Here are the fifteen best Cartoon Network shows from the 2000s that everyone should have seen.
Any child of the '90s can go on an endless rant about how awesome the cartoons they were able to watch were. Let's reminisce about all the great shows we watched as kids, complete with their wacky characters and even wackier plots.
So, without further ado, here are the fifteen best shows from the 2000s on Cartoon Network.
1 Teen Titans (2003-2006)
In this awesome animated series, created by Glen Murakami, we follow the exploits of the Pre-Justice League, a group of teenaged crime fighters operating in the city of Jump. Outside of Jump City, where the majority of the action occurs, the Titans reside in a massive T-shaped structure. Robin, Batman's sidekick and team leader, Cyborg, a humanoid robot with a knack for technology, Starfire, a princess from the planet Tamaran who is still getting used to Earth customs, and Raven, the daughter of an ancient and all-powerful demon God, Trigon, hailing from the parallel world of Azarath. last but not least, there's Beast Boy, a silly teen who can assume the form of any animal he wants.
Second, Samurai Jack (2001–2004)
Genndy Tartakovsky, a Russian-American animator, created this one-of-a-kind cartoon series about a trained Samurai named "Jack" and his fight against the all-powerful evil being known as "Aku." Because of this, Jack, who is dropped off in the future with only the bare necessities, must go back in time and defeat Aku before he can rule the world and bring about the horror that exists in the future.
It's safe to say that for many of us, Samurai Jack was our first exposure to the dystopian future and the ideas of loss and redemption. Following its initial success, Samurai Jack went on to win eight Emmys and receive widespread critical acclaim. Because of how well it connected with our generation, Adult Swim brought it back for one last season of the Toonami Block in March 2017.
The series The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (2003-2008)
The series was developed by Maxwell Atoms and airs on Cartoon Network. It follows the exploits of two best friends, Billy and Mandy, who become close to Death and, in exchange, become his eternal servants. Our hearts were won over by the supernatural Grim, with his Jamaican accent, and by the highly cynical Mandy, who always had Billy's best interests at heart no matter what. This show was driven by its constant provision of helpful guidance and advice.
Number Four, Adventure Time (2007-2018)
Storylines centered on Finn (a human) and Jake (a dog) who are best friends and shapeshifters. As they make their way across the post-apocalyptic and fantastic Land of Ooo, they run into strange lands and magical beings. Gaining a magical entourage that includes Marceline the Vampire Queen, the Lumpy Space Princess, BMO (a robot in the shape of a video game console), and Jake's love interest, Princess Bubblegum. As children, this show pushed us to the edge of our creativity, and it will always do so.
Steven Universe (5th place, 2013-present)This information was gleaned from Rolling Stone.
Rebecca Sugar is the first female head writer for a Cartoon Network animated series. Storywise, it's all about exploring space and learning about alien cultures. Half of an ancient and dangerous alien race, young Steven helps his friends defend Earth from the other half. For me, this futuristic comic book best captures the current generation's thirst for knowledge and adventure.
"Ed, Edd n Eddy" aired from 1999-2009.
The show, created by Danny Antonucci, follows the outrageous misadventures of three preteen boys with various variants of the name "Ed." We used to think this show was absolutely hilarious because of how goofy it was. The three are social outcasts whose pranks and attempts at having fun always backfire, to their embarrassment. In spite of this, the show consistently made its audience members and viewers laugh.
7 Dexter's Laboratory (1996) - 2003 (2007)The Syfy Channel
Genndy Tartakovsky (yes, you're seeing a pattern here; yes, he was AWESOME) is responsible for this cartoon. This animated short is a piece of comedic science fiction. The protagonist, Dexter, is an exceptionally bright kid for his age group. Dexter builds an underground lab in his room and hides it from his parents. His older sister, Dee Dee, adds comedic value to the show when she sabotages his scientific endeavors by sneaking into his laboratory.
Number Eight, "Johnny Bravo" (1997-2004)This information was obtained from: bigenter.com.
Van Partible made it for the Cartoon Network. Jeff Bennett, Tom Kenny, Larry Drake, Mae Whitman, and Brenda Vaccaro all lend their voices to the animated series. That episode was one of the most watched on Cartoon Network's history. Johnny Bravo, the main character, is a muscular young man who wears sunglasses in the cartoons.
He is still living at home with his mother despite his many failed attempts at dating. The show's adult humor is enhanced by the bizarre situations he finds himself in as a result of his desire to date despite his repeated failures. Both the Annies and the Golden Reels considered awarding this show.
Secret Project: Next Door's Kids (2001-2008)
Invented by Mr. Warburton, the protagonists in this series are a group of kids between the ages of five and ten who carry out their deeds in a mysterious fashion, but this doesn't stop the series from being a lot of fun, action, and adventure. They use their high-tech treehouse and gadgets to fight bad guys. They're all a part of a group called Kids Next Door, and they all go by numbers like 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
The Imaginary Friends of Foster Children, or Foster's Home (2004-2009).
The animated series, created by Craig McCracken, combines comedy and fantasy elements. On August 13, 2004, it premiered on Cartoon Network. The main character is a young lad named Mac whose mom has asked him to stop spending time with his imaginary pal Bloo. Then they discover an abandoned orphanage for children with imaginary friends. The series centers on Mac and bloo and their imaginary pals. It's a lot of fun, and it usually comes with some sort of adventure.
The Eleventh Year at Camp Lazlo (2005-2008)
Among the first shows on Cartoon Network to use a 16:9 aspect ratio, this John Murray creation was groundbreaking. There is humor involved, so we can classify it as such. The plot follows an anthropomorphic spider monkey who spends time at a camp with the catchy name of "Camp Kidney." Together with his roommates, the Indian elephant Raj and the rhinoceros Clam, Lazlo resides in the Jelly Bean cabin. The humor stems primarily from Lazlo's antics throughout his time at the camp.
Peppa Pig (2004-present) is number 12.From NPR
Astley Baker Davies's currently airing, most-watched show for children he also directed and produced. Peppa Pig, an anthropomorphic little girl pig, and her family are the main protagonists of this show. Peppa's family, including George Pig, Mumma Pig, Daddy Pig, Suzy Sheep, Candy Cat, and Miss Rabbit, also make appearances. The rest of her pals are represented by various animals. It includes seven distinct series. This show's success can be gauged by the fact that it has been aired in more than 180 countries.
13. The Powerpuff Girls (1998-2005)
Written and directed by Craig McCracken, with animation by Hanna-Barbera. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were the three main protagonists. Despite being only five years old at the time, all three of these girls were born with special abilities. In the cartoon, the girls frequently help defend the city of Townsville, where they live with their scientist father, Professor Utonium.
14 - Tenali Raman and the Incredible Journey (2003)
Based on the life of the celebrated courtier Tenali Raman, who served in the court of the then-Maharajah of the Deccan, King Krishnadevaraya of South India, this animation from Toonz Animation Studios was made for an Indian audience. The stories that followed were an homage to the rich tradition of Indian storytelling and contained humorous morals.Advertisements
15 - Scooby-Doo, an oldie but goodie that's still watched by kids today
Written by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, the original was produced by Hanna-Barbera and ran on Cartoon Network for much of the 2000s. As they consume countless boxes of Scooby Snacks and expose criminals and sometimes even real paranormal folks, the ever-iconic plot follows the ghost hunting (read: ghostbusting) adventures of a crime-solving gang of teenagers and their talking dog, Scooby. ZoinksAdvertisements
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