The Best 90s Cartoons For Girls and Boys

Ah, the 90s! What a wonderful time to be alive. Why? That’s when I grew up, of course! This automatically makes the 90s the best decade ever. (Especially for the Grim Reaper-I mean, wow, Kurt Cobain! I’m so jealous!)

The best thing about the 90s was that it had cartoons for everyone. Boys had a great selection of action-packed shows, and girls had some entertaining fare as well. With that said, I’d like to take a gander at the best 90s cartoons for girls and boys. Before we start, I’d just like to thank myself for coming up with this list. Hopefully it’ll go better than my last one-“The Top 10 Supermodels I Am Stalking Right Now”.

The Best 90s Cartoons for Girls

I’ll be honest. I have a sister, but she’s not really “girly”. She hated Barbie as a kid, and she never liked girly cartoons either. That’s pretty damn inconsiderate of her, I gotta say. How can I make a list of the best 90s cartoons for girls if she didn’t actually watch any?

Fortunately, I am a king of the 90s, so I can fill this list on my own. There ARE some girly-fruity-la-la shows on here, but I also included some middle ground shows that girls are more likely to watch. Don’t worry about this list being girly enough-I’ve personally tested each show for the ideal levels of girliness. Just don’t ask me to give you my man card. In my case, it’ll be like 52 Man-Card Pickup.

5. Pepper Ann

I only watched this show to fill time, and I never liked it. Maybe because it’s on a list about 90s cartoons for girls. Sure, Pepper Ann herself is eccentric, but the show still covered teenage female issues that I don’t need to know about. I mean, who can forget the bra episode? I sure can’t. Especially the part where she lifted her shirt in front of her class, burning the image in my soul forever. Magical. What’s more magical is that an artist probably saw that episode and figured, “You know, there’s not nearly enough porn for this as there should be.”

4. The Little Mermaid

Look. Mermaids are hot, and because of it, Ariel makes this show a lot more tolerable than it really is. Beyond that it’s standard fare. Ariel and her friends bop around and get into silly adventures. Whoopee. Still, the coloring they use in this show really bugged me. After the vibrant colors of the film, the cartoon just looks cheap and muted. What’s the deal, Disney? Don’t you have the BUDGET to make your cartoons look as good as your movies? Maybe if you held a telethon and said that Mickey had muscular dystrophy, you wouldn’t have this problem.

3. Goof Troop

Goof Troop is one of those “middle ground” shows about Goofy and his son, Max. Simple stuff. So why is it on here, if I’m definitely not already running out of ideas? Well, it’s because of the animated films that followed this cartoon. They focus on Max as he goes to high school and college, and because of that, the whole thing becomes a teen franchise that manly men like myself can’t stand. That’s why Goof Troop is now primarily a cartoon for girls. In order to reorient for a female audience, all the male characters must now use our new “Home Sex Change Kit”. It includes a bandsaw and enough Tylenol for South Africa.

2. Timon and Pumbaa

Now we’re getting into the cartoons I like. Timon and Pumbaa focus on…well, the meerkat and the warthog from The Lion King. (Spoilers end here.) They get into a bunch of wacky adventures, but the big difference is that the episodes don’t always take place in the wilderness featured in the film. They go to places like Spain, New York…even medieval times, for some reason. Personally, I can’t wait for when they have an adventure into the process behind making a McRib Sandwich. Pumbaa will find it most enlightening! (So will Timon, once they actually discover what McRib meat is made out of.)

1. DuckTales


Ahem. Sorry. Anyway, DuckTales is about Scrooge McDuck and his nephews going on adventures across the globe. That’s pretty cool, actually. It’s got a neat Indiana Jones feel to it, and the best part is that no faces were melted during the production. The show is great for girls, too, because it’s loaded with charming Disney characters. Of course, if you’ve seen DuckTales, you probably remember its iconic theme song. You know, the one that you’re humming right now? I figured you would do that. I bought the strategy guide to your life before you were even born. Here’s a hint for the next level-someone you meet in the future will not actually be a woman.

