Garrett Gilchrist I was the right age for X-Men, the animated series and the Jim Lee comics. The animation is definitely bargain-basement stuff but you have to respect what it was TRYING to do ... adapt the comic books and all their maddeningly over complicated continuity without backing down from that. It absolutely took the X-Men seriously as characters, and didn't reinvent the wheel or start from scratch -- they were trying to put the comics onscreen. With a series as complicated as the X-Men that's kind of an insane proposition, and if you'd had a more "elegant" adaptation like Batman you wouldn't have gotten that at all.
The earlier "Pryde of the X-Men" pilot, which I never saw, is really what the series should have looked like if they hadn't cheaped out a bit -- it has the look that G.I. Joe and Transformers had.
To this day I don't think there's any animated comic book series quite like the '92 X-Men, in its ambition to just straight-up adapt decades of nonsense from what was at that point the best selling comic of all time. Its ambition overstepped its production value by quite a bit but it paired well with the actual comics, and with the much more elegant Batman series. The 94-98 Spider-Man series could have equalled X-Men easily, but suffered from a bad early-digital color palette, network censorship and choices not to adapt the major storylines. I was too old at that point anyway, so didn't bother, but they did a lot of vampire stuff despite having to censor everything about vampires for the network's standards ...
As good as the Batman series (and almost everything that followed it) was, they weren't doing five-part versions of the characters' most famous storylines. So that was the draw. The show really sold kids on the X-Men's appeal, and would very casually dig into decades of overcomplicated continuity nonsense if it was required for that week's story.
In Japan the series was screened as an anime, amusingly.
They've now made a ton of live action movies which only seem to care enough to get one or two or three characters right per film. 17 years in, I'm still waiting for the Jim Lee style X-Men movie ... or John Byrne, or ...