Top Ten Worst Mistakes that Nickelodeon has ever Made

Nickelodeon might be a huge children's TV network but it is not perfect at all. I still love it.

The Top Ten

1 Rejecting Adventure Time Rejecting Adventure Time

It still boggles my mind thinking that Adventure Time in some alternate universe could have been a Nicktoon. It's already pretty crazy looking at the Nicktoons logo in the bottom-left corner of the show's pilot. But in all seriousness, this was the worst decision that the network ever made. Passing up on Adventure Time and letting their chief rival Cartoon Network greenlight it legitimately set the studio back five years. Adventure Time was such an immediate success that brought Cartoon Network back to relevance after the infamous CN Real and export era in the late 2000s. Meanwhile, Nick had to come up with their own terrible programming and floundered as a result. Had Nickelodeon actually seen the potential in Pen Ward's short, the company would definitely be in a better position than they currently are today, even if they have been recovering in recent years. At no point in T.V. history can I name a more dramatic shift in network status than when Nickelodeon rejected one of the ...more - phillysports

As you may know, Adventure Time was submitted to Nickelodeon before Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon denied it because they thought it was too weird, that was a huge mistake because has you know Adventure Time has gained a huge following, and when they denied it they lost what could have been huge success, however if Adventure Time was on Nickelodeon things would have been very different, and I think it wouldn't have gain as big of a popularity as it did on Cartoon Network, because Nickelodeon treats there cartoons a lot more differently than Cartoon Network, and I'm not saying that in a bad way. - BreakFastBeast2005

Nickelodeon: "We thought it was too weird for children too watch."
Me: *Looks at Sanjay and Craig.*
Also me: "You make no sense Nickelodeon! " - CartoonCriticizer

2 possibilities if they didn't reject it. One is they screw it over during its 2nd season and burn off the remaining episodes on Nicktoons. Or it's a ratings success and even puts SpongeBob in its grave, thus becoming the king of Nickelodeon, while Regular Show is the king of Cartoon Network until 2014 - codgtamk34

They seriously rejected adventure time for fanboy and chum chum. Oh yes great choice nick.

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2 Putting a huge emphasis on trashy sitcoms Putting a huge emphasis on trashy sitcoms

Let's Face it Nickelodeon is not just a cartoon channel it's full of sitcoms but it's cartoons should be getting the focus because that's what Nickelodeon is known for, but in the Last few year we got some horrible sitcoms like Henry Danger, Game Shakers and Bella and the Bulldogs, focusing on these trashy sitcoms and not giving the people what they want is leading to many people tuning out of the network and not showing up anymore. - BreakFastBeast2005

Rejecting Adventure Time was a big mistake, but it wouldn't have had a big effect say that Nickelodeon actually tried to get other good animated content, but instead they just went to trashy sitcoms. By far the worst acting I've ever seen, painfully unfunny comedy, and just terrible shows altogether. I'm glad shows like The Loud house and SpongeBob still do take the number one and two spots on the ratings though.

Schneider's Bakery became a synonym of disposable entertainment. Other than Drake & Josh, and MAYBE, just maybe, iCarly as well; the rest were/are formulaic sitcoms that rely mainly on the incessant use of laugh tracks even for the stupidest jokes. Good thing Dan Schneider and Nickelodeon decided to part ways.

The only good sitcoms I can think of are iCarly & Drake & Josh - RoseWeasley

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3 Over saturating franchises Over saturating franchises

It mostly started with Spongebob and now there doing the same with Loud House. - egnomac

Now nick just focuses their channel on mainly spongebob and the loud house.

This is how franchises are ruined - Randomator

Loud house is good but a little overrated

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4 Lack of Nick DVDs

At least we have some classic nicktoons DVDs, Danny Phantom DVDs, and Nick Picks DVDs. - Katildalover93

Yes, It is such a pain to find Nickelodeons classic shows, outside of Ren and Stimpy most don't have a dvd release - germshep24

I miss "The Secret life of Alex Mack", "All That" and old school Nickelodeon

I used to have a Spongebob DVD

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5 Closing Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando Closing Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando

This is not a great idea. The Game Shows for kids that were filmed there were great!

