Top Ten Good Cartoons That Went Downhill

The Top Ten

1 The Fairly OddParents The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon.

Oh, god. This needs to be number one. This HAS to be number one. Here is why this should be number one.

Top 5 Reasons

5. It is random and the jokes come around in EVERY WAY. Seriously, starting in Seasons 6-8, we got a bunch of jokes that have NOTHING to do with the story. And the story can be dumb and random, too. Timmy's dad falling for a DOG?!

4. The annoying voices. There is a ton of screaming in the later seasons, it'll make your ears bleed. Cosmo, oh, crap, Cosmo's voice went from tolerable to ear-grating.

3. The plots are very, very stupid. That's all I have to say.

2. The animation style. This didn't start until Season 9, but it looks awful. The characters look so different from Seasons 1-8. Wanda and Cosmo look so stupid with their redesign.

And the number one reason is...

Never mind. You know what it is.

Sparky was probably the one that ruined the show, but Chloe is still a terrible character. She's about as Mary Sue as you could get. FOP just kept getting worse after Season 9 and she did nothing good or new for it. Yes this show will always be special to Butch Hartman (since it was his first true success that was his own idea), but he's not doing it or himself any favors by keeping it on longer than it needs to. While I was watching a few episodes of Season 10, I couldn't help but cringe at the forced unfunny jokes, annoying voice acting (Tara Strong's mostly, since the voice she used to give Timmy wasn't THAT annoying), and the way Chloe steals the spotlight every time she shows up to remind us that she's the new star of the show. Seriously, FOP should've been cancelled years ago because it has gotten stupid even by its own standards!

Don't get me wrong, I love seasons 1-5 of Fairly OddParents. Up until season 6, Fairly OddParents was easily one of the best shows to ever air on Nickelodeon. It had great humor, likable characters, creative animation, interesting storylines, good morals, and some really phenomenal specials such as Abra-Catastrophe and Channel Chasers. As a kid I could really relate to Timmy Turner, and Cosmo was one of the most hilarious secondary protagonists in all of cartoon history.

Then Cosmo and Wanda had a baby in season 6 named Poof (what was Butch thinking when they decided to make Cosmo pregnant instead of Wanda!?!?). I didn't hate poof myself, I thought he was cute and lovable. But at the same time he was kinda pointless and was difficult to relate to him compared to Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda. Of course, the characters began to change, the episodes began to focus less on Timmy, and more on Poof and Foop. The jokes were getting rather immature and vague than funny. Not to mention I ...more

It's about time Nickelodeon moved this show over to Nicktoons. After seeing a bit of Season 10, they must have finally realized that it's been going on for too long and that it no longer needs to be renewed. Besides, Nick doesn't even need The Fairly Odd Parents anymore. It's still got SpongeBob (which, unlike FOP, is actually getting better now that Stephen Hillenberg, along some of the original writers, have returned to work on the show) and it also has great other shows, like The Loud House, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Miraculous Ladybug, and even Butch Hartman's brand new series, Bunsen is a Beast.

2 Family Guy Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter (Fat, Idiotic Dad) and Lois (Nagging Bitchy Wife), their children Meg (Socially Awkward Daughter) Chris (Fat, Idiotic ...read more.

I can't understand how people like the dad noises and the whale being torne to shreds. But besides that, the morals and executions of this show have gotten to the bottom of the barrel of cartoon comedies

Weird! I don't recall this show EVER being good! The earlier seasons we're certainly better but that's not really saying much! It's the equivalent of saying a searing oven is cooler than an inferno! This pathetic excuse for a show gives animation in general a bad name and needs to be cancelled! Do yourself a favor and watch Futurama instead! It's MILES better!

It's sort of getting better around Season 14, but that's not really saying much. I still prefer the classic seasons of Family Guy. Oh well, at least it doesn't add stupid pointless characters to the main cast like Fairly Odd Parents.

I don't know why, but I really think Fairly Odd Parents is much worse. Maybe it's because Family Guy never needed to add pointless characters to the main cast.

3 Spongebob Squarepants SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator the late Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. SpongeBob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 20 years, and is beginning its 12th season. ...read more.

