10 Most Overrated Animated Series


The Top Ten

1 My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 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.

I have no problem with bronies but the show is FAR too overrated.

My favorite show ever and even I find this show very overrated

Quite overrated. Especially since mlp has been around since the 1900s. When this new version comes out, everyone's like " SO COOL MUST WATCH". I bet half of their fans, or "bronies", that think this show has "unique characters" and an "interesting story line" don't even know that there was a mlp before this one. Plus, the fact that they made them into humans totally ruined the whole point of My Little PONY. NOT HUMAN. They're doing too much with this show, they're changing everything about what mlp used to be, and I wish they could just go back to the 2005 version instead because I honestly liked that one a whole lot better. The fan base is also a little out of whack. I have no problem with older men liking it, but a lot of mlp fans draw mlp in anime style. I like anime, and I know lots of fan bases do this with other cartoons, but other fandoms are changing the STYLE, while mlp fans are changing the ponies into different ORGANISMS. I just really don't see how this new show is so ...more

As a male, it increases my instincts to nurture, protect, and treat females as equals.

Is not overrated. It is not amazing either
1. People say the animation is cool
My opinion: it's good, but is
For the design they look simple but complex at the same time, the designs are just so good but also easy to animate, that's why fan animations looks better than the actual animation.

2. People say the characters are complex
My opinion : for the most part you only have six main characters ( instead of 30 ) and all of them are different, but they are all stereotypes, ( the shy one, the study one, the elegant one, the hard worker one etc ) but like I say in fresh prince of bel air, it's possible to make 3 dimensional characters with stereotypes, and yes, they change over the time, they learn from they mistakes, and actually change, but sometimes it doesn't feel like they change, but they are 3 dimensional, and not annoying,

3. The lessons are good
My opinion: no they are not, for a kids show are good, but from a adult point of view, are predictable and ...more

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2 Phineas & Ferb

This show is about two kid's, both with unusual shaped faces, making abnormal stuff. Their pet is a platypus - which are dangerous believe it or not because of their defense mechanism skin- that's actually a secret agent! Ooh! :O The platypus goes to fight this retarded villain almost every episode.

That's about it

While this should is undeniably popular, I wouldn't say that's the same as being overrated. It certainly is popular, and was heavily promoted by Disney. But I regularly hear people criticizing it for its flaws as well. People don't really seem to hype it up as THE BEST THING EVER! One of the most popular cartoons? Absolutely. Over-emphasized by Disney? Probably. But one of the most overrated animated series ever? Eh, not really.

I hate this show there is no imagination put into it. It is the same thing over and over again. Very bad role models like how Candace always tries to get them in trouble. Phineas and Ferb are clueless and this is the most overrated show ever.

Phineas and Ferb is deliberately set up to be the same episode every time. That's the point. It's satire of an entire genre of entertainment. It just happens to also be entertaining and comedic, and contains a good bit of meta and self-referential humor. Why isn't this lower on the list? - 007Ben

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3 SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. SpongeBob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 18 years, and is beginning its 11th season. The show ...read more.

The popularity of this show remains incredibly high, even after the sharp decline in show quality that happened sometime around when the movie was released.

All the newer episodes feel like they've lost the spark that the earlier ones had.

If Rocko didn't exist, this show wouldn't exist. SpongeBob was never really "revolutionary" the way that people said it was. And yeah, SpongeBob basically sucks now.

To this day, I CANNOT understand what ANYBODY sees in this show. It's SO STUPID! I hate this sorry excuse for a show!

The classic were good, but the new ones suck.

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4 Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which some people are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese ...read more.

