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#1 Edited by Aegon (5645 posts) -

For someone in his early 20s. After avoiding it for a while, I was pleasantly surprised by the first avatar show (Korra has only been okay for now), definitely one of if not the best animated show I've seen, but I'm not necessarily looking for something exactly like that. In fact, I'm not looking for anything in particular, just something that seems worthwhile and is preferably still airing. I heard a lot about adventure time, but I dunno.

Stuff I've watched that has been mentioned in this thread (though I don't necessarily remember some of these too well):

  • Pokemon
  • Batman The Animated Series
  • Batman Beyond
  • Beast Wars
  • Kim Possible
  • Danny Phantom
  • Archer
  • Teen Titans
  • Animaniacs
  • Futurama
  • Powerpuff Girls
  • Spiderman Animated Series
  • X-men Animated Series
  • Dexter's Lab
  • Cow & Chicken
  • Kids Next Door
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Fullmetal Alchemist (vanilla and brotherhood)
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • ReBoot
  • The Simpsons
  • Hey Arnold
  • Johnny Bravo
  • Samurai Champloo
  • Gargoyles
  • Looney Tunes
  • Ren & Stimpy
  • Magic School Bus
  • Fairly Odd Parents
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#2 Edited by Nightriff (5085 posts) -

Pokemon Season 1 (82 episodes)

Batman Animated Series (Early 90s one)

Transformers and GI Joe Original Series (Never watched but I trust the GB crew and got them to watch with my son when he is a little older)

#3 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

There's a lot of good stuff in the 90s. And now.

#4 Posted by Xolare (1284 posts) -

A lot of the DC stuff from the late 90's, early 2000's like Batman Beyond, and Justice League Unlimited are really good.

#5 Edited by Aegon (5645 posts) -

@nightriff said:

Pokemon Season 1 (82 episodes)

Batman Animated Series (Early 90s one)

Transformers and GI Joe Original Series (Never watched but I trust the GB crew)

Watched Pokemon season one as a kid while it was airing.

Same with Batman.

Never liked Transformers and I watched a bit of GI Joe on youtube. It sucked, real bad (no offense to those who liked it).

Also, I'm not really looking for cartoons aimed only at children. Avatar had a lot of great work in the character department. They did emotions, tension and stress really well.

Also Also, I accidentally flagged your post (woops).

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#6 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (4212 posts) -

I like 'The Regular Show' more than 'Adventure Time.'

  • Beast Wars
  • Rocko's Modern Life
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force
  • Beavis and Butthead

Johnny Chimpo, which isn't real..

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#7 Edited by Aegon (5645 posts) -

There's a lot of good stuff in the 90s. And now.

How specific of you.

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#8 Edited by Animasta (14692 posts) -

cartoons, huh? here's the best of the mid 2000's:

Kim Possible is really good (even if the 4th season was kinda phoned in, the two movies are excellent)

Courage the Cowardly dog is great if you like horror stuff. (themaningauzethemaningauze KING RAMSEEEEEEEES).

Danny Phantom is underrated but really good (The Ultimate Enemy is so good, and so is Reality Trip)

most of these you can find on youtube actually! I know there are scattered KP episodes and Courage ones at least.

#9 Edited by EVO (3913 posts) -

Venture Bros.?

#10 Posted by danm_999 (74 posts) -

In terms of comedy, The Venture Bros just finished its most recent season this week, and it's a pretty great cartoon series aimed at adults parodying a lot of the theatrics and dumbness of Hanna Barbara/GI Joe style franchises of the past few decades.

#11 Edited by Itwongo (1200 posts) -

I'll just spit out a bunch of stuff off the top of my head.

Archer

Cowboy Bebop

Megas XLR

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Motorcity

Ed, Edd n' Eddy

Courage The Cowardly Dog

Chuck Jones era Looney Tunes

#12 Edited by Mushir (2389 posts) -

I don't know you're stance on anime, but Death Note is really fantastic. I enjoyed it a lot even though I don't watch a lot of anime.

#13 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5828 posts) -

Adventure Time is one of the funniest and most creative kid's shows right now. Underneath its wacky exterior lies a very story universe.

American Dad! is also a very funny show, even if it does look like another version of Family Guy.

#14 Posted by Animasta (14692 posts) -

Oh,Teen Titans and Megas XLR are really good as well!

I have honestly met an animated cartoon for adults I've liked, they're all terrible D:

#15 Posted by NegativeCero (3003 posts) -

Archer is pretty good if you enjoy the humor. I've also heard good things about Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

#16 Posted by EXTomar (4742 posts) -

@animasta said:

cartoons, huh? here's the best of the mid 2000's:

Kim Possible is really good (even if the 4th season was kinda phoned in, the two movies are excellent)

Courage the Cowardly dog is great if you like horror stuff. (themaningauzethemaningauze KING RAMSEEEEEEEES).

Danny Phantom is underrated but really good (The Ultimate Enemy is so good, and so is Reality Trip)

most of these you can find on youtube actually! I know there are scattered KP episodes and Courage ones at least.

This is wisdom. For something more modern there is always Adventure Time if you want something silly and Phineas and Ferb if you want something...less silly?

