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My Favourite Childhood TV Shows

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People who added this item 5622 Average listal rating (3680 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.8
The Simpsons (1989)
I don't know what to say about this show. It's the best thing ever. I loved it as a kid, and even now as an adult I look back at when it was at its peak and revel in how perfect it was.

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Technically not a television series, but animated shorts. Growing up in the 1990s meant that I was able to to view TV shows that showed these old 1950s classics, so I'm going to include it on here. I loved all the characters, but I was obsessed with Bugs Bunny the most. These were the definitive cartoons in my opinion.

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People who added this item 626 Average listal rating (429 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Darkwing Duck (1991)
Disney were going through an animation renaissance in cinemas during the early 1990s, and their television cartoons were at their peak as well. Darkwing Duck, by far their best cartoon, would air in Australia on Saturday mornings and some of my best memories included me getting up early and watching this over a bowl of cereal. It was a parody of Batman, but to me it was just awesome in its own right. "Let's get dangerous".

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People who added this item 967 Average listal rating (690 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Like most kids at the time, I was really into the Turtles. It was a really silly and ridiculous concept, but we didn't care. It was great fun. And like most kids, I had the toys. They were great!

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Everyone at my school was into this show. It would air in the afternoon and so after school everyone would watch this, and then talk about it the next day. It had a good message for kids, and I suppose pointed us in the right direction of being aware of the environment. But we just loved the concept of these 5 teens summoning a superhero with their awesome magic rings.

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After the two Tim Burton Batman films, this animated series was released. Like the films it was dark and brooding and actually quite sophisticated for a cartoon series. Not long after there were a string of animated superhero series like X-Men, Superman and Spider-Man. Although I love those shows,none could quite match Batman's quality. Every kid loved Batman in the early 1990s, and this was a major reason why.

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People who added this item 979 Average listal rating (701 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.6
I was a massive Looney Tunes nut as a young child, so naturally I took to this right away. I loved it. Even though it was a different take on the Looney Tunes, being a fresh, updated version with the characters being the next generation of Looney Tune stars, it still maintained the classic insane humour of the Looney Tunes.

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People who added this item 37 Average listal rating (23 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Blinky Bill is a classic children's character in Australian literature, but I only really knew the 1990s television version. He was mischievous and smart-alecky, but ultimately would do the right thing in the end, somewhat like a marsupial Bart Simpson. Blinky Bill was huge for those who grew up in Australia during the 1990s.

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People who added this item 15 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 7
Like Captain Planet, it had an educational message for kids to look after and maintain the environment. But what really appealed to me were the fun characters, and the cool spaceships and alien technology. Widget's watch was awesome, and I loved that Widget could shape shift.

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People who added this item 43 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 7.5
Gumby was awesome. Like Widget, I loved that he could shape-shift, although I was more of a Pokey or Prickle fan. There were two versions of this show, and I watched both. Naturally, I liked the fun, action-packed 1988 version more than the weird, creepy and uncomfortable 1950s version...

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People who added this item 194 Average listal rating (135 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
The 1960s Hannah Barbera cartoons got a lot of airtime in the 1990s, and I was really into them. Yogi Bear was my favourite character.

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I loved the gang, and I loved trying to solve the mystery (Spoiler alert: The villain was always the character they met at the start of the episode). Everyone knows Daphne was hot but rarely solved anything, Velma was nerdy but solved most of the mysteries, Freddy was the leader and would always pair off with Daphne, and Shaggy and Scooby just stole the show.

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People who added this item 1975 Average listal rating (1437 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.5
The best thing about this show was the clever way they would make pre-historic related things like dinosaurs and rocks, and turn them into modern day-like appliances. Oh, and the catchy theme song.

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People who added this item 198 Average listal rating (121 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
Bonkers (1993)
The series followed the concept of 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' by having toons live among humans, except the show was completely animated, so it was a tad strange. Nonetheless it was really fun. Bonkers and Lucky were not your ordinary buddy-cops.

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People who added this item 437 Average listal rating (300 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
TaleSpin (1990)
Yes, here's another Disney animated show from the early 1990s, but damn it they had some great ones back then. TaleSpin was great because they used the classic characters from The Jungle Book and gave them a anthropomorphic setting. Baloo is a pilot and Shere Khan is a business tycoon. It was great fun. My dad loved this show, and would watch it and laugh with me on Saturday mornings.

