The Top 10 Cartoons That Made a Wave in 2017

Whether it was a positive or negative wave of reactions, a wave is a wave. 2017 introduced us to some new faces, season premieres that went viral, and some familiar faces that were revived in animation. Some cartoons seemed to have a extreme cult following, others are just getting started. We’ll also be saying goodbye to one of these shows very soon, and it just hurts my soul to know that. No matter what reaction they had, they are the cartoons that will impact the future of animated television if they haven’t already. These are the top ten cartoons that had everyone talking, ranting, crying, analyzing, or all of the above in 2017.

1) Rick and Morty

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Wow. What a year that Rick and Morty has had. If one word could be used to describe 2017 for Rick and Morty, that word would be “viral”. I mean this show really went there. First of all, the season 3 premiere was a total surprise, and ended up making the series Adult Swim’s most watched series ever. History was made my friend. The terms Pickle Rick and Szechuan Sauce had to have been googled at least 10 million times this year. AT LEAST. Rick and Morty pretty much won 2017.

Rick and Morty is the story of insane and sometimes hostile adventures of Morty Smith and his grandfather Rick Sanchez. Sometimes accompanied by the rest of the Smiths mom and dad Jerry & Beth, and daughter Summer, the action-filled journeys to other dimensions never end.

2) Big Mouth

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A tale of crazy and embarrassing puberty stories told through animation. Netflix has really done it with this one. As raunchy and vulgar Big Mouth is, it really portrayed puberty and hormones as the monsters that they truly are. No seriously, Big Mouth surrounds a group of pre-teens who are followed by a Hormone Monster and Monstress, who are constantly harassing them and pressuring them to act inappropriately. Puberty is a confusing burden that everyone deals with, so this show can definitely relate to anyone.

3) Hey Arnold

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We thought we said goodbye to Hey Arnold in 2004, but the story was not over yet. This year came the adventures of Arnold, Gerald, and the rest of the gang and their quest to help find Arnold’s parents. The P.S. 118 class won a trip to San Lorenzo, where the secrets that were held onto so long in this series finally came to the light. Romances were ignited, closure was given, and Arnold found the answer that he was looking for. Plus, Brainy is the character that you wouldn’t have thought would save the day, but that’s another amazing twist that the movie had. The Jungle Movie was a sort of, sigh of relief, and only the beginning of the revival of classic Nickelodeon shows.

4) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes

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Cartoon Network introduced us to another action packed show in 2017. Although it was introduced as a short pilot “Lakewood Plaza Turbo”, at least we got to see it become a full series. OK K.O. follows a character in a futuristic setting who is destined to be the world’s greatest hero. With the constant theme of video games and references to other shows that came before it, I think this series could have a nice future ahead. It has gained a fair amount of praise, followed by a blossoming fandom.

5) Adventure Time

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All good adventures come to an end. In 2016, it was confirmed that Adventure Time will not be renewed for anymore seasons and that season 10 will be the last time that we’ll see Finn the dog and Jake the human going on a number of quests with additional characters Princess Bubblegum, BMO, Lumpy Space Princess, and more. I feel like the news brought fans closer together and made them appreciate the show while it was still here. Adventure Time’s final episode will be titled “Come Along With Me” and is set to be released in 2018.

Adventure Time was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories. We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives and make a show that was personal to us and that had jokes, too! I’m really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It’s a special thing, I think.” – Pendleton Ward, Creator

6) South Park

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South Park just never seems to stop getting good. Their constant pop culture references tied in with a ridiculously funny story line makes almost every episode worth watching. This year was the premiere of season 21 and the writers didn’t hesitate to take a jab at the uprising of electronic personal assistants, the increase of home makeover shows, political outrage, and the country stylings of popular hip hop songs. The remaining episodes touched even more references to humorous and ridiculous political statements such as “fake news”. It was just South Park being South Park and we loved every minute of it.

7) Steven Universe

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Steven Universe continued to be the top Cartoon Network series and one of the most popular cartoons on television today. It’s never ending adventures for the “Crystal Gems”, or the magic beings – Steven, Pearl, Garnet, and Amethyst who use their powers to protect the earth. The show separates itself from many other cartoons today in sense of representing LGBTQ+ characters, gender fluidity, and tackling abusive relationships.