#17 Posted by Nightriff (5085 posts) -

@aegon said:

@nightriff said:

Pokemon Season 1 (82 episodes)

Batman Animated Series (Early 90s one)

Transformers and GI Joe Original Series (Never watched but I trust the GB crew)

Watched Pokemon season one as a kid while it was airing.

Same with Batman.

Never liked Transformers and I watched a bit of GI Joe on youtube. It sucked, real bad (no offense to those who liked it).

Also, I'm not really looking for cartoons aimed only at children. Avatar had a lot of great work in the character department. They did emotions, tension and stress really well.

Also Also, I accidentally flagged your post (woops).

I respectfully disagree with these being aimed at children (the shows I've seen). Going back and watching them is a lot more serious than I ever would've thought, sexual innuendos, humor on a higher level than I realized. And I want to watch Transformers and GI Joe is because they sound like they are terribly good, kinda why I want to watch the LoZ season and Mario Bros. Show that are supposed to be fucking garbage, but not for everyone.

But a current show I have watched from time to time is Amazing World of Gumball, just really enjoyed what I've seen

#18 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@aegon said:

@video_game_king said:

There's a lot of good stuff in the 90s. And now.

How specific of you.

I'm not in the mood for anything specific.

#19 Edited by The_Ruiner (1060 posts) -

Justice League and Justice League Unlimited (Batman TAS, Batman Beyond, Super TAS and these shows are all connected and form one big story)

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Legend of Korra

Batman Brave and the Bold(Just accept that it's not the animated series. It's not trying to be. It's a love letter to Silver Age goofy ass comics. It's hilarious)

Tron Uprising (if you like Batman Beyond this is right up your alley)

Chowder

#20 Posted by Indiana_Jenkins (390 posts) -

I think Regular Show is way more entertaining for an adult than it is for kids. There aren't really "adult" references (well, there kind of are), but just a bunch of things that kids won't have context for. Every time licensed music comes on in an episode, no kid will get it.

Plus that show gets really weird every now and again

#21 Edited by EXTomar (4742 posts) -

The Regular Show episode "Slam Dunk" did remind me of Barkley, Shut-up and Jam: Gaiden.

#22 Edited by AlKusanagi (920 posts) -

Animaniacs and Freakazoid will improve your life greatly.

#23 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2391 posts) -

Adventure Time is great, that and Regular Show convinced me Cartoon Network is still great.

You really can't go wrong with 90's Nick stuff, especially Rocko's Modern Life.

Futurama is my favorite show of all time, so of course I'm gonna recommend that. (Seasons 1-4, everything after that is okay too but they focus too much on Fry and Leela)

King of the Hill is one of the most brilliant shows I have ever seen. It's incredibly funny if you can understand the humor and even if you don't it's still a great animated sitcom.

Old CN shows like Dexter's Lab, Powerpuff Girls, (don't hate) Courage, and Billy and Mandy hold up nicely.

#24 Posted by Animasta (14692 posts) -

@extomar said:

The Regular Show episode "Slam Dunk" did remind me of Barkley, Shut-up and Jam: Gaiden.

cn put a bunch of it's shit on netflix but only like the first seasons for a lot of the shows, including regular show, which is a bummer since the ones they have on there are so good.

#25 Posted by Aetheldod (3586 posts) -

Well the Superman cartoon that came around the time of Batman animated sereis shares the same DNA of that show ... also I would recommend Daria and by god Aeon Flux (altho I wouldnt call it a cartoon but I know that you meant non anime stuff)

Spiderman animation

90´s X-men animation

the Phantom 2040

#26 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7096 posts) -

Young Justice was a really great series that was tragically cancelled too soon earlier this year.

Regular Show

Adventure Time

Animaniacs

Freakazoid

Johnny Bravo

Dexter's Laboratory

Cow & Chicken

Courage the Cowardly Dog

#27 Posted by Coafi (1488 posts) -

I recommend Adventure Time, Justice League/ Justice League Unlimited, Young Justice, Batman Brave and the Bold, Archer, Futurama, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, and Dexter's Lab.

#28 Edited by Animasta (14692 posts) -

oh no one mentioned kids next door!

So I will.

That show is pretty good yo.

oh, ed edd and eddy was great early, it became less great later, but the last episode is so good

(THEY MEET EDDY'S BROTHER)

#29 Edited by Wattsiey (22 posts) -

Frisky Dingo

Also Samurai Jack

#30 Posted by Duder_Me (307 posts) -

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the 2003 series, which is more action packed and story driven than its 1987 predecessor. It's around season four where things start to wind down, and in season six they go to the future, which you can skip if you want and go straight to season seven, which is the last one. I loved watching it every Saturday morning back when it was on the air.

The Boondocks. It has clever comedy and I love it for that reason. It's way better than Family Guy in my opinion.

Star Wars: Clone Wars, the 2003-2005 micro-series. It's like Samurai Jack, but with Star Wars, which makes it awesome.

Scooby-Doo in most of its incarnations.

Also, Johnny Bravo, as mentioned above, is hilarious.

