The 7D. Its writing is simpler than other Disney XD shows (it was originally pitched to Disney Junior), but it has a nice silly charm to it with likable characters and good comedy. The show's executive producers are Tom Ruegger (Animaniacs) and Tom Warburton (Codename: Kids Next Door). How could it not catch on?
Adventures from the Book of Virtues is a creative PBS animated series dedicated to teaching virtues to kids, with great animation and cool characters. Apparently, it's been so obscure in the past few years that people seem to forget it, even after being taken off the air...and yet, it's quite popular with the animation industry and the production company behind it stillpromotes it today.note One assumed reason why the show was quietly forgotten by some viewers was due to PBS's Invisible Advertising that only put it on their primetime and Sunday morning schedules.
The Adventures of Figaro Pho is a very funny and creative series. Yet, despite the series being fairly large, with the title character also having appeared in animated shorts and video games, most Western audiences have probably never heard of it except from Netflix. The show stars a young boy named Figaro and his Robot Dog Rivet. Figaro is a shy, antisocial boy who has every phobia in the world, and conquers one of his fearsOnce an Episode. Although the premise seems similar to Courage the Cowardly Dog, it stands out enough to be unique and charming, with fluid CGI animation and a great soundtrack.
American Dad! is often a victim of complaining, simply because 1.) The family structure is similar to Family Guy, therefore it MUST be a clone and 2.) It's a Seth MacFarlane show, so it automatically deserves to be hated in the eyes of some. However, American Dad! has proven to have developed a unique brand of humor and is often praised for its writing and handling of hot-button issues. Too bad FOX refuses to promote the show as much as it does the other animated programs.
Animals. Like, Jesus fuck, it becomes a pretty heartwarming yet funny show from season 2 onwards, but its almost never discussed.
Atomic Betty gets a lot of crap from people who claim it is nothing more than a generic Kim Possible ripoff, and that is seriously unfair (because every cartoon starring anAction Girlis a ripoff ofKim Possible, right?). What people are missing out on is a series inspired by retro sci-fi that stars an amazing female lead and manages to produce tons of great action scenes that really made the most out of an otherwise relatively low animation budget as well as plenty of exciting stories that demonstrate how the writers' weren't afraid of shaking up the status quo, setting up for big reveals, or playing around with continuity. Atomic Betty knew it was something special and really does not get enough credit for making the most out of that.
Atomic Puppet. This series is about a kid who owns a talking sock puppet who is actually a transformed superhero, and They Fight Crime! as a superhero duo. As weird as that premise sounds, it's tons of fun and action-packed with excellent animation (by the same people behind Wander Over Yonder and Star vs. the Forces of Evil), great characters, and a huge case of Growing the Beard. Unfortunately, it has an extremely tiny fanbase because both Disney XD and Teletoon treat it as expendable slot filler. And this is a show that was nominated for best animated series by the National Cartoonists Society alongside The Loud House and the frickin' Simpsons, for crying out loud!
The Baskervilles is an unfortunately forgotten series. It's about a British family that wouldn't be out of place in an stereotypical "happy family" sitcom that moves to "Underworld Theme Park" under invitation from "Lucifer III", and they perfectly enjoy their new life to Lucifer's annoyance. It's a charmingly macabre show that would be best described as a less wacky Jimmy Two-Shoes (They are both from Teletoon) mixed with The Addams Family. It's got an interesting premise, decent animation, and some fairly memorable characters, but it remains very obscure with a small fanbase.
Big City Greens doesn't get that much attention compared to other modern animated series from Disney like Gravity Falls and Star vs the Forces of Evil, and that's a crying shame, because it's hilarious, gorgeously animated, and has a ton of great music, well-thought-out writing, and loveable characters.
Birdz. Completely impossible to find outside YouTube. But it was a good show from the twilight of CBS' Saturday Morning Cartoon era and it got screwed over massively. Enjoy the characters and the writing that manages to offer morals without beating them over your head or shoehorning them in.
Blazing Dragons, a wonderfully funny and clever show that was cursed by a late-night time slot in the United States. Some viewers stayed up to watch it every night, though.
Bobby's World was a show on FOX Kids that has very little recognition anywhere despite its hilarity.
The BOTS Master. One of the only shows about mecha not to come from Japan, and actually pretty decent and cool at that... and yet barely anyone seems to know about it.
Bounty Hamster was a very sadly short-lived British animated series (only twenty-five 11 minute episodes were made) that was never aired in North America, only the UK and Australia (though you can download the whole series if you know where to look). With a ludicrous amount of hilarious Shout Outs, great animation and characters, and Phineas and Ferb co-creator Jeff "Swampy" Marsh in charge of storyboarding, it was a seriously awesome and funny show that shamefully never even broadcasted in the United States.
Braceface was a really funny and pretty realistic show with some pretty good storylines and great characters, but doesn't get much recognition.
