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  • My personal list of best cartoons, mostly based on my perceptions of character development and universe development. I give extra weight to creativity, complexity of universe, and humor type.

    1. Daria - All around sublime character development and truthiness. Heaps of satire and sarcasm. Incredibly strong story arcs. Dealt with real issues in real ways. Does not sugarcoat anything.

    2. Avatar: The Last Airbender - Amazing universe creation, development, and maintenance. Unique and clever. Strong character development. Characters "real" and address real issues.

    3. Archer - One of the smartest shows on TV. Outrageously funny with smart jokes. Superbly postmodern humor (mix of high and low brow). Clever time-mixed universe. Characters developed well and are relatable. Everyone is wholly dysfunctional.

    4 (tied). Futurama - Brilliant universe. Absurd without being stupid. Relatable characters who deal occasionally with deep stuff. Hidden math jokes.

    4 (tied). Gravity Falls - Sublimely creative universe and premise. First season's story arc solid, with much forethought put into the story. Relatable characters with solid personalities. Many episodes carefully toe the line between deep and bubbly.

    5. As Told By Ginger - Similar to Daria in many ways, but less sarcastic. Perhaps the most well developed characters out of any series. Tackles tough, real issues. Treats kids like the complex beings they are and does treats childhood like the hell it is (see this quote).

    6. South Park - Satire at its finest.

    7. 6Teen - Cute. Relatable characters that deal with some real issues.

    Note: List subject to change.

    What are your favorites and why?

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    • Surprised that you don't have the Simpsons on it. With the funniest charactors who can switch to lovable and caring without being overbearing. For 20 years it has been the best animated comedy of all time.  I don't get how you see Futurama as better than Simpsons, yes Bender is funny, but Simpsons has funny charactors from top to bottom. It's the most consistent show as apposed to South Park which can be the best or absolutly the unfunniest thing that you've ever seen.

      1. Simpsons

      2. Gravity Falls

      3. Archer

      4. South Park

      5. Regular Show

      6. Spongebob

      7. Family Guy

      My main cartoon confession is that Adventure Time is not good. Not even that, it sucks. Never before have I seen a show that is so mediocre be loved by so many people. It's quirky which can be fun to watch for some episodes, but it can't be seen as one of the best shows.

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    • My top 10 and a half favorite cartoons (mostly ranked on humor and animation).

      1. Gravity Falls: Currently the best show you can watch on Disney Channel.  Loveabel characters, very funny quotes, great music and can sometimes make you jolt, Gravity Falls brings cartoons to a whole new level.

      2. Regular Show: This show is a lot like Gravity Falls (even though it came first).  Regular Show makes me laugh everytime I watch it.  It involves things you never would think would happen.  Main characters Mordecai and Rigby have GREAT chemistry together and they drive the show.  The show keeps on getting better and better and I hope it stays that way.

      3. TIE:  Spongebob and Adventure Time:

      Spongebob: Still a good show to watch when you have nothing to do, I respect that Nick still airs the older episodes and even some newer episodes can be fun to watch. The animation style has also incressed a lot which is a good thing.

      Adventure Time: This show has to be the cartoon of are generation, it premired at a time where cartoon shows were getting cancelled/hateful reviews.  Adventure Time is and has always been a great series.  Though not as funny as Regular Show or not as easy to watch as Spongebob, its still very fun and has some great characters.

      4. The Simpsons: Though this show is starting to have some fans turn back, its still really great to watch.  If you dislike Family Guy's raunchy style, Simpsons still has (mostly) good ol' fashion humor (doesn't go overboard).  Though like Spongebob, older episodes can be more fun to watch then newer episodes, still, its a legacy that bought a whole new meaning to cartoons.

      5.  Phineas And Ferb: its still good to watch, Phineas and Ferb lost its style a couple seasons back but its starting to actually become good again!  Its fun to watch as the episode has likeable characters and can inspire kids to invent.

      6. Arthur: This has to be the best children-adults show airing on TV.  Its something everyone of all ages can enjoy.  Like Simpsons, it leaves a legacy and it reflects on daily problems or tragics but in a more nicer way.  Arthur is a nice show to watch if you don't like all the crude humor in other cartoons.

