5 Best 90s Animated Series

If you’ve been following the 11 Questions series, you would’ve noticed that one of the questions revolved around favourite television series. Funny enough, most of the participants listed an animated show as one of their favourites. My noggin’s light bulb flickered and I quickly checked through my archives of written work. Devastated, I realised I’ve never written about my favourite animated series from the 90s…until now.

Prepare yourself for nostalgia galore!

P.S. the only reason that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn’t on this list is because it began in the 80s, so it’ll appear on a future list.

X-Men: The Animated Series


As good as the X-Men films are, they pale in comparison to any episode of X-Men: The Animated Series. From Wolverine’s snarling badassery and lust for stabbing others to the hatred that we all had for the pompous Cyclops and his desire to do whatever the Professor said, this programme was an introduction to Marvel’s mutants for many. It might’ve been created for children, but it wasn’t afraid to tackle more grownup topics. In fact, I don’t even know how certain episodes managed to evade the censors at the time.

Pinky and the Brain


Let’s be honest: the only reason we put up with the Animaniacs was because of the Pinky and the Brain segments. When the two laboratory mice (with genes that have been spliced) finally got their own show, it was a cacophony of gags and laughter for all…until it became Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain. Elmyra is easily the Warner Bros. equivalent of Jar Jar Binks and took everyone down with her.

Toxic Crusaders


Based on the R-rated Toxic Avenger films, Toxic Crusaders is a series about Toxie and his motley crew who battle against pollution. Unlike the films, though, the gore, violence and profanity were non-existent; however, traces of the Troma humour were still present if you paid close enough attention. Like most animated series from this era, the toy line was from another dimension and ensured that your parents would be broke around Christmases and birthdays.

James Bond Jr.

James Bond Jr

If you were a fan of spies and sleuthing around, this was the only show for you in the 90s. Featuring many of the classic Bond villains, all of the gadgets and a ridiculously addictive theme song, James Bond Jr. also spawned a fantastic toy line and the worst NES game of all-time. Seriously, the game was utter garbage.

Batman: The Animated Series


Arguably the greatest animated show ever produced, Batman: The Animated Series overtook the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as every child’s favourite TV show in the 90s. There was something so theatrical and spectacular about it, and it has remained timeless to this day. Also, is there a better Joker than Mark Hamill’s? I think not.

Which other animated series from the 90s did you enjoy? Let me know in the comments section.

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