The Rise of Popular Adult Animation TV Shows: Exploring the Top Contenders in Today's Entertainment Landscape
Adult animation TV shows have become a major part of the entertainment industry, captivating audiences with their bold and boundary-pushing content. From the hilarious antics of "The Simpsons" and "South Park" to the mind-bending adventures of "Rick and Morty," these shows have gained a cult following and have carved a niche of their own. Streaming platforms like Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, and Prime Video have also contributed to the popularity of adult animation, offering a wide range of shows that cater to diverse tastes. With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide which shows are worth your time. In this article, we have curated a list of the top adult animation TV shows that have dominated the screens and captured the hearts of viewers worldwide. Whether you're a fan of raunchy humor, thought-provoking narratives, or just want to indulge in some animated nostalgia, this list has got you covered.
Big Mouth is a unique coming-of-age sitcom created for Netflix by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett. It tells the story of a group of teenagers navigating through puberty, love, hormones, and the challenges of growing up. Big Mouth has garnered critical acclaim for its truthful portrayal of adolescence. It is also recognized for its exceptional voice acting, comedic elements, musical numbers, and themes of acceptance. The show provides a humorous and relatable exploration of the awkward and shared experiences of teenage years.
Rick and Morty
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Rick and Morty is a science-fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. The show revolves around the adventures of the cynical scientist Rick and his nervous grandson Morty as they explore various intergalactic realms. Since its premiere in 2013, Rick and Morty has gained a devoted following for its intelligent humor, witty dialogue, and a colorful ensemble cast. The series skillfully combines humor with philosophical themes, such as nihilism and existentialism, offering thought-provoking content that entertains and engages its audience. Rick and Morty has expanded into video games, anime, claymation shorts, and merchandise, showcasing its cultural impact. With ongoing seasons and plans for a feature film, the future of the show remains a topic of interest, albeit overshadowed by recent controversies involving one of its co-creators.
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With over 700 episodes, The Simpsons holds the record as the longest-running animated TV show in history. Created by Matt Groening in 1989, the series follows the lives of the Simpson family—Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie—and offers a satirical portrayal of American society in the fictional town of Springfield. The Simpsons is renowned for its social commentary, cultural parodies, political satire, and humorous exploration of the human condition. It has inspired other animated shows and has received numerous awards, including Primetime Emmys, Annie Awards, and Peabody Awards. The Simpsons has become an iconic franchise, with adaptations in books, video games, a theme park, and a 2007 feature film. Despite some criticism of recent seasons, the show continues to endure and entertain audiences worldwide.
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Futurama is a critically acclaimed animated series that has captivated audiences for over two decades. Created by Matt Groening, the show follows the adventures of Philip J. Fry, a lazy delivery boy who finds himself awakened in the year 2999 after being frozen for centuries. With a talented voice cast led by Billy West, Katey Sagal, and John DiMaggio, Futurama combines self-deprecating humor with satire, paying homage to literary science fiction concepts. The series has garnered a dedicated fanbase and received numerous awards, including Emmys and Annie Awards. It has spawned direct-to-video films and is set to return for its highly-anticipated eighth season. Futurama has been recognized as one of the greatest TV cartoons of all time, solidifying its status as an enduring cultural phenomenon.
South Park is a satirical animated sitcom that delves into the lives of four boys—Kenny, Stan, Kyle, and Eric—in the fictional Colorado town of South Park. Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show boldly tackles adult themes, profanity, and controversial topics through its distinctive cutout animation style. Since its debut in 1997, South Park has continued to push boundaries and challenge societal norms. With 25 seasons under its belt, the series has remained relevant and garnered a substantial fanbase. It has also expanded into movies, including the successful theatrical release, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. South Park is known for its irreverent humor and thought-provoking social commentary, making it a cultural landmark in the world of adult animation.
'Undone' (2019 - 2022)
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Prime Video's animated series Undone offers viewers visually stunning animation through its unique rotoscope aesthetic. The show also delivers an emotionally-driven, character-centric narrative that resonates with audiences.
Combining mind-bending sequences with a personal journey, Undone follows the protagonist Alma as she seeks to uncover the truth behind her father's death. The series explores themes of self-growth and discovery, touching on mental health and self-understanding. Rosa Salazar's portrayal of Alma establishes a strong emotional connection with viewers, while the show's relatability and relevance captivate adult audiences.
'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' (2000 - )
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The longest-running series on Adult Swim, Aqua Teen Hunger Force brings viewers brilliantly absurd misadventures featuring anthropomorphic fast food items. The show revolves around the dysfunctional trio of Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad, who find themselves in nonsensical situations.
What was once an obscure show has gained a growing fanbase attracted to its irreverent humor and unconventional storytelling. Aqua Teen Hunger Force's bizarre characters, surreal settings, and distinct visual style create an eccentric masterpiece in the realm of adult animation.
'Castlevania' (2017 - 2021)
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While fans eagerly anticipate a new Castlevania game, the anime series on Netflix has garnered immense popularity and introduced the franchise to a wider audience.
Through its dark and gory action, Castlevania offers adult viewers a horror-centric animated series that has become one of Netflix's most beloved shows. The series strikes a mature tone and delivers a level of action that appeals to a wide range of adult audiences. Castlevania stands out as one of the most significant adult animated series in recent times.
'Bob's Burgers' (2011 - )
Bob's Burgers follows the everyday adventures of the Belcher family, who own a burger restaurant. Created by Loren Bouchard, the series introduces viewers to the lovable and relatable Belcher family—Bob, Linda, and their three children Tina, Gene, and Louise.
The show's well-written characters undergo important lessons about running a business, maintaining relationships, and engaging in wacky antics, all while sharing a love for food and Bob's unique burger creations.
'Cowboy Bebop' (1998 - 1999)
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Don't let the recent remake discourage you from experiencing the original Cowboy Bebop anime series. This critically acclaimed neo-noir sci-fi show follows a group of bounty hunters traveling through space in pursuit of dangerous criminals.
Featuring a combination of Western and noir aesthetics, along with stylish action and a jazz-heavy soundtrack, Cowboy Bebop offers a timeless and genre-defying anime experience. Its meticulous world-building and profound characterizations have cemented its place as an anime series ahead of its time, capturing the hearts of viewers.
