Maryland’s Top 10 Nostalgic Cartoon Shows

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Marylanders all long for those simpler times when we would get up late, have breakfast and sit on the couch watching our favorite cartoons for hours on end. No homework to do and, more importantly, no responsibilities.

Taking a break from Maryland sports betting so we could flash back to our childhoods, looked into the favorite childhood cartoons of state residents.

Using Google Trends to compare the search terms for each cartoon between Feb. 28–March 6, 2024, we unearthed the top nostalgic cartoons. Here is what we watched with our favorite bowl of cereal:

Maryland’s Favorite Childhood Cartoons

RankShowSearch Interest Score
1Sponge Bob SquarePants40
2 South Park20
3 Hey Arnold!18
4The Magic School Bus15
5The Fairly OddParents12
7The Proud Family7
8 Clifford the Big Red Dog5
9The Powderpuff Girls3


SpongeBob Soaks Up No. 1

According to our search, “SpongeBob SquarePants” was the fan-favorite, with a search interest score of 40. Every day we all wanted to drop on the deck and flop like a fish.

South Park, the animated cartoon with adult themes on Comedy Channel, came in a distant second with a search interest score of 20.

Certainly a surprise since it takes place in the fictional city of Hillwood, Washington, Hey Arnold! came in third with a search interest score of 18. The animated television series on Nickelodeon lasted eight season (1996-2004).

The Magic School Bus finished fourth at 15 and lasted from 1994-97. The series starred Lily Tomlin as the voice of Ms. Frizzle.

The Fairly OddParents, another animated show on Nickelodeon, rounds out the top five with a search score of 12. The series follows the 10-year-old Timmy Turner with two his two fairy godparents - Cosmo and Wanda - who grant wishes during his adventures to solve his everyday problems.

Rounding out the top 10 rankings: 6-Rugrats (9), 7-The Proud Family (7), 8-Clifford The Big Red Dog (5), 9-The Powerpuff Girls (3) and 10-Recess at 2.

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Lou Monaco
Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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