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26th Apr '16 6:54:22 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' started off as rough around the edges with everyone falling into the typical stereotypes (sensible mother, bumbling dad with a good heart, bratty teenage daughter, dimwitted teenage son, talking dog, with a power hungry baby that wants to take over the world being the only character that didn't fit into a mold). Many of the plots were edgy for its time, but nothing so shocking that it would get people riled up. After the show came back on air from cancellation, it dove head first into more risque plots and jokes that aimed to offend as many people as possible. The characters themselves also changed heavily due to {{Flanderization}}, but they still retain some parts of the original personalities. While fans still argue over the quality of the show, most agree that Family Guy is better developed now than it was back then.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
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started off as rough around the edges with everyone falling into the typical stereotypes (sensible mother, bumbling dad with a good heart, bratty teenage daughter, dimwitted teenage son, talking dog, with a power hungry baby that wants to take over the world being the only character that didn't fit into a mold). Many of the plots were edgy for its time, but nothing so shocking that it would get people riled up. After the show came back on air from cancellation, it dove head first into more risque plots and jokes that aimed to offend as many people as possible. The characters themselves also changed heavily due to {{Flanderization}}, but they still retain some parts of the original personalities. While fans still argue over the quality of the show, most agree that Family Guy is better developed now than it was back then.
26th Apr '16 2:26:35 PM Crossover-Enthusiast
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' started off as rough around the edges with everyone falling into the typical stereotypes (sensible mother, bumbling dad with a good heart, bratty teenage daughter, dimwitted teenage son, talking dog, and a power hungry baby that wants to take over the world, being the only character that didn't fit into a mold). Many of the plots were edgy for its time but nothing shocking that would get people riled up. After the show came back on air from cancellation, the show dove head first into more risque plots and jokes that aimed to offend as many people as possible. The characters themselves also changed heavily due to {{Flanderization}} but they still retain some parts of the original personalities. While fans still argue over the quality of the show, most agree that Family Guy is better developed now than it was back then.
** After undergoing heavy SeasonalRot throughout seasons 6-7 the writers started listening to critics and [[CharacterRerailment de-flanderized characters]] and [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rescued scrappies.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' started off as rough around the edges with everyone falling into the typical stereotypes (sensible mother, bumbling dad with a good heart, bratty teenage daughter, dimwitted teenage son, talking dog, and with a power hungry baby that wants to take over the world, world being the only character that didn't fit into a mold). Many of the plots were edgy for its time time, but nothing so shocking that it would get people riled up. After the show came back on air from cancellation, the show it dove head first into more risque plots and jokes that aimed to offend as many people as possible. The characters themselves also changed heavily due to {{Flanderization}} {{Flanderization}}, but they still retain some parts of the original personalities. While fans still argue over the quality of the show, most agree that Family Guy is better developed now than it was back then.
** After undergoing heavy SeasonalRot throughout seasons 6-7 6-7, the writers started listening to critics and [[CharacterRerailment de-flanderized characters]] and [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rescued scrappies.]]



* While well received from its inception, ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' began with silly, not all too important episodes, but only truly began to take off around the same time in its runnings, when its [[MythArc story arcs]] began to unfold and character development was in almost every episode of its second season. The series also began to undergo much needed Cerebus Syndrome, which may have helped grow its beard.

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* While well received from its inception, ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' began with silly, not all too important episodes, but only truly began to take off around the same time in its runnings, when its [[MythArc story arcs]] began to unfold and character development was in almost every episode of its second season. The series also began to undergo much needed Cerebus Syndrome, CerebusSyndrome, which may have helped grow its beard.



* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. After the first season, the art and animation improved, the character development was increased, the writing improved, everything improved. Many characters such as Sid, Phoebe, and Rhonda got more defined personalities. Helga, in particular, became more artistic, cool and complex and less emphasis was put on her sadistic, bullying ways. Season 1 was good overall[[note]]Special mention goes to "Pigeon Man" and "Arnold's Christmas".[[/note]], but the rest of the series was just plain better.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. After the first season, the art and animation improved, the character development was increased, the writing improved, and everything in general improved. Many characters such as Sid, Phoebe, and Rhonda got more defined personalities. Helga, in particular, became more artistic, cool and complex and less emphasis was put on her sadistic, bullying ways. Season 1 was good overall[[note]]Special mention goes to "Pigeon Man" and "Arnold's Christmas".[[/note]], but the rest of the series was just plain better.



* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' started out somewhat uneven and uncomfortable in tone, until "A Room With A Moose" set forth just the right combination of [[BlackComedy pitch-black comedy]], and [[WorldOfHam gleefully over-the-top silliness.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' became wittier, funnier and easier to relate to in its second season. It also introduced the characters Carl and Pops which opened the door for more stories besides the standard "Johnny likes women" plot while Suzy evolved from a just a cute little girl with a crush on Johnny to someone more developed and mature and Bunny evolved from the standard mother figure to a louder, more actioney-type character.

