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So, do your favorite cartoons come out on top? Cue up the banjos and let's find out.

Note: If a Western Animation show has a bone to pick with an Anime or Live-Action Television show, please settle it in the Cross Medium page.

Initiators Followers Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
Classic Disney Shorts (1921) Looney Tunes (1929) Theatrical shorts from The Golden Age of Animation starring a venerable cast of Funny Animals. Overall, Disney cartoons were more sentimental, with a whimsical tone and picturesque animation meant to appeal to the viewers' inner child. Looney Tunes was a lot more raw, fast-paced, and Fourth Wall Breaking in its animation and humor, meaning to appeal to the common man. Though both still have mostly equivalent fanbases and historical importance to the medium, if a winner had to be picked, Classic Disney Shorts wins this duel, not only due to its creator Disney's subsidaries, the Walt Disney Animation studios still exist and still produce shorts in addition to their more popular films, but also helped inspired such series like the aforementioned Looney Tunes. While Looney Tunes is popular and influential in its own right, and Warner Bros. still has subsidiaries that help produce them, the original Warner Bros. cartoon studio is long dead.
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970) The Story of Santa Claus (1996) Christmas Specials telling the Origin Story of Santa Claus, an orphan who falls in with a sect of elves and enlists their help to deliver toys to the children of the world. There's also a curmudgeonly wizard who makes a Heel–Face Turn. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town airs annually on ABC while The Story of Santa Claus airs on CBS. Santa Claus is Comin to Town is much older of the two and has attained status as a Christmas classic loved by generations. The Story of Santa Claus is none of these things.
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends (1984) Magic Adventures of Mumfie (1994) Short stories told by a narrator who also voices the characters based on old British children's books that teach morals to preschoolers. Both series are produced by Britt Allcroft, but it's also important to know that the Mumfie books predated The Railway Series by ten years. They also appeared together on Fox Family and Nick Jr. UK at one point. Thomas & Friends wins, as it's a very successful franchise amongst the target demographic and is still on today. Mumfie, on the other hand, had beat Thomas in popularity for a year and a half when it was on Nick Jr. UK, but that all changed when Little Bill premiered. Needless to say, the show faded into obscurity, and you're more likely to find someone who watched the Pilot Movie of the show rather than the episodes it was made out of or the episodes that came after it. Whether Mumfie will pop out of obscurity and once again topple Thomas depends on how well the upcoming Zodiak Kids remake does.
Thomas (the Tank Engine) & Friends (1984) Chuggington (2008) Short stories about a fleet of anthropomorphic train engines and their daily working lives on the railway targeted at young children. The stories often contain An Aesop for the target audience to learn. Expect to hear lots of train-themed puns. Thomas & Friends was initially filmed using real railway models in live-action and the episodes were presented as if someone was reading them from a storybook; a storyteller would narrate the stories and do all the character voices. Later seasons use CGI models and gave each character their own voice actor (though the storyteller was still present). Chuggington used CGI models from the start and doesn't have a narrator; the episodes rely purely on dialogue. The characters in Chuggington are animated in a much more lively manner, showing lots of body language even if it defies the laws of physics, safety and engineering. The body language for the engines in Thomas & Friends is largely restricted to facial expressions, though starting Season 22, the engines can move their frames to a small extent. Most likely Thomas & Friends, because it has a much longer brand history than Chuggington. The latter is still being derided as being a ripoff of the former. The fact that Chuggington was created by former employees who worked on Thomas & Friends doesn't really help. Either way, it shouldn't matter since when it comes to the toys, Fisher-Price holds the rights to both franchises in the US, while Takara-Tomy holds the rights to both in Japan.
The Transformers (1984) Challenge Of The Go Bots (1984) Western-produced shows with Transforming Mecha. Challenge Of The Go Bots seems to be the obvious pale knockoff... so it comes as a surprise to many that the GoBots toys actually predated Transformers by two years. Nonetheless, the cartoon Transformers beat the Go Bots to TV by a month. Transformers became a Cash Cow Franchise that's still going strong some thirty years later. GoBots faded into obscurity and became a punchline on purpose, mainly because Hasbro ended up later buying GoBots's company and locked down the copyrights completely in order to keep Transformers in the public eye. The GoBots live on in this form, later appearing in stories created for the official Transformers fanclub.
Filmation's Ghostbusters (1986) The Real Ghostbusters (1986) Cartoon adaptation of a live action TV series/Film about a team of detectives/geeks confronting ghosts and such. Both series premiered at the same year featuring Filmation and Columbia Pictures' long dispute for the trademarks of the name. The Real Ghostbusters, by the virtue that only animation geeks who were into really obscure shows would know and care what Filmation's Ghostbusters is.
Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs (1987) Bravestarr (1987) Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (1986) Space Western Animated Series with Mechanical Horses. Saber Rider was the first of these shows; its original Japanese version, Sei Juushi Bismarck,note  aired in 1984. In America, Galaxy Rangers came first in 1986, with the other two shows following in 1987. Galaxy Rangers was Darker and Edgier than its competitorsnote  and seems to have the biggest fan following today, although none of the series did very well in America. Bravestarr is the best known of the three outside of the animation fandom, but Galaxy Rangers is the most popular within that fandom.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) Biker Mice from Mars (1993) Street Sharks (1994) A group of mutated anthropomorphic animals fight against a power-hungry madman and his incompetent lackeys. There were MANY TMNT imitators but Biker Mice from Mars and Street Sharks are among the most prominent. Ninja Turtles, no doubt. Street Sharks was actually decently popular during its time, but it never got any continuation and is pretty much a joke today. Biker Mice from Mars received a second animated series in 2006 that shares continuity with the 1993 series.
C.O.P.S. (1988) Robocop The Animated Series (1988) Both shows involve police who are (as C.O.P.S. put it) "fighting crime in a future time". Although the film that the latter show is based on predates COPS, COPS technically came first since it originally aired on weekdays. It's hard to say. Both shows have toylinesnote  that have a similar "cap firing" gimmick, plus Robocop was already established as a popular (albeit, R-rated) movie. In any event, Robocop tends to be talked more than the other show especially since mentioning a show called "Cops" tends have people think of that other show.
Denver the Last Dinosaur (1988) Dink, the Little Dinosaur (1989) Animated series about dinosaurs having adventures and a Green Aesop or two. Denver had a one-year head start, aired in syndication and was set in modern-day while Dink came a year later (inspired partly by The Land Before Time, released in between the two shows), was aired by CBS and took place in the Stone Age. Both shows ran two seasons but Denver the Last Dinosaur is more fondly remembered and had more episodes (50 vs. 21) than Dink.
Garfield and Friends (1988) Eek! The Cat (1992) Comedic multiple-segment Saturday Morning Cartoon about a wisecracking fat cat who lives with an annoying owner, has lots of misadventures, and dislikes dogs with a passion. Both cartoons have the same art design for some characters, and they even have a second segment that has very different characters,note  but Eek! The Cat seems a bit Darker and Edgier than Garfield and Friends. While both are very well-known and well-remembered, Garfield and Friends wins because of its relationship to the ongoing parent franchise (comic strips, books, toys, films, printed merchandise and a revival CGI cartoon series).
Captain N: The Game Master (1989) The Power Team (1990) A regular teenager who loves video games leads a team of video game characters against the forces of evil. Captain N featured characters from numerous NES games, and had the main character, Kevin Keene, transported into a realm of video games. The Power Team was a segment of a show called Video Power, featured characters from games published by Acclaim, and had the video game characters coming out of the games into the real world, while the character Johnny Arcade watched everything on his console, giving advice to the Power Team. Captain N ran for three seasons, while the Power Team segment of Video Power was removed for that show's second season. Captain N is remembered for being a less-than-accurate representation of the video games it's about, as well as having some poor animation, particularly in the third season, but it is remembered. The Power Team usually had characters that were closer to their game counterparts, but its lack of star power and the difficulty finding footage nowadays has shunted it deep into obscurity. Hence, Captain N wins.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990) Widget the World Watcher (1990) Saving the environment through use of superpowers. In Captain Planet, the spirit of the Earth summons five teenagers from around the world and gives them magic rings to stop "Eco-villains" from destroying the environment. Widget is about a shape-shifting alien who comes to Earth and befriends three human children. Captain Planet is generally more remembered than Widget, even though Captain Planet is often mocked for being preachy and politically correct, tried to do episodes about social issues such as AIDS, gang violence, and nuclear war, and not getting into any serious issues as to why pollution happens, so it wins.
Gravedale High (1990) Tiny Toon Adventures (1990) Cartoons taking place at a high school involving teenagers from a new generation based on classic characters from the Golden Age of Hollywood (movie monsters/theatrical cartoon characters). Gravedale High had teen-aged expies of Universal monsters and Rick Moranis as a human teacher, who happens to be the main character. Tiny Toons was a spin-off of the Looney Tunes (naturally) that not only had hi-jinks ensue, but would occasionally educate the viewers. Both shows have Frank Welker and Maurice LaMarche as regular cast members. Tiny Toons lasted for three seasons, is fondly remembered, and aired in syndication for two decades while Gravedale lasted 13 episodes, isn't remembered by anyone besides the people who remember seeing the show, and isn't syndicated anywhere.
Sharky And George (1990) Fish Police (1992) Animated Detective/Noir shows set in an underwater city of fish that involves crime-fighting. Sharky & George is a Canadian-French co-production, while Fish Police was a co-production between the American-based DIC Entertainment and Hanna Barbera Productions, and was based on the eponymous comic book series. Although neither cartoons are well remembered, Sharky & George arguably trumps Fish Police by virtue of the better implementation of its undersea setting, the more creatively unique animation direction, more energetic plots and according to IMDB, up to 52 episodes produced. Fish Police only ever had 6 episodes produced before cancellation and it wound up earning spot #45 in the Book What Were They Thinking? The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History. note 
The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991) Rocko's Modern Life (1993) Surreal Nickelodeon cartoons with extremely wacky animation styles and disturbingly edgy styles of humor that skimmed toward older audiences Back in the 1990s, Ren & Stimpy revitalized the concept of deranged and dangerous animation that could be for both adults and kids, leading to many imitations of its style. Rocko's Modern Life was one such imitator that was dismissed as a rip-off with no redeeming value. Also, Ren & Stimpy focused more on creepy and gross humor, while Rocko focused more on wacky and zany humor. Both shows are fondly remembered and have very loyal fanbases. Rocko's Modern Life benefited from the fact that it didn't have the behind the scenes drama that plagued Ren & Stimpy,note  nor did it have an excessively vulgar revival that was canceled as quickly as it premiered (cf. Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon"). However, Ren & Stimpy wins because it did, for better or worse, bring back the kind of edge and audacity in animation that hasn't been seen since The '60s, is a more recognizable franchise than Rocko, and animation fans and animators tend to copy Ren and Stimpy more than Rocko's Modern Life.
TaleSpin (1991) SWAT Kats (1993) Kids' cartoons in The '90s that starred a cast of Funny Animals who fly Cool Planes. They Fight Crime! TaleSpin was aimed at a slightly younger audience, and took place in a Diesel Punk World of Funny Animals. SWAT Kats was aimed at older children, and took place in the futuristic Mega Kat City, which was inhabited by a cat-like species known as "Kats". The Sea Duck in TaleSpin was a customized cargo plane, while the Turbo Kat from SWAT Kats was a jet fighter. Although SWAT Kats is fondly remembered, TaleSpin wins. It got more episodes (65 as opposed to 30), more merchandise, and is occasionally referenced by Disney even today, whereas Cartoon Network has all but buried SWAT Kats.
