A Miss Mallard Mystery is a fun show with amazing 2D animation centering around a world full of ducks, one of them being a famous "ducktective" who solves mysteries with Willard (Miss Mallard is his aunt). Yet it only aired between 2000 & 2001—and to the light of day has no media release and was only aired in Canada. The only way you could watch it was on the now-defunct Jaroo, and even that website overruled its videos with toy reviews for stuff little kids never even heard of.
Adventures from the Book of Virtues is a creative PBS animated series dedicated to teaching virtues to kids, with great animation and cool characters. Apparently, it's been so obscure in the past few years that people seem to forget it, even after being taken off the air...and yet, it's quite popular with the animation industry and the production company behind it stillpromotes it today.note One assumed reason why the show was quietly forgotten by some viewers was due to PBS's Invisible Advertising that only put it on their primetime and Sunday morning schedules.
The Adventures of Figaro Pho is a very funny and creative series. Yet, despite the series being fairly large, with the title character also having appeared in animated shorts and video games, most Western audiences have probably never heard of it except from Netflix. The show stars a young boy named Figaro and his Robot Dog Rivet. Figaro is a shy, antisocial boy who has every phobia in the world, and conquers one of his fearsOnce an Episode. Although the premise seems similar to Courage the Cowardly Dog, it stands out enough to be unique and charming, with fluid CGI animation and a great soundtrack.
American Dad! is often a victim of Complaining, simply because 1.) The family structure is similar to Family Guy, therefore it MUST be a clone and 2.) It's a Seth MacFarlane show, so it automatically deserves to be hated in the eyes of some. However, American Dad! has proven to have developed a unique brand of humor and is often praised for its writing and handling of hot-button issues. Too bad FOX refuses to promote the show as much as it does the other animated programs.
The Baskervilles is an unfortunately forgotten entry in the calvacade of cartoons like "Beetlejuice", "Billy and Mandy", or other "monster comedies". It's about a British family that wouldn't be out of place in an stereotypical 80s sitcom that moves to "Underworld Theme Park" under invitation from Lucifer III, and they perfectly enjoy their new life to Lucifer's annoyance. It's a charmingly macabre show that would be best described as a less wacky Jimmy Two-Shoes (They are both from Teletoon) mixed with The Addams Family. It's got an interesting premise, good animation, and some pretty memorable characters, but it remains very obscure with a small fanbase.
Birdz. Completely impossible to find outside YouTube. But it was a good show from the twilight of CBS' Saturday Morning Cartoon era and it got screwed over massively. Enjoy the characters and the writing that manages to offer morals without beating them over your head or shoehorning them in.
Blazing Dragons, a wonderfully funny and clever show that was cursed by a late-night time slot in the United States. Some viewers stayed up to watch it every night, though.
Bobby's World was a show on FOX Kids that has very little recognition anywhere despite its hilarity.
Bounty Hamster was a very sadly short-lived British animated series (only twenty-five 11 minute episodes were made) that was never aired in North America, only the UK and Australia (though you can download the whole series if you know where to look). With a ludicrous amount of hilarious Shout Outs, great animation and characters, and Phineas and Ferb co-creator Jeff "Swampy" Marsh in charge of storyboarding, it was a seriously awesome and funny show that shamefully never even broadcasted in the United States.
Braceface was a really funny and pretty realistic show with some pretty good storylines and great characters, but doesn't get much recognition.
As of 2015 Clarence is one of CN's least popular shows simply due to the character designs. What people are missing is a funny and surprisingly progressive show with a lot simple (in a good way) charm and heart.
Clone High, full stop. An amazing, clever, stylish, and most of all, HILARIOUS show that was epicly Screwed by the Network, especially in the U.S. (In its native Canada it managed to get a fair showing by virtue of Canadian content laws and attract a niche following.) It didn't help that for a long time the only legal way to view it in the U.S. was to import the DVDs from far-off Canadia, making it tough to get a hold of even for those few who'd stumbled on it during its short-lived stint on MTV. You HAD to stumble on it, since it never received a regular time slot. It did eventually receive a quiet, totally unpromoted U.S. DVD release, long after those few who'd heard about it in the first place had forgotten about it.
