Top 10: Saturday Morning Cartoons

Y’all know me.
Know how I make a livin’
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.

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