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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' started out somewhat uneven and uncomfortable in tone, until "A Room With A Moose" set forth just the right combination of [[BlackComedy pitch-black comedy]], comedy]] and [[WorldOfHam gleefully over-the-top silliness.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' became wittier, funnier funnier, and easier to relate to in its second season. It also introduced the characters Carl and Pops Pops, which opened the door for more stories besides the standard "Johnny likes women" plot plot, while Suzy evolved from a just a cute little girl with a crush on Johnny to someone more developed and mature mature, and Bunny evolved from the standard mother figure to into a louder, more actioney-type character.



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' certainly started out strong, with a ActionGirl self aware heroine and plenty of humor, drama and fight scenes not like Disney. However Kim herself was a bit of a problem: she was something of a MarySue, a little egotistical and the world seemed to exist to show how awesome she is. From the second season there's a wealth of CharacterDevelopment and Kim becomes less up herself and more compassionate, and more focus is given to her relationship with Ron who grows from ButtMonkey to LetsGetDangerous to good effect.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' certainly started out strong, with a ActionGirl self aware heroine and plenty of humor, drama and fight scenes not like Disney. However Kim herself was a bit of a problem: she was something of a MarySue, a little egotistical and the world seemed to exist to show how awesome she is. From the second season there's a wealth of CharacterDevelopment and Kim becomes less up herself and more compassionate, and more focus is given to her relationship with Ron Ron, who grows from ButtMonkey to LetsGetDangerous to good effect.



** The series, already well-received since its inception, many fans consider the episodes "Mirror Gem" and "Ocean Gem" the point where the show got progressively more mature and thus further acclaimed all the way into its second season.
** There's an in-universe example in "Maximum Capacity" when Amethyst mentions how ''Li'l Butler'' really started getting good in season 3 when the uptight neighbors, the Richingtons, moved next-door.

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** The series, series was already well-received since its inception, but many fans consider believe the episodes "Mirror Gem" and "Ocean Gem" are the point points where the show got progressively more mature mature, and thus further acclaimed all the way into its second season.
season. The creators even consider Mirror Gem and Ocean Gem as the "true" start of the series.
** There's an in-universe example in "Maximum Capacity" Capacity", when Amethyst mentions how ''Li'l Butler'' really started getting good in season 3 when the uptight neighbors, the Richingtons, moved next-door.
23rd Apr '16 7:19:25 AM ParkedCarAnne
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* While ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' was met with positive reception upon its debut, many fans will tell you that season 2's complex storylines and improved humor (especially certain episodes like "The Job") made the series ''really'' worth watching.

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* While ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' was met with positive reception upon its debut, many fans will tell you that season 2's complex storylines and improved humor (especially certain episodes like "The Job") made two was when the series ''really'' got better, with better animation, improved humor, slightly more coherent stories, a willingness to experiment with different art styles and turning even the most clichéd of sitcom stories into something worth watching.watching, as seen with "The Job", "The Fridge", "The Remote", and "The Finale".



** The show has been steadily growing the beard since "Roger n' Me", finally becoming a classic with the third season episodes "Meter Made" and "Dope & Faith", the latter containing [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome several sublime moments]] including a subplot resolution that involves Roger the alien on crack and [[ExtravertedNerd Steve Smith]] defeating the BigBad by [[ItMakesSenseInContext waving a chopstick and shouting "wash your hands" in Spanish]].

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** The show has been steadily growing the beard since "Roger n' Me", finally becoming a classic with the third season episodes "Meter Made" and "Dope & Faith", the latter containing [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome several sublime moments]] including a subplot resolution that involves Roger the alien on crack cocaine and [[ExtravertedNerd Steve Smith]] defeating the BigBad by [[ItMakesSenseInContext waving a chopstick and shouting "wash your hands" in Spanish]].
28th Feb '16 7:51:33 PM J79
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* UsefulNotes/CartoonNetwork. For the first few years of its existence it was simply a rerun farm for older Hanna-Barbera shows and ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. They made the cult hit ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoast2Coast'' in 1994, but it was the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoon'' anthology series that really opened the doors, leading to shows like ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', and ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. Later they debuted Toonami, introducing fans to classic anime like ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', and Manga/RuroniKenshin'', and in 2001 they even added a cartoon block for older fans with Creator/AdultSwim.

