I'll add Firefly to the list. "A Western in space" sounded like a rather anachronistic concept when I first heard about it, but they nailed it thanks to a great cast of well-realised characters.
I think that "Married: With Children" was lightning in a bottle. Other shows tried very similar models and failed miserably. For example does anyone remember "Unhappily Ever After"? I'm betting not despite the fact that it starred redheaded bombshell Nikki Cox.
I get that, but I would like to point out that though "stuff made for kids" does not have to be bad from an adult perspective, kids TV/movies get away with being bad more than TV/movies for adults. Kids will watch nearly anything, adults are much more particular/picky.I can't help but feel there's a little bit of ageism at work in some of the examples. "Stuff made for kids" doesn't have to be bad from an adult perspective. Kids' programming isn't all Disney sitcoms (which generally are terrible). Disney animated features, for example, tend to be relatively high quality even for adults - much better than their aforementioned sitcoms on the Disney Channel. And as far as Pixar goes, I think they've made enough of a reputation for themselves that the opposite expectation is probably more appropriate - that the default Pixar movie is expected to be excellent - simply because it's being done by Pixar.
The Stallone Dredd movie was terrible, as I mentioned. Karl Urban took the source material seriously and the movie did one of the main things that defined the original; if Dredd didn't have his helmet on, you only saw him in silhouette. You never see his whole face.Depends on your tastes. I much prefer the Dredd movie with Karl Urban to the Stallone version.