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5 Cartoons I Miss (From Cartoon Network)

Updated on July 29, 2012

I'd like to start off by saying that there are plenty of other excellent shows that Cartoon Network no longer plays. There are also plenty of Nickelodeon shows that no longer play that I miss as well. I wanted to stick with one network and one era (the 1990s) so that way I wouldn't have to pick between so many good shows (but I'll probably do a Nickelodeon one at a later date). I've also excluded anime just to help narrow it down. That being said, I feel like cartoons have gone downhill. Even at 21, I still enjoy cartoons and I love watching them. I've noticed though that I much prefer the old ones to the new ones. I feel like many new cartoons don't even try to they're really just not funny or good. I do have ones I enjoy like Avatar: The Last Air Bender, Adventure Time, Spongebob, and so on. But the majority of them are just awful. Here are so shows I'd like to see make a comeback.

#1 Courage the Cowardly Dog

Courage the Cowardly Dog does air on Cartoon Network still on rare occasion and I watch it every time. The show follows a purple, spotted dog named Courage. When he was just a puppy he was abandoned and found by his now owner, Muriel Bagge and her husband Eustace. Courage is the ironic name given to the dog because he's terrified of everything. Still, when Muriel is in trouble he will do anything it takes to save her. Although he'll still be scared the whole time. Courage has many foes such as Katz, Le Quack, Dr. Gerbil, and several others. Each of them encounter Courage through different circumstances and its up to Courage to keep his family safe from them. Courage also resorts to his Computer, simply called Computer, that has an English accent. Courage relies on Computer to give him information whether its about his enemy or something that's happening (like when Muriel gets bitten by a Were-Mole and Courage needs a cure). The shows is funny, entertaining, and has a bit of a darker/demented side to it which I think makes it even more enjoyable.

#2 The Powerpuff Girls

The Powerpuff Girls is a show about 3 super heroes, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup who are little girls in kindergarten and are dedicated to fighting crime. They were created by Professor Utonium who was trying to make the perfect little girl. He used the ingredients: sugar, spice, and everything nice, but he accidentally (he was actually pushed we find out) breaks the glass vile containing chemical X which then causes the manifestation of the Powerpuff Girls. They live in the City of Townsville which is constantly under attack from monsters and villains. They have several reoccurring foes like Mojo Jojo, Princess Morbucks, Sedusa, and others. I think why I loved this show so much is I felt I could relate to it at my age. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup each have a different personality which made it so you could pick your favorite based on who you were most like. I was a young girl who watched 3 girls deal with real issues like bullying, making friends, and having to obey rules, but they kicked butt and fought crime.

# 3 Dexter's Laboratory

Dexter's Laboratory or simply Dexter's Lab, is a show about a young boy named Dexter who is a boy genius. He is young and lives at home with his parents, Mom and Dad, and his older sister, Dee Dee. Dexter has a secret lab in his room that his parents are oblivious to. He has a pet monkey, who is secretly a superhero known as "Monkey" and he creates all kinds of inventions and experiments. He creates things that any young boy would dream of like a giant robot suit, or things that can help him in his daily life like when he laminates himself so he doesn't have to worry about bathing. Dexter's sister Dee Dee is a ballet dancer and she is constantly breaking into his lab and destroying his things which is something most any boy with a sister can relate to. She's also very loud and obnoxious. Dexter is socially awkward at school and doesn't have many friends save for 3. He also has an archenemy, Mandark, who is in love with Dee Dee and Dexter uses this to his advantage. The show is unique and it had endless possibilities because all Dexter had to do was invent something to solve or cause a crisis (which he then had to fix). Every episode was something new and exciting.

# 4 Freakazoid!

This is one of the first shows I remember watching. Although it was originally on Kid's WB in 1995, it was picked up by Cartoon Network in 1997. Freakazoid is about Dexter Douglas and his alter-super hero ego- Freakazoid. Dexter is a 16 year old boy who is a complete nerd. He's socially awkward and is the exact opposite of his jock brother Duncan. His dad, Douglas, is a car salesman and a stereotypical dad while his mom, Debbie, is the standard housewife, she is also rather clueless to everything. Dexter became Freakazoid when his cat entered a specific series of buttons onto Dexter's computer and when he pressed enter, he was sucked into cyberspace and genetically altered. He says the phrase "freak out" when he wants to change and "freak in" to change back. Freakazoid is obnoxious, insane, and carefree. He has super strength, speed and agility, and has random powers that vary with the episode. He can turn into what's basically a lightening bolt so he can cover long distances quickly. Still, sometimes he just holds his arms out and runs while making a "whoosh" sound with his mouth. His weakness is a cage infused with negative ions. His greatest ally is Sergent Mike Cosgrove who is always able to find him when there's trouble. Made by Steven Spielberg, the show is ridiculous, zany, and all around hilarious.

