We live in the golden age of TV. With so many streaming programs available, you have your pick of everything from comedy to drama, fantasy, Sci-Fi, and so much more. Over the last few years, there has been a renaissance in animated series for adults. Thus, it should come as no surprise that some of the best shows out there are animated. These shows push the boundaries making you laugh, think, and maybe even cry a little. Sometimes, to have full binge access, you will need to get around geo-blocks on Netflix, Hulu, or other platforms.
So, here’s the list, as promised.
1. Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty started out as a cult favorite and quickly went mainstream, even though seasons come out sporadically, sometimes after years of waiting. The show follows Morty and his grandfather Rick, a genius scientist who’d been missing for years, and suddenly showed up on Morty’s doorstep.
Rick and Morty team up and go on a wide range of crazy, hilarious adventures. The show is witty, bright, and definitely not written for children even though it’s inspired by Back to The Future. If you are looking for something edgy and untamed with just a dash of heart, then this show is for you.
2. Bojack Horseman
When it comes to the best written animated TV shows right now, there’s a strong competition between Rick and Morty and Bojack Horseman. Bojack Horseman is a Netflix original series starring Arrested Development’s Will Arnett as the voice of titular Bojack Horseman. Bojack is a former massive 90s TV star whose life is caught between the bizarre world of Hollywood and his own vices.
The show is dark and poignant. It traces Bojack’s battle with his demons. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t also have a lighter side. It has a refreshing cast of characters to balance Bojack’s darkness, including Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul. He voices Bojack’s freeloader friend Todd Chavez who always gets into silly shenanigans. Besides, there are a whole lot of celebrity cameos that go along with it.
It’s hard to believe, but Archer is about to enter its tenth season. If you haven’t seen it by now, you have missed one of the best animated series of the 21st century. The story revolves around the confident and daring super spy, Sterling Archer. An American twist on James Bond, this hilarious show has an ensemble cast of characters—many of them also from Arrested Development—who all work to constantly undermine each other and create hilarious mishaps.
The series moves across time and place from settings in the Cold War to the 1940s and the upcoming seasons set sometime in the distant future. Although there is usually a thin storyline to each season, one of the great things about the show is that you can watch individual episodes. This is great if you have a friend popping over midway through your weekend binge. Archer is available on Netflix but was taken down from the American version. It is up, however, on Asian servers so you can use a VPN to stream it.
4. F is For Family
F is for Family is another great Netflix animated series based on the comedian Bill Burr’s childhood experience growing up in Massachusetts. This show is set in 1973, and although it’s more down to earth than other shows on this list, it’s a deceptively witty and will have you laughing nonstop.
The show is filled with great nostalgia for the 1970s and reflects on the worldview of Bill Burr—politically incorrect, dark, and honest. This is the perfect choice for those looking to get a comedic look into the 70s.
5. Big Mouth
Big Mouth is the creation of one of the best comedy duos of today—Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. The show follows the lives of four friends going through the earliest stages of puberty.
The show is awkward, bawdy, and devilishly well written by the strong creative team behind it. Big Mouth even has its own slang that’s just downright hilarious. You should be able to pick it up within a few episodes. The show also features comedians Jordan Peele, Maya Rudolph, and plenty of other great appearances.
Watch Some Great Shows this Weekend
If you think you are too grown-up for cartoons, well wait until you check out these fantastic shows. They’re all hilarious, irreverent and even poignant. Whether you are looking to explore the Sci-Fi madness of Rick and Morty and turn the nostalgia up to ten with F is for Family, you have some great choices.
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