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50 Early-’00s Cartoons All Kids Without Cable Definitely Watched At Some Point

Didn't say you ~liked~ 'em all.

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1. Arthur

Why you watched it: Because EVERYONE watches Arthur, and it deserves all the recognition it gets.
PBS

Why you watched it: Because EVERYONE watches Arthur, and it deserves all the recognition it gets.

2. Postcards From Buster

Why you watched it: Because everyone loves Buster Baxter! You were kind of let down when you realized this wasn't necessarily about him but his travels.
PBS

Why you watched it: Because everyone loves Buster Baxter! You were kind of let down when you realized this wasn't necessarily about him but his travels.

3. Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat

Why you watched it: Because this show was cute as hell and it made you want to invest in an ink pen and do some scribing of your own.
PBS

Why you watched it: Because this show was cute as hell and it made you want to invest in an ink pen and do some scribing of your own.

4. Braceface

Why you watched it: Because it usually came on during the week when you got home from school, BUT — it really made you appreciate the fact that either you didn't have braces or your braces didn't intercept phone calls.
Nelvana

Why you watched it: Because it usually came on during the week when you got home from school, BUT — it really made you appreciate the fact that either you didn't have braces or your braces didn't intercept phone calls.

5. Xiaolin Showdown

Why you watched it: Because it made you feel like a badass until you realized you couldn't really fight evil like the Xiaolin Dragons.
Warner Bros.

Why you watched it: Because it made you feel like a badass until you realized you couldn't really fight evil like the Xiaolin Dragons.

6. Buzz Lightyear of Star Command

Why you watched it: Because you got to live vicariously through Buzz and the Star Command on their space travels.
Disney

Why you watched it: Because you got to live vicariously through Buzz and the Star Command on their space travels.

7. Fillmore!

Why you watched it: Because you felt like an adult watching your own version of Law & Order: SVU, with way less murder and whatnot.
ABC

Why you watched it: Because you felt like an adult watching your own version of Law & Order: SVU, with way less murder and whatnot.

8. George Shrinks

Why you watched it: Because it made you imagine all the fun activities you could get into if you shrunk down to George's size.
PBS

Why you watched it: Because it made you imagine all the fun activities you could get into if you shrunk down to George's size.

9. Jackie Chan Adventures

Why you watched it: Because anything related to Jackie Chan onscreen is irresistable. Seeing an animated version of him fight off bad guys in search of talismans is like watching his movies on steroids.
Warner Bros.

Why you watched it: Because anything related to Jackie Chan onscreen is irresistable. Seeing an animated version of him fight off bad guys in search of talismans is like watching his movies on steroids.

10. Clifford the Big Red Dog

Why you watched it: Because you remembered reading the book. And it gave us a deeper look into what Clifford and his relationship with Emily Elizabeth was like.
PBS

Why you watched it: Because you remembered reading the book. And it gave us a deeper look into what Clifford and his relationship with Emily Elizabeth was like.

11. Kenny the Shark

Why you watched it: Because you felt like there had to be one episode where Kenny ate someone. He's a fucking shark! How was everyone so chill about it?
NBC

Why you watched it: Because you felt like there had to be one episode where Kenny ate someone. He's a fucking shark! How was everyone so chill about it?

12. Lloyd in Space

Why you watched it: The drawing style drew you in (pun intended). Then all the quirky characters inside and outside the Intrepidville Space Station kept you entertained.
ABC

Why you watched it: The drawing style drew you in (pun intended). Then all the quirky characters inside and outside the Intrepidville Space Station kept you entertained.

13. Seven Little Monsters

Why you watched it: Because the characters always reminded you of some other monsters but you couldn't quite put your finger on it. Fun fact: The show is based on a book with the same name by Maurice Sendak, who is also the creator of Where the Wild Things Are.
PBS

Why you watched it: Because the characters always reminded you of some other monsters but you couldn't quite put your finger on it. Fun fact: The show is based on a book with the same name by Maurice Sendak, who is also the creator of Where the Wild Things Are.

14. ¡Mucha Lucha!

Why you watched it: You might catch this on a Saturday morning when there was nothing else on.
Warner Bros.

Why you watched it: You might catch this on a Saturday morning when there was nothing else on.

15. Ozzy & Drix

Why you watched it: Because Osmosis Jones was the shit! And Ozzy & Drix was a damn good continuation of the flick.
Warner Bros.

Why you watched it: Because Osmosis Jones was the shit! And Ozzy & Drix was a damn good continuation of the flick.

16. Static Shock

Why you watched it: Because Lil' Romeo did the theme song for Seasons 3 and 4!! And it seriously put a shock to your system. Ahhh, a show that stayed true to its word. 💖
Warner Bros.