The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991) Cow and Chicken (1997) Kids' cartoons in The '90s that starred a Big Guy, Little Guy duo of Funny Animals, one shrimpy and temperamental, the other a heavyset Kindhearted Simpleton. Both shows greatly employed Deranged Animation, Gross Up Close Ups, and demographically inappropriate humour.   Like the above rivalry, Ren and Stimpy wins, with Cow and Chicken is largely brushed off as one of Ren and Stimpy's many pale imitators, although those who have watched the show will say otherwise. Ironically, Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi has said that he likes Cow and Chicken.
Batman: The Animated Series (1992) X-Men (1992) Comic Books adaptations that brought darker, more complex storylines to children's animation. In 1992, Comic Book rivals, DC and Marvel, in about of a month of each other, released a show based on one of their most popular licenses onto Fox Kids. Both became not only popular, but are noted as being the start of bringing darker and more complex stories to comic book programming, and children's programming in general. Both were very well received at the time and are considered staples of the comic book adaptation to this day, and both were about equally merchandised, as well as being both DC and Marvel's longest running animated series for a time. However, Batman: The Animated Series had 85 episodes to X-Men's 76, as well as two spin-offs (The New Batman Adventures and Batman Beyond) and two movies (Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero), which X-Men didn't have. Batman is also often cited as the greatest comic book adaptation of all time and some even go so far as to call it the greatest cartoon of all time, where as X-Men, though popular in its time and considered a good series in its own right, never gets that kind of praise.
Animaniacs (1993) The Wacky World of Tex Avery (1997) Collections of cartoon shorts in half-hour kid shows. Tex Avery is alleged to be an homage to old Tex Avery cartoons while Animaniacs is original itself, but has a lot of the classic Looney Tunes-style humor remade for the 1990s. Animaniacs by a long shot. It had great ratings, lasted for 6 years, was very positively reviewed, and is on DVD and in syndication on cable. It also has a spinoff (PinkyAndTheBrainBrain) and a reboot that premiered in 2020. The Wacky World of Tex Avery, on the other hand, was loathed by critics and viewers, only lasted a year before getting the axe, and hasn't been seen on TV since it premiered.
Animaniacs (1993) Bonkers (1993) Denser and Wackier throwbacks to The Golden Age of Animation made in the wake of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Cartoon characters live alongside "regular" human beings, who in both shows are also animated. The producers of each show, Disney and Amblin Entertainment, had previously collaborated on Roger Rabbit. Bonkers is more of a Buddy Cop Show for kids, with the humor revolving around Bonkers' interactions with his human partner(s). Animaniacs is more of a broad satire of pop culture in general. Animaniacs, again by a landslide. It was popular enough to remain in production for years, as well as getting [[ a spinoff]] and a forthcoming reboot. Bonkers lasted one season and is seen by most as a Jumping the Shark moment for The Disney Afternoon.
The Baby Huey Show (1994) The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat (1995) A modern take on classic cartoon characters. The second season of Baby Huey was produced by Film Roman (the same company behind Twisted Tales of Felix). It's a tie. Both shows were good, but they didn't last long enough, though, if you did a YouTube search, you would find more episodes of Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat than The Baby Huey Show.
The Tick (1994) Freakazoid! (1995) Deconstructive Superhero parodies with completely insane main characters. The Tick had over a year head start and had stared in comics since the mid 80s. The Tick. Despite both being considered Cult Classic with loyal fan bases, The Tick ended up with one more season, a recent comic revival and two live action adaptations, while Freakazoid! was Screwed by the Network and was canceled after just two seasons.
Gargoyles (1994) Mummies Alive! (1997) Ancient monsters awaken in the modern day. They Fight Crime! Gargoyles was a major departure from much of what was happening in western animation, with arcing story lines, an expansive mythology, and emphasis on character development. Mummies Alive! tried to mimic many of these elements, but was less than successful in doing so. Gargoyles got two seasons, a continuation series (Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles), and a comic book, as well as inspiring an annual convention that went on for a full twelve years after the show was canceled. Mummies Alive! only got one season, and while it garnered a small cult following, it didn't make nearly the impact that Gargoyles did.
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995) Adventures from the Book of Virtues (1996) Animated retellings of famous stories using an All-Star Cast. Happily Ever After retold classic fairly tales and folk stories but with changes to make them reimaginings of the original tale set in different countries, like Little Red Riding Hood taking place in China or a re-telling of The Happy Prince set in a New York City park. Adventures From The Book Of Virtues, however, used the stories as a Framing Device that Talking Animal characters tell two kids named Zack and Annie. Both shows were adored by critics and fans and ran for equal amounts of time, but Happily Ever After wins for still airing to this day on HBO Family, while Adventures From The Book Of Virtues has only aired reruns periodically on qubo for 9 years.
What A Cartoon! Show (1995) Oh Yeah! Cartoons (1998) Animated Anthologies overseen by Fred Siebert Cartoon Network's WACS and Nickelodeon's Oh Yeah both featured stand-alone shorts and recurring series. Several cartoons from both shows spun-off into full series (including Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, and Courage the Cowardly Dog in the former, and My Life as a Teenage Robot and The Fairly OddParents in the latter). They even shared one cartoon series: Mina and The Count, which debuted on WACS and moved to Oh Yeah. Both were developed by the same man, Fred Seibert. The jury's out on this one. Both shows went on to create some of the best modern classic cartoons. In this case, it all depends on which one you found to produce the better shows.
KaBlam! (1996) Oh Yeah! Cartoons (1998) Nickelodeon animated sketch comedies that presented about four shorts an episode. KaBlam! normally had the same shorts per episode, with a few one-shots in there to mix things up. Oh Yeah! featured different shorts every episode. Oh Yeah Cartoons got better treatment by Nickelodeon than Kablam! ever did and was the starting point for a few of Nickelodeon's standout franchises (see the entry v. What a Cartoon! Show above, but Kablam! has a dedicated fanbase to fall back on and spawned a couple of its own full-fledged series. Oh Yeah Cartoons wins by virtue of its spawn having a much larger impact than Kablam!'s, which consisted of the decent-but-forgettable Action League NOW!! (even then, it just consisted of old shorts) and the generally loathed Angela Anaconda.
Dexter's Laboratory (1996) The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002) Science Fiction cartoons in which a Child Prodigy uses his Improbably High I.Q. to invent all sorts of things to improve his life (with a tendency to backfire), travel through space, and battle evil. The lead of Dexter's Lab was characterized as a European Mad Scientist stuck in the role of a boy in a suburban Nuclear Family, the show being something of a Fish out of Water comedy of errors. Jimmy Neutron, however, was about a typical boy with a super-genius intellect who had a circle of friends and approached problems like a preteen boy would, acting as more of an adventurous Escapist Character. One thing both leads had in common is that for all their intelligence, they didn't have much in the way of common sense. Variable tie. Jimmy Neutron had a longer run than Dexter's Lab that improved in its later seasons whereas Dexter's Lab declined. However, Dexter's Lab had better-aged visuals, never made any erroneous scientific claims, and Dexter is usually less of a Designated Hero than Jimmy. Overall, it depends on which side you are on the Nickelodeon / Cartoon Network rivalry.
Hey Arnold! (1996) Recess (1997) A group of fourth grade kids and their usual and unusual adventures with their friends Hey Arnold! didn't have school as its main focus (while a bunch of episodes focused on school, it wasn't the main point of the show), while Recess focuses more on the kids at school. While both are remembered fondly by those who grew up on 1990s cartoons, Recess wins, as it had a more successful movie than Hey Arnold! and had a longer run and more merchandising.
Arthur (1996) The Loud House (2016) Slice of life shows where a pre-teen boy teaches the audience lessons from the problems he encounters among his family and friends. Arthur was originally a series of children's books before it became a show, while The Loud House was an original idea. Also, the main characters in Arthur are anthropomorphic animals while The Loud House has human protagonists. While Arthur is still popular nowadays, it isn't as big as it used to be, mainly because it airs on PBS Kids, which has moved on from producing shows aimed at older audiences to focus on the pre-school demographic thanks to the rise of cable channels and streaming. note  The Loud House was an instant ratings success for Nickelodeon and is currently the top show among the 2-11 demographic. It also got greenlit for three seasons and a movie in the same year it premiered. That being said, Arthur has been around for much longer and as such is more well-known overall, even if it didn't make the immediate splash that Loud House did.
Caillou (1997) Little Bill (1999) Slice of Life Animated series based on a series of children's books about a young bald-headed boy and his family and friends experiencing daily situations and also teaching aesops. While Caillou focused on the white Canadian experience and was accompanied by live-action puppet segments, Little Bill focused on the Black American experience and had the distinction of its main character being a fictionalized child version of Bill Cosby. Caillou undoubtedly. Not only has it had a lasting legacy since its initial air (including various memes lampooning the show's title character), but it's the one show in this battle that's still allowed to air. Of course Little Bill wasn't made with Bill Cosby's sexual assault history in mind, but his strong connection to the material resulted in removal from broadcast in 2014.
Recess (1997) Detention (1999) A group of kids have misadventures in school under the eye of a large strict female teacher. One Saturday Morning was beating Kids' WB! in the ratings race, so it seems pretty obvious here that Warner Bros. decided to Follow the Leader. Recess is the clear winner, having lasted six seasons and even landing a theatrical feature film. Detention was canceled after one season and isn't remembered much.
South Park (1997) The Boondocks (2005) Shows that satirizes certain current topics around plots of a community of idiots, while the children turn out to usually be the only ones with common sense. Both shows are cable cartoons that are much more obscene and satirical than The Simpsons, and often go after taboo and rarely mocked social issues. While South Park goes after everything and anything that may be bothering Trey Parker and Matt Stone this week, The Boondocks tends to stick with issues about African-American culture and modern-day racial issues between white people and black people. South Park ultimately wins. It's been around much longer, is still on the air and is still pretty popular with both fans and critics. While The Boondocks had usually also been well-received, its fourth (and final) season got a lot of backlash due to its creator Aaron McGruder leaving the show.
Men in Black: The Series (1997) Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends (1999) Shows that feature a clandestine organization dedicated to protecting the planet from aliens, and keeping the existence of those aliens a secret from the general public. While Men In Black did have a recurring primary antagonist and there was a story arc in the final season, most episodes were a standalone affair. Roswell however featured a very strong central myth arc, as well as several other story arcs that all concluded in the final set of episodes. Men In Black lasted four seasons totaling 53 episodes, while Roswell lasted only one 40 episode season. Men In Black was popular on the Kids' WB! block and is fondly remembered today; sharing its name and characters with a popular film didn't hurt matters. Roswell aired on BKN, and as a result never got the attention Men In Black did.
CatDog (1998) The Fairly OddParents (2001) An egotictic Butt-Monkey gets bullied by the people around him except is true friends. Both shows introduce a new main character in later seasons. When Odd Parents does so, people hate the show for it. But when CatDog does so, it's the other way around. In addition, The voice of Eddie the Squirrel sound a lot like Dr. Bender. FairlyOdd Parents became Nick's second long running animated series and ran for a total of 16 seasonsnote . CatDog got Screwed by the Network and was cancelled due to Seasonal Rot. Plus Nick did squat to promote the third and final season.
