This is for animated series I feel like at least mentioning that I've seen, but which I'd give a tek's rating of... less than one smiley. Or for shows I don't remember very well, and don't care that much about not remembering well. (Though some of them I would have given at least one smiley when they were originally airing.) See also other Adult Swim cartoons and other Kids' WB cartoons.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, on CBS
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This is, of course, an animated, Saturday morning spin-off of the live-action movie of the same name. I don't recall for sure, but I probably saw the show before I ever saw the movie. I don't remember much about either, except that I didn't find them very funny; mostly I thought they were both just stupid. I don't remember how long I actually watched the cartoon, but... at least I watched it for awhile, so I guess I might as well mention it.
ALF: The Animated Series, on NBC
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This was an animated Saturday morning prequel spin-off of the live-action series ALF, which I guess aired concurrently with that show's second season. It was set on the planet Melmac (which had been destroyed sometime prior to the live-action series), so of course ALF was never actually called "ALF" on the show; he went by his real name, Gordon Shumway. He had a girlfriend named Rhonda and a friend named Skip (both of whom were mentioned at least once in the first season of the other show, as well as later seasons). And another friend named Rick. And the whole Shumway family were in the series. But I'm afraid I don't really remember anything specific about the show (except the opening theme, which I always liked). It'd probably be nice to see the show again sometime, and write a better review, maybe move it off this page. Oh, there was also an animated spin-off called "ALF Tales," which I don't think I ever saw, and probably wouldn't care to.
Angela Anaconda, on Fox Family (FOX Kids)
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Never watched too much of this and don't remember it well, but I watched a bit of it. It was pretty weird. But I kinda liked it, I guess. It was sort of amusing. Angela was kind of cool I guess. Certainly she had an interesting imagination, and stuff. And she had some friends, Gina Lash, Johnna Abatti, and Gordy Rhinehart, though I don't think I cared much about any of them. And there was this annoying, snobby girl named Nanette Manoir who was like Angela's worst enemy, and who was the teacher's pet, and stuff. So I suppose the title character was pretty much my only reason for watching at all. Dunno what else to say.
Back to the Future, on CBS
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Well, I dunno how well I remember this, but I know I did kinda like it. (At the time, I definitely would've rated it higher than "meh," and if I ever see it again, I expect I'll write a proper review on its own page.) Anyway, it's a Saturday morning cartoon based on the live-action movie trilogy of the same name, of course. It takes place sometime after the third movie. Doc Brown is married to Clara, and they have sons named Jules and Verne, and Marty is still around, of course. And Einstein, the dog. And Biff, and Jennifer. And they have the DeLorean as well as Doc's train, so there's plenty of time travel. And... I don't really know what to say. It was amusing enough, or whatever. And I still sometimes say "oucha magoucha!" like Doc often did in this cartoon. So... I may not remember the show well, but at least I remember it fondly enough. Oh yeah, and Christopher Lloyd did some live-action segments where he did simple science experiments. So it's odd, if he was working on the show, that he didn't actually voice Doc Brown in the cartoon. But whatever....
Also, there was a series of seven comic books that tied into the cartoon, of which I have the first issue.
Beavis and Butt-head, on MTV
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This started before I ever had cable. But I eventually saw some of it, and while I was aware of its immense popularity, I never really cared for it. It was about these two teenagers named Beavis and Butt-head, who mostly just sat around watching MTV, and talking about what they were watching. Sometimes they'd go out and have stupid little adventures or whatever. And sometimes Beavis would pretend to be some freakish personality called Cornholio. But they were both always really stupid and annoying. Well, I did like how Butt-head once said, "It's like, if nothing sucked, then how would you know when stuff was cool?" or something like that. That was deep, man. And I guess sometimes the show could be mildly amusing. And we got to see little clips of music videos they were watching. I particularly have this vague recollection of one that I've always wanted to find... but I don't know what the song was called or who the artist was. I think the main lyric involved the words "Dream time." Um... and eventually Beavis & Butt-head got their own movie, which I never saw, but I like the soundtrack. And there was a spin-off of the show, Daria, which is like one of my favorite shows ever. And Mike Judge (B&B-h's creator and voice actor) eventually created King of the Hill, which I liked. And "Beavis & Butt-head" itself is just sort of... a brain worm. I may not like it, but it's in my head. Like, forever. Ahhh-ahhh-ahhh!