'Samurai Jack' (2001 - 2017)
For many kids in the early 2000s, Samurai Jack offered a glimpse into the world of adult animation. Created by Genndy Tartakovsky, the visionary show combined stunning animation with a beautifully realized samurai journey, featuring dark imagery, vivid action, and a captivating atmosphere.
Considered one of Cartoon Network's most mature shows, Samurai Jack delivered an epic adventure that exceeded the limitations of traditional animation. Its unforgettable characters and ambitious storytelling set it apart as an exceptional example of adult animation.
Human Resources (2022-present)
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Creators: Jennifer Flackett, Kelly Galuska, Andrew Goldberg, Nick Kroll
Cast: Aidy Bryant, Randall Park, Keke Palmer, Ali Wong, Pamela Adlon
Spun off from Big Mouth, the hit adult animated series about tweens going through puberty, Human Resources explores the world of Big Mouth’s monsters. Building on the intricate foundation set by the original series, Human Resources is a workplace comedy centering around the Lovebugs, Logic Rocks, Ambition Gremlins, and their cohort, more so than the Hormone Monsters featured in Big Mouth. In the first season of Human Resources, Lovebug Emmy (Aidy Bryant) is assigned to a human adult, Becca (Ali Wong), as she gets closer to giving birth to her first child. With neither of them prepared for the responsibilities in front of them, hilarious yet poignant shenanigans ensue. – Yael Tygiel
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Creators: Alex Hirsch, Shion Takeuchi
Cast: Lizzy Caplan, Christian Slater, Clark Duke, Tisha Campbell
With an art style and sense of humor not too dissimilar from adult science-fiction comedy Rick and Morty, Inside Job hails from the minds of Alex Hirsch (The Owl House) and Shion Takeuchi (Gravity Falls). Although the animation on Inside Job is more grounded, the premise and ridiculous humor defy gravity. Inside Job follows the employees of Deep State, whose sole responsibilities are to keep conspiracies a secret. Overflowing with clever writing and bursting with talent, Inside Job employs the voice talent of Lizzy Caplan (Fleishman Is in Trouble), Christian Slater (Mr. Robot), Clark Duke, and Tisha Campbell. – Yael Tygiel
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Cast: Kaolip/Erica Mendez; Komegumi Koiwasaki/Tara Platt; Maki Tsuruta/G.K. Bowes; Shingo Kato/Ben Diskin; Rareko/Jamison Boaz
Aggretsuko is a great starter show if you’re new to the world of anime and a great option for changing things up if you’re an anime fan looking for something new to watch. Of all the cartoons to really offer some solidarity when exploring the trickiness and subtle frustrations of adulthood, I never expected to peg the anime series Aggretsuko as the one to nail it perfectly. This fresh and fun anime series follows Retsuko, a shy and polite accountant who deals with the frustrations of working in an office with a terrible boss and ignorant co-workers by going to karaoke bars after working and singing death metal. Yes, that is a very real sentence I just wrote and yes, it should immediately have you running to Netflix to binge both seasons (and a perfect Christmas special!). This is an animated series which articulates how frustrating an overbearing or terrible boss can be (Retsuko’s boss is literally a pig, FYI), what it’s like to feel like you’re suffering from imposter syndrome, what it’s like to navigate anxiety or depression while trying to remain productive, or even what it feels like when you're trying to meet whatever dumb standards of successful adulthood look like and ultimately realizing every one of those standards are dumb, dumb, dumb. Retsuko is the metal singing panda hero we need right now because she gets it. Her rollercoaster initiation into adulthood is (probably) very similar to our own respective initiations into adulthood. Aggretsuko is the kind of slyly therapeutic animated series you need right now because of this, so just click “Play”, whydontcha? - Allie Gemmill
Created by: Christian Linke, Alex Yee
Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Kevin Alejandro, Jason Spisak
An absolutely stunning animated steampunk series, Arcane is loosely based on the hugely popular video game. Building on the foundation of the game, Arcane’s writing team, led by newcomer Alex Lee, crafted a deep and intricate backstory. Starring Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 3) and Kevin Alejandro (Lucifer), Arcane travels narratively across an upper city, a utopian place called Piltover, as well as the lower class underground dwellings of Zaun. Along with an abundance of canon to pull from, this surprisingly entertaining science-fiction fantasy series tackles topics like classism and crime while stuffing the first season with easter eggs for game fans. – Yael Tygiel
Tuca & Bertie (2019-2022)
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Created by: Lisa Hanawalt
Cast: Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong, Steven Yeun, Reggie Watts, Nicole Byer, John Early, Lisa Hanawalt, Richard E. Grant
Hailing from BoJack Horseman producer and animator Lisa Hanawalt is Tuca & Bertie, one of the best animated shows of 2019 (and one of the most irksome cancellations on 2019). The series puts Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong in the driver’s seat as best bird friends Tuca (Haddish) and Bertie (Wong). Tuca is a toucan with a big personality, big dreams, but little in the way of proper life skills. Meanwhile, Bertie is a shy bird who lives with her sweet, supportive boyfriend, Speckles (Steven Yeun) who loves to bake and has a hard time speaking up for himself. Together, these two lady friends make a dynamic duo, their adventures over the course of Tuca & Bertie’s lone season making for a thoroughly exciting watch. But Tuca & Bertie eventually peels back its zany layers to reveal a show which readily tackles pressing issues unique to the female and/or adult experience, like healing from childhood trauma, breaking free from toxic relationships, and advocating for your needs. As the series creator, Hanawalt transfers lots of things BoJack fans love about the series — a distinct animation style, great visual gags and running bits, and a heartfelt, intense narrative at the core of the show — into Tuca & Bertie, making this a must-watch series. - Allie Gemmill
BoJack Horseman (2014-2020)
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Created by: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Cast: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, Aaron Paul
“Oh look!” you say, searching for something to watch on Netflix. “A silly animated comedy about a talking horse who’s now a washed-up actor voiced by Gob from Arrested Development! Sounds fun!” Stop! Because you are half-right. But the other half… will knock you on your ass. BoJack Horseman is indeed a silly animated comedy about a talking horse who’s now a washed-up actor voiced by Will Arnett. He tries to put back his career and keep his life on track, supported by cat agent Amy Sedaris, will-they-won’t-they socially progressive love interest Alison Brie, cheerfully dumb dog actor Paul F. Tompkins, and slacker roomie Aaron Paul. And all of this is bolstered by wildly imaginative visual gags (the underwater episode? Fuhgeddaboutit) and acerbic jokes about Hollywood’s worst impulses. But BoJack Horseman is also one of the darkest, deepest, and most thorough examinations of darkness in any TV show I’ve ever seen, talking horse or not. The show dives headfirst into depression, substance abuse, sexism, racism, suicidal ideation, Alzheimers, and many more potentially triggering subjects with shocking clarity and empathetic sensitivity -- one episode, appropriately titled “That’s Too Much, Man!”, rendered me literally speechless for an hour or so after watching. If you like to chase your chai lattes with blacker-than-black coffee, BoJack Horseman is your new favorite show. - Gregory Lawrence
