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21 Overlooked Fox Kids Programs

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List RulesVote up the bygone Fox Kids TV series that deserved more attention and acclaim from kids and grown-ups alike.

Fox Kids TV shows helped make your day less boring as a kid. Launched on September 8, 1990, Fox Kids delivered the best in live-action and animated programs. During its run, '90s Fox Kids shows such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Tiny Toon Adventures, and Goosebumps helped it become a juggernaut in kids' programming until its end on September 7, 2002.

While a handful of shows got praise, other series were left in the cold. When it comes to casual talks about old children's shows, these series rarely get a reaction upon being mentioned. Let's look at some old Fox Kids shows worth dusting off again for another view.

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    With the popularity of the live-action Swamp Thing TV series, Fox Kids decided to tone the character down for kids. The animated Swamp Thing series made its TV debut on Halloween 1990.

    The following spring, the series saw a four-week stint on the programming block before disappearing forever. Most of the blame was placed on the show's marketing, which was only interested in pumping out Swamp Thing toys.

    • Actors: Tabitha St. Germain, Len Carlson, Don Francks, Philip Akin, Richard Yearwood
    • Premiered: October 31, 1990
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    Masked Rider served as both a spinoff of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and an adaptation of Kamen Rider Black RX. The series was heavily reworked to fit into the Power Rangers universe. The title character arrives to Earth to defeat his uncle Count Dregon, who was once Lord Zedd's enemy.

    Lasting two seasons on the channel, the show failed to reach Power Rangers numbers.  

    • Actors: Ted Jan Roberts, Rheannon Slover, Ashton McArn
    • Premiered: 1995
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    Based on Carlos Meglia's comic strip of the same name, Cybersix follows the title character's fight against evil. The entire 13-episode run cost TMS Entertainment a whopping $4.6 million, which equates to $360,000 an episode.

    The series came to an end following internal issues with the studio combined with its high cost. After its cancellation, the series took home Leo Awards for best overall sound of an animated production, as well as best animated production.

    • Actors: Andrew Francis, Terry Klassen, Michael Dobson, Cathy Weseluck, Chantal Strand
    • Premiered: 1999
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    Before being a major Hollywood player, Ryan Gosling earned his first leading role with Young Hercules. Set as a prequel to Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, the show landed a 50-episode run from September 1998 to May 1999.

    One major problem with the series' original run involved its episodes airing out of order. 

    • Actors: Ryan Gosling, Dean O'Gorman, Chris Conrad
    • Premiered: September 12, 1998