By Michael Mann
Cartoon Network, for every good show there are ten bad ones. Time to go over my personal favorite shows that came from the network. Note: Nothing from Adult Swim will be put on this list, so don’t get offended that Rick and Morty or Robot Chicken isn’t on this list.
5. Teen Titans
Ahh, Teen Titans. It’s about Teenage superheroes, Beast Boy, Starfire, Robin, Cyborg, and Raven fighting crime around fictional city Jump City. It’s a really good series that I really enjoyed watching in my early childhood and even recently. You might be wondering why this is so far up on the list. Well, I never enjoyed it as much as other people have. Don’t get me wrong I like the series, but I am not a super fanboy of it.
4. The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
This is the second creepiest show on this list. The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack is about a boy named FlapJack and his friend Captain K’nuckles going on wacky adventures to get candy, which is the most addictive and valuable thing in the show. Depending on who you are, you either liked this show as a kid or it scarred you for life and was the worst thing you ever experienced. For me personally, I loved this show and watched it all the time. This is just one of those shows that are very silly on the surface but has an ominous undertone. For example, in one episode K’nuckles has to go to school, and it ends up being a Kraken controlling the students and the teacher just so it can feast on K’nuckles. There was also all the horrifying zooming into the faces of certain people, like the one creepy cat photo, which I don’t want to get in trouble for uploading to an article, so enjoy this meme.
This is just one of those shows you have to have a dark sense of humor and be a fan of horror and general weird stuff to actually like.
3. Regular Show
Part of the Cartoon Network renaissance of good shows after the terrible times of LIVE ACTION TELEVISION (really it’s CARTOON Network NOT NICK). Regular Show is about two best friends, Mordecai (a blue jay) and Rigby (a raccoon), that work together at a park where lots of weird zany things happen on a daily basis. This is one the few shows I watched as a kid and still enjoy watching it today. The only true criticisms I have of this show is the last season; it’s just terrible. It’s about the employees of the park going to space and doing stuff up there, and it’s just terrible. The only good that came from the final season was the very end of the last episode, which ended the series on a sad yet satisfying note. But other than that, it’s a solid series that I really enjoy watching, and I would suggest this series to anyone who likes animated shows.
2. Code Name: Kids Next Door
Code Name: Kids Next Door follows the story of five kids who are part of a group of kids who fight adults that want to ruin all the fun. As cliche’ as that sounds, it is one of the best shows to ever air on Cartoon Network. It’s a pretty creative cartoon, and each episode comes with a new plot each time. Probably the most surprising thing about this cartoon is that the story actually has continuity. It acknowledges things that happen in other episodes and even ends with stuff that has been building up for the entirety of the series. The only thing that I can say negatively about this cartoon is that most episodes come with an explosion of colors that occasionally give me a headache, but other than that, nothing much else to say. I really suggest you check it out especially if you watched it when you were younger and are afraid it isn’t as good as you remember because it actually is.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy: I didn’t have a place for it on my list since I haven’t watched an episode since it still aired on T.V., and I’m not sure how it holds up since I’m older. But, I still have fond memories of watching the show.
- Camp Lazlo: Funny show. Too childish. I loved watching it when I was younger, so thought it deserved a mention.
- Power Puff Girls: This show is really good, but being raised in this country I found it to be way too girly as a kid, and I’ve only recently started to admire how good of a show this is.
1. Teen Titans GO!
Oooh boy, my favorite show in the entire history of the network! Love it, best show ever! 10/10. Yeah, no. But seriously, my actual favorite CN show is…
1. Courage the Cowardly Dog
Yes, Courage the Cowardly Dog is the best CN show. It’s about a paranoid pink dog named Courage living with two old people, Muriel and Eustace, in the middle of nowhere (which is literally the nearby town’s name) where a lot of weird stuff happens on a daily basis. Remember how I said Flapjack was the second weirdest? Well, this is the absolute weirdest, but weird isn’t always necessarily a bad thing. Growing up, I watched this more than any other cartoon airing at the time (even SpongeBob). It’s different from the normal things that aired on the network, and it didn’t rely on gross-out humor like most cartoons of that time did. If you’re a fan of creepy shows, I 10/10 recommend watching this.