Being born in the mid 1980’s, I wasn’t old enough to really care about quality television shows until the 1990’s. Anyone who grew up around that time should remember such great shows such as Boy Meets World, Home Improvement (sometimes), Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Freaks and Geeks.
Though those shows were great, the best part of the television lineup was the cartoons! Today’s “kids shows” for the most part are complete garbage compared to the quality of shows that existed in the early 90s (Darkwing Duck, Doug, Talespin, Tiny Toon Adventures, etc.).
Here are some great fan art from some of the great cartoon shows that I grew up with. Feel free to leave a comment of some of your favorite shows growing up that I might have missed. Enjoy 🙂
The show stars 4th-grader Arnold, who lives with his grandparents Phil and Gertrude, proprietors of the Sunset Arms boarding house. In each episode, Arnold often helps a schoolmate solve a personal problem, or encounters a predicament of his own.
The Angry Beavers
The series revolves around Daggett and Norbert Beaver, two young beaver brothers who have left their home in the forest, to become bachelors. Naturally, they get into all sorts of beaver related trouble and comedy is made.
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters was a show about adolescent monsters-in-training. The three main characters (Ickis, Oblina and Krumm) attend an institute for monsters under a city dump and learn how to frighten humans.
Pinky and the Brain
Originally starting as a recurring segment on the hit show Animaniacs, Pinky and The Brain finally landed their own show in 1995. Pinky and Brain are genetically enhanced laboratory mice who reside in a cage in the Acme Labs research facility. Each episode involves one of Brain’s plans for world domination with Pinky’s assistance, and the ultimate failure of that plan.
Recess portrays the lives of six fourth graders as they go about their daily lives in a highly clichéd school environment. The students of Third Street School have set up their own “little world” of traditional human society complete with its own government, class system, and set of unwritten laws. They are ruled by a monarch, King Bob, who has various enforcers to make sure his decrees are carried out. The little society has a long list of rigid values and social norms that imposes a high expectation of conformity upon all the students
Rocko’s Modern Life
Rocko’s Modern Life followed the life of a wallaby called Rocko. Not known to young children, the show was full of sexual innuendos and crude humor. After 52 episodes, the show called it quits, but it’s humor and great animation stuck with a generation of kids.
The show focuses on four babies and their day-to-day lives, usually involving common life experiences that become adventures in the babies’ imaginations. It was one of the first three Nicktoons and also aired on Nick Jr. in 1995.