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15 Super Underrated Adult Swim Shows That Deserve More Credit

March 31, 2020 6.0k votes 616 voters 10.9k views15 items

When we think of Adult Swim shows, extremely popular shows such as Robot Chicken or Rick and Morty always come to mind first. However, there are many underrated Adult Swim shows that often don't get the credit they deserve for various reasons. Many of these shows were popular during their time, but were quickly overshadowed or forgotten as new shows came out.

Whether the shows were short-lived, older, or just not as popular, there are plenty of underrated Adult Swim cartoons that deserve more recognition than they got. Many of them were even more unique than the most popular shows, but they just never caught on. Regardless of the reason, all the following Adult Swim shows are underrated for one reason or another.

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  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney At La is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Super Underrated Adult Swim Shows That Deserve More Credit
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    Harvery Birdman first made his appearance in an old Hanna-Barbera cartoon called Birdman and the Galaxy Trio. However, in this series, he plays the role of an attorney at a law firm instead of a superhero. All his co-workers and clients are also from Hanna-Barbera shows from the 1960s and 1970s. Birdman isn't the most intelligent attorney, but he works hard to solve legal disputes among fellow cartoon characters.

    From 2001 to 2007, this show aired on Adult Swim with a total of 4 seasons. It relied heavily on references to these older cartoons though, so the jokes were really only funny if you understood all the references.

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  • Sealab 2021 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Super Underrated Adult Swim Shows That Deserve More Credit
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    All the characters in this Adult Swim show are from an old Hanna-Barbera cartoon titled Sealab 2020Sealab 2020 was an educational cartoon about the environment, and it was not a comedy in any way. However, Sealab 2021 decided to reuse the animation from the old show, but make all the characters insane. The once responsible leader, Captain Hazel, now has a rather questionable grip on reality. Debbie, who was based off Gail from Sealab 2020 is a sexual interest character with frequent mood swings. All the other characters follow similar personality changes too.

    This show ran from 2001 to 2005, and it was one of the very first shows to come out when Adult Swim officially launched. While it was a unique show to get Adult Swim started, it was overshadowed by Aqua Teen Hunger Force, which came out around the same time.

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  • The Oblongs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Super Underrated Adult Swim Shows That Deserve More Credit
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    The Oblongs initially premiered on The WB in 2001, but ratings were so low that they never even aired the last 5 episodes. So, Adult Swim later picked up the show to complete the first season, which was only 13 episodes long. Even after that, the ratings weren't high enough for it to continue despite having big names like Will Ferrell in it.

    All the members of the Oblong family have some type of disability or deformity. Bob was born without arms and legs, and his wife Pickles has lost all her hair. Plus, all the other family members have even more peculiar appearances, all of which are due to the excessive amount of pollution and radiation that surrounds their home. All the waste is from the wealthy people that live on the top of the hill, and the poor Oblongs can never seem to live up to those beautiful people.

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  • Home Movies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Super Underrated Adult Swim Shows That Deserve More Credit
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    Brendon Small is a young aspiring filmaker who is named after one of the show's creators. In his free time, he makes movies with his friends, Melissa and Jason. However, he also has to deal with the quirky adults in his life, including his divorced mother and his alcoholic soccer coach who he has a bizarre father-like relationship with.

    This series was a popular Adult Swim show for its time, but it was quickly overshadowed by the popular shows that followed such as Robot Chicken and The Boondocks. It first aired on UPN, but it was canceled after only 5 episodes because of low ratings. So, Adult Swim picked it up, and it ran successfully from 2001 to 2004 with a total of 52 episodes.

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