Top 10: Saturday Morning Cartoons

Y’all know me.
Know how I make a livin’
(stabbin’)
But you don’t know my tastes.
So everyday (or every couple of days – I’m lazy),
I’m going to make a list of my top 10 favorite things from movies to cereals to Saturday morning cartoons.
Enjoy.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

 

10. Garfield and Friends

I honestly don’t remember much about this show other than the fact that it was the first thing I watched after I got home from school. I remember the “Friends” part of the show more clearly which is odd, considering that is everyone’s least favorite aspect. The fact I remember it being my after school buddy earns it a spot on my list.

 

9. Aaaahh!! Real Monsters

I loved this show when I was younger. It had the perfect balance of gross out humor and jokes only adults would get. I also dig the character design. There was no other show that looked like it. I still can’t stand Ickis’s voice though.

 

8. Freakazoid!

Still one of the funniest, well written superhero spoofs of all time. It’s a shame it only had 2 seasons. Take the rapid fire jokes of Animaniacs and Apply it to the superhero genre and you have a show that was 15 years ahead of its time.

 

 

7. Gargoyles

You’re going to start seeing a trend of crime fighting shows from here on out. This is the same as the others but instead of masked vigilantes, they’re Gargoyles that come to life at night to protect the city. One of the only shows on this list that could’ve been live action. It’s that good.

 

6. Doug

I thought you just said a trend of crime fighting cartoons? You lied to me! You son of a Bi—- whoah whoah whoah. Pump the breaks. There’s Quail Boy! He doesn’t really fight any crime per say but he’s got a Costume and…look, it’s a good show. I ain’t gotta defend myself to you!

Except Disney Doug. That shit is the fucking worst.

 

5. Animaniacs

There’s a strong argument to be made for this being the funniest cartoon of all time. Or even the best thing Spielberg has ever done. I’m not going to make an argument for either statement but I could. I could.

 

 

4. Ducktales

When I think of Saturday morning cartoons, 2 cartoons instantly come to mind: Scooby-Doo and Ducktales. The only reason Scooby-Doo isn’t on my list is I never watched it on Saturday mornings. I watched it whenever. It’s the quintessential Saturday morning cartoon but not for my generation. My generations cartoon was Ducktales. Between the characters and the theme song, it’s Peaches and Gravy baby.

The Theme Song is in your head right now. Or you’re asking yourself what the fuck Peaches and Gravy means.

 

3. Rocko’s Modern Life

I still can’t believe this show exists. Before Ren and Stimpy and before Duckman and long before Adult Swim, Rocko etched out it’s own universe of subversion that might’ve inspired everything. Not as controversial as a Beavis and Butt-head or a Ren and Stimpy but this wasn’t played at night – kids could easily see this thing. Rocko worked at a sex hotline and there was a restaurant called Chokeys Chicken. Kids watched it. I watched it. And I loved every second.

 

2. X-Men

It was a toss up between this and Spider-Man but this has One of the top 5 greatest theme songs of all time. It’s insane how good it is. And it’s insane how good the show is. Someone had the brilliant idea of just adapting the source material for the show. What a novel idea.

 

 

1. Batman

Not only is it the greatest Saturday morning cartoon ever, Not only is it the greatest animated show ever, It’s one of the greatest shows of all time.

Just two seasons of brilliance. Everyone has a favorite episode. Everyone has a favorite moment. The cast is what I think of when I think of these characters. Theirs are the voices I hear when I read the comics.

I don’t consider it a Saturday morning cartoon but since it counts, it definitely takes the top spot. Absolute perfection.

 

 

Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s, Vol. 1

  • sailor monsoon

    I totally almost included mummies alive

  • Indianamcclain

    X-Men Apocalypse had something similar. I wish they would advertise that the book is also the case.

  • Basement_Bros

    P.S. I think we were talking about this. Just got the Target digibook in the mail. Despite Logan Noir just being tossed in in a sleeve, it’s one of the nicest looking blu-rays I own. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6db176909a27e838934488e143afbcc64ec0152f0fdf0e1a08f6d300cee3fd2e.jpg

  • Basement_Bros

    Too many to consider, but I can think of a few I was obsessed with, maybe due to their airing during my after-school snack: Mega-Man, Mighty Max, and Mummies Alive.

  • Basement_Bros

    Seems about as likely to me as Tron 3, as long as they have Marvel and Star Wars raking in… but I would buy a ticket so fast.

