Underrated 2000s Cartoons That Deserve More Love

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Vote up the cartoons from the 2000s that deserve a revival.

The 2000s were chock-full of animated series that changed television forever. However, there are some 2000s cartoons that may have impacted some viewers but were forgotten by many others. 

From a Rugrats spin-off to the long-lost sister show to The Grim Adventures of Grim & Mandy, these underrated cartoons are sure to delight many fans of animation. Some of these shows are more obscure than others, but all of them undoubtedly deserve more attention.


  • Codename: Kids Next Door was an instant cult classic depicting child spies. The show is beloved by those who remember it for its quirky brand of humor and lovable characters. Codename: Kids Next Door told the story of young children who operate their own spy organization out of a tree house.

    Codename: Kids Next Door aired on Cartoon Network as a full series after beating out a slew of other pilots to win a viewers poll, and lasted for six seasons that ran from 2002 to 2006. The series followed a quirky formula similar to shows like The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Courage the Cowardly Dog, but really was its own unique blend of action, heart, and over-the-top hilarity. 

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  • As Told by Ginger was a show on Nickelodeon that offered insight into the teenage brain. The show ran for three seasons and depicts the trials and tribulations of tween-to-teen life.

    As Told by Ginger was notable for being a realistic animated series built on story arcs. It even shows the characters wearing different clothes on different days. Even though As Told by Ginger was well-liked by both audiences and critics and even earned three Emmy Award nominations, some episodes of the show still have not aired in the US.

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    Danny Phantom was a horror-tinged action series for kids that aired on Nickelodeon from 2004 to 2007. Created by Butch Hartman, Danny Phantom tells the story of a teen boy who becomes something of a superhero after an accident involving the "Ghost Zone" turns him into a half-ghost, half-human hybrid. 

    The short-lived Danny Phantom was beloved for its colorful animation, lovable characters, and mature way of dealing with death and the afterlife, while still being a fun affair about ghosts. Danny Phantom may have lasted for only three seasons initially, but it still has a large fan base - so much so that a petition to revive the show on Change.org has now gained thousands of signatures.

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  • Disney's The Emperor's New Groove is a modern animated classic that is beloved by many. What these fans don't always realize is that the film started a franchise, first with the direct-to-DVD sequel Kronk's New Groove, and then the short-lived Disney Channel series, The Emperor's New School. The Emperor's New School aired for two seasons from 2006 to 2008 and followed Kuzco as he attempts to graduate from Kuzco Academy in order to finally become emperor.

    The series is unique for it being a direct sequel to The Emperor's New Groove and featuring all of the original characters from that film, including Yzma, Kronk, and Pacha. The series also manages to keep the same cinematic animation style as the original film. The Emperor's New School also featured a very self-aware style, which is not usually the case with Disney Channel original shows. 

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  • All Grown Up! was a spin-off of Rugrats that featured the iconic babies as tweens navigating the strange world. With such an unconventional central idea, All Grown Up! doesn't seem like it would work on paper; however, it somehow expands these lovable characters, making them more relatable and exciting to watch.

    All Grown Up! started as a spin-off of a two-part special episode of Rugrats called "All Growed Up," which was a huge hit in terms of ratings. All Grown Up! ran for five seasons from 2003 to 2008 on Nickelodeon, delivering all-new hijinks that audiences never knew they needed. Even though the show was successful, it does not get the same notoriety as the original Rugrats, which it deserves.

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  • Jackie Chan Adventures
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    Jackie Chan Adventures is a semi-forgotten action-comedy series that featured a fictionalized version of the action star as an archaeologist and special agent. Every episode followed a new mystery that Chan would have to solve along with his most trusted companions.

    The show deserves more attention for being an animated series that incorporates elements of reality, including references to Chan's real life and work, as well as several sequences showing the live-action Chan answering hot questions. The series aired for five seasons on WB, and had a loyal fan base, resulting in the creation of two spin-off video games and a toy franchise.

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