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, on CBS
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I remember this a little bit. Not very well, but I think it was okay. It was a Saturday morning cartoon based, of course, on the live-action movie Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. So... Bill & Ted did some time travelling, in a phone booth, and Rufus was in the show, and the princess babes, who I don't remember well. Nope, don't remember anything very well about the show. But someday I'd like to see it again.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers, on TBS
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I'd probably heard of this before I ever got a chance to see it, but I don't really remember. I think I may have seen it on my CBS station before I ever got TBS, though. Anyway... I mention the show because I know it was popular with some people, but personally I never liked it. Maybe that's because I was a bit too old for it when it aired, but there are plenty of kids' shows, especially cartoons, that I like or even love. I never watched much of this, so I don't remember anything about it, really, except thinking that in spite of the positive messages of environmentalism and cultural diversity, I just thought it was all too cheesy to bear. And um... I probably found the girls vaguely cute or whatever, but not really. I dunno.
Celebrity Deathmatch (claymation), on MTV (The 10 Spot)
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This was kinda cool when it started, but I think it got to be kind of boring and stupid, so I eventually stopped watching. Anyway, crude clay versions of celebrities battle to the death on this show hosted by these other crude clay guys, Nick Diamond and Johnny Gomez. Dunno what else to say, but hey, if you're into extreme claymated violence, this is definitely the show for you....
Cow and Chicken, on Cartoon Network
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This got its start on What a Cartoon! It was about a cow named Cow and her big brother, a chicken named Chicken (who were both pretty dumb). They had human parents. Cow and Chicken had an enemy called Red Guy (who may have been the Devil, or something). Also there were segments with characters called I.M. Weasel and I.R. Baboon, who eventually got their own spin-off show. I never watched this show (or the spin-off) all that much, and wasn't a fan. And now I barely remember it at all. But still... I feel vaguely compelled to sort of mention it, I guess.
Cro, on ABC
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I don't remember this very well, but it was alright. There was this scientist, like a paleontologist or whatever, named Dr. C. She and this kid named Mike discovered a woolly mammoth named Phil, who had been frozen in a glacier since the Ice Age. So, they thawed him out, and he would tell the two of them stories about stuff that happened in his own time. The central character in these stories was a friend of Phil's, a Cro-Magnon boy called Cro, who lived with Neanderthals. Of course he was much smarter than they were. And the stories also included Phil and his fellow mammoths. Not much else to say.
Drawn Together, on Comedy Central
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I don't like reality shows at all, but this is a parody of reality shows (in particular it seems to be a parody of MTV's The Real World). It's also a cartoon, and you know I like cartoons. Generally. Um... so it's about all these different cartoon caracters of different types, picked to live together. We kinda like Princess Clara (a fairy tale princess) and Foxxy Love (a sort of blaxploitation character). And Ling Ling is kinda funny (a psychotic critter reminiscent of the Pokemon Raichu, or maybe Pikachu). The other characters included Captain Hero (a superhero), Wooldoor Sockbat (a weird thing reminiscent of SpongeBob SquarePants), Toot Braunstein (a sort of caricature of Betty Boop), Xandir Wifflebottom (a video game character), and Spanky Ham (an obnoxious pig). Mostly I never got to care about or like any of the characters (because none of them are likable), and the show was almost constantly dumb and offensive in every possible way. But it could be kind of amusing, at times (just not often enough to justify the show's vulgarity, IMO). And I suppose it had some voice actors I liked in other stuff, though the only one I really remember from this is Cree Summer as Foxxy. Anyway, it ran for three seasons, but I couldn't possibly have watched more than the first, and I don't remember for sure if I watched every episode of even that.
Duckman, on USA Network
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I thought this show was pretty stupid and annoying a lot of the time. But it had a good cast and it could be funny. Duckman was this detective, who was, of course, a duck. He was pretty stupid and also thought very highly of himself and very lowly of pretty much everyone else. Very self-centered and irresponsible and sexist and stuff. His partner was a smart, polite, Dragnet sort of pig named Cornfed. Duckman was a widower with some weird kids, and they lived with his sister-in-law or whatever. Also a pair of really annoyingly cheerful little teddy bear things, named Fluffy and Uranus, worked for Duckman. I dunno what else to say. I didn't watch a lot of the show and didn't like it much. Usually.
Fievel's American Tails, on CBS
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This Saturday morning cartoon was set sometime after the movie Fievel Goes West which itself was a sequel to An Americal Tail. Basically, toward the end of the 19th century, a young mouse named Fievel Mousekewitz and his family emigrated from Russia to America. The first movie was set in New York, but in the sequel, they moved to the Wild West. And basically, the series is about Fievel's further adventures, there. There's a villain named Cat R. Waul. And um... I don't really remember the series well enough to tell you anything more about it, but I do remember enjoying it when it was on. I'm sure I would've given it at least one smiley, and if I ever saw the series again, I might well move my review to its own page.
