A Cartoon Master Post – Part 2
Updated: Apr 10, 2020
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I was inspired the other day by a similar list to highlight all of my favourite animated TV series over the years. Some of the shows on this list I’m nuts about and others I moderately enjoy or really liked at one point in my life. So brace yourself, this is going to be a long list, they won’t be in any specific order either as my guess is that there will be too many to rate from 1-10 and so on.
Hopefully this list will take you down memory lane and perhaps inspire you to watch some new shows!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Original Creator: Kevin Eastman
Originally Aired: 2012 – 2017, Nickelodeon. Lasted 5 seasons.
Plot: It’s pretty much your typical Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles story with a few changes to differentiate it from other versions of the series, for example this is the first series in which all 4 turtles take on different appearances from each other ranging from the shade of green their skin is, their heights and even face shapes.
Additional Info: Think you’ve heard Donatello’s voice before? Not including all of the other amazing work he does in other shows, Rob Paulson was the original voice for Raphael and Donatello in the 1987 TMNT cartoon! He reprised his role as Donnatello only in the 2012 series!
Why it Made This List: My sister is the biggest TMNT fan and knows everything there is to know about the franchise, so I was afraid if I didn’t add it to the list what she’d do to me. I added the 2012 series over any of the others simply because it’s the one I’ve seen the most episodes of.
Creators: Bob Schooley & Mark McCorkle
Originally Aired: 2002 – 2007, Disney Channel. Lasted 4 seasons.
Plot: high school, a budding social life and saving the world? it’s all in a day’s work for Kim Possible! A teenage action hero and just generally cool person. She doesn’t work alone though, she has her best friend/sidekick Ron Stoppable and his mini sidekick Rufus the naked mole rat and lastly computer genius Wade who alerts her to daily missions.
Additional Info: Disney are currently casting for a live action Kim Possible movie! There are already 2 animated Kim Possible movies including, So The Drama & A Sitch in Time.
Why it Made This List: I’m just so proud of this show!
Creator: Van Partible
Originally Aired: 1997 – 2004, Cartoon Network. Lasted 4 seasons.
Plot: Johnny Bravo has a questionable plot, the majority of the episodes revolve around him trying to get a girl to go out with him, no matter how many times he’s rejected.
Additional Info: according to it’s Wikipedia page, Johnny Bravo has had many episodes written by other famous animated show creators including, Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) and Butch Hartman (Fairly Odd Parents)
Why it Made This List: I believe I watched it as a kid but don’t remember a lot of it from back then, I’ve watched it since then and can’t believe that it was allowed to be aired on a kids TV network! But it was Cartoon Network in the 90s…
Ed, Edd N’ Eddy
Creator: Danny Antonucci.
Originally Aired: 1999 – 2009, Cartoon Network. Lasted 6 seasons.
Plot: Ed, Edd and Eddy are 3 preteen boys all living in the same cul-de-sac, all with the same name but completely different personalities. The 3 Ed’s lead by Eddy usually spend their days attempting to con all of the other neighbourhood kids out of their allowance so they can buy Jawbreakers. This show can be wild at times.
Additional Info: The series received a movie spin-off in 2009 called Ed, Edd n Eddy’s Big Picture Show.
Why it Made This List: Once again, a childhood favourite of mine. My Mum’s favourite however? Not so much.
All Grown Up!
Creators: Arlene Klasky & Gábor Csupó
Originally Aired: 2003 – 2008, Nickelodeon. Lasted 5 seasons.
Plot: Set 10 years after Rugrats, Tommy Pickles is now 11 years old and he still has the same set of friends as he did when he was a baby. With 12 year old Chuckie, 13 year old Angelica & Susie and 10 year old brother Dill, not to mention all the other 11 year old's Phil, Lil & Kimmie. The series is like the original one except the babies are now off doing more exciting things in the big preteen world.
Additional Info: All of the original voice actors returned to voice their baby selves!
Why it Made This List: Although not on the same level of greatness as Rugrats, this show is pretty good too!
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
Creator: Lauren Faust
Originally Aired: 2010 – present, Pop. Currently on it’s 7th season.
Plot: In the land of Equestria home to many different types of Pony, Princess Celestia has sent her pupil Twilight Sparkle to learn about friendship. Whilst there Twilight Sparkle becomes friends with Apple-Jack, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Fluttershy. Twilight Sparkle soon realises though that these 6 friends may have more in common than she realises.
Additional Info: Lauren Faust who had previously worked on The Powerpuff Girls, Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends and The Iron Giant was approached by Hasbro to create a new series for the My Little Pony franchise in order to sell more toys, Faust only stayed on the show for it’s first 2 seasons.
Why it Made This List: I know there’s a slight stigma surrounding this show however from what I’ve seen I think it’s a pretty sweet, I’m also a long time fan of Lauren Faust.