Code Monkeys, which used to air on G4. It had solid ratings for its network's standards, but was only canceled after season 2. It has many funny moments, quirky and colorful animation, and memorable characters. The concept itself would be like Scott Pilgrim: The Animated Series. You can find the entire series (as of this post) on Netflix.
Cybersix had fantastic music, characters, plot development, and animation... and lasted one season.
Danny Phantom was once a big deal on Nickelodeon... until they decided to end it because Hartman spent more than they expected. Even though the third season was the weakest... it still has a loyal following hoping for a return.
Daria is often overshadowed and overlooked compared to the show it spun off of (in fact, most aren't even aware that B&B had a spinoff at all!), but the show was brilliant in its own regards. It can even bring in viewers who missed the show nearly a whole decade after it ended due to how well it captures the overratedness of teenage life and high school. Also, it has one of the finest examples of Heterosexual Life-Partners ever between the title character and her best (and, for a while, only) friend.
Dave the Barbarian had endearing characters and some truly wonderful writing. It even had the critics on its side! There were actual reviews about a Disney cartoon that really raved about the show! Sadly, not even Disney will provide it the DVD treatment, nor reruns.
Dennis and Gnasher 2009 is a show that outside of Australia and the UK which the show is made in, it doesn't seem to get enough attention outside of those countries but even when it does, it ends up being regarded as Political Correctness Gone Mad which it isn't. The writing is decent, the animation is very appealling, the voice acting is pretty well done (in both countries) and it has a sense of enjoyability I haven't felt since The Simpsons. It only has 3 DVD releases of the series (which isn't even the whole series), and even though a new season is currently airing, I feel like the show should at least be given a second chance to look at the good things about it.
No Detentionaire? Shocker. The show's about a Grade 10 Korean-Canadian student who gets framed for a prank he didn't do. It slowly becomes more than that and it's too awesome to ignore.
Dude, That's My Ghost!. Like Randy Cunningham, it's fairly new. It gets criticized for the main character sporting a similar hairstyle to another boy from a show with ghosts, though it's far from a Danny Phantom copycat. The characters are interesting, the backgrounds are beautiful, and the show has its own unique take on ghosts. It has its problems due to some broken continuity, some episodes out of order, and no actual pilot episode, but if you're looking for a quaint show with a bromance of a budding filmmaker named Spencer Wright and an undead popstar with a name like Billy Joe Cobra, this is the show for you.
Eliot Kid, which didn't even have a page here for a long time! Well, the show is probably only known by those who have Netflix subscriptions or those that were lucky enough to see the Cartoon Network lineup in Western Europe during 2010-2011 (Or watch it on POP or CBBC, if you're a brit)... but anyway, this is a great show! It stars Eliot, a young boy with an active imagination who spontaneously has various Imagine Spots throughout episodes about how mundane tasks can be made into something awesome! The show is highly reminiscent of Rugrats or Jacob Two-Two in terms of how the episodes play out. The characters are quirky and fun, little Eliot and his friends are so adorable, and Eliot's dad is a lovable idiot. If you like wacky cartoons with cute, big-eyed characters and a colorful animation style, then you'll want to give this show a try!
The Fox And The Crow was a really interesting series, despite only about a handful of episodes. It definitely needs more love.
Fillmore! was a parody of 70's buddy cop films and crime dramas that took place in a middle school. The show was littered with hilarious one-liners, action-packed chase scenes, and great characters and stories. A shame it didn't make it past 26 episodes.
Gawayn a troperriffic French/Italian cartoon that deserves more attention than it's getting, but it didn't get as much love as Oggy and the Cockroaches which still airs today everywhere, while Gawayn only aired to a handful of countries.
Godzilla: The Series. Say what you will of the American 'Zilla, but the series itself was pretty much the old Hanna-Barbera cartoon, but better. And minus Godzooki, unless you count Nigel, who wasn't really annoying as just prone to always getting smashed. Still crossing my fingers for a full DVD release someday.
