Western Animation: Danny Phantom
Superhero series on Nickelodeon by Butch Hartman, the creator of The Fairly OddParents (2004-2007). It is the 19th Nicktoon.The series revolves around the adventures of Danny Fenton, the son of parents who are professional ghostbusters. (No, not those. Or those.) While generally less than competent, their engineering skill is phenomenal, allowing the creation of such inventions as the Fenton Portal, a machine that opens up a path to the "Ghost Zone", apparently an odd kind of afterlife where ghosts are either beings of the dead and/or monsters from another dimension. At the urging of his good friend, Sam Manson, Danny explores the portal and accidentally activates it, imbuing his molecular structure with ectoplasmic energy.Now with a set of formidable ghost powers, Danny eventually decides to use them to protect humanity from various spectral threats. Unfortunately, since most of the town (including his own parents) fears and hates his Danny Phantom identity, Danny has to keep his ghost powers secret. Fortunately, his best friends, Sam and Tucker (and his sister, who quietly knows Danny's secret as well), are his constant companions, who give him vital practical and emotional support in his self-appointed role.Despite the comical tone, this series is a surprisingly well-conceived and endearing narrative of a boy growing into his true calling while the world gradually comes to accept him, much like a variant of Spider-Man at that franchise's best.Before reaching halfway through the second season, Butch Hartman announced the decision made by Nickelodeon to cancel the production of the show, making it 53 episodes in three seasons. Dedicated fans orchestrated various petitions and small organizations to overturn the decision, but, despite these protests, the production of Danny Phantom finished in February 2007, with no plans for future episodes after 53. However, at least the series had enough lead time to create a Grand Finale...with mixed results. Needless to say, it still has a following wanting a revival.The complete first season was released on DVD on September 13th, 2011 by Shout! Factory, the first part of Season 2 released on April 3, 2012, with the second part to be released on August 28, and Season 3 at a later date. For those going for the Full Monty, however, a complete series DVD was released on January 28th, 2014.Now has a Best Episode Crowner.