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10 Cartoons That Seem Totally Insane Now That We Think About It

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As a kid, you get used to your parents telling you that things will "make sense when you're older."

And while there were a few adult moments in children's shows that raised our eyebrows, we had just as many legitimate questions about the weird stuff we watched on TV. The '90s were a strange time, and these 10 shows still leave us asking "Wait, what?!"

1. Rocko's Modern Life

This show was about: A wallaby who immigrated from Australia to America, where he has misadventures with his neighbors Heffer the cow and Filbert the turtle. Recurring gags include Rocko's depressing job at a comic book store, run-ins with the Conglom-O-Corporation, and visits to Heck.

Weirdest part: Nicktoons was trying to make edgier shows when they asked comic writer Joe Murray to pitch this show, and he delivered with some seriously questionable gags that we can't repeat in polite company.

Biggest unanswered question: Were kids really meant to watch this?

2. Cow and Chicken

This show was about: Cow and Chicken (a cow and a chicken, respectively) are siblings with human parents who are continuously outsmarted and cheated by Red Guy, who looks like Satan with a big red butt.

Weirdest part: The obsessive and worrying fixation on butts, including a recurring joke where Cow and Chicken eat "pork butts and taters" in almost every episode.

Biggest unanswered question: It would be what Mom and Dad actually look like, but one strangely terrifying episode gave us the answer.

3. SWAT Kats

This show was about: A pair of SWAT Kats (duh) named T-Bone and Razor who protect Magakat City from villains using their high tech fighter jet. Their opponents include the demonic Dark Kat and his army of Creeplings, giant mutants, and the evil wizard Pastmaster.

Weirdest part:  Why did Megakat City police try to stop these two? They always wound up saving the day and protecting the city anyways, we could have saved a lot of time in each episode if they let the SWAT Kats do their job.

Biggest unanswered question: How did a race of walking, talking cats take over the planet, and what can we do to stop them here on Earth?

4. Animaniacs

This show was about: The wacky antics of the Warner Brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner Sister, Dot. But the show also featured a revolving cast of characters, since it was really a SNL-style variety show that loved to confuse us with historical references that sailed over our heads.

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Weirdest part: The Goodfeathers, a Goodfellas parody starring a trio of pigeons that must have baffled every kid who watched the show. It's one thing to sneak in adult humor, but how many grade school kids are watching mob movies?

Biggest unanswered question: Really, what's the deal with Chicken Boo?!

Okay, prepare yourself for the next one, because it's even stranger than you remember...

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