Guess what? I wasn't born yet either. I was born 2007.

I was born in 1999. Demon_Kitty You make me feel old

1 year before I was born but I wish it was open so I could visit - AwesomeJawson

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6 Cancelling good shows too soon

Good example with Catscratch, it deserves at least another season! That has got to be one of the best nicktoons in the 2000s. - Katildalover93

They always be either canceling the good stuff or making it bad - allthegoodusernamesaretaken

Noo I liked penguins of madagascar and 00 Things To Do Before High School

What the hell dude

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7 Canceling Invader Zim too early Canceling Invader Zim too early

This was... Kind of a mistake. I say kind of because Invader Zim did not get good ratings when it first aired. It was too expensive to keep on the network, even when they tried to give it a small test revival on Nicktoons in around 2010. Granted, this show would go on to gain a massive following and be one of Nick's most beloved shows, bar none. Honestly I'd say that if not for Rugrats it'd be top two at this point, right behind SpongeBob. But, again, you have to keep in mind when this show came out and why it was cancelled. Invader Zim was ahead of its time. Too ahead of its time. I'm sure the show would thrive if it were aired now, considering the success of the comics and the upcoming movie, but 2002-2006 were not an apt time for it to be released. - regularshowman

Their making a movie, so I can see a comeback for this show. However, don't see it happening anytime soon. - SackofCheese

You bastard of a studio

Invader Zim is one of those Cartoons that should have gone on much longer, and after nickelodeon cancelled it the fandom increased, a lot, but I do think Nickelodeon is learning from that mistake, with that upcoming Invader Zim movie - BreakFastBeast2005

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8 Airing Nick Studio 10 Airing Nick Studio 10

This ha to be the worst programming block of all time, interrupting their own shows with random things, but they will cut back to what your watching, but the portion they played over, so you missed part of what your watching universally Nick Studio 10 was hated and lasted about a week disappeared and was brought back without interruptions and gone again the sad part about this is that they were trying to start a stir up a rivalry with Cartoon Network's Incredible Crew. - BreakFastBeast2005

I HATED THIS SO MUCH! I was watching Spongebob and they interrupted it with a video of a baby throwing up everywhere!

This should be number one - JazzyJulie

Have you heard the song "fart in a jar" yet? if not, Kudos.

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9 Changing the logo Changing the logo

How come nickelodeon changed the good 1990s and 2000s logos? The old nick logos has so much creativity and nick replaced it with this logo that lacks creativity.

Should have voted for this, Nick's logo looks a lot less interesting now. - purpleyoshi98

Comedy Central made this same mistake.

The new logo of nick looks kind of ugly in my opinion and lacks creativity! Please bring the old logo back please! - UltraLunalaX

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10 Mistreating Korra Mistreating Korra

The Spin-off the Avatar: the Last Airbender a great but flawed show, was mistreated by the network, it broadcasted on Saturday mornings(when people are asleep), but soon Nickelodeon decided to move it around the schedule, spread the episodes to weeks apart, and Korra was underfunded so they they had to use a cheaper animation studio to save money, Nickelodeon made Korra a chore to keep up with, and that's probably why people don't think it lived up or didn't like it compared to Avatar: the last Airbender. It could have been Amazing. - BreakFastBeast2005

Korra in the pic looks like she took care of Nickelodeon. - RoseWeasley

Agreed, series was treated like trash even though it was the sequel to the best animated series of all time

I really liked the Korra's series, and it should had received a lot more recognition! I think it's a relly underrated show, unfortunately

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The Contenders

11 Airing Non-Stop Spongebob

I like SpongeBob (well seasons 1-3, some episodes of season 4 and the first movie only), but still, literally how many times does Nickelodeon have to air this show? It even went to the point when SpongeBob went downhill and started getting extremely annoying and stupid! - UltraLunalaX