The Powerpuff Girls (1998) Teamo Supremo (2002) A Power Trio of children take time off from their schoolwork to fight crime. The big difference, though, was that the Powerpuff Girls were superpowered sisters born as the result of a lab accident. Teamo, on the other hand, were ¡Three Amigos! of no blood relation who instead used supertools. The Powerpuff Girls — it has a movie, an anime adaptation, a reboot, two anniversary specials, a complete series DVD set (including a lot of episodes that didn't air on TV), lots of merchandise, syndication on Cartoon Network's sister channel Boomerang, and more fans than Teamo Supremo could ever wish for. Teamo Supremo, on the other hand, only ran for about a year, and was then cancelled due to low ratings and complaints that it ripped off PPG.
Godzilla: The Series (1998) Alienators: Evolution Continues (2001) An animated series based off a movie in which scientists save the world from monsters. Godzilla had to balance the exploits of the human team with Godzilla's epic battles with other monsters. Of the two shows, Alienators seems to have been geared towards a younger audience. While both shows are forgotten today, Godzilla lasted for two seasons compared to Alienators one season. Fans fondly remember Godzilla for being intelligently written and for making the Godzilla from the ill-received movie cool again by having him fight monsters. Conversely, Alienators is based off Evolution, which never had the name recognition of Godzilla, nor was the animated series as well-received, thus it is mostly forgotten.
MTV's Downtown (1999) Mission Hill (1999) Late 90's Adult Animated series about the bizarre city life. Both shows were released in 1999, they were well animated following artistic styles of Alternative comics. They were so unique and strange, too strange for their own good. They both had strange characters and stranger settings. They had many sexual jokes and nerdy pop culture jokes. Both shows lasted only one season with 13 episodes. Mission Hill wins only because it was rerun on [adult swim] after the show was cancelled, along with a proper DVD release (even though the licensed music has been replaced). Downtown's DVD release is only available online directly from the creators.
Family Guy (1999) American Dad! (2005) Dysfunctional Family animated shows created by Seth MacFarlane starring an Unsympathetic Comedy Bumbling Dad, a frustrated yet loving housewife, two teenagers; a loser son and a rebellious daughter, a Snarky Non-Human Sidekick, and a Harmless Villain in a non-threatening body. American Dad was created a scant few years after FOX canceled Family Guy (Seth still had a contract with FOX, and they needed a new show since a lot of their live-action stuff was getting canceled — both justly and unjustly). Then, Family Guy came back, thanks to high DVD revenue and big ratings from being rerun on [adult swim]. In terms of quality, American Dad wins because it has better writing and feels more like that animated All in the Family series that Seth MacFarlane has always wanted to do (at least in the early episodes. When Family Guy got more crude and offensive, American Dad! became sillier and more cartoonish, only without the cutaway jokes). In terms of numbers, ratings, and cultural impact, Family Guy wins.
Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999) Poochini (2000) Animated series about a timid dog who discovers weird stuff in his surroundings. Both Courage and Poochini live with an abusive male owner. Courage the Cowardly Dog definitely has the upper-hand over Poochini. Mostly because the former show aired on Cartoon Network, had twice as many episodes, and is still fondly well-remembered; while the latter show is so obscure that, let's be honest, you probably haven't ever even heard of it until now.
Batman Beyond (1999, Kids' WB!) Spider-Man Unlimited (1999, Fox Kids) Merchandise-Driven spinoffs of Batman: The Animated Series and Spider-Man: The Animated Series respectively, released in 1999. Both shows centered on familiar heroes with new Powered Armor costumes with Invisibility Cloak powers, in a dystopia. Batman Beyond was set in a Bad Future dystopia, centered upon a teenager trained by Bruce Wayne into the Batman role and somehow developed into a Darker and Edgier show than its predecessor, particularly in The Movie that was based on it. Spider-Man Unlimited — which was originally planned to be a Animated Adaptation of Spider-Man 2099 — eventually came to be about Peter Parker in an Alternate Timeline dystopia, where Beast Men ruled the Earth. Batman Beyond, which lasted for three seasons and inspired a full-length animated film. Spider-Man Unlimited was canceled after only one season.
SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island (2005) An eternally cheerful super-optimist in a nautical-themed world of anthropomorphic sea creatures/fruit annoys his fussbudget neighbor while having wacky adventures with his dim-witted best friend. Fred premiered on Kids' WB! at the height of SpongeBob's popularity, and the main characters of both shows act and sound extremely similar. The main difference was that Fred was a talking coconut who lived on an island with other talking fruit. SpongeBob by a light year — it is one of the most successful cartoons of all time, the cornerstone of Nickelodeon's empire and has lasted for nearly twenty years. Coconut Fred was hated by critics, canceled after half a season, and considered an Old Shame for the titular character's voice actor Rob Paulsen.
SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) Fish Hooks (2010) Cartoon about underwater creatures living human lives. SpongeBob is set in an ocean and stars a sponge working in a fast-food restaurant, while Fish Hooks is set in a pet store/TV repair shop and stars a group of fish going to high school. Fish Hooks is also much more realistic in plot, fish locomotion, food, and scale, while SpongeBob is more cartoony. SpongeBob, no contest. It is one of the most successful, well-known, and well-received cartoons of all time, and pretty much is to Nickelodeon as Mickey Mouse is to Disney and Bugs Bunny is to Warner Bros. Fish Hooks, on the other hand, is relatively obscure and doesn't have the success or fans that SpongeBob has.
The New Woody Woodpecker Show (1999) Baby Looney Tunes (2002) Modern take on classic cartoon series. Baby Looney Tunes is the first Looney Tunes series with Canadian voice actors. Woody managed to last for 3 seasons, had fast food chain promotions and was Adored by the Network durning its run on Fox Kids. Baby Looney Tunes on the other hand was Screwed by the Network and lasted for 4 seasons. CN never aired any commercials for new episodes. In terms of how many people remember these shows, however, Baby Looney Tunes wins due to how it still has people remember this show, while Woody has fallen into near complete obscurity.
Jackie Chan Adventures (2000) The Mummy: The Animated Series (2001) Two 2D animated shows on the early 2000's Kids WB block, both of which have inspirations from the Indiana Jones series, both of which concern some ancient culture, both of which have globe-bouncing MacGuffin story arcs, and both have allusions to cinema. The Mummy is a bit Lighter and Softer than the two films before it (as well as the original 1932 Mummy, which was a horror film classic). Sony/Columbia/Tristar distributed JCA while Universal, who is the copyright holders of The Mummy Trilogy, are behind the animated version. JCA wins; it managed to get to 5 seasons and a whopping 95 episodes, as well as have a small franchise that included a Game Boy Advance video game for the early 2000's. The Mummy lasted two seasons second season, but after it concluded The Mummy franchise was sent to the Netherworld for 5 years until the third Mummy reboot movie, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in 2008; the only person from the other parts of the franchise to return for that film was star Brendan Fraser, and its weak critical reception sent The Mummy series back to the Underworld. Universal eventually began plans to reboot the franchise again altogether.
Dora the Explorer (2000) Sofia the First (2013) Girl-oriented preschooler shows about a cheerful girl who goes on adventures with assistance from cartoon characters. Both shows were cash cow franchises in the little girl market, with Dora's success propelling her into the mainstream. Sofia benefits from being an extension of the Disney Princess franchise, with several of the princesses making occasional guest appearances. It's worth noting the Dora was somewhat tomboyish, but slowly underwent a Girliness Upgrade as it went on. Sofia, however, was girly from the get-go. Running unopposed, Dora became the biggest show for preschoolers since Teletubbies and spawned tons of spin-off merchandise. Once Sofia the First came along, Dora's popularity sank and the show wound up getting cancelled as a result. Sofia's merchandising also made more money in one year than Dora's merchandise did in five, and got very high ratings for each episode, as well as a successful spin-off. One thing Dora still has over Sofia is greater mainstream recognition, but even that's something of a double-edged sword since people tend to make fun of Dora for her cloying format. Sofia the First takes the crown in this duel.
Invader Zim (2000) Lloyd in Space (2001) Animated shows about green aliens going to school. Lloyd made its debut a year after Zim already aired Zim had already proven to stand the test of time and gain a large fandom and even a revival film on Netflix. Lloyd on the other had faded to obscurity and became a jumping the shark moment for Disney, as they wanted to make another Recess.
House of Mouse (2001) Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (2001) Massive crossover series that parodies the characters in them. While House of Mouse uses different voice actors to voice various Disney characters, Harvey Birdman has Maurice LaMarche voice half of the entire Hanna-Barbera guest cast. The comparisons here are as different as day and night. For one, the 2 have totally different audiences in mind. House of Mouse is a kids show that's more a nostalgia trip for a more general audience, while Harvey is an [adult swim] classic. Also, the winner is harder to figure out for a number of factors. Not the least of which was Harvey's far less consistent schedule. While technically Birdman ran longer, House of Mouse got more episodes. Really the decision is a toss up that might also depend on your feel for the different intentions of the 2 shows.
House of Mouse (2001) Baby Looney Tunes (2002) Modern takes of classic cartoon which stars their respective companies' mascot. Baby Sylvester's voice sounds alot like Ranger J. Woodloore. House Of Mouse has been foundly remembered, made it to many people's best Disney cartoons list and had more than 2 seasons. Baby Looney Tunes however, ended up being Screwed by the Network with only four seasons, barely had merchandise, and its final season recieved no advertising or commercials whatsoever.
Totally Spies! (2001) Kim Possible (2002) High school girls(s) must save the world from evil. While Totally Spies did have a recurring villain here and there Kim Possible had a much stronger Rogues Gallery in that they would appear more frequently. Said rouges gallery also got much more screen time than any of the villains in Totally Spies! Hard to say. Totally Spies! lasted on the air longer but after Kim Possible was cancelled following its third season, fan outcry was so extreme Disney put out a Post-Script Season four. Totally Spies, in its French dub, is more popular in Europe, however.
ChalkZone (2002) Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (2004) A shy little brunette boy and his outgoing, scrappy blue Imaginary Friend have adventures with other made-up beings. The titular ChalkZone took place in Another Dimension and was more adventure / fantasy based, while Foster's Home was in the real world, was more focused around comedy, and didn't have ChalkZone's adventure elements. Foster's is the clear winner, with high ratings and critical support and having lasted six seasons and seventy-seven episodes, was Adored by the Network during its run, got three TV movies, had plenty of merchandise, got its own parade float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade three years in a row, and still airs reruns to this very day. ChalkZone only got high ratings during its first season, was Screwed by the Network in its second, had barely any merchandise, ran quietly for four seasons of forty episodes, hasn't seen (regular) reruns in years note , and despite having a small cult following, remains one of the more obscure Nicktoons.
Baby Looney Tunes (2002) Camp Lazlo (2005) Cartoon Network series about animals in a wreck center. Tunes is aimed at younger audiences and is set in a house, whereas Lazlo is aimed at older kids and is set at a camp. Lazlo has recieved lots of advertising and merchandising, has five seasons compared to Tunes four, and even has its own video game.Tunes, on the other hand, had only four seasons produced before it was cancelled, barely had any merchandise, and didn't have a video game tie in. Lazlo wins this duel.
