15 Classic Cartoons Every Grown-Up Should Watch Again

Who says cartoons are just for kids? You might have loved these cartoons back in the day, but the next time around they'll take on a whole new meaning. Often, we don't understand the nuances of a child's cartoon until we watch them with our own children (or, by ourselves all grown up on a Saturday morning with a huge box of Cheerios). So enjoy these blasts from the past.

Hey Arnold!

Who has a football-shaped head, wears a kilt, and lives with his kooky grandparents in a Brooklyn-esque borough? It's Arnold. And he and his fellow fourth-grade friends are out to solve neighborhood predicaments of any caliber. Stick ball, Stoop Kid, and endless fun.

The Simpsons

It's a classic show about Springfield's most eccentric family. Homer Simpson can keep making horrible mistakes but we keep loving him. These characters have lasted a lifetime -- Ned Flanders, Moe the barkeep, Sideshow Bob -- there's no limit to where the Simpsons can go.

Spongebob Squarepants

He's a silly sea sponge who lives in a pineapple. Under the sea. And he has square pants. And his best friend is a starfish. And his neighbor is a squid who plays the clarinet. And they drive boats underwater. It's just crazy enough to be brilliant.

As Told By Ginger

Preteenhood is perfectly captured through the eyes of Ginger Foutley. Girl drama galore. Sleepovers, "fake-up", stuffed bikinis, the works. The show doesn't shy away from how it feels to undergo puberty, anxiety, and social hardships.


Cat is a proper gentleman and Dog is a total slob. So what happens when they're joined at the waist to form a super species? Utter mayhem. We especially love the antics of their pet mouse, Winslow.


This series brings Marc Brown's books to life. Join a morally-sound aardvark, a naïve bunny, and a bunch of other wild friends as they navigate school, friendships, and family.


Doug is an 11-year old that's just moved to a new town and must contend with his first love, Patti Mayonnaise, and his best friend, Skeeter. He documents it all in his journal.

The Wild Thornberrys

Eliza Thornberry can talk to animals. She adventures with her family in an RV around the world, giving the word wild a new meaning.


These babies can talk. And boy do they have a lot to say. But there's a definite disconnect between the baby world and the adult world, with often amusing results. Angelica Pickles has quite the attitude, but we love her.

Sailor Moon

Are you ready for an out-of-this-world experience? Join Sailor Moon and her magical friends as they fight to defend our planet and beyond, and also have some fights of their own.

The Angry Beavers

Norbert and Daggett are beavers. But they're not always angry.

The Magic School Bus

Ms. Frizzle is taking experiential learning to a whole new level. Her class field trips are on-site. Want to learn about biology? Let's take a ride on a blood platelet. Fun for everyone, not just nerds.

Rocket Power

This show is totally tubular, dude. Follow these four friends who know a thing or two about catching the gnarliest pounders.


Ash Ketchum was a lot of our first crushes, am I right? The spiky-haired poké-master and his trusty sidekick Pikachu are out to make a name for themselves.

The Fairly OddParents

Be careful what you wish for if your caretakers are Cosmo and Wanda. Timmy Turner will give you ample warning.

Nothing beats Saturday morning cartoons. And whether you have kids or not, it's worth it to rewatch these gems of the past

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