The Powerpuff Girls epitomized 90s girl power

The series remains one of Cartoon Network’s biggest hits
Photograph courtesy of Cartoon Network
Photograph courtesy of Cartoon Network

Sugar, spice, and everything nice. These were the ingredients for Cartoon Network’s stealth hit. The Turner cable channel had launched in 1992 as a home for animated classics. But a series of original shorts, “What a Cartoon!,” launched many of CN’s eventual all-stars—including “The Powerpuff Girls,” which premiered in 1998 to massive ratings and merchandise sales and remains one of CN’s biggest hits. Echoing a 1990s riot grrrl spirit, the kindergarten crime fighters epitomized Girl Power, but pop culture references and hapless villains made them a hit with boys and adults, too. Proof of the show’s staying power: a new iteration of “PPG” will debut in 2016.

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This article originally appeared in our March 2015 issue.