4. The Tick (1994-1996, Fox)
Arriving on the Fox network in 1994, The Tick debuted as an animated satire of the superhero genre during a time when seemingly every comic book property was getting its own cartoon adaptation. Playing up the more bizarre aspects of a superhero’s life, like fighting off a cold, while injecting some truly bizarre humor into the plots, The Tick was one of the most creative and intelligent cartoons on at the time, even though it wasn’t truly appreciated during its initial run.
Airing during a time when kids watched TV, but featuring subject matter more appealing to an older audience, The Tick had an uphill battle to fight right from its inception. The great characters and sublime voice-acting from Townsend Coleman, Cam Clarke, and others couldn’t help this show from being ignored by almost everybody except a small, yet hardcore, group of fans.