I really like this show, but I don't think that it's the nearly flawless masterpiece that many people see it as. I don't think that it started to get great until after season one, and even then there were still uninteresting episodes, and a several forced major plot points, especially with Azula and the Dai Li. Despite my criticisms, I did love most of the show. The animation was excellent, there were many memorable lines of dialogue, and the character development was a joy to see. Nevertheless, there are still negative aspects that prevent me from loving this show as much as other people. - PabloSalazar

While There are good things about the show like the animation and the fight scenes I personally found it very overrated yes it is one of Nickelodeons best shows but I only liked 1 of their shows anyway (invader zim) I only liked one character (sokka) I thought the main villain was bland and generic I didn't think the voice acting was spectacular and the story for me was quite predictable. It certainly isn't an awful show as I said it has good some good points but I don't think it's anywhere near as good as the fans claim it to be. - Gamer4life

"Avatar is so overrated. It's just way too predictable and repetitive. The storyline is so shallow that they drag on the fight scenes forever. It's just a mountain of noise in the end. "

That's all a big fat lie. You may not know it but's deeper than you think. Besides, it's not all about fighting.

If you actually take the time to look closely at Avatar, you'll see that it's similar to real-life situations at certain times.

Nostalgia Critic calls it perfect. I certainly wouldn't go that far.

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5 Pokemon Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.

The series was okay to begin with, but now it's gotten super repetitive and boring with all the "let's help out our friends" and "Oh no! It's Team Rocket's worst members trying to go after Pikachu! " cliche's. Nothing that made the first Pokemon games fun is even in here anymore. It's a disgrace to good anime's that are out there.

This Anime/Cartoon/whatever floats your boat is simply not that good. It ignores almost everything from the games. Pikachu beating a special defensive behemoth like Regice with special moves? No problem. Rhydon? Aim for the horn. Honestly, why the hell watch people something like that?

The series jumped the shark after Master Quest and should have ended there. I'd say its more overrated then DBZ

If you want a REALLY good show based off of video games, try F-Zero and/or Earthworm Jim, enough said - xandermartin98

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6 Naruto Naruto Naruto is an anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga was later adapted into a television anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations on October 3, 2002. The first series ...read more.

Someone even went as far as to say Sword Art Online is more overrated than Naruto. Okay, I know Sword Art Online is very overrated, but the person who said Sword Art Online is more overrated than Naruto is sadly mistaken. If anything, Naruto is way more overrated than Sword Art Online. At least Sword Art Online didn't try to stab its fans in the back by running a barrage of filler episodes for an entire year! Because that's what Naruto, or in this case, Naruto Shippuden, did. Sword Art Online may be very overrated, but people are sadly mistaken if they think Naruto is not more overrated.

I vote for this show because I saw/read many comments like "Naruto is masterpiece. Other shows are trash". Naruto fans are so addicted to this animated garbage - Alexandr

This is the most overrated anime right now. Glad, One Piece is not on the list. They say that Naruto is way much better than one piece because they have better fights. But One Piece has better story. Naruto is just filled with emo characters who want to die after losing to someone.

I noticed most of the comments are coming from Dragon ball fanboys.Lol - Tia-Harribel

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7 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 ...read more.

"This show is offensive, retarded, and not even funny. I don't understand why everyone likes this show when it's just another show with overused jokes that are somehow turned into something racist. "

I couldn't have typed that better myself. Whoever down-rated you has no respect for your opinion. Anyone hates Family Guy is cool in my book depending on who he or she is.

Unfortunately as I couldn't say more often to Family Guy. It was funny once of its characters like Stewie and cutaway gags, now it's more vulgar and inoffensive at worst. At more offense the show is running out of ideas like The Simpsons reach into later years.

This show is offensive, retarded, and not even funny. I don't understand why everyone likes this show when it's just another show with overused jokes that are somehow turned into something racist.

The griffins are ugly,I Hate their voices,and I Hate how they never get along and are always fighting.Also this Show is offense and racist.

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8 Dora the Explorer Dora the Explorer Dora the Explorer (2000 - 2015) is an American educational animated TV series created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner in which Dora goes on adventures with her friend, a monkey named Boots.

awful show so fake just idiotic and dumb and stupid show dora a computer game so annoying even go deigo is better

So stupid nobody likes you, your ugly and come on who even watches nick jr.