  • sailor monsoon

    They’re all top notch. Herculoids was my favorite of the bunch

  • DryButSoupy

    Neither am I. I think some of them were in reruns when I was a kid. I just liked some of those kooky old Hanna Barbera fantasy/sci fi cartoons.

  • Jean Morel

    Oh it’s a very good show, but you just have to go in knowing that it has nothing to do story wise with the movie. Beetlejuice is a “good guy”, he and Lydia are best friends and they go on wacky adventures in the Neitherworld.

  • Allisonc

    I used to get up crazy early as well and watch Top Cat, Snoopy, Popeye and Road Runner.
    I never ever liked road runner but nothing else was on.

  • Allisonc

    I will watch not expecting much so it can’t disappoint.

  • sailor monsoon

    I’m not 50 years old

  • Lydia Deetz
  • Lydia Deetz

    Beetlejuice and The Addams Family where two great cartoons.

  • Lydia Deetz
  • DryButSoupy

    Dude, I would get up SO early. Before cartoons came on they would sometimes show a few Little Rascals shorts. I would laugh my butt off at those things.

  • DryButSoupy

    A few of these classics are missing:

    The Herculoids
    Space Ghost
    Scooby Doo
    Super Friends
    The Blue Falcon
    Hong Kong Phooey
    Thundarr the Barbarian

    Hanna-Barbera really dominated network animation in the 70’s and 80’s.

  • sailor monsoon

    Lydia
    Insert a middle of nowhere gif.
    From courage the cowardly dog.
    I’m lazy

  • Jean Morel

    Mmmmh, I don’t know which are “Saturday Morning” so I’m just going to list 10 cartoon TV series from all over the world, whenever they aired (aside from The Simpsons as I know that’s prime time and I already put it in the Top 10 TV shows).

    The Adventures of Tintin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMefiAxpRKI
    Batman: The Animated Series
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XJ3HJXxDwc
    Touch
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm1n0zF0yEk
    Dragon Ball
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWI3d7tC2VY
    Galaxy Express 999
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hblkdH-tm4I
    Beetlejuice
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWHVvXUw-RU
    Belphégor
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC-M2rgWUlc
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhrrkNfTQOA
    Dexter’s Laboratory
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvTwxXTaISQ
    Bob Morane
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNTIuYiezvc

  • sailor monsoon

    Swat kats was my shit

  • Lydia Deetz
  • Sean Luke McCard

    If there is a bright center of the cartoon universe, I grew up on a farm the furthest from.

    More specifically Ohio, so worse than Dagobah.

  • Joe Newman
  • sailor monsoon

    Obviously

  • Jean Morel

    Warning: it’s NOTHING like the movie.

  • Joe Newman

    Hmmm. What to add? I really liked the Aladdin series if that is one? I just realized I watched so many cartoons that I forget a lot. Is TaleSpin one?

  • Joe Newman

    Dagobah obviously.

  • Joe Newman

    I will forever be a Firestar fan because of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.

  • Joe Newman

    It’s pretty great. I loved it as a kid and yeah their relationship is nothing like it is in the movie.

  • Jooshua

    I love Real Monsters. Also Captain N the Game Master, Denver the Last Dinosaur, SWAT Kats, Tiny Toons, and Biker Mice from Mars.

  • Allisonc

    I didn’t know that either I assumed as Tom Bosley was David it was an American cartoon.

  • sailor monsoon

    David the gnome is also Canadian

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Thanks I loved those cartoons as a kid!

  • Allisonc

    Just google it your right it’s Canadian.

  • Allisonc

    I think they are remaking it maybe they will be friends in the new movie.

  • Indianamcclain

    Oh ok. For some reason I thought it was a Canadian show.

  • sailor monsoon

    Where the hell did you live?

  • Allisonc

    Lol No I’m English.
    That was my all time favorite Saturday cartoon 8.35am BBC1.

  • Indianamcclain

    We both know they’re going to get some hot young star to be Lexington.

  • Indianamcclain

    The Raccoons? I’m assuming you’re Canadian?

  • Indianamcclain

    As a kid I was the opposite. I watched the cartoon all time, and had no idea that there was a movie. I was dissapointed that Beetlejuice, and Lydia weren’t freinds like they were in the cartoon,

  • Sean Luke McCard

    Like I said, they weren’t shown on Saturday mornings in my area. Perhaps in other areas they were.

