How to stream your favorite ’90s cartoons online

9:20 a.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017 Arts
On Kids WB, "Animaniacs" featured Yakko, Wakko and Dot, the Warner siblings. It was awesome.

The 1990s: an excellent time to be raised by a television set. Looney Tunes are great — and believe me, you’ll find no greater authority on the works of Bugs Bunny than I — but there was something special about the kids TV fare of the Clinton era. Call it edginess if you want, but Saturday morning often had a wit that felt downright conspiratorial. There are supercuts on YouTube of the hidden dirty jokes in “Animaniacs,” for example, and the stakes on surprisingly sophisticated animated superhero shows like “Batman: The Animated Series” often felt more than a little adult. 

If you want to marinate in your ’90s (and early 2000s) nostalgia, the age of streaming entertainment is a good time to be alive. Here’s what kids shows are available on a few of the big streaming platforms, with no illusions of completion but a commitment to thorough browsing on my part.

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