The Best 90s Cartoons For Boys

Oh, yeah, now we’re in familiar territory. This list was hard to make-with all these options, it’s hard to choose. However, I sorted through them all and picked the five manliest 90s cartoons for boys. Watching these is sure to increase your tetosterone a hundredfold. And then you might die. It’s an unfortunate side effect-some of you daisies can’t handle such manliness.

…I’ll be right back, I suddenly can’t see through my left eye for some reason.


5. Medabots

Pokemon started the trend of collectible creature fighting, but this version is probably the best. Why? Well, here’s a short FAQ.

Q. What’s better than fighting other people with monsters?
A. Fighting other people with ROBOTS.

That’s why Medabots kicked ass. Kids were encouraged to go to the store, buy A ROBOT, give it GUNS AND MISSILES, and then kill each other. WARNING: THAT IS TOTALLY AWESOME. Sure, the art style looked funky and the colors were washed out, but who the hell cares? You’re fighting each other with robots! It’s like playing with Nerf guns, except these toys can cause post-traumatic stress disorder.

4. Monster Rancher

Okay, Monster Rancher also has you collecting monsters and fighting with them like Pokemon. So why is it on the list? It actually has a PLOT. In Monster Rancher, a kid named Genki is sucked into an alternate world full of monsters, so he builds up a powerful team to take down the dark lord Moo. Yeah, it’s spelled Moo. But who cares? Pokemon’s storyline never got more interesting than “how is Team Rocket gonna biff it this week?” Monster Rancher was way more exciting. And guess what-n the games, you actually spawn monsters from music CDs you own! Too bad it doesn’t work with my new single – “Sorry I Had To Live In Your Sock Drawer”.

3. Beast Wars

Beast Wars was created to sell a new line of Transformers toys, but it went beyond that and created a world with a tight storyline and involving characters. Even as new product was introduced, the world and characters changed over time. They even KILLED some of my favorite characters, but their deaths were written so well that it just drew me in more. Even if they came back to life later, it never felt like a cheap tactic. The show was so good that it revolutionized Transformers for years to come. So how was the favor repaid? The sequel, Beast Machines, which is kinda like back when you thought upgrading to Windows Vista was a savvy move.

2. Gargoyles

Would you believe that a mature show like Gargoyles was produced by Disney? Yeah! It’s a Disney show, and it’s AWESOME. Gargyoles features mythic beasts fighting a battle against magical and modern adversaries. The characters are what made this show-not only are the heroic gargoyles complex, but the villians are interesting too. Naturally, a show this good had to be cancelled as soon as possible. That didn’t stop the fans, though-there’s been written episodes, a comic book series, and even a convention. I gotta appreciate how dedicated fans are willing to keep the memory of a show alive. Just think of all the cartoon porn they had to sell to make it work. (Hint: at least 750 MB.)

1. Batman: The Animated Series

This is, without a doubt, one of the best cartoons ever made. I mean it. It had a dark atmosphere and dealt with mature themes and interesting characters. The tone scared me when I watched it as a kid, but that’s why it’s so good-it never talked down to you. Adults liked it as much as kids, proving that animated shows can tell a story as well as live-action dramas. Plus, it added so much to the Batman mythos. New characters, new ideas…and best of all, it started a new voice-acting career for Mark Hamill based on his incredible work as The Joker. What else could you ask for? I don’t know, but what the hell is wrong with you? Why would you even want that, you sick bastard?

So those are the best 90s cartoons for girls and boys. I hope this journey into the past has taught you a lot about yourself. Me? Well, I learned that I could have been making more friends instead of watching cartoons all the time, so thanks for opening up those old wounds, jackass.

What are your favorite cartoons of the 90s? Let us know in the comments below. Feel free to tell me why I am a whore for failing to include Animaniacs. (Look, it needs some time off from appearing on all of those top cartoon lists, all right? Maybe it’d be more willing to do my next list – “Top 10 Items That Are On A Top 10 List”.)

