Find yourself missing Saturday morning cartoons and old animated TV shows? Hopefully, this list of retro Cartoon Network shows doesn’t make you feel too nostalgic (or too old).
But if you did watch these shows on Cartoon Network as a kid, let’s just say it’s about time you started using an eye cream at night.
As for the younger generation, well, feel free to check out these amazing retro Cartoon Network shows that still hold up!
It’s hard to tell who the real enemy in this show is: Dexter’s rival Mandark, or his older sister Dee Dee. Either way we all loved Dexter’s antics as he built crazy machines in his secret lab; all without his parents ever finding out.
I’m pretty sure I got all my pick up lines from Johnny Bravo and they go over about as well for me as they do for him. Anyway, Johnny Bravo is a sunglasses wearing, muscular, narcissistic himbo who hits on women to no avail.
While it’s definitely something we’re nostalgic for, I don’t know if Johnny Bravo would go over as well today as it did in the 90s.
The Ren and Stimpy Show
Probably one of the first gross out style animated series that was (kind of) aimed at kids, Ren and Stimpy left a lasting impression on its viewers. It also paved the way for other mature animated shows to find their way onto Cartoon Network.
Courage the Cowardly Dog
Speaking of mature animated shows, Courage the Cowardly Dog is another great example. Unlike Ren and Stimpy, though, Courage the Cowardly Dog was (ironically) a horror show. And it was creepy. If you grew up in the 90s you either remember this show because you loved it or because it traumatised you. Either way, you remember it!
The Powerpuff Girls
This one is a classic for pretty much every millennial and arguably a defining cartoon from our childhood. Not only was it cute and fun, it also helped usher in an era of shows with female characters.
Codename: Kids Next Door
One for the late-90s kids! Do you remember Codename: Kids Next Door? It was about a bunch of kids who had a super high-tech spy base in their treehouse. Now that we’re grown ups it’s a bit harder to relate to, but as kids we definitely appreciated kids fighting against evil adults.
Space Ghost Coast to Coast
A throwback to the original Cartoon Network Shows! Space Ghost Coast to Coast was one of the earlier adult shows, even before Adult Swim came into full swing. If you missed it, it’s a hilarious satirical news program where Space Ghost interviews fictional characters.
Ben 10 was a little after my time (it came out in 2005), but it certainly holds a special place in the childhoods of so many kids. More of an action show, if you don’t remember watching it you probably remember the insane amount of merchandise they released with this show.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
Can you even call yourself someone who cares about the environment if you didn’t watch Captain Planet as a kid? Somehow this show, which kind of feels like late-80s/early-90s “save the earth” propaganda, ended up being amazing.
This is another often lauded Cartoon Network show, mainly because it appealed to both kids and adults. Entertaining, sometimes funny, sometimes serious, and exceedingly well written, if you missed Samurai Jack as a kid you might want to check it out now.
The Tom and Jerry Show
One great thing about Cartoon Network is that it would air a lot of classic shows for the next generation – Tom and Jerry included.
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