      7.  T.U.F.F Puppy: This has to be the best new Nick show.  I find it highly underrated, the characters are funny, its a great spin on "Get Smart" and has humorus villains (like Simpsons or Phineas and Ferb).  Not only to that but its also made by the guy who created Fairy OddParents and Danny Phantom.

      8.  Family Guy: Famly Guy is not for everyone.  Like shows like South Park or Robot Chicken, it has humor some people might find crude/sexist/racisit.  If you can get past that, its truely funny.  Bringing us unpredictiable characters (talking baby, human like dog), it can be really funny to watch.

      9. Futurama: Though the show is on its finale season, its came a long way since its premired.  The show (which has lots of Simpsons staff) takes place in a distiant future.  The characters can be kind and mean, but they are all funny.  Some episodes can be touching other ones can make you laugh so hard your bolts will come out! 

      10. Kick Buttowski: This show is the only reason I watch Disney XD.  Kick Buttowski is not like the other shows with their strange/unique characters/settings.  Kick Buttowski can actually be related to, the main characters are very human like, and Kick (though he sometimes makes wrong choices) fights for what he wants.  Its nice to watch when nothing else is on.

      Honorable mentions: Rugrats, Dexter Labs, Chowder, Fairy Odd Parents, Fosters Home For Imaganiary Friends.

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    • You watxhing cartoons a lot and I like it. Here is the list of my favorite cartoon.

      1. Of course "Gravity Falls"

      2.Adventure Time

      3.Regular Show

      4.Arthur

      5.Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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    • My top 10 list. 

      1. Gravity Falls

      2. MLP FiM

      3. Spongebob

      4. Adventure Time

      5. Regular Show

      6. Phineas & Ferb

      7. Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends

      8. The Fairly Oddparents

      9. Ed, Edd, n Eddy

      10. Chowder

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    • 1.Gravity falls 

      2.Pokemon

      3.The amazing world of gumball

      4.Arthur

      5.Chowder

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    • I'm not really one to watch cartoons. Most cartoons really get on my nerves due to unrealism, especially Phineas and Ferb. Actually, I'm more of a cartoon hater. I have great dislike for Adventure Time, Spongebob, and just Nickelodien and Cartoon Network in general. But I bet you boys feel the same way about Disney Channel.

      Gravity Falls is the only cartoon I watch. :T

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    • I bet everyone here has at some point laughed at watching Spongebob. The old episodes are the ones that are loved. -Soul Wolfy

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    • I have to say that before Gravity Falls aired, I adored "The Fairly Odd Parents", and "Avatar: The last Airbender" 

      I'm also getting into "Family Guy" and "American Dad!" 

      But Gravity Falls is #1 on my list.

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    • Well, I just love "Courage: the cowardly dog" *.*

      But my list also includes Phineas and Ferb, The emperor's new school (you have to laugh with Izma), The grim adventures of billy and mandy, "El Tigre", and so much others...

      (of course Gravity Falls is my #1 right know! ^^)

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    • The Legend of the Korra (actually an anime)

      Spongbob

      Mickey Mouse (The old cartoons of Walt Disney)

      aaaAAAnd of course GRAVITY FALLS IS TOP 1!!

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    • Well, never really watched cartoon when i was younger ( sadly ) so i can't name many things but probably :

      1 - 2 -> Gravity falls

      1 - 2 -> The Avatar the last airbender (book 1 to 3 )

      3 - Wakfu.

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    • Since I have lots of favorite cartoon shows, I'm gonna bring up to Disney Channel only cartoon shows. This includes Toon Disney shows and Disney XD shows too.

      Top 10

      1. Kim Possible

      2. W. I. T. C. H

      3. Gravity Falls

      4. Lilo & Stitch

      5. Fish Hooks

      6. American Dragon: Jake Long

      7. Proud Family

      8. The Emperor's New School

      9. Yin, Yang, Yo

      10. Phineas & Ferb

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    • I'm surprised Steven Universe isn't in here. It's on hiatus as well. And it's AWESOME, you guys should watch it.

      1. Gravity Falls

      2. Steven Universe

      3. Spongebob

      4. The Amazing World of Gumball

      5. Regular Show

      6. Phineas and Ferb

      7. Adventure Time

      8. Fairly OddParents

      9. Uncle Grandpa (Don't hate me please, it's my opinion)

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    • I'm including shows deemed to be anime in with this though it says cartoons. I'm just picking favourite animated shows in general. I'm also going to categorize these shows into two lists: shows that are still on the air and shows that aren't. I feel weird comparing shows that have finished completely against shows that aren't done yet. Maybe that's because we have yet to see the entire output for shows still on the air, so our view doesn't cover everything shown, whereas we can judge series that are done as a whole because they are complete, but that's just me. I can understand that some people think that some shows' incomplete outputs are better than other completed shows entirely, and that's fine. I'm pretty sure that I feel the same way in some regard. But I don't want to pit these shows against each other like that.

      Shows still on the air (no particular order):

      Gravity Falls (Ok, this probably would be first if I was ordering them)

      Steven Universe

      Regular Show

      Archer

      Bob's Burgers

      The Venture Bros.

      Rick and Morty

      Adventure Time

      Star vs. The Forces of Evil

      The Simpsons (I will admit I don't really watch the newer episodes, but I think you'd be hard-pressed to find shows that had as long of a streak in terms of quality as The Simpsons did in its golden age. They would get an honourable mention for that alone)

      Bee and Puppycat/Bravest Warriors (kinda cheating because they're on YouTube and not TV, but they're still cartoons and I enjoy them a lot)


      Shows that are not on the air (again, no particular order):

      Avatar: The Last Airbender

      The Legend of Korra

      Batman: The Animated Series

      Justice League/Justice League Unlimited (I could include the whole DC Animated Universe in here, but these are the ones I enjoy the most)

      Home Movies

      Over the Garden Wall (a miniseries, yes, but who cares? It was awesome)

      Futurama

      Kim Possible

      Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

      Clone High

      Cowboy Bebop

      Fullmetal Alchemist

      Edited to add: Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Teen Titans

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    • I don't watch a lot of cartoons anymore tbh.

      If we're including old cartoons then i guess

      • Last Airbender
      • Secret Show
      • Code Lyoko (which they never show anymore :( )
      • SvtFoE
      • Teen Titans
      • Ed, Edd n Eddy
      • Foster's
      • Chowder (duh)
      • SAO (one of the very few anime I watch)


      And I'm gonna put comics too

      • The Walking Dead
      • Attack on Titan (one of the very few mangas I read)
      • Iron Man (47 years and Tony still looks amazing)
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      • The Looney Tunes Show 
      • Teen Titans Go! 
      • Fairly OddParents 
      • ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks 
      • Harvey Beaks
      • Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated 
      • All Hail King Julien
      • Phineas and Ferb
      • Sonic Boom
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    • I have cartoons I enjoy, but I like them all equal.  Here they are

      Steven Universe, The Simpsons, Gravity Falls, and The Amazing World of Gumball.

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    • So many people say Steven Universe is a good show, so watched one time  and it is great, really great, especially the intro. 

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    • Hmmm, let's see! Favorite cartoons in random order coming right up: Legend of Korra Avatar: The Last Airbender Gravity Falls Young Justice Green Lantern:The Animated Series Beware the Batman Too bad all of these shows are either finished or have been canceled except for Gravity Falls😔

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    • Lazysusan20 wrote:
      So many people say Steven Universe is a good show, so watched one time  and it is great, really great, especially the intro. 


      Settle down on the intro thing, as far as I know they just got a new intro this week.