Bee and PuppyCat
Creator: Natasha Allegri
Originally Aired: 2013 – Present, Cartoon Hangover (YouTube). It currently only has 1 season with no news on when it will continue.
Plot: After being fired from her job at a cat cafe, Bee – a young lady in her 20’s finds a puppy… no a cat? PuppyCat! After he falls from the sky on top of her. Bee takes PuppyCat home and finds out that he can teleport to other dimensions. PuppyCat takes Bee to find temporary jobs in other dimensions.
Additional Info: This cartoon was actually distributed via YouTube through the channel: Cartoon Hangover – the online division of Frederator Studios. The studio has previously had other success with Adventure Time & Fairly Odd Parents. Since the show is an online show, the clip embedded above is actually the first two episodes of the show, enjoy!
Why it Made This List: This series is adorable with lovely art direction, charming characters and storyline. I picked up a PuppyCat plush a few years back at comic con that sings!
Creator: Nick Park
Originally Aired: 2003 – 2011, ITV. Lasted 2 seasons.
Plot: The series is simply different animals animated over recordings of interviews with the British public with pretty funny results.
Additional Info: The show was created by Nick Park, who also happened to create other Aardman hits such as Wallace & Gromit, Shaun The Sheep, Chicken Run and Early Man.
Why it Made This List: Do I even need a reason? It’s Aardman!
Mr. Bean The Animated Series
Based On: Mr. Bean.
Originally Aired: 2002 – 2016, ITV. Lasted 4 seasons.
Plot: The series follows a similar format to the original series with a cast of characters that don’t really say much getting into all sorts of trouble, with Mr. Bean unintentionally being the main contributor to the chaos.
Additional Info: The show originally ran from 2002-2004 however got a revival in 2015 – 2016
Why it Made This List: I was already a fan of live action Mr. Bean so was drawn to the animated series as a child.
Creators: Clamp (manga artists)
Originally Aired: 1998 – 2000, various networks. Lasted 3 seasons.
Plot: Similar to the earlier entry of Sailor Moon in more ways than one, Cardcaptor Sakura or CCS is another anime in the ‘Magical Girl’ genre. Sakura is a 10 year old girl living in the fictional Japanese city of Tomoeda. One day Sakura accidentally releases a bunch of ‘Clow Cards’ from a book in her basement and is now responsible for returning them.
Additional Info: The anime series spawned 2 spin off films, Cardcaptor Sakura The Movie and Cardcaptor Sakura 2 The Sealed Card
Why it Made This List: I accidentally came across this anime when I was a teenager and couldn’t figure out why it was so familiar to me, I came to the conclusion that I must have accidentally watched a episode or two when I was younger. Either that or I AM Cardcaptor Sakura!
Creator: Otmar Gutmann
Originally Aired: 1990 – 2006, BBC. Lasted 6 seasons.
Plot: Pingu is a mischievous penguin living in Antartica with his parents and younger sister Pinga. That’s kind of it…?
Additional Info: The show is originally from Switzerland but language barrier isn’t an issue here as there’s no spoken language within the show just grumbles and noots!
Why it Made This List: I watched Pingu a fair amount as a child, I don’t remember exactly when but it seemed to be everywhere when I was younger!
Creator: Matt Groening
Originally Aired: 1989 – Present, Fox. Currently on it’s 29th season.
Plot: The Simpsons are your average dysfunctional family. With alcoholic idiotic father Homer, overworked housewife Marge and 3 children rebellious Bart, over achiever Lisa and Maggie the baby. Do I need to say much more? Pretty much everyone knows about The Simpsons by now.
Additional Info: Like Adventure Time, The Simpsons have also had many big name celebrity cameos, including: James Earl Jones, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Elizabeth Taylor, Lady Gaga and literally hundreds more.
Why it Made This List: I don’t remember a time where I wasn’t aware of The Simpsons, it has literally been airing for almost 30 years! My boyfriend and I are currently working our way through every episode of The Simpsons, we started on New Years Day 2018 and we are now on season 6!
Mona the Vampire
Creator: Sonia Holleyman
Originally Aired: 1999 – 2003, various networks. Lasted 4 seasons.
Plot: Mona Parker; a 10 year old girl with a vivid imagination, imagines that she is a superhero Vampire and saves her hometown from supernatural threats daily.
Additional Info: Mona the Vampire is based on a series of 90s children’s books of the same name.
Why it Made This List: This used to air on CITV after school so I always managed to catch an episode or more back then. I sadly haven’t watched it since!
Lilo & Stitch: The Series
Creators: Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois
Originally Aired: 2003 – 2006, Disney Channel. Lasted 2 seasons.
Plot: Set after the original movie and it’s sequel; Stitch! The Movie, The series follows the day to day life of Lilo & Stitch. The pair are tasked with finding the rest of Jumba’s missing experiments and changing them from bad to good, similar to how Lilo changed Stitch.