F Is for Family (2015-2021)
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Created by: Bill Burr, Michael Price
Cast: Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long, Debi Derryberry, Sam Rockwell, Haley Reinhart, Mo Collins
F Is for Family... and it's also for Favorite, as in, this is my favorite animated series right now, edging out fellow Netflix series Big Mouth. My only beef with the show is that we don't get enough of it! It premiered nearly two years before Big Mouth, and yet there have been five fewer episodes! That said, the wait between seasons has been worth it, as the writers have done a brilliant job creating compelling storylines for the blue-collar Murphy family, led by co-creator Bill Burr as Frank, a miserable veteran with a quick temper and a foul mouth who works at the airport. Frank and his wife Sue (Laura Dern) have three kids, Kevin (Justin Long), Bill (Haley Reinhart) and Maureen (Debi Derryberry), all of whom are quite different and follow the Simpsons model of the delinquent, the sensitive one, and Daddy's harmless little princess. Burr's gruff Boston accent is well-suited for animation and serves the character of Frank quite well, given his anger issues. The title sequence alone, set to Redbone's catchy "Come and Get Your Love," does an expert job of relaying the day-to-day anxieties of middle age. Meanwhile, as of February, the cast now boasts two Oscar winners between Dern and Sam Rockwell, who plays scene-stealing womanizer Vic Reynolds. A third Oscar winner, Allison Janney, is among the many guest stars who have lent their distinctive voices to the show, including Vince Vaughn, T.J. Miller and Michael K. Williams. F is for Family may play rough from time to time -- especially given its time, the 1970s -- but there's an underlying sweetness to the show that makes us root for this dysfunctional family. F may be for Family, but it's also for Funny, and personally, I can't wait for season Four. - Jeff Sneider
Love, Death & Robots (2019-present)
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Executive produced by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and legendary filmmaker David Fincher, the animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots is kind of the perfect catch-all for sci-fi fans. Each episode is an animated short film that hails from a different writer and director, and the theme holding them all together is the idea of sci-fi technology. As a result you get a wide range of tone from uber-violent to romantic to hysterically funny. Some are only a few minutes long, while others are longer, offering diversity in length as well. And yes, this is a show for adults. Sex, death, and violence are recurring themes throughout, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given that the show hails from Fincher and Miller. – Adam Chitwood
One-Punch Man (2015-2019)
Cast: Makoto Furukawa/Max Mittelman, Kaito Ishikawa/Zach Aguilar
One-Punch Man is, without hyperbole, the greatest anime ever made. The series follows Saitama, a superhero who can defeat literally any foe with a single punch. Consequently, Saitama is thoroughly bored with fighting, which confounds all of the professional heroes around him. The show is absolutely hilarious - Saitama achieved his incredible power by doing a bunch of push-ups, and he does battle with ridiculous characters like Crablante, a man who became a half-crab mutant after eating too much shellfish. It’s simultaneously a parody of action anime and a solid action anime in and of itself, with gorgeously animated fight sequences featuring absurd characters like Mumen Rider, a superhero who rides a bicycle. There are currently two seasons, with a third due next year, which leaves you plenty of time to memorize the current batch of episodes before the new ones drop. - Tom Reimann
Creator: Charlie Grandy, Mindy Kaling
Cast: Mindy Kaling, Constance Wu, Sam Richardson, Glenn Howerton
From the creative mind of Mindy Kaling, a former writer on The Office and co-creator of the hit HBO series The Sex Lives of College Girls, comes an innovative reinterpretation of the classic Scooby gang. In this raunchy, violent, and self-aware comedy series, Kaling lends her voice to the titular character Velma Dinkley. She is joined by a talented cast including Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) as mean-girl Daphne Blake, Sam Richardson (Veep) as straight-edged Norville "Shaggy" Rogers, and Glenn Howerton (The Mindy Project) as spoiled man-baby Fred Jones. In Velma, Kaling breathes fresh life into the Hannah Barbera crew, delivering a modernized and hilarious take on these iconic characters.
Harley Quinn (2019-present)
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Created by: Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Dean Lorey
Cast: Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Ron Funches, Alan Tudyk, Matt Oberg, Tony Hale, Diedrich Bader, Christopher Meloni, J.B Smoove
Harley Quinn is not only one of the best-animated shows on TV right now, but also one of the greatest to come out of the DC universe. The series follows the adventures of the titular villain as she breaks free from The Joker and strives to establish her own identity among the villains of Gotham City. Kaley Cuoco delivers a standout performance as Harley, exploring her journey of self-discovery and independence. What sets Harley Quinn apart is its ability to balance mature themes and raunchy humor with genuine emotion. The friendship between Harley and Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) provides a heartfelt anchor to the series, while the unconventional and often unhinged humor keeps audiences entertained. This show is a must-watch for both comic book enthusiasts and comedy lovers.
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (2000-2007)
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Created by: Michael Ouweleen, Erik Richter
Cast: Thomas Allen, Stephen Colbert, Gary Cole, Chris Edgerly, Paget Brewster, John Michael Higgins, Maurice LaMarche, Peter MacNicol
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law is a brilliant animated series that infuses comedy into the world of legal procedural dramas. The show follows superhero Birdman, now a lawyer, as he navigates hilarious and absurd legal cases. Gary Cole delivers a standout performance as Harvey Birdman, perfectly capturing his charismatic yet desperate nature. The supporting voice cast, including Stephen Colbert as Phil Ken Sebben and Paget Brewster as Birdgirl, add depth and humor to the show. Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law seamlessly blends tradition and inventiveness, providing viewers with a truly unique and entertaining experience.