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    • Thanks, I know it, it's cool but I like song of the original a bit more ;)

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    • Lazysusan20 wrote:
      Thanks, I know it, it's cool but I like song of the original a bit more ;)

      I'm kinda glad Gravity Falls didn't change their theme song (except a shortening for the last couple episodes)

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    • 1. Gravity Falls

      2.The Amazing World of Gumball

      3. Scooby Doo tv shows (explains why my profile pic is the Tar Monster.)

      4. Regular Show

      5. Adventure Time (not anymore)

      I like them all! (except 5)

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    • NintenDisney Beckster wrote:
      Lazysusan20 wrote:
      Thanks, I know it, it's cool but I like song of the original a bit more ;)
      I'm kinda glad Gravity Falls didn't change their theme song (except a shortening for the last couple episodes)


      At first it was the best intro in the world (for me), but  seeing the same in  almost every episode could be a bit boring .

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    • My favorite cartoons:

      1. Steven Universe

      2. Gravity Falls

      3. The Simpsons

      4. Avatar: The Last Airbender

      5. Futurama

      6. Teen Titans

      7. Adventure Time

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    • Lazysusan20 wrote:
      NintenDisney Beckster wrote:
      Lazysusan20 wrote:
      Thanks, I know it, it's cool but I like song of the original a bit more ;)
      I'm kinda glad Gravity Falls didn't change their theme song (except a shortening for the last couple episodes)

      At first it was the best intro in the world (for me), but  seeing the same in  almost every episode could be a bit boring .


      Still appreciate the comfort in familiarity

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    • Eevee's shows

      1 gravity falls

      2pokemon

      3 sonic x

      4mad

      5phineas and ferb

      6 dragonball z 

      7 steven universe

      8saint seiya 

      9salior moon

      10 heroman

      2,6,8,9 and 10 r anjmes

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    • am i the only anjme watcher

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    • No I'm a fan of anime too.

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    • I also watch animes and try drawing them ;)

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    • EEVEE DANCE BEFORE SEING SAINT SEIYA AND CHANTING DIE SEIYA DIE 

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    • 1. Red vs Blue - This HAS to count right? It HAS to. This is the funniest, most emotional and perhaps one the most revolutionary part-cartoons in history due to it igniting machinima and creating perhaps the greatest entertainment compay ever known- Rooster Teeth. It never fails to bring me joy when I'm down and I will always continue to watch it. Even after 13 years, I'm adding the newest episodes to my top ten list of favorite episodes.

      2. Gravity Falls

      3. Steven Universe

      4. Archer

      5. Avatar: The Last Airbender

      6. Spongebob (Seasons 1-4)

      7. Batman: The Animated Series

      8. Kim Possible

      9. Bob's Burgers

      10. Family Guy

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    • My updated 2015 list:

      1. The Simpsons

      2. Family Guy

      3. Gravity Falls

      4. South Park

      5. Futurama (RIP)

      6. Rick and Morty

      7. Spongebob Squarepants

      8. Aqua Teen Hunger Force (RIP)

      9. BoJack Horseman 

      10.Wander Over Yonder

      Honorable mentions: Archer, American Dad!, Rugrats, Dexter Labs, Beavis and Butt-head, Bob's Burgers, Teen Titans Go, Phineas and Ferb (RIP), Harvey Birdman, and Star vs. the Forces of Evil

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    • Updated list:

      1. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

      2. Wander Over Yonder

      3. Gravity Falls

      4. Looney Tunes

      5. The Simpsons

      6. Rick and Morty

      7. We Bare Bears

      8. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

      9. Courage the Cowardly Dog

      10. SpongeBob

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      1. Pokémon anime
      2. Phineas and Ferb
      3. Wander Over Yonder
      4. The 7D
      5. Gravity Falls
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    • How about this: What are your favorite moments in cartoon HISTORY?

      I think mine would be... (spoilers to a few shows)


      1. Church being the AI copy of the Director

      2. The Author's reveal3. Garnet's Stronger Than You song

      4. "Is mayonaise an instrument?"

      5. Carolina and Wash vs Felix and Locus

      6. Archer proclaiming his love for Lana before drowing

      7. Aang vs Ozai

      8. Joker Jr (Robin) killing Joker

      9. Iroh singing to his dead son on his birthday

      10. Mordecai and Margaret's first real kiss

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    • For me.

