Top 10 Great Cartoons that Were Cancelled Way Too Soon

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Whether they be a failed pilot or a TV show, they were cancelled too soon for various reasons.

The Top Ten

1 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.

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As you'd expect, it had low ratings amongst the target audience. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

I don't understand why people want this show to come back but they didn't even watch it when it was on T.V. cause of low ratings. MAKE UP YOUR MIND PEOPLE - 23windomt

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2 Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi is an American-Japanese animated fantasy-comedy television series created by Sam Register for Cartoon Network.

Ben 10 never should've existed. Cartoon Network was better off with this AND the original Teen Titans instead of Ben 10. - RegularShowFTWSuperjailFTL

The series increased Cartoon Network's viewership back in the 2000s. It centered around the animated Puffy AmiYumi, and was inspired by Rocky and Bullwinkle, Hanna-Barbera, old MGM and Warner Bros. cartoons, and UPA cartoons, while maintaining its anime influence. Why was it cancelled? Two reasons.

1. The series, along with Teen Titans (2003) were overshadowed by the popularity of Ben 10 and My Gym Partner's a Monkey.
2. Renegade Animation went on to do the work on the live-action/animated Cartoon Network television movie Re-Animated.

Those were why Sam Register, creator and showrunner of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi quit Cartoon Network in 2006. Even when Cartoon Network picked up a 4th season! This show should've lasted until 2009, if it wasn't for Ben 10, My Gym Partner's a Monkey, and Out of Jimmy's Head. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

3 Sym-Bionic Titan Sym-Bionic Titan Sym-Bionic Titan is an American animated action science fiction television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky, Bryan Andrews, and Paul Rudish for Cartoon Network.

The fact Cartoon Network chose The Problem Solverz over this is very sad. - RadioHead03

I really love this show! It just sickens me that Cartoon Network had to cancel this show in favor of that Problem Solverz show! - RegularShowFTWSuperjailFTL

Damn I remember this show. - Not_A_Weeaboo

I remember seeing this years ago. - zeroclubsboii

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4 Chowder Chowder Chowder is an American animated television series created by C.H. Greenblatt for Cartoon Network. The series follows an aspiring young child named Chowder and his day-to-day adventures as an apprentice in Chef Mung Daal's catering company.

It was cancelled because Cartoon Network thought it was too childish and they wanted more live-action shows. It's a shame, because this is one of my favorite Cartoon Network shows. - Drawbox

Seriously, I liked Chowder which was such a great Cartoon Network show that never should have been cancelled. It would have lasted more longer than that ridiculous Teen Titans Go.

This was sadly cancelled, because it did not fit with Cartoon Network's older boy demographic. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

This show was pretty good. - RadioHead03

5 The Modifyers The Modifyers

Would of been way better than Mighty B. - RadioHead03

I know this did not become a T.V. show, but why was it rejected? It was created by Lynne Naylor and Chris Reccardi, whose other credits include Chowder, Ren and Stimpy, the Powerpuff Girls, My Life as a Teenage Robot, Tiny Toon Adventures, Samurai Jack, and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. It even stars the talents of Mae Whitman, Paul Rugg, and Jeff Bennett. Why was it rejected? Not only that cliffhanger ending, but it was done in favor of Back at the Barnyard. Or maybe it was that female protagonist, unless the Mighty B! was greenlit.

Nickelodeon must've done a HORRIBLE movie like that. Disney Channel should've picked up the series if Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon won't. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

This should've been greenlit instead of that garbage Mighty B!

I agree! This show SHOULD HAVE been a T.V. show. It’s even more of a shame that Chris Reccardi died. At least Lynne Naylor is still alive. If the Modifyers does become a series, hopefully Charlie Bean would take Chris Reccardi’s position as co-showrunner. - RegularShowFTWSuperjailFTL

6 Teen Titans Teen Titans Teen Titans is an American animated television series created by Glen Murakami, based on the DC Comics characters of the same name.

I heard there wasn't much merchandise for the show, so they cancelled it. - Drawbox

This show should NOT have ended the way it did. - KeyboardHero

Again. Overshadowed by Ben 10. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

Cliffhanger... - codgtamk34

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7 Catscratch Catscratch Catscratch is an American animated television series created by Doug TenNapel (also known for creating Earthworm Jim). It was aired on both Nickelodeon and Nicktoons on July 9, 2005 and ended February 10, 2007. It is an adaptation of TenNapel's graphic novel, Gear, which is also the name of the cats' ...read more.

Apparently, Nick felt like it doesn't deserve a proper DVD release (its only episodes released are two of them on the Nick Pick DVDs). - KalloFox34

And the Nickelodeon forgot about its existence - codgtamk34

This came out the same year as Avatar. - kcianciulli

Shame Nickelodeon doesn’t remember this show. - RadioHead03

8 Korgoth of Barbaria Korgoth of Barbaria

Created by Aaron Springer, a writer for Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, SpongeBob SquarePants, and the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, and starring the voices of Diedrich Bader, Tom Kenny, John DiMaggio, Corey Burton, and the late Craig T. Raisner. This series is what happens when you cross Conan the Barbarian with Rick and Morty.

