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Mission Hill was an American animated television series that first aired on The WB in 1999. Although 13 episodes were produced, the show was cancelled after only six were aired. The show was put on hiatus by the WB Network after just two episodes due to poor ratings. It returned to the WB in the summer of 2000 but was cancelled after just four additional episodes. Nonetheless, the show went on to develop a cult following, thanks to repeated airings of all 13 episodes on Teletoon's "Teletoon Unleashed" block and, later, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. It has also been surprisingly popular outside of the United States, receiving broadcasts in Australia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. In Italy, it received the 2000 Pulcinella Award for "Best Series for All Audiences"; the award cited the show's "stylized design and honest approach to sexual and moral issues."
The series is recognizable for its bright, neon color palette, and features a peculiar mixture of modern animation and traditional "cartoonish" drawings (dashed lines coming from eyes, red bolts of lightning around a spot in pain).
The show was created by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, ex-executive producers of The Simpsons, and the artistic designer was Lauren MacMullan, who later joined The Simpsons as a director. It featured the voices of Wallace Langham, Scott Menville, Brian Posehn, Vicki Lewis, Nick Jameson, Tom Kenny, Herbert Siguenza, Jane Wiedlin, Tress MacNeille, and Lisa Kushell. The theme song was an instrumental version of "Italian Leather Sofa" by Cake.