Gary the Rat, on Spike TV (The Strip)
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This was part of TNN's new animation lineup for adults, around the time the network's name changed to Spike TV. Anyway, it's about this sleazy lawyer named Gary Andrews, who turned into a giant rat (voice of Kelsey Grammer). There's an exterminator named Johnny who has been hired by Gary's landlord to kill Gary, though he always ends up killing somebody else by mistake. Johnny has a cat named Boots, who is his best friend. Gary has a boss named Mr. Harrison. I can't think of anything else to tell you, but it's all reasonably amusing. I wished it woulda lasted longer. But now I don't remember it well, and looking back I don't miss it that much.
Growing Up Creepie, on Discovery Kids
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So there's this girl named Creepie, who was raised by bugs, so as you might imagine, she has a sort of goth vibe going on. But now she's started going to middle school, apparently interacting with humans for the first time, which is weird for her. I haven't seen much of the show, but what little I have seen was mildly interesting, I guess. Can't think of anything specific to say about it.
Hercules, on ABC (One Saturday Morning) / syndication
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This was a spin-off from the Disney movie Hercules. I didn't see the movie until long after the series, and I never managed to see much of the series, either, but I know I kind of liked it. Someday I'd like to see the whole series, so I could write a proper review. Basically, it was about Hercules as a teenager, along with his friends Icarus and Cassandra. (I assume Cassandra was meant to more or less fill the role that Megara played in the movie, but couldn't do in the series, since Herc hadn't met her yet.) That's all I can say, for now.
Johnny Bravo, on Cartoon Network
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This got its start on What a Cartoon! I never thought it was a great show, but it could be rather amusing, I guess. This guy Johnny is just kinda dumb and self-involved and vain. He wants to get a girl, but no girls are ever interested in him. He um, works out alot and studies karate and takes great care of his hair and talks kinda like Elvis (and lives in Aron City, with his mama). There are some other characters in the show who think of Johnny as a friend, but he doesn't seem to like them much. Dunno what else to say; I'd very nearly rate it one smiley instead of "meh," but... whatever.
The New Adventures of Peter Pan, on Discovery Family
The Real Ghostbusters, on ABC / syndication
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This was based on the live-action Ghostbusters movies. There was some other cartoon called Ghostbusters which had nothing to do with the movies or anything, and I never saw it, but it was out first, so this show had to add "Real" to its title. Uh, I guess it was later renamed Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters, but it's basically the same thing. There was also a sequel called "Extreme Ghostbusters," which I'm pretty sure I never saw. Anyway, I don't remember this show very well, though I know I enjoyed it while it was on. And I had some toys based on the show. If I watched it now, I'd probably find it a bit too cheesy, but even so, I'd really like to get it on DVD someday. If that ever happens, I suppose I'll write a proper review.
Rocko's Modern Life, on Nickelodeon
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I didn't have cable when this premiered, but I have a friend who I remember being a fan of it at the time. And I did eventually get to see some of the show, though I never greatly cared for it. It was about an Australia wallaby named Rocko, who had friends named Heffer (a cow) and Filburt (a turtle), and there was a couple named the Bigheads (I don't know what they were, but they had big heads). There's not much I can say except the show was kind of absurdist, which normally would appeal to me. Maybe if I watched the show now, I'd like it better than I used to. Certainly I can see that it paved the way for lots of other cartoons, such as Spongebob Squarepants... and probably any number of things I like better than that. Oh, and at one point the theme song was done by Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson of the B-52s, which is obviously cool.
Rude Dog and the Dweebs, on CBS
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This Saturday morning cartoon didn't last long and wasn't really great, but it was okay. Rude Dog himself was cool, but I don't recall caring for the dweebs (who were just these dumb dogs) that much. Rude Dog tried to look after them and instruct them in being cool, though. I don't remember it well, but I liked the theme song and I used to have a sweatshirt with Rude Dog on it...
Sabrina, the Animated Series, on ABC (One Saturday Morning)
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This Saturday morning cartoon is sort of a prequel to Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, but not exactly. I mean, it's not canonical within that show's continuity. But the cartoon probably wouldn't have happened if not for the popularity of the live-action show. And of course, Sabrina's aunts Hilda and Zelda are both voiced by Mellisa Joan Hart, who played Sabrina in the other show. And Nick Bakay voiced Salem the cat in both shows. Anyway, Sabrina and her friends were pre-teens in this show. I don't think actually saw much of the show, nor did I ever have a great deal of interest in it, but I guess it was kind of cute.
Santo Bugito, on CBS
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This Saturday morning cartoon was funny. It was about this town in like the Old West, Santo Bugito, inhabited by bugs. I don't remember it well, but I think I liked it. I'm sure while it was on I would have rated it higher than I do in retrospect, since I don't remember it very well, now.
