19. Yakkity Yak (2002)
In my opinion, this is the most underrated Nickelodeon cartoon ever made. The show is very funny and silly and the show's style of animation was completely different from any Nickelodeon show that was showing at the time. The plot involves a yak named Yakkity who dreams of being a stand up comedian. Alongside his friends Keo and Lemony, they get themselves into crazy scenarios that is always fun to watch. If you've never heard of this show and you enjoy silly, goofy humor, then this show is for you.
18. The Flintstones (1960)
Before Family Guy and The Simpsons, there was The Flintstones. Inspired by The Honeymooners, the show involves Fred Flintstone, an everyman who lives in the town of Bedrock during the Stone Age with his wife Wilma, their daughter Pebbles, his next door neighbor and best friend Barney Rubble, Barney's wife Betty, and their son Bamm-Bamm. When it comes to classic Hanna Barbera cartoons, most people associate with The Flintstones. Or our next cartoon.
17. The Jetsons (1962)
Another great cartoon created by Hanna Barbera, it follows of lives of George Jetson, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy, Jane, his wife, their robotic maid Rosey, and their dog Astro. It takes place in the futuristic year of 2062 in which there are flying cars, giant screen phones, and robotic maids that takes care of all the house chores. In each episode, the Jetsons futuristic universe always fascinated me with their amazing technology and wish that I would live a life like that. But I have to wait another 50 years, oh well. At least we're making good progress with our hybrid cars, automatic vacuum cleaners, and Skype.
Also one of my favorite crossovers of all time is when the Jetsons meet the Flintstones. It was amazing to see them switch time periods and seeing this Hanna Barbera cartoons together.
One more thing to mention is the new Jetsons movie. I'm really not looking forward to it. I mean, does Kanye West belong in the Jetsons universe? You tell me.
16. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)
Still to this day, SpongeBob SquarePants is the most popular cartoons in Nickelodeon. It has released the most episodes, beating Rugrats, The Fairly Oddparents, and Hey Arnold. The show involves an optimistic sea sponge named SpongeBob SquarePants living in a pineapple under the sea in the town of Bikini Bottom. He works as a fry cook working at a fast food joint called The Krusty Krab, hangs out with his best friends Patrick Star, Gary the Snail, Squidward Tentacles, and Sandy Cheeks, tries hard to get a driver's license, and foils the evil plans of Plankton. Created by Steven Hillenberg, a animator and marine biologist who worked on previous Nickelodeon shows like Rocko's Modern Life, made a show to show his love for the ocean and its creatures. Each episode is always fun to watch, something that both kids and adults can enjoy.
15. Invader Zim (2001)
This cartoon is a classic example of a show that is clearly not for kids. I would expect something like this to be released on MTV or Adult Swim, but it was a Nickelodeon cartoon. That made it even more awesome. The show involves an alien from the planet Irk named Zim who wishes to be a great invader. However, he's terrible at it when he destroyed his planet unknowingly during Irk's first invasion mission. The Irkin leaders, the Allmighty Tallest, decided to get rid of Zim by sending him to a "secret mission" in an unknown planet and giving him a disfunctional robot assistant called GIR. The planet that Zim and GIR end up in is Earth and they adapt to the lives of Earthlings. A crazy paranormal obsessed boy named Dib discovers Zim and tries hard to prove to everyone that he's an alien.
Created by Jhonen Vasquez, the same creator of the sadistic books Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Squee, brought the same animation and dark comedy that he's known for and made this awesome show. However, it was cancelled during its prime and this show is still known to this day as a cult classic. Still to this day, there's a lot of Invader Zim merchandise in Hot Topic and it's very popular. I do get a bit angry when young 12 to 14-year-olds think that they can rock the shirts as oppose to the people who grew up with it. This picture pretty much says how I feel.
14. Beavis and Butthead (1992)
This show is one of the best animated shows ever released. Looking back on the original episodes, it makes me sad on how much MTV has changed, in my opinion, for the worse. The show involves two braindead teenagers named Beavis and Butthead who love nothing more than skipping class, trying to get laid, commenting on MTV music videos, and just hanging out. Back then, this show was the kind of show that kids wanted to see, but parents forbade them from watching. When I got older, watching it always reminded me of what a dumb high school teenager's life would be in the 90's. It was great!
After Mike Judge completed King of the Hill, he had commented that he wanted to release more Beavis and Butthead episodes and revive the show for a new generation. On October 27, 2011, Beavis and Butthead returned on MTV after being off the air for almost 15 years. The show was the same as the original, except taking place today. Instead of Beavis and Butthead commenting on just music videos, they watch episodes of Jersey Shore, UFC, and YouTube videos. The revival is great and it's just as good as the original. It just goes to show you that a show can be revived successfully if you update it very well, while keeping what made everything in the original great.
12. Rugrats (1991)
One of the first Nicktoons that ever premiered on Nickelodeon is still one of the best shows that ever graced television. This is the show that put Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo and their animation company, Klasky Csupo, on the map. The show is about the lives of 4 babies, Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, Phil and Lil Deville, from their perspectives. It shows how they see the world and the adults that control everything. This show also brings into their amazing imagination as they go through crazy adventures in their backyards from finding Moose Country to going into the moon. This show is still fun to watch to this very day bringing you back in a time when Nickelodeon was beginning to grow in popularity as the kids show to watch.
11. Doug (1991)
Yes, I admit it. I love Doug. I do. This show has extremely relatible characters and it shows what a typical kid from the 90's would live. The show involves the every day life of Doug Funnie going to school, hanging out with his friends, and writing everything down on his journal. Doug has intriguing alter-egos such as Quailman, Race Cannon, and Jack Bandit that he sometimes imagines whenever he gets himself into trouble. Premiering on the same day as Rugrats and Ren and Stimpy, it gets overlooked a lot. But I still love it, regardless on what anybody says. Hell, I even dressed up as Doug for Halloween when I was in the 5th grade. It's still a great show that you should check out if you haven't in a while.
That's all for now. Tune in next time as I cover my top 10 favorite animated shows. Hope to see you around Old School Lane real soon. Thanks for reading.
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