Our 10 Favorite Saturday Morning Cartoons and Animated Series

Our 10 Favorite Saturday Morning Cartoons and Animated Series

Our 10 Favorite Saturday Morning Cartoons and Animated Series

1. The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show
The Looney Tunes gang switched networks and series names over the years, airing on CBS and on ABC. There was “The Bugs Bunny Show,” “Road Runner,” “The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour,” “Sylvester and Tweety” and “Bugs Bunny & Tweety.” Regardless the title, the content remained and the long running shorts were on the air from the 1960s through the 1990s on Saturday mornings. You can still find Bugs and friends on The Boomerang Network through the week, long after Saturday morning cartoons have been replaced with infomercials.

2. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?

CBS and ABC brought us variations of Scooby and the gang with “The New Scooby-Doo Movies,” “The Scooby-Doo Movies,” “The Scooby-Doo/Dynamutt Hour,” “Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics,” “The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries,” “Scary Scooby Funnies,” “A Pup Named Scooby-Doo” and “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.” Zoinks! That’s a lot of Scooby snacks for fans of the teen sleuths, but the constant within the changes was Scooby and Shaggy.

3. The Tom & Jerry Show

CBS, FOX and ABC all had a hand in bringing us a variation of this standard cartoon cat and mouse. There were multiple mixes, including “The Tom & Jerry/Grape Ape Show,” “Tom & Jerry/Grape Ape/Mumbley Show” and “Tom & Jerry Kids.” Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse were always simply wanting to enjoy a meal or a date without the other one interfering, but alas, it was not to be. Few characters could say so much without saying a word.

4. The Flintstones Comedy Hour

Although “The Flintstones” was a primetime series in its original run, the Saturday morning rebranding and series additions made the modern Stone-Age family animation eligible for Saturday morning greatness. “The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show,” “The Flintstones Show” and “The Flintstone Kids” aired across CBS and ABC. For much of the run of this series and its futuristic sister show, “The Jetsons,” there were simply reruns of the same episodes over and over, yet new audiences prove that it never got old.

5. The Smurfs

Peyo’s magical creatures stood 3 apples high and lived in mushroom houses in their own village, chased by Gargamel and his cat Azrael. The NBC series counted them at a smurfy 100 member village, adding Smurfette to the mix, then Grandpa Smurf and a few others as seasons went along. A very original, fun series with an actual storyline that made sense and characters the viewers could enjoy.

6. Super Friends

The winning combination of a group of caped heroes with crime fighting was an idea that certainly worked for ABC. So much so, that they continued the adventures for decades with “The All-New Superfriends Hour,” “Challenge of the Superfriends” and “Superfriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show.”

7. The Archies

There were so many versions of the exact same idea with Archie and his pals that it became hard to keep up. “The Archie Comedy Hour,” “Archie’s Funhouse,” “Archie’s TV Funnies,” “U.S. of Archie,” “Everything’s Archie” and “The New Archie/Sabrina Hour” aired across CBS and NBC from the 1960s through the 1980s.

8. Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies

The brilliant series used the voice of Barbara Billingsly (June Cleaver) as the nanny as Kermit, Piggy and the gang used their imaginations to expand a nursery into a universe. The music copyrights and clips from movies and television series kept the show away from DVD release, unfortunately, but for those who grew up with it, the show was one of a kind.

9. Wacky Races

CBS had an incredible idea to pit the stars of several cartoons against each other in a weekly race. The series was creative and fun to watch and gave us the chance to cheer for our own teams, which would often include characters who would never encounter each other under any other circumstance. Dastardly would always cheat.

10. X-Men

FOX Kids gave us one of the highest quality, best written comic book series ever created on Saturday mornings in the 1990s. They followed the comic book plots and characters to perfection and the costumes and designs were always well done. Jim Lee’s era of the X-Men offered a colorful time in Marvel’s mutant world and the animated series gave us a great opportunity to enjoy the comic books as they came to life, prior to the movies.

So many others are out there, including “Pink Panther,” “Alvin & The Chipmunks,” “Herculoids,” Magilla Gorilla,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends” and “Perils of Penelope Pitstop.” There is definitely no right or wrong answer when it comes to nostalgia from classic Saturday mornings.