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* UsefulNotes/CartoonNetwork. For the first few years of its existence it was simply a rerun farm for older Hanna-Barbera shows and ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. They made the cult hit ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoast2Coast'' ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' in 1994, but it was the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoon'' anthology series that really opened the doors, leading to shows like ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', and ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. Later they debuted Toonami, introducing fans to classic anime like ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', and Manga/RuroniKenshin'', ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', and in 2001 they even added a cartoon block for older fans with Creator/AdultSwim.
28th Feb '16 7:05:29 PM MyFinalEdits
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* CartoonNetwork as a whole actually grew the beard big time. For the first few years of its existence it was simply a rerun farm for older Hanna-Barbera shows and LooneyTunes. They made the cult hit SpaceGhostCoast2Coast in 1994, but it was the WhatACartoon! anthology series that really opened the doors, leading to shows like ThePowerpuffGirls, DextersLaboratory, CowAndChicken, JohnnyBravo, and CourageTheCowardlyDog. Later they debuted Toonami, introducing fans to classic anime like Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo, and Ruroni Kenshin, and in 2001 they even added a cartoon block for older fans with AdultSwim. By the time they celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2002, the beard had already long since been grown in and for the most part it's kept growing.

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* CartoonNetwork as a whole actually grew the beard big time. UsefulNotes/CartoonNetwork. For the first few years of its existence it was simply a rerun farm for older Hanna-Barbera shows and LooneyTunes. ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. They made the cult hit SpaceGhostCoast2Coast ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoast2Coast'' in 1994, but it was the WhatACartoon! ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoon'' anthology series that really opened the doors, leading to shows like ThePowerpuffGirls, DextersLaboratory, CowAndChicken, JohnnyBravo, ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', and CourageTheCowardlyDog. ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. Later they debuted Toonami, introducing fans to classic anime like Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', and Ruroni Kenshin, Manga/RuroniKenshin'', and in 2001 they even added a cartoon block for older fans with AdultSwim. By the time they celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2002, the beard had already long since been grown in and for the most part it's kept growing.Creator/AdultSwim.



* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' starts out [[StrictlyFormula pretty formulaic]] in season 1, but in season 2 more substantial character development and plots occur, and the show becomes less repetitive.
** It could be argued that the show grew its beard in Ghost Channel, which introduced us to something that wasn't [[BigBad XANA]] attacking and the team having to go into [[{{Cyberspace}} Lyoko]] to deactivate a Tower, and showed us just '''what''' kind of a threat this OmnicidalManiac of a virus really '''was''' in a [[NightmareFuel truly terrifying manner]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' starts out [[StrictlyFormula pretty formulaic]] in season 1, but in season 2 more substantial character development and plots occur, and the show becomes less repetitive.
** It could be argued that the show grew its beard in Ghost Channel, which
repetitive. The series later introduced us to something that wasn't [[BigBad XANA]] attacking and the team having to go into [[{{Cyberspace}} Lyoko]] to deactivate a Tower, and showed us just '''what''' kind of a threat this OmnicidalManiac of a virus really '''was''' in a [[NightmareFuel truly terrifying manner]].



* Creator/CartoonNetwork strikes again! The second season of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' boasts the most focused balance between the show itself and the Monkey and Justice Friends spin-offs and even offered the most easily relatable stories in the show which also helped introduce more inventions that Dexter would invent to make his life easier resulting in the most versitile season of the series.

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* Creator/CartoonNetwork strikes again! The second season of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' boasts the most focused balance between the show itself and the Monkey and Justice Friends spin-offs and even offered the most easily relatable stories in the show which also helped introduce more inventions that Dexter would invent to make his life easier resulting in the most versitile season of the series.



* In another Creator/CartoonNetwork example, ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel's'' focus strayed away from just "I.R. will never be as good as Weasel" to a wider array of storytelling which may have helped latch it off of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' and into its own show. Adding the Red Guy to the show's cast also helped.

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* In another Creator/CartoonNetwork example, ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel's'' focus strayed away from just "I.R. will never be as good as Weasel" to a wider array of storytelling which may have helped latch it off of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' and into its own show. Adding the Red Guy to the show's cast also helped.
28th Feb '16 2:59:09 PM J79
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* CartoonNetwork as a whole actually grew the beard big time. For the first few years of its existence it was simply a rerun farm for older Hanna-Barbera shows and LooneyTunes. They made the cult hit SpaceGhostCoast2Coast in 1994, but it was the WhatACartoon! anthology series that really opened the doors, leading to shows like ThePowerpuffGirls, DextersLaboratory, CowAndChicken, JohnnyBravo, and CourageTheCowardlyDog. Later they debuted Toonami, introducing fans to classic anime like Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo, and Ruroni Kenshin, and in 2001 they even added a cartoon block for older fans with AdultSwim. By the time they celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2002, the beard had already long since been grown in and for the most part it's kept growing.
27th Feb '16 5:09:00 AM Phred
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* The first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' was released in five episode packs, and had a highly episodic bend to it. The second season was released in a larger, all at once batch and features a tighter continuity and ongoing story arc.
21st Feb '16 11:04:16 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** The [[BigDamnMovie movie]] ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'' was an SugarWiki/{{Awesome Moment|s}} and a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} that shot the series in a magnificent direction with the introduction of BiggerBad Grandfather, the mysterious Numbuh Zero ([[spoiler: Monty Uno, Nigel Uno's normally ditzy dad turned BadassGrandpa]]), the missing Sector Z, the Recomissioning Module, and many, many more strange plot twists.

