Netflix Top Picks: 90’s Nick Toons Edition

With so much content on Netflix Instant it is easy for some titles to just get lost in the shuffle, and with Netflix streaming now accounting for the majority of all American internet traffic, someone needs to start sorting this all out. Welcome to Netflix Top Picks, where I will select items from the Netflix Instant service you just have to add to your queue.  This edition features cartoons from an era when Nickelodeon and Disney was primarily filled with cartoons and not shows about teenage rock stars; here is the 90’s Nick Toons Edition.

Title: Rugrats
Type: TV
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, Nickelodeon, TV Cartoons
Rating: TV-Y
Run Time: 9 seasons (6 currently available), episodes approximately 23 minutes each
Released: 1994-2003
Created By: Gabor Csupo, Paul Germain, Arlene Klasky
Starring: Michael Bell, Melanie Chartoff, Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie, Cheryl Chase, Jack Riley, David Doyle, Tress MacNeille, Phil Proctor
Synopsis: Who says babies and toddlers speak gibberish? After all, in the world of the Emmy-winning “Rugrats,” Tommy Pickles and his pint-sized friends make perfect sense — at least when they’re talking to each other.
My Analysis: Rugrats is a great show that if you were a kid at any time in the 90’s you watched and will instantly recognize when watching again. Whether it is Tommy’s awkward walk, his favorite ball, Phil and Lil’s habit of switching a bow to confuse their parents.  Truth is this series, like many cartoons from this era, worked to appeal to both the kids watching it and the adults forced to watch it with them.  So whether you simply want to introduce a new generation to the fantastic adventures Tommy and his friends imagined or just simply revisit them yourselves, you should add this to your queue. Full disclosure though, for some reason seasons 1-3 are currently not available (hopefully this gets fixed, so for now, watch Rugrats after the next two options on this list.

Title: Rocko’s Modern Life
Type: TV
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, Nickelodeon, TV Cartoons
Rating: TV-Y7
Run Time: 4 seasons, episodes approximately 24 minutes each
Released: 1993-1996
Created By: Joe Murray
Starring: Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charles Adler, Doug Lawrence, Linda Wallem
Synopsis: Dauntless and eccentric, Rocko the wallaby moves from Australia to the surreal climes of America’s O-Town in this comic animated series from the 1990s. The hit kids’ show also features lots of puns and deadpan social satire for its grown-up fans.
My Analysis: Rocko’s Modern Life was one of my favorite shows growing up and part of the spectacular 90’s line-up of animated Nickelodeon shows; and I’m sometimes amazed I was allowed to watch it.  Like many shows of the era, Rocko is full of humor and references that will go completely beyond the heads of the little people in the room, but is still full of enough kid friendly humor that you’ll both be laughing but for completely different reasons.  The animation admittedly hasn’t aged perfectly, but it is still a classic. (Note: Rocko’s Modern Life was featured as a “kid pick” in a previous Netflix Top Picks but is being included here because it really goes with the other two selections)

Title: Aaahh!!! Real Monsters!
Type: TV
Genre: TV Shows, Kids’ TV, Nickelodeon, TV Cartoons
Rating: TV-Y
Run Time: 4 seasons, episodes approximately 24 minutes each
Released: 1994-1997
Created By: Gabor Csupo, Peter Gaffney
Starring: Charles Adler, Christine Cavanaugh, Gregg Berger, David Eccles, Michael Dorn, Andy Houts
Synopsis: Young monsters Ickis, Oblina and Krumm attend Monster Academy where they’re taught all the best scaring techniques. Their hideous headmaster, the Gromble, runs a tight ship, and the pupils frequently wither under his scathing criticism.
My Analysis: Aaahh!!! Real Monsters! Is yet another great 90’s Nick Toon from an era when half the jokes weren’t even meant for the kids (such as the cross dressing Gromble).  The entire concept of the show (monsters in an academy learning how to scare better) basically comes off as a possible inspiration for Monsters Inc., and that alone should be reason enough to enjoy the series. Real Monsters was one of my favorites growing up and it is always great to see a childhood favorite hold up fairly well almost twenty years later.

Due to Netflix constantly updating and changing the content on their service we cannot guarantee that the content listed in this article will be available for any particular length of time, nor can we guarantee it is available in all regions.  We do make a genuine effort though to never include any item that Netflix has marked with a limited availability.


About Tristan Rendo

I've made movies, written and performed music, and in January of 2011 got bored and started the awesome gaming site you see before you. My gaming roots began with the original NES, and endless hours spent spilling quarters into machines at the local arcade. I have a personal collection of over 200 Nintendo 64 games, and for many years it was the only system I owned. I re-entered the modern generation of gaming consoles when I decided to purchase a 360. I typically prefer the single player experience of games, so I’m usually playing through some single-player campaign, but can occasionally be found doing some damage in Halo Reach.