What Your Favorite ’90s Cartoon Says About You

If you grew up looking forward to running home from school, eating three packs of Dunkaroos, and watching as many cartoons as your parents would physically allow you — you have truly tasted the sweetest fruits that life has to offer. In your mind, you may have been anyone from Angelica Pickles all the way down to Stoop Kid, but no matter who you were, I bet I know a thing or two about you.


Let’s be honest, you probably really looked forward to the book fairs at school. You liked learning, brushing your teeth, going to bed at 8 p.m., and being nice to your younger siblings. You probably also watched a fair amount of Reading Rainbow/ Between the Lions, and may have been aware enough at nine years old to know what the hell kind of animal Arthur was. (Edit: Wikipedia is informing me that he was an Aardvark. LOL right, that’s totally what those animals look like.)

Hey Arnold

You were cool, you were hip, and you fully accepted that Arnold just wore a skirt over his jeans for some reason. You were riding public transportation by yourself at 7, and were totally down to play pickup basketball with the neighborhood hobos. The idea of growing up in a boarding house with manic-depressive Eastern European immigrants and your senile grandparents seems appealing to you. There is a strong chance you are now living in Brooklyn.

Rocko’s Modern Life

I’m actually not sure, looking back, what level most children (including myself) enjoyed Rocko on, because about 83 percent of the jokes seem to be geared towards adults. That being said, you probably had the vague but reassuring sense that you “got” things, even at the tender age of ten. If your favorite episode is the one where they try to run Wacky Deli off the air so Ralph Bighead could pursue his art, but they keep making it more and more popular with art critics — you are, today, an incredibly pretentious hipster.

Rocket Power

You are a toolbro of the highest order. Woogity woogity.

Ren and Stimpy

There was a firm, palpable divide amongst 90s kids, one that separated us into two distinct camps that would forever shape who we are as human beings: Kids whose parents lets them watch Ren and Stimpy, and kids whose parents didn’t. I fell into the former category (my parents usually watched it with me — they liked it much more than I did), but most of my friends fell into the latter. And, honestly, I can see where their parents were going with that. If at seven years old, the kinds of themes and images going on on that program were your favorite thing on television… well, I don’t want to say too much about you. I’d rather not shake that wasp’s nest. I’m sure you’re cool, and you pay your taxes on time and everything.


You didn’t know it at the time, but you were in for a lifetime of being friendzoned and wearing Dockers. If you identified with Doug, you probably got relatively good grades and weren’t a first-round draft pick for kickball. Also, you thought black people were turquoise until college.


You do your fair share of drugs, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you still watched this show. In fact, if KaBlam! was your favorite show, I’m not sure how you could fully enjoy any other program on television before or since.

Ahh! Real Monsters

Following your love for this program, you went through a heavy Invader Zim phase where you spent more time than any human ever should in and around Hot Topic. People didn’t “get” you, and they likely still don’t. You have an appreciation for the macabre, for the grotesque, and for the fact that when you watched Pan’s Labyrinth for the first time you were like “Oh, right, creepy pale guy holding his eyeballs in his hands NEVER SEEN THAT ONE BEFORE.”

Ed, Edd N Eddy

There are more bongs in your apartment than kitchen appliances.


You didn’t have friends, but, man, did you have a lot of Pokemon cards. This show became like a religion to you, taking over your entire life. There was no such thing as a “casual Pokemon fan.” You either were or you weren’t, and you accepted the general ostracizing from mainstream middle-school society that came with it. Your classmates didn’t understand you, and they probably still don’t, but one day Dragonite is going to fly down from that lighthouse thing and take you away to where everything is beautiful and nothing hurts.

The Weekenders

Yeah, no one watched that tripe. TC mark

Chelsea Fagan

Chelsea Fagan founded the blog The Financial Diet. She is on Twitter.


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  • Anonymous

    Animaniacs? No?

  • Lesbian

    Are you fucking kidding me? The Weekenders was my favorite show ever. Fuck you Chelsea Fagan. 

  • Anonymous

    I loved The Weekenders! NOT TRIPE.

