A great and wise man once said, "I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me Superman." Homer J. Simpson and countless other animated characters have been entertaining audiences for decades. For the most part, animated shows have been geared towards children. Throughout the 80's, countless children woke up early on Saturday mornings, to catch their favorite cartoons. Although, during the 80's and 90's, animated sitcoms became edgier and more geared towards an adult audience. In fact, some of the animated sitcoms have had a major impact on television in general. Below is a list of a few of these impacting shows, and the people who brought them to life. The creators behind these shows have become richer than their animated characters could have ever dreamed of. Here is a look at 10 of the Richest animated sitcom creators.
10 Aaron McGruder - The Boondocks - Net Worth: $10 Million
9 Scott Adams - Dilbert - Net Worth: $75 Million
As a child, Scott Adams was a big fan of the Peanuts Cartoons and Mad Magazine. This would lead him to drawing his own cartoons. However, he was rejected from art school and decided to turn his attention to a career in Law and management. He worked in several offices and held many prominent positions, in many different companies. During this time, he created the character of Dilbert and based several of the characters on people he worked with. Dilbert aired from January 25, 1999 to July 25, 2000 on UPN. The series satirizes the white collar work environment and is immensely popular. It was originally a comic strip before becoming a series. He won two very prestigious awards, Best Newspapers Strip of 1997 and The National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the year.
8 Mike Judge - Beavis and Butthead/ King Of The Hill - Net Worth: $75 Million
7 Stephen Hillenburg - SpongeBob SquarePants - Net Worth: $90 Million
6 Bill Lawrence - Clone High - Net Worth: $100 Million
Bill Lawrence is best known for his live action shows; Scrubs, Spin City and Cougar Town. All very successful shows, but Bill Lawrence also made an attempt at an animated sitcom, Clone High. The series ran for only one season on MTV, from November 2002 to April, 2003. The series was co-created by Bill Lawrence, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The series followed the lives of clones of certain historical figures, such as Abraham Lincoln and Ghandi.
5 Seth Macfarlane - Family Guy/American Dad - Net Worth: $150 Million
4 Al Jean - The Critic - Net Worth: $200 Million
While at Harvard University, Al Jean started his career as a writer for the Harvard Lampoon Newspaper. It was at that point that he met his long time writing partner and collaborator, Mike Reiss. They went to work on shows such as Alf, It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. In 1989, they were hired as a part of the original writing staff for the then unknown sitcom, The Simpsons. Al Jean and Mike Reiss took over as show runners with the critically acclaimed third and fourth seasons. Al Jean then co-created the animated sitcom, The Critic, which aired first on ABC and then on FOX. The series did well initially, but failed to maintain an audience. He then worked for Disney before returning as sole show runner for The Simpsons. Al Jean has received 8 Prime Time Emmy awards.
3 William Hanna and Joseph Barbera - The Flintstones - Net Worth: $300 Million
Hanna-Barbera are responsible for some of the most iconic and legendary animated series ever created. According to People.com, today their estimated net worth would be around 300 million. William Hanna and Joseph Barbera met in the late 30's, while working at MGM. The two soon formed a partnership and became writing partners. In 1940, they created one of most successful cartoons of all time, Tom and Jerry. They moved into television, creating shows like The Ruff and Reddy Show, Yogi Bear and The Huckleberry Hound Show. They soon realized that more adults where watching these cartoons and created The Flintstones. The series had it's original run from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966. The series is basically the animated version of the hit sitcom, The Honeymooners. The Flintstones is considered the first animated sitcom that was geared towards more of an adult audience. Together, Barbera and Hanna won eight Prime Time Emmy Awards.