It isn't overrated nearly everyone hates this

How exactly is this overrated? lmao

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9 Steven Universe Steven Universe Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar for Cartoon Network. The show's based around a young boy by the name of Steven Universe, who is a hybrid of a gem and a human. He lives with his gem friends, Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl.

They should have put this show in the top 5 its fan base tries to hard and they are easily offended

This show is too overrated and yes I did watch all the episodes up to Season 4

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Besides a bland unispired Disney meets hipster indie and has a threesome with hip hop inspired pop soundtrack. There's the issue of uncreative animation, progression that honestly is regressive, mixed messages on gender, race and sexual orientation equality, bad voice acting and of course the most rotten fanbase for a cartoon I've witnessed. I don't personally see the appeal of this mess. I'll skip it! (Seriously though it's like the worst parts of the Brony fanbase leveled up in douchiness) - Masochismismagic

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10 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.

It's my second favorite show. It's a great show with funny characters and unforgettable animation and adventures! But, well, it has its ups and downs. Some characters are terrible or just I flat out hate (Like Stan's sister. ) But I like Stan, I like Cartman, I like Kenny, I like Butters, And my favorite is Kyle. But overall, it is a uniuqe and just flat out AWESOME show! But it is kinda overrated... But again, overall it's a fantabulous show! - LpsDisneyTmntFreak

It's innaproppiate, it's disgusting, it has weird humor, that's why it's, My. Favorite. Animated. Show. Of. All. Time! It's an awesome show! The characters are so memorable and each episode is unpredictable, the theme is great too! That's why it's great! So by overrated, it truly means just beloved by many! GO SOUTH PARK! - LpsDisneyTmntFreak

It used to be great and I still love the older episodes, but from up to season 14, the show was getting more and more boring.

I don't know. I just can't find South Park funny. I hear people repeat a joke from SP or say a similar joke and I will find it absolutely hilarious but when I see SP do it, I feel nothing. And I don't know if it's just me, but I find the jokes very predictable. Or at least, non of the jokes or points they're trying to get across with the jokes feel new or original. And even if they are, they just don't feel clever at all to me.

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11 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 Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie going through a long series of misadventures.

Like, at times the show is funny, but it's really not as funny as people give it credit for in my honest opinion. Some people may say "Oh it's just not funny to you because you don't get the jokes". Well actually I do get the jokes it's just that it's not THAT funny. And the jokes aren't always so well created either. Like a group of people from a church panicking and running into a bar while the bar people do the dame thing but vice versa. Sure it is ironic, but I have seen WAY more funnier and creative jokes from OTHER cartoon shows. And spider pig? Dude like what the heck?! I mean, don't get me wrong. It is a pretty good cartoon show. But as for it being the best cartoon show like what a lot of people give it credit for? I think not. Again, this is all IN MY HONEST OPINION - guyonawebsite94

The Simpsons should have ended a long time ago, but they're still milking off the series as much as they can.

The Simpsons used to be clever, creative and featured original jokes. Now it's nothing but catch-phrases and satire (which only makes people feel awkward and build up angst). Really hope this show ends sometime soon...

It hasn't gone downhill, people are just bored of it. Sure they made some bad episodes that Principal Skinner episode, but it had a couple of funny bits, Homer eating the dog food, every single part with Skinners mum. But episodes before that weren't perfect. Many people hate the first season, call many episodes dull.

Many people like it just because it was invented in the 90s...

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13 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 ...read more.

I hear the show is really good, and I've actually tried watching it. But I don't get what's so funny. I don't know when they're trying to tell a joke or when they're not. And I don't get all the praise. People are calling Adventure Time stuff like the best cartoon of the 2010s. But like I said, I just don't get it. - SlimVeggie

It's a decent show but it's not nearly as good as people make it out to be. The characters are annoying and unlikable. Many of the episodes are either forgettable or just not very good. Even though it has some good episodes, it is very hit and miss and does not deserve the amount of praise it receives.