The reason why they keep on rerunning the show is because it's Nick's cash-crop. - SackofCheese

Spongebob used to be good. They episodes they air now are mind-numbing and pointless. Some of them are even tragic or disturbing. - shiftaltkey

Spongebob and The Loud House is pretty much their entire show - Randomator

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12 Giving Disney the rights to Doug Giving Disney the rights to Doug

Despite the show doing well Nickelodeon decided to cancel it after just 4 season, but what they big mistake they made was selling the rights to the show to Disney, Disney made huge changes to the show including most voice actors, and ran the show for 3 seasons on ABC's Saturday mornings, fans hated the Disney version of the show, and blamed Nickelodeon for ruining it. - BreakFastBeast2005

I think that's because Disney bought Jim Jinkins' production company, Jumbo Pictures. - kcianciulli

Disney made it better, in my opinion. - SackofCheese

Billy West was a better Doug. - kcianciulli

Disney made it better

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13 Airing Fanboy and Chum Chum

Fanboy and chum chum shows no effort in any work. You can tell nobody cared about this show so they just slapped a bunch of cgi on no story or plot and aired it. This and school of rock are so extremely poor quality. For both shows I give a 2/10.

Fanboy and Chum Chum never even deserves to exist - allthegoodusernamesaretaken

Fanboy and Chump Chump sucks. - NickelodeonYesAddminNo

After rejecting Adventure Time, they greenlit this abomination of a show.
The characters were drunk and this taught kids to be drunk.
Thank goodness it ended, but it shouldn’ have been made in the 1st place. - Gregory

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14 Moving the Fairly OddParents to Nicktoons Moving the Fairly OddParents to Nicktoons

When Fairly OddParents was an the main channel it was getting a consist amount of viewers nothing to major, but when Nickelodeon moved it to Nicktoons, that was basically giving it a Early death, because when it happened the shows ratings plummeted, it was a bad business choice because even though modern Fairly Oddparents sucks it would still get more views with it being on the Main channel than on Nicktoons. - BreakFastBeast2005

They should really bring this back! It was a really good show! But when a certain person came in season ten, KILL ME! Also I think sparky should've stayed!

FOP season 10 sucked, but the show moving to Nicktoons just decimated the ratings - crazycat99

Modern Spongebob > Modern FOP

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15 Canceling good shows and keep the bad ones

Angus movie?
You mean Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging or the real title of the book is Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging.
I heard that was never even released in the cinemas in America.
They are funny books and best sellers.
The first book came out in 1999.
Elements of the sequel It's ok, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers where in the film.
They only did the first book.

Nickelodeon is so desperate for money that they keep renewing the bad shows (including the live action shows) for new seasons whether we hate them or not.

Why isn't this on thoe top? - XtheXlmao

And creating garbage like that Angus movie.

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16 Trying to be hip and cool with the kids

Honestly most of these mistakes have equal fault in my mind, but this one makes me cringe the most, so let's go with this one so I can start commenting on the others. - regularshowman

The new nick makes me want to hate this generation - coasterjunkie196

That floss tweet with a gif of spongebob flossing his teeth made me want to gouge my eyes - TeamRocket747

The floss makes you looks them they have seizures

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17 Too Much Jojo Siwa

I wish she would stop hogging up the whole Nickelodeon and and focus focus more on Power Rangers for crying out loud!

If this is what will save their dying channel than so be it, but that doesn't mean I'm going to like it. - EvanWellens

Since when did this brat need to be on television to further annoy parents of her fans.

I like her boomerang song and

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18 Rejecting The Modifyers Rejecting The Modifyers

It was probably rejected in favor of that crap known as The Naked Brothers Band - kcianciulli

Female Villager from mario kart 8 is adorable

Sucks to see that Chris Reccardi, the co-creator of The Modifyers passed away!