The Brothers Flub, a cartoon about alien brothers who deliver packages to various worlds. Sure, it's not one of the best cartoons out there, but a ton of people who have heard of it hate it just because of its obnoxious theme song, which could also be the reason for it being one of the obscurest cartoons ever. This show deserves less hate, especially since, as mentioned earlier, most of it is because of the theme song, and only the theme song; the show itself is So Okay, It's Average at best.
The way people talk about Camp Lakebottom makes it sound like an utterly atrocious series, but what people are missing out on is a series that is actually very enjoyable with its fun characters, creative stories, good humour, and a Gravity Falls vibe. Unfortunately, it got Screwed by the Network in USA,and thus its second and third seasons were never aired outside of Canada.
Another hidden gem from Canada is Chop Chop Ninja. There are just so many reasons to like this cartoon. Fantastic action scenes; excellent animation; a chibi artstyle that managed to be both appealing and effective; plenty of enjoyable characters; some really exciting episodes; and an overarching storyline that can genuinely keep a viewer eager to see more. It's honestly such a shame that it ended on a cliffhanger, because it totally deserved a second season.
During its time on air, Clarence is one of CN's least popular shows. What people are missing is a funny and surprisingly progressive show with a lot simple (in a good way) charm and heart.
Class of the Titans, a great Greek mythology-themed series with good action, humour, characters, and story that reminds one of Teen Titans, X-Men, or Percy Jackson and the Olympians in a good way.
Clone High, full stop. An amazing, clever, stylish, and most of all, HILARIOUS show that was epicly Screwed by the Network, especially in the U.S. (In its native Canada it managed to get a fair showing by virtue of Canadian content laws and attract a niche following.) It didn't help that for a long time the only legal way to view it in the U.S. was to import the DVDs from far-off Canadia, making it tough to get a hold of even for those few who'd stumbled on it during its short-lived stint on MTV. You HAD to stumble on it, since it never received a regular time slot. It did eventually receive a quiet, totally unpromoted U.S. DVD release, long after those few who'd heard about it in the first place had forgotten about it.
Code Lyoko, an excellent French cartoon about virtual reality. It has all the thrilling action one would expect from a kids sci-fi show, but it also has a dark, Genre Savvy villain and surprisingly touching romantic arcs. A Darker and Edgier reboot would be much appreciated.
Code Monkeys, which used to air on G4. It had solid ratings for its network's standards, but was only canceled after season 2. It has many funny moments, quirky and colorful animation, and memorable characters. The concept itself would be like Scott Pilgrim: The Animated Series. You can find the entire series (as of this post) on Netflix.
The Crumpets had a unique art style, an adorable character design, funny jokes and neighbor feuds, and clever stories and writing, though it's not safe from bursts of mean-spiritness and vastly dark moments. It has a very minimal fanbase and a lack of reviews (even in its native France), not to mention the show didn't localize to a lot of countries. The English dub for the first two seasons (which features anime dub regulars) is very difficult to find as it never aired in the industrialized Anglosphere, but it's partially available on YouTube officially. The show isn't afraid to be progressive in regards to feminism and homosexuality. The sequel Teen Crumpets was more character-driven, had a more likable cast in some ways and great rock numbers, and even won two awards, but it has yet to see a complete English release.
Cybersix had fantastic music, characters, plot development, and animation... and lasted one season.
Danny Phantom was once a big deal on Nickelodeon... until they decided to end it because Hartman spent more than they expected. Even though the third season was the weakest... it still has a loyal following hoping for a return.
Daria is often overshadowed and overlooked compared to the show it spun off of (in fact, most aren't even aware that B&B had a spinoff at all!), but the show was brilliant in its own regards. It can even bring in viewers who missed the show nearly a whole decade after it ended due to how well it captures the overratedness of teenage life and high school. Also, it has one of the finest examples of Heterosexual Life-Partners ever between the title character and her best (and, for a while, only) friend.
Dave the Barbarian had endearing characters and some truly wonderful writing. It even had the critics on its side! There were actual reviews about a Disney cartoon that really raved about the show! Sadly, not even Disney will provide it the DVD treatment, nor reruns.
Delilah & Julius is a series from Teletoon that's got a lot of great spy-movie-style action and intrigue, as well as a lot of good chemistry between its title characters.
Dennis and Gnasher 2009 is a show that outside of Australia and the UK which the show is made in, it doesn't seem to get enough attention outside of those countries but even when it does, it ends up being regarded as Political Correctness Gone Mad which it isn't. The writing is decent, the animation is very appealing, the voice acting is pretty well done (in both countries) and it has a sense of enjoyability I haven't felt since The Simpsons. It only has 3 DVD releases of the series (which isn't even the whole series), and even though a new season is currently airing, I feel like the show should at least be given a second chance to look at the good things about it.
No Detentionaire? Shocker. The show's about a Grade 10 Korean-Canadian student who gets framed for a prank he didn't do. It slowly becomes more than that and it's too awesome to ignore.