South Park (1997-present)
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Created by: Trey Parker, Matt Stone
Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes, Eliza Schneider, Mona Marshall, April Stewart
South Park, a long-running animated series, stands out for its boundary-pushing humor and incisive social commentary. Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show has tackled major issues, trends, and presidencies over the years, all while evolving and staying relevant. South Park's unique brand of off-color humor and satirical storytelling has made it a cultural phenomenon. Despite its longevity, the show continues to surprise and entertain, constantly challenging the status quo.
Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994-2001)
Cast: George Lowe, C. Martin Croker, Andy Merrill, Don Kennedy
Space Ghost Coast to Coast is a groundbreaking and innovative animated series that revolutionized the comedy genre. Originally airing in 1994, the show's postmodern and deadpan humor feels as fresh and relevant as ever. Space Ghost, a former superhero, reinvents himself as a talk show host, with his former arch-villains, Zorak and Moltar, working for him. The series subverts traditional comedy structures and celebrity interview culture. The unique blend of surrealism, clever writing, and unforgettable characters makes Space Ghost Coast to Coast a true masterpiece of comedic television.
Home Movies (1999-2004)
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Created by: Brendon Small, Loren Bouchard
Cast: Brendon Small, Jon Benjamin, Melissa Bardin Galsky, Janine Ditullio, Paula Poundstone
Home Movies is a must-watch animated series for anyone with creative inclinations. The show, created by Brendon Small and Loren Bouchard, follows the adventures of eight-year-old aspiring filmmaker Brendon Small and his friends as they navigate the challenges of childhood and pursue their passions. Home Movies is known for its endearing and improvised comedy, with the entire voice cast recording together in the same room. The series seamlessly blends humor and heartfelt moments, offering a relatable and entertaining experience for viewers.
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Created by: Brendon Small, Tommy Blacha
Cast: Brendon Small, Tommy Blacha, Mark Hamill, Victor Brandt, Malcolm McDowell
Metalocalypse is a brilliant animated show that combines dark humor and heavy metal music. The series follows the exploits of the fictional band Dethklok, who are so popular that they have their own economy. Creator Brendon Small's impeccable music compositions and the show's satirical take on metal culture make it a standout in the genre. Metalocalypse balances comedy and horror, delivering a unique viewing experience. From the lovably idiotic members of Dethklok to the outrageous and sometimes gory storylines, this show is a must-watch for fans of metal and dark comedy.
Rick and Morty (2013-present)
Created by: Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon
Cast: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke
Rick and Morty is a unique and boundary-pushing animated series that combines hard sci-fi concepts with dark humor. Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, the show follows the adventures of the eccentric and alcoholic scientist Rick Sanchez and his impressionable grandson Morty. Rick and Morty's ability to explore complex scientific concepts while delivering hilarious and sometimes shocking moments has made it a critical and popular success. The series constantly pushes the boundaries of storytelling, resulting in a one-of-a-kind viewing experience.
Samurai Jack (2001-2017)
Created by: Genndy Tartakovsky
Cast: Phil LaMarr, Mako Iwamatsu, Greg Baldwin
Samurai Jack is an iconic animated series that captivated audiences with its stunning visual style and powerful storytelling. Created by Genndy Tartakovsky, the show follows a lone samurai on a quest to defeat the evil overlord Aku and restore peace to his homeland. Samurai Jack's unique blend of action, adventure, and philosophical themes sets it apart from other animated series. With its breathtaking animation and timeless storytelling, Samurai Jack has become a beloved classic.
Little Demon (2022-present)
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Creators: Darcy Fowler, Seth Kirschner, Kieran Valla
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Lucy DeVito, Danny DeVito, Seth Kirschner
Little Demon is an animated comedy series created by Darcy Fowler, Seth Kirschner, and Kieran Valla. It tells the story of a reluctant mother whose daughter is the literal spawn of Satan. Set in Delaware, the series follows her attempts to provide her family with a normal life. Aubrey Plaza lends her voice as the woman impregnated by the Devil, while Danny DeVito voices the fallen angel and his real-life daughter Lucy DeVito plays his Antichrist offspring. With playful and ludicrous dialogue, Little Demon seamlessly blends comedy, horror, and supernatural action to create an original and entertaining adult series. – Yael Tygiel
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Cast: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Adam Reed, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Lucky Yates
Archer, created by Adam Reed, is a thrilling and comedic animated series that has become a powerhouse in television. Infused with a love for the spy-thriller genre, the show delves into and deconstructs every trope of the genre. H. Jon Benjamin's portrayal of the title character is instantly iconic, and he is accompanied by a talented voice acting cast including Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, and Amber Nash. With its sharp writing, Archer combines suspense, humor, and impeccable craft to captivate audiences. Notably, the show's ability to evolve and portray the growth of its characters adds depth to its already impressive storytelling. Don't miss out on the intense and hilarious spy adventures brought to life in Archer. - Gregory Lawrence
Bob's Burgers (2011-present)
Created by: Loren Bouchard, Jim Dauterive
Cast: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy, David Herman
Bob's Burgers, created by Loren Bouchard and Jim Dauterive, has solidified its status as an American icon. This fantastic animated series follows the Belcher family as they navigate the ups and downs of running a burger joint in a working-class seaside town. The show's talented voice cast, led by H. Jon Benjamin, brings to life the lovable and hilarious characters of Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene, and Louise. With its heartwarming misadventures, Bob's Burgers strikes a perfect balance between zany humor and relatable family dynamics, appealing to a wide range of viewers. Dive into the delightful world of Bob's Burgers, where laughter and hunger for a good burger are guaranteed. - Allie Gemmill
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Created by: Matt Groening
Cast: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom, David Herman, Frank Welker
