Some of my happiest TV memories stem from my childhood, when I’d wake up on a Saturday morning and I would rush downstairs to get some breakfast and eat it in front of the TV, watching some of the best kid’s shows that there has ever been!
As a child of the 90s, I feel like I experienced some of the best children’s television shows, be it live action or animated. My childhood was during the height of Nickelodeon, Fox Kids TV and Live & Kicking to name but a few platforms that delivered some of the best TV viewing if you were a kid in the 90s!
Recently, I have been reminiscing about all the amazing cartoons and live action shows I used to watch as a kid, more specifically on those Saturday mornings! So, with that said, I have picked my TOP 5 shows that I think were the crème de la crème of Saturday morning kids TV shows from the 90s…
Mighty Max (1993)
2 Seasons, 40 Episodes
Based on the ‘Mighty Max’ toys, which was a ‘boys’ (groan) offshoot of Polly Pocket, this series was the perfect mix of action and light-horror that made for ideal Saturday morning viewing!
I loved this show so much as a kid and while I didn’t have many of the Mighty Max toys, there were occasions when I’d be playing with the ones I did have whilst watching the TV show at the same time! It was such a fun show and really helped fuel story ideas for my playtime. Watching it back now, I really appreciate the quality of the animation and art style, especially some of the horror elements in the environment backdrops!
Bucky O’Hare and the Toad Wars (1991)
1 Season, 13 Episodes
It still amazes me, to this day, at how many people DO NOT know who Bucky O’Hare is or who the other crew members of the Righteous Indignation are!
From the concept – Star Wars with space animals – to the theme song, I loved every single inch of this show, and it blows my mind that there was only ever 13 episodes ever made! It was so funny, and the action was incredible! But for me, the show’s magic stemmed from the plethora of extraordinary and interesting characters! This was such a unique show, and if you still have no idea what I’m talking about, I urge you to seek Bucky O’Hare and the Toad Wars out immediately!
I had every Bucky O’Hare toy you could buy! We weren’t the wealthiest family, but I was treated once a month to a new toy and I loved going to Toys R’ Us as a kid and picking a new Bucky O’Hare action figure!
Pokémon: Indigo League (1997)
1 Season, 82 Episodes
I have picked the first season only, as it was after this, I fell away from watching Pokémon – until I returned to watch it in full in my 20s. But with so many episodes, the Indigo League was value for money!
This was my first introduction to the world of Pokémon and this was quickly followed up with the cards and for the next few years Pokémon was my life! As for the show itself, it has so many amazing and memorable episodes and even going back and watching it now, there is still so much love and enjoyment I get out of this show!
Guessing ‘who’s that Pokémon’ in every episode was just that added cherry on top of this delicious cake of a cartoon!
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993)
3 Seasons, 145 Episodes
The only live-action show in my TOP 5 and it features those teenagers with attitude, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers!
I mean, who doesn’t love the Power Rangers? This was vintage 90s kids TV with martial arts and outlandish kaijus! Looking back, with older eyes, at how they made the show with all the re-dubbing etc does make you laugh, and it is super cheesy, but at the time it did not get any better than this!
Out of all the Power Rangers, it was Billy I gravitated towards – the geeky one? Shock horror! I actually met David Yost a few years ago – and got my Blue Ranger FUNKO signed – and despite being 30, I never felt so star struck, as his character played such a big role in my childhood.
Oh, and as for the killer theme song, does it really get much better than that?
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
2 Seasons, 85 Episodes
Talk about finishing on a high note!
Batman: The Animated Series is THE reasons why I love Batman and the DC universe so much! This was my entry into the world of DC and not only gave me my favourite Batman and Joker of all time in Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, but in terms of villains it helped establish my love for both Harley Quinn and Scarecrow! Now, as a kid, I just loved Batman and the characters. It was only when I got older that I could take a step back and appreciate just how incredible the art style of the show was and how it still holds up today! Likewise, some of the more mature episodes, featuring more adult themes only really hit home once I was older and could understand them story and message better. Some of the best Batman stories across all mediums appear in BTAS and if I was to pick one animated show to watch for the rest of my life, it would be Batman: The Animated Series.
So, there you have it! My top 5 childhood Saturday morning TV picks!
Now I want to hear from you! What were your favourite cartoons to watch over the weekend? Let us know in the comments!