While Cartoon Network is still a great channel, if you’re into Ben Ten and what not, it doesn’t even begin to compare with what it was in the late 90s and early 2000s. Cartoon Network had shows that even adults could and would watch (secretly of course) and played several cartoon classics. While they are no longer shown on Cartoon Network itself they are still shown on it’s sister channel, Boomerang, which is great because these cartoons are exactly what little kids need to have a fulfilling childhood, though the only people who watch it are probably still living in the 90s, like us. Here is a list of cartoons we believe were the best to ever be shown on Cartoon Network.
1) Dexter’s Laboratory
This show created and produced by Genndy Tartakovsky is about a boy genius named Dexter (a pretty weird name for anything but a boy genius or a monkey) who has a laboratory filled with his crazy inventions and spends most of his days battling his annoying sister Dee Dee who keeps (despite Dexter’s attempts to stop her) gaining access to his lab. Dexter has an arch nemesis named Mandark who also happens to be his neighbour. The show also features Dexter’s pet monkey that turns into a superhero and the Justice Friends, three superheroes who share an apartment. The show ran between 1996 and 2003.
2) The Powerpuff Girls
Created by Craig McCracken this show is a story of three young girls created when a science experiment went wrong, and who now have superpowers they use to battle the forces of evil. Their names are Blossom (the leader) Bubbles (the cute, sweet one) and Buttercup (the badass). They live with their father, Professor Utonium, who created them by accident. Their arch nemesis is Mojo Jojo an evil monkey, some of their other enemies include Fuzzy Lumpkins and the Amoeba boys.
3) Johnny Bravo
Johnny Bravo’s presence on a kid’s T.V channel is highly curious as it revolves around a muscular man with an Elvis Presley voice who spends entire episodes running after women, trying to get with them and failing miserably. It’s only when you realise the Seth MacFarlane was one of the writers that things start to make sense. This show is as popular with adults as it is with children (if not more so). The show ran between 1997 and 2004, it was the brainchild of Van Partible and is considered a classic today.
Shows like Courage the Cowardly Dog, Samurai Jack and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends all deserve honorary mentions.