Futurama, a creation of Matt Groening, is widely regarded as one of the best animated TV shows of all time. Set in a future world, the show uses humor and wit to tackle societal issues and explore human tendencies to repeat the same mistakes. Each episode takes viewers on a journey to different worlds, introducing fascinating sci-fi concepts and delivering incredible storytelling. At its core, Futurama remains impactful due to its well-developed and relatable characters, and the writers' ability to infuse emotional depth into the show. Prepare to be transported to the captivating and hilarious universe of Futurama, where animated excellence truly shines. - Adam Chitwood
King of the Hill (1997-2010)
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Created by: Mike Judge, Greg Daniels
Cast: Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon, Brittany Murphy, Johnny Hardwick, Stephen Root, Toby Huss, Tom Petty
King of the Hill, created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, stands out among animated series for its quiet, gentle, and warm approach to portraying the life of a well-meaning propane salesman named Hank Hill. This show beautifully examines conservative values and challenges societal norms through brilliantly written episodes and a talented voice cast, including Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon, Brittany Murphy, and Stephen Root. With its inclusive storytelling and empathetic exploration of characters, King of the Hill continues to appreciate in value and remains a beloved animated series. - Gregory Lawrence
The Simpsons (1989-present)
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Created by: Matt Groening
Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer
The Simpsons, the long-running cartoon sitcom streaming on Hulu, holds a special place in the hearts of viewers. Known for smart pop culture parodies and incisive commentary on the American family, The Simpsons traverses different eras and delivers laughter and heartwarming moments. Whether you prefer the show's earlier seasons or appreciate its more recent content, The Simpsons offers something for everyone. Created by Matt Groening, this iconic series is a timeless classic that continues to entertain and captivate audiences with its charming and hilarious storytelling. Get ready for a warm and familiar embrace as you enter the world of The Simpsons. - Gregory Lawrence
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Cast: Steven Yeun, J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Gillian Jacobs, Andrew Rannells, Zazie Beets, Mark Hamill
Invincible, based on the superhero story by Robert Kirkman, is a subversive and brutal series that stands out among its counterparts. While not suitable for younger audiences, the show incorporates a coming-of-age element that resonates with adolescents. The story follows high school student Mike Grayson, voiced by Steven Yeun, as he grapples with his identity and learns shocking secrets about his family. With its talented cast and intense storyline, Invincible offers a thrilling and captivating viewing experience. - Liam Gaughan
The Legend of Vox Machina (2022-present)
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Created by: Critical Role Productions
Cast: Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Matthew Mercer, Liam O'Brien, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel and Travis Willingham
The Legend of Vox Machina presents the exciting adventures of the mercenary group Vox Machina, adapted from Critical Role's first campaign. Set in the realm of Exandria, the series follows the group's journey to save the world from dark forces. With its R-rated content and raunchy humor, The Legend of Vox Machina offers a thrilling and hilarious viewing experience. Fans of the original campaign will find the adaptation they've been waiting for, while newcomers will discover a unique and captivating animated show. - Arianne Binette
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Created by: Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Kate Purdy
Cast: Rosa Salazar, Angelique Cabral, Constance Marie, Siddharth Dhananjay, Daveed Diggs, Bob Odenkirk
Undone, an animated series from the producers of BoJack Horseman, showcases the captivating and visually stunning technique of rotoscoping. The show follows Alma, brilliantly voiced by Rosa Salazar, as she navigates her life after surviving a horrific car accident. Time becomes fluid for Alma, and with her newfound ability, she delves into uncovering the truth about her deceased father with his guidance, voiced by Bob Odenkirk. Undone's storytelling, crafted by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy, captivates viewers with its blend of gripping surrealism, humor, and emotional depth. Prepare to be undone by the captivating and thought-provoking journey of Undone. - Gregory Lawrence
Gravity Falls, one of the best animations of the last decade, takes audiences on the thrilling adventures of siblings Dipper and Mabel Pines. Sent to their great-uncle Stan's shop in Gravity Falls, Oregon for the summer, the siblings initially anticipate a boring time. However, everything changes when Dipper discovers a peculiar journal in the woods. As the story unfolds, viewers are immersed in the secrets of Gravity Falls and its eccentric inhabitants.
First episode date: 15 June 2012 Final episode date: 15 February 2016 Program creator: Alex Hirsch Animators: Rough Draft Korea Co., Ltd. Digital eMation, Inc. Yearim Productions Co., Ltd.
Bojack Horseman, Netflix's first adult cartoon, continues to stand as one of the streaming platform's finest offerings. Set in a world where talking animals coexist with humans, the series revolves around the life of Bojack Horseman, a former TV star trapped in a perpetual state of melancholy. As Bojack embarks on a journey through Hollywood in search of love, success, and purpose, the show provides a satirical examination of the entertainment industry from various angles.
First episode date: 22 August 2014 Final episode date: 31 January 2020 Program creator: Raphael Bob-Waksberg Writers: Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Mehar Sethi, Kate Purdy, Joanna Calo, Elijah Aron, Laura Gutin, etc. Number of Seasons: 6 Country: USA
The Venture Bros
The Venture Bros, an adult cartoon that debuted in 2004 and remains ongoing, holds the title of the longest-running original series on Adult Swim. Blending comedy and action, the show presents a unique take on comic book and pop culture figures within the framework of an ongoing family saga. Dr. Rusty Venture, a former child prodigy turned washed-up scientist, serves as the central figure in the Venture clan. Alongside his incompetent arch-nemesis, Dr. Venture deals with a deranged bodyguard and his two eccentric sons.
First episode date: 16 February 2003 Final episode date: 7 October 2018 Cast: Doc Hammer, Christopher McCulloch, James Urbaniak, etc. Program creators: Doc Hammer, Christopher McCulloch Country: USA
If you're a fan of DC comics, Harley Quinn, an animated series, is a must-watch. Following Margot Robbie's portrayal of the infamous queen of Gotham City in 'Birds of Prey', this series delves deeper into Harley Quinn's journey to establish herself as a force in Gotham City. With its stunning animation and dark comedic tone, Harley Quinn delivers the perfect blend of action and entertainment for fans of the Batman universe.
