Whenever we look back on our childhoods, we unconsciously think of the fantastic world composed by cartoons. Thanks to cartoons, we developed our creativity and imagination; we had something to do that would also result in entertainment and some good moral lessons now and then. In that field, Cartoon Network was the king. Although it’s undeniably successful these days thanks to hit shows such as Steven Universe, The Regular Show, and Adventure Time, the old Cartoon Network was as big then as it is now. How’s that for aging the right way?
Cartoon Network shows were part of our childhood, and surely they were part of the childhood of many other millennials. So, follow us on this nostalgia trip as we recall some of the greatest productions of the channel.
Ed, Edd n Eddy
It was a controversial show that certainly many moms frowned upon. It could definitely be insanely caddish, let’s admit, but wasn’t that the whole point? Literally every character on the show had the flaw of being irreparably dumb, even the supposedly-wise Double D, at times. The adventures of this iconic trio were all centered on materialism and an uncanny dedication to having a taste of Cul-de-Sac’s hottest and most sought after candy – the Jawbreaker.
Courage the Cowardly Dog
If released today, Courage would probably be one of those shows that moms would ally against and demand it to be banned. This show was grim, bizarre, filled with dark humor, and very often traumatizing. Everyone who has seen the show reminisces on it with hollow eyes and a small shudder. But this was Courage’s selling point.
The cartoon depicts the adventures of the ironically named dog Courage as he tries to keep safe his two owners against the various horrifying supernatural phenomena hitting them. From zombies to demon summoning, to armies of eggplants, to lake spirits, and to psychotic barbers, Courage was the kids’ version of American Horror Story.
Teen Titans (The Good One)
This alliance of superheroes has been defending Earth through the entirety of many of our childhoods. After cartoon adaptations of Spider-Man, Superman, or Batman, Cartoon Network brought to the little screens a lesser known team at the time. They basically did to the world of superhero cartoons what Marvel did in its cinematic universe by bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Teen Titans was the perfect balance of action, humor, and emotion, being able to toy with your feelings in any way you could think. Brilliantly animated, this show actually tells an in-depth story and many people today weep after the original after having watched the poorly satirical reboot.
The Powerpuff Girls
Sugar, spice, and everything nice… There’s no better time to remember this iconic show than now, given the fact that 2016 is the year of its revival (hopefully better executed than Teen Titans GO!). The Powerpuff Girls may be small and colorful, but they were the undeniable heroes of Townsville. They were the reason why many little girls stopped wanting to be princesses and reoriented towards being heroes instead.
Aside from all the world-saving, The Powerpuff Girls also brought up the daily struggles of children and girls, providing moral lessons than plenty of adults today could learn from.
Before Dexter was a murdering justifier, he was a science prodigy. No matter where you were, the first accords of this cartoon’s intro were as easy to distinguish as Mandark’s trademark laughing style. This was a show that constantly left us frustrated because all that Dexter wanted was to change the world through science, but his plans were constantly interrupted by his spastic sister, Didi.
The list could go on forever, but without providing more in-depth explanations, here are a few memorable titles that you definitely remember: The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Codename: Kids Next Door, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Johnny Bravo, Samurai Jack, Hi Hi Puffy AmyYumi, Tom and Jerry, and Scooby Doo.