Yakkity Yak (2002) Peppa Pig (2004) Edutainment animated series about a Funny Animal character learning life lessons. Peppa Pig originally aired on Cartoon Network's Tickle U block before it made a Channel Hop to Nick Jr. Peppa Pig became a Cash Cow Franchise still popular with its target demographic as of this very day. Yakkity Yak, on the other hand, became one of the Short-Runners, doesn't have any merchandise and still remains forgotten by millions.
Xiaolin Showdown (2003) Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) Plot-driven animated series inspired by Asian culture, about a group of pre-teens and teenagers who fight evil by using elemental powers. Xiaolin is a kid-centric series about the heroes collecting powerful artifacts and trying to keep them out of the villains' grasp. Avatar is a more mature series about a child who has the power of all four elements, which he must use to defeat an evil army. Xiaolin's four protagonists have power over one of the four elements. Xiaolin is set in modern times, while Avatars setting is a fantasy world with heavy inspiration from eastern cultures. Xiaolin is more action focused, while Avatar is more plot and character driven. But while Xiaolin aired first, Avatar had been conceived in 2001. While Xiaolin was popular and well received, and even gained a reboot, Avatar is considered to have the superior plot, the writing, and characters by miles. Its greater popularity lead to a sequel series, a comic book series, and a (badly received) live-action film adaptation (which was disowned by series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko).
My Life as a Teenage Robot (2003) Robotboy (2005) Villain of the Week science-fiction action-comedies about an adorable Astro Boy-esque protagonist who have human best friends that aires on rival networks Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network respectively. Teenage Robot premiered as a short on Oh Yeah! Cartoons in 1999 and green-lighted as a full series from 2003 and was cancelled in 2005, the same year Robotboy premiered in the UK. Teenage Robot's protagonist is built as a teenage Action Girl who sees her creator as her mother and deals with typical teenage drama, while Robotboy's protagonist was more child-like and he deals with him saving the day from his current owner and his friends. My Life as a Teenage Robot is a clear winner. While Robotboy had more episodes and wasn't Screwed by the Network like Teenage Robot was, Teenage Robot had critical acclaim, has a devoted-fanbase, and is seen as one of the best and most underappreciated shows on Nickelodeon, while Robotboy has a much smaller fan base, and is nowhere near as acclaimed or as discussed as Teenage Robot.
Winx Club (2004) W.I.T.C.H. (2004) Animesque sentai shows originating from Italy about a group of Magical Girls who travel between Earth and a magical realm. Somewhat similar shows that both originated in Italy, except W.I.T.C.H. has a bigger budget and scripts with less filler. Many of the similarities were introduced through the adaptations. The Winx Club animated series came out before the W.I.T.C.H. animated series, though the comics that the W.I.T.C.H. series is based on pre-date Winx Club. Winx Club, hands down. The show had broadcast TV coverage from day one in America, while the Guardians started on cable, meaning the former clobbered the latter ratings-wise. The first Winx cartoon would go on to birth a media franchise over the course of its 17-year run, with three films, video games, two spin-offs, and a live-action series. However, W.I.T.C.H., despite its short-lived television run, is seen as being the better quality show to older audiences, and the comic book it was based on had its own successful 11-year run.
Danny Phantom (2004) Ben 10 (2005) Animated Science Fantasy action comedies about a White Male Lead schoolyard reject/Hollywood Nerd who gains the ability to transform into a super powered form from a Freak Lab Accident / Imported Alien Phlebotinum that was connected to one of their family members, decides to fight crime and creatures like what he can become in secret, is the main combatant in a Power Trio (two guys and one girl), have a know-it all red-headed relative, uses a catchphrase that was "Going [Blank]", and is from a family that hunts/hunted the creature he can become. Danny Phantom premiered over a year before Ben 10, and can be said to have started the craze of secret teen/child heroes that would come the following year. While there are a number of differences, Ben 10 gave Danny Phantom its greatest competition of all of the shows. The rivalry between the show's parent channels only upped the rivalry. Though both shows were well received and are well remembered, Ben 10 is the clear winner here. Ben and his alien forms garnered three spinoff shows, two live-action movies, two animated movies, a reboot, and much more merchandising than Danny Phantom ever had. Ben 10 also became Cartoon Network's Flagship Franchise until 2010 and still carries some major weight, where as Danny Phantom never exceeded shows like SpongeBob SquarePants or Avatar: The Last Airbender, and failed to surpass its sister show The Fairly OddParents as well. Though for what it's worth it did seemed to be loved by its network for the time it was on, and quality-wise is often considered to be the superior of the two shows.
Kaput & Zösky (2004) Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi (2004) Comedy series about duo of friends traveling the world. Both shows' leads are in Distaff Counterpart territory. Kaput and Zoesky actually got its start in comics and had a total of 26 half-hours. Puffy Ami Yumi is loosely based on the Japanese pop duo of the same name and had 34 half-hours. The latter wins thanks to its connection to the aforementioned band helping it retain a cult following years after the cartoon's unceremonious end.
Peppa Pig (2004) Scaredy Squirrel (2011) Edutainment comedy series were adults act like children in a World of Funny Animals. Scaredy Squirrel came to the US during the time Peppa Pig was already a hit. Peppa Pig still wins this round and has proven to be a global smash since its debut. While Scaredy Squirrel is popular in the US, It didn't have any merchandise and ended up as another short-lived series despite Cartoon Network pushing it to be the next big thing.
Peppa Pig Western Animation/Bluey (2018) Slice of Life animated preschool shows focusing on a young female Funny Animal character who lives with her parents and Annoying Younger Sibling, and also have a circle of friends. Peppa Pig is produced in the United Kingdom, while Bluey is produced in Australia. Peppa Pig proved to be a smash hit since its premiere in 2004 and continues to air on TV even to this very day. Western Animation/Bluey also proved to be a big hit when it premiered in 2018. Merchandise for both series are more than plentiful and both sell extremely well. When it comes to audience reception, Peppa is well liked by the target audience, but hated by most parents, as they view the titular character as a bad example for kids comparable to Caillou. Meanwhile, Bluey is also loved by the target audience, but ALSO by parents, who may as well serve as the Periphery Demographic for the show, viewing it as a show that the whole family can watch together, rather than parents simply tolerating the show their kids are watching. Ultimately, although very VERY close, with a much wider positive reception, Bluey finishes the duel with victory.
American Dragon: Jake Long (2005) The Life and Times of Juniper Lee (2005) Animated Urban Fantasy shows in which a young American kid of Chinese decent inherits the mystical mantle of a wise Old Master grandparent and gains supernatural powers, and along with an Annoying Younger Sibling and a magical talking pug dog, is tasked with protecting and mediating the Masquerade between the human and magic worlds. Apart from all of the main characters (except for the talking dog) being Gender Flipped, there are moderate differences in how the supernatural elements function. Though both shows ran for about the same amount of time, American Dragon has more episodes than Juniper Lee. American Dragon is ultimately more well-remembered as well, while Juniper Lee has gone on to be one of Cartoon Network's least remembered shows, overshadowed by other action series airing on the network at the same time. CN screwing over Juniper by not advertising its last season didn't help matters either.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) Skyland (2006) Animated series about a Kid Hero who must restore balance to a Crapsack World with the help of their energetic team. In both, the worlds are either torn apart by war or broken and the hero deals with the gravity of it. Skyland is a Canadian/French/Luxembourgish co-production known for its gorgeous scenery while Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American ''anime'' from Nickelodeon which became known for challenging what it meant to be an anime and a cartoon. Are you kidding? Avatar by several hundred miles! Not only does it have 61 episodes to Skyland's 26, but it also has praise from all levels of the animation community, a sequel series, several tons of merchandise, one of the biggest and vocal fandoms for a Western cartoon next to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and SpongeBob SquarePants, three video games, comic series for both cartoons, a live-action adaptation (though a horrible one), and a slew of awards. Skyland, while good in its own right just didn't gain enough of an audience to become even a moderate hit.
Johnny Test (2005) Phineas and Ferb (2007) Science Fiction cartoons in which young boy protagonists use all sorts of gadgets to improve their life or just to have simple fun and have obnoxious older sisters who dream over a pretty boy, and they also have a anthropomorphic pet. Additionally, both have a formulaic plot structure. Phineas and Ferb actually has two plots (one with Phineas and Ferb, and one with their pet, Perry), while Johnny Test just focused on 1 plot (being just about Johnny and Dukey). Both were also Cartoon Network and Disney's respective darling shows until 2014. A tie. In terms of running, Johnny Test is the winner as it ran for 9 years as opposed to P&F's 8 years, but in terms of quality, Phineas and Ferb wins, as unlike Johnny Test, which has been panned by critics and is sometimes considered to be one of CN's worst shows (and sometimes THE worst), Phineas and Ferb has been praised by critics and is often considered to one of, if not one of the best Disney shows. But in terms of popularity, it's a tie, as both shows have Memetic Mutation and throw in the upcoming 2 new seasons of JT and the new Phineas and Ferb movie on Disney+, along side with the Johnny Test reruns on Teletoon & Family, and the Phineas & Ferb reruns on Disney XD and (sometimes) Disney Channel, the adoration and popularity for both shows may never go away!
Robot Chicken (2005) MAD (2010) Mashup of sketches and parodies of games, films, animations and everything else in media. Robot Chicken is fully in stop motion while MAD, based on the cult magazine of the same name combines traditional animation, stop motion and CG. Both air on the same channel. Robot Chicken wins. It's more well-known and it's still on (despite claims that it's gone downhill). MAD lasted four seasons and was canceled in 2013.
Little Einsteins (2005) Wonder Pets! (2006) Preschool Edutainment Series focusing on a group of characters traveling the world on a flying object. Music also plays a major part in both series. The Wonder Pets, as the name implies, are classroom pets, while Little Einsteins has 4 human protagonists. Both shows are fondly remembered by teenagers/young adults who grew up watching the shows when they were kids. And, both shows were treated beautifully on the networks they aired on. However, Little Einsteins wins this duel due to it's theme song becoming a MASSIVELY popular remix when remixing was starting to become more well known, while the Wonder Pets doesn't really even have a theme song of it's own.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008) The Super Hero Squad Show (2009) Silver Age-esque kiddy-shows with a focus on lighthearted fun. Brave and the Bold is still quite close to the comics in characterization, except much more far-out in its storylines, whereas Super Hero Squad Show is extremely OTT and wacky in everything that happens. Also, BTBATB focuses almost exclusively on A Day in the Limelight, prioritizing characters like Clock King and Green Arrow over The Joker and Robin. Both shows are quite popular, but so far Brave and the Bold is slightly more popular. Super Hero Squad Show will likely make more money thanks to being Merchandise-Driven, however.
Tak and the Power of Juju (2007) The Garfield Show (2009) CGI animated comedy series that centers around an Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist. The relationship that Tak had with Chief is very similar to the rivalry between Garfield and Nermal. Garfield had 3 seasons and is still running on Boomerang while Tak had 26 episodes, but got cancelled before it could finish a season.
Bolts & Blip (2010) Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (2013) Shows about unlikely heroes in a futuristic setting. Both shows uses different Canadian voice-acting groups in their shows. Pac-Man has a slight advantage mainly due to tie-in merchandising and is already confirmed for a second season. Bolts & Blip lasted for one 26 episode season.
