This week’s assignment from The League is right up my alley. I mean come on, this site used to be called Saturday Morning Central, there’s no way I could pass up the chance to create my own Ultimate Saturday Morning Cartoon Lineup.
I watched cartoons constantly as a kid. After school I would watch a good two or three hours of shows, in the mornings before catching the bus I would watch reruns of Beast Wars, and of course on Saturday Mornings I could always count on a few hours of cartoons accompanied by my favorite cereal.
After school is when I loved to get my superhero cartoon fix. X-Men, Spider-Man, Power Rangers, and TMNT. For some reason, Saturday Mornings always felt more whimsical and I always wanted to watch the sillier shows, so I kept that in mind as I was coming up with my list.
I was a Nickelodeon kid in the early 90s, and always wished my favorite Nick shows could mingle with my favorite Disney Afternoon or Fox Kids shows. So, here is my Saturday Morning lineup. There are a ton of other shows I love, but if I had to go queu up a bunch of episodes to watch this Saturday, I think it would look like this.
- 7:00-7:30: Ducktales
- 7:30-8:00: Life with Louie
- 8:00-8:30: Muppet Babies
- 8:30-9:00: Beetlejuice
- 9:00-9:30: Angry Beavers
- 9:30-10:00: Gummi Bears
- 10:00-10:30: Bump in the Night
- 10:30-11:00: Rocko’s Modern Life
Ducktales and Gummi Bears perfectly represent Disney Afternoon cartoons to me, and they always have a place on my cartoon line-ups. They’ve been available on DVD for years now, and I can still watch them with a huge smile on my face.
Life with Louie is a weird addition, but it’s a show that my wife and I both grew up watching. I haven’t seen it since I was a kid, but I have very fond memories and need to track it down again. Louie Anderson was such a weird choice to be the subject of a cartoon, but I remember loving it.
Muppet Babies would probably be pretty high up on my list of favorite cartoons of all time, and I couldn’t leave it off this list. Any creativity I had as a kid could be attributed to this show. I watched it every time it was on TV, even when I knew I was getting a little too old for it.
Beetlejuice was one of those cartoons based on movies that was way better than it had to be. It developed it’s own style and existed separately from the movie, and there wasn’t anything wrong with that. This is another show I haven’t revisited in years, but I intend to as soon as I can find some episodes.
Angry Beavers was a show on Nickelodeon that I got into as an older kid, in the late 90s. I remember it being as crazy and weird as I was at the time.
Bump in the Night: I had to include a stop-motion show on this list, because I ate up that stuff. Gumby, California Raisins, and anything else I could get my hands on. Bump in the Night was a weird show that ran from 1994-1995, but it’s stayed in my memory since then. Two of my favorite voice actors, Jim Cummings and Rob Paulsen star as Mr. Bumpy and Squishington, and if that’s not enough to get you interested I don’t know what could.
Rocko’s Modern Life was a staple in my Nickelodeon watching days, and thankfully it still holds up to the test of time thanks to it’s edgy humor and hilarious stories.
So there’s my list. Make sure to check out some of The League’s posts this week: