Top 10 Ugly-Looking but Well-Written Animated Series

The Top Ten

1 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.

This art style is not ugly - TwilightKitsune

The cutout animation style actually really fits South Park like a glove. I couldn't picture the show looking any other way. - phillysports

The 2000s era of this show was very truly some of the greatest satire to ever grace television, presented by characters who were literal paper cutouts produced in deliberately the cheapest and crudest way possible - xandermartin98

This is the best and I think this is the fastest animation I ever seen like 6 day's

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

The fanbase ruined this show for me - MegaSoulhero

Arguably makes even Family Guy look good graphic-wise

Also quite arguably makes even South Park look like a miserable joke writing-wise - xandermartin98

I think the visuals are just fine.

Yeah the art style is ugly but the show is great. - The01Bro

3 Ed, Edd n Eddy Ed, Edd n Eddy is a Canadian-American animated comedy television series created by Danny Antonucci for Cartoon Network, and the sixth of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The series revolves around three preteen boys: Ed, Edd "Double D," and Eddy—collectively known as "the Eds"—who live in a suburban more.

Honestly, the boiling outlines really made Ed, Edd n Eddy stand out in terms of art style in comparison to other Cartoon Network originals at the time. The characters may look ugly to an extent, but you got to give credit to its slapstick humor along with its incredibly diverse and creative sound effects library that's become so famous that it's a widespread Internet meme for YouTube videos now. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Eh, I can see where they are coming from, but the shaky lines on characters isn't amature, it's supposed to be that way literally. The first season lacks color and what colors it does have are washed out, but as usual, as the series goes on, the animation becomes more clear and much more colorful. The show on the other hand I won't get into because I could and have gone on an entire rant on how great the show is!

As rebeltaxi states, the producers are proud of their imperfection

Noticing a trend here? - xandermartin98

4 Home Movies Home Movies is an American animated television sitcom created by Loren Bouchard and Brendon Small. The show centers eight-year-old Brendon, who makes videos with his friends Melissa Robbins and Jason Penopolis in his spare time.

This is probably the best example of the idea of ugly-looking, well-written shows. - MrKite

Yeah this animation is terrible - iliekpiez

5 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.

It's way better than what Chris Savino did to Dexter's Laboratory.

Ugly CGI? Holy hell, yes, even though it actually looked quite impressive for its time when compared to Reboot

Dung heap? Compared to shows like Rocko and Invader Zim, yes, but on its own merits...hey, that's pretty GOOD - xandermartin98

Reboot is much older, though. That's like comparing a moldy orange and a fresh one. - OomlaGuhmaGagh

I really don't like the extremely gross, uncanny animation that this show has - kempokid

Animation is average in my opinion - thunderstar1124

6 Big Mouth Big Mouth is an American adult animated sitcom created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett featuring teens based on Kroll and Goldberg's upbringing in Westchester County, New York, with Kroll voicing his fictional self.

This show the rating is amazing It's the funniest most engaging most everything Show on Netflix Netflix will never make an original series better than this

WHY tf is Kick Buttowski the picture for this? - MUSHROOM

The picture is totally big mouth. - Not_A_Weeaboo

This show is not well-written. It's just garbage. - phillysports

7 Clone High

"If Total Drama went full-on self-aware" - xandermartin98

Nah. This show sucks. Even though it was created by Phil Lord and Chris Miller - MegaSoulhero

Say whaaa? - Not_A_Weeaboo

8 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.

Wait, ugly? Sure, there were gross-out jokes, but it's practically the pinnacle of T.V. animation. It's one of the most painstakingly-animated series out there, and it looks beautiful as a result. Every frame is funny in its own way, because of the dedication of dozens of very talented animators. The appearance of the show exceeds its writing, which is still good, but produced some bland plots, which were elevated by the execution. This does not belong here. - OomlaGuhmaGagh

This series was brought to you by...
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So funny but so gross!

9 Beavis and Butt-head Beavis and Butt-Head is an American animated sitcom created and designed by Mike Judge. The series originated from Frog Baseball, a 1992 short film by Judge originally aired on Liquid Television.

Not that B&BH ever actually do say anything even remotely intelligent (for the most part), but the way that they talk to each other is just so eerily realistic that it's downright uncanny (yes, I know that was redundant) - xandermartin98

Just over-exaggerated immature teenagers.

10 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist is an American animated series that originally ran on Comedy Central from May 28, 1995 to December 24, 1999, with a final set of three shelved episodes airing in 2002, starring Jonathan Katz, Jon Benjamin, and Laura Silverman.

This show used to creep me out as a kid. - RobertWisdom

The Contenders

11 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.

The colours are the only bad thing about chowder.

12 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.

Deny it all you want, but this and Regular Show were the only things keeping Cartoon Network alive during the early 2010s for good reason

In this show's case, it featured story arcs big enough to actually give even ANIME a run for its money at times - xandermartin98

Today Every Cartoon Network Show Nowadays Pretty Much Have The Same Exact Animation - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

Adventure Time's art style was adorable. I even used to draw in its style - TwilightKitsune

I love the art style of Adventure Time. It spawned a lot of copycats, however... - phillysports

I lost interest in this show after a while - MegaSoulhero

13 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 more.

Why does this seems familiar to Candle Cove?

Laugh out loud funny Cartoon Network show.

Well Writen?! - s646451

14 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 more.

Overrated, overwrought, overdone in its art style and RIDICULOUSLY over-reliant on sex/sight gags, yes, but the sheer level and especially audacity of social satire presented in this show is quite honestly unlike any other (technically) non-adult cartoon ever made (yes, you heard me; there is, in fact, a MUCH larger diversity between this and The Ren & Stimpy Show than it initially lets on) - xandermartin98

That was a hoot! - JCHOW


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

Disagree with it being well-written?
Er this show is for kids around the ages of 4-10.

Another show that isn't particularly intelligent but still qualifies for this list due to how realistically it portrays the family depicted in it (cough, besides Angelica, cough) - xandermartin98

Yep. Rugrats is an absolute classic. - MegaSoulhero

Maybe not compared to Rocko, but let's not be TOO extreme of elitists here - xandermartin98

I honestly disagree with this one being well written.

16 BoJack Horseman BoJack Horseman is an American adult animated sitcom created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series stars Will Arnett as the title character, BoJack Horseman.

The art style is strange and the concept sounds stupid. But it's by far the greatest cartoon show I have ever seen. It's so so realistic that it's depressing and it's a very intelligent way of trope deconstruction. It perfectly shows the characteristics of depression and that real life isn't a sitcom where all problems are solved at the and of the episode

This is a great show, and I thought I would hate it due to the dumb concept, but no, I really like it. - AliciaMae

Best cartoon on Netflix - MegaSoulhero

Don’t let the cute animals and bright colors fool you this is one of the most realist, heart-wrenching cartoons out there

17 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.

Nothing wrong with the animation. - RobertWisdom

18 Crayon Shin-chan

Butt humor is well written? I never knew

The best cartoon and funny cartoon

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

I actually like how it looks. It doesn't look ugly to me. - TheFourthWorld

Vicky is the only ugly one. - OnyxDash

20 Cow & Chicken Cow and Chicken was an American animated comedy television series created by David Feiss for Cartoon Network, and the third of the network's Cartoon Cartoons.
21 Apple & Onion

The name makes me think it’s a ripoff of pickle and peanut.

22 Bob's Burgers Bob's Burgers is an American animated sitcom created by Loren Bouchard for The Fox Broadcasting Company. It premiered on January 9, 2011 and is still running as of 2017.

Good animation.
Stupid comedy but its from America and they can be weak with it.

Well, it's so much better than crappy Family Guy or plagiarised American Dad.

23 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.

Xandermartin98 - South Park is nothing but toilet humour, swearing and killing one boy in most episodes. It's just a stupid sitcom.

Trolls think the first season of Pokemon is ugly. Maybe the banned episodes.

Why are they making a live action movie? - MegaSoulhero

This is a troll, right? - xandermartin98

24 Total Drama Island Total Drama Island is a Canadian animated television series which premiered in Canada on Teletoon on July 8, 2007 and on June 5, 2008 in the U.S.

Love this show so much - Froglamb

25 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.

Not ugly and not really meant to be on this list. Just more simplistic when compared to the original series.

Still doesn't stop the series from being crap nonetheless. - OnyxDash

Whoever submitted this deserves to be tortured in hell, FOREVER - MUSHROOM

I hate this show it ruined the orignal Teen Titans and made it look like a joke

It’s the exact opposite. Better looking but horribly written - MrCoolC

26 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.
27 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.

I don't think so. The art style is absolutely beautiful (the only reason I kept watching the show).

