Our Generation’s Best Cartoons
If you’ve ever flipped to Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network or Disney Channel, you’ve noticed things aren’t how they used to be. The old cartoon capitals of T.V. are now riddled with live action shows and awkward, disgusting cartoons. Some of the new ones are okay, but what happened to the fantastic shows of the 90’s and early 00’s? Here are a some of the best cartoons of our generation.
Courage the Cowardly Dog- Its airtime began in Nov. 1999. What made Courage the Cowardly Dog such an amazing show was the fact that every aspect of it was funny. The bad guys were humorous, the situations were unrealistic yet entertaining, and it had a perfect mix of creepy and funny that made the show well rounded. Unfortunately, new episodes were no longer created after Nov. 2002, but reruns are still aired to this day.
Invader Zim- One of the more interesting shows of our time. It ran on Nickelodeon from March 2001 to Aug. 2006. Invader Zim was funny because it showed people how they really were— crazy. Adults were seen as insane creepy people and other kids were seen as awkward, disgusting little brats. The show was awesome mainly for the cameo sidekick, Girr. Girr was a hyperactive, completely bonkers little robot with hilarious punchlines and an odd obsession for tacos. He made the show what it was.
Ed, Edd, and Eddy-Three boys, the same generic name, all in the same cul-de-sac causing mischief with the other neighborhood kids; the perfect show. It ran on Cartoon Network from Jan. 1999 to Nov. 2009, one of the networks longest running shows. The main characters always found themselves getting into trouble with the other kids, the parents that were hardly ever there, or the infamous Kanker girls that had a creepy, undying love for the three boys. This show was sure to make you laugh once at least every episode.
Codename: Kids Next Door – An epic war between kids and evil adults, exactly what any kid wished he could do. Cartoon Network ran it from Dec. 2002 to Jan. 2008. It followed a squad of five kids who all had a number as a codename; for example, Numbah 1, Numbah 2, etc. The kids were fifth-graders and they were the coolest fifth-graders of their time, saving the world from evil adults both on earth and in space.
Dexter’s Laboratory- Broadcast on Cartoon Network from April 1996 to Nov. 2003, Dexter’s Laboratory was the story of a young boy genius with a lab constantly under attack by his mindlessly destructive older sister, Dee Dee. The reason this show was great was the unrealistic precautions Dexter took to protect his lab, the horrible failures those precautions had and the hilarity of the misfortune that took place in the lab.
Rugrats- Nickelodeon aired the show from Aug. 1991 to June 2004. Rugrats was about a group of four toddlers that could never stay in their playpen. Tommy, Chucky, Phil and Lil get into tons of mischief around the house using their imagination. Even though it outdates our generation, Rugrats was probably the best show of our time, sprouting two movies, a cross over movie and a spin-off T.V. show.
The Angry Beavers- Norbert and Daggett were on the air from April 1997 to Nov. 2001. The two beavers perfectly contrasted each other with Norbert being the laid back and sarcastic one and Daggett being over-the-top and crazy. The beavers found themselves in a ton of trouble in every episode, always for a humorous reason and usually because of Daggett. Without the characters like they were, this show wouldn’t have been as great as it was.
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy- A show about a boy and a girl, Billy and Mandy, who find a way to own the Grim Reaper. It aired on Cartoon Network from Aug. 2001 to Nov. 2007. Billy’s character and the adventures the trio went on are what made the show great. The places they went and things they did were always hilarious and Billy found a way to make everything funny.