In the decade from 1987 to 1997, hundreds of cartoons were produced, with some being more popular than others. And while some shows – such as The Simpsons and South Park – are still running, most of the list didn’t make it past one season. That’s probably why you’ve forgotten some existed – and for good reason, too. But one thing is certain, if you watched any of these during the original runs, you are getting old.
1987: ALF: The Animated Series
Remember ALF? Of course you do, but you might know him as Gordon Shumway, or from the sitcom that this cartoon was a prequel to. ALF: The Animated Series was an animated series, which was a spin-off of the more popular live-action show, ALF.
1988: Denver, the Last Dinosaur
Denver, the Last Dinosaur, he’s my friend and a whole lot more. The cartoon, which came in the wake of The Land Before Time, was popular enough to last for two seasons.
1989: The Karate Kid
Being produced to coincide with The Karate Kid Part III, which happened to be the least popular of the original series, it’s probably no surprise that the cartoon only lasted for one season.
1990: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures
Unlike The Karate Kid, this is one spin-off cartoon that had the original cast reprising their iconic roles. So, yes, that is Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter and George Carlin you can hear. Awesome!
1991: Back to the Future
Just like those excellent adventures of Bill and Ted, three cast members from the Back to the Future trilogy chose to reprise their roles, which were Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, and Thomas F. Wilson. Although, Lloyd was only seen and heard in the live-action segments, with the animated Doc being played by Homer Jay himself, Dan Castellaneta.
1992: Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire
Even though it was based on a pre-existing character, and also had live-action skits that bookended each episode, Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire wasn’t nearly as popular as Back to the Future, seeing it canceled after just one season.
1993: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
Just like The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (it’s Nintendo opposite), Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog didn’t prove as popular as the source material, which meant only one season was produced.
1994: Life with Louie
What sets Life with Louie apart from the other cartoons on this list is the fact it was aired during prime time – the first two episodes, anyway.
1995: Dumb and Dumber
Just how popular was Jim Carrey in 1995? Well, this was just one of the three cartoons from ’95 that were based on his movies, which also included Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask: Animated Series.
1996: Bruno the Kid
Unlike Jim Carrey, whose movies were the perfect material to adapt to cartoon form, Bruce Willis wasn’t so lucky. That saw the creation of Bruno the Kid, which wasn’t popular, with only one season being produced.
1997: Extreme Ghostbusters
Not to be confused with The Real Ghostbusters, which was titled as such to reflect that is was based on the feature films and not Filmation’s Ghostbusters, Extreme Ghostbusters was branded to make sure kids knew it was a new series.