This was even picked up for a series by [adult swim], but was unfortunately rejected due to its high budget. It was later rejected in favor of shows like Superjail! and Xavier: Renegade Angel, which had a LOWER budget. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

9 Camp Lazlo Camp Lazlo Camp Lazlo is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray and produced by his company Joe Murray Productions with Cartoon Network Studios.

Ends with Lumpus being an imposter. Really? - codgtamk34

At least it provided the show with a cameo from Camp Lazlo's ACTUALLY great predecessor (not going to spoil which character it was, but it should be pretty obvious) - xandermartin98

10 Earthworm Jim (1995-1996) Earthworm Jim (1995-1996)

Was based off of a video game and is STILL a far better show than Ren & Stimpy - xandermartin98

The Contenders

11 The Adventures of Calamity Jane
12 Clone High Clone High

BEFORE Phil Lord and Chris Miller became overrated as Hell - xandermartin98

13 The Spectacular Spider-Man The Spectacular Spider-Man The Spectacular Spider-Man is an American animated television series based on the superhero character published by Marvel Comics and developed for television by Greg Weisman and Victor Cook.
14 Dave the Barbarian Dave the Barbarian

Soccermoms think the main character was "gay". - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

15 Harvey Beaks Harvey Beaks Harvey Beaks is an American animated television series created by C.H. Greenblatt for Nickelodeon. Originally announced to premiere on March 29, 2015, the series instead premiered on March 28, 2015 following the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards.

Why has this show been cancelled yet The Bachelor/Bachelorette is still airing?! I guess people want to see Drama Crybabies instead of cute animals. - kcianciulli

16 Breadwinners Breadwinners Breadwinners is a 2014 animated comedy television series produced by Nickelodeon. It is about the adventures of SwaySway and Buhdeuce, two ducks who drive in a rocket van delivering bread to their customers.

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17 Fanboy & Chum Chum Fanboy & Chum Chum Fanboy & Chum Chum is an American 3D CGI animated television series created by Eric Robles for Nickelodeon. It is based on Fanboy, an animated short created by Robles for Nicktoons and Frederator Studios, which was broadcast August 14, 2009 to July 12, 2014 on Random! Cartoons. The series was first ...read more.
18 Aeon Flux Aeon Flux
19 Beware the Batman
20 Digimon Adventure Digimon Adventure Digimon Adventure, known as Digimon: Digital Monsters in English-speaking territories, is a Japanese anime television series created by Akiyoshi Hongo, and produced by Toei Animation in cooperation with WiZ, Bandai and Fuji Television.

This show sucked!
Stupid Pokemon knockoff.

Wish they'd bring this show back. - PandaMan

21 Perfect Hair Forever
22 The Angry Beavers The Angry Beavers The Angry Beavers is an American animated television series created by Mitch Schauer for the Nickelodeon Channel The series revolves around Daggett and Norbert Beaver, two young beaver brothers who have left their home to become bachelors in the forest near the fictional Wayouttatown, Oregon.

A final episode was planned, until Nickelodeon pulled the plug. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

23 Sonic Boom Sonic Boom Sonic Boom is a computer-animated television series, produced by Sega of America, Inc. and Technicolor Animation Productions in collaboration with Lagardère Thématiques and Jeunesse TV, respectively for Cartoon Network, Canal J, and Gulli.

The first season is a hit and miss season, but the second one is really good! Too bad by the time everyone realized this, the show ended. - Drawbox

This show was NEVER good! I'm glad it got cancelled. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

24 Planet Sheen Planet Sheen Planet Sheen is an American CGI animated television series. It is a spinoff series in the Jimmy Neutron franchise, focusing on the show's comic relief, Sheen Estevez, as he gets stranded on another planet. The show was hated by critics and fans for not using any of the original cast (besides the obvious), ...read more.
25 Phantom 2040
26 Freakazoid! Freakazoid! Freakazoid! is an American animated television series created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini and developed by Tom Ruegger for the Kids' WB programming block of The WB.
27 The Tick The Tick
28 The X's The X's
29 T.U.F.F. Puppy T.U.F.F. Puppy T.U.F.F. Puppy is a cartoon created by Butch Hartman. It ran on Nickelodeon from October 2, 2010 until April 4, 2015. It focused on Dudley Puppy and his partner Kitty Katswell as they protected Petropolis under the Turbo Undercover Fighting Force, or T.U.F.F.
30 The Critic The Critic

