X-Men: The Animated Series – The 10 Best Episodes

From Night of the Sentinels all the way to Graduation Day, these are the best episodes of X-Men: The Animated Series.

(L-R): Beast (voiced by George Buza), Rogue (voiced by Lenore Zann), Morph (voiced by JP Karliak), Cyclops (voiced by Ray Chase), Wolverine (voiced by Cal Dodd), Gambit (voiced by AJ LoCascio), and Bishop (voiced by Isaac Robinson-Smith) in Marvel Animation's X-MEN '97. Photo courtesy of Marvel Animation. © 2024 MARVEL.
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Forgive the broadness of this Generation X boast, but the ‘90s were just different. Were they a simpler time? Perhaps. Were they a better time? Objectively yes, absolutely. At least in terms of pop culture, and again … that’s not really up for debate, that’s just a fact! At the very least, television was objectively stellar in the 1990s. 

If that weren’t the case, then why is Friends one of the most streamed shows for teens recently? Why has the Fresh Prince reimagining worked? And most importantly: why is the greatest Saturday morning cartoon of all time making a Disney-fied comeback in X-Men ‘97

X-Men: The Animated Series (1992-1997) was one of the strongest entries into the lexicon of comic book adaptations simply because it was a rare mix of solid animation (for at least four of those seasons), brilliant storytelling (being able to pull from 30 years of X-Men comics at the time didn’t hurt) all while possessing a moral center that kids understood and respected. 

The new series, set to release on March 20 had better respect those qualities as well. In the meantime, if it has been awhile since your last rewatch of the series, here are the 10 best episodes to help remind you just what the original X-Men animated series had to offer … aside from that unforgettable theme song


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