28 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 more.
29 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (also known as Billy & Mandy) is an American animated television series created by Maxwell Atoms for Cartoon Network, and is the 14th of the network's Cartoon Cartoons (albeit namely when it was part of Grim & Evil; the show is considered separate from Cartoon Cartoons more.

This show is awesome, with tiny bits of gore here and there. - IceFoxPlayz

30 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.
31 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 more.

It doesn't look that bad.

Not even that ugly.

32 Sanjay and Craig Sanjay and Craig is an American animated comedy television series that aired on Nickelodeon from May 25, 2013, to July 29, 2016, for three seasons and 60 episodes. The series is about a 12-year-old boy named Sanjay Patel who owns a talking pet snake named Craig.

THIS is well-written? Seriously? - Popsicles

Well I do like this show, but if you're a troll putting this on, this is not funny - BoyGenius234

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34 The Powerpuff Girls (1998–2005) The Powerpuff Girls is an American animated television series created by animator Craig McCracken for Cartoon Network.

Are we just gonna put every cartoon on this list? In what world would this be considered an ugly-looking cartoon? - MegaSoulhero

Why don't we just pretend that that 2016 version never even existed? Old version of PPG stills holds up for many years to come.

This ain’t ugly - AliciaMae

35 Uncle Grandpa Uncle Grandpa is an American animated television series created by Peter Browngardt for Cartoon Network that premiered on the network on September 2, 2013. The series is based on Browngardt's animated short of the same name from The Cartoonstitute.

What the hell is that picture - Drawbox

36 The PJs The PJs is an American stop-motion animated black sitcom, created by Eddie Murphy, Larry Wilmore, and Steve Tompkins.
37 Codename: Kids Next Door Codename: Kids Next Door (also known as Kids Next Door or by its acronym KND) is an American animated television series created by Mr. Warburton for Cartoon Network.

My childhood - MegaSoulhero

38 Pokemon: Indigo League

Indigo League?
Pikachu give the fandom seizures!
and we will put the blame on Porygon we can't get rid of Pikachu.

Team Rockets new disguise - Lets give James boobs.

39 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.

How can anyone say this show looks bad?

This show is the best

Overrated - MegaSoulhero

40 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Aaahh!!! Real Monsters is an American animated television series developed by Klasky Csupo for Nickelodeon.
41 Johnny Bravo Johnny Bravo is an American animated television series created by Van Partible for Cartoon Network, and the second of the network's Cartoon Cartoons.
42 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.

Stare at the chins of Peter and Chris.

This show is abominable. - RobertWisdom

43 Underdog Underdog is an American animated television series that debuted October 3, 1964, on the NBC network under the primary sponsorship of General Mills, and continued in syndication until 1973, for a run of 124 episodes.
44 Ruby Gloom

No, it's not ugly-looking. The show is supposed to have the style of the goth culture from the characters, and it shows the way it was intended on the setting of the story. Also, I watched it in 2006 and it was GOOD. - yamionthetrap

45 Reboot

Speaking of ugly CGI, here's a show that'll REALLY take you back to the past (even though it was made in like the mid-1990s) - xandermartin98

Even if this show is well written, I really can't get past the animation that borders on sickening. - kempokid

46 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.

Ugly? Yeah. Well-written? No. This is one of the worst shows I've ever watched. The butt jokes are so irritating and immature it's not even funny. Also, the plot sucks.

It’s the opposite actually. Not counting the YouTube pilot, the animation actually looks kinda good. But the writing is all wrong. - AliciaMae

œ�Well-written? ✌

No its not, it is the worst show Nickelodeon has ever produced...ever - MUSHROOM

At this point, I feel like someone is trolling the list. I find it hard to believe that there is actually anyone out there who actually likes this awful cartoon. Literally nothing is good about it. One of the worst cartoons ever. - MegaSoulhero

47 Go, Diego, Go! Go, Diego, Go! is an American animated educational interactive children's television program that originally aired on the Nickelodeon children's cable network in the United States and produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio .

Go ninja! Go ninja! Go! Sorry. I just had to. - MegaSoulhero

48 Allen Gregory Allen Gregory is an American animated television series that aired Sundays at 8:30 pm on Fox from October 30 to December 18, 2011. The series was created by Jonah Hill, Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul.

Um, no. This is a terrible cartoon. - MegaSoulhero

49 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.

The only thing I’ve seen of this cartoon was that stupid copyright video. I had to watch it 3 times in fact. - MegaSoulhero

50 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.
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