Your State’s Favorite ’90s Cartoon

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The 1990s were a formative decade, and if you were a kid in the ‘90s, with no Internet and no smartphone, Saturday morning cartoons were your jam.

With the announcement of the Animaniacs reboot, we wanted to look at the most popular kids cartoons from the ‘90s.

Can you guess the most popular show from your state?

Would You Have Guessed That…

Batman: The Animated Series is the most popular ‘90s cartoon. No? You guessed The Simpsons, right? We did, too, but The Simpsons debuted in December 1989. So close! We found, though, that Batman: The Animated Series is often ranked just behind The Simpsons as the best animated TV show of all time.

…Or Did You Know That…

Two people are responsible for the most cartoons on the list: Joe Ansolabehere and Paul Germain. They are the brains behind Recess, Rugrats, and Hey Arnold! Recess takes second place, Rugrats comes in at number six while Hey Arnold! comes in at number ten.

Anime, or Japanese-style animation, was also popular in the 1990s. Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon (Indigo League), Digimon: Digital Monsters, and Sailor Moon all rank in the top 15 of most popular ‘90s cartoons.

Other 1990s cartoons considered most popular include: The Magic School Bus, Powerpuff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog, SpongeBob Squarepants, Doug, Arthur, The Tick, Spider-Man, Ren and Stimpy Show, Pinky and the Brain, X-Men, Superman, Dexter’s Laboratory, Animaniacs, and Darkwing Duck.

Yes! There are ‘90s Cartoons Still Going Strong!

SpongeBob Squarepants remains popular today, and is also a Broadway musical. Yes, a Broadway musical, and it has even been nominated for 12 Tony Awards®! 12, including one for Best Musical, and one for Best Original Score.

All of the superhero shows that made the list now have live action films of their own, including Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, and X-Men

Pokemon has mastered reinvention and stayed relevant with dozens of new shows and movies, not to mention the very popular iOS and Android game Pokemon GO.

Do You Have a Favorite ‘90s Cartoon Reboot?

The Animaniacs reboot is only the most recent. Other reboots of ‘90s cartoons include the Powerpuff Girls, The Tick, and the Magic School Bus. Will there be more? Only time will tell.

Full List of Favorite ‘90s Cartoons by State

For faster reference, here are the most popular 1990s cartoons by state:

Alabama Courage the Cowardly Dog
Alaska Ren and Stimpy
Arizona Batman: The Animated Series
Arkansas Recess
California Sailor Moon
Colorado Animaniacs
Connecticut Sailor Moon
Delaware Doug
District of Columbia PowerPuff Girls
Florida Courage the Cowardly Dog
Georgia PowerPuff Girls
Hawaii Digimon Adventure
Idaho Pokemon
Illinois Arthur
Indiana SpongeBob Squarepants
Iowa Batman: The Animated Series
Kansas Batman: The Animated Series
Kentucky Rugrats
Louisiana Dragon Ball Z
Maine Darkwing Duck
Maryland PowerPuff Girls
Massachusetts Doug
Michigan Recess
Minnesota Arthur
Mississippi Dragon Ball Z
Missouri The Magic School Bus
Montana Batman: The Animated Series
Nebraska Pinky and the Brain
Nevada Courage the Cowardly Dog
New Hampshire The Tick
New Jersey Hey Arnold!
New Mexico X-Men
New York Hey Arnold!
North Carolina The Magic School Bus
North Dakota Dexter’s Laboratory
Ohio Recess
Oklahoma Courage the Cowardly Dog
Oregon The Tick
Pennsylvania SpongeBob Squarepants
Rhode Island Spider-Man
South Carolina The Magic School Bus
South Dakota The Magic School Bus
Tennessee Rugrats
Texas Recess
Utah Superman: The Animated Series
Vermont Pokemon
Virginia PowerPuff Girls
Washington Digimon Adventure
West Virginia Rugrats
Wisconsin Recess
Wyoming Batman: The Animated Series

Surprised? Filled with nostalgia? Scratching your head over a particular cartoon? Tell us! We’re interested to know your thoughts, and what you expected to be the most popular 1990s cartoon.

Our Methodology, Explained

We used IMDb to generate a list of the top 25 most popular and highest rated cartoons that were released in the United States during the ‘90s. Since we wanted to focus on the nostalgic kids shows, we excluded any show with a rating of TV-14 or higher, which means that shows like South Park and Family Guy were excluded.

From there we analyzed Google Trends data from the past year to identify the shows that stand the test of time–which shows are people still searching for after all these years? The results were indicative of each state’s favorite ‘90s cartoon.


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