Additional Info: The series contained a few crossover episodes including episodes in which Lilo & Stitch meet Kim Possible, the kids from Recess, Jake Long of American Dragon & The Proud Family! The series fits into the Lilo & Stitch timeline like so: Lilo & Stitch (2002), Stitch! The Movie (2003), Lilo & Stitch The Series (2003 – 2006), Lilo & Stitch 2 Stitch Has a Glitch (2005) & Leroy & Stitch (2006). Each of them linking to each other.
Why it Made This List: I’m a big fan of Lilo & Stitch and watched the series a lot as a child.
The Cramp Twins
Creators: Brian Wood
Originally Aired: 2001 – 2006, Various networks. Lasted 4 seasons.
Plot: Twins Lucien and Wayne are polar opposites. The pair are raised by their germophobe mother and their father who is obsessed with Westerns? The two spend their days driving each other and their parents crazy.
Additional Info: Wayne was voiced by everybody’s favourite underwater sponge Tom Kenny and Lucien is voiced by Kath Soucie who also voiced another set of twins, Phil and Lil DeVille from Rugrats!
Why it Made This List: I forgot about this for a really long time but what I can’t forget is that intro. I enjoyed watching this a lot after school as a kid.
Creator: Stephen Hillenburg
Originally Aired: 1999 – present, Nickelodeon. Currently on it’s 11th series.
Plot: SpongeBob SquarePants, an enthusiastic sea sponge who lives in Bikini Bottom with his best friends Patrick Star, Sandy Cheeks, Boss Mr Krabs & unknown enemy Squidward Tentacles. Need more? Literally just turn the TV onto NickToons I swear, it’s all they air on that channel anymore!
Additional Info: SpongeBob SquarePants is currently the longest running Nickelodeon show to date.
Why it Made This List: I remember as a kid finding the show annoying and weird but that didn’t stop me from watching it, it’s the same now.
Courage the Cowardly Dog
Creator: John R. Dilworth
Originally Aired: 1999 – 2002, Cartoon Network. Lasted 4 seasons.
Plot: Courage the scardy-cat dog lives in the middle of nowhere with his owners elderly couple Eustace & Muriel. Threats in the form of urban legends, monsters & the paranormal frequently haunt Courage’s home so he has to battle them to keep his owners safe, which is harder than you’d expect from a dog that’s afraid of everything!
Additional Info: I must warn you if you’re new to the series, it’s actually pretty spooky at times! Be cautious when showing it to younger viewers.
Why it Made This List: I remember occasionally watching this when I was younger but I assume it scared me too much! I’ve rewatched it in recent years as it was added to Netflix a couple of years ago.
Creators: William Hanna & Joseph Barbera
Originally Aired: 1960 – 1966, ABC. Lasted 6 seasons.
Plot: Fred, Wilma & Pebbles Flintstone live in a slightly fabricated version of the stone age, in the town of Bedrock. The show’s characters live a pretty normal life excluding the fact they have a pet dinosaur. Once again, you probably already know who The Flintstones are.
Why it Made This List: Who hasn’t watched The Flintstones at one point of their lives?
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi
Creator: Sam Register
Originally Aired: 2004 – 2006, Cartoon Network. Lasted 3 seasons.
Plot: Based on real life Japanese pop stars Puffy AmiYumi, the show focuses on fictionalised versions of Yumi Yoshimura & Ami Onuki and their time touring around the world performing.
Additional Info: As expected the pair in the show have exaggerated personalities and appearances compared to their real life counterparts. The real life duo composed a lot of the songs in the series including the theme song!
Why it Made This List: I think I watched this as a kid? When I came across it a few years ago I recognised it so that must mean something!
Creators: Joe Ansolabehere & Paul Germain
Originally Aired: 1997 – 2001, Disney Channel. Lasted 6 seasons.
Plot: Recess documents what 6 fourth graders do during their recess break at school and the mischief they get up to.
Additional Info: Although the series didn’t run for long, it spawned 4 movies, Recess School’s Out (2001), Recess Christmas Miracle of Third Street (2001), Recess All Growed Down (2003) & Recess Taking The Fifth Grade (2003).
Why it Made This List: I’m fairly certain my sister’s and I have seen every episode of Recess considering how much we watched it a kids and how long it was aired on Disney Channel for.
Creator: Marc Brown
Originally Aired: 1996 – present, various networks. Currently on it’s 21st season (wow!)
Plot: Arthur is an anthropomorphic Aardvark (had me fooled too) who lives in the city of Elwood with his mum, dad and sisters D.W & Kate. He attends elementary school where he interacts with his friends who are various other animals.
Additional Info: Arthur has a spin off cartoon called Postcards from Buster.
Why it Made This List: This is another cartoon I’d watch after school, I think a lot of people did my age.