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The 30 Best Animated Shows Since The Simpsons

Vanity Fair Logo By Vanity Fair of Vanity Fair | Slide 1 of 30: I was a Nickelodeon kid, not a Disney/ABC kid. (Millennials know that this is a crucial distinction.) So when Doug Funnie, Patti Mayonnaise, Skeeter, and the gang made the jump from the latter network to the former in 1996, I didn’t follow them. But for awhile there, Doug was home to the most relatable goober in children’s TV. Lovelorn for Patti, with an adorable dog named Porkchop, a chic older sister, and more than his share of #kidproblems (I still, for some reason, think often about him having to write an essay on silt deposits—I still don’t know what those are), Doug was the ideal everyman for boring kids like me. His show also had some of the best character names on TV to date: Tippi Dink, Roger Klotz, Mosquito Valentine. Dickens would be proud. — K. Austin Collins

Doug (1991-1994)

I was a Nickelodeon kid, not a Disney/ABC kid. (Millennials know that this is a crucial distinction.) So when Doug Funnie, Patti Mayonnaise, Skeeter, and the gang made the jump from the latter network to the former in 1996, I didn’t follow them. But for awhile there, Doug was home to the most relatable goober in children’s TV. Lovelorn for Patti, with an adorable dog named Porkchop, a chic older sister, and more than his share of #kidproblems (I still, for some reason, think often about him having to write an essay on silt deposits—I still don’t know what those are), Doug was the ideal everyman for boring kids like me. His show also had some of the best character names on TV to date: Tippi Dink, Roger Klotz, Mosquito Valentine. Dickens would be proud. — K. Austin Collins
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