Agent Xero is so pretty!

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19 Getting Rid of Moose and Zee

I loved these guys! My childhood, gone up in smoke. I'll always remember, "I don't like candy corn! "

Moose and Zee as well as Face were awesome. And Nick Jr replaced them all with ads - codgtamk34

RIP my childhood - crazycat99

I miss them. They were my childhood. - Smash64

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20 Firing most of the team from Spongebob Squarepants after the movie.

It was 2005 it started getting bad.

They weren't fired they decided to leave - Spongehouse

No they left - iliekpiez

They left, not fired. (also, R.I.P Stephen Hillenburg) - SackofCheese

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21 Adding Chloe to The Fairly Oddparents

Chloe and Sparky is awesome you need to watch the episodes before you make opinions like this

10 years ago: we made it guys! one of the best nick shows!
2019: still getting aired on nick since it's cancelled - XtheXlmao

She's the reason the show got cancelled. I hope she burns in hell. - Smash64

22 Saying Timmy Turner is 10 when he looks 8

He looks 4


Lol that’s actually funny - allthegoodusernamesaretaken

Well... techniquely he is 60.. - crazycat99

23 Adding Sparky to the Fairly Odd Parents

He was a useless addition, but it was still watchable.

Nah..he was alright. It was Chloe that sucked - crazycat99

I hope he meets Michael Vick. - kcianciulli

24 Airing The Thundermans

I used to like this but now realize its just a bad version the Incredibles

Dude this is good why adding this to the list is a mistake - memememewoohoo

They brought 999 trillion dollars for this show. - XtheXlmao

Hell yes! Finally someone who agrees with me that this show sucks! My brother always watched this show and it annoyed the hell out of me. - Smash64

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25 Cancelling Victorious and Sam and Cat

It ended with Sam deciding to leave Cat in jail for two weeks so she can get free cooked meals from her grandmother. - kcianciulli

I'm just saying, I loved Victorious but Sam and Cat on the other hand... Had to much off-screen drama and sam was violent and a bad influence for kids who watched Sam and Cat

Man I want victorious I wanna see ariana - memememewoohoo

Victorious was a good show, since it had real comedy, but Sam & Cat sucked, since it was pointless, stupid yet unfunny. - Gregory

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26 Creating the Loud House

Why does this show have to exist it should only be a girls show on nick and disney channel

I hate this show. WHY THE GAY DADS!
It needs to be canceled!

I loved this show - crazycat99

I think this show is awesome because it was never boring

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27 Getting Rid of Acquired Shows Too Soon.

Lately in the 2010s,Nickelodeon has been finding cartoons in other countries,those being Alvin and the Chipmunks,Miraculous Ladybug,Kuu Kuu Harajuku,Regal Academy and Mysticons.While it's great to see Nick taking an interest into other shows,they literally get rid of them without telling us before they have the chance to reach their true potential.They straight up erased Miraculous Ladybug,Mysticons got moved to Nicktoons and ended after only 2 seasons and the other 2 were moved to Nick Jr of all places and never aired a single episode again.As for Alvin,he hasn't been killed yet but he might as well be.

Alvin was probably on a hiatus, because it is airing new episodes now - TheILikeTrainsKid

28 Airing Dora the Explorer

To be fair, it's been around for a while. - SackofCheese

This show is depressing really. When I hear it come on I want to go lock myself in a quiet room and stay there. Dora looks like a homo! PUT HER OUT OF HER MISERY NOW PEOPLE!

