10 Forgotten Kids’ Shows

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Remember these shows? Take a look back into your past to honor the cartoons we once loved.

Ah, the early 2000s. A time when cartoons were the new big thing and our parents claimed that TV shows went down-hill after Gilligan’s Island or something. Anyways, here are the top 10 forgotten kids shows that you probably watched, and some are kind of creepy.

  1. Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends

Directed by Craig Mccracken

Played from August 13, 2004 – May 3, 2009

Summary: The show is set in a universe where humans exist with imaginary friends. Mac, the protagonist, is best friends with “Bloo” who he fears never seeing again.

  1.  Max and Ruby

Directed by Jamie Whitten

Played from September 10, 2002 – present

Summary: Max is a young white bunny whose curiosity always causes trouble, and his sister is always running around trying to take care of him. Fun Fact: There are no parents in the show, only their grandma.

  1. Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

Directed by Fred Rogers

Played from February 19, 1968 – August 31, 2001

Summary: Many kids loved Mr. Rogers because of his sophisticated manner; how he treated kids with respect, and gave them a show akin to that of an adult.

  1. Rugrats

Created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain

Played from August 11, 1991 – August 1, 2004

Summary: This is a show about a group of toddlers who face situations similar to those that most similar age kids face, and is very relatable and fun for kids to watch.

  1. Arthur

Created by Marc Brown

Played from October 7, 1996 – present

Summary: “Arthur” is about an eight-year-old Anthropomorphic aardvark who faces many problems that families often face such as genetic diseases. Various scenes from “Arthur” were also made into a plethora of internet memes and are still being used on Twitter and Instagram today.

  1. Dexter’s Laboratory

Created by Genndy Tartakovsky

Played from 1996-1997; 2001–2003

Summary: This cartoon is about a young scientist who has a secret underground laboratory in his basement. He creates seemingly maniacal devices and battles his sister in fear of being caught.

  1. Codename: Kids Next Door

Created by Tom Warburton

Played from December 6, 2002 – January 21, 2008

Summary: “Codename: Kids Next Door” features five super hero kids who are revealed as part of a network of superhero kids across the world. The group fights “crimes against kids,” which are things that adults and other “evil” kids make them do such as eating vegetables and flossing.

  1. Hey Arnold

Created by Craig Bartlett

Played from October 7, 1996 to June 8, 2004,

Summary: This show features a fourth grader, Arnold, that lives in an inner city boarding house with his grandparents. Arnold and his friends encounter big city problems that most kids face.  Last year, Craig Bartlett revealed Arnold’s last name is “Shortman” in a Buzzfeed interview.

  1.  Mr. Meaty

Created by Jamie Shannon and Jason Hopley.

Played from December 30, 2005 – May 23, 2009

Summary: “Mr. Meaty” features two teenagers, Josh Redgrove and Parker Dinkleman, who work at a restaurant named, Mr. Meaty. At work, they get into various predicaments and challenges along the way.

  1. Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends

Created by David Kirk

Played September 7, 2004 – October 26, 2008

Summary: This show was based on David Kirk’s book series. It features many insects and arachnid creatures. The scary part is that the characters are very creepy looking, particularly “Spiderus,” who is the villain of the show and tries to steal spider eggs and claim the children as his own.