Dofus. Much like Wakfu (listed below, and taking place in the same universe, but a thousand years earlier), Dofus is a character-driven, beautifully animated series, and its movie (which had a far more serious tone than the series it was based on, despite having the same animation style and characters) even moreso. Yet despite having a theatrical release, almost nobody outside of France and Belgium even know about either series. Even the official wikis are wildly out of date. It should be further noted that the Dofus Movie ("Dofus Book 1: Julith") wasn't very well-marketed in its native France, either, meaning that what was intended to be the first in a series may be the only Dofus film.
Dude, That's My Ghost!. It gets criticized for the main character sporting a similar hairstyle to another boy from a show with ghosts, though it's far from a Danny Phantom copycat. The characters are interesting, the backgrounds are beautiful, and the show has its own unique take on ghosts. It has its problems due to some broken continuity, some episodes out of order, and no actual pilot episode, but if you're looking for a quaint show with a bromance of a budding filmmaker named Spencer Wright and an undead popstar with a name like Billy Joe Cobra, this is the show for you.
Eliot Kid, which didn't even have a page here for a long time! Well, the show is probably only known by those who have Netflix subscriptions or those that were lucky enough to see the Cartoon Network lineup in Western Europe during 2010-2011 (Or watch it on POP or CBBC, if you're a brit)... but anyway, this is a great show! It stars Eliot, a young boy with an active imagination who spontaneously has various Imagine Spots throughout episodes about how mundane tasks can be made into something awesome! The show is highly reminiscent of Rugrats or Jacob Two-Two in terms of how the episodes play out. The characters are quirky and fun, little Eliot and his friends are so adorable, and Eliot's dad is a lovable idiot. If you like wacky cartoons with cute, big-eyed characters and a colorful animation style, then you'll want to give this show a try!
Evil Con Carne got overshadowed by The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, which led to the series have a small run, which is terribly unfortunate because it was hilarious with many of the Black Comedy elements that made Billy and Mandy so popular, as well as some very clever parodies of the camp and cliches of old action cartoons, like G.I. Joe. The whole show can be described like if G.I. Joe was from Cobra Commander's perspective but didn't take itself seriously at all.
Fangbone! gets a lot of crap for its superficial similarities to Star vs the Forces of Evil, but what viewers are missing out on is a very funny series with fun characters and stories.
Fillmore! was a parody of 70's buddy cop films and crime dramas that took place in a middle school. The show was littered with hilarious one-liners, action-packed chase scenes, and great characters and stories. A shame it didn't make it past 26 episodes.
The Fool and the Flying Ship was a Russian folktale that was apart of Rabbit Ears Productions "We All Have Tales" series and it was quite a humorous and witty story. It was narrated by none other than the late Robin Williams and it was probably one of the most creative and hilarious interpretations of the old Russian folktale. Unfortunately, it tends to go by unnoticed, just like its parent company, due to being available to limited markets at the time (only being available through educational sites) and even though the entire Rabbit Ears series is now available on DVD, it's still not recognized by most of the audience.
The Fox and the Crow was a really interesting series, despite only about a handful of episodes. It definitely needs more love.
The Future Is Wildanimated series. This animated spinoff of the speculative documentary of the same name didn't last long after one 26-episode season and deserves a lot of attention. It tells the story of four teenage kids named CG, a girl from the year, 12,000 A.D., Emily, Ethan and Luis, and their pet Squibbon who use a time machine called the Time Flyer to find a new home for humanity which is threatened by a mega ice age at CG's era. The episodes are full of fun and the show itself is very good with great characters, depth, motivation of story, hints of romance, and showing the future worlds from the documentary.
Gawayn a troperriffic French/Italian cartoon that deserves more attention than it's getting, but it didn't get as much love as Oggy and the Cockroaches which still airs today everywhere, while Gawayn only aired to a handful of countries.
Generation O!: An early 2000's cartoon about a popular rockstar girl who still has to deal with some real-life problems kids tend to have, such as (to name one example) not being allowed to have her ears pierced. It only managed to get one 13-episode season, but is still pretty enjoyable. Letters to Cleo did a good job on the songs that appeared in the show! Also, Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games, was a writer on this show.
Godzilla: The Series. Say what you will of the American 'Zilla, but the series itself was pretty much the old Hanna-Barbera cartoon, but better. And minus Godzooki, unless you count Nigel, who wasn't really annoying as just prone to always getting smashed. Still crossing my fingers for a full DVD release someday.
Gofrette is not a well-known show, seeing as how it aired on a channel not many people have, but it really needs more recognition and appreciation. The show is highly reminiscent of SpongeBob SquarePants or Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! in terms of how the episodes play out. Granted, to many the flash animation is poor most of the time, but the writing is creative, there are lots of lovable and memorable characters, and you can't help but be interested in the surrealism of the show. And who can forget the show's extremely catchy Theme Tune? It's an underrated gem that can make kids (and sometimes even adults) get a laugh. Check it out.
While a lot of people tend to look favorable at some of Greg Weisman's work, such as Gargoyles and the aforementioned The Spectacular Spider-Man and his current series Young Justice, there's little love for his work with the second season of W.I.T.C.H.. He was able to fix a lot of the mistakes made during the first season, greatly improve what as mediocre storyline in the comics, "Nerissa's Revenge", and greatly expand on a lot of characters that the comic never dreamed of.
