12. THE TICK (FOX, 1994-1996)

Unlike the other entries on this list, The Tick was specifically designed to be a parody of the superhero genre and comic book medium, but ironically the show’s irreverent humor and sharp writing made it one of the best examples of comic book animation. Based on the indie comic book character, The Tick may have worn tights and had super strength like a normal hero, but his tenuous grasp on sanity and absurd supporting cast made him run directly against the grain.

Unfortunately, the show’s off-center humor and bizarre situations made it a tough sell for kids, who were much happier buying Batman, X-Men, and Spider-Man toys, rather than Tick toys. This lack of interest led to the show getting canned years before it should have.