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Kimba the White Lion (1965) The Lion King (1994) A lion cub and prince of the African wild-lands must mature into a worthy king after the death of his father, with the assistance of his Love Interest, an Old Master baboon, and Those Two Guys, eventually defeating a vicious rival to the throne and his Heinous Hyena lackeys. Later media depicts the king's tribulations in raising his own cub. There is major controversy surrounding the possibility the latter plagiarized the former. While two of Lion King's writers/animators (and lead actor Matthew Broderick) admit to watching Kimba growing up, the film's directors claim to be unfamiliar with Kimba. Despite their many similarites, the two works have plenty of key differences to the point that calling Lion King a ripoff of Kimba is a Fandom-Enraging Misconception in some circles. It's also worth noting that Kimba mangaka Osamu Tezuka was a huge fan of Disney. While the jury is out on whether or not the Lion King ripped off Kimba the White Lion, it did ultimately withstand the accusations and go on to become a highly recognized Cash Cow Franchise. Unfortunately, Kimba is mostly recognized today (at least outside of its native Japan) as that show that the Lion King may have ripped off.
Once Upon a Time... Man (1977) Meme: The Dream Journeys (1983) Make a show like (respectively) Bronowski's The Ascent of Man or Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, but specifically aimed at children Man is broody and even creepy in places, while Meme is distinctly Lighter and Softer in tone, much in line their grown-up predecessors. Man was shown all over the world right out of the starting gate, Meme took nearly a dozen years to be shown outside of its native Japan. Both were dubbed into English, but neither aired in the United States. Man was more wide-ranging in scope and seriously explored the dangers of nuclear war, Meme gets bonus points for effectively predicting the rise of the Internet.
Kids Incorporated (1983) Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983) The adventures of a group of pre-teen characters who perform covers of popular songs. Most episodes of Kids Incorporated focused on a group of pre-teens who hung out at a place called "The P*LACE" and dealt with typical issues children that age faced, while the episodes of Alvin were varied, with some being Slice of Life stories and others being Whole Plot References to popular movies and shows from the 80's. Kids Incorporated ran longer than Alvin and the Chipmunks (9 seasons vs. Alvin's 8 seasons), was the Disney Channel's first major hit series, and it also launched the careers of Jennifer Love Hewitt and Fergie. However, because Alvin And The Chipmunks was based on an already popular property, it was the more popular show, and its' popularity lead to a theatrical film, merchandise spin-offs, and newer series and films that were inspired by or used elements from this television incarnation of the characters (mainly the Chipettes).
The Cosby Show (1984) The Simpsons (1989) Sitcoms that center around a family trying to get by. The Cosby Show specifically aimed to be family-friendly, grounded, and wholesome, while The Simpsons contained edgier and often outright surreal humor. The Cosby Show led in the ratings for a good while, but The Simpsons eventually managed to catch up. Bill Cosby ended his show after eight seasons of his own volition, while The Simpsons is still going, in spite of complaints about Seasonal Rot. The Simpsons maintains the better legacy, partly due to nobody on the show being tainted by rape allegations like Bill Cosby.
The Land Before Time (1988) Dink, the Little Dinosaur (1989) The adventures of Five-Man Band of plucky dinosaur hatchlings led by an Apatosaurus.   Regardless of which arm of the Land Before Time franchise you're counting, it's far less obscure than Dink.
Salty's Lighthouse (1997) The Noddy Shop (1998) Shows that try to copy the format of Shining Time Station by having British children's shows framed by segments related to the theme of the original show. While Salty's Lighthouse was an animated show, The Noddy Shop was a live-action show that also featured puppets. Despite this, the shows also have similarities to each other. First, both shows feature a crustacean character, have adult characters who have jobs related to the ocean and both had episodes about a character thinking they were being ignored because of their age and a Big Blackout. Salty's Lighthouse was forgotten by the public because it was on Ready Set Learn, the lowest rated Preschool Show block on TV at the time, while Noddy got ratings that were higher than Sesame Street and ran new episodes for two years, as well as another three in repeats. Noddy wins this duel.