Monster High (2010) Wild Grinders (2012) Animated series about a group of six friends with an unique theme (monsters and skateboarding). Obviously, Monster High is a girl-targeted monster show designed to be somewhat educational while Wild Grinders is a boy-targeted skateboard show designed to be silly and somewhat stupid. Monster High by a country mile — It has more than 200 webisodes, 6 hour-long specials, 4 feature length movies, an ocean of merchandise, lots of partnerships, and more fans (male or female) than Wild Grinders could ever wish for. Wild Grinders on the the other hand, is vehemently despised, cancelled after 2 seasons, had barely any merchandise, and is blamed for being a complete rip-off of Rocket Power.
Adventure Time (2010) My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010) Insanely popular shows that focus largely on humor and (mostly) episodic character building. Both have a large Periphery Demographic despite a cutesy, lighthearted exterior, and both take place in a Fantasy setting that is still filled with modern elements. Friendship is Magic mostly consists of Slice of Life episodes (which later episodes dumped to focus on more adventure type episodes) while Adventure Time is known for being a little on the weird side. A tie. Both shows are critically acclaimed and are largely considered the best original shows on their respective networks. Adventure Time concluded after ten seasons, whereas MLP ended after its ninth. Though it's generally thought that Adventure Time is the easier to get into and the more well-known show to casual audiences, MLP has a larger and more dedicated (and infamous) fanbase. It also helps that neither fandom as a whole seems to have any animosity toward the other.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010) Littlest Pet Shop (2012) Musical cartoons about talking animals on The Hub based on a 80s/90s toy line by Hasbro. Both shows have a main character interested in fashion design, a leadership specialist, and a pink Cloud Cuckoolander. They also share a voice cast, animation studio, music team, and some writers. MLP is a show that combines slice of life elements with morals mostly about friendship and perseverance and typically has only one plotline per episode, while LPS focuses more on the slice of life aspect and either has single plots or divides into two separate plots, focusing on the escapades of the Token Human and the titular pets. LPS was Screwed by the Network after four seasons, leaving MLP:FIM the defacto winner.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010) Filly Funtasia (2019note ) Slice of Life Merchandise-Driven fantasy shows about colorful talking ponies that have fun and learn lessons while facing villains along the way. Filly Funtasia is based on the Filly toy brand made in 2006, and was stuck in Development Hell for yearsnote  before it finally premiered in 2019 on an Italian channel, Frisbee. Friendship Is Magic is the fourth incarnation in the My Little Pony franchise that premiered on The Hub (now Discovery Family). Filly Funtasia takes place in a Wizarding School setting, while the majority of FIM does not. Friendship Is Magic, to the surprise of absolutely nobody. First off, at its "hayday" it was, and still is an insanely popular cartoon. It ended with 9 seasons, a movie, many specials and shorts, and a whole spin-off franchise with its many movies and specials, not to mention a Spin-Off show, so Filly Funtasia was always facing tough competition from the start. This is also to mention that while Filly Funtasia had finally premiered near the time of FIM's end, it still took over 5 years to actually air it, and the show wasn't distributed to many countries in order to even get a slice of FIM's popularity. However, Filly still managed to attract a small fandom, some of which were put off by the direction Hasbro took with the MLP pony designs in G3.5 and FiM.
Sidekick (2010) Teen Titans Go! (2013) Super Hero themed comedy shows where the kid protagonists act like toddlers. Sidekick was green lighted to be Cartoon Network's third break though acquisition after Johnny Test and Total Drama. However there's rarely any commercials for the show. As it's currently unknown if Cartoon Network would air season 3 of Sidekick, in terms of popularity Teen Titans Go won because it was Adored by the Network more then the formal and has lots of merchandise (which Sidekick doesn't seem to have), but in quality and reception wise, Sidekick wins, as it wasn't as hated as Teen Titans Go! and while there was some toilet humor, it's not as gross or overused as TTG's.
Sidekick (2010) The Power Puff Girls (2016) Superhero themed shows on Cartoon Network centering around kids trying to be trendy. Power Puff Girls 2016 received backlash before it even aired. History repeats itself as the Power Puff Girls reboot wins due to having merchandise and airing the entirety of the show before it got canceled. Sidekick was a short-lived failure that didn't have the merchandising that PPG 2016 had.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010) Gravity Falls (2012) Paranormal Investigation series in which intrepid youths solve the mysteries of a Weirdness Magnet Town with a Dark Secret while slowly uncovering more and more of an overarching mystery. Halfway through the show, it's revealed that the shady, money-grubbing father figure is secretly involved in the greater mystery, and the show climaxes with a battle against the Ancient Evil Eldritch Abomination who's responsible for the town's spooky phenomena. Both shows ended after two seasons (with SDMI having more episodes), but Gravity Falls ended at the express request of its creator as it was a considerable success and cultural influence, while SDMI was outright canceled, with the Scooby-Doo franchise immediately pivoting away from the show's atmosphere.
Planet Sheen (2010) Unikitty! (2017) Both are comedic cartoons focusing on an Ensemble Dark Horse from a movie franchise and getting into hijinks in a kingdom. Planet Sheen is a Nickelodeon showing focusing on Sheen Estevez from the Jimmy Neutron franchise while Unikitty is based on the title character from The LEGO Movie Unikitty wins this. Its both well received and is treated well by the network. Planet Sheen got poor reception by people, had inconsistent scheduling, and was cancelled after one season.
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! (2010) Young Justice (2011) Action cartoons about superhero teams from the Marvel Universe and DC Universe respectively, fighting against various villains of their respective universes and dealing with team-base drama. The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes focuses more on the primary hero team of its universe, where as Young Justice focused on a younger team operating under and with their universes premiere team. Both also underwent a storytelling change in their second seasons, which Earth's Mightiest Heroes focusing on standalone episodes halfway through its second season due to interference on the production end while Young Justice had a darker focus in its second season. Both series ended by being Screwed by the Network, with Earth's Mightiest Heroes being cancelled to create a series that more closely reflected the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while Young Justice was cancelled due to its funding being pulled because of low toy sales. However, both shows are still regarded as shining adaptations of their respective universes by their fanbases. While Young Justice may have a slight critical edge, especially due to the decline in storytelling in the latter half of Earth's Mightiest Heroes second season, due to their similar fates, and Young Justice's multiple hiatuses, it's hard to give a definitive victory to either side.
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2011) Dragons: Riders of Berk (2012) Animated CGI tv-series based off hit Dreamworks Animation films. Despite both series being owned by Dreamworks, Panda is being aired on Nickelodeon while Dragons airs on Cartoon Network. Jury's still out on this one.
Scaredy Squirrel (2011) BoJack Horseman (2014) Shows centering around a depressed Funny Animal character who thinks he's better than everyone else. Scaredy Squirrel uses a more tone down version of the humor used in BoJack Horseman BoJack wins because it was consider a massive hit as the show continues on Netflix. Scaredy Squirrel on the other had lasted for 3 seasons, barley had any merchandise and ended being obscure and forgotten.
Scaredy Squirrel (2011) Danger Mouse (2015) The protagonist must outwit his foes in a World of Funny Animals settings. Danger Mouse had been requested to air on Cartoon Network by someone on Idea Wiki. Danger Mouse wins because it was a reboot of a popular British cartoon, already confirmed to have a second season & has merchandise promoting the series. Scaredy Squirrel on the other wasn't even popular, barely has any merchandise and Cartoon Network is yet to air the third and final season.
Scaredy Squirrel (2011) The Loud House (2016) Animated series about a hapless protagonist wanting to create a less toxic world around toxic people. Scaredy Squirrel was viewed as the next big thing for CN until Teen Titans Go came to the channel. Loud House wins because it was an instant hit and even beat Spongebob at one point during its debut, leading to merchandising, a spin-off and even an appearance on Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2. Scaredy Squirrel on the other hand was quietly canceled, didn't have any merchandise (not even fast food toys or a video game), the third and final season did not air in the US until 2019 and killed any chance for CN to air any more Nelvana properties.
Scaredy Squirrel (2011) Archibald's Next Big Thing (2019) Book-based shows centering around a scatterbrained protagonist. Tony Hale not only made the original book Archibald was based on, but he's also a producer of the show. Scaredy Squirrel was short-lived, quietly cancelled, and the remainer of the series was dumped on Qubo in 2017. Archibald, TBA.
ThunderCats (2011) Legends of Chima (2013) High Science Fantasy in a World of Funny Animals with the most important kingdom being that of the lions. The adolescent prince of the lions,note  thought of as an immature fool, must rise to the occasion and prove himself then the world's animal tribes fall into disarray. Early on, The Hero's main adversaries were Lizard Folk, though he believed (and was right) that they could and should be allies. ThunderCats was a revival of an '80s cartoon while Chima was a LEGO-original IP. Both shows were produced by Warner Bros. and distributed by Cartoon Network. Thundercats did very well in the ratings, but the toy-line proved unsuccessful, which is likely what led to the show getting uncerimoniously Screwed by the Network. Chima on the other hand did well with the toys (It was a LEGO Theme after all), but the show was never all that popular. As a result, viewer reception easily gives it to Thundercats, largely considering Chima an obvious ripoff of the former. Chima may at least still have a small place among the LEGO fandom, however.
Young Justice (2011) Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) Action cartoons about teenage superheroes from the DC Universe and Marvel Universe respectively, training under the world's greatest superheroes while dealing with everyday teenage problems. Young Justice is the more serious and serialized of the two, especially in its second season. Ultimate Spider-Man is more jokey, frequently featuring cutaway gags and slapstick comedy. It is also known for working An Aesop into most episodes. Young Justice airs on Cartoon Network, while Ultimate Spider-Man airs on Disney XD. Young Justice has the critical edge and is well liked by comics fans, with Ultimate Spider-Man suffering by comparison to its predecessor, and is generally hated by Spider-Man fans. Young Justice ended its run with its second season (after a lot of scheduling changes and hiatuses) while Ultimate Spider-Man ended on its fourth. Young Justice eventually got a third season renewal three years later.
Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2012) Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) Both are action agree with a blend of science fiction and fantasy that involve a team of heroes traveling across the universe. Lisa Schaffer is the voice director for both shows, and thus both use many of the same actors. The former cartoon is based on the Green Lantern mythos of DC Comics while the latter is based on a Marvel comic inspired by the MCU. Critically speaking, Green Lantern wins this over Guardians, which is more mixed. In terms of network treatment, its complicated. Green Lantern was cancelled after 1 season due to low ratings and no merchandise. Guardians made it to a third season, yet got much less promotion and air time as it went on. The long hiatuses don't help.
Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) Teen Titans Go! (2013) Cartoons about teenage superheroes from the DC Universe and Marvel Universe Both shows are Denser and Wackier animated adaptations of their comics of the same name. Both series acquired mixed reputations among their respective fans due to their more wacky natures, with both being follow-ups to well-beloved entries in their franchises. In the end, Teen Titans Go is the show that ended up being adored by its network, with over 200 episodes, a theatrical film, and a good amount of merchandise. While Ultimate was by no means a failure, as any Batman fan could tell you, it was doomed to get replaced by the next Spider-Man after hitting four season, regardless of popularity.
Gravity Falls (2012) Camp Lakebottom (2013) A group of kids find that the place they're staying over the summer has strange, paranormal events happening near them. Both shows air on Disney networks in America, but Camp Lakebottom is not an official Disney production, and it's produced in Canada instead of America. Gravity Falls. It has gained more recognition and praise than Camp Lakebottom, which is relatively obscure in comparison, though the latter was the one to get a third season.