While a lot of people tend to look favorable at some of Greg Weisman's work, such as Gargoyles and the aforementioned The Spectacular Spider-Man and his current series Young Justice, there's little love for his work with the second season of W.I.T.C.H.. He was able to fix a lot of the mistakes made during the first season, greatly improve what as mediocre storyline in the comics, "Nerissa's Revenge", and greatly expand on a lot of characters that the comic never dreamed of.
The pilot Joey To The World never got picked up by Cartoon Network even though it's part of it's failed Cartoonstitute anthology series. One main reason is the creator didn't know the cartoon was supposed to be for kids, and it mentioned condoms, rape, smothering from mothers, whorehouses, crackheads and many other stuff kids shouldn't know. It was actually pretty funny and would have definitely succeeded had it been made for [Adult Swim].
KaBlam! got little popularity due to Hey Arnold! premiering around the time. Matters were worse a few years later when Spongebob Squarepants premiered in 1999. Season four never finished and seasons five and six never saw the light of day.
Kenny The Shark is a fun, quirky cartoon about a sweet girl named Kat who adopts a pet tiger shark named Kenny. It is a slice-of-life cartoon in which Kat and Kenny have various misadventures, mostly due to Kenny disobeying, doing things his way, or simply falling prey to his natural shark instincts. Didn't last very long, unfortunately (Only two seasons), and isn't very well known either.
King Arthur's Disasters. It has colorful animation, the voice acting is excellent, and its antics have that nostalgic feel as they resemble that of Scooby Doo or any other old cartoon (ironically, one country airs it on Boomerang). It doesn't air in the United States. and not that many fans contribute enough to its "fanbase."
League of Super Evil is a Canadian cartoon that manages to be well animated, hilarious, and have fun storylines. Few Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains have been just as fun to watch than Voltar, Doktor Frogg, Red Menace, and Doomageddon. Yet barely anybody talks about it!
Loonatics Unleashed does not, we repeat NOT deserve half the crap it gets. It needed some work to be honest, but it was by no means So Bad, It's Horrible. Most of the haters of this series were simply sticklers for nostalgia and the old Looney Tunes, completely ignoring the main characters are descendants of the legendary LT characters.
Mike, Lu & Og is perhaps the most underrated Cartoon Network show from the 1990s. While it did get some good reviews, praising it for being an international effort (between the U.S. and Russia) and having a tomboyish girl in the lead, it was barely promoted and now Boomerang airs it pretty much whenever they feel like it. Some of the characters are interesting, it had genuinely funny moments and it put a clever spin on the Culture Clash cliche.
Mission Hill is a absolutely fantastic animated series created by former writers for "The Simpsons", Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein in 1999 on "The WB", later appearing on "Adult Swim" in 2002. This show had remarkably three dimensional characters, many hilarious scenes, and a wonderfully unique art style with expressive, vibrant colors. Unfortunately, it lasted a mere 13 episodes before being canceled (with 5 extra episodes that were never finished). This show has largely been forgotten, but a small fan following does exist. The complete series has been released on DVD, and it's easy to find the episodes online.
Mr. Bogus was a really great and funny slapstick-filled show for its time. The show followed the adventures of the eponymous character, Bogus, a small yellow gremlin who always got into one scrape after another. What makes it even more endearing is that it is actually based on a series of Belgian claymation shorts that were created and aired back in the late 1980's. These shorts were even shown as part of the series' tie-ins to commercial breaks and returns from commercial breaks. However, the show only lasted for three seasons, and after it ended its run, it faded into obscurity like nearly everything else. All in favor of a DVD release of this show, say aye.
The Mr. Men Show it has all the elements of a great cartoon, quirky characters, good songs, and randomness that's just good. It lasted for 2 seasons even though fans were hoping for a 3rd.
My Little Pony Tales: It really makes me sad that many people don't like this or think it's an earlier G3 clone of MLP. I've seen all the episodes and while it definitely has its problems (like bad music, continuity errors, and one episode that should not have been made), it does tackle certain issues fairly, the characters have some personality and are flawed (though they could have gotten more development), and it does take its audience seriously. I personally liked it, though it's definitely no Friendship Is Magic.
