Cartoon Network has created some of the most iconic cartoons during the 90s and 200s; here is a list of the best kids’ TV shows that aired.
Cartoon Network gained traction in the ’90s, but its popularity soared in the 2000s. In the ’90s, Cartoon Network introduced us to timeless classics such as Dexter’s Laboratory, 2 Stupid Dogs, The Powerpuff Girls, and Courage the Cowardly Dog.
However, the 2000s witnessed the channel unveiling other iconic series, including Samurai Jack, Total Drama, Batman: The Brave And The Bold, Regular Show, Mucha Lucha, and Ben 10, further cementing its legacy in the animation world.
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Evil Con Carne (2003–2004)
The first season of “Evil Con Carne” truly defines an “okay” show. Its animation bursts with simplicity, and while its humor might not always dazzle, it can occasionally draw a giggle.
The characters entertain, though they might not tug at your heartstrings. Impressively, the show parodies typical supervillain clichés, weaves in direct nods to other popular shows and franchises, and infuses a delightful touch of absurdity.
Space Ghost: Coast to Coast
Space Ghost Coast to Coast is a comedic, animated late-night talk show hailing from America. Conceived by Mike Lazzo for Cartoon Network, it features a reimagined portrayal of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera character, Space Ghost, as the host.
Throughout the series, Space Ghost interacted with real-life celebrities such as Bobcat Goldthwait, Conan O’Brien, Fran Drecsher, Weird Al Yankovic, Mark Hammil, and Jack Black, to name a few.
The impressive guest list also boasted appearances from Matt Groening, Mike Judge, The Ramones, Hulk Hogan, Jim Carrey, Slash, and stars like Willie Nelson, Adam West, Emiril Lagasse, and Ben Stiller. Icons like William Shatner, Carrot Top, Tyra Banks, and many more also graced the show.
Megas XLR (2004–2005)
Megas XLR is an animated TV series from America crafted by Jody Schaeffer and George Krstic for Cartoon Network.
I vividly recall my teenage years, around 14 or 15, when I was deeply engrossed in the cosmos and associated subjects. While I delved into astronomy books, documentaries, and magazines, “Megas XLR” stood out as a significant source of inspiration and motivation for my studies.
Mike, Lu & Og (1999–2001)
I fondly recall tuning in to “Mike,Lu & Og” on Boomerang, and it has since climbed the ranks to become one of my top favorite shows from Cartoon Network. Mike stands out as my preferred character, largely because of her tomboyish nature.
Her voice, brought to life by the talented Nika Futterman—who also voiced iconic characters like Luna Loud, Chum Chum, Adam Lion, and Sticks The Badger—adds depth to her character.
I’d rate it a solid 7 out of 10.
Camp Lazlo! (2005–2023)
Camp Lazlo is one of the notable American animated Cartoon Network TV shows, masterfully created by Joe Murray.
“Camp Lazlo” stands out as the perfect blend of a cartoon suitable for both kids and adults, reminiscent of the brilliance of “The Grimm Adventures of Billy and Mandy.” Given the involvement of talents like Tom Kenny and the creative genius of Joe Murray, it’s no wonder it has garnered such acclaim.
Their contributions have significantly impacted the comedy cartoon renaissance over the past ten years. This show can easily be seen as a commendable continuation of the legacy set by other acclaimed animations such as “Fairly Oddparents” and “Spongebob” from Nickelodeon.
My Gym Partner’s a Monkey (2005–2008)
I genuinely adore this show, and it’s undoubtedly one of my favorite Cartoon Network TV shows! The series boasts a captivating premise, offering inventive twists on familiar tales from our school days while introducing fresh narratives. Add to that the wild animal escapades, and you have an irresistible combination.
The voice acting is top-notch, capturing the unique mannerisms of the creatures with finesse.
The show offers a wide array of distinctive character voices, reminding viewers of typical school archetypes: the insightful, deep thinker, the superficial in-crowd, the schoolyard bully, and even the ever-hopeful yet slightly downcast guidance counselor.
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (2008–2010)
I’ve long been a devoted fan of animation, and during my childhood and adolescence, Cartoon Network often dominated my viewing choices. My dedication wavered slightly when ‘The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy’, one of the final classic Cartoon Network shows, concluded.
As I transitioned into my teenage years, I found myself gravitating more towards Boomerang, especially with its consistent broadcasts of ‘Tom and Jerry‘, ‘Looney Tunes’, and ‘Scooby Doo’. However, a select few shows on Cartoon Network kept me from completely turning away.
