Do You Know What Cartoons Came Out the Year You Were Born?

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Everyone had their personal favorite cartoons they'd watch after school or on Saturday mornings. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could go back to the good old days? Get a sense of nostalgia and take a look at the cartoons that premiered the year you were born.

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richie rich cartoon
Hanna-Barbera Productions
1980 — Richie Rich

Richie Rich: Season 1

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Before Macaulay Culkin played Richie in the 1994 film, there was a Saturday morning cartoon based off of the comic strip.

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the smurfs cartoon
Hanna-Barbera Productions
1981 — The Smurfs

Smurfs: Season 1

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Everyone remembers the blue little Smurfs. They're actually based on a Belgian comic series by the same name.

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pac man cartoon
Hanna-Barbera Productions
1982 — Pac-Man

Pac-Man: Season 1

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Pac-Man was the first cartoon ever that was based on a video game.

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alvin chipmunks tv cartoon
Ruby-Spears Enterprises
1983 — Alvin and the Chipmunks

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Seasons 1-6

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Alvin and the Chipmunks is actually the reboot of The Alvin Show that aired in the ’60s. They’re still singing away in movies today.

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thomas friends cartoon
Clearwater Features Ltd
1984 — Thomas and Friends

Thomas and Friends: Season 1

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Did you know the original 1984 show was narrated by Ringo Starr?

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Jem and the Holograms
Hasbro
1985 — Jem and the Holograms

Jem and the Holograms: Complete Series

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The 1985 Jem and the Holograms animated series was definitely more successful than the 2015 film ...

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dennis menace cartoon
DIC Entertainment
1986 — Dennis the Menace

Dennis the Menace: The Complete Series

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Originally a sitcom in 1959, the animated series based on the comic strip was made up of three 6- or 7-minute shorts.

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ducktales cartoon
Walt Disney Television Animation
1987 — DuckTales

DuckTales: Volume 1

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DuckTales was an immediate hit, and kids these days get to experience it as well, thanks to the 2017 reboot.

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superman cartoon
Ruby-Spears Enterprises
1988 — Superman

Superman

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Superman joined the Saturday morning cartoons in 1988, which was the 50th anniversary of his introduction to DC Comics.

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simpsons cartoon
Fox Television Animation
1989 — The Simpsons

The Simpsons: Season 1

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It's crazy to think that Homer and his family have been a part of pop culture for over 20 years and are still going strong.

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bobbys world cartoon
20th Century Fox Television
1990 — Bobby’s World

Bobby's World: The Complete Series

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Bobby’s World was about the daily life of Bobby Generic. Howie Mandel was the voice of both Bobby and his father for all eight seasons that aired on Fox Kids.

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doug cartoon
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
1991 — Doug, Rugrats

Doug: Season 1

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Rugrats: Season 1

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We were blessed with these two classics in 1991. Viewers loved Doug and Rugrats so much, they each continued into the early 2000s.

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little mermaid cartoon
Walt Disney Television Animation
1992 — The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid: Seasons 1-3

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Where else would you be on a Saturday morning other than in front of your TV watching Ariel's adventures?

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Rocko's Modern Life
Nickelodeon Productions
1993 — Rocko's Modern Life

Rocko's Modern Life: Season 1

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Rocko's Modern Life was part of '90s classic Nicktoons, and it's even getting a new 1-hour special, set to be released in 2018.

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magic school bus cartoon
Scholastic Entertainment
1994 — The Magic School Bus

The Magic School Bus: Season 1

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If you weren't watching Miss Frizzle take her class on an epic field trip at home, you were watching it in school. Those were the best days.

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pinky brain cartoon
Warner Bros. Television Animation
1995 — Pinky and the Brain

Pinky and the Brain: Season 1

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After two years of a recurring segment on the Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain got picked up as a series in ’95.

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hey arnold cartoon
Nickelodeon Animation Studios
1996 — Hey Arnold!

Hey Arnold!: Season 1

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I'm sure you can still hear Helga yell, "MOVE IT, FOOTBALL HEAD!"

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recess cartoon
Walt Disney Television Animation
1997 — Daria, Recess, South Park, Johnny Bravo

Daria: Season 1

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Recess School's Out

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South Park: Season 1

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Johnny Bravo: Season 1

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Cartoons were lit in 1997. We got Daria, South Park, and Johnny Bravo — all geared to a somewhat older audience — AND Recess.

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powerpuff girls cartoon
Cartoon Network Studios
1998 — CatDog, Powerpuff Girls

CatDog: Season 1

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Powerpuff Girls: Season 1

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Don't make us choose a favorite!

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spongebob squarepants cartoon
Nickelodeon Animation Studios
1999 — Family Guy, Spongebob Squarepants, Rocket Power

Family Guy: Season 1

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Spongebob Squarepants: Season 1

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Rocket Power: Season 1

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Three amazing shows for one year. Can you believe they're still on?

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dora explorer cartoon
Nick Jr. Productions
2000 — Dora the Explorer

Dora the Explorer: Season 1

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It was always an adventure with Dora, Boots, and Backpack. Her show lasted for 14 years.

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proud family cartoon
Jambalaya Productions
2001 — The Proud Family

The Proud Family: Season 1

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The only thing as amazing as The Proud Family was the theme song sung by Destiny's Child and Solange.

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kim possible cartoon
Walt Disney Television Animation
2002 — Kim Possible

Kim Possible: Season 1

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TBH, I still say, "Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me."

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teen titans cartoons
Warner Bros. Animation
2003 — Teen Titans

Teen Titans: Season 1

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Based on the comic book series, New Teen Titans, the Teen Titans show was one of the Cartoon Network’s most popular series in the 2000s.

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Backyardigans cartoon
Nickelodeon Animation Studios
2004 — The Backyardigans

The Backyardigans: Season 1

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Similar to Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans interacted with the viewer in-between the multiple musical numbers throughout the 20-minute episodes.

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wonder pets cartoon
Nick Jr. Productions
2006 — Wonder Pets

The Wonder Pets: Season 1

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The Wonder Pets were the most adorable animal rescue team ever.

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Phineas and Ferb cartoon
Walt Disney Television Animation
2007 — Phineas and Ferb

Phineas and Ferb: Season 1

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Phineas and Ferb always came up with the craziest ideas, but they always got away with it before Candace could rat them out to their mother.

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car toons cartoons
Walt Disney Television Animation
2008 — Cars Toons

Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales

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The movie was so popular, the characters got their own animated series on Toon Disney, the Disney Channel, and ABC Family.

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cleveland show cartoon
Fox Television Animation
2009 — The Cleveland Show

The Cleveland Show: Season 1

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It wasn't as big of a hit as Family Guy, but The Cleveland Show had a good run for four seasons.

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adventure time cartoon
Cartoon Network Studios
2010 — Adventure Time

Adventure Time: Volume 1

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After an animated short produced for Nicktoons became a viral hit, Cartoon Network ordered a full series of Adventure Time.

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