First episode date: 29 November 2019 Network: HBO Max Executive producer: Dean Lorey Genres: Adult animation, Superhero fiction, Dark comedy, Crime novel, Surreal humor
"The Boondocks" is an animated comedy series that premiered on television in 2005, based on the popular comic strip created by Aaron McGruder. The story revolves around a black family who moves into an all-white neighborhood, tackling issues related to race relations in modern America. Known for its fearless approach, the show includes explicit language and provides a thought-provoking commentary on the subject.
First episode date: November 6, 2005Program creator: Aaron McGruderCast: Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams, etc.Writers: Aaron McGruder, Rodney BarnesNumber of Seasons: 4
"Regular Show" centers around the adventures of a blue jay and a raccoon, who work as groundskeepers at a local park. While their job involves mundane tasks like shoveling leaves and mowing lawns, they embark on thrilling escapades to keep themselves entertained and out of trouble. Renowned for its intelligence, wit, and humor, this cartoon for adults is a must-watch.
First episode date: August 14, 2009Final episode date: January 16, 2017Program creator: J. G. QuintelWriters: J. G. Quintel, Minty Lewis, Mike Roth, Toby Jones, etc.
"Steven Universe" is set in Beach City, where a group of alien warriors with magical gemstones at their core protect the world from evil. The story primarily focuses on Steven, a young boy who is part-human and part-gem, as he discovers and develops his unique powers. Alongside his human father Greg and other residents of Beach City, Steven embarks on a journey of self-discovery and faces various challenges.
First episode date: May 21, 2013Final episode date: January 21, 2019Program creator: Rebecca SugarWriters: Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, Matt Braly, Kat Morris, etc.
"Metalocalypse" is a perfect fit for fans of death metal. The series revolves around the outlandish and over-the-top adventures of Dethklok, the world's most successful death metal band. While dealing with their tremendous fame, the band also finds themselves pursued by a government organization determined to destroy them. This show caters to dark humor enthusiasts and those who appreciate the rock and roll lifestyle.
First episode date: August 6, 2006Cast: Brendon Small, Tommy Blacha, Mark Hamill, Victor Brandt, etc.Program creators: Brendon Small, Tommy BlachaWriters: Brendon Small, Tommy Blacha, Mark Brooks, Brian Posehn, Kristofor Brown, Janine Ditullio, Bill Braudis
"Clone High" was a short-lived animated comedy series created by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, known for their work on films like "The Lego Movie" and "21 Jump Street." The show revolves around a group of famous historical figures, including Abraham Lincoln, JFK, Joan of Arc, and Gandhi, who are resurrected as teenagers and attend the same high school. Each character has distinct quirks, such as Abe being a hopeless romantic and Joan adopting a goth persona. With its unique concept and humorous take on history, "Clone High" offers a fun and entertaining viewing experience.
First episode date: November 2, 2002Final episode date: March 2, 2003Theme song: Clone High Theme SongProgram creators: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Bill Lawrence, Chris Miller, Phil LordNumber of Seasons: 1Country: USA
"Black Dynamite" follows the adventures of ex-C.I.A. Agent and charismatic ladies' man, Black Dynamite. Together with his crew, he gets entangled in various action-packed and comedic scenarios. The show parodies the blaxploitation genre, taking on kung-fu masters, drug-dealing pimps, and governmental adversaries. With its blend of action and humor, "Black Dynamite" offers an entertaining and unique viewing experience.
First episode date: August 8, 2011Program creators: Michael Jai White, Byron MinnsExecutive producers: Scott Sanders, Chris PrynoskiNetworks: Adult Swim, Cartoon Network
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
"Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law" is a spin-off of the popular "Space Ghost" franchise. The show revolves around Harvey Birdman, a former superhero who has reinvented himself as an attorney. In this hilarious animated series, Harvey settles legal disputes among once-famous cartoon characters while dealing with his eccentric boss, Phil Ken Sebben. The show initially concluded in 2007 but returned for a one-off special called "Harvey Birdman, Attorney General" in 2018.
First episode date: December 30, 2000Program creators: Michael Ouweleen, Hanna-Barbera, Erik RichterGenres: Comedy, Animation, Satire, Adult animation, Dark comedy, etc.Spin-off: Harvey Birdman: Attorney GeneralNumber of Seasons: 4Country: USA
F is for Family
"F is for Family" is a semi-autobiographical Netflix cartoon created by comedian Bill Burr. Set in the 1970s, the series follows the Murphy family, led by Irish-American father Frank Murphy. The show explores the dynamics of family life and offers a satirical take on the era, complete with foul language and crude humor. With its emphasis on family and cultural references, "F is for Family" provides an enjoyable and nostalgic viewing experience.
First episode date: December 18, 2015Program creators: Bill Burr, Michael PriceWriters: Bill Burr, Michael Price, Tom GianasNumber of Seasons: 3Country: USA, France, Canada
"Ugly Americans" is set in New York City, where various bizarre and fantastical creatures coexist with humans. The story follows Mark Lilly, a social worker employed by the Department of Integration, as he navigates the challenges of helping these unique individuals assimilate into society. The show combines dark humor with political satire, making it a great choice for those who appreciate a touch of darkness in their comedy.
First episode date: March 17, 2010Final episode date: April 25, 2012Network: Comedy CentralProgram creators: David M. Stern, Devin Clark
Space Ghost Coast to Coast
"Space Ghost Coast to Coast" features the titular superhero from a short-lived Hanna-Barbera cartoon, now hosting his own late-night talk show. The show incorporates real-life celebrity guests, who are interviewed by Space Ghost via video feed. This iconic series has spawned multiple spin-offs and paved the way for an array of unconventional adult cartoons. With its offbeat humor and unconventional format, "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" offers a unique viewing experience.
First episode date: April 15, 1994Final episode date: May 31, 2008Spin-offs: Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Brak Show, Cartoon PlanetNetworks: Adult Swim, Cartoon NetworkNumber of Seasons: 11Country: USA
"Robot Chicken" is a stop-motion sketch comedy series that gained popularity for its unique blend of humor and pop culture references. Created by actor Seth Green, the show features a rapid-fire succession of unpredictable and zany sketches, often lasting only a few seconds. Each episode is packed with celebrity appearances, as Seth Green and his team enlist the help of numerous famous individuals. With its chaotic and irreverent style, "Robot Chicken" guarantees an entertaining late-night viewing experience.