Gravity Falls (2012) Rick and Morty (2013) Animated TV shows revolving around an eccentric con-man, his two grand kids, two other adults and a house pet and their misadventures of weird oddities including brainwashing, uplifted animals, false memories, dimensional travel, missing relatives, little people, time cops and friends and foes who are more than they seem... Each show's respective creators are close friends and frequently collaborate with each other on both shows, even to the point of having minor inter-continuity between them. They both receive unanimous critical acclaim from critics and audiences alike. And thanks to their shared ideas between creators, they both stand apart from each other with the only thing separating them being that they are optimistic and pessimistic counterparts of one-another. So, no clear winner.
Gravity Falls (2012) Hilda (2018) Cartoons about kids dealing with supernatural creatures and goings-on in a setting that seems to blend fantasy and reality. Although Gravity Falls premiered first as a show, Hilda is based off a series of graphic novels that first came out in 2010. Also, in Gravity Falls, many characters are skeptical of the supernatural elements at first, while in Hilda, people treat them like they're part of everyday life and just accept them. Too early to call. Gravity Falls has been hailed as one of the best animated series of the decade, while Hilda isn't even a year old yet. That said, Hilda has received a lot of praise upon being released on Netflix, and many fans of Gravity Falls migrated over to Hilda once it premiered. Hilda has been renewed for a second season, but it won't be released until 2020, and whether it will reach the same level of popularity as Gravity Falls remains to be seen.
Brickleberry (2012) Bordertown (2016) Adult cartoons trying to be the next Family Guy. Both of them have a similar art-style of Seth MacFarlane's animated shows . Brickleberry, despite lackluster reviews, got decent viewership numbers and ran for 3 seasons on Comedy Central before getting the axe in 2015. Bordertown however was both a critical and commercial failure, resulting in a single 13 episode season.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (2012) Muppet Babies (2018) Continuity Reboots of classic television shows that star imaginative, toddler-aged protagonists. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is a spin-off of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood's "Neighborhood of Make-Believe" segments, starring the toddler-aged children of the puppets who lived in that place and teaches kids how to solve their emotional and social problems like the original series. Muppet Babies is a remake of the Saturday Morning Cartoon series of the same name from 1984 and focuses on toddlers who go on adventures using their imagination. While both shows are big successes and have plenty of merchandise, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood seems to be the more popular of the two, with it getting praised by critics and parents and is viewed by more people than Muppet Babies, which airs on cable while Daniel Tiger airs on PBS Kids, which many people can get over-the-air. Daniel Tiger also has twice as much merchandise as Muppet Babies and also has its own live show. All these factors lead to Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood winning the duel.
Wander over Yonder (2013) Uncle Grandpa (2013) Animated series about goofy characters with sidekicks seeking fun in their worlds. Uncle Grandpa is a spin-off of Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, and both UG and SMFA are based off of a pilot short called Uncle Grandpa. So far, Wander has been more well-received than Grandpa. It helps that Wander's creator, Craig McCracken, already has two successful shows under his belt, while Grandpa's creator, Pete Browngardt, only has one poorly received one.
Ever After High (2013) Descendants: Wicked World (2015) Animated shorts about the children of famous fairy tale and fantasy characters going to High School. The protagonist of both is the daughter of an evil sorceress who decides to follow a different path than her mother. Ever After High is a spin-off of the Monster High franchise which follows a similar premise with famous movie monsters. Descendants: Wicked World is the continuation of the Descendants film, which follows a similar premise to Ever After High, but with the Disney versions of these fairy tale characters. It's hard to say for sure which will come out on top. On the one hand Ever After High has been around longer and is a spin-off of another successful doll line, but Descendants: Wicked World has the aid of using the more popular and well known Disney versions of the fairy tales both are based on. Both franchises are popular with their target demographics as well. In terms of animation, Ever After High likely ekes ahead, as that's more of its focus, where as Descendants focuses more on its live action films. Ever After High has many more episodes released as well due to this.
Sofia the First (2013) Shimmer and Shine (2015) A young girl with a magical necklace that can summon human beings uses its' powers to help her through everyday situations. While Sofia the First is about a princess who meets other princesses on occasion, Shimmer and Shine has an ordinary girl who owns the necklace and genies living inside. Sofia the First, no contest. It's one of Disney's most profitable brands and gets very high ratings for Disney Junior, with the most viewed episode getting five million viewers. Also, the Pilot Movie beat Atlantis SquarePantis as the highest-rated broadcast among kids 2-5 of all time. While Shimmer and Shine normally gets two million viewers (especially if the new episodes have a new PAW Patrol before them), the merchandise sales and ratings aren't as impressive as Sofia's.
Mickey Mouse (2013) Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production (2015) Both are comedy shorts shows based on iconic characters that attempt to bring them back to their roots while still retaining a modern edge . The former series is based on characters from the Classic Disney Shorts while the latter is based on classic Looney Tunes characters. Mickey Mouse wins this. It's more acclaimed, unlike Wabbit being more mixed, with its changes getting less flack for the most part. It has a good amount of screen time each week, unlike Wabbit going through many hiatuses and jumping from Cartoon Network to Boomerang. It also has 5 seasons unlike Wabbit's 3.
PAW Patrol (2013) Puppy Dog Pals (2017) Talking dogs use special skills to help the people in their hometown. While both shows are of the Talking Animal type, PAW Patrol is a superhero show, while Puppy Dog Pals puts the dogs in a detective/spy role. Also, while the humans in PAW Patrol know about what the dogs do, Puppy Dog Pals centers around what happens when the dogs' owners leave them behind. PAW Patrol takes the lead in this duel, becoming the most successful preschool series on TV since Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. It has tons of merchandise, is usually the top-rated preschool show and has a few live theatrical shows based off it. Puppy Dog Pals does decently in ratings and has good toy sales, but they aren't as big as those of PAW Patrol, however, the show did win an Emmy.
PAW Patrol (2013) PJ Masks (2015) Preschool shows centered around Kid Heroes that involve vehicles. While PAW Patrol was envisioned as a toy line first, PJ Masks was based on a French series of picture books. While both do great in toy sales, PAW Patrol gets better ratings and is currently the highest-rated kids' show on TV and has the biggest merchandise sales of the two shows, making it the winner.
Dora and Friends: Into the City! (2014) Mickey and the Roadster Racers (2017) Spinoffs of the flagship shows of preschool channels aimed at an older audience than their predecessor that place the characters in a new setting. Both shows were also released to the public in some form before they aired on TV. Dora and Friends: Into The City! began as a line of dolls called Dora's Explorer Girls, which got a spin-off special in 2011 before it became a show. Two episodes of Mickey and the Roadster Racers were shown in theaters a few months before the series aired on TV. Dora and Friends seemed to be doing well at first, with high ratings for its first few episodes. However, the combination of poor scheduling, cheaply made merchandise for the franchise and being overshadowed by PAW Patrol caused it to suffer in both ratings and toy sales, to the point where merchandise for the show disappeared in the summer of 2016. Mickey and the Roadster Racers, on the other hand, became the #1 program among kids 2-5 in January of 2017 and it is still a strong ratings pull for Disney, with some episodes' ratings beating those of shows on rival networks like PAW Patrol and SpongeBob SquarePants. The toys from the show are also big sellers at the Disney Store, beating out Frozen and Star Wars merchandise. Mickey and the Roadster Racers wins this duel.
All Hail King Julien (2014) The Adventures of Puss in Boots (2015) Both are DreamWorks series on Netflix that focus on an Ensemble Dark Horse and both act as prequels to their respective movie franchises. All Hail King Julien focuses on King Julien from the Madagascar franchise, and takes place before the first movie. The Adventures Of Puss In Boots focuses on Puss In Boots and takes place before his movie . This is a tough call. Both shows are critically and commercially successful, both running for six seasons. They're both praised for serialized storytelling. At this point, it's a draw.
Star vs. the Forces of Evil (2015) Tangled: The Series (2017) Both are Disney shows about plucky, blond haired princesses that are known for being rather dark at times. Star is a storyboard driven show with 11 minute runtime, while Tangled is script driven and has 22 minute episodes. In addition, Star is an original show while Tangled is based on a movie. While both have broken bases, Star wins out over Tangled. It has more advertising, more merchandise, more air time, and has at least 4 seasons under its belt unlike Tangled's 3. Tangled is well received, but often seen as inferior to the film it's based on, and has been treated poorly by the network.
Miraculous Ladybug (2015) PJ Masks (2015) French CGI animation about teen (or younger) superheroes who battle to protect their cities and secret identities Miraculous Ladybug (or Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir) is a French-Japanese-Korean production dubbed and airing on Nickelodeon in the US; PJ Masks is entirely commissioned by Disney Junior as per all their shows. While both have superficial similarities (including both having male cat-themed superheroes - very early promotional work for the Miraculous Ladybug dub listed her partner in crime-fighting as CatBoy ala PJ Masks) PJ Masks is clearly aiming for a younger audience with Disney Junior, while Miraculous used to air on Nickelodeon's main network and NickToons towards older tweens and young teens before eventually moving to Netflix. PJ Masks wins by a landslide. The show became Disney Junior's biggest hit since Sofia the First. It is usually the second highest-rated show among kids 2-5 after PAW Patrol, has a ton of merchandise that sells well and even got a touring show. Miraculous, while having a big teen and adult fanbase, didn't do well among the target demographic in the U.S. since Nick decided to dump it after a few weeks for more SpongeBob reruns. Come 2019, the series began premiering on Disney Channel, thus fairing better treatment than Nickelodeon did.
Miraculous Ladybug (2015) Mirette Investigates (2016) Shows about crime-fighting Parisian girls with similar names and appearances with shared colors who are accompanied by a cat-based partner. The best friend of the lead has reddish hair and does media and/or journalism work. Miraculous Ladybug is a CGI Magical Girl / Superhero show that was announced circa 2010. Mirette Investigates is a 2D mystery/comedy/action show featuring global travel rather than only taking place in The City Of Light, with its roots being a series of picture books that began in early 2008. However, the Miraculous character was created in 2005. The partner in Miraculous is one that wears a cat-themed outfit, while in Mirette it's an actual cat. Both shows are French co-productions that air in TF1's TFOU in France. Miraculous wins for its much-bigger fanbase, merchandising, and having at least two new seasons, new specials, and a animated feature film in production. Aside from lacking the other show's achievements, Mirette easily looks like a ripoff of Miraculous.
Miles from Tomorrowland (2015) Ready Jet Go! (2016) CGI animated preschool series that focus on a group of people exploring space. Ready Jet Go focuses on a group of friends exploring space, while Miles focuses on a family exploring space. Miles and his family are humans, while Jet and his family are aliens. It's a tough call. On the one hand, Ready Jet Go! is created by Craig Bartlett, weaves in educational content very well, and has a deep cast of characters. Miles from Tomorrowland does have educational value but not as much as Jet, has heavy amounts of adventure and continuity, and covers deep themes involving bonding and leadership. It's for you to decide.
