's Little Einsteins would make a difference in your child's IQ or not, let's be honest. We never watch cartoons for their educational value. We watch them for our amusement and entertainment.

Little Einsteins
Little Einsteins

Below is a list of cartoons that we grew up with and are still entertaining this generation of kids today. Sadly, the best shows of the '90s aren't being shown anymore, such as Dexter's Lab, Johnny Bravo, Jimmy Neutron, or Hey Arnold. Here are the shows that managed to survive.

1. Spongebob Squarepants

Little, yellow, and porous is he!! This overly optimistic sea sponge is still one of the most popular television shows of its time, even though the classic sponge has undergone some physical changes over the years, we still get to enjoy episode after episode of his nautical nonsense with his underwater sea friends in his home town of Bikini Bottom. Not too much has changed with this one.

2. Fairly Odd Parents

This show is about a boy named Timmy who seems to have parents that don't really care about him as much as they care about themselves. They leave him with his babysitter, Vicky, a high school girl that basically loves to torture him and gets paid for it. He wishes for a way to make her just as miserable as she makes him, or at least get her caught in the act. But of course you know how grown ups are.

With the help of Timmy's Fairy God Parents coming into his life, he makes the most insane wishes and every show is him realizing his wish has adverse consequences so he has to help make it right again because he's the only one who can. In the midst of Timmy almost always exposing himself, his teacher, Mr. Crocker, is determined to capture Timmy's Fairy God Parents because he also hates Timmy and is slightly bonkers himself.

3. Family Guy

Not necessarily a show for the kiddos, but Family Guy was created in the 90's by Seth Mcfarlane and has showed no signs of stopping. In the small town of Quahog, MA, the Griffins' go about their daily lives, which are anything but ordinary trips to the market or just getting a checkup from the family doctor. The show is about mainly Peter Griffin and his daily shenanigans, accompanied by his wife Louis, two teenage kids, Chris and Meg, an evil genius baby with a hatred for his mother, and their dog, Brian, who is able to talk.

With random twists and turns in every episode, most of which make no sense, this show has never failed to entertain viewers and make them want more. Since Family Guy's success, Seth McFarland has also created more shows like American Dad, Which is the same style of show but with a new family of bizarre characters, and even took one of the characters in Family Guy named Cleveland Brown, and produced The Cleveland Show, which has set in a different tone, but is still just as equally appealing to the same viewers.

4. South Park

From creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes South Park, an original animated cartoon series that is based on four elementary school boys from a town called South Park, in Colorado. Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny are just regular boys with outlandish ideas and always seem to get in way over their heads. They are basically badass unsupervised children getting themselves in a whole mess of trouble, and Kenny usually dies in every episode but comes back for more adventures with his friends.

Even though we all know it's physically impossible, we waited every episode in anticipation of how he would die just so we could shout out the ever-famous line, "Oh my god, you killed Kenny!" Pause a tiny bit. "You bastards!" Like I said before, not really a show suitable for kids, although I along with others watched it as a kid and turned out fine.... *snickers* How this show is still on the air amazes me. They are most known for bringing in a washed up celebrity such as Paris Hilton or Mel Gibson and distorting their image so badly, it's actually funny.

5. Powerpuff Girls

Back in the day, every night at 8 PM this show would come on about three little girls, who were basically made in a lab by a lonely professor who wanted children but had poor luck with women. Three little girls were made of sugar, spice, and everything nice. Oh, and he accidentally gave them superpowers too, which is how the Powerpuff Girls were born. The show takes place in the city of Townsville, where the mayor has a crisis and the city is in jeopardy every day because of an evil monkey-genius trying to take over the world or another villain or monster terrorizing the town.

Even though these girls are basically in Kindergarten, the mayor and the whole town look to Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup as the only heroines that can save the town from evil. I have no idea why I loved this show so much as a kid, but there was nothing better than watching those little girls save the world before bedtime. Apparently the final episode was aired in 2005, but they brought back a tenth anniversary episode in 2008, and although they still show re-runs of the original show, there is said to be a reboot coming in June 2016. That's why it still makes the list.

6. Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo is the longest lasting cartoon show series seeing as how it first started airing on TV sets in 1969. Obviously there is a dramatic difference in the show back then vs. now, but the premise of the show stays the same. A gang of kids and their dog, riding around in the 'Mystery Van,' are always running into people or spirits, and always solving the mystery and uncovering the ghosts or monsters, usually played by someone they met earlier in the episode.

Throughout the years, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby become more grown up looking and sounding, yet they still find themselves in the same situations. Props to the people that kept this show going. You guys must be running on empty in your think tank by now.

7. Pokemon

Now onto a show that pushes the boundaries of creativity. With an array of Pokemon species and new characters constantly being introduced, it's unlikely that Pokemon will ever go out of style. On February 27, 1995 Satoshi Tajiri created the first Pokemon video games, which I believe started out through the Gameboy Color system as three separate games, Red, Yellow, and Blue. Sponsored by Nintendo, The Pokemon franchise blew up into a worldwide phenomenon with the help of the release of the cartoon show. So many doors opened for this media company, and thus came many more colors of the game, and more versions of the original Pokemon show, which was centered around Ash, and his very first Pokemon, Pikachu.

Kids were able to battle each other with the Pokemon Trading Card Game, Or trade and collect cards that would be worth a lot of money someday. Overall, the Pokemon franchise was all about strategy, which apparently served them very well, as it is still just as entertaining for kids as it was in the beginning, even if it gets a little more out there each time. The age of Pokemon is still thriving, even with recently made knock off shows such as Bokugan trying to take its place. In recent news, In 2016, the company plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the original games by an ad during Super Bowl 50. In addition, the company will be re-releasing Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow, and the launch of the new Pokemon Go.

8. The Simpsons

On December 17, 1989, The Simpsons started captivating the world. Homer Simpson, a dim-witted husband (who ironically works as an employee at a nuclear power plant) and his family just live their lives. Besides their son Bart, who is a troublemaker who makes Homer want to strangle him, and Lisa, Bart's sister, who is the goody too shoes of the family, Homer's family includes his wife, who lets him get away with practically everything he does, and their baby Maggie, who never talks.... until the Simpsons Movie was released July 27, 2007.

Some TV shows will never go out of style or off the air and I believe The Simpsons is one of them. The Simpsons is going into their 27th season with no signs of stopping. Although Fox wants a Simpsons Movie 2, nothing is set in stone for the sequel just yet. As a matter of fact, we probably won't see another Simpsons movie until the show finally dies.

9. Ed, Edd, N Eddy

You've likely heard the saying boys will be boys. Well this show really only appealed to boys being boys, making fun of girls, alienating their nerdy friends that didn't fit in their group, while always on a quest to get enough money to buy jawbreakers. As silly as this show was, the dynamic characters of Ed, Edd, and Eddy never failed to immerse themselves in crazy situations, and although the last episode aired in 2009, Cartoon Network still shows re-runs of the old show to this day, just because of how popular it was back then.

10. Tom and Jerry

Last but not least, who could forget the good old Saturday morning cartoon regimen of watching Tom and Jerry? Tom and Jerry is an American animated series of short films created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. This classic animation is about a cat who is constantly trying to outwit a mouse that is smarter than him. Well, more like Tom the cat trying to capture Jerry to appease his owner, and Jerry running for his life a lot and causing way more damage to Tom in the process, since all of Tom's plans seem to backfire in his face.

If it wasn't for the show being a cartoon, it would have been portrayed with more violence, but its cartoon approach just made it more funny when Jerry dropped an anvil on Tom's head or chopped him in half. Despite being called "excessively violent" for a children's cartoon, shows that came out after such as The Loony Tunes and Animaniacs all seemed to follow the same suit, and have all been considered very popular hits from back in the day to present day.

From older shows like Tom and Jerry to South Park, it becomes clear that crass humor, raunchy scenes, and graphic violence are what's trending in the world of television today and the lines only seem to be blurred more and more as far as what's considered appropriate for younger viewers.

Sources: Google & Wikipedia


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