  • Sean Luke McCard

    I’m guessing that, once kids had access to cartoons 24/7 on Cartoon Network, The Disney Channel, Boomerang, Nickelodeon and the rest, it wasn’t special anymore, and viewership declined.

  • Dungeons & Dragons

  • sailor monsoon

    I recommend it

  • Allisonc

    Really I’m going to have to find it now.

  • sailor monsoon

    It’s actually pretty good
    Burton produced it

  • Allisonc

    I never knew Beetlejuice was a cartoon. It’s one if my favourite films.

  • Allisonc

    1. The Raccoons
    2. Chip and Dale
    3. Rude Dog
    4. Muppet Babies
    5. ThunderCats.
    6. He-Man
    7. Gummy bears
    8. The Flintstones
    9.Ewoks
    10. David the gnome

  • sailor monsoon

    I almost put the banana splits on my list but i didn’t feel like arguing it

  • sailor monsoon

    Great list

  • sailor monsoon

    He could be the leader and perlman could be the rogue loneWolf character.
    Or that old man gargoyle

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Netflix has amazing cartoons like voltron legendary defender which is the best voltron series,and the httyd show and bojack horseman.

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Your never too old for cartoons.

  • sailor monsoon

    Netflix

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Man why did they get rid of saturday morning cartoons?!

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    If they air on saturday mornings as well as weekdays they count.

  • Indianamcclain

    I still kinda want Keith David to come back and do Goliath’s voice.

  • sailor monsoon

    I googled every one of them to be 100% sure

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    1: Batman TAS-Best Saturday Morning cartoon Period!
    2: Xmen TAS-Best theme song and amazing stories
    3: Animaniacs-The best parody cartoon ever made!
    4: Ducktales-The most catchiest theme song with great music and characters
    5: Gargoyles-Really dark for a disney show but with great story arcs
    6: Spectacular Spider Man-Best Spider Man Cartoon!
    7: Justice League and Justice League Unlimted- My favorite superheros fighting classic villians in great 2 part stories!
    8: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-I like the new one first,then the 80’s,then the 2000’s version
    9: Superman TAS-Iconic and has great stories and villains and epic action scenes!
    10: The Magic School Bus-Great stories,and this show made me learn stuff I never learned before! Also love the characters!

  • sailor monsoon

    There’s a million great shows i left off.
    Ninja turtles
    Muppet babies
    Spider-Man
    Gummi bears
    Darkwing duck
    Transformers
    Beetlejuice

  • sailor monsoon

    Imagine ron perlman as the lead.
    Mmmm boy.
    That’s a show.
    Directed by del Toro?
    I’m getting hot just thinking about it

  • Indianamcclain

    I’m waiting on a kick ass live action Gargoyles film. However, if it’s treated as badly as Transformers I’ll be pissed.

  • Indianamcclain

    1. Recess
    2. Spectacular Spider-Man
    3. X-Men The Animated Series
    4 Spider-Man The Animated Series
    5. Gargoyles
    6. Batman Beyond
    7. Animaniacs
    8. The Real Ghostbusters

    Keep in mind I was born in 1992. So I haven’t seen a lot of 80’s Saturday Morning Cartoons. Recess was the one that I cared about the most growing up. Most of the cartoons on my list were in syndication when I was a kid.

  • TheGreenMalice

    Shenanigans. It’s really good though. I grew up with all these shows, it’s a good list.

  • Sean Luke McCard

    Yeah I was too old for Saturday Morning Cartoons by the time The New Batman Adventures came out.

  • Sean Luke McCard

    For me, I think I am a bit younger and most of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons would have been in the early 80’s.

    Remember how the new line ups would premiere on a Friday night clip show? I was always so jazzed for that.

    In no particular order, I’d add Gummi Bears, Muppet Babies, Superfriends, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Droids, and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse

  • Indianamcclain

    Batman was definitely shown on weekdays. However, The New Batman Adventures was a Saturday morning cartoon.

  • Sean Luke McCard

    I dont think that a lot of these were saturday morning cartoons in the strictest sense. From what I recall, Duck Tales, Animaniacs and Batman were all weekday shows that played in the after school time slot. But that might just have been in my local area.

  • sailor monsoon

    Gargoyles is better son

  • TheGreenMalice

    No Darkwing Duck? Patooey! This list is invalid.