The 10 Best Classic Cartoon Network Shows, Ranked

Many people don’t realize that Cartoon Network is responsible for some of our favorite shows growing up. We now know it as the television station that offers us late night, inappropriately funny shows like Rick and Morty, Family Guy, and Archer. But how can we forget the cartoons that we grew up with? The likes of Dexter’s Laboratory, Space Ghost Coast to Coast and of course ReBoot.

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While some of the older shows are still in syndication there are so many more that we just don’t have the pleasure of watching anymore. Well, that is unless we get a really horrible copy of it on YouTube. Which Cartoon Network show are you currently missing the most?

10 The Powerpuff Girls

The Powerpuff Girls became an instant cult classic from day one. The show ran from 1998 to 2005. Made from sugar, spice, and everything nice the girls were created to protect their city; Townsville, from evil. Each girl had her own unique personality and that dictated what power she had.

Their town was constantly in trouble so of course, there were no days off. In 2016, the show was revived and is back on the Cartoon Network schedule. So expect to see more seasons of trouble, a lazy mayor and their arch nemeses like Mojo Jojo, some devil looking guy, and a number of other people who blow into their town on funny contraptions.

9 What A Cartoon

The show that started it all. What A Cartoon was Hanna-Barbera’s way of allowing new animators to show off their animation skills. Cartoon shorts made by virtual nobodies all the way to Hanna-Barbera’s crew members were able to show off shorts that they made themselves.

Some of the now crazy popular cartoonist that had their stuff showcased onWhat A Cartoon included Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad) and Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls and, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends). A lot of these shows went on to become hits and get their own series.

8 I Am Weasel

Weasel is basically good at everything. His partner in crime, I.R. Baboon was, well, a bit of a baboon. The show ran from 1997-2000 and every week fans were able to go on an adventure with Weasel as he saved the planet time after time. Baboon, ever the jealous maniac, was always so fixated with trying to outshine Weasel.

His plans always flopped and made Weasel look even better for saving the day. It originally premiered as a segment on Cow and Chicken but was so popular it got its own time slot on the Cartoon Network. Some of the Cow and Chicken characters made appearances on I Am Weasel.

7 Space Ghost Coast To Coast

What do retired crime fighters do? Host talk shows apparently. Oh, and force two captured villains to be your co-anchors. Space Ghost interviews real and famous celebrities from 1994 to 2008. Every episode, a TV would hang down from the ceiling and Space Ghost would interview people like Hulk Hogan and Penn and Teller.

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Often his questions would consist of what their superpower was or something else related to how strong they were. Zorak and Moltar, the captured villains, were basically forced to act as everything behind the scenes like the producer, musical director, and PA. But, of course, they were quite vocal about just how much they hated him and working for him.

6 Johnny Bravo

From 1997 to 2004, Johnny Bravo pushed his womanizing ways on a very captive audience. He was unreliable, pretty dumb, and thought that he could get by on his looks. So basically he was most people. Only, he never seemed to learn from his mistakes. Let’s face it, the show was basically about a man who was not so smart trying to navigate the world.

We will admit that he had some pretty cool guests like the Scooby Doo Gang. This meathead’s mission in life was to find the perfect girl, one that was just like his mother. His signature dance, “the monkey,” seemed to impress them enough to get him a date but he could never really close the deal.

5 Dexter’s Laboratory

Running from 1996 to 2003, Dexter’s Laboratory was about a boy genius with an annoying AF sister named Dee Dee. He performs experiments in his hidden lab that usually go horribly wrong. Dexter ends up spending more time trying to fix some very big mistakes and battling his crazy nemesis, a fellow classmate who actually might be smarter than him.

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Dexter is smart, but he is yet to figure out the basics of life, like staying out of trouble, girls, and how not to be the class nerd. You can’t help but love Dexter and his maniacal laugh and poor decision making.

4 A Pup Named Scooby Doo

We all loved the gang when they were grown adults solving crimes. So, of course, we love them when they were kids again solving crimes. The Hanna-Barbera animated series ran from 1988 to 1991. It originally began airing on ABC but it was eventually moved to Cartoon Network and made it their home for 4 seasons.

The miniature versions of each character were so dang adorable. The best part was the animators didn’t change their personalities at all. This means they were basically grown-ups in kids bodies. Still solving crimes and for some reason, Shaggy still seemed to be in an altered state of mind.

3 Tom And Jerry Kids

Like A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry Kids focused on the cuddly, cute cat and mouse as children. They were still up to their old tricks, going tit for tat with one another. The only difference was they were more adorable and some of the stuff they got up to was more acceptable.

We can only assume that as a kitten and mouseling, they just didn’t know better. This was another Hanna-Barbera classic that ran from 1990 to 1993. It made its debut on FOX but eventually moved to Cartoon Network for syndication and it kind of just became their home.

2 ReBoot

A Vancouver-based company got their show on Cartoon Network that’s a hard thing to do. ReBoot was low-key ahead of its time. It was about the threat of viruses in computer mainframes. The crew which consisted of Bob who is the guardian to Enzo and Dot Matrix live in a computer (hence why they can fight viruses from within). It began in 1994 and officially ended in 2001.

The show has had the opportunity to be in syndication on Canada’s YTV and up until a few years ago, you could still catch a few episodes on Cartoon Network.

1 Pokemon

A boy named Ash and his animal-like companion Pikachu enter battles to win money, prizes, and other Pokemon. There really isn’t anything special about the show, but it still captured the attention of millions of people and has blown up to an astronomical hit with several spin-offs.

Cartoon Network had it first and no doubt has made a ton of money off of the cartoon. It started off as short films, but quickly blew up into a TV show that made its premiere in 1997. At this point, with the Pokemon franchise worth over $70 billion and still growing, everyone wants a piece of the pie.

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