# 5 ReBoot

Basically, ReBoot is a show about what goes on inside your computer (not really of course). It is also the first show I ever saw done in 3D.The citizens live in the computer world, Mainframe and the guardian program and his friends, must defend the system from the User as well as viruses who try to destroy it. The main characters include Bob, the guardian program who is casual but impulsive and also believe viruses can be reprogrammed to live as sprites rather than just being deleted, Dot Matrix, a restaurant owner as well as Bob's love interest and future, Enzo Matrix, Dot's younger brother who is energetic and good at games, Matrix, the older version of Enzo who returns to present Mainframe after being stuck in a game, and AndrAla (Andrea), Enzo's best friend who resembles a mermaid and also gets stuck in a game and returns with Matrix. The show was always so cool to me because it was a world inside a computer. They had things like firewalls and the could get lost in the "WEB". It was called ReBoot because when they went in a game they had to hit a button on their chest and say "ReBoot" so that they would be transformed into attire and abilities suited towards the game. The show was different, creative, and I haven't really seen anything like it since.


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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I'm a huge Cartoon Network fan. Great list. I especially liked Courage.

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      3 years ago

      Pretty good list, however I can't help but notice you did not include

      Ed, Edd & Eddy

      Other than that....I'm with

      Thanks for sharing

    • ironangel89 profile image


      3 years ago from United States

      All of those except for the last one were shows I watched and yeah, I miss them.

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      4 years ago

      well where i live you can still see dexters lab, powerpuff girls and courage the cowardly dog on cartoon network?

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      6 years ago

      Cartoons rock very hard. We should watch them until the end of time. I voted up. That Freakazoid cartoon was so great. You are absolutely right,Harliquinn. The weird ones are the best. Space Ghost was another great cartoon. Word Girl and Wild Kratts are very odd,informative,and hilarious cartoons. HAH-HAH!

    • CrazedNovelist profile image

      A.E. Williams 

      6 years ago from Hampton, GA

      You're awesome, Harli! I absolutely love ALL of the shows... except I've never seen ReBoot. You have awesome tastes... and you remember Freakazoid... lol I thought I was the only one :P.

    • Elise-Loyacano profile image


      6 years ago from San Juan, Puerto Rico

      Wow, I learned something from this article for sure. I hadn't heard of any of these. Thanks for bringing me into the modern era.

    • harliquinn profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I did think about that show but it actually plays still a fair amount so I decided to leave it out. But still, I do wish it played more.

    • Acbethea profile image


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Outstanding choices young lady. However, i couldn't help but notice "Ed, Edd and Eddy" missing from your list. But great hub anyway.

    • harliquinn profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I love both if those. Phineas and Fern as well as Adventure Time are some of the few shows I still enjoy. And SpongeBob of course haha. But Rocko was a great show!

    • Ardot profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      Great hub! Voted up. I miss cartoons to! One of my daughter's favorite new cartoons is 'Phineas and Ferb', I find it very funny and creative. Anyone ever watch "Rocco's Modern Life"?

    • harliquinn profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I did like Space Ghost and Space Ghost Coast to Coast was fantastic. I wish animated shows got more attention. They have limitless possibilities and you don't have to worry as much about the bad acting most live-actions have -_-

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      6 years ago

      @ Kumholtz -- if you look around there's a bunch of animated shows being produced still. They may not be as mainstream, but it's a billion dollar industry. There's a lot of flash artists that produce stuff as well. Bitey Castle website is a good example.

      Far as these shows go, I never watched them so I don't much about them. Wasn't Space Ghost a Cartoon network show? That one was pretty cool.

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Excellent selection of Cartoons that should never have been taken off airing. :(

      I am 25, and still love watching cartoons! HAHA LOL

      Great hub Harli!

    • Kumholtz profile image


      6 years ago from Savannah

      It saddens me that you hardly see animated shows being made nowadays. It's all sitcoms, and I blame Hannah Montana for that! Good selection, though. 90's cartoons are the best.

    • harliquinn profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Those were some great shows too! The weird shows were some of the best ever made.

    • Edgar Arkham profile image

      Edgar Arkham 

      6 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Great hub! I miss some these as well; also I miss "Johnny Bravo" and "Cow and Chicken"... the weird ones.


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