Lol at everyone who has commented on this item. Hating on a kids show instead of doing something more productive - Randomator

Their questions are terrible

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29 Forgetting Catscratch existed and not releasing the full series on DVD

One of my childhood cartoons, sad that I can never reveal it - RedPanda5

Most underrated Nicktoon ever - codgtamk34

Cyma Zarghami probably hates Seinfeld, so that's why she cancelled it. Wayne Knight, who is best known for playing a character in Seinfeld, voiced Mr. Blik in this show. - kcianciulli

This is one of my all time favorite cartoons! I have all of the toys and I love to write stories and draw things based on these cute cats. Love you Mr Blik. Heck, Catscratch character, Katilda, was what my username was based off of. - Katildalover93

30 Interrupting Shows with Random Garbage

All fingers point to Nick Studio 10. - kcianciulli

Nick Studio 10 interrupted shows on Nickelodeon with garbage, and those shows include SpongeBob SquarePants, the Fairly OddParents, and others, and they interrupted scenes from them with random garbage.

WHY would kids want that? In fact they don’t, and Nick Studio 10 deliberately did that and annoyed Nick fans.

Not to mention the fart in a jar song was atrocious and that the show encouraged animal abuse and was vulgar and messy. - Gregory

*cough*NICKSTUDIO10*cough* - allthegoodusernamesaretaken

31 Airing Harvey Beaks

This show was alright but Nick treated the creator like crap - crazycat99

This show was boring and overrated.

This show was actually good unlike garbage like Fanboy and Chum Chum or Sanjay and Craig. - egnomac

This show is not bad, but it's sad to see that nickelodeon canceled this - RedPanda5

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32 Creating Breadwinners

Disgusting as hell. - XtheXlmao

They imported this show straight off of YouTube! Bad Idea! - Katildalover93

This show was amazing - Breadwinnersislofe

This show is hell manifested onto the planet earth

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33 Letting SpongeBob win the most Kids Choice Awards for favorite cartoon

It's been getting pretty old. I know we all love spongebob, but I think other cartoons are worthy to have it too. - Katildalover93

I love SpongeBob, but to be honest the only reason I want it to win in 2019 is to honor Stephen Hillenburg. With my luck, though, they'll probably give it to Trash House, disrespecting Hillenburg in the process. - TheAwesomeBowser

My brother says that it’s rigged.

34 Not making Loud House DVDs

They're so behind on these, they're on season 4 and they've only released up to the first half of season 2. No bonuses either. - purpleyoshi98

They already have two dvds already season 1 volumes 1 & 2 and season 2 volume 1 on the way. - egnomac

35 Making Sanjay and Craig

This is so weird

The idea was already a mistake - allthegoodusernamesaretaken

I can't express how much hate I have for this show - Xalen_

This show has to be one of the most disgusting things ever created, and when they deliberately have a stupid "interruption" thing that ACTUALLY INTERRUPTS A SHOW YOU'RE WATCHING", that says everything. - SailorSedna

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36 Treating Rocko's Modern Life as just a "wannabe sidekick" to Ren & Stimpy and thus never actually releasing it properly uncut on DVD or Blu-Ray to anyone's knowledge

I wish that all of the episodes on DVD were uncut. Other networks tend to release their shows on DVD uncensored, so why not Nick (excluding Ren and Stimpy, which had an uncut release) - KalloFox34

Watching "what really happened" online for the censored scenes is TECHNICALLY a viable substitute, but only barely - xandermartin98

Rocko was actually amazing, Nick needs to stop with that bull - allthegoodusernamesaretaken

37 The website redesign

The same happens with the YouTube channel But Without.

Not everyone has a mobile device stupidhead Nickelodeon - purpleyoshi98

They even ruined the Nick JR website. It used to be filled with games and animated shorts, but now its just a mess.

The new redesign is trash - RedPanda5

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38 Canceling Danny Phantom Too Early

They could have rolled with this series almost as long as they did spongebob or fairly odd parents but noo.

This was their best show they really did cancel this show WAY TO EARLY I hated nick after this BRING BACK DANNY PHANTOM.

