A staple of the 1990s, X-Men: The Animated Series debuted in 1992 and ran for five seasons as part of Fox Kids' Saturday morning lineup, alongside Tiny Toon Adventures and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Considered by many to be one of the best animated series of all time, and also boasting a kickass opening theme song, the series was instrumental in leading Fox to make 2000's X-Men movie (which pre-dates the MCU by a good eight years). Not bad for a cartoon, eh?
In the video above, SYFY WIRE’s Jackie Jennings takes a look back at the animated TV series, (whose own look was inspired by Jim Lee’s run on the Marvel X-Men comics), which wisely took time to explore the character’s backgrounds, even while featuring some pretty cheesy dialogue at times.
Despite the fact that it was aimed at kids, the show tackled fairly heavy issues for such a young audience, including prejudice, persecution, exclusion, sacrifice, death... and even mullets.
Sadly, the series was later bogged down by production problems and delays, which led to later episodes being aired out of order. But hey, they nailed the Dark Phoenix storyline, which is more than X-Men: The Last Stand can boast. And they got plenty more right, too, so much so that we feel perfectly comfortable calling this immersive deep-dive video, X-Men: The Animated Series: Why the '90s Show Is the Best Thing Ever.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.