Grojband isn't as popular as Fresh TV's other animated series and was unfairly Screwed by the Network during its time on air. And that's a shame because it's a very funny show loaded with Awesome Music exploring multiple genres, creative writing, and a very self-aware nature that gives it a unique and offbeat presentation despite its simple-sounding premise.
Harvey Beaks. From its gorgeous animation to its lovable cast to its excellent stories to its warm heart, it deserved all the rave reviews it received from both critics and fans. Unfortunately, it never developed a fanbase as big as those of other positively received cartoons of the 2010s like Gravity Falls, Adventure Time, or The Loud House, and it was ultimately Screwed by the NetworkHARD (the last episodes were burned off on Nicktoons, the graveyard channel for all Nickelodeon cartoons that the network has deemed no longer needed). To add insult onto injury, the production team had a lot of great plans for the show's future.
The pilot Joey To The World never got picked up by Cartoon Network even though it's part of it's failed Cartoonstitute anthology series. One main reason is the creator didn't know the cartoon was supposed to be for kids, and it mentioned condoms, rape, smothering from mothers, whorehouses, crackheads and many other stuff kids shouldn't know. It was actually pretty funny and would have definitely succeeded had it been made for [Adult Swim].
Jojo: The Violet Mystery is a European Christmas special that has never been brought to the English-speaking world, and it remains obscure in spite of the JojoBelgian Comics' fame, home video releases and repeat airings for over a decade. With a decent English dub (it exists!), animation and character design, and an inviting atmosphere, it is a heartfelt story of friendship and acceptance between children despite its dramatic moments.
KaBlam! got little popularity due to Hey Arnold! premiering around the time. Matters were worse a few years later when Spongebob Squarepants premiered in 1999. Season four never finished and seasons five and six never saw the light of day.
Kenny the Shark is a fun, quirky cartoon about a sweet girl named Kat who adopts a pet tiger shark named Kenny. It is a slice-of-life cartoon in which Kat and Kenny have various misadventures, mostly due to Kenny disobeying, doing things his way, or simply falling prey to his natural shark instincts. Didn't last very long, unfortunately (Only two seasons), and isn't very well known either.
King Arthur's Disasters. It has colorful animation, the voice acting is excellent, and its antics have that nostalgic feel as they resemble that of Scooby Doo or any other old cartoon (ironically, one country airs it on Boomerang). It doesn't air in the United States. and not that many fans contribute enough to its "fanbase."
League of Super Evil is a Canadian cartoon that manages to be well animated, hilarious, and have fun storylines. Few Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains have been just as fun to watch than Voltar, Doktor Frogg, Red Menace, and Doomageddon. Unfortunately, only 7 of its 52 episodes ever aired outside of Canada, and they aired at a time when Cartoon Network was starting to fill their airwaves with live-action shows and cheap Canadian imports over original series, so everybody either instantly dismissed it as crap or never noticed it.
The Legends of Treasure Island was a very interesting take on the Treasure Island story as it's an All Animal adaption that added more supernatural and dark elements as well as expanding the role of one of the minor characters from the book, Pew. Fairly overlooked and left into obscurity, it needs just as much attention as any for those that love this kind of stuff.
Loonatics Unleashed does not, we repeat NOT deserve half the crap it gets. It needed some work to be honest, but it was by no means So Bad, It's Horrible. Most of the haters of this series were simply sticklers for nostalgia and the old Looney Tunes, completely ignoring the main characters are descendants of the legendary LT characters.
The Magic Adventures of Mumfie: Though it was popular in its home country of Britain as well as in the United States, Germany, Norway and Japan, the series has fallen into obscurity, unlike its sister show Thomas the Tank Engine. Full of beautiful animation and great storytelling and being critically praised, it's a show people of any age can enjoy. It's also the highest-rated British animated series on IM Db as of October 2014.
The Mighty Ducks, one of Disney's cartoons from the 1990s. It was an action-comedy that had endearing characters and some truly impressive action scenes. And it only lasted one season, most likely due to its unusual premise and the fact that it was totally different from the movies that it was based on.
Mike, Lu & Og is perhaps the most underrated Cartoon Network show from the 1990s. While it did get some good reviews, praising it for being an international effort (between the U.S. and Russia) and having a tomboyish girl in the lead, it was barely promoted and now Boomerang airs it pretty much whenever they feel like it. Some of the characters are interesting, it had genuinely funny moments and it put a clever spin on the Culture Clash cliche.
A Miss Mallard Mystery is a fun show with amazing 2D animation centering around a world full of ducks, one of them being a famous "ducktective" who solves mysteries with Willard (Miss Mallard is his aunt). Yet it only aired between 2000 & 2001—and to the light of day has no media release and was only aired in Canada and Italy. The only way you could watch it was on the now-defunct Jaroo, and even that website overruled its videos with toy reviews for stuff little kids never even heard of.