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** The [[BigDamnMovie movie]] ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'' was an SugarWiki/{{Awesome Moment|s}} and a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} that shot the series in a magnificent direction with the introduction of BiggerBad GreaterScopeVillain Grandfather, the mysterious Numbuh Zero ([[spoiler: Monty Uno, Nigel Uno's normally ditzy dad turned BadassGrandpa]]), the missing Sector Z, the Recomissioning Module, and many, many more strange plot twists.



* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' was kinda undercooked before "Dude, Where's My Head?" found the right balance of CharacterFocus, snark and {{shout out}}s. And of Coop smashing up MechaMooks/New Jersey.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' was kinda undercooked before "Dude, Where's My Head?" found the right balance of CharacterFocus, snark and snark, {{shout out}}s. And out}}s, and of Coop smashing up MechaMooks/New Jersey.
13th Feb '16 7:22:28 PM Adept
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* Zigzagged with the esoteric [[VanBeurenStudios Van Beuren cartoon studio]]. It's generally agreed that the studio made a substantial upgrade in it's production values from 1934 and onward, due in part to slicker inking, larger budgets which allowed more polished animation and an upgrade to Technicolor, thanks in part to the studio bringing in Disney alumni Burt Gillett, who had previously directed the hit short ThreeLittlePigs. Unfortunately, the cartoons became substantially less entertaining and [[FollowTheLeader more derivative of Disney]] as a side effect]], and the studios inability to create a hit character series still lingered to where they started adapting hit comic strips of the day such as Toonerville Trolley and FelixTheCat instead (and Gillett reeked havoc on the studio internally due to his [[PrimaDonnaDirector blatant personality flaws and indecisive, perfectionist directing style]]). And then RKO ironically cancelled their distribution contract in favor of screening the [[ClassicDisneyShorts Disney shorts]] anyway, [[CreatorKiller abruptly sending the studio to its grave in 1936.]]

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* Zigzagged with the esoteric [[VanBeurenStudios Van Beuren cartoon studio]]. It's generally agreed that the studio made a substantial upgrade in it's production values from 1934 and onward, due in part to slicker inking, larger budgets which allowed more polished animation and an upgrade to Technicolor, thanks in part to the studio bringing in Disney alumni Burt Gillett, who had previously directed the hit short ThreeLittlePigs. ''Literature/ThreeLittlePigs. Unfortunately, the cartoons became substantially less entertaining and [[FollowTheLeader more derivative of Disney]] as a side effect]], and the studios inability to create a hit character series still lingered to where they started adapting hit comic strips of the day such as Toonerville Trolley and FelixTheCat WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat instead (and Gillett reeked havoc on the studio internally due to his [[PrimaDonnaDirector blatant personality flaws and indecisive, perfectionist directing style]]). And then RKO ironically cancelled their distribution contract in favor of screening the [[ClassicDisneyShorts Disney shorts]] anyway, [[CreatorKiller abruptly sending the studio to its grave in 1936.]]
10th Feb '16 10:44:13 AM Katsuhagi
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* ''WesernAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' had some pacing issues in its first season, as the writers were obviously getting used to the shorter-season format after working on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. It also certainly didn't help that Nickelodeon had only ordered a single season at that point, so the season finale felt rushed, as every plot thread needed to be hastily wrapped up in a single episode. After Nick ordered three more seasons, the quality of the show noticeably increased, with improved writing, pacing and art. The beautiful two-part [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Avatar Wan]] story mid-way through Season 2 is seen by many as the tipping point where the show reaches its full potential.

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* ''WesernAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' had some pacing issues in its first season, as the writers were obviously getting used to the shorter-season format after working on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. It also certainly didn't help that Nickelodeon had only ordered a single season at that point, so the season finale felt rushed, as every plot thread needed to be hastily wrapped up in a single episode. There was also the major RomanticPlotTumor LoveTriangle that took up way too much air time and made several of the involved characters look bad. After Nick ordered three more seasons, the quality of the show noticeably increased, with improved writing, pacing and art.art and the writing team becoming more comfortable putting the romantic material on the side where it belonged. The beautiful two-part [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Avatar Wan]] story mid-way through Season 2 is seen by many as the tipping point where the show reaches its full potential.
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