Justice League (2001-2004)
I vividly recall tuning into Justice League during my younger days. At no more than 10 years old, I was captivated by its storylines on our humble television set. Despite the years that have rolled by and my subsequent detachment from it and similar superhero shows, its appeal remains robust and even greater today.
Justice League dives deep into complex themes— from grief, loss, and heroism to ideology, faith, race, and gender roles. It doesn’t shy away from discussing morality, patriotism, individuality, family dynamics, xenophobia, romance, and politics. All the while, it masterfully blends these mature themes with the thrilling action of our beloved superheroes in action.
Teen Titans Go! (2013– )
This show, a gem among 2000’s Cartoon Network shows, brims with jokes tailored for both parents and kids. We frequently catch ourselves quoting its lines even when we’re outdoors.
Our fondness for the characters has only intensified over time, and we eagerly await more of its brilliant storylines. It’s astounding how, despite crafting hundreds of episodes, each remains distinct, hilarious, and utterly engaging.
We Bare Bears (2014–2019)
Daniel Chong masterfully crafted “We Bare Bears,” an animated sitcom for Cartoon Network. Set in the San Francisco Bay Area, the story centers around three bear brothers: Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear. Together, they navigate the challenges of fitting into the human world with their unique quirks.
In this delightful series, Grizzly is voiced by Eric Edelstein, Panda by Bobby Moynihan, and the enigmatic Ice Bear by Demetri Martin. Each bear brings his own flair, making their adventures both entertaining and heartwarming.
2 Stupid Dogs
2 Stupid Dogs continues to captivate me with its enduring freshness, delivering humor that’s rapid and hilarious.
It paved the way as the progenitor of the World Premiere Toons, leading to the inception of the “What a Cartoon!” series. It blazed a trail that iconic cartoons like Dexter’s Lab, PowerPuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, and Dumb and Dumber eagerly followed.
The series’ sole drawback? Its brief duration. From what I’ve seen in Cartoon Network reruns, it seems only two hours were ever produced. Nonetheless, those two hours stand as timeless classics.
Uncle Grandpa (2010–2017)
Peter Browngardt created “Uncle Grandpa,” an American animated series for Cartoon Network, which aired from September 2, 2013, to June 30, 2017. Drawing inspiration from Browngardt’s animated short with the same name from The Cartoonstitute, “Uncle Grandpa” also acts as a spin-off from “Secret Mountain Fort Awesome.”
Interestingly, “Secret Mountain Fort Awesome” itself originated from The Cartoonstitute short. As one of the engaging cartoon network tv shows, the Studios took charge of its production.
The Looney Tunes Show
“The Looney Tunes Show,” a dynamic American animated sitcom, graced Cartoon Network’s line-up from May 3, 2011, to November 2, 2013. Warner Bros. Animation produced this captivating series, which spans two seasons with 26 episodes each.
Modernizing beloved characters from the classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical shorts, this show became a testament to the memorable cartoon network shows of the 2000s.
Often likened to the cartoon version of Seinfeld, this show exudes charm and wit. I adore every facet of it. It’s a true pity it was canceled prematurely.
Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends
Craig McCracken masterfully created “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” for Cartoon Network, commonly called just “Foster’s.” Cartoon Network Studios took the pioneering step to produce this as their first show animated mainly with Adobe Flash. Interestingly, Boulder Media in Ireland executed the animation.
“Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” has always held a special place in my heart. I consider it an undeniable classic, and I sincerely appreciate that Cartoon Network introduced us to such a gem.
The animation dazzles, and the story grips you tightly; this show truly stands out. Among all the innovative ideas Cartoon Network has brought to life, this is the pinnacle. A demon named Aku hurls a samurai back in time right before the samurai can defeat him. Now, in a future dominated by Aku, the samurai must navigate an unfamiliar world.
Thrust into a future dictated by the malevolent wizard Aku, Samurai Jack embarks on a relentless journey to journey back to his time and halt the chaos Aku unleashed upon the world.
Jennifer Pertsch and Tom McGillis masterfully crafted “Total Drama,” a Canadian animated series often referred to as TD. It made its debut on Cartoon Network (previously Teletoon) in Canada on July 8, 2007, and greeted U.S. audiences on Cartoon Network on June 5, 2008.
Boasting a roster of captivating characters, top-notch animation, and riveting challenges, the show blossoms into a fun, entertaining cult classic that continually captures viewers’ imaginations.