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Join the discussion

  • I remember I used to watch the Batman: Animated Series as a burgeoning teenager because as you said it was dark, gritty and it never shied away from talking about adult situations and themes.

  • I think Beastwars should be #1 because it taught teamwork, leadership and commitment to a cause.
    Batman, while being a committed individual was still a loner and belongs in Arkham.
    He is just a positive crazy.
    Beastwars had unity and a common knowledge of good VS. evil.
    My 2 cents worth for what it ever matters.

  • @drasl: Spider-Man would’ve gotten higher praise if it wasn’t for its inconsistent animation quality. Sure, it’s a good show, but it’s not as good as more polished efforts like Gargoyles and Batman.

  • @Aly: I know what you mean. Like I said, my sister wasn’t girly :V (She’s a real big fan of Eek the Cat, actually, along with my mom.) But I went for the shows I knew about that I figured girls would like more than boys. If I REALLY wanted to get stereotypical, I would’ve mentioned Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders :V

    Also, I’ve never even heard of Mutant League.

  • I know that this is a page based soley on your opinions but the comments on Goof Troop and Ducktales being girl cartoons are statements that I have to disagree on. You do realize that just because Goof Troop is not an action show, it doesn’t mean that it’s a show for girls. If it was, it would focus on several girly issues. Because it doesn’t, it’s actually for everybody and so is Ducktales. Thank you.

  • Actually, Cow and Chicken isn’t an action show either. Neither is Rocko’s Modern Life or Life With Loopy. You can’t just take pure comedies and automatically say that they’re girl shows. Most pure comedies are actually for everybody. Sorry, if I seem a bit extreme. Sometimes I let others opinions get to me a little too much.

  • @Tony: As I mentioned in the article, I included some middle ground shows that girls were more likely to watch than boys. While I’m not denying that boys never watched stuff like Goof Troop and Ducktales, I figured that girls would be more inclined towards them than the boy shows I listed. I consider Goof Troop more a show girls would like than, say, Animaniacs, which I feel really appeals to everyone. (Including adults, for all the references to pop culture and subtle humor.)

  • Why aren’t those Tom and Jerry cartoons where they’re friends mentioned? They’re by far the best cartoons ever made!

    • Yes, I have seen that movie & I disagree w/ all the negative things people say about it. It’s a great movie & one thing that’s great about it is them becoming friends. I think the way they become friends is cool. they meet a dog & a flea who are friends & they teach T&J a cat & mouse can be friends too.

  • Well, you’re a whore because, as I’ve read on one of your blogs, freelance writers don’t make a lot of money.

    I, myself, am getting paid by the government to get with whores.
    It might suck that fan commentaries aren’t legal in Australia, but brothels are!!!

    Oh, and today is my birthday! (I’m in Melbourne right now, so there’s no sexual interlude intended).

  • Oh, right. Great list, Matt. LOL. Sorry.

    Right, well, I only ever watched Medabots and Batman (I didn’t get scared of that cartoon).

    Every other show or movie I watched as a kid was pretty much slammed by The Nostalgia Critic. I HATED Pepper Ann! I actually couldn’t tell if that was a girl. I tried SOOO hard to figure that out.

    Anyway, great list overall. Animaniacs FTW, though. I’m not saying that it should’ve been on your list, but it is awesome.

  • Yes, I have seen Tom and Jerry the Movie & I don’t care what anyone says it’s very good. If there was one thing I didn’t hate about it it was Tom & Jerry becoming friends. I always prefer them as friends, even if they’re not as funny then. That’s mostly because when they’re friends Tom doesn’t usually lose in the end like when they’re enemies. Besides they’re adventures are more exciting when they’re friends.

  • THANK YOU for including Monster Rancher on this list. One of the best, most overlooked cartoons ever. Gargoyles too.

    Batman TAS gave me a lifelong fear of scarecrows, but I still love it.

    Used to like Darkwing Duck but now I don’t remember it too well.