Mission Hill is a absolutely fantastic animated series created by former writers for "The Simpsons", Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein in 1999 on "The WB", later appearing on "Adult Swim" in 2002. This show had remarkably three dimensional characters, many hilarious scenes, and a wonderfully unique art style with expressive, vibrant colors. Unfortunately, it lasted a mere 13 episodes before being canceled (with 5 extra episodes that were never finished). This show has largely been forgotten, but a small fan following does exist. The complete series has been released on DVD, and it's easy to find the episodes online.
Mr. Bogus was a really great and funny slapstick-filled show for its time. The show followed the adventures of the eponymous character, Bogus, a small yellow gremlin who always got into one scrape after another. What makes it even more endearing is that it is actually based on a series of Belgian claymation shorts that were created and aired back in the late 1980's. These shorts were even shown as part of the series' tie-ins to commercial breaks and returns from commercial breaks. However, the show only lasted for three seasons, and after it ended its run, it faded into obscurity like nearly everything else. All in favor of a DVD release of this show, say aye.
The Mr. Men Show has all the elements of a great cartoon: quirky characters, good songs, and randomness that's just good. It lasted for 2 seasons even though fans were hoping for a 3rd.
My Dad the Rock Star. It's funny, it's sweet, it has some truly likeable characters, and it's got some really nice themes about family and growing up. It's really a lot better than you would expect from a cartoon created by Gene Simmons; it's really a Celebrity Toon done right and with a lot of heart put into it.
My Goldfish is Evil is a Canadian cartoon with a weird but extremely enjoyable premise that's a lot like Kid vs. Kat but better executed. It's got some funny stories, some very good animation, and an immensely entertaining eponymous villain.
My Little Pony Tales: It really makes me sad that many people don't like this or think it's an earlier G3 clone of MLP. I've seen all the episodes and while it definitely has its problems (like bad music, continuity errors, and one episode that should not have been made), it does tackle certain issues fairly, the characters have some personality and are flawed (though they could have gotten more development), and it does take its audience seriously. I personally liked it, though it's definitely no Friendship Is Magic.
All versions of My Little Pony that aren't Friendship is Magic need more love. My Little Pony G3 especially, as it's obvious that most of the people who insult it have never seen it in full as it is actually very close to Friendship is Magic, or at least has all the things that makes FIM so awesome to those who love it.
Ninjago is actually pretty interesting and fun to watch for something that's Merchandise-Driven. It has characters with actual personality, and its not that cheesy as one might expect. However, there's been no reviews and the only people commenting on it usually are either 11 years old or care only about the toy sets.
Pablo The Little Red Fox, a British piece from 1999, is a rather lovely offering. The silk painting based style is nice to look at, without being demanding on the eyes. The simple, bedtime story-like plots are nicely done, and are told without feeling like they're talking down to children. and will leave a watcher happy by the time the credits are rolling. The theme song is beautifully composed, and will stick with those who listen. The urban environment is unique for a show focused on animals, and urban beauty is captured very well. All in all, this show is just one massive Heartwarming Moments.
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is a clever, if somewhat goofy take on a 30+ year old video game that had literally no story to begin with, but still manages to stay pretty tongue-in-cheek and not take itself too seriously. The backgrounds are gorgeous, there are some excellent character designs in regards to the ghosts, and it's up there with Wreck-It Ralph for its completely unabashed love of the original game and classic gaming in general, in terms of Mythology Gags, homages and overall style.
Packages from Planet X is a really fun and hilarious sci-fi cartoon from Canada with great characters and a lot of entertaining stories that really go all out with the premise. Unfortunately, it got Screwed by the Network in USA and only lasted on season as a result.
Pelswick. The Audience-Alienating Premise (or just the art; John Callahan is somewhat notorious for his odd-looking style) made people either not watch or dislike it, but it was laugh-out-loud hilarious, mainly based on wit, had interesting and likable, yet flawed, characters, and was remarkably progressive for having a non-token, non-perfect, non-Woobie paraplegic protagonist, while simultaneously daring to mention that not all progress was good progress. Plus it had a great theme song. Now, it's one of the most obscure Nicktoons ever.
Pepper Ann was a hilarious and clever show, however, unlike the other "big three" One Saturday Morning shows, it wasn't merchandise driven or a cult hit with adults. It's also the least remembered, and the only one of the "big three" without a video or DVD release, as well as not being rerun as often as the other two, and when it was, it was usually during school or when people are asleep. And it had a great theme song as well.
The Raccoons is a prime example. The series revolves around Bert Raccoon and married couple Ralph and Melissa Raccoon, of whom Bert is a friend and roommate. The series mostly involved the trio's efforts against the industrialist forces of greedy aardvark millionaire Cyril Sneer, who usually tries to destroy the forest for a quick buck. However, Bert, Ralph and Melissa would always save their forest from Cyril's schemes, with help from their forest friends including Schaeffer, a gentle sheepdog; Cedric, Cyril's college graduate son; and Sophia, Cedric's girlfriend. As the series progressed, Cyril became more of a sympathetic character, eventually becoming an antihero. Due to the genuine heart and soul put into the series' storylines, the more dramatic feeling and sense of depth the series took on in its later seasons, and the dazzling soundtrack, combined with the fact that there's a reboot on the horizon, the series' small cult following just isn't enough.