      Gravity Falls- by far the best... dark humor, regular humor, theories, magic and science mixed in? heck, yeah!!

      over the garden wall- yess!!! Again dark humor and regular humor and the characters have awesome personalities!!

      Star Vs the forces of evil- has many of the same qualities as gravity falls and the voices are awesome... however I like the characters more than the story line... still good though!!!!!

      Steven Universe- again the characters are the best part or maybe just equal to the storyline. Tons of humor!!!

      Spongebob- just the old ones though. In my opinion the new ones suck! I honestly don't think I need to talk about WHY spongebob is so great

      Angry Beavers- you guys probably don't know this one. It's from the 90s and hilarious and basically just awesome. Some parts are a little childish but still awesome!!!!!!!!

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    • Guywhodoesstuffandthings wrote:
      Updated list:

      1. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

      2. Wander Over Yonder

      3. Gravity Falls

      4. Looney Tunes

      5. The Simpsons

      6. Rick and Morty

      7. We Bare Bears

      8. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

      9. Courage the Cowardly Dog

      10. SpongeBob

      Tornshine wrote: MLP liked it untill Equstria FOOLS


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    • Steven Universe and Gravity Falls, although whenever I watch Steven Universe, I feel like I'm cheating on a spouse...

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    • happens to me as well, watch regular show at the same that ninth grade ninja is on and i fell just like that

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    • In No particular order:

      Gravity Falls

      Steven Universe

      Star VS Evil

      Rick and Morty

      Invader Zim

      Harvey Beaks

      Bob's Burgers

      Samurai Jack

      Regular Show

      Over the Garden Wall

      SpongeBob (Varies from episode to episode)

      MLP is pretty good, but I haven't been keeping up with it at all. I HATE Adventure Time, and I have to wonder why it's so popular. Clarence I hate. TTG! I'm indifferent to. haven't seen We Bare Bears. Avatar and Korra are ALRIGHT, but I can't get into Anime-style shows very easily. Gumball is pretty good, but I don't watch it that often. Sonic Boom is alright. Older Nicktoons like Danny Phantom, FOP, Jimmy Neutron, Catscratch and the like I REMEMBER being good, but I haven't seen them in such a long time, so my opinions could change.

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    • MLP is good but lets fACE IT too nice,sweet,peaceful,happy,friendly........IF there is a problem bam resolve in one or two episodes.

      Twilight Sparkle stuck-up,

      Pinkie Pie  Cycopath

      Rainbow Dash Boaster

      Rairty Girlie-girl i so hate u!!!!!!!!

      FulterSHY TOO nice

      Apple jack nothing wronge here

      Eevee NEEDS BLOOD AND GORE!!!!

      like in Warriors by Erin Hunter

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    • The personalities in MLP are too stereotyped.  It's too perfect and peaceful as well.

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    • see!!!!see!!!!! I want BLOOD and GORE!!!!! and not so perfect charathers.

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    • I think a little bit of violence might actually do MLP some good.  Nothing too gory though.

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    • IDEA!!!! Twilight goes ZOOMBIE and RIPS Raity's head off BLOOD poors all over the place and then Pinkie Pie goes Super Saiyan and Destories all of Equestria!!!!!!.

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    • Too violent.

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    • What the actual spaghetti is going on in this thread...

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    • I don't know

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    • No offense but I always thought MLP was for five year old or something... I haven't seen the new(ish) ones yet Sooo...

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    • Back to the topic plez but I think that my precense afects the threds and they go off topic SORRY.

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    • Not in any order:

      - Gravity falls

      - Penn Zero: Part Time Hero

      - Wander Over Yonder

      - Rick and Morty

      - Over the Garden Wall

      -Steven Universe 

      -Teen Titans (THE ORIGINAL ONE)

      - OLD Spongebob

      - Star Vs. the Forces of Evil (not as much as the others)

      - Danny Phantom

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    • First my favorite was Blues Clues, then it was Rugrats, then My Life as a Teenage Robot, then The Furure is Wild. That still remains my favorite. But my favorite currently airing is Gravity Falls.

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    • I LOVED BULES CULES

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    • Now it's on the Noggin app rather than on the network Nick Junior.

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