“In large part it’s based on my experience as a bisexual woman. I think that there are a lot of ways that I — how to I put this? These themes have so much to do with who you are. There is an idea that these are themes that should not be shared with kids but everyone shares stories about love and attraction with kids. So many stories for kids are about love. It really makes a difference to hear stories about how someone like you can be loved. And if you don’t hear those stories, it will change who you are. It’s very important to me that we speak to kids about consent. That we speak to kids about identity. There’s so much I have to say about this. I want to feel like I exist and I want everyone else who wants to feel that way to feel that way too.” – Rebecca Sugar answering what inspired her to include those themes in Steven Universe, San Diego Comic-Con 2016

8) Family Guy

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The first family of adult cartoons started off strong with their season 16 premiere. In Emmy Winning Episode, the Griffins were doing whatever it takes to become an Emmy winning show, even if it means acting as the shows that seem to always win. Shows such as Modern Family, Girls, Breaking Bad, and The Big Bang Theory were parodied. Another major turning point for Family Guy was Brian’s exit. It was such a twist that we didn’t see coming. What was thought to be episode ending resolution turned into a dark reality. This year really proved that Family Guy is still going strong 18 years later.

9) BoJack Horseman

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Netflix has only five animated series on its platform, but this one has stood out the most. BoJack Horseman has won over the hearts of many being the first ever original animated series on Netflix that premiered on August 22, 2014. With their memorable one-liners, it was bound to be a success. It all takes place in the life of a Humanoid horse who was once a 90s sitcom star, but following the cancellation of his show led to him being a washed up actor, hoping to find his place in the modernized industry once again. The show takes on serious issues of mental illness and addiction with a satirical take on events in the real world. Season 4 was released on September 8, 2017 and received a positive reception overall.

10) The Jellies

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This year Tyler the Creator and Lionel Boyce’s show The Jellies really had us impressed. After finding out he’s adopted, even though he’s clearly a human male and his parents and younger sister are jelly fish, 16-year-old Cornell Jelly attempts to find himself a number of ridiculous ways. The Jellies was originally an exclusive on Tyler’s app Golf Media, and main character Cornell was a different race. Tyler explains why the change of race in the best way possible at San Diego Comic-Con:

“How many f–king black cartoon characters is it on TV right now? Name five I’ll give you time. It is none. They cancelled static shock, nobody remember Fillmore, we don’t got sh-t…”

I, for one, absolutely remember Fillmore. Click here to watch the rest of Tyler’s response.

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The Top 10 Best South Park Episodes

It’s time to talk about our favorite controversial cartoon again. South Park is known for its insanely inappropriate jokes, pop culture parodies, poking fun at public figures, and just being one of the longest-running animated shows on TV. Because there are so many great South Park episodes, it was difficult to narrow it down to only ten. But we’ve managed to pick out the absolute best. DISCLAIMER: this list may contain spoilers, sorry if you’re binge-watching all seasons on Hulu!

1) The Imaginationland Trilogy (2008)

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If you haven’t seen this epic three-part episode then what are you exactly doing with your life? The boys are brought to this land of imaginary characters that seemed magical at first but then turns to chaos. Cartman is destined to make Kyle pay off his dues for a bet that they made. That bet is better off left unspoken here at CB. This episode earned its way to #1 on this list due to the extraordinary storyline.

2) “Guitar Queer-O” (2007)

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The hilarious tribute episode to the game guitar hero. Stan was devoted to mastering the game and earning a million points, which jeopardized his friendship with Kyle. Meanwhile, Randy was destined to teach the boys how to play a real guitar.

3) “Make Love, Not Warcraft” (2006)

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The boys play the infamous online game World of Warcraft, which consumes their social lives and lessens their appearance. The band together in the game to stop another player who’s been killing everyone else’s player. This episode won a Primetime Emmy award.

4) “Major Boobage” (2008)

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After learning how cat urine could be used as a hallucinogen in a method called “cheesing”, Kenny’s life goes down the drain of drug-crazed destruction. It is revealed that Kyle’s dad Gerald was once a “cheeser” and is soon This episode is a tribute to the 1981 cult classic film Heavy Metal.

5) “You Have 0 Friends” (2010)

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After Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny made Stan a Facebook page, he isn’t impressed and attempts to delete it, but is soon sucked into the virtual world. Meanwhile, Kyle befriends a friendless boy on Facebook and soon regrets it after he starts losing all of his.

6) “Casa Bonita” (2003)

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When Kyle invites Butters instead of Cartman to his birthday party at Casa Bonita, Cartman sabotages Butters chances of going.

