Spend Memorial Day Weekend Streaming These Cartoons From Your Childhood

Memorial Day is considered by many to be the kick off for summertime in the U.S. College students are graduating, school is coming to an end of the rest of the kids, and the weather is (hopefully) getting a bit warmer. And while it’s always nice to celebrate by spending time outside, those of us who considered ourselves to be “indoor kids” growing up typically spent our long weekends and summer mornings curled up in front of the TV with our favorite cartoons.

Rugrats characters perform in a rehearsal for the new Rugrats Magic Show opening June 9th at Universal Studios Hollywood
Rugrats characters perform in a rehearsal for the new Rugrats Magic Show opening June 9th at Universal Studios Hollywood. | David Bohrer/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The bad news? If you’re a working professional, you have to return to your job on Tuesday. Summer doesn’t mean three months off for most of us. But the good news is that you can get a head start on the season with these cartoons that will take you back to childhood. And all of them are available to stream.

Rugrats

Babies of the ‘90s were raised on a healthy diet of Rugrats, the Nickelodeon animated series about a group of babies/toddlers who were able to speak to one another and have pretty incredible adventures. In fact, we loved the show so much that it spawned two spinoffs, several movies, and an upcoming revival series, set to begin airing in 2021. In other words, another Rugrats generation is upon us. All nine seasons are available to watch on Hulu.

Doug

If you read that word and immediately heard a theme song that starts with “doo-doo doo-doo,” then welcome — you’re amongst friends. Doug started off as a crudely drawn tale about a kid who moves to a new school (and, for some reason, wears a sweater vest and shorts all the time).

The first four seasons aired on Nick in the early-mid ‘90s, but then Disney bought it changed things around a bit. True fans only recognize the OG Doug, which you can watch on Hulu right this second.

Animaniacs

Hulu is definitely where it’s at when it comes to cartoons from a certain era. Back when it was the WB (which stands for Warner Bros.), the network aired a series about a sibling trio of — well, creatures — who literally lived on the Warner Bros. studio lot, in the famed water tower and were called the Warner siblings. They got up to wacky hijinks and interacted with other cartoon characters who were owned by Warner Bros.

Rewatching it, you might find yourself thinking, “Why did I watch this?” … or maybe you’ll just embrace the weird. All five seasons are on Hulu. Oh, and there’s also a revival series coming for this property.

The Magic School Bus

Netflix at least has one big score: The Magic School Bus. This educational cartoon hails from Canada, but aired on various networks in the U.S. over the years, including Fox, NBC, and TLC. Lily Tomlin (!!) voiced the beloved Miss Frizzle, a teacher who takes her kids on literally unbelievable adventures and teaches them a lot along the way. (She won a Daytime Emmy for the role.)

Sadly, the original series run, like most of those above, only lasted for a few years. But it got the reboot/spinoff treatment with The Magic School Bus Rides Again, which currently has two seasons out on Netflix. So head over and relive your childhood with the ‘90s hit, and then check out the new spin. It’s sure to be a fun weekend.