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. Though still rather new, the fact it's hardly caught on at all yet is almost baffling if just because the character and art style designs were made by Jhonen Vasquez, the creator of Invader Zim. It's likely being overshadowed by the success of Gravity Falls and Motorcity, though it's made by the same studio as the latter. Still, so far it's an excellent series that loves playing with and satirizing the cliches of other Kid Hero shows, with very fun characters and fantastic animation and voice acting that will hopefully grow in popularity.
The animation company Rabbit Ears Productions had put out some really fantastic stories that had iconographic animation that was surprisingly good for the 1980s and the 1990s, had various celebrities narrating the stories and remained faithful to the stories they were telling such as retelling various fairy tales and folktales like The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship and The Bremen Town Musicians. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of this series and even though the company has managed to put out DVDs of this series, it still goes by unnoticed by the fans with only a few videos showing up on YouTube.
Ready Jet Go! is a super underrated PBS Kids sci-fi series that deserves more attention and praise. In our decade, there are tons of shows aimed at preschoolers that have no heart, talk down to kids, have little educational value, and are only made to sell toys. Ready Jet Go! is the opposite of all those. It has tons of love put into it, talks to kids, has tons of educational value, and is not Merchandise-Driven. It's not super in-your-face about science, but it's not too subtle either. If you watch the episodes in the correct order, the show improves in every episodes with it's amazing soundtrack composed by Jim Lang, developed and relatable characters, gorgeous animation, clever humor, as well as some deep and meaningful moments that are rare in young children's media these days. The pacing is also excellent. It can easily manage to be an educational show, a musical, a slapstick comedy, a gentle slice-of-life show, and a science fiction drama all at the same time, and that's why it deserves more recognition.
Robo Roach is a funny and quirky little Canadian cartoon that had some great characters and nice animation, as well as an awesome theme song. You'd be surprised at how entertaining a cartoon about cockroaches can be, as well as how loveable the eponymous character is despite his stupidity.
Robotomy was an enjoyable show about robots in school. With episode plots like a social networking site befriending Thrasher and Blastus, and Thrasher accidentally setting a war whilst babysitting Maimy's little brother. But Cartoon Network decided to yank it off the air since it hardly got airplay outside America and promotion, and was left in the dust of the success of Adventure Time and Regular Show. Shame, since it was funny and Patton Oswalt provided Thrasher's voice.
Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends: Aliens, Myths, and Legends. A fantastic show saddled with a clumsy title. The show posits that all the monsters of old myth and legend are actually different communities of aliens living secretly on Earth for various reasons. Some like the Yeti are benign, while others like the Vampires and Lycanthropes are hostile to humanity. The show is arc-based and follows a The Men in Black-type organization as it deals with these creatures, though the male main character doesn't entirely trust the organization's motives. The best thing in the show is the Action Girl female lead, Shlain Blaze, a white-haired Gothbanshee with sound-based powers and a cool Irish accent. The theme song was awesome, too. When it was rebroadcast for a short time on Saturday mornings in the U.S., the episodes were shown out of order, and they led off with the goofy giant ant episode that had nothing to do with the major plot arcs.
Ruby Gloom was fantastically animated with gorgeous Gothic scenery, likeable characters, and excellent writing. Unfortunately, there were only two seasons and it has never been aired in the United States.
Sabrina: The Animated Series: While it differs a lot from its live-action and comic counterparts (which is why people hate it), it's a very cute show with great storylines and characters, and it has developed a cult following. The spin-off, Sabrina's Secret Life? Uh, yeah...
3 words. Sanjay and Craig. Sure it got a lot of decent ratings, but many viewers are acting like the show is a crime against humanity or something, when in reality, its a really harmless show that has the vibes of 90s Nick. (It helps that the minds behind The Adventures of Pete & Pete are working on it.) It is easily the most misunderstood Nicktoon of all time. That, and Season 2 is a prime example of Growing the Beard thanks to less emphasis on what led many to despise the show.
Santa Bear's High Flying Adventure was a wonderful animated Christmas special that portrayed the true meaning of Christmas in a positive light and had a pretty adventurous plot with Santa Bear trying to save Christmas from Bully Bear. Unfortunately, almost no one remembers this cartoon at all due to it not being shown on TV since the 1980s and not having a DVD release ever since. It's predecessor "Santa Bear's First Christmas" is even more lesser known.
The Secret Show is a British cartoon series that ran for two series. It has clever writing and lots of hilarious running gags, with a unique animation style and likeable characters.
Sheep in the Big City is one of the more obscure Cartoon Cartoons (having only lasted 2 seasons), and that's honestly an enormous shame because it was utterly brilliant and hilarious show in its absurdity and postmodernism that makes it stand out very well even amongst Cartoon Network's better-known original series.
SheZow is a hilarious throwback to those old comics and their ridiculousness, plus it has a crossdresser as the main character. How progressive! Unfortunately, due to being on The Hub, the same channel that has My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, it's stuck with only 26 episodes, with season 2 unlikely to be made.
