Some sad news came out of PBS today. Normally nobody would give a shit what PBS has to publically announce, let alone air on TV, but today they crushed the spirits of every 90’s kid by announcing they have canceled the longtime iconic series Arthur. That’s right, the source of all those closed fist memes has been officially cut from the PBS lineup after 25 years and will air its final season in late 2022. In honor of the fallen great, here’s a list of the top 5 shows only us 90’s kids will remember.
Courage the Cowardly Dog – If this image of a pink dog and two old geezers doesn’t ring any bells, then go watch Yo Gabba Gabba because you’re clearly a loser 2000’s baby. Courage the Cowardly Dog is a 90’s staple. The creepy, surrealism elements to this show from the dog’s point of view is what made it both hilarious and fun to watch. Courage can do no right, even if he saves his owners every damn episode. An absolute staple of 90’s cartoons.
Maggie and the Ferocious Beast – This one will really put your cartoon memory to the test. I’m sure the pig kid and giant spotted beast will bring back some nostalgia. This show was something most would grow out of quickly, but regardless is a classic 90’s cartoon and one that has stuck in most 90’s babies’ minds.
Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends – This show was strictly added to the list because it was our generation’s Dora the Explorer in a sense that it was educational and an absolutely ridiculous concept. It was between this and Rollie Pollie Ollie for the 3-D animation staple show, but this one just felt more like something mom would throw on to keep your toddler ass glued to the TV while she railed cigarettes in the backyard. Or was that just my house?
Rocket Power – Shake Shack down by the beach and a group of kids tearing down the street on skateboards… What more would a little kid want? With the skateboarding fad in full effect at the time it’s no mystery as to why Rocket Power was a huge influence on kids back in the day. Are we too young to say “back in the day” yet?
Rugrats – Ah yes, Rugrats. Who wouldn’t think a group of talking babies going on adventures full of stupid and easily avoidable shit would be entertaining, especially as a fairly-recent baby at the time? Tommy and Chucky, the dynamic duo of cartoon babies, are 90’s giants when it comes to cartoons that shaped who we’ve become as a generation. If only these kids growing up with TikTok and Instagram knew how much of a bitch Angelica could be, then maybe they wouldn’t be so quick to post their daily vlogs nobody cares about.