Star vs. the Forces of Evil (2015) Fangbone! (2016) Animated series that aired on Disney XD about characters from a fantasy dimension living in our world and befriending an ordinary kid who helps them fight monsters. Star vs. the Forces of Evil stars a Magic Girl princess as the protagonist while Fangbone!'s protagonist is a kid Barbarian Hero. Additionally, the latter is the Animated Adaptation of the 2012 children's graphic novel series Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian, with its pilot being shown on Family CHRGD in 2014 (a year before Star vs. debuted). A tough say. Star vs. the Forces of Evil quickly amassed a large fandom and became a network darling that ran for several seasons, while Fangbone! was Screwed by the Network and lasted only a single season (although it did manage to gain a small following). However, Star vs. the Forces of Evil also suffered from Seasonal Rot in its later seasons, resulting in major Hype Backlash by the time it ended, while Fangbone! has experienced some vindication (partially as a result of its rival's Hype Backlash, partially due to newfound appreciation for its strengths from viewers), with some claiming it could have been the better show if it had run longer. Ultimately, Star vs. the Forces of Evil definitely won audiences' love in the short run and remains the more well-known show, but Fangbone! may be due to win audience appreciation in the long run even despite the show's comparative obscurity.
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! (2015) Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? (2019) Modern takes of the Scooby Doo franchise. Be Cool is a direct reboot while Guess Who is a return to the franchise's original roots. Be Cool Scooby Doo became short-lived and was cancelled before it could finish its run on Cartoon Network. Scooby Doo and Guess Who TBA.
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! (2015) Thundercats Roar (2020) Warner Bros.-owned animated properties riding on the coat tales of Teen Titans Go. Be Cool acts as a Affectionate Parody to Scooby-Doo while Roar is a comedic take on Thundercats. It's hard to declare a true winner, as both Thundercats Roar and Be Cool Scooby-Doo! are among the biggest Broken Bases in their respective franchises and were Screwed by the Network. That said, Be Cool Scooby-Doo! might have a slight edge, as it has more episodes so far, and the backlash towards it wasn't as severe as Thundercats Roar.
Word Party (2016) Muppet Babies (2018) Jim Henson-related productions created in The New '10s that focus on a group of babies. Word Party tends to focus on educational lessons, with vocabulary being a key focus of the show. Muppet Babies, on the other hand, doesn't focus on any educational themes and is a Slice of Life show. While Word Party has more viewers because it has the benefit of being on Netflix, which is a very popular streaming service, Muppet Babies wins because it is one of the top 5 highest-rated preschool shows on TV today, and is currently Disney Junior's highest-rated program and has more merchandise than Word Party.
Bunnicula (2016) Vampirina (2017) Both are shows based on horror themed children's books. Kristi Reed is the voice director for both shows, and both shows have Dee Bradley Baker and Kari Wahlgren Bunnicula aims for older kids and went from Cartoon Network and Boomerang to just Boomerang. Vampirina is a preschool show that airs on Disney Junior. Plus, Vampirina is based on a 2010s children's book while Bunnicula is based on both a 1979 book and a 1983 tv special. Vampirina wins this duel. While both are well received, Bunnicula gets more flak for its radical changes from the source material. In addition, Vampirina has a more consistent airing schedule on the Disney Junior block and channel, unlike Bunnicula, where Cartoon Network gave up on it in less than two months, with many episodes airing in other countries months before the US. Plus, Vampirina has merchandise that Bunnicula lacks.
Milo Murphy's Law (2016) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2017) Shows centering around walking bad luck charms. Milo Murphy shows us that you should be always optimistic when you're cursed, while Cloudy shows us you should always be crabby when you're cursed. Milo Murphy's Law is currently Disney XD's highest rated show. It also has a huge fanbase and, along with DuckTales, is currently adored by Disney XD. Cloudy, however, got poor treatment from Cartoon Network, who shoved it aside for more re-runs of Teen Titans Go! after a month. Milo Murphy's Law wins the duel.
Elena of Avalor (2016) Tangled: The Series (2017) Shows that focus on two headstrong princesses that go on adventures Despite different mediums (Elena is CGI, while Tangled the Series ironically enough is 2D), Elena focuses more on a princess (or "Crowned Princess" in this case) learning to run a kingdom whereas Tangled is more about Rapunzel re-adjusting back into life of her kingdom after having been locked away from society for so long. Both have strong fanbases, though Elena has a bit of a lead having come out a year earlier, has a bit more original content and the benefit of being part of a larger world crafted from Sofia the First of which it spun off from. However Tangled is, of course, based off its movie counterpart which is much beloved and fans are excited to see more adventures and expansion to her world as well. Ironically Rapunzel guest starred on Sofia herself as one of the princesses that offer Sofia advice. It also helps that both series cater to all ages; not too kiddie to be annoying to older audiences and not too serious to push away younger audiences (though Elena does have an edge being made for Disney Junior, with more airings per week than Tangled). It's a bit of a close call, but Elena wins this, due to more consistency in its storytelling and being treated well by the network its on, unlike Tangled, which is more contested and treated poorly by the network it's on.
Jeff & Some Aliens (2017) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2017) An irresponsible everyman uses inventions to take short-cuts in life. Jeff and Some Aliens originated from a series of shorts from TripTank. Jeff and Some Aliens got good reviews from critics, but was promoted poorly by Comedy Central, which led to its cancellation after one season. On the other side of things, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs was hated by critics and even fans of the movie, and was also treated poorly by Cartoon Network after its premiere month, though it did get better treatment on the network it was made for. This makes Jeff and Some Aliens the winner.
Welcome to the Wayne (2017) DuckTales (2017) Both are 2017 serialized shows about a tight knit group of close friends/family who live in a regal establishment. Sam Riegel is the primary voice director for both series. Welcome To The Wayne is an original show based on a web series while Ducktales is based on both the 1987 series and the comics. While both shows are well received, Ducktales wins this duel. Its treated far better by the network its on (especially when moving from Disney XD to Disney Channel), has more merchandise, and was renewed for both a second and third season before the first and second season premieres. WTTW, by contrast, is more obscure, and treated poorly by Nickelodeon. It took over a year for the first season to finish airing, by which point, other countries already started airing season 2. In addition, it was dumped to Nicktoons Network when it did return.
Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) Trolls Holiday (2017) Christmas specials based on girl-oriented cash cow franchise movies in which several of the main characters set off to find a holiday tradition after finding out that they don't have one. Despite both specials originally being intended for TV, Olaf's Frozen Adventure was changed into a double feature with Pixar's Coco in theaters sixth months prior to its' slated TV airing. While the movie it was paired with was critically acclaimed and reached #1 at the box office, Olaf's Frozen Adventure received a Broken Base because of the focus being on Olaf rather than Anna and Elsa and because the short was way too long for a theatrical short, getting to the point where the short was removed from some Mexican prints of Coco after a week in theaters. The special currently has a 4.6 on IMDB and a 27% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, it did get a better reception in the UK, where it was screened with the original movie for one weekend only. In addition, some of the poor reviews may be coming from accusations of the short stealing the spotlight away from the much more anticipated and well received Coco. Also, the merchandise was still on store shelves almost a year after its' premiere. Trolls Holiday, although based on a lesser-known film, has a 6.9 rating on IMDB and a 40% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In contrast to Olaf, most fans and audiences enjoyed the special. Also, the DVD of the special was sold out on several sites a few days before its' release. Both specials did well in the ratings, but Trolls Holiday got better ratings than Olaf, appearing in that week's top shows among both viewers aged 18-49 and the total viewers that week, while Olaf only appeared in the "total viewers" section the week it aired. Trolls Holiday is the winner.
Bunsen Is a Beast (2017) Vampirina (2017) Nice, happy, blue supernatural creatures try to fit in with humans. Bunsen is targeted towards older kids, while Vampirina is targeted towards younger kids Vampirina wins, due to having merchandising, which Bunsen does not. The former was also renewed for a second season over three months after coming out as well as getting a third season renewal 8 months later, while the latter only lasted for one season as series creator Butch Hartman left Nickelodeon on ambicable terms. Also, Vampirina has been met with unanimous praise while Bunsen has mixed reviews.
Sunny Day (2017) Vampirina (2017) Girl-oriented preschool cartoons where a young girl helps her friends at her job and has a secondary focus on the main character and her friends being part of a band. In Sunny Day, the titular character works at a hair salon, while the titular character in Vampirina runs a bed and breakfast. Vampirina got two additional seasons before they aired and very high ratings, with the premiere beating out the ratings of Mickey and the Roadster Racers' debut. The merchandise is also the best-selling for any Disney Junior original (second best-selling if you count PJ Masks, but that show is not made in-house by Disney). It also got a spin-off short series. Sunny Day was forgotten by Nickelodeon rather quickly after they tried to make it their next big hit in favor of promoting their evergreen property PAW Patrol and was moved to the devoted cable channel. Vampirina wins this duel.
Chuck's Choice (2017) Wishfart (2018) A Canadian Fairly OddParents-inspired show where the main character is an orange-haired teen that has the power to alter reality, although not always to his wishes. In Wishfart, the main character is a leprechaun who can grant wishes FOP-style when someone near him wishes for something, while in Chuck's Choice, the main character is a human who is given choices by his alien friend as The Decider. Chuck's Choice only aired in Canada and got generally mixed reviews from the people who watched it, while Wishfart got exported to a number of countries, got generally positive reviews from critics (including winning several awards), and actually developed a small fanbase, making Wishfart the winner.
Voltron: Legendary Defender (2016) The Powerpuff Girls (2016) (2016)

Ben 10 (2016) (2016)

DuckTales (2017) (2017)
Continuity Reboots of popular animated shows from 2016 and 2017. Voltron: Legendary Defender and DuckTales 2017 are reboots of popular Eighties cartoons Voltron and DuckTales (1987), while the 2016 versions of Ben 10 and The Powerpuff Girls are reboots of the popular Cartoon Network shows of the same name. By critical and fan response, Legendary Defender and DuckTales win, while the 2016 reboots of Ben 10 and The Powerpuff Girls have been met with a similar backlash as Teen Titans Go!. In terms of IMDb, both Legendary Defender and DuckTales have almost-equal scores (8.3 and 8.2), while The Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10 have very low scores (3.6 and 2.6), though the latter two have done well in merchandising.
Marvel's Spider-Man (2017) Big Hero 6: The Series (2017) Marvel cartoons with a heavy focus on science and teamwork, and both involve a school for gifted kids Marvel's Spiderman is another cartoon based on Marvel's most profitable character, while Big Hero 6: The Series is based on Big Hero 6, which is loosely based on the comic of the same name. In terms of critical reception, Big Hero 6 The Series wins this due to its positive reception and being based on a movie that's very successful, while Marvel's Spiderman is more on the mixed side. In terms of treatment from the network, Marvel's Spiderman wins this since Big Hero 6 : The Series, while it has the advantage of moving from Disney XD to Disney Channel, was treated rather poorly as time went on, to the point that the main channel airs only new episodes with encores on Disney XD. Marvel's Spiderman at least has daily reruns.
