3) Star Trek: The Animated Series
Imagine tuning into Star Trek: The Animated Series back in the early 70s expecting the same thrilling adventures of Kirk and Spock but getting something that looks like it was drawn by my 7-year-old pair of twins instead.
The animation quality of TAS was, let's say, not exactly out of this world. To be fair, this was the '70s, and it was a time when cartoons didn't have the dazzling tech we have today so the characters unintentionally moved as if they were practicing the robot dance sometimes. And depth? Well, if you were looking for the kind of layered storytelling that kept you glued to The Original Series, you might have found TAS a bit on the shallow side of the space pool. But again - it was the '70s, and the fact that they could even animate Spock's ears pointy enough was probably considered a win.
Wait - don't beam me up for treason just yet. For what it's worth, TAS wasn't all space junk. In fact, it boldly went where no live-action Trek had gone before, thanks to the magic of animation. Ever wanted to see an alien that wasn't just a human with a funny forehead? TAS had you covered with creatures that would've blown the budget in a live-action format. And the stories? They were like the Saturday morning cereal of sci-fi - sweet, a bit simplistic, but with enough colorful bits to keep you entertained.
TAS may not have been the crown jewel in the Star Trek universe, but it was like that odd, quirky cousin you can't help but invite to family gatherings. It brought its own charm to the table, and let's be honest, who doesn't want to see a cartoon version of Captain Kirk fighting a giant, space-faring amoeba?