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People who added this item 980 Average listal rating (676 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.6
And yet another 1990s Disney cartoon. The classic Disney duo got an updated, kick-ass version of themselves in the early 1990s where they would solve crimes and save the innocent. And how about that awesome theme song? One of Disney's best.

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People who added this item 1028 Average listal rating (730 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.7
I don't know what to say, but... this was one messed up show. I loved it.

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People who added this item 1894 Average listal rating (1342 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 8
Cartoon Network had some goodies during the mid-1990s, and Dexter's Lab was one of their best. An American kid, with an inexplicable German accent, had a secret Laboratory hidden behind the bookshelf in his room. This was awesome.

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I remember thinking that this show was just going to appeal to girls, but it turned out to be a really ridiculously hilarious show, spoofing classic Superheroes. The villains were great, the narrator was funny as hell, and the Powerpuff Girls themselves would do massive damage to the city in their attempts to save it. I'm glad I gave it a chance after thinking I would hate it.

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People who added this item 1623 Average listal rating (1160 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
Rugrats (1990)
Probably one of the first Nikolodean cartoons I got into. It was cute and funny. Everyone loved the kids but personally I always thought the adults were the best characters, especially Stu and Drew.

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People who added this item 1395 Average listal rating (925 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
Pokémon (1997)
Yeah, like most kids during the latter years of the 1990s, I got into Pokemon. It just became this massive phenomenon. It's crazy how big this got. In the school yard, everyone would bring their gameboys to school and play Pokemon. The TV show was pretty good. I think it may have been the first Anime I got into. I watched some Astro-Boy when I was younger, but I wasn't into it like this.

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Followed a similar formula to Sylvester and Tweety/Speedy Gonzales, or Coyote and the Roadrunner so it very much appealed to me, even though the Looney Tunes were way better.

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People who added this item 270 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Count Duckula (1988)
I loved cartoon ducks, there were a lot of them at the time. Monsters and horror were appealing for young boys as well. Count Duckula fit right in.

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People who added this item 1144 Average listal rating (763 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8
Daria (1997)
This came out while I was in the latter years of Primary School. It painted an image in my head of what High School was going to be like.

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People who added this item 859 Average listal rating (620 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 8
There are a few really messed-up cartoons on this list, and here is one of them.

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People who added this item 442 Average listal rating (305 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.6
Even though this was one of the earlier Disney cartoons, harking back to the mid-'80s, I probably didn't get into it until the re-runs of the mid-to-late '90s. It was actually a really good show. Great characters, silly moments meshed into some epic stories.

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People who added this item 641 Average listal rating (407 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
'Aladdin' was one of my favourite movies when it came out. A few years later the sequel, 'The Return of Jafar', was released and kickstarted a spin-off television series. I loved the series, it was awesome. I was happy to see the Aladdin story continue.

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People who added this item 1356 Average listal rating (976 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 7
The Jetsons (1962)
Much like 'The Flintstones', except set in the future rather than pre-historic times. Although it was a 1960s series it got plenty of air-time on Agro's Cartoon Connection during breakfast. The Jetsons Movie was released in 1990 so it certainly had a presence during my childhood.

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People who added this item 309 Average listal rating (198 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
Babar (1989)
I watched a lot of Babar as a child. Looking back at it now, it was really quite good.

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People who added this item 1852 Average listal rating (1392 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.9
Spinning off from 'The Animaniacs', this cartoon about two mice who plot to take over the world kept with the insane humour from not only 'The Animaniacs', but also Warner Bros. cartoons of the past, like 'The Looney Tunes'.

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People who added this item 1129 Average listal rating (839 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
Yeah, another really messed up show. I didn't fully appreciate it as a child, even though I did like it. I enjoy it more so now as an adult though.

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People who added this item 315 Average listal rating (226 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 8.2
After the success of 'Batman: The Animated Series", Warner Brothers then tried to do the same thing with Superman. It was a great result. I was a Superman fanboy as a kid so I really got into this show.

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People who added this item 925 Average listal rating (669 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.5
X-Men (1992)
Although I was into Batman and Superman more, X-Men was a great animated superhero series. There was a diverse range of characters. I loved Gambit and Beast, but Wolverine was definitely my favourite. He was just bad-ass. I'm proud to say I still have this show on VHS.

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Yeah animated superhero series were a hit in the 1990s. This was the show that got me into Spider-Man. At one stage he even surpassed Batman and Superman as my #1 superhero. This was partly because I felt sorry for him because he didn't have a movie and the other two did, but it was mainly because I had stopped watching at least the Batman series and my attention turned to Spidey in this series. He was cocky, but still kicked arse. I also loved Venom, what a great villain! Anyway, it wasn't long until my short attention span made me miss the Bat...

