In recent decades, some of the best television programs on the air have been cartoons. The Simpsons, Family Guy, and South Park have all proven to television networks that animated shows can be more than just Saturday morning fare designed to sell toys (clearly some Saturday morning cartoons were amazing); in fact, these shows bring in consistent ratings, critical acclaim, and multiple awards on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, the genre still suffers from a lack of respect at times, and a lot of great animated shows have been long forgotten despite being brilliant. A recent example of this is HBO's The Life & Times Of Tim. During its first two seasons, the show, about an awkward 20-something dude in NYC, was critically acclaimed and achieved a cult following. However, due to low ratings, HBO axed the show afterwards. Thankfully, in an act of good faith by the network, HBO “uncanceled” the show before another channel could capitalize on its underground popularity.

HBO might have realized what a great show they were about to get rid of, but that’s not always the case. So to celebrate the debut of the miracle third season of The Life & Times Of Tim, which premieres Friday at 9 p.m., we’re taking a look at The 25 Most Underrated Animated TV Shows Of All Time.

Written by Jason Serafino (@Serafino1)

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