Netflix nostalgia

Attention all late 90s babies or what’s left of us, anyways. Most of you will agree that some of our best childhood memories include coming home from elementary school, grabbing an after school snack and plopping down in front of the television to watch your favorite after school cartoons. Back then there was nothing better than going home at the end of the day with no big worries, other than catching your favorite four o’clock show on Cartoon Network. Well now, for those of us that were unaware, Netflix is catering to our nostalgic needs.

In the Children & Family genre of the Netflix, gems of your childhood are waiting to be dusted off and admired. Here are 7 cartoons from the 2000s that will give you a blast from the past.

1. Codename: Kids Next Door

Codename: Kids Next Door. Photo from Google Images.
Codename: Kids Next Door. Photo from Google Images.

This show is centered around five children that live in a high tech tree house and identify under numerical code names. The kids use advanced technology to fight adult super villains, teenagers, and senior citizens that commit crimes against children.

2. Courage The Cowardly Dog

Courage The Cowardly Dog. Photo from Google Images.
Courage The Cowardly Dog. Photo from Google Images.

This famed horror-comedy cartoon focuses on the life of Courage, a timid, pink dog that lives in the “Middle of Nowhere” with his two elderly owners. Courage and his owners are continuously thrown into supernatural  misadventures that leave Courage’s oblivious owners in distress and Courage left to save them.

3. The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. Photo from Google Images.
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. Photo from Google Images.

Here is the story of two friends who cheat at a game of limbo with the Grim Reaper and in turn win his unwanted friendship and eternal servitude. This cartoon follows the adventures of the dimwitted Billy and the sinister Mandy as they exploit Grim for his supernatural powers and get into shenanigans.

4. Ed, Edd n Eddy

Ed, Edd n Eddy. Photo from Google Images.
Ed, Edd n Eddy. Photo from Google Images.

This cartoon follows three adolescent boys that all have a variation of the name Ed and live in the same cul-de-sac. The boys’ main hobby is creating scams to rob neighborhood children of their allowances to buy their favorite candy, jawbreakers. However, trouble always manages to find the unlucky trio.

5. Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends

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Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Photo from Google Images.

Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends is a home where imaginary friends that are abandoned or outgrown by their childhood creators are sent to live until other children adopt them. In this cartoon, a young boy named Mac is forced to send his imaginary friend Bloo to Foster’s but makes a deal with the management; they will protect Bloo from being adopted as long as Mac visits every day.

6. Totally Spies!

Totally Spies! Photo from Google Images.
Totally Spies! Photo from Google Images.

This show follows three teenage girls and best friends that lead double lives as spies. The girls fight crime, but also deal with average teenage drama in their personal lives. With stress from homework to relationships to mean girl rivals, at least they get cool gadgets for their missions.

7. Camp Lazlo

Camp Lazlo. Photo from Google Images.
Camp Lazlo. Photo from Google Images.

Set in a world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, this comedic cartoon features the adventures of Lazlo the spider monkey and his friends as they endure summer camp at Camp Kidney.

Although this list only contains seven shows, Netflix has many more cartoons in its collection. So, find a spot on the couch, grab that after school snack that you used to eat as a kid, and settle down for a marathon of your favorite memories.

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Hey everyone! My name is Hallie, I'm a Senior, and this is my first year writing for the MacArthur newspaper.

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