Being an adult is tough. You’ve got bills to pay, deadlines to meet, and work five days a week, whether it’s at a company like OTW Safety or even an accounting firm. But eventually, the weekend comes, and with it rest and relaxation. Why not use the weekend to binge an old childhood cartoon? HBO Max’s catalog is full of familiar favorites from the ’90s and 2000s. Doing so can be extremely cathartic, bringing forth nostalgic memories and good times of sitting in front of your bulky television set on early Saturday mornings.
Here are some nostalgic cartoons you can watch on HBO Max right now to relive your childhood.
Ed, Edd, n Eddy
What kid didn’t like this show growing up? It seemed like everyone had their favorite of the Eds, with one being a loveable oaf, one being a wimpy genius, and another being a greedy scam artist. You probably remember the gang tuning in for eleven minutes each episode as they tried to earn quarters from other kids in the cul-de-sac in order to buy their delicious yet elusive jawbreakers—and every once in a while, they even got them.
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
This show was full of cartoon violence, gross-out humor, and occasionally dark themes, but it always managed to rope us in for each episode. The show revolved around two children named Billy and Mandy—see title—as they venture through their daily lives with their best friend, The Grim Reaper, after he lost a bet. The gang gets up to lots of supernatural, wacky adventures, and now you can catch each one on HBO Max.
Codename: Kids Next Door
Every kid wished they could join the KND back in the day. The organization consisted of young operatives that fought against adult tyranny using their homemade weapons constructed out of humorous items. Sometimes we still wonder if the KND actually exists and if our minds were just wiped once we became teenagers.
Courage the Cowardly Dog
Creepy isn’t the first word you want to come to mind when you think about children’s shows, but somehow it’s the only one that seems fitting when referring to Courage the Cowardly Dog. The show follows Courage the dog as he works to protect his family from terrifying creatures of the night, aliens, cults, psychopaths, and supernatural forces. Some episodes are heartwarming, some are mysterious, but all are unnerving—and we love it.
Titans, go! Did that bring you back? This program ran for five seasons, with the sixth being canned while it was in development, and fans today are still begging for the series’ continuation. With other old shows getting wrap-up seasons like Samauri Jack and Hey Arnold, it’s not out of the realm of reality that HBO could bring back this fan-favorite superhero cartoon for a well-deserved finale.
Oh, the Memories
If you were a kid growing up in the early 2000s, these cartoons likely have a special place in your heart. There’s nothing like waking up on a Saturday morning, grabbing a bowl of sugary cereal, and plopping down on the couch with your favorite cartoon on the TV, and with more and more shows being brought back to streaming sites like HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, and Paramount+, now you can live it all again.