Skatoony is a show worth mentioning. Rarely are there any animated shows that double as a quiz show, plus the characters are diverse and colorful. It has yet to see the light of day airing in Cartoon Network US, even with the North America remake. Also for fans of Total Drama or Jimmy Two-Shoes, the North American remake guest stars characters from said shows.
Sonic Boom has acquired vocal critics mainly because of the more contemporary, stylised Character Designs being very different from the norm as well as the fact that The Rise Of Lyric Video Game (Which most people associate Sonic Boom with the most) was a rushed glitchy mess. If you give the show a chance there are some well written episodes that might let you redeem The Sub Franchise.
Song In The Sky is an indie animation on YouTube about an emotionally broken fighter pilot who lives in a post-post-apocalypse and is trying to survive. The first episode sets up fantastic world-building and characterization, and its creators intend to make more!
The Spectacular Spider-Man is possibly the greatest Spider-Man cartoon yet, with both tight plotting and incredibly fluid animation, yet it was ignored by many simply because it wasn't like the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon.
Well, to be accurate, it ended because Disney bought Marvel way too soon... however, it gets this because Disney and Marvel seem to want nobody to remember it in favor of Ultimate Spider-Man... which is the opposite of this show in every way.
Though admittedly inferior to said Spectacular series, Ultimate Spider-Man itself is unfairly hated. While the first season is hit and miss, the second is almost certainly worthy enough to rival its predecessors.
Spliced. You can't even see it in the US unless you use YouTube or are one of the lucky few to get Qubo. And the network that airs it in its native Canada doesn't seem too fond of it either. It's funny, takes inspiration from The Island of Doctor Moreau for its interesting character designs (read: Mix-and-Match Critters you never would've thought of mixing in a million years) and it feels like something that would've aired on Nickelodeon in the mid-1990s. Oh, and Peri is cute.
Squidbillies is possibly the most underrated show on [adult swim]. Though at a first glance it just looks like a brain cell killing mass of idiocy, but actually has a great deal of clever humor and timing. The jokes are far from predictable and hackneyed, and a couple of character development scenes appear from time to time. Despite it actually being Adored by the Network (thankfully, since any other network would have cancelled it by the end of the first season), it still maintains relatively low ratings due to people judging it by it's cover.
Teacher's Pet had great writing and great animation, and was one of the funniest Disney shows ever made. It even got a movie, which sadly bombed due to poor promotion. And despite the fact that critics adored the series, it hardly gets any recognition.
Team Galaxy was one of Marathon Media's underrated animated programs that the American audience dismissed as "Totally Spies!IN SPACE!". Compared to that show, the heroes are more capable given the situations they have to deal with.
Teen Titans Go!. Sure, it's rife with numerous changes to the original show and several very blatant and awkward attempts to be trendy, not to mention the fact that most characters were Flanderized. Despite all this, the art style is very lush and slightly reminiscent of Adventure Time, it's a funny and charming cartoon, and it doesn't deserve the bile it gets from fans of the original show (like other new CN shows, its detractors mainly come from nostalgia sticklers who believe that the show's concept should not be changed).
Time Warp Trio. Despite being an animated TV adaptation of a popular children's book series, the show didn't last very long due to a low amount of viewers. The show featured 10-year old boy Joe receiving "The Book" from his Uncle Joe as a present for his 10th birthday. Joe and his friends, Sam and Fred, didn't realize that it's a magical time-traveling book and they end up travelling to the past and future due to their inexperience with handling such a book. The episodes were full of adventure and historical education, which made it fun to watch and learn at the same time! Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after a year of airing, and so far, only rumors of future episodes have been spread.
Nelvana's Timothy Goes to School. This show takes place in a World of Funny Animals and focuses on a group of Kindergarten students at Hilltop School. The main character, Timothy, is a young 5 year old raccoon who's best friend is Yoko a kindhearted Japanese kitten. Timothy loves helping out his friends and the other class students when something goes wrong or they're in a bad situation. The show is based on the works of Rosemary Wells (who would be involved with the Max and Ruby series in 2002), with the first two episodes adapting the original Timothy and Yoko books while the rest of the shows adapts some stories from the Yoko & Friends series. A few episodes also had original plots with some good Aesops for children and adults to learn. The show first aired on PBS Kids "Bookworm Bunch" Sunday morning block from 2000-2004, then returned in reruns on Discovery Channel and TLC's "Ready Set Learn" block. The show can be seen on Qubo in America (which doesn't get too many viewers being a digital subchannel and all), and Canadian channel Treehouse TV has all the episodes on Youtube though they can't be seen outside of Canada. The show also airs on Tiny Pop in the UK.
From Teletoon's golden age there's Toad Patrol, a lush, cutesy-looking show with a darkly intriguing storyline not unlike many shows that would come later, such as Adventure Time and Steven Universe. It doesn't come up in conversation as much as other Canadian animated shows, though it does have its share of fans.
