Top 10 Most Pretentious and Overrated Shows Between Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network

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The Top Ten

1 Rick & Morty (Adult Swim) Rick & Morty (Adult Swim) Rick and Morty is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Adult Swim.

If you thought Invader Zim fans were annoying as kids, just WAIT until you see them as adults (my GOD, the meme-obsessed pseudo-intellectual angst is so real) - xandermartin98

2 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.

If this show wants non-severely-autistic people to actually take its self-proclaimed "artistic merit" seriously, then it should PROBABLY consider:
1) Not using the infamous CalArts animation style so (cough) liberally (wheeze)
2) Not pandering so blatantly to feminists (even Wonder Woman 2017 and Black Panther 2018 were less pandering than this blasted show is, for crying out loud)
3) Not relying so heavily on relaxing music to make people think that it is deep (yes, I know that Death Note did this as well, but this show is still a FAR more blatant example) - xandermartin98

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

To be honest, this one is mostly just incredibly (did I mention INCREDIBLY) overrated and doesn't actually act that smart overall, but its creator alone EASILY qualifies it for fitting the "pretentious" part of this list's title regardless (John Kricfalusi, what you made was a barely-even-above-average gross-out cartoon whose only real reason for its own existence was to prove how utterly terrible the general public's taste in media is by critically overshadowing the vastly superior Rocko's Modern Life, and you know it)
Also, yeah; visuals alone do NOT make a show good, enough said - xandermartin98

4 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.

Good show, just not a very convincing example of western animation finally overcoming its infamous "Animation Age Ghetto" stereotype (unlike most of the other shows listed here) - xandermartin98

5 Doug Doug Doug is an American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins. The show focuses on the early adolescent life of its title character, Douglas "Doug" Funnie, who experiences common predicaments while attending school in his new hometown of Bluffington. Doug narrates each story in his journal, and the show ...read more.

We may have all struggled with bullying before, but good LORD, does this show think lowly of our toughness and intelligence (at least it's better than the Disney version, I suppose) - xandermartin98

6 SpongeBob SquarePants 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.
7 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.

Surprisingly enough, the actual CREATOR of this show is actually rather amazingly down-to-earth and modest in real life, but dear LORD, is the show itself conceited, naive and cynical with the way in which it portrays American society (which becomes even MORE blatantly visible in its new Static Cling T.V. special, mind you). How about you try making the show actually look like one that is set in the 1990s rather than the 1950s if you're going to act like you know so much about how the "modern" world works, Joe Murray? (Still an INCREDIBLY great show, however, all things considered) - xandermartin98

8 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.

"Pompous edge-lord garbage" jokes aside, this show is just plain try-hard and egotistical in every way (probably as its way of reflecting the personality of its main protagonist, but STILL) and CONSTANTLY contradicts itself with stereotypical "LOL, so random" humor after extensively bragging about how "smart", "deep" and "philosophical" it is.
I will give it credit for at least being scarier than Courage TCD, however - xandermartin98

9 Hey Arnold! Hey Arnold! Hey Arnold! is an American animated television series created by Craig Bartlett that aired on Nickelodeon from October 7, 1996 to June 8, 2004. The show centers on a fourth grader named Arnold, who lives with his grandparents in an inner-city boarding house.

Basically just a more realistic and (slightly) less preachy Doug - xandermartin98

10 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.

(cough) poor boy's FullMetal Alchemist (cough) - xandermartin98

The Contenders

11 Regular Show Regular Show Regular Show is an American animated television series created by J. G. Quintel for Cartoon Network that premiered on September 6, 2010. The series revolves around the lives of two friends, a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby—both employed as groundskeepers at a local park.
12 Courage The Cowardly Dog Courage The Cowardly Dog Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated horror comedy television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network as part of the network's Cartoon Cartoons block.

As excellent and fascinating as this show admittedly was, there is still NO denying it being one of THE most insufferably pompous "Le Show Artistiques" to ever grace all-ages western animation (with some of the more commonly cited reasons including its insanely preachy moral messages combined with a downright offensively stereotype-laden character cast, its ridiculously extravagant and excessive usage of art-style mixing, the show often thinking that it is funny and scary when it is actually neither, the infamous "angelic choir" scene from its Human Habitrail episode, almost every single individual episode of the show acting as if it is a full-blown movie, et cetera) - xandermartin98

13 Ben 10 Ben 10 Ben 10 is a media franchise created by Man of Action Studios and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The franchise revolves around a boy named Ben Tennyson who acquires a watch-like alien device, the Omnitrix, which allows him to transform into ten different alien creatures.
14 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.

Thankfully, this is now going to be taken off of Adult Swim once and for all - xandermartin98

15 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 don't know why adult men were obsessed with a show that was made for 5 year old girls.

16 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron 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.

Pretty stupid even for a kids' show, if I'm being honest - xandermartin98

17 Dora the Explorer Dora the Explorer Dora the Explorer (2000 - 2019) is an American preschool 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.
18 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.
19 Batman: The Animated Series Batman: The Animated Series Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman.
20 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.
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