Cartoons from the 90s were top drawer entertainment, but there are quite a few shows on today that give them a run for their money. So, we bring to you a list (because everyone loves lists) of 10 of our favorite cartoons that are currently on the air. Seriously, don’t crucify us for our choices, but then again… go ahead.
I was very skeptical about this show being just for kids, but the more I watched it the more I enjoyed it. Maybe I’m just a sucker for the visuals, sci-fi storylines and music, but I’d like to think theres something more to it. In fact, there’s a lot more to it. The progressive show isn’t afraid to transcend the boundaries of your typical kids’ program and does so with wonderful storytelling that’s rewarding for adults and kids.
H. Jon Benjamin, what would we do without you and that voice? The first season and a half got panned by critics, but what do those suits know? The humor wasn’t for everyone, but eventually people started coming around to what’s now considered one of the best shows on TV. Bob Belcher and his family are just like you and your family. They’ve got a wild child(Louise), one who’s a little out there (Gene) and the awkward one (Tina) who epitomizes what it’s like to be in that in-between stage of life.
The smart talking, rampaging spy codenamed Duchess voiced by H. Jon Benjamin is easily one of the best cartoon character out there, and the supporting cast are just as good. The show itself is a brilliantly stylized take on classic spy films and even pays homage to the Six Million Dollar Man with the track suit that Robot Barry wears. It’s the kind of show that you can watch with your parents, if they’re not squares, and laugh at together, because family time is the best time (phrasing).
Rick and Morty
Wub a lub a dub dub! Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s epic sci-fi comedy was originally a Back to the Future parody, but Adult Swim picked it up and the rest is history. The show centers around the savage and alcoholic Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty (and their family), as they travel through space and time, watch alien TV and make a general mockery of the universe as a whole. What more could you ask for?
We can’t have this kind of list without including South Park, that would be downright criminal. The classic show will run through 2019 on Comedy Central, which gives Trey Parker and Matt Stone plenty of time to satire the world as we know it. To date they’ve only delivered one late episode, which is pretty damn incredible.
Another cartoon we’d be remiss to leave off the list is The Simpsons. They’ve been doing it for nearly 30 years now and have shown no signs of slowing down. It reminds to be seen whether or not they’ll renew past their 28th season, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the show continue. The best episodes have come and gone, but Groening continually shows that he hasn’t lost touch with what made the show a hit in the first place.
All the lore and heroics you could ever ask for are jam packed into the insanely imaginative show Adventure Time. It may seem childish, but the show manages to include some off-color adult humor and emotional themes while balancing those out-of-left-field elements with obligatory children’s TV lessons. The animation style is fluid and artistic, making Jake’s transformations and Finn’s golden locks a sight worth seeing. Plus, the battles and different kingdoms are some of the best on TV that aren’t in Game of Thrones.
The Venture Bros.
Those of you who grew up with Johnny Quest and need to fill the void left by the show should do yourselves a favor and watch all of The Venture Bros. The show follows the misadventures of Rusty Venture, whose father was a world renowned scientist and adventurer, his sons Hank and Dean and their bodyguard Brock Samson, who’s voiced by Patrick Warburton. They constantly battle with foes from the Guild of Calamitous Intent and the overarching theme of failure hits hard when you watch it. The villains are great, the dialogue is hilarious and the action is fantastic. Do yourself a favor and watch ALL OF IT. It’ll seem weird, but you’ll take a liking to it.
That about does it, folks. Any shows we didn’t include that you think we should’ve? Then hit us up on Twitter @TheViralPirate and let us know!