WHAT ARE YOU GUYS TALKING ABOUT! Yes, the seasonal rot was bad, but it was better than many other seasonal rots. Family Guy had a much worse seasonal rot than this one, by a long shot! Compare Brian's a Bad Father and Seashell Party to One Course Meal and A Pal For Gary. Basically you guys are comparing blood, gore, insults, Peter acting like a moron and sick scenes to only TWO suicide jokes, Torture, Patrick being ignorant and Money obsession. Even FOP and The Simpsons had a worse seasonal rot than this. Mostly because THIS seasonal rot actually had good episodes, have you ever seen Friend or Foe, It's a SpongeBob Christmas, Krusty Towers, Have You Seen This Snail? (especially), Dunces and Dragons, Sand Castles in the Sand, I Heart Dancing, Plankton's Pet, Planet of the Jellyfish, The Inside Job, Overbooked, The Original Fry Cook, The Two Faces of Squidward, Roller Cowards, Hello Bikini Bottom! (now that this has aired you could stop complaining about Atlantis SquarePantis), Suction ...more

And Spongebob is getting better. Though they're starting to show it a little less often either due to Loud House (NOT a bad decision because I like Loud House) or the fact that BAD sitcoms (except Nicky Ricky Dicky & Dawn and Every Witch Way) get the prime time slot.

Yes, this show DID used to be good when it first premiered back in 1999. But it went downhill starting with season 4. True, post-movie SpongeBob did deliver some great episodes, but also had a variety of really BAD episodes. Episodes after the SECOND theatrical film are even WORSE! Why? TOO MANY goofy facial expressions! Why do people find this funny? Because "the original crew returned to SpongeBob". That is not gonna make SpongeBob any better. SpongeBob was supposed to rely on mostly dialogue humor. I too was expecting seasons 10 and onwards to be EXACTLY like the first three seasons. I was wrong, it just went from bad to worse.

SpongeBob Season 9 is Starting to Get Back on Track, But Spongebob Seasons 5, 6, 7, 8 are Just Horrendous. Giving us Abominations Like Boating Buddies, Someone's in the Kitchen With Sandy, Choir Boys, Stuck in the Wringer, Demolition Doofus, Pet Sitter Pat, Yours Mine and Mine, A Pal For Gary, And We Can't Forget the Unholy Abomination, One Coarse Meal

I'll switch 1 with 3 and this list is good enough for me. I mean althrough the modern episodes had a lot of bad episodes, there's few good episodes out there like Planet of the Jellyfish or Sand Castles in the Sand. And AT LEAST It didn't add useless characters like Fairly OddParents did

4 The Simpsons The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening that originally started on April 19, 1987 as shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show. It got its own series on December 17, 1989 and is still running as of 2019, making it the longest running animated sitcom. It is about a man named Homer ...read more.

Every time I think of The Simpsons I yawn and say "When is this show going to end"? Don't get me wrong, I love the first 10 seasons, and I understand Matt Groening and the writers are trying really hard to keep the show fresh and original. I give the show credit because the characters are still likable and the animation has gotten better, but the humor is so dull and the morals have become too politically accurate, to the point where it's now boring to sit through. I still think The Simpsons is without a doubt one of the most iconic cartoons of all time. I just feel that the best way for the show to remain strong is for it to finally be put to rest before it suffers more.

It really makes no sense for this show to still be on (unless you happen to be a Fox network executive). Season eight if not season seven would have been an ideal stopping point.

That Fox abruptly cancelled great shows like Firefly yet lets dreck like this stay on TWENTY YEARS past its sell-by date speaks volumes.

Five good seasons, two decent seasons, twenty not-so-good seasons and (unfortunately) counting. Fox just needs to let this one end already.

5 Ren and Stimpy The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated television series created by John Kricfalusi for Nickelodeon.

The Adult Party Cartoon revival is specifically what people mean by the show going downhill. Just Google "Ren Seeks Help". I haven't seen that episode, but judging by how Ren looks so Satanic in the images and that there's one image of him seeming to undergo surgery, I don't think I have the guts to watch the episode myself.

Remember how Ren and Stimpy started as a funny, weird cartoon but went down to a disturbingly inappropriate cartoon for adults? The Nick version was alright, but the revival?

The only GOOD episode from APC is "Man's Best Friend" which doesn't really count since it was made for the original series which went downhill after the 1993 fiasco with the creator.

