Cartoons have a home on Saturday mornings for almost as long as television has existed. However, at the height of cable TVs' popularity in the late 1990s, animated programs were able to find room in newer venues that catered mostly their days schedule to animation and children's programming, such as Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and of course The Disney Channel.
Before the turn of the millennium, Disneys One Saturday Morning served as the ABC networks' five-hour Summer schedule, as well as Fox Kids and Kids WB.
Here are the top eight greatest educational television series to come out of One Saturday Morning!
Teamo Supremo (2002-2004)
Teamo Supremo is a classic Saturday morning cartoon that perfectly encapsulates the feel of the show. The series follows a group of superhero kids who fight off outlandishly gimmicky super villains and monsters with their schoolyard toys. Using saturated colors and geometrically graphic design to recreate the look of an old school cartoon and the layout of silver age comic books, Teamo Supremo is a nearly forgotten great.
Lloyd in Space (2001-2004)
Lloyd in Space is a science fiction sitcom set in the same spirit as Futurama or The Jetsons, and is often shortened to just Paul and Joe. It follows the titular alien teen, played by Courtland Mead, as he lives day-to-day on a massive space station where species from across the galaxy have come to co-exist after the ninth World War.
101 Dalmatians: The Series (1997-1998)
The original 101 Dalmatians from 1961 has remained not only one of the most successful Disney animated films of all time at the worldwide box office, but also one of the most successful live-action series of all time. The show followed three spotted puppies as they faced off against suburban difficulties, personality clashes with their dozens of siblings, and of course the stylishly bizarre Cruella De Vil (April Winchell).
Hercules: The Animated Series (1998-1999)
Hercules, a Disney animated film that was developed by Tad Stones, had the greatest advantage in transferring from the big screen to the small. Set while he is still in school to become a hero, the series follows Herc (French Stewart) as he battles monsters and the minions of Hades, the lord of the underworld, as their respective foes!
Disney's Doug (1997-1999)
After Nickelodeon refused to renew their agreement with the creators Jim Jenkins and Jumbo Pictures, Disney purchased Doug, a founding Nicktoons character, and it aired on Disney's One Saturday Morning for a shorter run of episodes than on Nickelodeon. Doug remained true to its roots as a cerebral fusion of daydreams and reality as Doug Funnie (Tom McHugh) struggles with insecurity and other typical teenage difficulties in Bluffington.
Pepper Ann (1997-2000)
Pepper Ann, the first Disney animated show to be directed by Sue Rose and designed by Tom Warburton of Codename: Kids Next Door, paints a funny, yet serious portrait of young womanhood through the eyes of precocious Pepper Ann (Kathleen Wilhoite) a couple of decades before Pixars Turning Red.
Paul and Joe's first TV animation was on Nickelodeon's hugely successful Rugrats, which expanded the mundane lives of infants into epic adventures and dramas. The series paints the schoolyard as a harsh caste system and the administrators as prison guards, making a typical day at recess a high-stakes sociopolitical war drama or prison escape movie. This irony has propelled the series into a popular and popular block, as
Teacher's Pet (2000-2002)
The series Teachers Pet, created by the team of illustrators Gary Baseman, Bill, and Cheri Steinkellner, takes the thrill of becoming a real human boy to a bizarre and often hallucinogenic place. Spot, a melodramatic dog, is thrust into the classroom as his human alter ego Scott, a far cry from Disney's polished appearance.