All versions of My Little Pony that aren't Friendship is Magic need more love. My Little Pony G3 especially, as it's obvious that most of the people who insult it have never seen it in full as it is actually very close to Friendship is Magic, or at least has all the things that makes FIM so awesome to those who love it.
Ninjago is actually pretty interesting and fun to watch for something that's Merchandise-Driven. It has characters with actual personality, and itís not that cheesy as one might expect. However, there's been no reviews and the only people commenting on it usually are either 11 years old or care only about the toy sets.
Pablo The Little Red Fox, a British piece from 1999, is a rather lovely offering. The silk painting based style is nice to look at, without being demanding on the eyes. The simple, bedtime story-like plots are nicely done, and are told without feeling like they're talking down to children. and will leave a watcher happy by the time the credits are rolling. The theme song is beautifully composed, and will stick with those who listen. The urban environment is unique for a show focused on animals, and urban beauty is captured very well. All in all, this show is just one massive Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures has a rather undeserving Periphery Hatedom. It's a clever, if somewhat goofy take on a 30+ year old video game that had literally no story to begin with, but still manages to stay pretty tongue-in-cheek and not take itself too seriously. The backgrounds are gorgeous, there are some excellent character designs in regards to the ghosts, and it's up there with Wreck-It Ralph for its completely unabashed love of the original game and classic gaming in general, in terms of Mythology Gags, homages and overall style.
Pepper Ann was a hilarious and clever show, however, unlike the other "big three" One Saturday Morning shows, it wasn't merchandise driven or a cult hit with adults. It's also the least remembered, and the only one of the "big three" without a video or DVD release, as well as not being rerun as often as the other two, and when it was, it was usually during school or when people are asleep. And it had a great theme song as well.
The Powerpuff Girls (2016). Sure, it's rife with animation errors, numerous changes to the original show and several very blatant and awkward attempts to be trendy, not to mention the fact that all three Powerpuffs were recast and at least one fan-favorite character (Miss Bellum) never made it to the new series. Despite all this, the art style is very lush and slightly reminiscent of Adventure Time, not much has changed in terms of plot, and it doesn't deserve the bile it gets from fans of the original show (like Loonatics Unleashed, its hatedom mainly comes from nostalgia sticklers who believe that the girls should not be changed).
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. Though still rather new, the fact it's hardly caught on at all yet is almost baffling if just because the character and art style designs were made by Jhonen Vasquez, the creator of Invader Zim. It's likely being overshadowed by the success of Gravity Falls and Motorcity, though it's made by the same studio as the latter. Still, so far it's an excellent series that loves playing with and satirizing the cliches of other Kid Hero shows, with very fun characters and fantastic animation and voice acting that will hopefully grow in popularity.
The animation company Rabbit Ears Productions had put out some really fantastic stories that had iconographic animation that was surprisingly good for the 1980s and the 1990s, had various celebrities narrating the stories and remained faithful to the stories they were telling such as retelling various fairy tales and folktales like The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship and The Bremen Town Musicians. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of this series and even though the company has managed to put out DVDs of this series, it still goes by unnoticed by the fans with only a few videos showing up on YouTube.
Robotomy was an enjoyable show about robots in school. With episode plots like a social networking site befriending Thrasher and Blastus, and Thrasher accidentally setting a war whilst babysitting Maimy's little brother. But Cartoon Network decided to yank it off the air since it hardly got airplay outside America and promotion, and was left in the dust of the success of Adventure Time and Regular Show. Shame, since it was funny and Patton Oswalt provided Thrasher's voice.
Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends. A fantastic show saddled with a clumsy title. The show posits that all the monsters of old myth and legend are actually different communities of aliens living secretly on Earth for various reasons. Some like the Yeti are benign, while others like the Vampires and Lycanthropes are hostile to humanity. The show is arc-based and follows a The Men in Black-type organization as it deals with these creatures, though the male main character doesn't entirely trust the organization's motives. The best thing in the show is the Action Girl female lead, Shlain Blaze, a white-haired Gothbanshee with sound-based powers and a cool Irish accent. The theme song was awesome, too. When it was rebroadcast for a short time on Saturday mornings in the U.S., the episodes were shown out of order, and they led off with the goofy giant ant episode that had nothing to do with the major plot arcs.
