Cartoons Aren’t Just For Kids: Part 2

This continues my list of cartoons that anyone; kids, adults, and any other sentient beings should be watching.

If you missed the first part of this list you can view it by following this link:
Cartoons Aren’t Just For Kids: Part 1

And once you’ve finished reading this, grab yourself a bowl of cereal, preferable the sugary kind, and go watch some cartoons. You derserve it!

Phineas and Ferb

Rated: TV Y

Phineas and Ferb
Station: The Disney Channel / Disney XD
Seasons: 3 and a movie
Airs: Fridays

I started watching this sporadically a couple of years ago, but at the time I’d been avoiding most modern cartoons since I felt the quality wasn’t there. However, after enough episodes I realized Phineas and Ferb was one of the greatest things I’d seen in a long time. It was my gateway drug to trying more of today’s selection of toons.

This is one of the funnest shows, animated or not, with a fantastic cast of characters. There isn’t a single one you don’t like, even the villain, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, is hilarious and endearing. And of course, the main reason to watch the show, my favourite character, Perry the Platypus. He’s the loving pet of Phineas and Ferb one minute until he sneaks of, dons his awesome brown fedora and transforms into Agent P, the world’s greatest secret agent!

Adventure Time

Rated: TV PG

Adventure Time
Station: Cartoon Network
Seasons: 4
Airs: Mondays 7:30 / 6:30 Central

I was late to the party with Adventure Time. I hadn’t heard of it until March last year and didn’t watch an episode until September. Now that I have though, I’m all about it.

Like Phineas and Ferb, the show is fun and the ensemble is great. I feel any viewer can find a character to attach themselves too, for me it’s Marceline, the vampire queen, while others it’s Lumpy Space Princess or the heroes Finn the Human and Jake the Dog. Even the villain, the Ice King, is relatable.

The show itself is wacky as hell. There’s story, but in an off-the-wall and random kind of way. If you aren’t at least smiling by the end of an episode you need to get your child-like wonder checked.

Regular Show

Rated: TV PG

Regular Show
Station: Cartoon Network
Seasons: 3
Airs: Mondays 8 / 7 Central

I learned about Regular Show the same time as Adventure Time, ‘cuz they air back-to-back, but it’s strange that it has no where near the same cult following. Same network, same random-ish storytelling, but Regular Show is definitely more “grown-up”.

Where Adventure Time takes us to a magical land of candy kingdoms and ice kings, Regular Show is just that, regular. Sure the main characters, Mordecai and Rigby, are a bluejay and a raccoon with a boss who’s a bubblegum machine, but they live in reality with real-life issues. And it’s HI-LARIOUS!


Rated: TV PG

Thunder Cats
Station: Cartoon Network
Seasons: 1
Airs: Saturdays 8:30 AM / 9:30 Central

I’ll be honest, I have so far only watched the first few episodes, but what I’ve seen is fantastic! It’s another remake of a classic 80’s cartoon that hits it out of the park.

This updated version takes everything I loved about the original Thundercats and updates it with modern animation (thankfully) and clearer storytelling. And, as a bonus, it removes all the things that people hated about the show like Snarf’s “snarf” and the annoying twins. Instead we get an amazingly adorable Snarf and twins who are resourceful and hilarious. Wins all the way around!

Batman: Brave and the Bold

Rated: TV Y7

Batman Brave and the Bold
Station: Cartoon Network
Seasons: 3

Another cartoon I was late to the party with, but this time it wasn’t because I lived under a rock, it was because of the art style. When Brave and the Bold was first announced the animation turned me completely off. I was so used to Bruce Timm’s Batman that the Silver Age throw back confused me.

I was stupid.

The show is fantastic, the animation is great and it’s a combination of humour, drama and nostalgia. It’s a great balance of the modern broody Batman we know and love and the zanier one from the Silver-Age we also know and love.

I’ll say it again, I was stupid for not loving it from the start.

Young Justice

Rated: TV PG

Young Justice
Station: Cartoon Network
Seasons: 2
Airs: Saturdays 10:30AM / 9:30 Central

I’ve been having some problems with DC comics over the last while (relaunch, treatment of creators, blah blah blah), but I have to say that as flawed as the company is, they know how to make great cartoons.

What I love about Young Justice is it puts focus on comic characters that aren’t normally in the spotlight like Kid Flash, Aqualad, Wonder Girl, etc. It’s a show where Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and the rest of DC’s big names take a backseat.

I also love that this show balances the action of superhero life, with the angst of being a teenager without it becoming whiny or pretentious. It’s just a really great show with really great characters that also happen to fight crime in skin tight uniforms.

There are many other amazing animated shows out there that haven’t been mentioned. It’s either because I haven’t watched them yet, or I haven’t heard of them yet.

If you have any suggestions for show I should be watching leave the names in the comments below!

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