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18 Cartoons From The Early 2000s We Totally Forgot Existed

March 12, 2020 8.9k votes 968 voters 29.9k views18 items

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Early 2000s cartoons were all over the place in terms of content and quality. Many people fondly remember the best Cartoon Network shows or the most popular Disney shows, but the mediocre shows have largely been forgotten. It's not surprising. As kids, we watched so many different shows that there's no way we can remember them all.

However, as a kid, it's easy to be entertained, so even the simplest shows could bring us joy. Here are some of the forgotten early 2000s cartoons that you'll probably remember as soon as you see them. They might not be as classic as SpongeBob SquarePants or The Fairly OddParents, but they still hold a special place in our hearts.

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    Kenny the Shark ran for two seasons from 2003 to 2005. It was about a tiger shark named Kenny who became a family pet. He needed to learn to act like a normal citizen in order to stay with his human best friend instead of being put back in the ocean.

    Unfortunately, a shark wasn't the most exciting cartoon animal at the time, so while a third season was in consideration, it ended up getting canceled due to minimal interest. 

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      In Clone High, all the characters are clones of historical figures that are now teenagers in high school. It's all part of a grand government conspiracy that's even more ridiculous than it sounds.

      This comedic show centered around the clones of Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Mahatma Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, and Cleopatra. Specifically, it was about how they would act if they were high school students. The show only had one season that ran from 2002 to 2003, but it has since developed a major cult following.

      The show's resurgence is due in no small part to the popularity of its creators, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who went on to produce such hits as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

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        Undergrads was another very short-lived show that was only around in 2001. It was about four childhood friends that vowed to maintain their friendship even though they all attended different colleges.

        Only 13 episodes were aired, and while reruns were shown on Adult Swim for a while, it didn't have enough unique qualities to make it long-lasting. It was canceled before the second season could even be produced because it was considered both a financial and a critical failure.

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        • Tripping the Rift was a CGI series that ran from 2004 to 2007 with three seasons. It was a unique science fiction parody that was geared toward adults.

          The cartoon took place in space, where everyone was divided into two categories: the Confederation and the Dark Clown Empire. Neither faction was ideal, and the Rift was the one area where you could be free of both places.

          The main characters, a mix of aliens and androids, lived in that Rift area. Perhaps too risque for its day, it might have been right at home on Adult Swim if it had aired a few years later.

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