Ruby Gloom was fantastically animated with gorgeous Gothic scenery, likeable characters, and excellent writing. Unfortunately, there were only two seasons and it has never been aired in the United States.
Sabrina: The Animated Series: While it differs a lot from its live-action and comic counterparts (which is why people hate it), it's a very cute show with great storylines and characters. The spin-off, Sabrina's Secret Life? Uh, yeah...
Santa Bears High Flying Adventure was a wonderful animated Christmas special that portrayed the true meaning of Christmas in a positive light and had a pretty adventurous plot with Santa Bear trying to save Christmas from Bully Bear. Unfortunately, almost no one remembers this cartoon at all due to it not being shown on TV since the 1980s and not having a DVD release ever since. It's predecessor "Santa Bear's First Christmas" is even more lesser known.
3 words. Sanjay and Craig. Sure it got a lot of decent ratings, but many viewers are acting like the show is a crime against humanity or something, when in reality, itís a really harmless show that has the vibes of 90ís Nick. (It helps that the minds behind The Adventures of Pete and Pete are working on it.) It is easily the most misunderstood Nicktoon of all time. That, and Season 2 is a prime example of Growing the Beard thanks to less emphasis on what led many to despise the show.
The Secret Show is a British cartoon series that ran for two series. It has clever writing and lots of hilarious running gags, with a unique animation style and likeable characters.
SheZow is a hilarious throwback to those old comics and their ridiculousness, plus it has a crossdresser as the main character. How progressive! Unfortunately, due to being on The Hub, the same channel that has My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, it's stuck with only 26 episodes, with season 2 unlikely to be made.
Skatoony is a show worth mentioning. Rarely are there any animated shows that double as a quiz show, plus the characters are diverse and colorful. It has yet to see the light of day airing in Cartoon Network US, even with the North America remake. Also for fans of Total Drama or Jimmy Two-Shoes, the North American remake guest stars characters from said shows.
The Spectacular Spider-Man is possibly the greatest Spider-Man cartoon yet, with both tight plotting and incredibly fluid animation, yet it was ignored by many simply because it wasn't like the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon.
Well, to be accurate, it ended because Disney bought Marvel way too soon... however, it gets this because Disney and Marvel seem to want nobody to remember it in favor of Ultimate Spider-Man... which is the opposite of this show in every way.
Though admittedly inferior to said Spectacular series, Ultimate Spider-Man itself is unfairly hated. While the first season is hit and miss, the second is almost certainly worthy enough to rival its predecessors.
Spliced. You can't even see it in the US unless you use YouTube or are one of the lucky few to get Qubo. And the network that airs it in its native Canada doesn't seem too fond of it either. It's funny, takes inspiration from The Island of Doctor Moreau for its interesting character designs (read: Mix-and-Match Critters you never would've thought of mixing in a million years) and it feels like something that would've aired on Nickelodeon in the mid-1990s. Oh, and Peri is cute.
Squidbillies is possibly the most underrated show on [adult swim]. Though at a first glance it just looks like a brain cell killing mass of idiocy, but actually has a great deal of clever humor and timing. The jokes are far from predictable and hackneyed, and a couple of character development scenes appear from time to time. Despite it actually being Adored by the Network (thankfully, since any other network would have cancelled it by the end of the first season), it still maintains relatively low ratings due to people judging it by it's cover.
Teacher's Pet had great writing and great animation, and was one of the funniest Disney shows ever made. It even got a movie, which sadly bombed due to poor promotion. And despite the fact that critics adored the series, it hardly gets any recognition.
Team Galaxy was one of Marathon Media's underrated animated programs that the American audience dismissed as "Totally Spies!IN SPACE!". Compared to that show, the heroes are more capable given the situations they have to deal with.