The Adult Party Cartoon spin-off is what people exactly mean by this show going downhill. I'm glad this "thing" ended after six episodes.

6 Phineas and Ferb Phineas and Ferb is an American animated comedy-musical television series. Originally broadcast as a one-episode preview on August 17, 2007 and again previewed on September 28, 2007, the series officially premiered on February 1, 2008 and ended on June 12, 2015 on Disney Channel, and follows Phineas ...read more.

I completely disagree. I found all of their stuff original, and if not, still creative and good to watch when nothing else is on. Even my parents like this show, and they're not fond of many of the cartoons I've watched over the years. You should keep in mind that for a while this was the only cartoon airing on Disney Channel, and during that time it was the best thing they had going for them! And this was after it had already been around for four, five years. Compared to the live action shows Disney's been airing for the past decade, this was a diamond in the rough for them.

It's not that the quality of the show became bad, we just got tired of the same formula every time. Each episode is just the same thing except for professor Doof might build a different "inator". And when the 7 planets align, they might make some small changes to the formula. I don't mind if Disney keeps airing this show, but I won't be catching up with it anytime soon.

They keep using the same thing over and over again, they have lost their creativity, the rocket idea has been done 90 times, and they've traveled through time way too much.

Good thing Disney ended this series before it hit rock bottom.

I never really liked this show, it was like, hey! Lets make a show Where they have unrealistic heads, constant plots, and an annoying sister, YAAAY!

7 South Park South Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. The show is about four boys, who are Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick, and their adventures in South Park, Colorado.

I have no respect for modern South Park. If I had to make a choice of either keeping it the way it is or wishing the entire franchise away (including the good episodes and the movie) I would have a really hard time choosing, that's how bad it has gotten!

Many cartoons like the Simpsons or Family Guys went downhill but are still watchable. South Park however, since the show changed into a wrong way, is not watchable anymore. This show is too serious, too dramatic, too based on real life, the newest gags are lame, unfunny and too much used. It's started to become unwatchable in season 19 with PC, gentrification, yaoi, add... Then, it became worse in season 20 with no standalone, a bad storyline, a season TOO focused on Garrison, Gerard, Cartman, Heidi, Butters and Kyle, making most of the major characters, especially Stan and Kenny, are useless. I just hope season 23 will be the last season and South Park will be cancelled after that! Except maybe if Trey and Matt seriously stop that stupid continuity and give us back South Park as it was before season 19.

I disagree with everyone which defending the show after the latest seasons. The animations of the first seasons were suck but honestly, this is something which made the show unique along with the humor. The whole sjw thing has been too painful to watch. The comedy has been done so badly we feel like they're promoting sjw instead. That Tweek and Craig thing has been too abusive that I don't even want to support lgbt rights because of them (Where is Big Al Gay each time we need him?! He's a better lgbt character unlike these "twos"). There is also these continuity on each episode at each season since the 18th season, a "brillant" idea for every poorly written plot. Then Garrison into Donald Trump. (I hate Trump and really, these "Trump Jokes" doesn't make me laugh at all.)

They tried to go back on the root in the 21th season and even here, they failed because there is still that continuity (Cartman and Heidi), it's still political and it's still serialized like s19. Even the ...more

I hate modern South Park, I HATE IT! I hate the drama, the commentary, the changing characters, I just hate everything about it now

8 Adventure Time Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of a boy named Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio)—a dog with the magical power to change shape ...read more.

I don't like Adventure Time that much to begin with, but I will admit that I did like its older episodes in the first few seasons. They were actually quite fun to watch, to be honest. However, based on what everyone is saying about the show having now lost its charm and humor that it had, now it seems to me Adventure Time has become as boring as a Naruto filler episode.

UPDATE: Okay, it seems the show has gotten A LOT better, so I respect Adventure Time much more better now. Here's to the continued success of Adventure Time as it nears its series conclusion and the upcoming movie it will be getting.

Adventure Time was one of my favorite cartoons in its first 4 seasons. Ironic that my 2 favorite cartoons both went down in season 5. Adventure time's halfway through 5th and 6th seasons have lost the charm and humor that they used to have, and it's just boring now.

I liked this cartoon. The first 5 seasons were enjoyable and fun to watch. I think the main problem is that they focused too much on continuity.

It actually got better because the romance drama is over. As for Regular Show that is..