It was pretty good. But yeah cancelled way too soon. - codgtamk34

31 School Days School Days An anime series was developed by TNK with joint production by Avex Entertainment, Lantis, Marvelous Entertainment, Pony Canyon and Jinnan Studio. ...read more.
32 The Problem Solverz The Problem Solverz The Problem Solverz is an American animated television series that aired on Cartoon Network. Created by Ben Jones, it follows Alfe, Horace, and Roba, a group of detectives in their troubled town, Farboro.
33 Reign: The Conqueror
34 Justice League Action Justice League Action Justice League is an American animated television series which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network.
35 Secret Mountain Fort Awesome Secret Mountain Fort Awesome Secret Mountain Fort Awesome is an American animated television series created by Peter Browngardt that debuted in 2011 on Cartoon Network. The show revolves around a fraternity of five monsters who unleash wild stunts upon the public from their eponymous mountain fort. The show is loosely based on ...read more.
36 The Maxx The Maxx
37 Danny Phantom Danny Phantom Daniel "Danny" Fenton, also known by his alias Danny Phantom, is the half-human/half-ghost protagonist of the television series Danny Phantom. As the ghostly superhero Danny Phantom, he protects the citizens of Amity Park from the dangerous ghosts of the Ghost Zone.
38 Bunsen is a Beast Bunsen is a Beast Busen is a Beast is created by Fairly Odd Parents creator Butch Hartman. The show tells about a monster named Bunsen who goes to a human school and has many adventures.
39 The Goode Family The Goode Family

This show was critically panned. Plus, the characters look odd. - kcianciulli

This looks like it was fanmade. - kcianciulli

40 Jackie Chan Adventures Jackie Chan Adventures Jackie Chan Adventures is an American animated television series starring the adventures of a fictionalized version of action film star Jackie Chan.
41 The Fairly OddParents The Fairly OddParents The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon.

No, this show lasted too LONG.

It needed to end a long time ago - codgtamk34

It should have least been given a proper ending. - kcianciulli

16 years was long enough. And only the first 5 or 6 seasons were any good. - KalloFox34

In my opinion, it was good until they introduced that Mutt and that Mary Sue. I want to see Quagmire do things to Chloe's mom then kill all the Carmichael family. I would be laughing my guts out. - kcianciulli

42 Rocket Power Rocket Power Rocket Power is an American animated television series. The series debuted on Nickelodeon on August 16, 1999. The series ended on July 30, 2004 after four seasons.
43 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.

I added this to the list, deal with it. - kcianciulli

Jimmy Neutron is not a very good show, so it deserves to be cancelled and forgotten. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

44 The Ripping Friends The Ripping Friends The Ripping Friends: The World's Most Manly Men! is a Canadian animated television series, created by John Kricfalusi, who was well known for creating The Ren & Stimpy Show on Nickelodeon.
45 Making Fiends Making Fiends Making Fiends is an American comedy horror animated television series. Based upon a web series with the same name, the series ran from October 4, 2008 to November 1, 2008 on Nicktoons Network.

I guess it was because Nick wanted more SpongeBob. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

46 Rocko's Modern Life Rocko's Modern Life Rocko's Modern Life is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray for Nickelodeon. The series centers on the surreal life of an anthropomorphic Australian-immigrant wallaby named Rocko as well as his friends: the gluttonous steer Heffer, the neurotic turtle Filburt, and Rocko's faithful ...read more.

Although if you want to talk about staying in its prime,
I'd have to say it actually went on for a bit too LONG - xandermartin98

Was actually ended by decision of its creator, but still easily counts nonetheless - xandermartin98

It's coming back as a movie later this year. - codgtamk34

47 The Buzz on Maggie The Buzz on Maggie The Buzz on Maggie is an American animated television series created by Dave Polsky for Disney Channel.

COULD have been great but was instead painfully generic, more accurately
(seriously, do any of you realize how much potential this show's concept had) - xandermartin98

48 Mission Hill

Dope ass cartoon from the 2000s that only lasted a season.

Mission Hill should’ve had more episodes! - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

49 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack is an American animated television series created by Thurop Van Orman for Cartoon Network that premiered in North America on June 5, 2008. It stars creator Thurop Van Orman as the voice of Flapjack, a naive young boy who was raised by a whale named Bubbie and ...read more.

I heard this was cancelled, because much of the show's crew went on to do other projects. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

The ending was so weird. - codgtamk34

It deserved to be cancelled

50 Superman: The Animated Series Superman: The Animated Series Superman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics's flagship character, Superman.

Even though it was so boring that it actually felt almost as long as Batman TAS - xandermartin98

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1. Invader ZIM
2. Sym-Bionic Titan
3. Catscratch
RadioHead03
1. Earthworm Jim (1995-1996)
2. Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi
3. Harvey Beaks
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1. Invader ZIM
2. The Critic
3. Catscratch
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