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People who added this item 462 Average listal rating (314 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
This was one of those shows I would catch after school on ABC as part of their ABC Kids arvos. I liked monsters, and I liked Nickelodeon, so this appealed to me. It's concept was somewhat like Monster's Inc., with some various differences of course. Ickis was my favourite.




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People who added this item 1156 Average listal rating (815 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
Hey Arnold! (1994)
Hey Arnold! was great, but my sister was the real fan, It was one of her favourite shows. I did like it though thanks to its slick characters urban setting.




Hey Arnold! intro
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DuckTales (1987)
DuckTales was a great show and I see it as being the one that kicked off Disney's magic run of great animated TV shows during the 1990s. Well, Gummi Bears did come before it, but when you look at the shows following DuckTales, they resemble DuckTales and not the Gummi Bears. I was familiar with Huey, Dewey and Louie through this show before I had seen their classic Donald Duck cartoons. Fun adventures and characters made for an iconic show, not to mention an extremely catchy theme song.




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People who added this item 406 Average listal rating (257 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9
Goof Troop (1992)
Of the classic Disney characters, Goofy was always my favourite, so I really loved the updated 1990s version which saw Goofy and his son Max living next to Pete and his family. The show was somewhat like an animated Disney version of Home Improvement.




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People who added this item 478 Average listal rating (327 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
Top Cat (1961)
While Yogi was my favourite classic Hanna Barbera cartoon character, Top Cat was by far the coolest.




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SuperTed (1983)
If you watch the intro for this show again, you'll come to realise how freaking weird it was.




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Kids, especially boys, like trains. I'm not sure why that is. As such, I really liked this show as a child. Back then I had no idea that the narrator was the one and only Ringo Starr.




Original Thomas Opening
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Recess (1997)
I watched this during the latter years of Primary school, so it did resonate with me. I like how the playground acts like a small community.




Disney's Recess
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Jumanji (1996)
Most people, including myself, love the movie Jumanji. But I think most people forget, or perhaps did not even know, about the animated series based on the film. It made several changes to the movie, and it was awesome. It was nice to see a different approach to the concept. In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated TV shows ever.




Jumanji Animated T.V Show Opening Theme
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People who added this item 1229 Average listal rating (892 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.8
The catchy theme song, the awesome gadgets, the zany characters and the mysteries. What wasn't to like? Inspector Gadget was a show from the early 1980s, but I was still able to watch it in the early 1990s. Thank you re-runs!




inspector gadget cartoon intro theme
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Yes, I had the toys...




He-Man - Open
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Another early 1980s classic I was able to watch during the early '90s thanks to re-runs. Sure they're cute, but I remember it actually being pretty funny.




Alvin and the Chipmunks - Original 80s Intro
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The Smurfs (1981)
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Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Aug 29 8:07
I forgot Recess in my "tv show of my childhood" list!! I loved them..simpson too and I steel watch it :D
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Aug 1 15:44
Lots we have in common here. Nicely done!
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Aug 1 16:07
Batman the Animated Series is the most epic animated TV show. I still love to watch it.

Nice list btw.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Jan 5 0:02
Awesome list. I grew up with these shows as well. Loved being a 90's kid.
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Feb 28 18:24
Great list. So many shows here that I grew up with and loved.
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Feb 28 23:51
If I could vote for this list twice - I'd still ask for 10 more! -This is AWESOMENESS dripping in sweat! Thanx so much for "Darkwing Duck" me and my bro were INSANE over this series. "X-Men" too and the rest of the Disney afternoon lineup. "Chip n' Dale" RR damn near brings a tear to my eye just to think about it.

I totally agree (not completely though I'm afraid?) you're right, "Simpsons" WAS perfect. The show steadily declined after Maggie popped a cap in Mr. B's ass, and as it is now the last 10 seasons or more IMO are a complete embarrassment and should be taken out back and burned!

Me and my bro also big "Sliders" nuts also. I would have included "Buffy"; "Gargoyles"; and "X-Files" to make this list complete? OMG, thanx all over the place for "Mr. Bean". People are WAY too hard on this show - I hear everyone pick on it all the time. I nearly cracked a few ribs to this show this guy was so hilarious!...

Oh - and absolutely everything else in the animated half is perfection all my favs 'too'. Spider-Man; Pooh-bear; Rocko's; Real Monsters; the WB lineup; the Timverse; ect. ect...

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