Netflix has been bringing its A-game as of late, introducing some pretty kick-ass additions to its site, including “Mean Girls,” “Braveheart” and “Click.” But Netflix came in clutch this week, adding some Cartoon Network classics to its instant queue; “Johnny Bravo,” “Courage the Cowardly Dog” and “The Powerpuff Girls” to name a few. ’90s kids—say goodbye to your social lives.
Along with these classics, “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “Ed, Edd n Eddy” were added to Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” queue—as if you weren’t stoked out of your mind to begin with. That’s gotta be like, 3 whole months worth of ’90s cartoon bliss! We know what you’re doing all summer (Hint: it’s not working or studying).
There is absolutely no competition between the cartoons of our childhood and the garbage kids watch today, but the time has finally come. Today’s children will be given the opportunity to share in the joy and amusement ’90s cartoons gave to us, the lucky ones. Courage the Cowardly Dog will have them hiding under covers. The Powerpuff Girls will empower young girls. Johnny Bravo will bring about a new definition of “cool”. Dexter will encourage aspiring scientists. Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy will redefine friendship. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!
Let us reminisce.
If Johnny Bravo wasn’t either your celebrity crush or role model as a kid, you’re lying. Sure, he wasn’t always very lucky with the ladies, but not one, single strand of hair was ever out of place. He was absolutely ripped and, as a grown man, had the luxury of mooching off his mother (who, not to mention, made him pancakes every morning). Seriously, what a catch.
In hindsight, “Courage the Cowardly Dog” was probably one of the most alarmingly disturbing children’s television shows to ever air. It really pushed its TV-Y7 rating limits with its black comedy and supernatural-esque fiction. In fact, Courage the Cowardly Dog could likely scare some of us to this day. Seriously, does anyone remember that evil, headless chicken?
“Dexter’s Laboratory” focused on Dexter, a 7-year-old boy genius who’s smarter than you’ll ever be (how incompetent do you feel?). Aside from his Eastern European accent, it’s not difficult to see a resemblance between Dexter and Walter White. Perhaps Dexter’s Laboratory is a prequel to Breaking Bad: An exceptionally talented, yet cynical scientist and a yappy blonde who won’t mind her own damn business.
(Fun fact: Seth McFarlane was a writer for Dexter’s Laboratory, which helped launch his career.)
Not only were Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy a trio of goofballs but their group of friends consisted of a plethora of over-the-top personalities; Kevin was cynical and sarcastic, the Kanker Sisters were a buncha bullies and Johnny 2×4 was never really with it. Looking back, Ed, Edd, Eddy and their friends are no different than a lot of our friends. Not only that, but they taught us the key to long-lasting friendships (Hint: the answer is jawbreakers).
But of all the recent additions to Netflix’s instant queue, The Powerpuff Girls takes the cake for “Most Epic.” With Blossom as their fearless leader, The Powerpuff Girls defended Townsville from bad guys like Mojo Jojo, HIM and Sedusa—all while wearing dresses. Of course, we knew we’d never shoot laser beams out our eyes or fly to and from space in an hour, but a girl can dream. Besides, let’s face it, we all grew up to be Buttercup, anyways—cynical and angry at the world.
Sure, “The Powerpuff Girls” was an all-around great show, but it was and is to this day SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT! Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup encouraged female empowerment. The Powerpuff Girls inspired young girls to be their own kind of hero. We may never put an evil, talking monkey in jail or save an entire city from destruction, but we can make the world a better place in our own way.
By the way, let’s give Netflix a huge shout-out for not only letting us relive our childhoods, but totally shattering all or any plans we may have had to be productive this summer.
Which ’90s cartoon will you be binge-watching over finals weeks? Tweet us your thoughts @SpeakeasyMag!