Best CN Show?

Best Cartoon Network Show?


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I am drunk and feeling curious, and I am curious of everyone's favourite Cartoon Network Show is (apologies if this thread has been done before).

Also, feel bad for leaving out the likes of Samurai Jack & Regular Show on this poll
 
One that I sometimes forget was a CN show but really had a big impact on me was Xiaolin Showdown, particularly the last story arc. I haven't watched it since it finished airing, but I really loved it at the time. I'd say that, Ed, Edd n Eddy and Steven Universe are my big three favourites.
 
Well, of these (and probably overall) I'd say 'Craig Of The Creek'. Probably comes as as surprise to many (in part since being one of the most recent ones), but I find it a wonderfully nice and enjoyable, comfy series with a fantastic cast of colorful characters, neat animation, solid varied designs and lovely backgrounds and a good mix of episodic and serialized storytelling. Love the fairly simple yet still imaginiative and diverse focus on kids being kids, having adventures and playing in the woods, experiencing this and that and using their imaginations, all to some really great effect in terms of humor, action, drama & emotionality, etc. so I consider it one of the best modern animated kids' shows.
 
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In the mid 2000's I considered CN my favorite network so there were many shows I enjoyed at that time. But I would say that the shows I like the most are the Powerpuff Girls and the Eds and I even really enjoyed watching them years later.

Another program that I really liked was Foster. When I saw the first 2 seasons in 2005-06, I thought it was a very creative and good program. However, I don't know if I consider it the best program because I didn't see the following seasons. Same with Robotboy.
 
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The first batch of Cartoon Cartoons of the mid-late 90's remain some of the very best cartoons ever made in my opinion, regardless of medium (TV, film), country of origin or intended audience. Shows like Dexter's Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, Johnny Bravo and so forth takes the animated medium and it's potential for delivering jokes in ways that live action never could and uses it to its full potential. What's so amazing about all of these shows is that unlike so many other american television cartoons (anime is a different beast) it actually feels like not just the script writing but also the actual direction is something given utmost care. The camera angles, the pacing, the sound effects, it's all done with such thought. I also love how the style of many of these shows are essentially both a tribute and a parody of mid 20th century TV cartoons like those from classic Hannah-Barbera.

I also have to admit that I have a very specific nostalgic connection to these shows because it just so happens that many of them started airing on basic Swedish television (as opposed to just CN, which I never had as a kid) just around the time I entered that age where you want to watch cartoons because you always have and its sorta part of your routine, but where you've reached a point in your mental development where not just anything animated in interesting anymore. I'm talking like 12 or something. Around that age, watching my old VHS tapes of He-man or the Care Bears didn't really do much for me anymore. Even Tiny Toons and the original generation of Nicktoons were staring to become a little meh. But then all those Cartoon Cartoons came along for me and made waking up early in the morning worth it again.

My favorite among them was and still is The Powerpuff Girls. It's a perfect example of all of those shared qualities among most CN cartoons at the time, but unique among them in that it also has an ever so small but noticable amount of sincerity in it's plotlines. Not everything is a complete joke in the show... but everything is fun. You get to laugh, and also enjoy some cool action while smirking knowing that the makers of the show knows damn well how ridicilous it all is even if the very youngest of the kids dont get it. It's pretty much a perfect cartoon.
 
I chose Ed Edd n Eddy. It has a really unique and effective art style. The series is more clever than it seems too and is entertaining.
 
Steven Universe has some of the best ever episodes that aired on Cartoon Network for sure. Unfortunately it had some of the absolute worst too. Man that show had some crazy quality swings depending on what it was focusing on.
 
Steven Universe has some of the best ever episodes that aired on Cartoon Network for sure. Unfortunately it had some of the absolute worst too. Man that show had some crazy quality swings depending on what it was focusing on.
Yeah, while I get why a lot of people like it, and it is a show I have highly rated myself, individually, its a mixed bag. And as much as an unpopular opinion this is, I'm not a fan of the Beach Town residents, I just don't care for most of them
 
I've hardly watched Cartoon Network since I was about 12 or so, so a number of those are a bit modern for me, but I have a lot of nostalgic memories of watching both Dexter's Lab and Ed, Edd n' Eddy with my brothers so I voted for both of them. I feel like I would have liked the Powerpuff Girls as well, but I saw one episode about a zombie magician (I think?) when I was very little and it freaked me out so much I was put off watching it again.
 
Of the classic CN shows, Courage The Cowardly Dog always stood out to me. What a good series; loved the sheer creative absurdity of the show. Surprised it's not been mentioned more often in this thread (I'm only the second one to do so) and that it's not on the poll.

Of the modern ones, 'Infinity Train' was also great, but I also remember it for its abrupt ending & removal due to WB shenanigans.
 
Of the classic CN shows, Courage The Cowardly Dog always stood out to me. What a good series; loved the sheer creative absurdity of the show. Surprised it's not been mentioned more often in this thread (I'm only the second one to do so) and that it's not on the poll.
Oh yes ! Another one of my faves, I hadn't noticed it's not in the poll. Lots of personality in this one, it's delightfully creepy, hilarious, and sometimes actually touching.

I have to mention The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy as well. One of the funniest of the bunch. It's been a while since I watched a full episode but not so long ago I came across random clips and many of them slayed me.
 
And as much as an unpopular opinion this is, I'm not a fan of the Beach Town residents, I just don't care for most of them
That's certainly not an unpopular opinion with me. Ronaldo especially has to be one of the single most hatable character in animation as far as I'm concerned.

A lot of the other townies aren't all that much better.

Connie is a truly top tier character though, so it's not like I dislike all of them. Her song with Pearl about doing it for her and by that of course she totally means do it for him, and then it just cuts to Steven's expression of dawning 'oh bloody hell...' comprehension, that unlike Pearl, Connie can't regenerate, and also the whole dehumanization thing into being his weapon ain't great either, is just amazing.
 
Of the modern ones, 'Infinity Train' was also great, but I also remember it for its abrupt ending & removal due to WB shenanigans.
I'll never forgive WB and HBO Max for not only gutting Infinity Train, but also Close Enough and Summer Camp Island. I hate seeing animation being so disrespected
 
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