Five Great Adult Cartoons
Cartoons are mainly for children, but what about adults? Aren’t we worthy of a little animation? After the birth of adult cartoons, older viewers were able to finally enjoy cartoons specifically made for them. Adult cartoons contain violence, profanity, occasional nudity and other risque topics all wrapped up in an odd depiction of a cartoon family.
In 1989, The Simpsons went where no cartoon had ever been with the crazy citizens of Springfield and the adventures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. The mega success of The Simpsons inspired many writers and directors to create cartoons that continue to please adult audiences. Here are five of the best adult cartoons out right now.
The show centers around the dysfunctional Griffin family and their weird neighbors and friends. Peter Griffin is similar to Homer Simpson, but more obnoxious, loud and idiotic. The star of the comedy is Stewie, the intelligent infant, whose sexual orientation is often questioned. Stewie and his talking dog, Brian, are constantly bickering, brawling and getting into crazy shenanigans making their love/hate friendship a highlight of the show.
Since South Park‘s creation in 1997, adult viewers have been intrigued with these four fourth graders and their silly scenerios. From Kenny’s fatal deaths in every episode to Cartman’s flithy mouth and ‘momma’ jokes to Stan’s infamous relationship with Wendy Testaburger to Kyle’s problem being Jewish, it’s hard not to like them.
The Boondocks takes comedy and racial relation jokes to another level. Once again, this cartoon centers around adolescents: two African American brothers, Huey and Riley Freeman. Huey and his younger brother move from the city to a predominately white suburb and try to adjust to a different lifestyle. Huey is the more mature and wiser one, while Riley is your stereotypical young boy who loves gangsta rap, wears baggy pants and swears a lot. Overall, The Boondocks touches on African American culture and racism, but it is done with a good balance of humor.
American Dad is a well-written satire focusing on an overly patriotic father, Stan Smith, and his oddball family. Stan is a CIA agent married to a ditzy blonde named Francine. The opposites attract in this marriage because Stan is very conservative, while Francine is free-spirited. Their kids Haley and Steve are the classic frenemies. Strangely enough, the comic relief comes from two nonhumans in the family: the alien, Roger, and the goldfish, Klaus. You never know what you’re going to see when watching this show.
Bob’s Burgers is fairly new to the adult cartoon genre, but it is a funny show. Bob owns a hamburger restaurant and his burgers are delicious, but he has trouble selling them. With the lack of his kids’ help, another restaurant owner, Jimmy Pesto, steals Bob’s customers. The rivalry is fun to watch.
Which of the five is your favorite?
Story by Lawanda Johnson, staff writer.