The Good Old Days

35 Cartoons From the 2000s That’ll Take You Way Back

Core memories unlocked!

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A scene from the classic 2000s cartoon 'Dora the Explorer.'
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Cartoons from yesteryear just hit different, you know? Think about ‘90s cartoons or 2000s cartoons that you watched when you were a kid. Cartoons of today have nothing on those so many of us watched as kids. Rugrats, Doug, The Animaniacs — the 1990s were lit. But when we headed into the 2000s, it was just as good. Cartoons from our childhoods, especially forgotten 2000s cartoons, were what got us through afternoons of babysitting. For older millennials, 2000s cartoons were what bonded so many parents with their own kids.

There’s something to be said for the nostalgia in TV and movies. A reboot from the 1980s and 1990s is OK from time to time, but nothing beats the original. Not only is the original always better (don’t argue), but the memories tied to the original make it that much sweeter. Who doesn’t have a core memory tied to watching Beverly Hills 90210 a million years ago? That’s worlds better than the rebooted version of the show, you know?

Revisit more of your core memories when you take a look back at these 2000s cartoons. And if you find yourself looking them all up on streaming services to watch them all over again, just know that you're in good company.

Best 2000s Cartoons

1. As Told By Ginger (2000-2006)

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Ginger (voiced by Melissa Disney) is your typical middle school kid who just wants to be cool but can’t really figure out how to accomplish that. Her friends are a mix of nonchalant and low-key desperate, making for an interesting cast of characters. This show has a strong relatability factor for preteens and even teens struggling to find their crowd and themselves both in school and out.

2. Clifford The Big Red Dog (2000-2003)

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There have been plenty of iterations of Clifford, from the books to movies and even the animated series that aired in the early 2000s. John Ritter voiced Clifford in this series, with stars like Cree Summer and Kel Mitchell also lending their voices to characters who are part of Clifford’s life. As for the story, you know how it goes — Clifford and his bestie Emily Elizabeth are always finding something to do on the island, including being upstanding citizens and spreading kindness.

3. Pelswick (2000-2002)

Nickelodeon Network/Amazon Video

Pelswick might be a cartoon that slipped under the radar at your house, and it’s worth looking up. Our main character, Pelswick (voiced by Robert Tinkler), is a teenager in a wheelchair who’s not too different from everyone else in school. He still has the same trials and tribulations that teenagers go through, including dealing with mean kids, but he’s a pretty bright kid who is looked up to by his peers. This show is a really family-friendly way to discuss disabilities and emphasize that no one should be treated differently for them.

4. Dora the Explorer (2000-2019)

Nickelodeon Network

Did you even realize Dora the Explorer isn’t on the air anymore? Well, this show is never actually going anywhere, but there are no more new episodes. Dora (voiced by a handful of different actors over the years) and her trusty friend Boots spend each episode trying to accomplish a task — and stay away from Swiper! The show is fun and interactive and invites viewers to help her make it through her adventure. It’s also the reason “Swiper, no swiping” will always be a thing.

5. Teacher’s Pet (2000-2005)

Disney Television Animation

Teacher’s Pet is about a dog who wants to be a real boy like his nine-year-old companion, Leonard. And so he disguises himself as a little boy so he can attend school and do everything other kids do. The series centers around Spot maintaining his identity while getting wrapped up in wild adventures with his best friend Leonard.

All the Other 2000s Cartoons You Should Revisit

  1. Generation O! (2000- )
  2. Max Steel (2000-2002)
  3. Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000-2001)
  4. Poochini’s Yard (2000-2003)
  5. Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse (2000- )
  6. Seven Little Monsters (2000-2003)
  7. Timothy Goes To School (2000- )
  8. George Shrinks (2000-2003)
  9. Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000-2015)
  10. Braceface (2001-2006)
  11. Between the Lions (1999- )
  12. Baby Looney Tunes (2001-2005)
  13. Fairly OddParents (2001-2017)
  14. House of Mouse (2001-2003)
  15. Totally Spies! (2001-2014)
  16. What About Mimi? (2000-2002)
  17. Kong: The Animated Series (2000-2001)
  18. Jackie Chan Adventures (2000-2005)
  19. Baby Blues (2000-2002)
  20. Static Shock (2000-2004)
  21. The Weekenders (2000-2004)
  22. X-Men: Evolution (2000-2003)
  23. Corduroy (2000- )
  24. For Better or for Worse (2000- )
  25. Rainbow Fish (2000- )
  26. A Miss Mallard Mystery (2000-2001)
  27. Eckhart (2000- )
  28. Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series (2001- )
  29. The Bellflower Bunnies (2001-2008)
  30. What’s With Andy? (2001-2007)

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