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) but I still think it's worth seeing.
The Legend of Prince Valiant, an animated series from the 90s on The Family Channel, is probably my favorite show of all time. It is highly serialized, violent, and achieves a depth rarely found in American animation, dealing with real fundamental societal problems and conflicts, including conflicts between politicical philosophies (!) without being preachy despite being on a Christian network.
In fact, the network imposed very few restrictions on the show, and I believe the noncommercial nature of the network allowed the show greater artistic freedom than other series based on toylines or other properties. They had no toys to sell, just a message, and not even Christianity! It is only rarely the characters go to church; the main ideology they espouse is basically American liberalism and egalitarianism lead by an enlightened king (I haven't watched it recently or really in depth ever, but I also don't think the creators thought too hard about that part either). The biggest restriction that TFN gave was they couldn't have any magic, which inadvertently made it more violent than other shows - no energy blasts, no forcefields, just swords and shields and arrows and cannons, and injury and death (!).
It is highly serialized, with multiple intertwining plotlines and dynamic characters - it was made as a family show, not a children's show. Both seasons have overarching plots, and most main characters get real arcs.
It has a female knight in training and this isn't ignored, but actually examined. There is an African knight who gets a tragic backstory and an important role, and neither of them feel shoehorned in for a diversity requirement. They are real and are flawed, like all the characters.
The animation is kind of stilted, and some of the episodes are uneven, but the main body of the show is rock-solid and has much to recommend it.
You can find it all on YouTube, along with its bitchin' intro.