Why you watched it: Because Lil' Romeo did the theme song for Seasons 3 and 4!! And it seriously put a shock to your system. Ahhh, a show that stayed true to its word. 💖

17. Teacher's Pet

Why you watched it: The animation and character design style was so quirky! Just like the show, any Saturday morning spent without Teacher's Pet didn't feel right.
ABC

Why you watched it: The animation and character design style was so quirky! Just like the show, any Saturday morning spent without Teacher's Pet didn't feel right.

18. The Cramp Twins

Why you watched it: Initially the quirky drawing style reminded you of Teacher's Pet, but you shortly found out that it wasn't, at all. But seeing Wayne put Lucien through hell really made you feel for him.
Cartoon Network

Why you watched it: Initially the quirky drawing style reminded you of Teacher's Pet, but you shortly found out that it wasn't, at all. But seeing Wayne put Lucien through hell really made you feel for him.

19. The Oblongs

Why you watched it: Because you definitely knew you were watching something you weren't supposed to. But the cute drawing style didn't make your parents inquire too much about it.
Warner Bros.

Why you watched it: Because you definitely knew you were watching something you weren't supposed to. But the cute drawing style didn't make your parents inquire too much about it.

20. Ultimate Muscle

Why you watched it: Because this show was weird as hell and you couldn't turn away. It was like your cartoon version of Monday Night Raw.
TV Tokyo

Why you watched it: Because this show was weird as hell and you couldn't turn away. It was like your cartoon version of Monday Night Raw.

21. Mummies Alive!

Why you watched it: This was usually one of the last cartoons to come on Saturday mornings, and you would kind of watch it while looking for something else.
Claster Television, Inc.

Why you watched it: This was usually one of the last cartoons to come on Saturday mornings, and you would kind of watch it while looking for something else.

22. Cyberchase

Why you watched it: Because it actually surprised you that a show based on math was fun as hell!
PBS

Why you watched it: Because it actually surprised you that a show based on math was fun as hell!

23. Yu-Gi-Oh!

Why you watched it: Because it made you feel like you found some new secret Pokémon. You might've tried playing with Yu-Gi-Oh! cards for a second too.
Fox

Why you watched it: Because it made you feel like you found some new secret Pokémon. You might've tried playing with Yu-Gi-Oh! cards for a second too.

24. The Batman

Why you watched it: Because it's Batman, duh.
Warner Bros.

Why you watched it: Because it's Batman, duh.

25. Batman Beyond

Why you watched it: Because it's Batman, duh again. It felt like a brand-new cartoon even though the villains were pretty much the same. But seeing an old Bruce Wayne teach his protégé Terry McGinnis the tricks of trade and kick ass in the future? Sign me up.
Warner Bros.

Why you watched it: Because it's Batman, duh again. It felt like a brand-new cartoon even though the villains were pretty much the same. But seeing an old Bruce Wayne teach his protégé Terry McGinnis the tricks of trade and kick ass in the future? Sign me up.

26. Tutenstein

Why you watched it: The drawing style was really cool, Cleo was fresh AF, and Tutenstein was the juuust right kind of jerk to piss you off but still keep your attention.
Discovery Kids

Why you watched it: The drawing style was really cool, Cleo was fresh AF, and Tutenstein was the juuust right kind of jerk to piss you off but still keep your attention.

27. Curious George

Why you watched it: You remembered the book! Plus George was an adorable monkey.
PBS

Why you watched it: You remembered the book! Plus George was an adorable monkey.

28. Maya & Miguel

Why you watched it: Because you really wished you could be a part of the Santos family.
PBS

Why you watched it: Because you really wished you could be a part of the Santos family.

29. Teen Titans

Why you watched it: Because it was SOOO good! You were probably excited when you saw Teen Titans Go! carrying on tradition, but the original Teen Titans will forever have your heart.
Warner Bros.

Why you watched it: Because it was SOOO good! You were probably excited when you saw Teen Titans Go! carrying on tradition, but the original Teen Titans will forever have your heart.

30. Da Boom Crew

Why you watched it: The theme song sounded awesome and the drawing style was cool AF. It wasn’t around for long, and it still hurts your heart a bit. Also look at that diversity!
Warner Bros

Why you watched it: The theme song sounded awesome and the drawing style was cool AF. It wasn’t around for long, and it still hurts your heart a bit. Also look at that diversity!

31. Dragon Tales

Why you watched it: Something about this show was seriously hypnotizing. You wished you could find a dragon scale to wish on!
PBS

Why you watched it: Something about this show was seriously hypnotizing. You wished you could find a dragon scale to wish on!

32. Winx Club

Why you watched it: Because this show was magical. Literally.
Rainbow S.r.l.

Why you watched it: Because this show was magical. Literally.

33. Sonic X

Why you watched it: Because anything Sonic-related is instantly iconic.
TV Tokyo

Why you watched it: Because anything Sonic-related is instantly iconic.

