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    10 Cartoons From The Early 2000s That We Honestly Don't Talk About Enough

    Only the elite remember Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

    1. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (2004-2009)

    Bloo the imaginary friend smiling
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    What if your childhood imaginary friends weren't so imaginary after all? Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends tells the story of Mac, a young boy who was pressured to give up his made-up pal Bloo. The two are able to find an orphanage that homes abandoned imaginary friends, and Mac is able to keep Bloo from adoption as long as he visits him every day. Of course, shenanigans with the other friends ensue!

    2. Danny Phantom (2004-2007)

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    The show follows Danny Fenton, a fourteen-year-old boy living with his two ghost-hunting parents and sister. Danny's parents created a "Ghost Portal" that supposedly bridged the "Ghost Zone" with that of their own world, but it appeared to fail. Danny's two friends, Tucker and Sam, persuade Danny to check out the portal, and upon pressing a button, his DNA combines with ectoplasm, turning him half-ghost. He uses these newfound powers to capture rogue ghosts escaping from the Ghost Zone with the help of his friends.

    3. Codename: Kids Next Door (2002-2008)

    Numbuh One stands in front of Numbuh 4 and Numbuh 5 in their treehouse
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    Codename: Kids Next Door, possibly better known as just Kids Next Door, aired from 2002- 2008 on Cartoon Network. It follows the adventures of five fifth grade children who all work out of Numbuh 1's (or Nigel Uno's) treehouse. They're a part of a global organization called the Kids Next Door, and they fight against the "crimes against kids," which are common tasks such as flossing or eating your vegetables. The members operate under codename numbers and fight "evil" adults and the rival teenagers with weapons made from household objects. This is definitely one of the best cartoons from the early 2000s!

    4. American Dragon: Jake Long (2005-2007)

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    American Dragon: Jake Long wasn't on air for long, but it did make quite an impact. The show follows Jake Long, a Chinese-American boy who lives in New York City with his parents Jonathan and Susan, his sister Haley, and his maternal grandfather Luong Lao Shi (also known as Gramps). Gramps trains Jake to hone his family's dragon power, unbeknownst to his father who doesn't have any idea he's married into a family who possesses the ability to turn into dragons. Jake balances his normal, human life with his powers in this underrated show.

    5. My Gym Partner's a Monkey (2005-2008)

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    The show follows Adam Lyon who was transferred to Charles Darwin Middle, a school for zoo animals, after his last name was mistakenly spelled as "Lion." At Charles Darwin, Adam is paired with Jake Spidermonkey in gym class and quickly becomes friends with him. Despite treating his newfound friends nicely, he still longs to be at a "normal" school meant for humans again.

    6. Catscratch (2005-2007)

    Mr. Blik, Godron, and Waffle smile
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    Few may remember Catscratch, a cartoon that aired from 2005-2007 on Nickelodeon. The show follows the lives of three cat brothers: Mr. Blik, the self-appointed leader of the group, Waffles, the least intelligent of the three, and Gordon Quid, who speaks with a Scottish accent even though he's not from Scotland. The three inherit a mass amount of wealth after their owner Edna Cramdilly dies. This leaves the cats with the world at their paws to explore.

    7. Camp Lazlo (2004-2008)

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    The show is set in the boy scout-like summer camp called Camp Kidney. It follows the misadventures of Lazlo and his fellow cabin-mates Clam and Raj as they participate in typical summer camp activities.

    8. The Emperor's New School (2006-2008)

    Kuzco looks over at Malina's school work and smiles
    Disney Channel

    The Emperor's New School aired from 2006 to 2008 and was a direct continuation of The Emperor's New Groove. The show focuses on Kuzco, the main protagonist of the original movie. He must graduate from Kuzco Academy in order to rule the Kuzconian Empire once again.

    9. Chowder (2007-2010)

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    This show stopped airing a bit past the 2000s era, but it's still underrated! Chowder follows the life of Chowder, an aspiring young cook, as he works as an apprentice at Mung Daal's Catering Company. Chowder, while very kindhearted, gets into plenty of trouble and misadventures due to his carefree attitude and habitual hunger.

    10. All Grown Up! (2003-2008)

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    You definitely haven't forgotten about the 1990s classic, Rugrats, but do you remember the sequel? Airing from 2003-2008 on Nickelodeon, All Grown Up! was a direct continuation of Rugrats that, like the OG, followed Tommy Pickles and his pals!

    What were some of your fave childhood cartoons? Let us know in the comments down below!