First episode date: February 20, 2005Program creators: Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Mike FasoloWriters: Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Tom Root, etc.Networks: Adult Swim, Cartoon NetworkNumber of Seasons: 10Country: USA
The Ren & Stimpy Show
"The Ren & Stimpy Show" gained recognition during its time as an influential animated series. The show follows the chaotic adventures of Ren, a hyperactive Chihuahua, and Stimpy, a dimwitted but well-meaning cat. Known for its crude humor and gross-out gags, the show's distinct animation style and fast-paced storytelling set the stage for subsequent cartoons like "Spongebob Squarepants." "The Ren & Stimpy Show" remains a cult classic among adult animation enthusiasts.
First episode date: August 11, 1991Program creators: John Kricfalusi, Bob CampCast: John Kricfalusi, Billy West, Bob Camp, Harris Peet, Cheryl Chase, Gary Owens, Mark Hamill, Tommy DavidsonWriters: John Kricfalusi, Bob Camp, Lynne Naylor, William Wray, etc.Number of Seasons: 1Country: USA
Trailer Park Boys Animated Series
"Trailer Park Boys Animated Series" follows the misadventures of a group of residents in Sunnyvale Trailer Park, including ex-convicts and eccentric hillbillies. The show combines humor with a touch of hooliganism, offering a unique and entertaining viewing experience. Available on Netflix, this animated series provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the red-neckered goodness of trailer park life while enjoying a beer or two.
First episode date: March 31, 2019Number of seasons: 2Number of episodes: 20Writers: Mike Smith, Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, Norm Hiscock, Michael RoweProgram creators: Mike Smith, Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay
"Brickleberry" is a crude adult cartoon sitcom that aired on Comedy Central. The show takes place in Brickleberry National Park, where a group of idiosyncratic park rangers engages in various subversive activities. Known for its offbeat and uneven humor, the show offers a blend of irreverence and absurdity. While it only lasted for three seasons, "Brickleberry" remains a favorite among fans who appreciate its unique brand of comedy.
First episode date: September 25, 2012Program creators: Roger Black, Comedy Central, Waco O'GuinWriters: Roger Black, Waco O'Guin, Eric Rogers, Rocky Russo, etc.Number of Seasons: 3Country: USA
Happy Tree Friends
"Happy Tree Friends" may appear to be a children's web show at first glance, but it offers a graphic and dark twist. Set in an adorable forest world, the series explores the misadventures of dim-witted woodland creatures who consistently meet gruesome and violent ends. The show's combination of cute character design and grotesque violence has attracted a loyal cult following, making it a unique and unconventional viewing experience.
First episode date: December 24, 1999Final episode date: December 22, 2016Program creators: Aubrey Ankrum, Kenn Navarro, Rhode MontijoCast: Kenn Navarro, Warren Graff, Lifty, Rhode Montijo, etc.Number of Seasons: 5Country: USA
"Drawn Together" emerged during the early 2000s reality TV boom and takes a satirical approach to the genre. The show brings together eight animated archetypes living under one roof, resulting in raunchy and irreverent humor. Known for its boundary-pushing content, "Drawn Together" explores themes that may be too provocative for some viewers. The show's edgy and often controversial humor led to its cult following, although it may not be suitable for everyone.
First episode date: October 27, 2004Cast: Cree Summer, Tara Strong, Jess Harnell, Jack Plotnick, etc.Program creators: Dave Jeser, Matt SilversteinWriters: Dave Jeser, Matt Silverstein, Bill Freiberger, Jordan Young, etc.Number of Seasons: 3Country: USA
"Paradise PD" is an animated sitcom set in the fictional town of Paradise, where the police force is comically inept. The show follows a group of law enforcement officers who engage in hilarious, and often misguided, attempts at maintaining order. With its blend of offbeat humor and absurd situations, "Paradise PD" delivers essential binge-watching material. The series is currently in its second season.
First episode date: August 31, 2018Program creators: Roger Black, Waco O'GuinWriters: Roger Black, Waco O'GuinNumber of Seasons: 1Country: USA
"Central Park" is one of the newest additions to the cartoon landscape. The series debuted in 2020 and revolves around a family living in New York City's Central Park. They are tasked with preventing a greedy land developer from buying up all the land in the park and transforming it into commercial properties. "Central Park" blends humor, music, and heartwarming storytelling, making it a delightful watch for viewers of all ages.
First episode date: May 29, 2020Network: Apple TVTheme music composer: Kate Anderson; Elyssa SamselProgram creators: Josh Gad, Loren Bouchard
"Squidbillies," an Adult Swim series, takes an unconventional approach by featuring anthropomorphic hillbilly mud squids residing in the Georgia mountains. The show follows the adventures of alcoholic patriarch Early Cuyler and his dysfunctional family, delivering a unique blend of redneck humor and offbeat storytelling. With its dark and twisted humor, "Squidbillies" is sure to entertain viewers who appreciate its unconventional premise.
Narrated by: Dave WillisProgram creators: Dave Willis, Jim Fortier, Matt MaiellaroWriters: Dave Willis, Jim Fortier, Matt MaiellaroNumber of Seasons: 12Country: USA
The Cleveland Show
"The Cleveland Show" expands upon the "Family Guy" universe, focusing on the adventures of Cleveland Brown as he moves from Quahog, Rhode Island, to Stoolbend, Virginia, in pursuit of a former high school crush. While the show ran for four seasons, it didn't reach the same level of popularity as its predecessor. However, the series offers a distinct blend of comedy and includes recurring appearances by director David Lynch, making it a notable addition to the adult animation genre.
First episode date: September 27, 2009Final episode date: May 19, 2013Theme song: The Cleveland Show Theme SongProgram creators: Mike Henry, Seth MacFarlane, Richard AppelNumber of Seasons: 4Country: USA
Solar Opposites (2020- )
- Available To Stream On Disney, Hulu, and Prime Video
Solar Opposites, created by Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan, offers many similarities to its sister show Rick and Morty. However, it also devotes significant effort to forge unique and captivating narratives centered around this peculiar family. The plot revolves around a group of aliens who have escaped their dying planet and are attempting to establish a home on Earth. It is truly fascinating to observe humanity from the perspective of extraterrestrial beings. The show's humor is highly self-referential, and the unconventional protagonists give it a distinctive edge compared to shows like Family Guy.
