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5 Shows like Pinky and the Brain: Superheros, Spies and Science Fiction in Cartoons

samar2Two genetically engineered mice try to take over the world; Brain conceives the plan and Pinky ruins it. Let’s take a look at more wacky cartoons featuring superheros, spies and sci-fi in TV shows like ‘Pinky and the Brain’. ~ Samar N

Shows Similar To ‘Pinky and the Brain’

This article recommends an underrated title, a must-see title, an unknown title, an ‘if you like, you will like’ title and an unexpected title so you have different options when it comes to choosing your next movie to watch.



‘The Jetsons’ (ABC, 1962 – 1988)

‘The Flintstones’ less popular cousins, the Jetsons, live in a futuristic world replete with robots (Rosie the Robot), aliens and holograms. Fun fact – the family’s dog Astro speaks rough sounding English resembling dog barks and growls, which voice actor Don Messick would later reprise for his role as Scooby Doo.


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The space-age counterpart to the Flintstones. 



‘The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’ (ABC, 1959–1961:
NBC, 1961–1964)

Among the proliferation of cheap, low quality Hanna Barbera animations, ‘The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’ emerges as one of the few cheaply produced yet high quality cartoons, whose ironic humour has influenced other acclaimed shows like ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Rocko’s Modern Life’.

Sharing a cozy home in Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, Moose and Squirrel are often called away to save Western civilization from some kind of cold war inspired plot, usually enacted by two spies for the Slavic nation of Pottsylvania: Boris Badenov (whose name is a play on the name of 16th-century Russian Tsar Boris Godunov, ‘bad enough’, ‘good enough’) and his partner in crime, Natasha Fatale, whose famous catchphrase ‘dahlink’ (‘darling’ in a heavy Slavic accent) is an homage to Hungarian starlet Zsa Zsa Gabor.


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The all-American classic show became more popular after its primetime run.



‘Huckleberry Hound’ (ABC, 1958 – 1962)

One of Hanna Barbera’s more popular cartoons was this show like ‘Pink and the Brain’, featuring a blue Southern dog with a fondness for the song, ‘My Darling, Clementine’. Huckleberry Hound was at various times, a scientist, a Scotland Yard detective and a Foreign Legion soldier. Other characters include two mischievous mice, Pixie and Dixie, a crabby cat named Mr. Jinks and a hippie wolf, Hokey Wolf. The most popular of these characters was Yogi Bear, who went on to star in his own TV series.


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A Hanna Barbera staple. 



‘The Powerpuff Girls’ (Cartoon Network, 1998 – 2005)

In this series similar to ‘Pinky and the Brain’, Professor Utonium’s quest to create perfect little girls becomes distorted when he accidentally adds ‘Chemical X’, yielding the crime-fighting trio of the ‘Powerpuff Girls’: redheaded Blossom, blonde Bubbles and brunette Buttercup – the protectors of the city of Townsville.


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Chemical X yields the Powerpuff Girls.


If You Like ‘Pinky and the Brain’, You Will Like

‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ (Cartoon Network, 1996 – 2003)

One of Cartoon Network’s most successful animations, ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ sees a child prodigy, Dexter, cook up chemical experiments and wacky adventures with his sister Dee Dee in a secret lab in his room. His parents don’t have a clue and think Dexter is an angel.


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A child genius cooks up wacky experiments.


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That’s the list of TV series like ‘Pinky and the Brain’. Hope you enjoy!

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