If you were a child growing up in the '60s to early '90s, you know exactly what it means when you hear the expression Saturday Morning Cartoons. Saturday morning cartoons typically aired from 8 a.m. to noon and was the day broadcast stations revealed their latest series episode or newest cartoons. Sundays were left for reruns. So, while you wanted to work alongside Fred Flintstone in the '60s, join the Wacky Races in the '70s, play with Ninja Turtles in the '80s or join forces with Captain Planet in the '90s, you knew that Saturday morning was the time to meet with old and new friends alike.
By the '90s cable TV and a variety of cartoon dedicated stations, plus prime time animated shows such as "The Simpsons," "Family Guy" and "Futurama" changed all of that and cartoons were no longer just for the weekends but could be accessed anytime and nearly anywhere.
Whether you still love the antics of Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse or get into the social and politically challenged hilarity of "The Simpsons" you know that regardless your age or interest, there is a cartoon for you. But, how well do you know your cartoons? See if you can figure out which cartoon each of these animated characters appears on. It may not be easy, but it will be a good time!
Bugs Bunny was created in 1940 by what we now know as Warner Bros. Cartoons. He originally starred in Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, and many other short films. Since then, he not only became the official mascot of the company, he also has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Scooby-Doo and his gang were created in 1969 and starred in the original series, "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" The original show did so well, that to date, the franchise has had over 10 back-to-back series and more than 45 movies.
Homer Jay Simpson made his first appearance in "The Simpsons" in December 1989. Since then, the show has broadcast more than 600 episodes, has its own ride at Universal Studios and has grossed more than $527 million.
When Tom (Thomas) was first created for the "Puss Gets the Boot" short in 1940, he was known as Jasper but was later changed in "The Midnight Snack." In 1946, the iconic "The Tom and Jerry Show" came about and is still running to this day.
Stewie Griffin is a ridiculously intelligent 1-year old who is obsessed with the thought of killing his mother and has some very violent tendencies. He stars in the hit show, "Family Guy," along with the rest of his family and talking dog, Brian.
Snoopy is the pet beagle of the ever-famous Charlie Brown. Not only does he star in the TV specials with him, he can also be seen in his own comic strips and in the "The Peanuts Movie." He is often seen with his sidekick, Woodstock.
Popeye inspired young children to eat spinach in an effort to make them more like him. It may not have worked, but many people fell in love with Popeye, and that is one of the reasons why there are still comics of him almost 100 years later.
SpongeBob made his first appearance in May 1999 and since then, has been one of the most successful characters ever created. With his infectious smile, optimism, and ever playful nature, children and adults alike can’t help but love him.
We first met Tigger in "The House at Pooh Corner" in 1928. When Disney decided to take on the project, all of the characters, along with Tigger, rose to fame.
Philip J. Fry is one of the main protagonists of the sitcom, "Futurama." The show first aired in 1999 and ran until 2003. It was then revived in 2007, and lasted until 2009. Don’t get us wrong, he is famous, but what kept viewers interested was his relationship with Leela.
When you think of a manga series, the first one that comes to mind is usually "Dragon Ball" and when you think about "Dragon Ball," you think about Goku, the fun-loving, down-to-earth Super Sayian.
If you haven’t seen "South Park," then you’ve probably been asleep for the last 20 years. The show features a wide range of characters but is centered around four potty-mouthed boys, one of which is Eric Cartman.
"Rugrats" aired from 1991 to 2004 and after viewers fell in love with Tommy Pickles and his crew, there were numerous spinoffs, including "All Grown Up!" and "Rugrats Pre-School Haze."
There are numerous generations of "Transformers," the first of which was in 1984, where we met Autobot Optimus Prime. Since then, the world has fallen in love with them. When director Michael Bay brought them to the big screen, their popularity increased.
“What are we going to do today, Brain?” If you haven’t heard this line at least once in your life, then your childhood was not as awesome as mine. Although the show only aired for three years, and it started off the same way each time, watching the two brothers try to take over the world was extremely fun.
Barney Rubble is the neighbor and best friend of Fred Flintstone and his family who we met in "The Flinstones." The series might have lasted only for six years, but the characters, mainly Barney, are remembered to this day.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live with a 1000-year-old alien, who occasionally gets drunk and dresses up as different people? Well, the Smith family knows exactly what it is like on the show, "American Dad" with alien, Roger.
What would you do if you had a super smart grandfather, who kept pulling you out of school in order to help him on his crazy missions to other dimensions? Well, that’s exactly what Rick Sanchez does. That, in combination with his dry sense of humor, has viewers tuning in every Sunday night to watch him.
George Jetson was the father of Judy and Elroy Jetson, and wife to Jane Jetson on the popular show named after the family. It followed them along their daily lives, set sometime in the future.
The world first met Papa Smurf in 1958 on the comic strip titled "Smurfs," but after gaining such a wide fan base, it got its own TV show in the 1980s. In almost every episode, we watch them play pranks and escape from the evil wizard, Gargamel.
Finn, the human, and his best friend, Jake (the dog), travel through the land of Ooo on "Adventure Time." Despite being aimed at children, the show has an even wider adult audience.
Have you ever heard of agents like James Bond and Ethan Hunt? Well, Sterling Archer would be right there with them if he didn’t screw up so often. Luckily for him, the show is exceedingly funny to watch.