Hit-Monkey (2021- )
- Available To Stream On Disney, Hulu, and Prime Video
Marvel Comics possesses a diverse array of unconventional characters that can only truly thrive in an adult animation series. Hit-Monkey exemplifies this, as the animation team holds nothing back in their depiction of a murderous primate. Created by Daniel Way and artist Dalibor Talajić, the character is fused with the soul of a hitman seeking revenge for his own murder. The show delves into the complex decision-making process of Hit-Monkey, who ponders whether sheer violence is the most effective approach. Although it takes a few episodes to find its footing, there is truly nothing else like this from Marvel. Family Guy rarely achieves the same level of narrative depth and complexity.
Invincible (2021- )
- Available To Stream On Prime Video
Invincible is based on the beloved comic book series of the same name from Image Comics, created by Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley. The television adaptation faithfully captures the shocking twists of the graphic novels and places a strong emphasis on the familial conflicts at the heart of the story. The lead character's origin story is truly unparalleled, and Family Guy, along with most adult cartoons, cannot match the personal touch in the face of such violence. Similar to other subversive superhero shows like The Boys or Venture Bros., Invincible takes daring risks and delivers a powerful viewing experience within the superhero genre.
Final Space (2018-2021)
- Available To Stream On Netflix Or Prime Video
Created by Olan Rogers, Final Space is a captivating space opera filled with adventure and danger. The series weaves together various plot points to create a rich galaxy teeming with excitement. While the concept of an unlikely duo trying to save the universe may seem basic, it is precisely this relationship that allows the show to flourish. The protagonist finds himself bonded to a powerful weapon capable of annihilating worlds, resulting in constant tension that somehow deepens their bond. Family Guy, on the other hand, largely overlooks the importance of such relationships, making Final Space a unique choice in the realm of adult cartoons.
American Dad (2005- )
- Available To Stream On Disney Or Hulu
Another creation from Seth MacFarlane, American Dad is often hailed for its outstanding humor and well-crafted characters. It can be argued that it surpasses Family Guy in terms of storytelling and emotional depth. This series is consistently evolving in its creativity, a crucial element for any long-running adult cartoon across all genres. Characters like Steve and Roger have become staples of adult comedy, bringing immense entertainment value through their witty dialogue and outrageous antics. For Family Guy viewers seeking a similar experience with a fresh approach, American Dad is the perfect choice.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000-2015)
- Available To Stream On Adult Swim And HBO Max
Aqua Teen Hunger Force, which aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim from 2000 to 2015, revolves around a group of anthropomorphic fast food superheroes. It stands out as one of the most outlandish shows, even when compared to the most bizarre adult cartoons on Cartoon Network's late-night lineup. While it may be cruder than Family Guy in some aspects, Aqua Teen often offers a more memorable array of characters. From the hilariously absurd Master Shake and the quick-tempered Carl to the level-headed Frylock, each character consistently brings humor to the show.
F Is For Family (2015-2021)
- Available To Stream On Netflix Or Apple TV
F is for Family, a Netflix original series, remains criminally underrated. While it is a comedy, it skillfully portrays the genuine struggles that dysfunctional families face. Set in the 1970s, the show captures an emotional, raw essence that is largely absent in a series as irreverent and lowbrow as Family Guy. What sets F is for Family apart from other adult cartoons is that it was created and stars stand-up comic Bill Burr, who draws inspiration from his own hilariously traumatic experiences growing up in the '70s.
The Simpsons (1989- )
- Available To Stream On Prime Video, Hulu, Or Disney
It is worth noting that The Simpsons has experienced fluctuations in quality similar to Family Guy. Nevertheless, objectively speaking, it remains the superior show and the trendsetter that put adult cartoons on the map. Both shows were golden when they first aired, but The Simpsons completely revolutionized television and brought adult animated content into the mainstream. During its prime years, it showcased tremendous heart and featured some of the funniest writing ever witnessed. Therefore, it undeniably deserves to surpass the competition.
Futurama (1999- )
- Available To Stream On Prime Video, Hulu, Or Disney
While The Simpsons popularized adult cartoons and animated family sitcoms, Matt Groening's Futurama took this format to new heights by incorporating high-concept sci-fi elements. The show follows Fry, a pizza delivery guy who accidentally freezes himself in the '90s and wakes up in the distant future. He forms an unlikely family as he navigates epic adventures while adjusting to the wonders of the future. There is no doubt that Futurama is superior to Family Guy, as it excels in crafting both hilarious and insightful moments, surpassing all other contemporary adult cartoons.
The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991-1996)
- Available To Stream On Paramount Or Prime Video
Originally intended for younger audiences, The Ren & Stimpy Show aired in the early '90s on Nickelodeon. However, the cartoon's crude nature and dark comedic style made it popular among parents. Known for pushing boundaries, the show tackled subjects such as politics, religion, and substance abuse, distinguishing itself from other shows on the network at that time. It even received a spin-off titled Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon, which garnered a TV-MA rating.
The Boondocks (2005-2014)
- Available To Stream On Adult Swim And HBO Max
Although sometimes controversial due to its irreverent treatment of sensitive issues, The Boondocks played a significant role in Adult Swim's programming during the mid-2000s. By exploring social commentary through the lens of a Black family moving into a predominantly white neighborhood, the show aimed to spark conversations while providing humor. While Family Guy often makes light of serious situations, it rarely does so with the sophistication and thought-provoking nature of The Boondocks. The latter show seeks to stimulate meaningful dialogue, transcending the typical lowbrow comedy prevalent in adult cartoons.
In conclusion, the world of adult animation TV shows continues to expand and captivate audiences with its diverse range of genres and styles. From the satirical and irreverent humor of shows like "Rick and Morty" and "South Park" to the heartfelt and introspective storytelling of "Undone" and "Bojack Horseman," there truly is something for everyone. Whether you're seeking escapism, social commentary, or simply a good laugh, these popular shows on platforms like Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, and Prime Video deliver in abundance. So sit back, grab some popcorn, and immerse yourself in the animated worlds that are redefining the boundaries of television entertainment.
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