Do you remember getting up super early on Saturday mornings to watch your favorite cartoons? It was the one day a week we were all allowed to sit in front of the TV for hours watching cartoons without a care in the world. All we needed was our cartoons, a huge bowl of surgery cereal and a comfy spot on the couch or on the floor in front of the TV with our blankets.
The news of Saturday morning cartoons making a coming back makes us super nostalgic. You won’t find them on your typical local TV networks like we did when we were kids, but kids today can find cartoons like Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, and Popeye now airing on MeTV which you can find on coming TV service providers like DISH, Charter, Verizon, and AT&T . If you’re a 90’s kid you probably remember cartoons like Recess, Doug, X-Men and many more. While kids watching Saturday morning cartoons won’t get to experience the same cartoons, we can still find them online. Here’s our top 5 Saturday morning cartoons from the 90’s.
1. X-Men: The Animated Series
X-Men is led by Professor Charles Xavier and his group of mutants fighting for equality for mutants and humans alike. Jean Gray, Cyclops, Wolverine, Gambit, Rogue and Jubilee fight against impossible odds to not only in hopes to finally achieve equality, but also maintain peace and save human lives when they’re in danger. Much like the X-Men franchise as a whole; the show deals with social issues like racism, religion, historical tragedies, separation of families and public hysteria.
X-Men: The Animated Series is now streaming on Disney+. While you’re on Disney+ you’ll also find sequels of the show and the entire X-Men movie library.
Recess is all about a group of kids in the third grade enjoying their favorite period in school, recess! The show follows a group of fourth grade best friends TJ, Spinelli, Gretchen, Vince, Mikey, Gus and Randall go about their school day at Third Street Elementary. The show is centered on the group learning about life and all its social complexities they come across in the school yard. Viewers of the show watch the group face typical school and life issues like social hierarchy, conflict, breaking the rules.
Fans can find Recess streaming on Disney+. The series was so pivotal in the development of 90’s kids that a group of fans did a live action remake of the cartoon sans Disney.
Doug is a show all about himself and his experience adjusting to his new life in the town of Bluffington. The series addresses common topics you’d expect from a show starring a character in school like being new in school, trying to fit in, bullying, rumors, low self-esteem, new friendships and romantic relationships.
Fans will be happy to learn that they can find Doug on various streaming platforms including Disney+ and CBS All Access.
4. Garfield and Friends
Garfield is a lazy cat whose favorite hobbies include napping, eating lasagna and sassing his owner Jon. The show is the franchise’s first transition to TV from their popular comic strip. Later on the series evolved into multiple movies, video games and even another show with updated early 2000’s graphics.
Although Garfield and Friends hasn’t aired on TV in many years, you can find it on some streaming platforms including Boomerang’s streaming service.
5. Pepper Ann
Pepper Ann stars a seventh grade girl named Pepper Ann going through everything you’d expect her to go through in middle school. While attending Hazelnut Middle School, the show follows her school life where she’s trying to navigate being cool while not compromising who she is. Pepper Ann is shown as a bossy, loud, intelligent and characteristically “unladylike” but the show comes through and Pepper Ann refuses to bend to ladylike actions just to be cool.
Reruns of Pepper Ann currently air on Disney XD from time to time, but for some reason the show isn’t available on Disney+ or any other streaming platform.