7) “Woodland Critter Christmas” (2004)

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It’s one of those episodes that starts out cute, innocent, and cheery but sooner or later it turns dark and twisted. Stan learns that when he ends up helping a group of Woodland creatures who turn out to be demented Satanists and murders the mother of some mountain lion cubs, who are actually the innocent ones.

8) “Fishsticks” (2009)

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Jimmy creates the “fishsticks” joke that everyone in South Park finds hilarious and understands, except for Kanye West. Of course, when the joke became a worldwide success, Cartman tries to take credit for it.

9) “Die Hippie, Die” (2005)

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After the town of South Park is taken over by hippies, Cartman runs a service to get rid of them. Too bad Stan, Kyle & Kenny are converted. Fun fact: this episode parodies the film The Core.

10) “ManBearPig” (2006)

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Al Gore is trying desperately to convince people that there is sense of a cryptid called ManBearPig. The boys assist Gore on his hunt but finds themselves stuck in a cave where they discover a cavern filled with treasure.

Cartoon Halloween Playlist: 20+ Animated Halloween Specials You Should Watch This Year

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Happy Halloween! Finally, it’s the spookiest & most candy-filled time of the year. A time where we can dress up as someone or something else & be a kid again. Whether you’re going out this year or staying home, it’s a must that you engage in some new or nostalgic animated Halloween specials. In fact, add it to your everlasting list of traditions. If you’re having trouble putting together some Halloween specials don’t worry another second, because Cartoon Buzz has got you covered this year with a special playlist, listing over 20 cartoon Halloween specials!

DISCLAIMER(S): This list is not ranked from “best” to “worst” or visa versa. Some of the animated series listed are intended for mature audiences only. Cartoon Buzz does not support piracy so there will not be any illegal download links to any of these episodes. Please respect this disclaimer and have a happy Halloween!

1. SpongeBob Squarepants: Scaredy Pants (Season 1, Episode 13a)

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2. Hey Arnold: Arnold’s Halloween (Season 2, Episode 11)

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3. Powerpuff Girls: Boogie Frights (Season 1, Episode 5)

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4. Rocko’s Modern Life: Sugar Frosted Frights (Season 3, Episode 3A)

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5. Recess: A Recess Halloween (Part 3 of movie)

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6. Fairly OddParents: Scary Godparents (Season 2, Episode 12)

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7. As Told By Ginger: I Spy a Witch (Season 1, Episode 13)

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8. What’s New, Scooby-Doo?: A Scooby-Doo Halloween (Season 2, Episode 6)

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9. Doug: Doug’s Halloween Adventure (Season 4, Episode 4)

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10. Kim Possible: October 31st (Season 1, Episode 14)

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11. Wild Thornberrys: Blood Sisters (Season 1, Episode 13)

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12. Family Guy: Halloween on Spooner Street (Season 9, Episode 5)

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13. SpongeBob Squarepants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom (Season 10, Episode 16)

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14. The Loud House: Tricked (Season 2, Episode 24)

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15. We Bare Bears: Charlie’s Halloween Thing (Season 3, Episode 29)

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16. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror series

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17. South Park: Hell on Earth 2006 (Season 10, Episode 11)

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18. Bunsen Is a Beast: Beast Halloween Ever (Season 1, Episode 16)

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19. Bob’s Burgers: The Wolf of Wharf Street (Season 8, Episode 3)

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20. Danny Phantom: Fright Knight (Season 1, Episode 13)

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21. The Weekenders: Nevermore (Season 4, Episode 1)

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22. CatDog: CatDogula (Season 3, Episode 5)

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23. Invader Zim: Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom (Season 1, Episode 14)

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24. The Cleveland Show: It’s the Great Pancake, Cleveland Brown (Season 2, Episode 4)

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South Park Premieres Season 21 With White Supremacists vs. Electronic Personal Assistants

DISCLAIMER: Yes there are bits of spoilers here. We really tried not to. Proceed with caution.

 

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You can always count on South Park to add a satirical effect to the real problems happening in America and pop culture today. So far Trump’s presidency isn’t referenced but it is just episode 1 after all. Season 21 premiered tonight with “White People Renovating Houses” and tackled the “major issue” that the confederate flag waving white supremacists in South Park, Colorado think is happening. Electronic personal assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Echo Dot & Google Home are stealing their jobs. South Park writers never fail to turn the mirror on certain individuals. They’re going to tell you exactly how you look, just saying. Especially if you’re someone who has your own TV show where you “flip houses”. It was a pretty humorous nudge at all of those home improvement shows happening right now, and it’s always nice to see Randy caught up in yet another mainstream activity. Anyone who ships Heiman (Heidi x Cartman) better have a seat, because we also got to see the downfall of their relationship, which ends in the most dramatic way possible. What can you really expect with Cartman at this point?

