Top Ten Good Cartoons That Went Downhill


The Top Ten

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

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

I just looked up what the new character Chloe Carmichael looks like. She doesn't even look cute in my opinion! Her appearance makes me want to wish she got hit by an anvil! Ugh, I was okay with Poof, and I didn't really care much for Sparky, but when they once again added a new character to the show, now I officially think Modern The Fairly OddParents is worse than Modern SpongeBob. Yup, that's how bad The Fairly OddParents has gotten! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I can't think of another GOOD cartoon that got BAD more than The Fairly OddParents. Growing up in the 2000s, The Fairly OddParents was one of the most important shows of my childhood, and certainly one of the best shows on Nickelodeon. I know I have an unpopular opinion, but I actually didn't mind when the show added Poof in season 6 (though Cosmo being pregnant in Fairly OddBaby was downright disturbing). Poof was a one dimensional character and didn't annoy me as much as Sparky and Chloe, which I will get to eventually. The live action movies were cheesy and forgettable, but it wasn't until season 9 that I truly felt The Fairly OddParents had gotten BAD. Sparky was very annoying unlike Poof and made the show rather unwatchable than entertaining. Then came season 10 and the show got REALLY BAD. Just when you thought The Fairly OddParents couldn't get worse, they did it, they finally did it. Nickelodeon has officially killed The Fairly OddParents. Not only did they add yet another ...more - Disneykid00

When I found that someone actually thinks the modern episodes are better than the original episodes, it just blew my mind. How is it better? The jokes are more immature than funny, the old characters have been flanderized real bad (Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda being the biggest examples), the new characters are either useless or just plain annoying, and the writing has gotten lazy. I'm serious, in season 10 there was an episode where Poof, Foop, and some other fairy kid were shown right in front of Vicky and Mr. Turner. Aren't fairies not supposed to be shown in front of humans who are not their god child? Do "Da Rules" even exist in this show anymore?

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2 Spongebob Squarepants

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. - Kid_ethinederland

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 - ChiefMudkip

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 - SBells27

Say what you want about The Simpsons, at least most of their episodes aren't flat out offensive. Heck, say what you want about Family Guy. Even Family Guy, at it's ugliest and grossest, at least this show isint

even when at least Fox doesn't do rerun's 24/7.

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3 Family Guy 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 (Idiotic Dad) and Lois (Nagging Wife), their children Meg (Socially Awkward Daughter) Chris (Idiotic Son), and Stewie more.

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.

Just about everything after season 5 is horrible. - Garythesnail

At least there are a few funny things in the modern episodes.

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4 The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening that started in 1989, and is still running as of 2017, making it the longest running animated sitcom. It is about a man named Homer and his family going through a long series of misadventures.

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. - Disneykid00

It's Still Funny, Just Not Compared To Early Seasons - BeatlesFan1964

Yes, the old are classic! - gemcloben

You are bored.
The Simpsons has been running for a longer time than many cartoons.
Its too popular, to end yet. It will only end if suddenly it became less popular or any voice overs of the main characters (Homer, Marge, Bart, or Lisa) dies.

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5 Ren and Stimpy 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. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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? - Garythesnail

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. - Kid_ethinederland

6 Phineas and Ferb 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 more.

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. - ToptenPizza

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

I can't believe I liked this thing back then. It's plot is just repetitive and is barely enjoyable!

It's like John Cena, only has 5 things it can do. - thisisspata

It was a formulaic show, but I never hated it. - DCfnaf

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7 South Park 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.

South Park never went downhill. It actually has gotten better and better each season. I always felt uncomfortable watching the first 3 seasons specifically due to the crappy looking animation and boring plots but it has gotten so much more fun over the years, to the point where South Park is one of my favorite cartoons of all time. Sure it has gotten more political over the years, but I like how the show pokes at controversies and events in the modern world and gives us a good laugh whenever we're feeling depressed about these events. Also, South Park has gone on for years and all the characters remain likable, unlike Family Guy where Peter and Brian have turned into jerks and Chris has become stupider than a rock. - Disneykid00

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.

