1. Eek! The Cat
Original run: Sept. 11, 1992–Aug. 1, 1997
Plot: The series revolved around the misadventures of Eek, a good-natured but clumsy purple house cat, whose motto in life — “it never hurts to help” — ends up being the reason he gets in to trouble, especially when he’s trying to save his girlfriend Annabelle.
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Original run: Sept. 7, 1991–May 22, 1995
Plot: This hilarious series revolved around classic Looney Tunes character Taz and his much more refined extended family.
This show might have had one the catchiest cartoon theme songs of the ’90s.
3. C Bear and Jamal
Original run: Feb. 3, 1996–Feb. 22, 1997
Plot: C Bear, a wisecracking and sarcastic teddy bear (voiced by Tone Lōc) who magically comes to life, helps steer his owner Jamal into making good, smart life decisions.
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4. Toxic Crusaders
Original run: 1990–1991
Plot: Loosely based on the cult classic Toxic Avenger films, the series followed janitor Melvin Junko who, after falling into toxic waste, turns into the crime-fighting superhero Toxie.
Like many late ’80s and early ’90s cartoons, the show focused on environmentally conscious themes.
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5. Tom & Jerry Kids
Original run: Sept. 8, 1990–Nov. 27, 1994
Plot: For some reason, classic cartoon characters Tom and Jerry got a very annoying kid makeover. It was like Muppet Babies, except NOT funny or entertaining.
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Original run: Sept. 7–Dec. 7, 1991
Plot: Ultimate ’90s sports icons Bo Jackson, Michael Jordan, and Wayne Gretzky travel the world fighting crime — just like in real life!
7. Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire
Original run: Sept. 9, 1992–1993
Plot: Based on comedian Bob Einstein’s character Super Dave Osborne, the series followed Dave, who, along with his assistant Fuji, must save the world from the villainous Slash Hazard.
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8. Life with Louie
Original run: Dec. 18, 1994–March 2, 1998
Plot: Loosely based on stand-up comedian Louie Anderson’s childhood.
The series followed an 8-year-old Louie, who must deal with school bullies, a crazy father, and his 10 siblings.
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9. Dog City
Original run: Sept. 26, 1992–Nov. 26, 1994
Plot: Ace Hart, who of course is a German shepherd, is a private eye that must protect Dog City from bulldog (naturally) and mob leader Bugsy Vile.
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10. Timon & Pumbaa
Original run: Sept. 8, 1995–Sept. 24, 1999
Plot: The breakout stars of The Lion King got their own prequel spin-off series, which took them out of the jungle and into zany adventures.
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11. The Plucky Duck Show
Original run: Sept. 19–Dec. 12, 1992
Plot: At the height of Tiny Toons’ popularity, Plucky (who, sorry, was the best thing about the Tiny Toons) was given his own cartoon spin-off.
Unfortunately, most of the show’s cartoon segments were recycled from Tiny Toons. With few new segments it failed to catch on and was canceled after 13 episodes.
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12. The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show
Original run: Jan. 2–March 27, 1995
Plot: Disney’s attempt to compete with edgier cartoons like Ren & Stimpy produced the short-lived but awesome The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show, a not-so-smart cat and dog duo that constantly got into trouble.
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13. Fox’s Peter Pan & the Pirates
Original run: Sept. 8, 1990–Sept. 10, 1991
Plot: Based on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan books (not the Disney film) — the series memorably featured Tim Curry as the voice of Captain Hook.
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14. James Bond Jr.
Original run: Sept. 30, 1991–March 2, 1992
Plot: Anyone looking for proof that the James Bond franchise was dead during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s should look no further than this cartoon. The series revolved around James’ nephew, who, for some unknown reason, is also a secret agent – but while still in high school.
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15. Earthworm Jim
Network: The WB
Original run: Sept. 9, 1995–Dec. 13, 1996
Plot: Based on the video game with the same name, the series revolved around the adventures of Earthworm Jim and his companion, Peter Puppy, as they fly around protecting the galaxy.
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16. Mighty Ducks
Original run: Sept. 6, 1996–Jan. 17, 1997
Plot: I guess loosely (and that’s being generous) based on the live-action films of the same name, the series revolved around a team of anthropomorphic alien ducks that not only play hockey, but also protect their home planet from invaders.
The series came at the tail end of Disney’s duck cartoon fetish of the early ’90s.
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17. Gravedale High
Original run: Sept. 8–Dec. 1, 1990
Plot: Max Schneider (voiced by Rick Moranis) is a teacher who takes a position at a high school populated by monsters (that luckily don’t kill him).
Interesting fact: Ricki Lake, Jackie Earle Haley, and Tim Curry all voiced characters on the show.
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18. Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain
Network: The WB
Original run: Sept. 19, 1998–April 10, 1999
Plot: A spin-off of a spin-off (Pinky and the Brain being a spin off from Animaniacs), the show revolved around Elmyra (spun-off to this series from Tiny Toon Adventures) adopting Pinky and the Brain from pet store, after their laboratory is destroyed.
Needless to say this weirdly conceived show didn’t last long, it was cancelled after 13 episodes.
Also, the shows theme song might be the longest cartoon theme song ever.
Pinky, Elmyra, & the Brain intro:
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