Unikitty! (2017) Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty (2019) Both insanely cute but wacky Merchandise-Driven shows about unicorn-cat hybrids having adventures with their friends, one of which is a blue dog. Unikitty! is based on the title character from The LEGO Movie, and airs on Cartoon Network, while Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty is a new property from Saban Brands (later acquired by Funrise Toys), and aired on Nickelodeon/Nicktoons. A bit of a tough call, but Unikitty! wins this. Both shows did fairly well when they started airing, and were Adored by the Network. RBUK, for instance, was one of the first few shows to get out of Nickelodeon's sister network, Nicktoons, simply because its "sneak peek" did so well. One episode even got a million views and performed better in comparison to the Unikitty! episode that aired in the same week. However, RBUK was ultimately shelved to Nicktoons once again, and only got one season before it was cancelled, ending with terribly poor ratings. Unikitty! on the other hand gets consistently good ratings, it has three seasons, is way more critically acclaimed, and its merch sells well since it's a well-known LEGO property.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (2017) Green Eggs and Ham (2019) Preschool shows based on famous children's books. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie is based on the book by Laura Numeroff, while Green Eggs and Ham is based on a Dr. Seuss book. Both were critically acclaimed, but Green Eggs and Ham seemed to gain more attention not just from parents and children like If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, but from the adult animation community, for being well-written and beautifully animated. The surprise success of the show lead to a second season being greenlit.
Muppet Babies (2018) Total DramaRama (2018) Both are 2018 shows about younger versions of iconic characters hanging out in a daycare. Both shows use the 11 minute format compared to their predecessors. Muppet Babies is based on the 1984 cartoon of the same name involving baby versions of Muppet characters, and airs on Disney Junior. Total DramaRama is based on the Total Drama franchise, and airs on Cartoon Network. Both shows are treated well by their respective networks, but Muppet Babies has the critical edge here. Its' loved by many people for being faithful to the original series while still having its own brand of comedy and storytelling. TDR is more on the mixed side, and is commonly criticized for being too off the wall, reviving a franchise that should have been retired already, and trying too hard to appeal to today's kids. In ratings, Muppet Babies is the winner, as it averages about 1.2 million viewers per episode vs. Total DramaRama's 600,000 to 700,000 range.
Craig of the Creek (2018) Harvey Street Kids (2018) Both of them are slice of life shows with a focus on kid empowerment. Craig Of The Creek is an original show designed for Cartoon Network while Harvey Street Kids is a DreamWorks series designed for Netflix based on the titular comic strips of the 1940s. Both are pretty well received, though Harvey gets a bit more flack for its radical changes from the source material. With that said, fans of one show are generally fans of the other. At this point, it's a draw.
DuckTales (2017) Legend of the Three Caballeros (2018) Both are serialized action-comedy shows based on the Disney Ducks Comic Universe Ducktales is a Disney XD later turned Disney Channel show, while Legends is released on the Disney Life app in the Philippines. Both shows are well received due to being the only two shows that use the classic Disney characters for serialized storytelling. Each show also has a strength over the other, such as Ducktales being more ambitious in storytelling and having a more modern reimagining while Legends makes Donald more directly involved in the action since he's the lead character and has a more continuous narrative. However, Ducktales wins this due to network treatment. It gets a few airings each day on both Disney Channel and Disney XD, and is renewed through at least season 3. Legends has only been released on the Disney Life app in the Philippines, and the only other known place to air the show is Disney Channel Asia. In addition, the fate of Legends is currently unknown since it has not yet aired in the United States and only has 13 episodes while Ducktales will have at least 60 episodes over 3 seasons.
Niko and the Sword of Light (2015/2017) She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018) Both are high fantasy action shows that take influence from Avatar: The Last Airbender Niko is a Prime Video cartoon based on an obscure web comic of the same name, while She-Ra is an Netflix/Dreamworks Animation series based on the 1980s cartoon starring the titular character. Both shows are fairly well received, though both have different amounts of public press. Much of what was revealed about She-Ra before the show premiered caused a backlash due to the more radical changes, while Niko received less of one due to its source material being lesser known, and Niko is less talked about. She-Ra has received flak for being too similar to Avatar. At this point, it's a draw.
Top Wing (2017) T.O.T.S. (2019) Both shows focus on some kind of bird group trying to help others in some way. Top Wing is a Nick Jr. show about a group of birds who go around performing rescue missions. TOTS is a Disney Junior show about a penguin and flamingo team at the titular organization, a normally all-stork group that delivers baby animals to loving animals. Despite being more recent, TOTS wins out over Top Wing. The main reasons include making the sweet, fluffy nature feel more natural, and the characters having real depth by being firm yet supportive. On top of that, TOTS is shown a few times each day and has tons of merchandise released for the show, unlike Top Wing.
Pinkalicious & Peterrific (2018) Fancy Nancy (2018) Preschool shows based on popular books for young girls with imaginative, Girly Girl protagonists. Pinkalicious is done in Flash animation, while Fancy Nancy is an All-CGI Cartoon. Pinkalicious has decent critic reviews, but it has become mocked on the internet (due to the excessive girliness of the series despite the show's attempts to appeal to a unisex audience, and the Tastes Like Diabetes nature of the show, among other things) and the protagonist being self-centered and always wanting everything to revolve around herself. It also has a somewhat scarce fanbase. Nancy has good critic reviews, and good audience reception (notably it avoids the Girl-Show Ghetto), and the merchandise sells well and is more readily available than that of Pinkalicious. It helps that the latter show has people who worked on Sofia the First, which also broke the Girl-Show Ghetto. Fancy Nancy wins the duel.
Esme & Roy (2018) Abby Hatcher (2019) A young girl and her non-human best friend help cute animal-esque characters in their neighborhood. Esme and Roy is flash-animated and Abby Hatcher is an All-CGI Cartoon. Interestingly, both shows are also Canadian(or Canadian-American in the case of Esme and Roy). Esme and Roy has been unanimously praised by critics because of the show having positive role models and teaching children about teamwork and responsibility with some common preschool learning topics mixed in. It also got renewed for several seasons on HBO Max. Meanwhile, Abby Hatcher has mixed reviews, with many people claiming that the Fuzzlys' baby talk could teach children to speak improperly. Abby Hatcher also has generally poor ratings that are usually under 500,000 viewers, with the exception of four episodes that got a million viewers as a result of being used as lead-ins to episodes of PAW Patrol, Nickelodeon's highest-rated preschool show. This makes Esme and Roy the winner.
gen:LOCK (2019) Pacific Rim: The Black (2020) Western Humongous Mecha-themed animated series that deliberately imitate the aesthetics and tropes of anime. Gen:LOCK is an original Rooster Teeth series about teenagers piloting giant robots in a war between two major factions for control of the world. Pacific Rim: The Black is based on the films of the same name, and like them features humanity using giant robots called Jaegers to battle monsters called Kaiju. Hard to say. Gen:LOCK was popular, even airing on Toonami, but it ran massively over-budget and ended up causing major layoffs at Rooster Teeth. A second season has nevertheless been greenlit. Pacific Rim: The Black has also been greenlit for a second season, and was actually a financial success right from the start, making it the winner for now.
Harley Quinn (2019) M.O.D.O.K. (2021) Irreverent adult-oriented animated adaptations of centered on popular or cult-favorite comic book villains, both debuting on streaming services and featuring name talent in the lead roles. Neither are straight-up parodies, but both are heavily comedic and play fast and loose with the source material. Both are among the first explicitly adult-oriented animated series produced by their respective source companies. Harley Quinn is a DC Universe original series starring Kaley Cuoco as Quinn, along with Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Tony Hale and many more in its (relatively speaking) All-Star Cast. M.O.D.O.K. is a Hulu original series featuring Patton Oswalt in the title role, alongside Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Beck Bennett and more. While Harley is traditionally animated, M.O.D.O.K. is animated with Stop Motion. (Originally, a third show, an animated Deadpool series, would also have participated in this duel, but it wound up being cancelled, a fact that Harley Quinn made fun of.) TBD, but given Harley Quinn's general success with both critics and fans, M.O.D.O.K., which endured a very lengthy production with management changes due to the death of Marvel Television, has a lot to live up to, though its presence on a more mainstream service like Hulu could give it a boost.
The Rocketeer (2019) Starbeam (2020) Animated preschool shows focusing on a young dark-haired girl, whom, with the assistance of her grandfather, becomes a superhero. The Rocketeer airs on Disney Junior and is based on the Comic Book and 1991 film of the same name, while Starbeam is an original idea and streams on Creator/Netflix. The Rocketeer was heavily Screwed by the Network. It received zero merchandise, was banished to midnight premieres, and was canned after one season. Starbeam received a lot of promotion from Netflix's family department, and got a second season and a Halloween special. Starbeam wins.
Animaniacs (2020) Rugrats (2021) Reboots of popular 90's animated cartoons appearing on streaming sites. While Hulu will stream Animaniacs, Rugrats will stream on Paramount+. Animaniacs recieved a lot of attention from the animation community and was highly praised for being a well-written and hilarious show with superior animation, and was even certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes. Rugrats TBD.
Hero Elementary (2020) Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten (2021) Preschool cartoons about young superheroes attending school. Power Pedro is similar to Sara Snap because they're both small yet strong. Blockbuster is similar to Benny Bubbles because they're both the chubby, emotional ones. Sticky looks similar to AJ Gadgets. They also both have pet hamsters - Fur Blur for Hero Elementary and Hammy for Superhero Kindergarten. Hero Elementary is very loosely based on a 2009 book called Super Hero School. Stan Lee conceived Superhero Kindergarten before he died and it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger. TBA. Superhero Kindergarten has not aired yet.
Solar Opposites (2020) Central Park (2020) Original adult-oriented animated series that were developed by creators of already-successful adult-oriented animated series (and featuring distinctively similar art styles to said shows) for the Fox Broadcasting Company, only to see both of them be shelved, then picked up by streaming services and premiere in May 2020. Both shows are among the first adult-oriented original animated series to be distributed by their respective streaming service. Solar Opposites was created by Justin Roiland; the show was picked up by Hulu and heavily marketed as "from the co-creator of Rick and Morty". Meanwhile, Central Park was co-created by Loren Bouchard, picked up by Apple TV+ and marketed as "from the creator of Bob's Burgers". In both cases, the new shows bear a very close visual resemblance to the associated older series, strengthening their connection. TBD, but Solar Opposites may have the edge. Both shows were highly praised upon their debut, with Solar Opposites scoring a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes while Central Park drew a 94%. User scores are also similar on the website, at 77% and 82% respectively - curiously, though, IMDb instead puts Solar in the lead with 8.1 to Park's 6.6. Concrete viewership figures for either show are unavailable, but Hulu noted that Solar was the top show on their service for much of its first week, giving it another point in its favor.
The Casagrandes (2019) Barbapapa: One Big Happy Family! (2019) Nickelodeon spin-offs of popular Slice of Life properties centering on a big family with consistent name theming. Barbapapa: One Big Happy Family! is based on the 1970's French book series, and the animated series that was released in the same year, while The Casagrandes is based on The Loud House, an original 2016 animated series. The Casagrandes is a Nickelodeon-produced show, while BOBHF was just acquired and aired by them. The Casagrandes is about a girl moving in with the other side of her family, while all of the Barbapapas come from one family. TBD, but The Casagrandes may have the advantage here. For starters, it's a Nickelodeon original series which may cause some bias, considering it's also a Spin-Off of one of the most popular Nickelodeon cartoons still running. It also has two seasons under its belt. Barbapapa: One Big Happy Family! on the other hand is a foreign Spin-Off of a property that hasn't been very active in the United States after the original series was syndicated in the 80s. Furthermore, the series hasn't aired in the United States yet, and has only been airing worldwide on Nick Jr. channels, meaning The Casagrandes might win by de facto.

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