Sunday, October 6, 2013

TV Guide's ranking of "60 Greatest Animated Shows of All Time"

In a recent issue, TV Guide ranked the 60 "Greatest" animated shows of all time. Number one, of course, is The Simpsons. I haven't watched it in years, and don't know too many people who still watch any new episodes.

  2 = The Flintstones, which is an iconic show but one of the "greatest"?

  3 = "Looney Tunes", which seems odd because most of the shorts were originally released in theaters. The list should really be "Top Made-For-Television Animated Programs"

  4 = "Peanuts", which also is confusing because are we ranking by TV series or Animated specials?

 5 = "Scooby-Doo" - originally aired in 1969. I think new episodes are being produced today. Longevity helps.

  6. = "Rocky and Bullwinkle" - I watched it, but haven't seen it in years.

  7. - "Batman: The Animated Series" - never seen it.

  8. - "SpongeBob" - never seen it.

  9. - "Family Guy" - Guess they had to put some new shows in the Top 10 to be relevant.

  10. - "South Park" - Surprised this isn't ranked higher. Rounding out the Top 60 are shows listed in alphabetical order.

In my opinion, there is a GLARING omission from the list. One of my favorite shows - animated or otherwise - is Muppet Babies which aired in the 1980s until the early 1990s. This was a clever, funny, inventive, and educational program that was fun to watch and always enjoyable.

And where is Gumby? Isn't claymation animation?

 I don't know who came up with this list, but they probably are children of the 90s who grew up with alot of "new" TV programs, so many of the shows on the list I never heard of. Bob's Burgers? Archer? The Fairly OddParents?  WHAT? And they left of "Transformers"?

 Not only is "Batman: The Animated Series" on the list, but also "Batman Beyond" and "Batman: The Brave and the Bold"....HELLO?!  Do we have a Batman bias here, guys? Where is Spiderman? Or She-Ra?

 And then we have a bunch more "TV Animated programs" that were not originally TV programs - they were theatrical shorts : Popeye, Tom and Jerry, and Woody Woodpecker.

 Makes me want to pull my hair out.

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