Top 10 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.

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

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!

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.

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 Son), and Stewie (Sociopathic and Genuine Infant); and lastly Brian (Anthromorphic Pet Dog). The show is set in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island, and exhibits much of its humor in the form of cutaway gags that often American culture. more.

This show started out more like the Simpsons and the late Critic show, but as the years went by it became more like The Simpsons meet South Park. It just wanted to outdo everything else and be the new most controversial show out there. That's why suddenly there was cursing and other such things in every episode. The characters all became totally unlikable and you just hated them. Brian above all. Stewie's turned from a baby version of the Brain to the show's new anti hero and Every episode seems more pointless than the last. This one should've said goodbye to us when it did to Cleveland.

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 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

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 23 years, and is beginning its 13th season. The show revolves around a sea sponge called SpongeBob SquarePants and his adventures under the sea. The show is considered to be one of the best Nickelodeon and cartoon shows of all time.

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.

The reason why it went downhill is because of the later seasons. They don't stay true to its original routes and lack the charm and cleverness of the first three seasons and to a lesser extent, the fourth and even the fifth season. All of the characters got flanderized, like Patrick Star for example.

Logically speaking, it started in the second half of season 3 (not that it's bad, because there are still quite a few good episodes). Then it went uphill in the first half of season 4, then it went EXTREMELY downhill in its second half.

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

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 2023, making it the longest running animated sitcom. It is about a man named Homer Simpson and his family (wife Marge and children Bart, Lisa and Maggie and pets, Snowball II and Santa's Little Helper) 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.

This one started its downhill decent in Season 8 when Homer went on a stupid chili pepper trip, crossed over with the X files and ripped off Marry Poppins in the worst most pointless episode in the entire series to date.
Season 9 fared no better. Homer in New York, 2 Skinners and the origin of Lisa's saxophone were funny ones, but Apu marrying, Lisa insulting religion, Homer and Mr. Burns fleeing the country and worst of all, Everyone in town joining a cult...Well, I threw in the towel. Too bad they didn't do the same.
Since then I can count the genuinely good episodesI've seen since by hand. The only real reason this and Family Guy either one are even still on is because Fox can't afford to lose them. And if you've seen only 1% of the pathetic sitcoms they've tried to put out that have flopped over the last 3 decades you'd see why.

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.

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.

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.

Even without APC, Ren and Stimpy still went downhill. Season 3 was a huge mixed bag with classics like "An Abe Divided," "Stimpy's Cartoon Show," and "A Yard Too Far." It quickly got bad with "Bass Masters" and then the AWFUL "Ren's Retirement." The season was meh, but it really wasn't all that bad. But then there's Season 4, which is the only season of the show I consider bad. So many episodes had Ren or Stimpy getting tortured for no reason, or had one of them being out of character, or having really dumb endings. Season 5 wasn't too bad but very underwhelming with some great episodes but much more meh or bad episodes. Plus the animation started to get more choppy and low quality as the show went on to season 4 (excluding "A Scooter For Yaksmas"). Ren and Stimpy just didn't have the same charm it did in Seasons 1-2 and half of Season 3. Don't get me wrong, I don't like Seasons 4 and 5 of this show, but I would take them ...more

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 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 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 and size at will. Finn and Jake live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo. Throughout the show, they interact with the other main characters Princess Bubblegum (voiced by Hynden Walch), the Ice King (voiced by Tom Kenny), and Marceline the Vampire Queen (voiced by Olivia Olson). The series is based on a short produced for Nicktoons and Frederator Studios' animation incubator series Random! Cartoons. 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.

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.

Cut a long story short, it's not really about the boys anymore. It's 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!

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 actually really liked South Park when it first premiered, and it even got better after season 4. I also liked Family Guy when it first premiered, although not as much as South Park.

I even praised the first three seasons because they were more than just shock humor, terrible animation, and immature jokes. South Park was a satire! I even found the horrible animation in the first three seasons funny, intentionally or unintentionally. I honestly never liked Doug, Rugrats, Wild Thornberrys, Rocket Power, As Told By Ginger, or Jimmy Neutron, even though I was born in 1992. Yeah, I honestly dislike the works of Klasky Csupo and Jim Jinkins, except for Aaahh! Real Monsters and Duckman, and the first three seasons of the Simpsons.

I even loved the Bigger, Longer, and Uncut movie! I enjoyed seasons 17 and 18 as well. However, even South Park experienced a decline in quality. Why? I, for one, hate PC Principal! PC Principal ruined South Park for me. He is too politically ...more

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!

8 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 Flynn and his British stepbrother Ferb Fletcher on summer vacation.

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.

Very repetitive formula to the point where Perry's subplot thing was the most interesting part of the show but even that ran out of ideas. It was enjoyable at first but overall not terrible

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

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

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

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 season was the only good one.

10 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. This show has an anime spinoff made in Japan, three specials, a movie in theatres, and a reboot. The show aired from 1998 to 2005.

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.

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

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!

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

Arthur's new voice in 2000 was so bad they had enough sense to get the original actor back by the next season. But a few seasons ago it became girlish and high pitched. But that's not what made it go bad. One problem is how Muffy turned from a supporting character into a spotlight one. She was always spoiled, but now she's a brat who seems to think the world revolves around her. She's replaced D.W. as the show's lead brat. And all the new characters they've added add nothing and are totally boring.
Not to mention the P.C. They were so proud of it they constantly aired the one when Mr. Ratburn married another man until some places banned it. Funny point: In last November's Thanksgiving episode when the cast is gathered at the table Mr.Ratburn and his Hubby aren't seated holding hands the way the producers would have preferred.

The flash animation is what killed it for me.

Should've got butchered off long ago.

12 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.

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.

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

13 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?

14 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.

15 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 Falls, Oregon, while on summer vacation.

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.

This show sucks

16 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is an animated children's television series based on the fourth incarnation of Hasbro's My Little Pony franchise. The show follows a studious unicorn (later an alicorn) pony named Twilight Sparkle (Tara Strong) and her friends Applejack (Ashleigh Ball), Rarity (Tabitha 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.

It has jumped the shark.

17 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.
18 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.

It was good, Just skip the movie.

19 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.

20 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. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 1, 1997, in the United States on September 8, 1998.
21 Tom and Jerry Tom and Jerry is an American animated series of comedy short films created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Best known for its 161 theatrical short films by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the series centers on a rivalry between the title characters Tom, a cat, and Jerry, a mouse. Many shorts also feature several recurring characters.

The reason is because of criticism regarding it's rehashing of classic movies like the Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Bill and Joe's cartoons were better than the Gene Deitch ones. The Chuck Jones cartoons were better too, but they still can't top the Bill and Joe cartoons.

I like the old classic tom and jerry, but the new one not that good at all.

22 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.

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

It started to die out in 2001 or 2003.

24 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 and the "Ghost Zone", becomes a human-ghost hybrid and takes on the task of saving his town (and the world) from subsequent ghost attacks using an evolving variety of supernatural powers. He is aided in his quest by his two best friends, and later, his older sister, who for most of the series' run are among the only people who know of his double life.

Season 3 was the worst!

25 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

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