#31 Edited by Darji (5294 posts) -

Wait no Maks? Was it not popular in the US? I loved it back than... I had many figures and the base as well^^

Also Bravestar

Also Saber Raider. It is more anime but the Us version of it was vastly different so I count it as well^^

That was basically my top 3 back then. But there are tons of others like

Galaxy Rangers

Inspector Gadget

Ghostbuster the original and the other version which i actually liked a bit more back then.

Oh man my childhood TV tie was awesome^^

#32 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4679 posts) -

I know it is really memetic but My little Pony: Friendship is magic is a legitimately fantastic show. Don't let the pony exterior fool you. It is easily my favorite thing on TV right now.

#33 Posted by EXTomar (4742 posts) -

MLP is a great show and frankly Transformers Prime is stellar too. If anything, TP could stand to be even more fanciful like MLP. :)

#34 Edited by leinad44 (515 posts) -

Venture Bros is great

#35 Posted by Dagbiker (6976 posts) -

Sea Lab: 2021 was pretty good. I stopped watching Adult swim after I graduated Highshool, In 2004, One of the last things I realy remember getting invested in was Full Metal Alchemist.

But a week or two ago I put on a bunch of anime i hadent watched, ever, because I didnt really feel like watching quicklooks.

If you are into cute girls, but not in a perverted way, then you might like azumanga daioh.

I also watched like half an episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Until i remember how emo the guy was, and how much an ass everyone else was. Kinda makes you think, perhaps the whole series was a statement about how people should not be saved.

#36 Posted by NoobSauceG7 (1247 posts) -

Regular Show is my current go to television show so I would recommend that.

#38 Posted by Kidavenger (3556 posts) -

#39 Edited by MocBucket62 (1231 posts) -

Here's my recommendations:

  • Spongebob Squarepants (1999-2003)
  • Archer
  • South Park
  • The Simpsons (Seasons 2-12)
  • Hey Arnold
  • Batman: TAS
  • Time Squad
  • Angry Beavers
  • Johnny Bravo
  • Dexter's Laboratory
#40 Posted by psylah (2177 posts) -

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Don't fight it. Just let it happen.

#41 Posted by EXTomar (4742 posts) -

Isn't it sacrilege to mention that Ghostbusters series?

#42 Edited by ProfessorEss (7378 posts) -

@evo said:

Venture Bros.?

Venture Bros.!

#43 Edited by LTSmash (627 posts) -

@extomar said:

Isn't it sacrilege to mention that Ghostbusters series?

YES.

#44 Edited by believer258 (11921 posts) -

@aegon: Are you open to watching anime? Baccano is essentially a Tarantino movie in animated form, Yu Yu Hakusho is a pretty good martial arts anime (think Dragonball Z, but with far, far lower "power levels" and more interesting characters). Full Metal Alchemist and FMA: Brotherhood, of course. Cowboy Bebop is often considered a classic, even among those who don't watch anime. Samurai Champloo is something of a sister series to Cowboy Bebop, only in ancient Japan, and it's also pretty good. The first half of Darker Than Black is pretty good, and not as angsty as its name and opening credits make it seem. And finally, the first half of Durarara is mostly brilliant and pretty funny, though its second half loses any semblance of "clever" and just becomes "bland and stupid". Fortunately, you don't really need that second half.

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#45 Posted by Aegon (5645 posts) -

@believer258: FMA: Brotherhood and Samurai Champloo are two of my favourite anime, along with something like Welcome to the NHK. So more of that quality would be nice.

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#46 Posted by Bane122 (789 posts) -

How in the HELL has no one mentioned Gargoyles? It's a pretty serious series with great voice work by people like Keith David, Marina Sirtis, and Johnathan Frakes, not to mention a shit-ton of others. Such a fantastic show. Just skip the follow up The Goliath Chronicles. It was done by Greg wiseman, who has done a bunch of other great shows since, like Spectacular Spider-man, and Young Justice. His shows never last long, but they're some of the best out there.

There are a bunch of great shows people have already mentioned but I want to reinforce some support for those that said Freakazoid, Animaniacs, Boondocks, and Megas XLR. Man, I can't believe other people remember Megas.

#47 Edited by Zelyre (1201 posts) -

Animaniacs

Gargoyles

Batman: TAS This series has aged like a fine wine. The animation, the writing, the orchestral score. Superb stuff.

ExoSquad (No one ever mentions the super awesome Exosquad...)

I have fond memories of the Marvel cartoons (X-Men, Spider Man) but I think they've aged horribly and weren't really good in the first place.

#48 Posted by JasonR86 (9710 posts) -

Looney Tunes. The old ones not the shitty looking new ones.

#49 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4757 posts) -

Not nearly enough My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic love in this thread. Get over the hive-mind hate that the internet has instilled in you and just watch it.

Adventure Time is good too.

#50 Edited by magicwalnuts (88 posts) -

I was just about to post that nobody has mentioned Exo Squad, but someone right above me has just mentioned Exosquad. however, I'll mention it again.

Also, the recently deceased Sym-Bionic Titan MUST be mentioned. It only aired last year, but was tragically cancelled. Created by Genndy Tartakovsky of Dexter, PPG, and Samurai Jack fame. That one season is super excellent.