Codename: Kids Next Door
In mid-2001, Cartoon Network showcased “The Big Pick II,” a special event that aired 11 pilots for potential series. Viewers had the power to decide the winner through a poll, determining which pilot would evolve into a complete series.
This standout show centers on a dynamic group of kids, each with codenames Numbuhs 1 through 5. Although initially presented as all being 10 years old, later tweaks gave them varied ages.
These spirited youngsters form the core team of Sector V, a segment of the global, espionage-themed organization dubbed the Kids Next Door. Their adventures and missions keep audiences hooked and rooting for their success.
I’ve always been an avid fan of classic CN shows like Dexter’s Laboratory, Foster’s Home, Adam Lion, Johnny Bravo, Ed, Edd, and Eddy, to name a few. Yet, out of all these, my daughter, who was 6 and now 8, showed a particular fondness for Chowder.
The voice acting captivates the listener. With their dynamic performances, Dwight Schultz and Tara Strong often recall the joy they felt during recording sessions. As an aspiring animator, I genuinely admire the show’s fluid animation, inspiring and praiseworthy.
I Am Weasel
When I first watched “Cow and Chicken,” I instantly noticed a familiar style in the animation. As the years went by, I discovered that the same brilliant mind created both cartoons!
The Weasel character, seemingly a standard staple in late 90s cartoons, never failed to evoke laughter with its apparent “simplicity.” Initially, I viewed this cartoon purely as entertainment for children.
However, I refrained from critiquing it because it stood out as a remarkable series among its peers, not just another run-of-the-mill show!
Over the Garden Wall
McHale’s animated short film, “Tome of the Unknown,” serves as the foundation for this show, developed under Cartoon Network Studios‘ shorts development program. Elijah Wood lends his voice to Wirt, Collin Dean portrays Greg, and Melanie Lynskey brings Beatrice, a bluebird, to life.
This show captivates from start to finish. Every element, from the intricate characters and riveting storyline to the compelling script, menacing villain, and immersive atmosphere, shines brilliantly. It’s a masterpiece that I absolutely adore.
Quintel drew inspiration for many characters in “Regular Show” from those he crafted during his time at the California Institute of the Arts, specifically in his student films: “The Naïve Man from Lolliland” and “2 in the AM PM.”
The Naïve Man from Lolliland claimed victory at the 2005 Nicktoons Film Festival and garnered international recognition after Nicktoons Network aired it.
Eager to bring his vision to a larger audience, Quintel presented “Regular Show” to Cartoon Network’s Cartoonstitute initiative. This unique program empowered young creators to develop pilot episodes without external input, leading to potential series greenlights.
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
“The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy,” formerly known as “Grim and Evil,” stands out as Cartoon Network’s kid-friendly take on horror themes, and it nails the concept.
While certain recurring elements, like Irwin’s relentless infatuation with Mandy, might occasionally feel repetitive, the show remains a strong contender for one of Cartoon Network’s top productions. Its unique blend of dark humor and childlike wonder consistently entertains audiences of all ages.
“Ben 10” shines brilliantly, especially in its debut season. With its diverse and intriguing characters, aliens, and plotlines, it captures the attention of viewers. And who could forget that catchy theme tune?
While perfectly suited for kids, it’s wise to keep the younger ones cautious due to its PG-rated violent content. Yet, parents can find just as much enjoyment in watching it alongside their children. Don’t miss out on this gem; I can’t recommend it enough!
This show brilliantly blends humor and wit. I appreciate the diverse economic backgrounds of the characters and the varied home situations they come from. It highlights the absurd choices young kids, especially those of the main character’s age, often make.
While it offers goofy entertainment, some of its jokes might not sit well with kids under 10. However, our slightly immature 12-year-old seems to be just hitting the right age to fully enjoy it.
Ed, Edd n Eddy
As they navigate the challenges of adolescence, Ed, Edd, and Eddy often find themselves baffled by girls and just about everything else. While Eddy might lack the intellectual prowess, he’s the mastermind with grand schemes, frequently pulling his friends into his plans.
Together, the trio embarks on summer escapades that include part-time gigs, treehouse hangouts, and, inevitably, interactions with girls.
Cow and Chicken
David Feiss brought to life the brilliant cartoon, Cow and Chicken, accompanied by the sub-cartoon IM Weasel. This series made its debut on Cartoon Network, which has been broadcasting since 1992.