Cut a long story short, its not really about the boys anymo re. i ts dramatised the very controversies they've mocked. In doing so they've alienated the boys for a greater glory. I feel Cartmans' usual ticks have long expired- I couldn't bring myself see him be stripped of his demeanour of doom. The Jew bagging, Kyle hating, Butter blaming, Tourette faking Eric Cartman is now a relic of our own past. Kyle seems as lost in it all as I am, Stan is no longer felt to have a real true presence and Kenny doesn't even die anymore. Toast to the classics and being old enough to say so!

Heads Up: Season 21 will not be serialized. South Park could start feeling like seasons 1-8 again. - Kid_ethinederland

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8 Adventure Time 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 more.

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. - Garythesnail

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. - TheReviewer20

It actually got better because the romance drama is over. As for Regular Show that is.. - 445956

Adventure Time was always boring - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

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9 Total Drama 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 always thought Total Drama was a stupid cartoon from the start. All the characters are bland and the flash animation is choppy and lazy. - Disneykid00

WHY DOES THIS STILL AIR?! Seriously, it's just gotten sadistic lately! - Garythesnail

The spin off series is just weird and uncreative - ToptenPizza

It went downhill starting with "All-Stars",since they started hiring the wrong writers and even with the old ones the show lost its charm.The first one was a perfect balance between realism and entertainment.The second one was not as good as the first but it was still good to watch,I give them credits for coming up with challenges based on movies.With the third one being ALMOST as good as the first,the fourth one was the worst,but it still was great,until the fifth one that is a full season even though they should've been separate seasons.All-Stars was terrible,they managed to dumb down everyone,the writing was lame and they destroyed the birth place of the show for no good reason.The 2nd part of the fifth season that is Pahkitew Island was A BIT better but it was still pretty bad with its unlikable cast,Chris's sadism and much more.
Also,Tom McGillis didn't leave in season 4,he's still the creator.

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10 The Powerpuff Girls 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. more.

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! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

Well...the reboot... - DCfnaf

I'd rather watch seasons 5 and 6 of the original series than the reboot. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

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The Newcomers

? Happy Tree Friends Happy Tree Friends Happy Tree Friends is an adult animated flash series created and developed by Aubrey Ankrum, Rhode Montijo, Kenn Navarro and Warren Graff for Mondo Media.
? Teen Titans Go! Teen Titans Go! 'Teen Titans Go!' is an American animated television series produced by Cartoon Network. The show follows a superhero group called the Teen Titans, and shows what happens when they go home and have silly adventures. This show is Cartoon Network's revival of the popular 2003-2006 American animated television more.

The Contenders

11 Arthur Arthur Arthur is a Canadian/American animated educational television series for children, created by Cookie Jar Group and WGBH for PBS.
12 Looney Tunes 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.
13 The Boondocks The Boondocks Cantankerous Robert "Granddad" Freeman is the legal guardian of his grandsons, 10-year-old revolutionary Huey and 8-year-old Riley, a product of contemporary rap culture. After moving the family from Chicago's South Side to the safety of suburban Woodcrest -- aka the boondocks -- Granddad hopes to ignore more.

I don't like season 4

14 Gravity Falls 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 more.

Why is this show on here? - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

This show really needs to get a last season

Gravity falls is bad

This show sucks

15 Superman (Paramount Pictures cartoons)

Dave and Max were better at Superman than Famous Studios - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

16 Invader Zim 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 doesn't make any sense. How could a show go downhill when it was cancelled after 27 episodes? - Disneykid00

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

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.

17 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 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 show never interested me. I always HATED Jimmy Neutron.

18 Danny Phantom 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 more.

Season 3 was the worst!

19 Popeye the Sailor Popeye the Sailor

Max Fleischer's shorts were better. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

20 The Amazing World of Gumball The Amazing World of Gumball The Amazing World of Gumball is a British-Australian-German-American-Irish children's animated television series created by Ben Bocquelet for Cartoon Network.

This show is getting better by every season

They are running out of ideas. Now the show is boring and the characters are a shadow of there former selves.

Two words: The Fury

I'll still watch it, but it's getting pretty old. - Drawbox

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