The 25 Best Kids Shows on Netflix

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The 25 Best Kids Shows on Netflix

Many of us can look back on our childhoods with distinct memories of our parents telling us to turn off the TV—to go outside and play, or pick up a book. Some of us, tragically, even grew up without cable or any TV at all, and we vowed that when we grew up and became parents, we’d let our kids watch all the TV they wanted. Well, the good news is that kids TV—much like grown up TV—has gotten a lot better over the years. And the other good news (sort of) is that we all grew up and became our parents, also telling our kids to turn off the TV every once in a while. But when we’re being the cool, fun parents (or the parents secretly injecting them with all the knowledge of the universe via entertaining programming, or the parents just trying to keep them happily distracted while we binge Kimmy Schmidt on our own streaming device), we have these shows to thank. And if we’re being honest, in addition to being wonderful programs for children, these are great picks for the unrelenting kid in us all.

Here are the 25 Best Kids Shows on Netflix:

beat-bugs.jpg 25. Beat Bugs
Original Run: 2016-present
Creator: Josh Wakely
Stars: Ashleigh Ball, Lili Beaudoin, Rebecca Husain, Charles Demers, Erin Mathews
Original Network: Netflix 
This clever animated series focuses on a group of young bugs just looking to live their lives on the ground, but throw one interesting twist into the relatively simple format: Every episode is framed around a Beatles song. Each episode features Beatles songs covered by popular artists such as Eddie Vedder, The Shins, James Corden, and Of Monsters and Men, who all put their own spin on the song. The episodes feature positive messages about things like friendship and dealing with loneliness for the kiddos, and parents can tap their toes to the rocking soundtrack. Plus, it will have your kids humming Beatles tunes all day long. —Trent Moore

he-man.jpg 24. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Original Run: 1983-1985
Creator: Mattel, Inc., Filmation
Stars: John Erwin, Linda Gary, Alan Oppenheimer, Lou Scheimer, Erika Scheimer
Original Network: Syndication
Not a lot of animated shows hold up for three decades, but luckily, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was just crazy enough to still work all these years later. Following the heroes of the magical world of Eternia, the story tracks He-Man and his band as they battle it out with the evil Skeletor. It stands out in history as the first show ever based on a toy, and featured writing by some eventual legends like J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) and Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series). Hey, you’ve seen the memes, so go back and remember where it all started. —Trent Moore

BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX-powerrangers.jpg 23. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Original Run: 1993-1995
Creator: Haim Saban and Shuki Levy
Stars: Austin St. John, Thuy Trang, Walter Jones, Amy Jo Johnson
Original Network: FOX
One of the most popular shows of the 90s, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was originally created using footage from the long-running Japanese program Super Sentai. Producers used fight scenes from the foreign show, intercut with scenes filmed in the States of the plucky teens chosen to protect the planet from alien invaders. The Power Rangers have proven to have surprising staying power, both among 90s kids who giggle now at the scrappy low-budget look of the show, and a new generation of fans finding it through both Netflix and a reboot that landed on ABC in 2010. —Robert Ham

BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX-jessie.jpg 22. Jessie
Original Run: 2011-present
Creator: Pamela Eells O’Connell and Adam Lapidus
Stars: Debby Ryan, Peyton List, Cameron Boyce, Skai Jackson
Original Network: Disney Channel
The story of a small town girl running to the Big Apple to pursue her dreams has been revisited, and sometimes parodied (hello Kimmy Schmidt), countless times. But this particularly Disney-fied version of that same tale, which follows the titular Jessie as she tries to maintain order in the home of a rich New York family, is as engaging as it gets, thanks to the plucky energy and whip smart comic timing of its lead Debby Ryan, and the four young actors playing the kids in her charge. Like most Disney Channel fare, this show was a massive hit for the network, and while it is scheduled to wrap up after its fourth season (currently airing), plans for a spinoff are already under way. —Robert Ham

BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX-sonic.jpg 21. The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
Original Run: 1993-1996; 1999
Creator: Andy Heyward
Stars: Jaleel White, Long John Baldry, Christine Cavanaugh
Original Network: ABC, syndication
Just as he had done with the world of Nintendo, producer Andy Heyward latched on to the potential of the Sega videogame system and spun it out into a TV franchise. Loosely based on the plot of the popular Sonic The Hedgehog game, Sonic (voiced by Family Matters star Jaleel White) and his buddies fought against the evil Robotnik on the planet of Mobius. Like its title character, Sonic had some surprising legs, moving after one season from ABC into syndication and then getting revamped a few years later with a new look and storyline under the name Sonic Underground. —Robert Ham

voltron-defenders.jpg 20. Voltron: Legendary Defender
Original Run: 2016-Present
Creator: Lauren Montgomery, Joaquim Dos Santos
Stars: Steven Yeun, Jeremy Shada, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Josh Keaton, Tyler Labine, Kimberly Brooks, Rhys Darby, Neil Kaplan, Cree Summer
Original Network: Netflix 
This CGI-animated revival of the classic 1980s Voltron franchise is turning into an ambitious sci-fi series in its own right, following a rag-tag team of heroes as they try to protect the universe from the evil Galra Empire. Though it’s influenced by anime, this series is actually an America series, which gives it a very original style all its own. The animation work is top-notch, and the creative team has done an excellent job of building out this team of heroes and developing a camaraderie that keeps you coming back, huge sci-fi action or not. But, of course, there is a whole lot of giant robot fighting along the way. —Trent Moore

the-batman.jpg 19. The Batman
Original Run: 2004-2008
Creator: Michael Goguen, Duane Capizzi
Stars: Rino Romano, Danielle Judovits, Mitch Pileggi, Adam West, Ming-Na, Evan Sabara, Alastair Duncan, Steve Harris, Jesse Corti
Original Network: The WB
DC and Marvel’s animated heroes get a reboot every few years, and the Dark Knight is already a few new iterations down the line from when this show was on the air. But, it’s still one of the best animated takes on Bruce Wayne’s alter ego—right behind the seminal Batman: The Animated Series. The Batman feels like a lighter spiritual successor, with a look all its own thanks to character designer Jeff Matsuda (Jackie Chan Adventures). If the Dark Knight can be a bit too, well, dark—this show is the perfect entry point into the world of Batman. —Trent Moore

BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX-aquabats.jpg 18. The Aquabats! Super Show!
Original Run: 2012 – 2014
Creator: Christian Jacobs, Scott Schultz
Stars: The Aquabats
Original Network: Hub Network
Fans of Southern California’s punk and surf rock scenes will recognize The Aquabats from the band’s high energy live performances. But for kids, these blue suited dudes are some of the coolest superheroes around. Created by two of the men responsible for Yo Gabba Gabba!, this campy and wickedly funny series follows the adventures of The Aquabats as they defend the world from all manner of weird and wonderful aliens and villains. Fans of the 60s Batman series and the strange world of Japanese tokusatsu should welcome this magical, musical show into their lives immediately. —Robert Ham

danger-mouse.jpg 17. Danger Mouse
Original Run: 2016-present
Creator: Brian Cosgrove, Mark Hall
Stars: Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon, Stephen Fry, Ed Gaughan, Shauna Macdonald, Dave Lamb, Marc Silk
Original Network: Netflix 
No, we’re not talking about the original 1980s series — but Netflix’s modern day remake — which features a lot more whiz-bang action and wise-cracking than the more tame Danger Mouse stories of yore. Like the original, the show follows the secret agent Danger Mouse and his hamster sidekick Penfold as they save the world every 15-or-so minutes, zipping across the globe (and occasionally to space) in the process. The show features homages to everything from classic James Bond tropes, to general sci-fi cliches, but repackages it all in something shiny enough to become more than the sum of its parts. —Trent Moore

BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX-catinthehat.jpg 16. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That
Original Run: 2010-present
Creator: Tony Collingwood
Stars: Martin Short, Jacob Ewaniuk, Alexa Torrington
Original Network: PBS
Scaling back the anarchic spirit of Dr. Seuss’ original books, this series (and the books from which it was adapted) puts The Cat In The Hat in teaching mode, bringing his endlessly curious and positive friends Sally and Nick along to learn about science and nature. Taking some cues from from The Magic School Bus, the Cat and his friends are ferried along in a strange vehicle called a "Thing-a-ma-jigger," which can rocket through space and shrink down to microscopic size as needed. Like most kids’ shows, it follows a pretty strict formula, but is endlessly enjoyable thanks to spirited voice work from Martin Short as The Cat and the impressive amount of information it relays in each episode. —Robert Ham

 BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX-ninjaturtles.jpg 15. Ninja Turtles: Next Mutation
Original Run: 1997-1998
Creator: Haim Saban
Stars: Michael Dobson, Kirby Morrow, Jason Gray-Stanford
Original Network: FOX
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been a part of the pop culture landscape since their first appearance in comic book form way back in 1984, and show no signs of disappearing any time soon. But for a while, the TMNTs went quiet, following the cancellation of this series that aired for one season in the late ‘90s. The live-action show was seen as a continuation of the original animated series, but also attempted to expand on the brand by excising characters (like Casey Jones and April) and introducing new ones (like a female ninja turtle named Venus de Milo). Though it was successful, it didn’t last beyond 26 episodes, and kept the TMNTs off the air until their animated reboot in 2003. —Robert Ham

 BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX-mario.jpg 14. The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
Original Run: 1989
Creator: Andy Heyward
Stars: Lou Albano, Danny Wells
Original Network: First-run syndication
Hollywood’s desire to cash in on a pop culture craze has no better exemplar than this live-action/animated show that arrived in the midst of Nintendo’s early reign over U.S. living rooms. Even viewed through a lens of nostalgia, this program remains one of the more surreal entries into the kids’ marketplace of the late 80s. Each episode featured the animated adventures of either Mario and Luigi or The Legend of Zelda, bookended by live action segments featuring former WWF figure Captain Lou Albano as Mario. The real life parts got even stranger when they introduced famous guests like Magic Johnson, Elvira, and (for some reason) Norman Fell. While kids of the 90s still get a kick out of the show’s chintzy sets and animation, today’s youngsters are still latching on to the show due to Nintendo’s continued re-use of these characters for current videogames. —Robert Ham

 BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX-sid-the-science-kid.jpg 13. Sid the Science Kid
Original Run: 2008-2013
Creator: The Jim Henson Company
Stars: Drew Massey, Julianne Buescher, Victor Yerrid
Original Network: PBS
The idea of introducing scientific concepts like inertia and simple machines to kids made this show worthy enough to make this list. But what separates it from similarly minded shows like Magic School Bus is its unique animation style. Using motion capture, the CGI-created series builds its characters to move like actual kids would, and renders them as if they were made of molding clay. This gives the series a quaintly homespun feel, but also allows you a bit of dazzle while you’re swallowing sometimes heady lessons about physics and ecosystems. —Robert Ham

 BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX-figaro.jpg 12. The Adventures of Figaro Pho
Original Run: 2012
Creator: Luke Jurevicius
Stars: Luke Jurevicius, Craig Behenna, Charlotte Hamlyn, Stavroula Mountzouris, Aletheia Burney
Original Network: ABC
For all of the great, sugary sweet kids’ shows out there, there’s always the occasional oddball series that children and adults can’t help falling in love with. This series is centered on the adorably creepy-looking Figaro, who suffers from just about every phobia imaginable (and unimaginable). Each episode is titled after said phobias, giving us gems like "Fear of Unfamiliar Toilets (Novuslatrinaphobia) / Fear of Duplication (Clonophobia) / Fear of Hiccups (Myoclunusdiagphragmaphobia)." And when the constant chatter and sing-songiness of some of these other shows gets to be a bit much, the silence (save for some great music and hilarious sound effects) of Figaro Pho is refreshing, while the incredible animation is captivating. —Shannon M. Houston

 BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX--cosmos.png 11. Cosmos: A Space Odyssey
Original Run: 2014
Creator: Ann Druyan, Steven Soter, Carl Sagan (original)
Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Space Dust (in all forms)
Original Network: Fox
If parents were made to believe knowledge and reason could seep into their sleeping infant the way they once thought of Mozart, this is what mothers would buy. No head-start would be overkill. We have a blooming population of young thinkers who will tell you science is faith, that climate change is conjecture, that theories about the Pixar universe; are as valid as those about ours. This Carl Sagan update features our new emissary of science, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the guy who can make particles and Democritus sound like the intro to a Barry White song. Over the course of 13-episode first season, Tyson compacts the whole of the universe into a 24-hour scale, and gives us light; Earth comes to life as, finally, we’re told that we’re killing it. The CGI has a knack for the emotion in color. The stars, gas clouds, and even the pseudo-rotoscoping historical animations put you in a place, a time, and not, thankfully, in front of a Windows 98 wallpaper. Forget the visual splurge and moments of artistry, though. The kids don’t care about that. They have deGrasse Tyson, whose tender-bombastic range bursts from the podcast heavens and into the vacuum of eternity with enthusiasm, clarity, and curiosity of equal depth. For a kid, he can fill up the whole thing. For the parents—us, you—something else fills up that great abyss: wisdom; facts. The largest departure from Sagan’s original is the lack of patience for institutions—religious, political, economic. Druyan, Soter, deGrasse Tyson, and all are desperate, mercifully so, to expose the hustle: The most amazing things in our universe are not in our hands, but in the sky and, by extension, us. —Kyle Burton

BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX-magic-schoolbus.jpg 10. The Magic Schoolbus
Original Run: 1994-1997
Creator: Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan
Stars: Lily Tomlin, Danny Tamberelli, Malcolm Jamal-Warner
Original Network: PBS
Like almost all public television kids’ fare, The Magic School Bus was born from a popular book series and adapted into an animated show. In fact, it was the first completely animated show to be part of the PBS lineup when it began back in 1994. The transition from the page to the screen was a smooth one, with the creators utilizing the possibilities of hand-drawn animation to do what the books did so well: teaching kids a mess of scientific facts in a fun and cheeky fashion. The Magic School Bus wound up having a long legacy, surviving beyond the end of its four season run. Re-runs of the show have popped up on cable for years, and Netflix is funding a new season, which will drop on the streaming service in 2016. —Robert Ham

bill-nye-science.jpg 9. Bill Nye the Science Guy
Original Run: 1993-1998
Creator: James McKenna, Bill Nye, Erren Gottlieb
Star: Bill Nye
It might be considered strange for a show dedicated to educating younger viewers about science, and making the subject matter relatable to general audiences, to begin with this insane, off-the-wall intro. But that’s the point: You don’t turn away. If you’re watching the opening of Bill Nye the Science Guy for the first time, it takes a bit to figure out what’s happening on screen and what the narrator is actually saying. You see Bill’s disembodied head spinning, plastic toy dinosaurs flying by, radio frequencies and volcanoes bursting with energy—all set to a pounding theme song by music writer (and math teacher) Mike Greene. Bill Nye shouldn’t have a traditional theme song, because this wasn’t your traditional TV show. He was here to educate, yes, but he was also a lot of fun. The series’ fake music videos, science puns and skits with celebrities turned Nye into a household name that ’90s kids would learn to equate with science itself: Bill! Bill! Bill!—James Charisma

BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX-star-wars.jpg 8. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Original Run:2008-2014
Creator: George Lucas 
Stars: Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor, Dee Bradley Baker, Tom Kane
Original Network: Cartoon Network/Netflix
Contrary to popular belief, Lucasfilm did manage to create an engaging storyline set in the "prequel" universe. Enter Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Acting as a bridge between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, the show finds Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, along with new character Ahsoka Tano, battling against the forces of Dooku and General Grievous. What started as a series full of fun, exciting space battles, however, soon grew into a much deeper and richer story that explored the complications and brutality of war. Moreover, The Clone Wars did more to set the stage for Anakin’s inevitable turn to the Dark Side than any moment in the films. While the show’s brand of photo-realistic animation may not be for everyone, there are few who will deny that the sophisticated storytelling on display would not have been greatly welcome in the traditional Star Wars movie universe.—Mark Rozeman

BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX-daniel-tiger.jpg 7. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Original Run: 2012-present
Creator: Angela Santomero
Stars: Jake Beale, Addison Holley, Tommy Lioutas
Original Network: PBS Kids
Whether you watched Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood as a child or not, you’ll love and appreciate this animated series. Four-year-old Daniel Tiger is the son of Daniel Striped Tiger from Mister Roger’s. His best friends are O the Owl (the nephew of Uncle X), Katerina Kittycat (the daughter of Henrietta Pussycat), Prince Wednesday (the son of King Friday) and Miss Elaina (the daughter of Lady Elaine Fairchilde and Music Man Stan). Each episode of this fantastic program deftly tackles an issue important to preschoolers—sharing, coping with frustration, jealousy, toilet training and, most recently, the arrival of a new sibling. The series is totally engrossing, while providing children with catchy refrains that resonate with them. At least a few times a week, I’ll invoke Daniel Tiger’s name. If my daughter doesn’t want to eat something, I’ll ask her innocently what Daniel Tiger would say about trying new foods. I’ll promptly get the response, "You’ve got to try a new food, because it might taste good." Daniel Tiger is every parent’s best friend. Seriously. —Amy Amatangelo

trollhunters.jpg 6. Trollhunters
Original Run: 2016-present
Creator: Guillermo del Toro 
Stars: Anton Yelchin, Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman, Charlie Saxton, Steven Yeun, Jonathan Hyde
Original Network: Netflix 
This acclaimed adventure story features one of the final performances of the late Anton Yelchin, who left behind a wealth of recorded material before his tragic passing in 2016. Yelchin voices a young man who is chosen to the Trollhunter, a magical hero who fights against evil trolls and protects the world. The series is the brainchild of Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) and Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), so it comes from an excellent pedigree for sci-fi adventure. The series is a bright, high-stakes adventure with gorgeous animation, well-rounded characters, and more than enough action to keep kids and adults engaged. —Trent Moore

BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX-pee-wee.jpg 5. Pee Wee’s Playhouse
Original Run: 1986-1990
Creator: Paul Reubens
Stars: Pee-Wee Herman, Laurence Fishburne, Phil Hartman, Lynne Marie Stewart, John Paragon
Original Network: CBS
For the last half of the ‘80s, Pee-Wee Herman was an unavoidable presence in the pop culture landscape thanks, at first, to his Tim Burton-directed feature film (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure) and then via this entirely family-friendly show he developed for CBS. The half-hour paid homage to kids’ shows from creator Paul Reubens’ youth, like Howdy Doody and Captain Kangaroo, while adding his own brand of anarchic energy and completely respecting the intelligence of its young viewers. Add to it a surrealist playhouse set where every object was given a face and a voice, as well as occasional visits from equally silly friends like Cowboy Curtis (post-Apocalypse Now/pre-Matrix Laurence Fishburne) and Captain Carl (the late Phil Hartman), and you had the makings of one of the most unique programs to ever get screened on Saturday morning network TV. —Robert Ham

BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX-phineas.jpg 4. Phineas & Ferb
Original Run: 2007-2011
Creator: Jeff Marsh, Dan Povenmire
Stars: Vincent Martella, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ashley Tisdale, Dan Povenmire, Caroline Rhea, and Alyson Stoner
Original Network: The Disney Channel
Tucked among The Disney Channel’s horrific lineup was an 11-minute show packed with intersecting plot lines, adventure in suburbia, intrigue and a pet platypus doubling as a super agent. With a wonderfully manic ska theme song that ends with their sister Candace complaining, “Mom, Phineas and Ferb are making a title sequence,” each show captures Phineas’ latest ambitious plan to pass the summer days—whether it’s building a giant tree house that transforms into a giant robot, or filming a movie, or creating a time machine. And even though the stepbrothers’ grand plans escape the attention of their parents and drive Candace nuts, Phineas and Ferb remain completely guileless, telling their disbelieving mom and dad what they’ve accomplished and always looking out for Candace. Refreshingly, the siblings have a deep-seated affection for one another and for their parents. And the secondary plot of each episode—Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz’ dastardly schemes involving awesomely designated devices of pure evil (the the Ugly-Inator, Age-Acclerator-Inator) are thwarted by super agent, Perry the Platypus. The subtleties of the relationship are pitch-perfect. When Perry busts in on Doofenshmirtz when his blind date is about to arrive, Perry accommodates his rival by pretending to be his pet (“She doesn’t know I have a nemesis”). Creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh met while working on The Simpsons. Povenmire later worked on Family Guy, and the cleverness of both shows—and particularly the pacing of Family Guy—has worn off on both, making it one of the smartest shows on TV for people of any age. —Josh Jackson

unfortunate-events.jpg 3. A Series of Unfortunate Events
Original Run: 2017-present
Creators: Mark Hudis, Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, K. Todd Freeman, Presley Smith
Network: Netflix 
When Netflix announced its adaptation of Daniel Handler’s beloved, quirky books, my main question was this: Is A Series of Unfortunate Events adaptable to the screen without losing the idiosyncrasies that make it so charming? Fortunately, director Barry Sonnenfeld, Neil Patrick Harris as the evil Count Olaf, and Handler himself (as screenwriter) rose to the challenge magnificently. The Series, whose first season contains eight out of a planned 26 episodes, doesn’t consistently hit the emotional heights of Netflix’s best fare, but it more than makes up for this paucity with solid acting, abundant wit and a visual aesthetic that is wholly unique in television—a hybrid of Tim Burton’s gothic glee and Wes Anderson’s diorama cinema. Book-readers will delight at the faithfulness of the adaptation, and while first-timers may take a tad longer to get their feet wet, the colorful menagerie of characters and the dogged perseverance of the Baudelaire orphans should win them over. —Zach Blumenfeld

BEST-KIDS-SHOWS-NETFLIX-my-little-pony.jpg 2. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Original Run: 2010-2013
Creator: Lauren Faust, Bonnie Zacherle
Stars: Ashleigh Ball, Tabitha St. Germain, Tara Strong, Andrea Libman, Cathy Weseluck, Nicole Oliver
Original Network: The Hub
When Lena Hall accepted her 2014 Tony Award for her performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, she boldly and tearfully declared to the world at the end of her speech, "Friendship is magic." Of course, this is just one small, example of the incredibly (almost terrifyingly) far-reaching effects of this little show about a unicorn pony named Twilight Sparkle, and her adventures in Ponyville, Equestria. There are many great shows on this list that have permeated the pop culture sphere, and have the devotion of adults and children—but with brony culture, countless critical essays and analyses, and that ridiculous Bob’s Burger’s episode (oh, "The Equestranauts"), none can claim quite the impact as this one. —Shannon M. Houston

61-90-of-the-90s-Animaniacs.jpg 1. Animaniacs
Original Run: 1993-1998
Creator: Tom Ruegger
Stars: Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell, Sherri Stoner, Frank Welker
Original Networks: Fox Kids, The WB
Animaniacs is unlike anything that came before or has really come again since, a series that truly blended sophomoric, silly humor with surprising wit and even some educational aspects. Also remembered for giving birth to Pinky and the Brain as supporting characters, Animaniacs functioned as a sketch show of sorts, with segments that touched on the legacy of cartooning, reveled in slapstick violence or were simply absurd for the sake of absurd—it was hard to ever know what you were going to get. The songs are the undeniable highlight, startlingly brilliant in their conception and performed with deftness by all three voice actors. Wakko’s song about state capitols set to the tune of "Turkey in the Straw" is particularly well remembered, but that’s nothing compared to the complexity of Yakko’s "Nations of the World" number. —Jim Vorel

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