At one point, Cartoon Network showcased three hit cartoons simultaneously: Dexter’s Lab by Genndy Tartakovsky, followed by Cow and Chicken, with Johnny Bravo, crafted by Van Partible, rounding out the trio.
Of all these, Cow and Chicken always stood out to me. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, let me dive into its charm and appeal.
The Tom and Jerry Show
Warner Bros. Animation and Turner Entertainment Co. teamed up to produce “The Tom and Jerry Show,” a flash-animated series that Renegade Animation brought to life. Building on the legacy of the iconic characters created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, this fresh take captivates new audiences.
The series made its debut on Teletoon in Canada on March 1, 2014. Shortly after, it hit the screens of Cartoon Network in the U.S. on April 9, 2014, and also found a spot on Boomerang, ensuring fans across multiple platforms could enjoy the timeless antics of the beloved cat and mouse duo.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
In the iconic 70s series, the Scooby Gang had a straightforward approach to their adventures. Comprising distinct character personalities, they’d cruise in their Mystery Machine to a spine-chilling location.
Convincing Shaggy and Scooby to jump into the mystery-solving action often required the tempting lure of Scooby Snacks. While Velma meticulously gathered clues, Daphne would, more often than not, stumble into traps or get whisked away.
The Amazing World of Gumball (2011–2019)
Ben Bocquelet masterfully crafted “The Amazing World of Gumball” for Cartoon Network, often referred to simply as “Gumball” or “TAWOG”.
Among its eclectic cast of characters, Nicole Waterson stands out for me. Perhaps it’s her semblance of normalcy or her sheer tenacity. Regardless, the show keeps me laughing with its humor, and every character, including the villains, brings a unique comedic touch.
Steven Universe (TV Series 2013–2019)
During my childhood, I reveled in the golden era of Cartoon Network, indulging in classics like Dexter’s Lab, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Johnny Bravo, Powerpuff Girls, and Courage the Cowardly Dog. While those series have etched an indelible mark on animation history, this particular cartoon shines brilliantly among them as one of my absolute favorites.
Boasting impeccable characters, a stellar soundtrack, and flawless animation, it feels like Cartoon Network is truly experiencing a renaissance, reminiscent of the early 21st-century classics. “Steven Universe” stands out as a modern-day masterpiece.
This engaging series follows an intergalactic team dedicated to Earth’s protection. Their ranks comprise three highly skilled warriors and one unpredictable young boy. Together, they navigate and tackle the perilous challenges thrown their way.
Years ago, I stumbled upon Adventure Time on YouTube. Fast forward to today, and it’s a hit TV show on Cartoon Network. My affection for it grew from that initial one-shot video, and with every episode I’ve watched, my admiration deepens.
The characters might seem goofy, and there’s plenty of “Wow, how random!” moments. Yet, while some shows like Chowder might occasionally miss the mark with this approach, Adventure Time nails it every time.
The Powerpuff Girls
I always ranked The Powerpuff Girls among the top shows on Cartoon Network, right up there with Dexter’s Laboratory.
Though the quality wavered in some of the later episodes, the show consistently delivered fun and wit to its target audience. My siblings and I shared many fond memories watching The Powerpuff Girls daily.
The voice cast truly shines. Tara Strong brilliantly captures Bubbles, while EG Daily, Tom Kane, and Cathy Cavadini give equally stellar performances.
Reflecting on the old Cartoon Network shows from my childhood floods me with nostalgia. “Dexter’s Laboratory” stood out as a hilarious and distinct cartoon. The story revolves around Dexter, a boy genius with a secret laboratory hidden beneath his house.
It always puzzled me why he felt the need to hide it from his parents. Then there’s his older sister, Dee Dee, who, despite her antics, adds to the show’s charm.
Johnny Bravo always cracked me up as he strutted around, aiming to be the world’s most desirable man, only to face rejection from countless women. For those unfamiliar with Cartoon Network’s history, Johnny Bravo stands out as one of the pioneering “cartoon cartoons” from the 1990s.
However, I often find myself pondering the current direction and choices of Cartoon Network regarding their show lineup.
Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog truly shines with its top-notch animation, humorous characters, and imaginative plots.
Unlike some of Cartoon Network’s more recent originals, such as Ed, Edd and Eddy, this show consistently delivers supernatural-themed episodes filled with bizarre occurrences, from alien ducks to encounters with Bigfoot and eccentric barbers.
This series holds its own, rivaling the caliber of cartoons often seen on the Fox Network.