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South Park Season 21 Premiere Date Announced

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After a mind-blowing 20th season of referencing nostalgia culture, internet trolling & the presidential election, I think we were all ready to see what the citizens of South Park will unleash for us this time. As one of the longest running cartoons on air right now, this show gets better and better. South Park took to Instagram to announce the official premiere date of season 21 and fans couldn’t be more thrilled.

 

There you have it folks, Season 21 is set to premiere on Wednesday, August 23rd! Which leaves maybe more than one question in everyone’s mind. Will the show keep up with its continuity theme that is has been going on since season 19? Or will we get a fresh new plot each episode? I will definitely be tuning in, will you?

Was Cancelling Drawn Together a Wise Move by Comedy Central?

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Drawn Together was an animated reality show that aired on Comedy Central from October 27, 2004 and ended on November 14, 2007. The show was probably the most vulgar cartoon to ever hit television. It made a show like Family Guy look like a family-friendly series to watch with your Gran. Drawn Together is definitely not the type of show that is made for the sensitive or the squeamish. The show had jokes that would cause a major outrage if it was still airing today in 2017. Despite it’s outrageous content, my question is still very much valid to all of you out there. Was Drawn Together given the short end of the stick by Comedy Central or was it a wise choice for the network? Let’s take a look:

So as I stated before, Drawn Together’s last episode aired on November 14, 2007. It was a clip show/reunion type episode with an American Idol theme, where the characters sang songs that were featured in past episodes. At the end of the episode, the characters were informed that the show was cancelled and they entered a room marked “employment”. I applaud the Drawn Together creators and writers for adding that little gag in, even though having your show cancelled must suck big time. The show was publicly confirmed to be cancelled by Tara Strong, the voice of Princess Clara & Toot, in March 2008. I, myself did not see any reason why the show should’ve been cancelled after 3 seasons. I actually saw the show getting renewed for at least one more season, but I guess Comedy Central had other plans. Despite the pilot episode receiving an F by Entertainment Weekly, which was made into a whole subplot for an episode that also received an F, Drawn Together has good ratings overall. Metacritic gave it a decent 7.6/10 and it scored a 8.5/10 on tv.com. For the shock comedy that the show put out, those are pretty good scores. Not to mention the show had a devoted fanbase. Well, maybe not that devoted to the point where the didn’t demand a new season hard enough, but still devoted.

If you were watching the show in 07-08 like most, you probably thought the final episode was the last time you’ll be seeing new content from the housemates. Well in March & April 2010 came a direct-to-DVD surprise: the Drawn Together movie. The movie was produced by Six Point Harness and created using flash animated because of budget cuts. Not only was the movie’s animation different from the show, but it was even more outrageous. Another fun fact to be learned about all of this is that the Drawn Together creators wanted a Drawn Together Babies spin-off, but Comedy Central rejected the idea. It seems like the creators definitely weren’t ready to give up with show right then and there, but they had no choice. They could’ve reached out to other networks to pick up the show such as Spike TV or even HBO. (Side note: I think HBO is really lacking in the animated series department).

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South Park Debuts Season 20 & Pokes Fun at Colin Kaepernick, the Presidential Election & More

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As you already know, the team behind South Park are the masters of controversial material & experts at incorporating real life viral news into the long-lasting comedy series, but the Colin Kaepernick protesting clip, taking a jab at the 2016 presidential election, and Cartman’s mockery of the Black Lives Matter movement with “Token’s Life Matters” gives us an insight on how season 20 will turn out for world wide news and pop culture.

With South Park debuting season 20 with such a touchy topic such as football quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his viral and groundbreaking protest against the U.S. National Anthem, of course social media sites like Twitter are shambled over heated discussions and a trending topic that ended up with thousands of tweets of both humor and anger. Needless to say that South Park is also famous for it’s parodies and reboots of famous or popular songs, so the National Anthem is it’s latest victim.

Watch out Ryan Lochte, because you’re most likely next.