The Trap Door is a British claymation cartoon from the mid-80's that has a small cult following. The show is about a blue monster named Berk who lives in a castle with his friends, Boni the skull and Drutt the spider, and works for the Thing Upstairs, an unseen monster at the top floor of the castle, by feeding him food made from the monsters from a cave connected to the castle by a trap door. The animation and storytelling for this series are pretty good, and its odd mixture of horror and comedy (although the horror themes mostly prevail) is rather interesting, but you'd be hard-pressed to find many people who have even heard of this show.
Trust Me, I'm a Genie is a funny, enjoyable cartoon about the adventures of a Cool Loser Camel, Diego and his wisecracking genie sidekick, Ziggy. Ziggy is a raccoon genie that comes out of a soda can and he granted Diego's first two wishes for a cafe and swimming pool. But then Ziggy got sand in his can and his magic went defective so every third wish fails. Ziggy has an obsession with being set free from his can and is always trying to sell a third wish to Diego but it always backfires much to Ziggy's annoyance. Diego has many other friends as well including a Granola Girl bird named Zazie, an Insufferable Genius fennec fox named Joe, a scorpion with a Money Fetish named Tony, a Surfer Dude lizard named Larry and an Almighty Janitor goat shopkeep named Sonia. There is no known DVD release, English wikipedia page or even merchandise and I was responsible for creating the tvtropes page for the cartoon all by myself.
Turtle Island — a 26-episode Canadian-German animated series about a group of animals living on a tropical island headed by a wise turtle king, while a three-man pirate crew tries to steal the king's treasure. While the show had some written comedy and nice storylines, there are no English episodes available on YouTube. Besides Canada and Germany, it does have a small cult following in places like the Middle East and Indonesia, though.
Tutenstein is a hilarious, witty show about a 3,000-year-dead Pharaoh who returns as a mummy. Did we mention he was a bratty 10-year-old when he died? Resurrection didn't fix that. It also makes some really awesome usage of Egyptian Mythology, which features prominently in many episodes. Absolutely wonderful, but somehow ridiculously obscure.
It also applies to Felix the Cat in general; one of the most popular cartoon characters of the silent era, he was eventually overshadowed by Mickey Mouse and most people nowadays are either vaguely aware of him or just plain don't know who he is.
It should be noted that one of the biggest reasons why he's so underrated is that hisBig Damn Movie is widely considered one of the worst animated features of all time. Unfortunately, this is his most well-known appearance, if only because of how awful it is. Some people just don't know the real Felix.
Wakfu is a well-plotted character-driven animesque series with beautiful artwork and a ridiculously catchy theme song. Unfortunately, its only available in continental Europe.
Fortunately, a small group of people are subbing the episodes into multiple languages, and the English and Russian subs have gotten through every episode of Season 1 and are starting on Season 2. Googling them is fruitful.
The creators launched a (successful) Kickstarter campaign, which promised to make an English dub of Season 1. It blew past its goal; so not only will they dub Season 2, but they'll also make another episode.
Unfortunately, the general agreement is that the dub isn't very good (most notably, the English voice actors seemed to think they were dubbing a show aimed at a much younger audience than the one the often violent and risqué series was actually aimed at), which didn't help the series' obscurity in the US.
There was also a Season 3 released in 2017 (which takes place after a timeskip) and several movies that take place between Season 2 and 3 that cover the missing time period.
The creators also made another series, "Dofus," listed above, which takes place in the same universe, has a feature-length movie, and is even less well-known that Wakfu itself.
Weird Years was a sweet and hilarious cartoon from Canada about a quirky but endearing family from Eastern Europe who have immigrated to Canada. Its main characters were very likeable, its themes on family and immigration were very nice, and had some great instances of Getting Crap Past the Radar, even by Canadian cartoon standards.
While Wild West COW Boys Of Moo Mesa has a cult following behind it, there are still few people that even remember or know about it, despite its very bizarre setting, it has great writing, enjoyable characters and lovely camp value.
Willa's Wild Life isa cute little cartoon about a little girl with lots of talking wild animals as pets. It's sweet and funny, and also has some really nice themes about celebrating the various forms that intelligence can take on.
Wishfart may sound really dumb from the title alone, but make no mistake, it is much more entertaining than you'd expect. Its got some really fun and creative stories that take Be Careful What You Wish For plots in some of the most insane directions imaginable, a distinctive cast of enjoyable characters (how many other cartoons center around a maverick leprechaun, a talking puffin, and a Japanese ghost girl as best friends?), and is actually quite hilarious (there is far less toilet humor than the title suggests). Another brilliant gem in the frequently underrated and overlooked realm of Canadian animation!
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum is super fun and educational, but gets looked down on by some as a Little Einsteins ripoff, even though the two shows have nothing in common if you actually watched them. You can learn a lot about famous people who shaped history, and the three main characters are some of the most lovable, relatable characters in the realm of preschool television. Just because it's a preschool show doesn't mean it's bad, so you should definitely check it out, especially if you miss Ready Jet Go! (mentioned above), which got unceremoniously cancelled.