How does Marvel’s X-Men: The Animated Series hold up 20 plus years later?
The 1990s were a great time for cartoons, as it produced a ton of animated shows that are considered classics in this day and age. Among these shows were gamechangers like Batman: The Animated Series, Spider-Man, and Superman.
Another cartoon that ruled Saturday mornings was X-Men (also known as X-Men: The Animated Series). For 30 minutes, fans would stop what they were doing so that they could tune in to see what Earth’s Mightiest Mutants were up to on a weekly basis – and they were always in for one heck of an adventure!
The show achieved a huge level of popularity after only two episodes had aired, with the two-part pilot, “Night of the Sentinels”, airing multiple times before the rest of season 1 continued.
This began the X-Men’s run into mainstream media, as you could see this particular incarnation of the iconic characters everywhere – from clothing to Pizza Hut promotions. Every kid wanted to dress up like Wolverine and swing their plastic claws or get a white streak down their hair and talk like Rogue.
There was a lot going for X-Men when it was released – especially the fact that it was one of the few animated shows that focused on the drama in addition to the comedy. And good luck getting that theme song out of your head!
The show is right up there with the likes of DuckTales, the 1967 Spider-Man series, and the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. However, it’s been over two decades since it made its way into our hearts, so does the show still hold up?