Top 5 Cartoons That Would Make Great Live-Action Shows On The CW

The CW is bringing our childhood dreams to reality.‘The Powerpuff Girls’ is currently in development and we couldn’t be more excited! Here’s a list of the 5 cartoons that would make great live-action shows as well including; ‘Doug’, ‘The Proud Family’, ‘Sailor Moon’, and more! 

Benny Adams

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: August 28th, 2020 3:07 pm pst

Maria Menounos
Keven Undergaro
AfterBuzz TV Founders

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, AfterBuzz TV is the artist-friendly entertainment news platform that celebrates, discusses, interviews, promotes and reports on the widest range of stars, creators and content through video, audio and article publications.

Credit: Cartoon Network

Sugar, spice, and everything nice. Those are the ingredients that will be used to make a live-action Powerpuff Girls series. 

You heard that right, a live action version of the Cartoon Network classic is in development at The CW.

This time around though, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup aren’t kids anymore. They’re now disillusioned twenty something who resent having lost their childhood to crime fighting. 

Whether it’s from novels or comic books, The CW is known for bringing classics to life, and turning them into television gold. 

Like the PowerPuff Girls, there are many cartoon classics that could easily be turned into a live-action series. 

Here’s a look at the top 5 Cartoons we would love to see get the live-action action treatment on The CW. 

  1. Totally Spies!

Credit: Cartoon Network

This Cartoon Classic premiered in 2001, and follows Sam, Clover, and Alex. They’re three teenage girls from Beverly Hills who fight crime as undercover secret agents, while at the same try to live their normal lives.. 

It premiered on ABC Family (Freeform), and then transitioned over to Cartoon Network, spanning a total of 6 seasons. 

The cartoon was a success to say the least, introducing fans to toys, video games, comics, and even a movie. 

What made Totally Spies! so special was that it focused on women empowering other women, and also showed that men aren’t the only ones that can save the world. 

This would be a perfect show for The CW. It could follow the same premise as the cartoon of three teenagers fighting to save the world, while juggling relationships, drama, and everything else that comes with high school. 

  1. Doug 

Credit: Disney

Doug was a hit in the 90’s spanning a total of 7 seasons. It premiered on Nickelodeon in 1991 and ended in 1994. Disney then resurrected the series bringing it back in 1996.  

The Cartoon followed Doug Funnie, a 6th grader who moves to a new town, and just wants to fit in. During the show he meets new friends and a new crush whose name is Pattie Mayonnaise.

The Disney version follows Doug in the 7th grade continuing with his same adventures. 

A live-action Doug could follow the character as he deals with the trials and tribulations of high school. 

Can you imagine Doug in a love triangle with Patti and a new girl? Pure TV gold. 

  1. The Proud Family 

Credit: Disney

Who didn’t love The Proud Family growing up? The cartoon was such a hit that Disney+ is bringing it back with new episodes. 

The animated sitcom premiered on the Disney Channel  in 2001 and ended in 2005. It centered around an African American family, and followed the main character Penny Proud as she lived her life with her friends. 

We would love to see this show come to life. In the cartoon Penni and her friends were 14-years-old. The show could follow the same synopsis with Penny, her friends, and family; while emphasizing the importance of culture and diversity.    

  1. Sailor Moon

Credit: Viz Media

Sailor Moon was a pop culture phenomenon. The popularity of the anime created several movies and comic books.

It premiered in Japan in 1992 and was later dubbed and brought into various territories including the United States. 

The anime follows Serena, a 14-year-old girl who learns from a talking cat named Luna that she has the ability to transform into a sailor moon.

During  the first season its Serena’s mission is to find the Moon Princess.  Throughout her journey more sailor scouts are revealed as they battle the forces of evil. 

Like Totally Spies!, this show focused on a theme that women can be superheroes just like men.

A 2003  live action version was actually created in Japan, and lasted for one season with a total of 49 episodes.

The CW is known for its supernatural teen dramas, so this would be a perfect fit for the Network. 

  1. As Told By Ginger 

Let’s be honest, As Told by Ginger has The CW written all over it. The animated comedy-drama series premiered on Nickelodeon in 2000. 

The series followed junior high student Ginger Foutley and her friends as they lived their normal, everyday pre-teen lives, while also facing various challenges that come from middle school. 

What was so great and rare about this series is that there was actual character development, and the characters aged. Ginger was introduced as a 7th grader and in the middle of the third season she was a freshman in high school.

If this were made into a live-action series not a lot would have to change because the cartoon was in fact a teen drama. 

What animated series would you like to see turned into a live action series. Let us know! 

Tune in daily to AfterBuzz TV for all our articles and aftershows, and all the latest data from the world of entertainment. 


About The Author:

Benny Adams is a Producer, entertainment Journalist, and host in Los Angeles. He studied broadcast journalism at California State University Northridge.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

“We don’t just celebrate and cover the top shows, content and stars, we celebrate and cover ALL the shows, content and stars.”

Maria Menounos

More News