I like it, but it's a little overrated. But the only problem I really have is that the newer episodes are hard to keep up with. Sometimes, you just can't miss an episode or you'll be confused.

so randum

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14 Samurai Jack Samurai Jack Samurai Jack is an American action-adventure chanbara animated series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series premiered on August 10, 2001, with a TV movie called The Premiere Movie, before ending in its fourth season on September 25, 2004, without concluding the story. A revival ...read more.
15 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 ...read more.

I know Season 4 was a bit bad but it doesn't make the show bad! I bet it's mostly white people voting for this show because it's the Black Humor and the White references... Whoever votes for this, you clearly don't have any taste of comedy - MorganChambz

Why is this on the list!?! This show is hilarious! You people have no sense in comedy

This doesn't belong on the list, it's intelligent and hilarious. If anything, it's underrated.

16 Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku who, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. The action adventures are entertaining and reinforce the concept of good versus evil. Dragon Ball Z teaches valuable ...read more.

It's creative it's unique, it's action-packed, and the characters are very genuine. THIS is what made anime cool again. Astro Boy was the last cool manga Japan had, then this came and Akira Toriyama won God knows how much money with this iconic masterpiece.

Okay, maybe it's NOT a masterpiece, but it changed a lot of ways to think about many things, and changed a lot of things in cartoons in general.

There is an entire season for one fight... It drags on, especially since the fights are composed of animation loops and screaming. Just watch any other superhero cartoon.

Please watch Dragon Ball Z Kai or read the original manga instead if you have a short attention span - PerfectImpulseX

Doesn't really make any sense. It takes a whole episode to show something that can be shown in just a few minutes.

17 Futurama Futurama Futurama is an American animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company.

The characters are weird and so are the jokes. That's why this is MY FAVORITE T.V. SHOW EVER!

18 Sword Art Online Sword Art Online Sword Art Online is a series of Japanese light novels written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. In 2012, it received an anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures and the SAO Project, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito . The first season is divided into two arcs known as "Aincrad" and "Fairy Dance". ...read more.

You know, would you actually like to watch an anime series where all they do is just level up, fight one floor, fight the boss in each episode and be done with and roll the credits? Actually, that would make Sword Art Online pull another Naruto and make it even more boring than what people call it. Luckily, Sword Art Online does not do that. Although it may have its flaws such as the harem, Sword Art Online is not the most overrated anime. Anime like Fairy Tail are even more overrated (and don't tell me it's better or both are crap, it's just my opinion). Not to mention Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach have more cliche characters. May have wasted potential, but I would not call it bad. Besides, haters don't like Kirito and Asuna's romance? Looking at how most anime series just screw the romance by not letting the couple actually confess their feelings when all they do is just act awkward, Kirito and Asuna are at least good considering they actually confess their feelings for each other ...more

SAO really needs to be higher up on this list. This series really has nothing going for it at all, even though it started out perfectly. They just got rid of all the cool action and long story that it could have become and replaced it with cheesy "Twilight" romance fillers. It was god-damn awful!

Sword Art Online is definitely one of the most over-rated anime's out there. It's not even close to what people can say is bad about Naruto or Dragon Ball Z. This anime literally threw it's incredible potential as an action series out the window as soon as episode four started, and it replaced it with a terrible harem romance with a despicable lead.

Gundam SEED and SEED Destiny deserve their popularity more than this. - PerfectImpulseX

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19 Rugrats Rugrats Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon.

There is no way you could watch a show of babies and it almost and certainly would have been a preschool cartoon. Minus the episodes that focused upon Angelica the show's only best character, I may have imagined the show is aimed for little children.

Reasons I don't like rugrats (if you disagree that's fine)
1. Animation is ugly
2. Characters are either bland or annoying as hell
3. Angelica is my most hated character in all media and ruins every scene she's in for me
4. It got worse as time went on - Gamer4life

20 American Dad! American Dad! American Dad! is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman for the Fox Broadcasting Company.

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