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Forgotten Cartoons From the 2000's

While shows like 'Hey Arnold' and 'SpongeBob' stay with us, other shows fade into obscurity.

Courtesy of Nickelodeon

I pride myself on my ability to remember all the shows of my childhood. While many people can name all the main characters in Rugrats, I challenge you to find somebody who can name the two main characters in Mr. Meaty without looking it up. That is what this article is for, to remind you of these weird shows. Why am I writing this? I have no idea, but read it anyway.

Mr. Meaty

Years aired: 2005-2009

Network: Nickelodeon

Number of Episodes: 20

Since I already mentioned Mr. Meaty, let's start with this abomination of a show. I know it's not technically a cartoon but I added it to the list to educated the masses about this terrifying show. Anyone who remembers this show remembers it because it gave them nightmares. Mr. Meaty followed two teenagers, Josh and Doug, and their adventures at their job at the food court. There were also some recurring characters, like the 109 year old CEO who's cryogenically frozen. There isn't much more to say about this show other than how terrifying it was, some psychopath put the whole series on YouTube so go check it out. 

Pelswick

Years aired: 2000-2002

Network: Nickelodeon

Number of Episodes: 26

I actually liked this show as a kid. Pelswick was about a kid named Pelswick and what life was like for him and his friends. The point of the show was that he lived a normal (or whatever the cartoon version of normal is) life even though he was in a wheelchair. The weird animation style probably turned kids off, but it's also one of the things that made it memorable. 

Sheep in the Big City

Years aired: 2000-2002

Network: Cartoon Network 

Number of Episodes: 27

No matter how hard I try I can't accurately describe this show. Just watch the theme song I posted above and try to tell me what the show is about. According to the Wikipedia plot summary, "Sheep lives happily on a farm with his friends. Unfortunately, a Secret Military Organization, led by General Specific, needs Sheep for its Sheep-Powered Ray Gun (with a sheep-shaped hole in it). General Specific will get Sheep at any cost, and, knowing that the farm is at stake, Sheep is forced to leave for the big city. Now Sheep is on the run from General Specific, who is assisted by his henchmen, Private Public, the Angry Scientist, a bunch of other military types, and the Plot Device." After watching some clips on YouTube, I realized this show is actually really funny. The humor is a little sophisticated for children which is probably why it didn't last very long, but the pilot was the highest-rated premiere for a Cartoon Network original series at the time, so that's something.

Butt-Ugly Martians

Year aired: 2001

Network: Nickelodeon

Number of Episodes: 26

This show is the worst thing Canada ever did to the US. Everything about this show was bad, especially that awful theme song. The Butt-Ugly Martians are forced to invade planets for the evil Emperor Bog, but when they are sent to Earth they become addicted to American culture. Rather than deciding to hurt Earth, they simply pretend to be occupying the planet for Bog. The Butt-Ugly Martians are shown around by their Earthling friends: Cedric, Mike, and Angela. They can continue to hang out on Earth as long as Emperor Bog never finds out. This show was all types of bad, even reading that summary made me want to punch something. I guess at the time the computer animation might have looked cool, but that's still not enough to justify this show. I'm glad this show is forgotten, and no, I don't know why I'm so angry.

Super Duper Sumos

Year aired: 2002-2003

Network: Nickelodeon

Number of Episodes: 26

I have no words for this show. This show follows 3 Sumo wrestlers, Booma, Kimo and Mamoo, who fight crime using their butts. Childhood me liked this show and now adult me hates childhood me.

Fillmore!

Year aired: 2002-2004

Network: Disney

Number of Episodes: 26

This show should have been way more popular. Fillmore is about  a reformed juvenile delinquent Cornelius Fillmore and his partner Ingrid Third, as they solve crimes as members of the Safety Patrol at X Middle School. It was the best (and probably only) crime show for children and Fillmore was the coolest character, unfortunately many people have forgotten about it.

Angela Anaconda

Year aired: 1999-2001

Network: Nickelodeon

Number of Episodes: 65

I know this show technically started in the 90's but it ended in the 2000's so I'm going to add it. I'm also going to add it because it is incredibly weird. This animation style still creeps me out, their faces look like black and white photographs that were cut out by a serial killer. I don't know what this show is about and I don't think I want to.

I don't really know what the takeaway from this article should be. I guess weird shows typically get 26 episodes and Nickelodeon has made a lot of terrible content. 

Jason Schwartz
Jason Schwartz

Big nerd with passion for television, the 90s and ridiculous trivia.

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