9 Total Drama Total Drama is a Canadian animated comedy television series which is a homage and parody to the conventions commonly found in reality television.

I honestly like the first three seasons (Island, Action and World Tour) but after that it's all downhill. I say it should've just been cancelled after World Tour

I always thought Total Drama was a stupid cartoon from the start. All the characters are bland and the flash animation is choppy and lazy.

After Tom McGillis left in season 4, the show lost its charm. That, and the new contestants aren't as realistic or as funny.

The first 3 seasons were good but ROTI was when it got downhill

10 Arthur Arthur is a Canadian/American animated educational television series for children, created by Cookie Jar Group and WGBH for PBS.

The flash animation is what killed it for me.

Should've got butchered off long ago.

The Contenders

11 Looney Tunes Looney Tunes is an American animated series of comedy short films produced by Warner Bros. from 1930 to 1969 during the golden age of American animation, alongside its sister series Merrie Melodies.

The late 60s shorts, need we say more?

12 The Powerpuff Girls The Powerpuff Girls is an American animated television series created by animator Craig McCracken for Cartoon Network. The main characters of this show are Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup. The show is about the Professor Utonium creating three little superhero girls that save the day from villains. ...read more.

The first four seasons were fantastic, but seasons 5 and 6 were just plain boring, just like the new Dexter's Laboratory seasons. This was during the time Craig McCracken left the show to Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and gave his prior show to that one man I still hate as a person (because of his sexual harassment). These new seasons are not as bad as the reboot, don't get me wrong, it's just that they didn't have the same charm as the Craig McCracken era.

However, like Dexter's Laboratory's new seasons, I don't hate ALL of the new episodes. There is a number of episodes that I really like: Burglar Alarmed, See Me Feel Me Gnomey, Little Miss Interprets, I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future, and Silent Treat, for examples, are all FANTASTIC episodes! But I do think the new seasons were plain boring and lackluster.

I'm glad it ended when it did, because seasons 5 and 6 show that they were running low on ideas. I still dislike episodes such as Toast of the Town, ...more

After Craig McCracken left the show after season 4, the show's quality went down the drain. The plots for seasons 5 and 6 were quite ridiculous overall, the characters went through very noticeable bad changes, the action was no longer exciting and was instead boring, and the comedy lost its luster.

Also, on a minor note, the show switched to digital ink midway through season 4, and to be honest, I prefer the less advanced animation of seasons 1-3.

You know, when this show's seasonal rot, along with Dexter's Laboratory's seasonal rot, were run by Chris Savino, at least this one's seasonal rot, as well as Dexter's Laboratory's seasonal rot, were run by the same guy who, not only worked on these two shows before he took over, but also had his name on countless of our favorite cartoons growing up, and created the Loud House.

Although the original show in its last seasons weren't as good as the first ones, I wouldn't really call those last seasons bad, but rather boring. But if that wasn't enough, check out the new abominable 2016 reboot of the series. That's even worse!

13 Dexter's Laboratory Dexter's Laboratory is an American comic science fiction animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network, and the first of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The show is about a kid scientist named Dexter that has a sister named Dee Dee that keeps breaking into his lab.

I'm more inclined to agree that the first two seasons were such AWESOME seasons. Unfortunately, Genndy Tartakovsky left Dexter's Laboratory to work on Samurai Jack, and later handed his prior to that one man I hate as a person now (because of his sexual harassment). Due to that, the show became very boring, and most of the new episodes suffered as a result.

However, I don't hate ALL of the new episodes. Just like the Powerpuff Girls, there is quite a number of episodes that I genuinely enjoy: Dexter the Barbarian, Dexter's Wacky Races (because it's nice for once to see the Justice League and Dial M for Monkey again), Used Ink, Momdark, and Glove at First Sight are all FANTASTIC episodes if you ask me.

But generally speaking, I do think the new seasons were very boring, and uncreative. I think this was due to the success of the T.V. movie Ego Trip, which was supposed to be the series finale.

Personally, I'm glad it ended when it did, because despite some great ...more

You know, when this show's seasonal rot was run by Chris Savino, at least this one's seasonal rot was run by the same guy who, not only worked on this show before he took over, but also had his name on countless of our favorite cartoons growing up, and created the Loud House.

