TV Shows I Grew Up Watching
Shows I Loved
1435 6.9 7.81. Animaniacs (1993)
I wish I could watch more of it, though. But I think I've watched enough episodes.
1906 7.5 8.72. Tom and Jerry (1940)
691 6.8 8.33. Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999)
I just love that show for its dark and surreal humor. There's even some episodes that could frighten young children (in a good way). It's one of these shows were it not only entertains and challenges younger audience at the same time, but also doesn't treat them like idiots or fools, unlike the later seasons of SpongeBob and Rugrats.
1822 6.8 7.64. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)
Only for the first three seasons. And I stopped watching it shortly before Season 4 ended.
From what I hear and seen from people's opinion on the later seasons, I really feel bad for today's children. Not only the characters' personalities have dramatically changed, but the show's humor and writing are just cruel, disgusting, and mean-spirited.
1294 6.2 6.95. The Powerpuff Girls (1998)
276 7.3 7.66. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (2004)
776 6.8 7.57. Tiny Toon Adventures (1990)
I actually hated it at first. But as I got older, I started to appreciate it.
Shows I Hated
375 5.6 6.38. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002)
The main character isn't interesting. Most of the show's writing are weak. It heavily relies too much on lazily done pop culture references.
107 3.4 3.39. Barney & Friends (1992)
Just why the hell did I still watch it until when I was eight years old, as opposed to five?
1460 6.8 7.910. Dexter's Laboratory (1996)
One of those shows that I loathe, but everyone else admires. Dee Dee was painfully annoying. The parents are so dumb, naive, and oblivious. The episodes that I really hate are the ones that Dee Dee always beats the crap out of Dexter's ass and he always getting the axe. Plus, the endings and pay-offs are just lame and stupid.
1289 6.5 7.411. Rugrats (1991)
*sigh* This is seriously one of THE most overrated shows ever. I really don't get the appeal of it. The writing and logic are inconsistant, implausible, lazy, and nonsensical. Not to mention that one of its overused clichés is the "it was all a dream" cliché.
The show's humor isn't funny. It has an over-reliance on blatant pop culture references and bathroom humor without any substance. The parents are so stupid, incompetent, and naive. They definitely won't win the Parents of the Year award.
One character that I really hate with passion is Angelica Pickles. She is so creepy and over-the-top that it's so unrealistic and unnatural. Plus, what three year old talks like that? She just gives me negative feelings everytime I see her, think about her, and hear her talk. And she's not one of those love-to-hate villains like Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Darth Vader from Star Wars, or the Joker from The Dark Knight.
One other thing that really pisses me off is that the show even managed to get a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. And not even far better shows like The Animaniacs has gotten that kind of achievement. I mean, seriously, WTF?!
When I saw Apocalypse Now, which later became my all-time favorite film, I felt like my childhood has been cheated when first heard the line, "The horror. The horror." That is one of main reasons why I hate pop culture references in general (unless if it's done right).
And really, if the execs and writers are going to cash in or bring back a show that was once popular, they have to understand why it's popular. They can't just go business or writing 101 and have the habit of "Oh, it's a kid's show. That doesn't mean why we have to try."
255 5.9 6.612. Yu-Gi-Oh! (1998)
This is one show that I regret watching. One of the reasons why I watched was because of its rising popularity. Not to mention that I even wasted my hard-earned money on those trading cards. Well, curiosity killed the cat.
Anyways, the 4Kids voice dubbing was hammy and uninspired; some are even annoying and grating. The dialogue and writing are childish and unintelligent. And the edits and censorship are just unprofessional, unsubtle, and questionable. There's even some that are just plain stupid and unnecessary.
Once the uncut versions of the original series, including season 0, are out on Blu-ray or digital stream, I'll probably watch them to make up for the mistake of watching the 4Kids dub in the first place.
About 4Kids, they're one of the worst companies to come in existance. They are a disgrace to anime fans everywhere and give the media a bad name.
Other Shows I've Watched
675 6.7 713. The Fairly OddParents (2001)
The show was a mixed bag, mostly due to its tired and forced plot/writing routine for most of the episodes. I stopped watching it when I was 16. I heard people say that the show even jumped the shark when Poof appeared, and had the same fate as SpongeBob; first few seasons good, later seasons bad.
1089 6.4 6.614. Pokémon (1997)
It's mostly the Kanto Region episodes that I remember watching the most. Even though it was formally dubbed by 4Kids, the voice acting and the censorship editing aren't as bad compared to the later shows they dubbed.
Wish I Could Have Watched More or Remember
370 6.4 7.515. Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985)
I don't remember a lot from this show, aside from its catchy theme song.
514 6.5 7.616. Darkwing Duck (1991)
I liked watching it as a kid. But for some strange reason, I was more into the shows on Nickelodeon. Man, what was wrong with me back then?
959 6.5 7.317. Dinosaurs (1991)
One of those shows that has a catchy instrumental theme song.
1065 6.8 8.118. DuckTales (1987)
Ducktales woo-hoo! That's all I have to say.
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