While anime has held the interest of animation fans for decades, Western cartoons are quickly gaining ground. With the popularity of Fox’s Animation Domination and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, Western audiences have been introduced to an excellent variety of animated programs geared towards adults. Here are some of the best animated series from the West that have rocked our world over the last ten years.
No discussion about great animated series can begin without mentioning Robot Chicken. This sketch comedy has been lampooning popular culture since 2005. A lot like Saturday Night Live for cartoons, skits have included Highlander storylines featuring Lindsay Lohan as a legendary warrior and Star Wars specials documenting the human side of the evil Empire.
The Life and Times of Tim
The Life and Times of Tim allows audiences to peer into the awkward moments of twenty-something Tim living in New York City with his girlfriend. Broadcast from 2008 until 2012, it has become a cult favorite. Many people want to see hapless Tim brought back on the air. Until then, enjoy watching the awesome episodes that have already been made.
Phineas and Ferb
A child-friendly show with plenty of sharp, satirical humor that grown-ups will appreciate, Phineas and Ferb has been a television staple since 2007. Audiences have found themselves drawn into the premise of two stepbrothers just trying to have the greatest summer ever. You can’t help but love the bumbling villain Dr. Doofenshmirtz and his relentless attempts to take over the Tri-State Area. A show that the whole family can enthusiastically enjoy, it’s tough to find anything wrong with its well-deserved popularity.
What happens when an enthusiastic kid and his magical dog take on the forces of evil? Everything from life lessons to zombie outbreaks and interstellar doomsday events, according to Adventure Time. This series has it all—action, adventure, romance, penguins—and delivers everything with sharp, family-friendly humor and thoughtful dialogue. Kids and adults alike can find something to enjoy in the adventures of Finn the Human and Jake the Dog, whether it’s the catchy musical numbers, colorful animation, or complex, dynamic characters.
There is something for everyone in the animated shows the West has cooked up in the past decade. Many of these shows, judging by the many fans they draw to anime cons like Momocon, have established Western animation’s place among the great cartoon series of our time. Gone are the days when cartoons were just for kids and only premiered on Saturday mornings. Now, there’s a whole variety of fun, interesting animated shows for you to pick and choose from!