After the success of "The Last Airbender," fans begged Nickelodeon for another series centered around the same theme. This led to the creation of Avatar Korra, a hot-headed water bender trying to figure out who she is while saving the world at the same time.
Adapted from the popular Dr. Seuss book with the same name, we watch this creature cause terror only to grow a heart of his own in the end. Although we only watch this character around Christmas time, he is memorable enough to be included on the list.
Wile E. Coyote is another cartoon character who made his first appearance on Looney Toons and Merrie Melodies. He may not be as popular as Bugs Bunny, but his constant attempts to catch the Road Runner are extremely funny to watch.
When the show first aired in 1996, many people said it was inappropriate, but MTV continued to air it and it soon, the show became very popular. Bevis may not be very smart but he is extremely loyal and is always up for a good time.
Like many of the other cartoons on this list, Josie (and the Pussycats) started off as a comic book strip as a part of the famous Archie Comics. Josie, as well as her bandmates, were so popular that they were a part of "The Archie Show," and "Riverdale," which currently airs on the CW.
Yogi has starred in many animated shows, but this lovable bear got his start as a supporting character in "The Huckleberry Hound Show" in 1958. He has a bunch of iconic catchphrases which include, “I’m smarter than the av-er-age bear!” and “Hey there, Boo Boo!"
Theodore and his brothers (Alvin and Simon) have been entertaining America with their own takes on popular songs since 1958. They are so popular, their five movies have made over $1.3 billion.
Boris Badenov is a cartoon villain who was the main antagonist of Rocky from "Rocky and His Friends" and "The Bullwinkle Show." He is well remembered for his catchphrases and his crazy accent.
Aang who starred in "Avatar: the Last Airbender," won over the hearts of many from the very first episode. As the avatar, he has to master the four bending arts in order to save the world from Fire Lord Ozai.
Princess Carolyn is a pink 43-year-old cat on the sitcom, "BoJack Horseman." This agent is loved by many because she is so caring, but throughout the series, she has had difficulty maintaining a healthy relationship.
Armin Arlert is an elite soldier in the Survey Corps on one of the best manga series, "Attack on Titan." He may not be very brave, but he is extremely smart, and is a skilled tactician.
Nicknamed "Snips," Ahsoka Tano helped to establish a network of rebel cells against the Galactic Empire within "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."
Before "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," there were just my little ponies, the toys. One of them is Applejack, a rough around the edges, southern pony, who children around the world adored.
Pearl is one of the members of the Crystal Gems, along with her other sisters, who help their brother defend the world from evil on the show, "Steven Universe." Pearl is a perfectionist who seems to know it all but deep down, suffers from low self-esteem.
Sakura is one of the lead characters in the Naurto manga and anime series who has come a long way from season one. She is now one of the world’s best medical-nins ( a ninja who specializes in medical treatment).
Roronoa is a pirate and bounty hunter most famous for his role in the manga series, "One Piece." While the show may not be as popular in the US, people around the world have been watching over 800 episodes for almost 10 years.
This alien princess from Tamaran is one of the five founding members of the Teen Titans. Her unfamiliarity with human traditions and her enthusiasm for learning, as well as the fact that she is a fearless warrior, is why she is loved by many.
Whether you hate him or love him, everyone knows this aspiring Pokémon doctor from the "Best Wishes" and "Sun & Moon" series. He was most popular for trying to flirt with the beautiful characters that he encountered, especially Nurse Joy.
Mordecai is a 6 foot 3 inch 23-year-old blue jay who always seems to be helping his friend, Rigby, get out of trouble. His laid-back attitude, loyalty, sarcasm, and coolness are some of the reasons why people like him so much.
Have you ever had that older sibling who tried to rat you out to your parents every time you did something? Well, that’s Candace Flynn. She’s the older sister of Phineas and Ferb and is also madly in love with Jeremy Johnson.
Jay Walker is the elemental Master of Lightning who along with his friends, fight against the Serpentine and the Stone army. You can also catch him in "The Lego Ninjago" movie which was released in September 2017.
Wanda is one of Timmy’s fairy godparents on the animated TV series, "The Fairly Odd Parents." She is very responsible and tends to think things through before granting wishes, unlike her husband, Cosmo.
"The Amazing World of Gumball" is a Cartoon Network show about a 12-year-old cat named Gumball, his mixed family, and the crazy adventures that take place at school and at home.
Flapjack is a cute little boy with curly blonde hair, bright blue eyes, and a dream of becoming a great adventurer. With the help of his good friend, Captain K’nuckles, he will be one step closer.
Kiaba may still be a teenager, but he owns his own gaming corporation and is one of the greatest Duel Monster players in the world. He is constantly trying to defeat Yu-Gi, for whom the show is named after.
Hegla is one of those classic school girls who bullied everyone and acted tough but, deep down, was a big softie and had a crush on the guy who she picked on. She was also very clumsy and extremely smart.
Muriel is an elderly Scottish woman who always seems to find herself in trouble, only to be saved by her dog, Courage. She is kind, a bit naïve and a great cook. The show aired from 1999-2002.
Imagine being an 8-year-old genius and owning your own secret lab in the basement of your house. Well, that is what Dexter’s Laboratory was about, with the addition of an annoying sister, an arch nemesis and a superhero monkey.