  • http://twitter.com/ingenuegle Egle Makaraite

    Are you kidding me? I loved the weekenders!

  • Chelseafagsux

    Bad move. You’re about to get a bunch of people saying that they loved The Weekenders.

  • http://twitter.com/galette_rois Julian Galette

    1. You pegged me with Arthur and KaBlam! 
    2. No Recess?
    3. You’re right about the Weekenders

    • Sam


    • Guies

      RECESSSS forever

      • OMG

        I love the movie!!

      • OMG

        I love the movie!!

    • Anonymous

      Julian, your favorites were Arthur and KaBlam!?

      …My brain actively rejects that information. I’m sorry, you’re going to have to choose two less diametrically opposed cartoons. Thanks.

      • http://twitter.com/galette_rois Julian Galette


  • Guest

    merp merp loved the weekenders

  • Blagh

    Somehow even your most light hearted articles manage to offend me+make me like you even less. :|   Weekenders 4 Life.

  • Mashka

    Captain Planet anyone? 

  • ddd

    Pepper Ann

    • Bebe

      I was just about to say that! Twins!

    • http://fazed-girl.blogspot.com Samantha


  • http://www.timdonnelly.com/ Tim Donnelly

    I lived with a guy who would trip out doing bong rips, putting Ed, Edd n Eddy on TV and then blasting Kottonmouth Kings to prove that THEY SYNCED UP. He and I differed on this matter. Also, he used to be straight edge. Mothers, don’t let your kids grow up to be straight edge. 

  • GAAP Tooth

    Rocko’s Modern Life was da bomb. ‘Crazy Delly’ was my SN for most of 5th grade.

  • FromTheFuture

    Coincidence that the two shows you chose to hate on (the weekenders/rocket power) are also the most recently produced? Probably not.

    Might wanna get those rose tinted glasses checked before you can’t see through them at all anymore.

    • Pjaime

      Rocket Power legit sucked, though.

      • pleaseandthankyou


  • Boobah

    ….I loved and will always love The Weekenders.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508371039 Rayan Khayat

      yeah me too! so good how they ‘realistically’ changed clothes each episode

  • http://twitter.com/ward_hegedus Ward Hegedus

    I was all set to disagree and shit on this article. Then you posted about Aaah! Real Monsters and it was like you were looking into my soul. 

  • Elyse

    Where the hell is Rugrats or Pepper Ann or Powerpuff Girls? Although the Arthur one totally describes me, I’m still sitting here waiting for the other cartoons.

    • Lala

      part 2!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9383035 Scott Muska

    I remember the ‘were you allowed’ were you not allowed ‘Ren and Stimpy’ divide. Same thing happened with ‘Beavis and Butthead.’

  • Asdf

    What about Recess or The Busy World of Richard Scarry or Tiny Toon Adventures or Animaniac or the best of them all, BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES?! Oh my, oh my, oh my.

    Still. I liked the article. :)

  • Alasdair95

    I hated all these shows, even as a kid. What does that make me?

    • Lala

      dead inside

  • Carl

    The Weekenders & Rocket Power were more ’00s cartoons anyway, kids. Get off ma lawn!

  • Anonymous

    Wait, where’s Captain Planet and Where’s Wally?!
    (I realize in America its Where’s Waldo, but everywhere else was Wally)

    • TomBoe86

      Captain Planet he’s our hero he’ll take pollution down to Zero.. ha ha ha or something like that.. had to I loved it!!

  • http://www.tinacris.ca Cristina

    My friends watched Sailor Moon.

    Not me, of course…

    • OMG

      Sailor Moon is the shiz man

      • http://somuchtocome.blogspot.com Aja

        Tuxedo Mask!!

    • Asdf

      Ronin Warriors.

  • http://twitter.com/kyleangeletti Kyle Angeletti

    Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show. Fo lyfe. 

  • sonne


    I still watch it.

  • Jonathan

    i was young enough when pokemon came out, that literally every guy at my school was into it. You  had to like pokemon to be cool. The trick was to grow out of pokemon within a year or two, if you didn’t you were destined to a life of  being ostracized 

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