" People who can’t look past the fact that the show is animated are really missing out on some quality comedy"
Hear me out adults. It’s STILL okay to watch cartoons! Adult cartoons have a huge cult following and I’m not talking about the dirty “adult cartoons” that some people are into. I’m talking about cartoon series for adults! If you’re a fan of Cup to Cup, then you’re definitely a fan of good comedy. People who can’t look past the fact that the show is animated are really missing out on some quality comedy. These aren’t your old school Saturday morning cartoons. They are shows with intricate and sometimes deep plot lines with adult themes that all adults can relate to. Since we’re in the business of comedy, here are two of my personal favorites that I suggest you don’t sleep on. WAKE UP!
BoJack Horseman – Netflix and Comedy Central
When I stumbled on BoJack Horseman, I was in need of a show that can keep me busy “on the side”. Those of us who are married or dating know exactly what I mean. It’s borderline cheating on your partner if you move forward in a show you’re watching together without them. I needed something for when my wife was out of town or working late. BoJack captivated me from the start. Not only is the show hilarious, but as with most animated series, each episode is under 25 minutes long. That made it perfect to squeeze in episodes in the morning while I’m getting ready or before my wife gets home from work. The series uses oddball humor to bring the life of former 80’s sitcom star, BoJack Horseman to life.
BoJack was high on life in the late 80’s and early 90's when he played the lead role in the #1 sitcom on cable TV, “Horsin’ Around”. Fast forward 25 years in the future and the only thing BoJack is high on is drugs, women, booze and the sad realization that the world is moving on without him. I love Bojack Horseman because more than a comedy, it’s a dramedy. BoJack is a self-loathing horse who has to deal with some dark and very real life themes like love, alcoholism, a terrible childhood and depression. All of this is bundled up nicely and wrapped in a witty comedic bow that will have you laughing every episode. It also has a solid cast of characters. Will Arnett’s recognizable baritone voices BoJack. Community and Mad Man star Alison Brie voices writer Diane Nguyen. Breaking Bad co-star, Aaron Paul voices BoJacks asexual, squatting roommate and possibly only friend, Todd Chavez. Amy Sedaris voices BoJack off and on girlfriend agent Princess Caroline. Paul F. Tompkins voices my personal favorite character in the series, the derpy and lovable yellow lab who also is BoJacks arch nemesis, Mr. Peanutbutter.
Those are just the main characters. Comedians Patton Oswalt, Ben Schwartz, Lisa Kudrow and Keegan-Michael Key all have recurring roles in the series. Even character actress Margo Martindale plays herself in a hilarious role. I love this show because it deals with real life issues in a hilarious way with over the top characters and plenty of wit. BoJack Horseman was recently picked up by Comedy Central but you can catch every episode including the most recent season on Netflix. Trust me when I say, this is very underrated show.
Rick and Morty – Adult Swim and Hulu
If you thought shows like The Simpsons and South Park had a massive following, get ready for the modern day juggernaut that is Rick and Morty. Like BoJack, Rick and Morty episodes are under 25 minutes long and are jam packed with hilarious plots. It follows the debauchery laced adventures of narcissistic super genius, scientist Rick Sanchez and his terrified ADD and hormone filled grandson, Morty Smith. Community writer Dan Harmon with the help of comedian Justin Roiland and Chris Parnell put on this over the top, stupid funny, show. When I tell you people are really drawn in, they are REALLY drawn in to this show. In one episode, Rick talks about how much he need McDonald’s formally carried McNugget dipping companion, szechuan sauce. The sauce is no longer carried by McDonald’s so Rick does whatever he has to do to obtain this sauce. Back in the real world, thousands of Rick and Morty fans went to Twitter demanding McDonald’s bring back the sauce and because of this episode, they actually got McDonald’s to bring back the sauce for one day. (Editor’s note: McDonald’s sucks). This brought hordes of fans to file at McDonald’s for a taste of that “Mulan McNugget Sauce”.
If you take yourself too serious, this one isn’t for you. However, if you enjoy witty, smart humor you have to jump on this train. At the very least you owe the show a watch if you’re like me and think their widely used gifs are hilarious. Rick and Morty airs nightly on Comedy Central but you can catch up in order by using Hulu.
Animated series can be for everyone. There is a reason that The Simpsons, an adult animated series is the longest running sitcom on cable tv. Animated series open a whole new realm of possibilities for comedy. Don’t be afraid to check it out and indulge in the fun.
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