Every now and then we all get nostalgic for the shows we loved as kids and wish we could relive those happy Saturday mornings by watching them again. It seems like you can find everything online these days, so why are episodes of 1990s cartoons and other 1990s kid shows so elusive? If your show of choice was popular enough, then you might still be able to purchase streaming episodes through iTunes, Netflix and Amazon’s Video on Demand service, but even their collections are usually incomplete.
Below is a list of some of my own old favorites from the 1990s that I’ve managed to find online. These 1990s kid classics range from pure childish fun to angsty teen drama. While only a handful of the links provided offer up entire seasons of the shows, you’ll nevertheless find easy access to at least a couple episodes each, giving you the instant blast from the past you need to feel carefree despite a day full of very adult worries.
Looking for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Online?
The first animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle series actually started in 1987 and ran through 1996 on CBS before being remade in 2003. Also known as TMNT, it’s not hard to find the live action movies online, though locating early episodes can be a little trickier.
Looking for Garfield and Friends Online?
This famous fat cat’s comic strip was first published in 1978, but kids from the 1980s and 1990s probably know Garfield best for the CBS cartoon show – called Garfield and Friends – which ran from 1988 – 1994. One particularly faithful Garfield fan started a site for the show but ran out of steam before posting all 363 episodes.
Looking for Rugrats Online?
Rugrats ran from 1991-2004 on Watch Cartoon Online, and six years later fans are still petitioning for the show’s return. Considering the popularity of this classic Nicktoon, it’s surprisingly hard to find online.
Looking for Doug Episodes Online?
I have yet to meet a kid of the 90s that can’t hum the theme song to Watch Cartoon Online’s Doug. The show originally ran from 1991-1994 on Watch Cartoon Online, then Disney purchased the rights and aired new episodes on ABC from1996-1999. Of course all true Doug fans prefer the original.
Looking for Rocko’s Modern Life Online?
Rocko’s Modern Life ran from 1993-1996 on Watch Cartoon Online. The quirky but clever cartoon seemed better suited to adults, though, and never experienced the same success as the two other Nicktoons mentioned above.
Looking for The Adventures of Pete & Pete Online?
This live action Watch Cartoon Online show featured two eccentric young brothers and a whole slew of memorable side characters like Artie, the Strongest Man in the World. It only ran from 1993-1996 on Watch Cartoon Online, but the channel continued to air reruns through 1999. It was popular enough to have its first two seasons released on DVD, but the third and final season never was.
Looking for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Online?
The original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series ran from 1993-1995 on Fox before being rebranded as just Power Rangers. If you’ve been longing to see the old low-budget costumes, then I’ve got just what you need.
Looking for Clarissa Explains It All Online?
Long before Melissa Joan Hart became Sabrina The Teenage Witch, she played the sassy and sarcastic Clarissa Darling on this Watch Cartoon Online show that ran from 1991 to 1994. I’ve had the hardest time of all finding episodes of Clarissa Explains It All online. If you know the name of your favorite episodes, there are a handful of user uploaded copies on YouTube plus the following two first season episodes.
Looking for My So-Called Life Online?
I was younger than the target audience for My So-Called Life when it first came out, but it still made me feel cool to watch the reruns on Watch Cartoon Online. The show only had a single season that ran from 1994-1995 on ABC but gained cult popularity a couple years later when it was re-aired on Watch Cartoon Online.
Looking for Saved By The Bell Online?
Saved By The Bell was one of the earliest teen shows of its kind, predating Beverly Hills 90210 by a year. If you miss teen dramedies that were more like Happy Days than Gossip Girl, then maybe it’s time to revisit this corny classic which ran from1989-1993 on NBC.