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The Five Most Missed Cartoons From My Childhood.

  • Mar 6, 2010
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As a kid, I was a die-hard Nickelodeon fan, though there were a few shows on other channels that I used to enjoy as well. These five shows were either cancelled, are currently only airing in other countries besides the U.S., or only air in the earliest hours of the morning, before anyone is awake to see them. After reading, I would love to hear about any shows that you miss from your childhood.
As Told by Ginger
As Told By Ginger was a cartoon on Nickelodeon that followed teen Ginger Foutley as she went through life and wrote about her experiences in her diary. I absolutely adored this show, and found it to be one of the more mature series that Nickelodeon ever aired. It seemed to be aimed at older kids and teens, because some of the themes of the show are rather mature, and I would even describe the series as being contemplative at times. As Told By Ginger received three Emmy nominations during its six-year run. As of now, only certain individual episodes and TV movies are available on DVD.
If there is anyone who hasn't seen Rugrats? This show follows everyone's favorite weird-looking babies (and two supernaturally articulate three-year-olds) as they go on 351-episodes (and three movies) worth of adventures that would bring serious harm to actual infants. This show is just a classic because, aside from the fact that it was one of the first cartoons aired on Nickelodeon back when it was first established, it has something in it for everyone. Kids like it because the characters go on wild adventures that stir their fantasies, while older people can appreciate its mockery of "textbook parents" (Case in point: Didi Pickles) and the misconceptions that the babies have about the adult life. The way they mispronounce words is adorable and funny as well.
Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold! was an all-around entertaining show that aired on Nickelodeon and followed the adventures of everyone's favorite football-head. I always found it hilarious that Arnold was constantly mocked for his football-shaped head when every other character on that show was goofy-looking too. That theme song was also very catchy. While the show was usually just plain funny, it had its serious moments, such as the episodes centering on Arnold's missing parents, which I found to be both beautiful and sad.
Beast Wars
Beast Wars was the sequel to the first Transformers series, and takes place on a planet much like Earth, in which two factions of robots, after landing on this planet, must take on alternate forms for protection from an element present in excess on the planet. Thus, when not in their mecha forms, the characters are seen as animals. The production designer for the show even won an Emmy for his work on this show. While this isn't necessarily a "cartoon", it is CG-animated. This was a show that I used to rush home from school every day to watch. I was quite the tomboy as a child, and back then, it just didn't get any better than watching animals that could turn into robots duke it out.
Yes, Digimon. While the series is constantly being panned, back in the day, when I was very young, I didn't focus on character development or plot devices or soundtrack qualities. All I knew was that the show was fun to watch. Plus, I always thought I was so cool because while everyone else was into Pokemon, I was watching Digimon instead. I eventually lost interest in the series after new characters were introduced, replacing those I had come to know.

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March 09, 2010
I'm so with you on Rugrats and Hey Arnold. I loved those shows growing up, especially rugrats. I was also a fan of Doug, Batman, Animaniacs, Pinky & The Brain, Rocko's Modern Life, Ren & Stimpy.....there's too many to list. On another note, we were total opposites when it comes to Digimon. I was a Pokemon girl at heart. Blame the guys I went to school with :) Great list though!
March 10, 2010
I used to watch all of those other shows too, but I didn't love them as much as these five here. I watched Pokemon too, but liked Digimon more. Thanks for the feedback!
March 09, 2010
Just caught this in this week's list of notable contributions, and I love your idea for this list!  I didn't have cable growing up, so I was only able to catch a few cartoons when I went over to friends' houses.  I loved Rugrats and Hey Arnold.  Other non-cable ones that I loved were Magic School Bus, Arthur, Hey Doug and Samurai Pizza Cats!  I bet none of those are still around anymore... Ah, nostalgia :P
March 09, 2010
Thanks! I've seen the Magic School Bus, but not Samurai Pizza Cats. I still watch Arthur :P
March 09, 2010
The Magic School Bus was awesome. Captain Planet anyone?
March 10, 2010
I used to watch Captain Planet too :)
March 07, 2010
oh wow! This is a great idea for a list! I am feeling all nostalgic too! I wanna see MARINE BOY again when I was a kid. But now, my most missed animated American TV series would have to be Justice Leagure and Batman animated series.
March 07, 2010
I never watched any of those shows, haha. The only superhero-related cartoon that I ever watched was Captain Planet.
March 07, 2010
Good list. Digimon will always have a special place in my heart, lol. It still remains one of my all time favorite cartoons and I always thought its plots and characters were developed very well. But all the other kids watched Pokemon and I didn't find that to be even half as engaging or entertaining as Digimon was, so I'm with you on that one. Loved Rugrats as well. Chucky was my favorite. :-)
March 07, 2010
Chucky was cute. Phil and Lil were my favorites.
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