So, the whole cliffhanger thing, with ALF caught be the government, probably wasn’t purposefully terrifying. With the show ending though, the thought of our fun-loving alien being dissected by the government is a little messed-up for a family sitcom. Thankfully (but unthankfully, as it was terrible), a TV-movie was made years later, where we find out that ALF is alive and well. In retrospect, after ALF’s short-lived talk show in mid-2000’s, killing him might have been the better option.
For those who don’t remember, Dinosaurs was a family-friendly sitcom where dinosaurs behaved like humans. The show also had a bit of an edgy environmentalist bent to it as well (keep that in mind for later). Episodes would usually consist of some combination of slap-stick humor along with a Cosby-esque lesson at the end. The finale though, was one of the most macabre things I’ve ever seen. I don’t remember the entire plot, but somehow industrialists triggered the ice age. Our last look at the Sinclair family: all of them sitting in their house, freezing to death (literally) and waiting for their demise. How messed up is that? I get that there was a “lesson” to learn, but I’d venture to guess that a majority of the show’s audience was 12 years old or younger. That’s a great way to scar a kid for life. Thanks a bunch, ABC!
Ren and Stimpy
Looking back, “Ren & Stimpy” was way ahead of its time both in story and in content. Shockingly, the show was actually geared towards kids, even with subject matter was just below “Beavis & Butthead” in maturity. The show didn’t last too long, but was extremely funny.
When “SpongeBob” first premiered, few thought it would be the global phenomenon it would become. A few years into its run though, the show was a massive hit amongst kids and adults. Plus, Dauber from “Coach” (Bill Fagerbakke) is in it. Nonetheless, the show is extremely violent and the humor can be quite sexual.
Rocko’s Modern Life
Easily, the most underrated show on this countdown. “Rocco’s Modern Life” was a quirky little cartoon about a wallaby who gets himself into all kinds of adventures and mischief. The show was really funny, with humor that hit on a number of levels. Mostly and adult level…
Courage the Cowardly Dog
“Courage the Cowardly Dog” was a Cartoon Network production about…you guessed it…a cowardly dog who must face his greatest fears. The show actually had a lot of brains for a kiddie series. That being said, “Courage the Cowardly Dog” was not at all scary, outside of a few shocks and jumps here or there.
Everybody’s beloved card game…turned video game…turned TV show was actually quite violent. Essentially, this was glorified Japanese dog fighting with fantasy characters. Don’t worry, the Pokemon look so stinking happy…when they’re getting the living shit beaten out of them.
Okay…so let me get this straight…there are dozens of males Smurfs and only one female? Case closed.
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
“The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy” was an extremely macabre show, even for adults. For kids who got the drift, the series could be downright terrifying. The recurrent deaths of the show’s characters was a bit much.
The Powerpuff Girls
On the surface, “The Powderpuff Girls” was a fairly light-hearted and innocent show. Looking deeper though, this was an extremely violent program. There’s also a bit of a drug bent as well. Yikes!