Time Warp Trio. Despite being an animated TV adaptation of a popular children's book series, the show didn't last very long due to a low amount of viewers. The show featured 10-year old boy Joe receiving "The Book" from his Uncle Joe as a present for his 10th birthday. Joe and his friends, Sam and Fred, didn't realize that it's a magical time-traveling book and they end up travelling to the past and future due to their inexperience with handling such a book. The episodes were full of adventure and historical education, which made it fun to watch and learn at the same time! Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after a year of airing, and so far, only rumors of future episodes have been spread.
Nelvana's Timothy Goes to School. This show takes place in a World of Funny Animals and focuses on a group of Kindergarten students at Hilltop School. The main character, Timothy, is a young 5 year old raccoon who's best friend is Yoko a kindhearted Japanese kitten. Timothy loves helping out his friends and the other class students when something goes wrong or they're in a bad situation. The show is based on the works of Rosemary Wells (who would be involved with the Max and Ruby series in 2002), with the first two episodes adapting the original Timothy and Yoko books while the rest of the shows adapts some stories from the Yoko & Friends series. A few episodes also had original plots with some good Aesops for children and adults to learn. The show first aired on PBS Kids "Bookworm Bunch" Sunday morning block from 2000-2004, then returned in reruns on Discovery Channel and TLC's "Ready Set Learn" block. The show can be seen on Qubo in America (which doesn't get too many viewers being a digital subchannel and all), and Canadian channel Treehouse TV has all the episodes on Youtube though they can't be seen outside of Canada. The show also airs on Tiny Pop in the UK.
From Teletoon's golden age there's Toad Patrol, a lush, cutesy-looking show with a darkly intriguing storyline not unlike many shows that would come later, such as Adventure Time and Steven Universe. It doesn't come up in conversation as much as other Canadian animated shows, though it does have its share of fans.
Trust Me, I'm a Genie is a funny, enjoyable cartoon about the adventures of a Cool Loser Camel, Diego and his wisecracking genie sidekick, Ziggy. Ziggy is a raccoon genie that comes out of a soda can and he granted Diego's first two wishes for a cafe and swimming pool. But then Ziggy got sand in his can and his magic went defective so every third wish fails. Ziggy has an obsession with being set free from his can and is always trying to sell a third wish to Diego but it always backfires much to Ziggy's annoyance. Diego has many other friends as well including a Granola Girl bird named Zazie, an Insufferable Genius fennec fox named Joe, a scorpion with a Money Fetish named Tony, a Surfer Dude lizard named Larry and an Almighty Janitor goat shopkeep named Sonia. There is no known DVD release, English wikipedia page or even merchandise and I was responsible for creating the tvtropes page for the cartoon all by myself.
There's also an 26-episode animated series named Turtle Island, which is basically Mike, Lu & Og blended with World of Funny Animals. But the only episode truly available in English on the Internet is "Nostramewmew", and there's no such page on the English Wikipedia for the show.
Tutenstein is a hilarious, witty show about 3,000 years dead Pharaoh who returns as a mummy. Did I mention he was a bratty 10-year-old when he died? Resurrection didn't fix that. Absolutely wonderful, but somehow ridiculously obscure.
It also applies to Felix the Cat in general; one of the most popular cartoon characters of the silent era, he was eventually overshadowed by Mickey Mouse and most people nowadays are either vaguely aware of him or just plain don't know who he is.
It should be noted that one of the biggest reasons why he's so underrated is that hisBig Damn Movie is widely considered one of the worst animated features of all time. Unfortunately, this is his most well-known appearance, if only because of how awful it is. Some people just don't know the real Felix.
Wakfu is a well-plotted character-driven animesque series with beautiful artwork and a ridiculously catchy theme song. Unfortunately, its only available in continental Europe.
Fortunately, a small group of people are subbing the episodes into multiple languages, and the English and Russian subs have gotten through every episode of Season 1 and are starting on Season 2. Googling them is fruitful.
The creators launched a (successful) Kickstarter campaign, which promised to make an English dub of Season 1. It blew past its goal; so not only will they dub Season 2, but they'll also make another episode.
While Wild West C.O.W Boys of Moo Mesa has a cult following behind it, there are still few people that even remember or know about it, despite its very bizarre setting, it has great writing, enjoyable characters and lovely camp value.