12. Ed, Edd n Eddy
1999-2009 (69 episodes) Network:
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Fun and catchy, 4/5. Created by Canadian animator Danny Antonucci, Ed, Edd n Eddy was the crass kids show, the one that parents didn't let their kids watch even though there wasn't any swearing or overtly sexual references (although it sometimes got pretty close to overt). In the words of one of my schoolmate's parents, "It just seems like those kids are up to no good." They seemed to be part of the counterculture because unlike in other cartoons they actually dressed the way kids dressed (baggy clothes and beanies), liked the things kids liked (namely jawbreakers), and acted the way kids act (stupidly). Ed is the not-too-bright member of the tripartite cul-de-sac crew, Edd known as Double-D is the genius, and Eddy is the consistently hoarse leader of the pack. Aside from its somewhat scandalous appeal, the thing that differentiated Ed, Edd n Eddy was the lack of parental figures and the morality that they commonly provide. Unlike other cartoon shows ostensibly about kids, the three Edwards are on their own and learn their lessons as a group rather than having all of the answers being provided to them by an all-knowing mother or father. They simply weren't in the show (save for one episode in a later season where Eddy's mother and father appear), which made their lives like a suburban Lord of the Flies. With the cootielicious Kanker sisters scouting for kisses around every corner and Johnny 2 by 4 and his imaginary wood friend Plank, Ed, Edd n Eddy did not lack excellent supporting characters. Chaos and fun reigned supreme in their cul-de-sac in Peach Creek.