Science Court, on ABC (One Saturday Morning)
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This Saturday morning cartoon was animated in "squigglevision," a technique with which I was familiar from Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist and Home Movies (or probably I didn't see Home Movies until later). Um... so it was basically an educational show for kids, where court cases involved science in some way. It was amusing, and stuff, but I'm afraid I don't remember it with any clarity, now. I definitely liked it at the time, though.
Sheep in the Big City, on Cartoon Network
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This got its start on What a Cartoon! I didn't see much of this, so I can't really say anything except that there was a sheep who was on the run from a military guy named General Specific, and all the people who worked for his organization. And the show was full of tropes that I love, like lampshade-hanging and fourth wall-breaking. And stuff. Anyway, I'm sorry I didn't see more of it than I did, but maybe someday I'll be able to see the whole series, and give it its own page.
Skeleton Warriors, on CBS
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I barely remember this Saturday morning cartoon. It didn't last long, anyway, but I liked it while it was on. It always kinda reminded me of The Outer Limits in a way, with this weird sort of silvery skull or something, hovering in space at like the start and end of each episode, voicing the moral of the episode's story. Anyway, I'll probably get it on DVD eventually, then I can write a proper review (and probably move it to its own page).
Spy Groove, on Teletoon (Canada) / MTV (USA) (The 10 Spot)
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So I guess there were six episodes of this on MTV in 2000 (and like 13 eps in Canada). I don't really remember the show in any detail, but I do remember finding it amusing, at the time. And I'd like to see it again sometime, maybe on YouTube or something. There were a couple of spies called Agent #1 and Agent #2. That's all I can say.
Stone Quackers, on FXX (ADHD)
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This is the first show in the ADHD block to originate on FXX, when the block moved from FOX. It had a sneak peek in October 2014 before the official premiere in January 2015. Episodes are about 11 minutes long. Um... so, there are these anthropomorphic ducks. The main ones are roommates, three guys named Whit, Clay, and Barf, and a girl named Dottie. There's also a cop named Officer Barry, and a kid named Bug. The three main guys are pranksters, but Dottie's more respectable, I guess. Except she and Barry have feelings for each other, even though Barry is married with children. Anyway, I watched the first season, but I didn't like it much. So if and when there's a second season, I kind of doubt I'll bother watching it. Although Dottie's pet cat, Gothfield, has his own webseries, "Gothball," which I think is better than the actual show.
Time Squad, on Cartoon Network
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There's this time cop from the distant future, Buck Tuddrussel, who works with a robot named Larry 3000 and an orphan from the 21st century named Otto Osworth. The three of them travel through time to fix things when history goes wrong, for some reason. Buck and Larry were always fighting and neither knew much about history, so Otto had to keep the peace between them, as well as being the only one who really knew what he was doing. I don't remember anything specific about the show, and I was never a big fan, but I suppose it was okay.
Total Drama Island, on Teletoon (Canada) / Cartoon Network (USA)
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This is a Canadian series that aired on Teletoon in 2007, and on Cartoon Network in 2008. Actually, it's the first season of a series collectively known as "Total Drama"; each subsequent season has had a slightly different title, but I only watched the first one. It's an animated parody of reality shows like "Survivor," and while I'm not a fan of such shows, I thought I should check this one out because I like animation and I like parodies. I suppose the show had its moments, but on the whole I just found it stupid. So I eventually deleted my review of it, and, as I say, I didn't watch any subsequent seasons. (I also had a gallery, which I deleted.) But a few years later, I decided I might as well mention the show, after all, so I looked up my old review using the Wayback Machine. I shall copy and paste a bit of it here:
22 contestants (all age 16) come to a run-down summer camp to compete for $100,000. They're divided into two teams (the Screaming Gophers and the Killer Bass), which will have to complete various challenges, and each day the losing team will have to vote one of their own off the island. The show is hosted by some guy named Chris MacClean. Well, I never got to know many of the characters that well. There was a goth girl named Gwen (who kind of reminds me of Sam from Danny Phantom), and she was the main reason I wanted to keep watching. Oh, and I also meant to say that the animation style kind of reminds me of Clone High.
...Yeah, that's all I feel like including of the old review, but I will say that there was a part that said I stopped watching after a few episodes, which kind of surprised me. I thought I had watched the whole season, but apparently I didn't. Oh well, I guess that means the show was even less appealing than I remembered. But hey, if enough people liked it well enough that they've continued making new seasons, I'm not gonna say they're wrong. It's just not for me. (Oh, and incidentally, I'm not including links to Teletoon or Cartoon Network. I'm sure their sites have pages for the latest season of the show, but since I don't care about that, you'd have to look it up on your own.)