Today we are going to be taking a look and some cartoons that you may have missed or skipped over but you should definitely spend the time to check out. They may be a tab bit obscure but they are solid shows and deserve a watch. So let's kick off this list.
Number 10, Baby Blues is based upon the very popular comic strip with the same name and ran for 13 episodes on the WB before being cancelled. The re-runs were eventually picked up and shown on Adult Swim for a short period of time. The show centered around the McPhersons: a young couple with a new born baby. Though the show showed promise and was decently funny it never made it past the first 13 episodes, however it is rumored that another 13 episodes are fully finished but were never aired.
Next at number 9 we have The Oblongs. Which is another WB show that only ran 13 episodes. And again was picked up by Adult Swim who played the re-runs for a short time. The Oblongs took place in a world where the wealthy dominate the poor, except every third class citizen seemed to be deformed in some way. The show had a diverse character line up and was over all very funny. However it never got past episode 13.
Coming in at number eight is Pepper Ann which aired on ABC from 1997 to 2000. The program's protagonist dealt with pre-teen issues such as puberty, embarrassing relatives and awkward social situations. Pepper Ann like Doug, would daydream and even hold conversations with her alternate self (usually her reflection), much to her friends' concern. While it was generally comedic, it could also be serious. Ranging from topics like death and shaming to divorce, the show is mostly unknown as it was over shadowed by the much more popular Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon shows of the time but it is defiantly worth a watch.
Bob and Margaret
At number 7 is the animated series Bob and Margaret which is about an overweight, childless middle aged couple. For the first 2 seasons it took place in Britain, while the last 2 took place in Canada. The show had that unique sense of British humor we all love, and very witty writing. However the show only lasted 4 short seasons and was quickly forgotten.
Next at number 6 is Duck Dodgers. Duck Dodgers was on for 2 seasons, but man was it a jam packed show! Space battles, romance, unforgettable pop culture references, perfect high brow and slap stick humor, and an intro sung by Tom Jones! It took place centuries after the Dodgers was crynologicanlly frozen and then unfrozen to serve the Galactic Protectorate. He turned out to be an incompetent leader who needed to be frequently bailed out by the cadet (Porky Pig) or extreme good luck. One of the program's best attributes was its writing, and it's no surprise one member its staff included acclaimed TV writer Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League). Thus, its storylines, characters, and gags were consistently top notch. So give this series a watch if you haven't already.
Number 5 on the list is Freakazoid. It was zany, hilarious, cunning, playful, entertaining, kooky, cheeky and out there. Freakazoid! was only on for two seasons, but it made quite the impression. The series was about a teenager turned superhero who fights for justice, yet always seemed to mess things up along the way. The show was known for its dry sense of humor and though it was short lived, it was a great show.
God, The Devil, and Bob
Next at number 4 we have God, The Devil, and Bob. This show originally aired on NBC in March of 2000 but was quickly pulled due to low ratings and pressure from religious groups. However the show is incredibly funny and has good writing. The show was later picked up by Adult Swim and they aired all 13 episodes. This show may have flown under many peoples radars but it is truly worth your time to look up.
Coming in at number 3 is Toad Patrol. This little known show follows Eight "toadlet" siblings who miss the migration and, with the help of an elderly, wise toad named Mistle Toad, band together to reach Toad Hollow before the Fairy Ring closes and they get left behind or become toad stools. A strange concept, I know, but it's surprisingly a fun, adventurous and magical journey. The characters are unique and serve their purpose, there's true tension as the struggle to survive becomes greater and greater. And the mystical aspect of this show, and its realm, are innovative and captivate your attention. It only ran for 2 short seasons but it was released on DVD.
In our runner up spot is The Critic. The show is about a film critic whose cynical reviews made him popular in Hollywood. He's also the underdog, as he fights for respect among his colleagues, superiors and family. It is also co-written by Al Jean and Mike Reiss who were formerly writers on The Simpsons. The show also made use of many pop culture references and was based in New York City. However, it never fully caught on and was cancelled after just 2 seasons.
And finally in our number 1 spot is Duckman. Duckman was about a crude, offensive and obscene duck who was edgy and funny. Its offensive humor may have been too much for people in the '90s to handle but it seems to fit better in today's TV line up. It ran for four seasons from 1994-1997 until it was canceled. But I highly recommend you look up this show as it never seems to let me down in the laugh department.