Only the animation was effected. Keep your eyes closed and you'll be fine.

Season 3 Happen This Shows Turn Very Ugly

14 Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, is an American–Danish action comedy family animated TV series that started as a pilot shorts for LEGO that aired on Cartoon Network in 2011. The show centers on the adventures of six ninja: Lloyd, Kai, Cole, Jay, Zane, and Nya.

I was done with this one after season 6. You can hold on to your childhood but you can't stretch it like this show did.

After season 4 of this show it started to get really old

15 Garfield

This is a comic strip, but who the heck cares! I did not add this here, but I just HATE Garfield from 2010- present. The characters are total addicts to technology, Jon and Garfield are just stupid, and it's run out of ideas. A lot of jokes are just remakes of older strips, and it's really bland. Garfield has overstayed his welcome, and needs to end.

16 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is an American computer animated television series created by John A. Davis. It is the first spin-off to the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.

This is still on/renewed?

This show never interested me. I always HATED Jimmy Neutron.

If you say that, I don't blame you. Why? Because people think THIS is more superior than Dexter's Laboratory! Now I know why I never watched Nickelodeon that much as a kid.

You mean, Planet Sheen?

17 Superman (Paramount Pictures cartoons)

Dave and Max were better at Superman than Famous Studios

18 The Boondocks The Boondocks is an American animated sitcom created by Aaron McGruder for Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. It is based upon his comic strip of the same name. The series premiered on November 6, 2005.

Only the first three seasons were good. Season 4 wasn't.

I don't like season 4

19 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a children's animated fantasy television series developed by Lauren Faust, produced by Hasbro Studios and DHX Media Vancouver. Despite the target demographic of young girls, Friendship Is Magic has also gained a large following of older viewers, mainly young and ...read more.

The first season is pretty good and the second one is ok. The rest is barely watchable unless you're mentally ill. Also, I should avoid the fandom like a plague if I were you.

It was popular but after season 5 it's going downhill.

This show sucks all together

It was never good to begin with.

20 Popeye the Sailor Popeye the Sailor is a fictional American cartoon character created by Elzie Crisler Segar. The character first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929, and Popeye became the strip's title in later years.

Max Fleischer's shorts were better.

21 Danny Phantom Danny Phantom is an American animated series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. It was produced by Billionfold Studios and distributed in Canada by Nelvana, a Canadian animation company. The series follows a teenage boy who, after an accident with an unpredictable portal between the human world ...read more.

Season 3 was the worst!

I HERD THAT SEASON 3 WAS THE DOWNFALL OF DANNY PHANTOM

22 Drawn Together Drawn Together is an American adult animated sitcom which ran on Comedy Central from October 27, 2004 to November 14, 2007. The series was created by Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein, and uses a sitcom format with a TV reality show setting.

This show was NEVER good! Not even for one second! It sucked all the way through!

At least thundermans are trying to get to be funny than this.

Honestly, this show was never good.

Drawn Together: The Movie.

23 Gravity Falls Gravity Falls is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation that first aired on Disney Channel, and then on Disney XD from June 15, 2012 to February 15, 2016. The series follows the adventures of Dipper Pines and his twin sister Mabel in the fictional town of Gravity ...read more.

Dipper became a giant jerk in season 2 and I prefered the old episodes that were just seperate stories that could stand on their own.

I hate season 2 of this show, especially because of Dipper

This show really needs to get a last season

Why is this show on here?

24 Invader Zim Invader Zim is an American animated television series created by Jhonen Vasquez for Nickelodeon. The series centers on an extraterrestrial named Zim from the planet Irk, and his mission to conquer Earth and enslave the human race along with his malfunctioning robot servant GIR.

This did not really go downhill that much. Granted, some later episodes were weak (such as "Mortos der Soulstealer", which was boring), but it stayed entertaining from beginning to end.

Sometimes I wonder what Invader Zim would have been like had it not been cancelled so early, given that Jhonen hated working for Nickelodeon at the time.

This doesn't make any sense. How could a show go downhill when it was cancelled after 27 episodes?

Why is this here when it only lasted 27 episodes? It was great from the start!

25 Space Goofs Space Goofs is a French animated series produced by Gaumont Multimedia, and Xilam for France 3 that first aired in 1997. It also debuted at the same year in Germany on ProSieben.

It was never good.

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