4 Animated Series That Must Be Revived

There’s always that one show that you feel like shouldn’t have ended, gotten cancelled or left to be abandoned by it’s writers and network. It can leave the viewers in tears or outrage, or even both. I would watch finales of my favorite cartoons and often thought, “That’s it?”. Or if a show was simply not renewed for another season and then time would go by and I’d be like… what happened to _______? I mean, back then I was too young to understand what cancelling or ending a show was, and too young to look up news about the show on the web. There are some of my favorite shows that I just feel should’ve gotten justice. In my opinion, these shows could’ve gone on longer even if it’s just a bit. And it’s not just because they’re my favorite shows…… Ok, it kinda is but that as well as they had potential for more seasons.

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It was a bummer that this show wasn’t even one of Nickelodeon’s most popular Nicktoons. Don’t get me wrong, it was my top favorite show on Nickelodeon and it still is, and many people can relate to me on that. I’m saying it deserved popularity status like SpongeBob or Fairly OddParents, because this show got real on many levels. Ginger Foutley learned she was one-quarter Jewish and introduced Nick viewers to another religion & holiday. Her little brother Carl Foutley was an atheist, which was mentioned by their mother Lois Foutley in A Lesson in Tightropes, while Carl was praying in a hospital church when he thought his big sister was going to die. The topic of death showed up a number of times on this series, along with suicide and depression. They should’ve moved the show to The-N, now known as TeenNick, and made more mature episodes covering more real issues while the characters were in high school. I guess the show got too real for Nickelodeon. #RIPATBG.

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I’m having flashbacks of my 10 year old self sneaking out of bed at 3AM & turning to Comedy Central to watch this show in the den. Or when it wasn’t on sometimes, I would watch it on Comedy Central On-Demand. This show is too much for words, or at least this post. Drawn Together made Family Guy & South Park look like kid’s shows. With it’s racist jokes, homophobic jokes, abortion jokes, high level sexual content, a pig pooping in a cantaloupe, Drawn Together wasn’t meant for the sensitive beings. The show took major risks with it’s filthy nature and left many original jokes in it’s episodes, and that’s what really made this show grow to be one of my top favorites. It’s cancellation was announced in 2008 and the movie and final farewell to the housemates was released on April 20, 2010. The movie ended with the characters being erased from existence, which left me unimpressed and amused. Drawn Together wasn’t ready for cancellation. This show had potential to have more than three seasons, simple as that. #ReDrawDrawnTogether

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Another kids/preteens show that got real. An animated Canadian series that took America by storm. Though ATBG did cover puberty, Braceface went all out and had an episode where the main character Sharon, had her period during a date with her love interest, Alden. Poor Alden, thinking Sharon was dying, called 9-11. No need for an ambulance buddy, it’s just mother nature releasing her monthly wrath, that’s all. This show even covered racism, a major topic that was unthinkable in kid’s shows at the time but did show up in a few. After Sharon’s grandfather made racist comments about Maria and her boyfriend, Maria is worried that his bigotry might have rubbed off on Sharon. This series also dealt with body image, sexuality, and anorexia. Braceface has many similarities to As Told By Ginger, but mostly the fact that both series started with the main characters in middle school and ended right when during their high school years. Makes no sense! At least make the series last until they finish high school. There are many more challenges this show could’ve covered. #Justice4Braceface

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An anime that us black kids related to, and it came with a lot of comedy as well. It was the perfect combo for a show, and The Boondocks was definitely a show to remember. The way it covered the struggles of being black in a white neighborhood was spot on. It’s portrayal of celebrities & pop culture was pure comedic and slightly too accurate for words. After season 3 aired, a few years passed by and it had been thought that the show was cancelled or simply abandoned. Then season 4 happened and fans rejoiced, only to find out the series was ending. You can’t just abandon a great show like The Boondocks for years and then come back with such a great season, then end it all. I say bring the show back for about four more seasons, and show the freeman boys growing up and getting some major character development. Then, the show could end with a bang that will shock the viewers. But not a cliffhanger though, Boondocks fans have been through enough. #BringBackBoondocks

Do you agree or disagree with that any of these shows should be brought back to life? Or what about any other show that wasn’t listed? Comment below!

 

 

South Park Guest Stars Christopher Lloyd in Upcoming Season 20

Butters has something evil on his mind, and he has Christoper Lloyd to thank for that.

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Poor ole Butters doesn’t know what’s coming to him when something or someone wicked  invades his mind and threatens his life. That wicked snail will be voiced by Christopher Lloyd. The episode “Bad Luck Butters” will be the first episode of the 20th season of the Trey Parker and Matt Stone series that will air in September 2016 on Comedy Central.