1. It had the best theme song.
Performed by Destiny’s Child and Solange Knowles!
…who was dealing with the trials and tribulations of high school…
…LIKE A BAWSE.
In the episode, “She’s Got Game”, Penny successfully petitions to allow girls to join the football team.
3. The show was full of so many unique characters. Like, Penny’s friend Dijonay Jones.
4. AKA the bold and hilarious high schooler you wish you were.
5. AKA your hair inspiration.
Ok, maybe she wasn’t your hair inspiration. But she did have some glorious hair.
6. Also, while we’re on the topic of loveably strange characters, there’s Penny’s grandma…
7. And the Gross sisters. They aren’t actually that weird (your average high school bullies) but why were they blue??
One prevailing internet theory suggests they were blue because they were extremely ashy. WHUT?? IDK.
8. And of course, Oscar Proud, Penny’s embarrassing but loving dad.
9. Don’t forget all the awesome guest stars! Like that time Al Roker appeared as an evil wish-granting genie.
10. Shia LaBeouf made a guest appearance as Penny’s classmate.
From the Wikipedia description: ” A classmate in Penny’s algebra class; an obnoxious paraplegic who has a crush on Penny”
…tbh, I don’t remember that…
11. Not quite a guest appearance but there was also that time when The Proud Family and Recess did a mix with Lilo and Stitch.
12. Mos Def played, what else, a judge at a spoken word contest.
13. Mariah Carey stopped by to get her pet monkey checked out by Dr. Trudy.
14. Lou Rawls stopped by and played his smooth self.
He sings “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” to cheer Penny up after a failed birthday party.
15. Oh and that time Omarion guest starred as “15 Cents”.
He recorded a full song song called “Blowin Up the Spot” for The Proud Family movie.
16. The show has so many musical moment gems!
Seriously, check out The Proud Family Soundtrack.
18. …including the best dance battle in animation history. WERK.
From The Proud Family Movie
19. The show hit on a lot of topics, like Penny’s struggle to understand her heritage.
Here she is as Angela Davis for a school project.
20. There were many stories about the angst of being a teenage girl.
Like this time they tried to give Zoey a makeover (…they put a pillow in her butt FYI).
21. The difficulties of class differences in friendships.
22. It also featured the struggles of minor characters like Michael.
Michael’s father, the coach of the football team, was embarrassed to have a son that wasn’t as “tough” as the other boys and he insisted he call him “coach” instead of “dad” in public.
23. And had some pretty zany plots too. Like that time Penny gets sucked into EZ Zapster (AKA Napster).
“Penny is used as a tool to infect the whole world with a website marketing illegal free music downloads using the philosophy that “free music is our birthright.” This episode is based on The Matrix.”
Guest starring: Ray J as Mega (AKA Morpheus)
24. But at the end of the day, the show was about family. The family you build…
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