Naruto (2002) Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) A Stock Shōnen Hero with extraordinary air powers and a blue-and-orange color scheme makes True Companions in his travels while being helped/hindered by a Stock Shōnen Rival fire user. Has a follow-up series about their descendants. One of the comparisons on the two shows is about Sasuke and Zuko. These two constantly switched sides, so their alignment is complicated. Naruto. While both shows would go on to have sequel series and both shows have their share of fans, Naruto is a huge Cash Cow Franchise, and Avatar the Last Airbender has a slight critical edge (depending on who you ask).
Teen Titans Go!! (2013) Yo Kai Watch (2015) Shows about kids/teens who have supernatural powers that have a huge emphasis on comedy, are adaptations of something else and are adored by the channels they air on. While Teen Titans Go! is based on the Teen Titans comics and the 2004 TV show, Yo-Kai Watch is based on a video game, and because of it originating in Japan, the show aired one year earlier in that country. From it's premiere until the summer of 2016, Teen Titans Go! was the #1 kid's show on TV, and it's success led to Cartoon Network beating Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and even broadcast networks like CBS and ABC in the ratings. The show also got multiple TV Movies, kid's meal tie-ins at every fast food chain imaginable, the iPhone game Teeny Titans and a theatrical film. Yo-Kai Watch, despite having lower ratings and low game sales, has more merchandise than Teen Titans Go!, and also had it's movie shown in theaters as a limited release two years before Teen Titans Go! got theirs, which played to sold out theaters. Because of it's better success with the target audience, Teen Titans Go! wins this duel.
Yo Kai Watch (2015) Abby Hatcher (2019) An elementary school child helps solve other people's problems with the help of creatures that only they can see. Yo-Kai Watch is an adaptation of a Video Game, while Abby Hatcher is Spin Master's attempt at a Distaff Counterpart of PAW Patrol. It's worth noting that at the time Abby Hatcher premiered, the English dub of Yo-Kai Watch was up to the episodes of the series that mainly focused on a new female protagonist. Yo-Kai Watch was adored at first by Disney XD and got lots of merchandise and airings, but around the time season 2 came along, the ratings dropped, with the show currently being the lowest-rated children's program on TV. The merchandise also had low sales, but did much better in Europe. Abby Hatcher TBA.
Stuck in the Middle (2016) The Loud House (2016) A tween tells the audience how he survives being the middle child of a large family with lots of siblings. Both series are about being the middle child in a big family, and they even have an episode each where the main character tries to claim the best seat in the family car. To be fair, The Loud House has been in development and production longer than Stuck in the Middle. Stuck In The Middle gets only a million viewers per episode, mainly because it was overshadowed by the success of the other kidcoms on the network it aired on, and got mixed reviews before ending in the summer of 2018. The Loud House, on the other hand, got many positive reviews and ratings as high as 5 million viewers, becoming Nickelodeon's biggest hit since SpongeBob SquarePants. The Loud House wins this duel.
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (2016) Human Kind Of (2018) Teenager with a Superpower Lottery trying to live a normal life. Both are comedy series. TBA
Final Space (2018) Lost in Space (2018) Series that take place in outer space Final Space is about a person who is protecting a planet destroyer from the claws of an evil alien, Lost in Space on the other hand is about a family who want to get out of a certain planet while surviving in the process Both series got mixed reviews by critics, but Final Space managed to have mixed to positive reviews, and a bigger fanbase, especially considering it dropped the usual formula adult cartoons have. Lost in Space on the other hand, while it is a reboot of one of the most influential Sci-Fi shows of all time... the reboot itself is not as popular and well recieved as Final Space.
Castlevania (2017) Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) Adaptations with horror themes and gothic and dark aesthetic Castlevania is an adaptation of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, following heroes trying to save Wallachia from Dracula's army and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a horror themed re-imagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, adapted from a comic with the same name. One can hardly blame Netflix for releasing both shows at the same time, trying to cash in their dark themed shows with Halloween week. One can say the audience won, as both shows got large fanbases and critical acclaim.
Ryan's Mystery Playdate (2019) Blue's Clues & You! (2019) Shows based on popular properties that both involve the main character finding three clues to solve a mystery with the help of cartoon animal characters. Blue's Clues and You is a reboot of the original Blue's Clues series, while Ryan's Mystery Playdate is based on the popular YouTube toy channel "Ryan ToysReview". Also, both shows are slated to air on Nick Jr. at the same time. TBA.


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