34. One Piece

Why you watched it: Because seeing Monkey D. Luffy's limbs stretch like Mister Fantastic was crazy and you couldn't forgive yourself for missing out on a show like this.
Fuji TV

Why you watched it: Because seeing Monkey D. Luffy's limbs stretch like Mister Fantastic was crazy and you couldn't forgive yourself for missing out on a show like this.

35. Funky Cops

Why you watched it: Because there was nothing else on that you were really into initially. But when you saw these two dudes "gettin' down" on the dance floor and whooping ass like Miami Vice, you were hooked.
Télévision Par Satellite

Why you watched it: Because there was nothing else on that you were really into initially. But when you saw these two dudes "gettin' down" on the dance floor and whooping ass like Miami Vice, you were hooked.

36. Shaman King

Why you watched it: So many spirits, so much action, "so many things you never could see" — this show was amazing!
TV Tokyo

Why you watched it: So many spirits, so much action, "so many things you never could see" — this show was amazing!

37. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Why you watched it: Because it is STILL the best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series.
Viacom Media Networks

Why you watched it: Because it is STILL the best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series.

38. Totally Spies

Why you watched it: Because they're the freshest set of spies you have ever seen.
Saban Entertainment

Why you watched it: Because they're the freshest set of spies you have ever seen.

39. The Weekenders

Why you watched it: Because these kids were awesome! They came from all different backgrounds, they changed outfits every episode, and living for the weekend is relatable AF.
Disney

Why you watched it: Because these kids were awesome! They came from all different backgrounds, they changed outfits every episode, and living for the weekend is relatable AF.

40. The Legend of Tarzan

Why you watched it: Because it's Tarzan! The movie was amazing and the series gave us more context with what Tarzan and Jane's happily-ever-after looked like.
Disney

Why you watched it: Because it's Tarzan! The movie was amazing and the series gave us more context with what Tarzan and Jane's happily-ever-after looked like.

41. Caillou

Why you watched it: BECAUSE. NOTHING. ELSE. WAS. ON. Caillou was such an annoying kid.
PBS

Why you watched it: BECAUSE. NOTHING. ELSE. WAS. ON. Caillou was such an annoying kid.

42. Teamo Supremo

Why you watched it: With a kick-ass intro theme littered with ass-kicking onomatopoeias, how does one resist?
Buena Vista Television

Why you watched it: With a kick-ass intro theme littered with ass-kicking onomatopoeias, how does one resist?

43. Sabrina: The Animated Series

Why you watched it: You loved Sabrina the Teenage Witch, so you thought you’d give it a try…and it did not disappoint!
UPN

Why you watched it: You loved Sabrina the Teenage Witch, so you thought you’d give it a try…and it did not disappoint!

44. Martin Mystery

Why you watched it: The animation style caught your interest, but then you couldn't turn away even when the scary-ass monsters throughout the show made you want to.
Marathon International

Why you watched it: The animation style caught your interest, but then you couldn't turn away even when the scary-ass monsters throughout the show made you want to.

45. Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!

Why you watched it: The name alone raised your eyebrow; the familiar voice of Chiro (Greg Cipes), who also voiced Beast Boy from Teen Titans, piqued your interest; amazing action throughout the series kept your attention.
Disney-ABC International Television

Why you watched it: The name alone raised your eyebrow; the familiar voice of Chiro (Greg Cipes), who also voiced Beast Boy from Teen Titans, piqued your interest; amazing action throughout the series kept your attention.

46. Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse

Why you watched it: The instant interest came from the title for sure. I mean, who doesn't want to see a horse tap-dance? Don't answer that, but in the context of a cartoon — instant attention grabber.
Nelvana

Why you watched it: The instant interest came from the title for sure. I mean, who doesn't want to see a horse tap-dance? Don't answer that, but in the context of a cartoon — instant attention grabber.

47. Anne of Green Gables

Why you watched it: Usually because nothing else was on, but after the theme song came on you were hooked.
PBS

Why you watched it: Usually because nothing else was on, but after the theme song came on you were hooked.

48. The Berenstain Bears

Why you watched it: Because the books were amazing, and the show did NOT let you down.
PBS

Why you watched it: Because the books were amazing, and the show did NOT let you down.

49. Atomic Betty

Why you watched it: Because Betty made you feel like you could do anything you put your mind to. Who else loves school, sings in a band, AND is a Galactic Guardian? I'll wait...OK, time's up, nobody!
Distribution 360

Why you watched it: Because Betty made you feel like you could do anything you put your mind to. Who else loves school, sings in a band, AND is a Galactic Guardian? I'll wait...OK, time's up, nobody!

50. Loonatics Unleashed

Why you watched it: You got to see the Batman versions of your favorite Looney Tunes characters. And it was fucking awesome.
Warner Bros.

Why you watched it: You got to see the Batman versions of your favorite Looney Tunes characters. And it was fucking awesome.

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