That was stupid of Nick.
One of their most creative shows.
Gone in a flash. - Gregory

It didn’t. it went from 2004-2007 a long time

39 Airing Nick News Airing Nick News

I have even heard it from 90's kids they hated it, a documentary series covering issues such as the environment, politics, diseases. Nick News aired here and there Randomly on Sundays from 1992 - 2015, when your a kid is the most depressing day of the week because school is upon you and there is nothing to watch but that, and I don't know about you but as a kid I hated the news. - BreakFastBeast2005

What kind of kid wants to watch the news!

Haha you hated a Kids News show.
UK - Newsround has been around since 1972.

Nick News is good but kind of left wing - purpleyoshi98

40 No Power Rangers especially Nicktoon characters in Kids Choice Awards

Yeah, They wanted to focus on their boring non-obsessive sitcom actors. - kcianciulli

Feed the boring Sitcom actors to the Titans (Attack on Titan) including Jojo Siwa!

41 World Wide Day Of Play

Why isn't this number one? This is seriously one of the dumbest ideas I've ever seen, what kind of moron decided to go forward with this? Horrible business decision. - RighteousMalevolent

My sister actually thought this was a show and when she saw it she was confused - crazycat99

What if it's raining? - purpleyoshi98

This should be number 1 - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

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42 Animaniacs on Nickelodeon

The theme song better on nick

Disgrace to the original. - Gregory

43 Getting Rid of Miraculous

My Sister still watches it...
In an other channel
Psyche - memememewoohoo


At least Netflix has it now - sydisonmadney

Wait til Netflix removes it, because they keep removing good shows and filling bad shows for money. - Gregory

44 Adding Disgusting Toilet/Fart Humor into Power Rangers

I hate Power Rangers in general. - KalloFox34

Mom is lazy

That’s nice

45 Canceling Ren & Stimpy

The adult version of this show totally ruined it. Ren and Stimpy were just fine roomies. They didn't need to be lovers. It was so tasteless and gross. Not real big of old show either, but that adult version that didn't air on Nick alongside calling the actual series's DVD release "The (Almost) Complete Series" because of that is bad.

Ren and Stimpy rocks.

If I will have my own animation company, I was buying this cartoon to giving it an worthy sixth, seven or even eight season to the original show, having it new episodes that are great like the season 9, 10 or 11 of spongebob, not rebooting it, similar animmation to the original seasons and giving it a great final episode, even an crossover with another classic cartoon, learn nickelodeon, LEARN

Ren & Stimpy should've been on Nick @ Nite. It's not really for for kids. - Smash64

46 Exposing a picture of a duck’s breast on Oggy & the Cockroaches

Now, Oggy and the Cockroaches isn't bad, however, this scene is pretty questionable. - Katildalover93

WHAT THE HELL... - XtheXlmao

The thing is, moral guardians didn't really notice until TMZ wrote an article about the scene. - KalloFox34

In an episode of the Nickelodeon dub of Oggy and the Cockroaches, they showed a picture of a duck’s breast in a scene, which caused major complaints about the network’s demographic.
Children watch Nickelodeon, and they saw this.

Thankfully the episode and show got banned from Nickelodeon, but they shouldn’t have showed it anyway. - Gregory

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47 Airing The Mighty B!

Flapjack ripoff. - XtheXlmao

Worst cartoon of 2008. Flapjack on CN was better - codgtamk34

48 Buying the rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Would you rather have Disney buy it? - codgtamk34

Your wrong I love the 2012 show. Like come on man.

I loved the GCI cartoon, but I saw the trailer for the reboot of the classic 80's cartoon, and I stopped watching TMNT completely.


49 The Last Airbender

This movie was absolute GARBAGE they mistreated the original along with the masterpiece of The Legend of Korra

It was an utter disgrace to Avatar: The Last Airbender. - Gregory

Shyamalan completely took the emotion and charm of the animated series and rebooted it into an emotionless, charmless, theatrical abomination! - kcianciulli

I haven't even seen the movie and even I hate it!

50 Making Bad Singers Famous

Case in point, Ariana Grande. - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

Ariana Grande is actually an incredible singer

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