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10 Best Classic ’90s Nicktoons, According To IMDB

Although Nicktoons continue to be a staple across Nickelodeon programming today, the 90s are often looked at as when Nicktoons were at their peak in both popularity and quality.

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From talking babies to a slice of life cartoon about a young boy in Bluffington, everyone had a Nicktoon that they loved and related to above the rest. According to IMDB ratings, these 10 Nicktoons continue to stand the test of time and remain popular with audiences of all ages.



The Wild Thornberrys (1998-2004) – 6.6

The Thornberry family smiling in The Wild Thornberrys.

Combining coming-of-age comedy with action-adventure elements, The Wild Thornberrys follows the Thornberry family, an average family that just so happens to travel the world filming nature documentaries. The younger daughter Eliza has the secret ability to talk to animals, given to her after rescuing a warthog that was actually a shaman in disguise.
While this sounds high concept for a Nicktoon, the show blends heart and humor well and uses both the family’s dynamic and Eliza’s abilities equally as sources of conflict throughout the series.

Rocket Power (1999-2004) – 6.8

The main characters from Rocket Power.

Rocket Power centers around a group of four young friends who are extreme sports enthusiasts in the fictional town of Ocean Shores, CA.  The show follows the day-to-day adventures they get into while, like many other Nicktoons, also focusing on the challenges of growing up.
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What made Rocket Power popular with audiences was the strong group dynamic between main characters Otto, Reggie, Twister, and Sam “the Squid”. Common issues like jealousy and selfishness often came up as episodes focused on character and storytelling, using the extreme sports background as a way to help set the show apart from other Nicktoons.

The Angry Beavers (1997-2001) – 7.2

Norbert and Dagget in The Angry Beavers.

Following two beaver brothers, Norbert and Daggett on their misadventures as they leave their parents’ home and move into their own bachelor pad. The show often pushed the envelope of Nickelodeon’s preferred style and content, with the creators clashing with network executives throughout the show’s run, which was a hit with audiences.
With writers incorporating studio notes and criticisms into the stories of multiple episodes, there is plenty of inside jokes and references for viewers to discover when rewatching the series.

Oh Yeah! Cartoons (1998-2002) – 7.4

The logo for Oh Yeah! Cartoons.

One of the most ambitious Nicktoons ever, Oh Yeah! Cartoons was an anthology series comprised of seven-minute animated shorts from several dozen different creators. The show was a launchpad for multiple creatives and even featured the first appearances of future Nicktoons The Fairly OddParents, ChalkZone, and My Life as a Teenage Robot.
With 96 seven-minute episodes, it remains the biggest TV animation development program ever and a perfect opportunity for viewers to enjoy a wide variety of animation styles from dozens of unique voices.

Doug (1991-1994) – 7.4

Doug from Nickelodeon stands in a drawing of his bedroom

One of the three original Nicktoons, Doug follows Doug Funnie as his family moves into a new town, Bluffington. A coming-of-age story, Doug often faced common issues like bullies, being too scared to watch a scary movie, and not knowing what to say when around his crush, Patti Mayonaise.
Combining relatable issues with the show’s imaginative fantasy sequences, Doug stands apart from the other Nicktoons because it’s a mostly autobiographical story from creator Jim Jenkins. Jenkins’ insistence that each episode’s script includes a moral to it has also helped the show continue to resonate with new audiences.

The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991-1996) – 7.5

Ren and Stimpy smiling in The Ren & Stimpy Show

Another of the original three Nicktoons, The Ren & Stimpy Show has some great episodes that make it not only a cult-classic show, but an influence on animation that continues to be seen in shows today. Pushing the envelope when it was first released, the adventures of Ren, a sociopathic Chihuahua, and Stimpy, a dim-witted cat often courted controversy with episodes featuring dark humor, #sexual innuendos, shock value, and adult humor.
This focus on adult humor has helped the show remain popular with audiences that are older now and can’t believe their parents allowed them to watch the show when they were kids.

Rugrats (1991-2006) – 7.5

Tommy and Chuckie hugging in the original Rugrats

The last of the original three Nicktoons, Rugrats introduced the world to Tommy, Chuckie, and twins Phil and Lil, the four main babies, and Tommy’s toddler cousin Angelica, the show’s primary antagonist. Each episode follows the babies’ day-to-day lives while also showing heightened, adventure-filled versions of the events through the lens of their imaginations.
The show instantly became a hit with children and their parents and maintained popularity for over a decade through re-runs, spin-offs, and a few theatrical releases. Rugrats is also highly regarded for its’ holiday specials, with episodes devoted to Kwanza, Passover, and Chanukah receiving widespread acclaim. In 2021, Rugrats was rebooted on Paramount Plus with new adventures for audiences to discover the iconic babies.

Hey Arnold! (1996-2004) – 7.7

Hey Arnold Nickelodeon

Hey Arnold! follows fourth-grader Arnold Shortman as he navigates growing up and daily life while also being faced with many extreme, larger-than-life adventures. Living in a boarding house with his grandparents, the show features a large ensemble of side and supporting characters who would often find themselves in the center of an episode throughout the show’s run.
Part of Hey Arnold’s success stems from the decision to cast children to voice the main characters instead of adults, giving the show an even more realistic feel. Another key to the show’s long-term success is its’ heart, with episodes like “Arnold’s Christmas” and “Helga On The Couch” covering very serious topics in a realistic way, giving the show another layer to explore its’ characters and giving audiences plenty of reasons to rewatch the series again and again.

KaBlam! (1996-2000) – 7.9

The main characters from KaBlam!

Another anthology series, KaBlam! was a showcase for all sorts of styles in animation and led to the creation of many well-known shows-within-the-show including Action League Now and Sniz & Fondue. Essentially produced as the cartoon version of an indie movie, the show offered a platform for larger audiences to discover different styles of animation.
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The variety and innovation helped make KaBlam! as critically well-received as it was popular throughout its four seasons. With select episodes available to stream, rewatching the series is a refreshing reminder of just how many unique voices were given a platform thanks to Nicktoons.

Rocko’s Modern Life (1993-1996) – 7.9

The main characters from Rocko's Modern Life.

Anthropomorphic animals are not a new concept for cartoons but like Ren & Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life focused more on adult-themed humor like double entendre, innuendos, and social commentary on serious issues including racism and tolerance. Following Rocko, an Australian immigrant wallaby, the show’s unique, surreal style often found Rocko in all sorts of adventures and misunderstandings alongside his friends Heffer Wolfe, an eccentric, dim-witted steer, and Filburt, a neurotic turtle. Placing Rocko and his friends in cringe-worthy situations, the show often received praise for raising the quality of animated storytelling, something that is still clear to audiences just discovering the show now on streaming.
It’s easy to see why Nicktoons from the ’90s are regarded as some of the best animated series’ ever: there’s something for everyone to enjoy. That they continue to find new audiences all these years later on streaming services and re-runs is just another testament to the quality of classic Nicktoons.
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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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