10 Cartoons On Netflix That Adults Can Enjoy

10 Cartoons On Netflix That Adults Can Enjoy

Disclaimer: just because there is the word “cartoon” integrated into a sentence, that doesn’t automatically mean that it needs to be dismissed as something oriented at children. This couldn’t be more wrong. Well, not all the time. It’s a fact that the majority of cartoons are catered for family friendly environments, but there are some that you’d be better off without showing your kids for a variety of reasons. Cartoons on Netflix are many and plenty, but only a select few would actually work better with adult audiences.

We will also like to point out that some anime titles will be present on this list, but for the purpose of saving space we’re still classifying them as cartoons. But we know. We do. Let’s get started.

#1 Family Guy

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Family Guy has its reputation, okay. It falls under the same “satirical series featuring dysfunctional families that parody American society” as The Simpsons. While some jokes and the type of humor may definitely tend to cross some lines that will leave some people understandably concerned, that’s not the problem. Satire and parodying humor may just be too hard to grasp. After all, there’s a difference in how much a child can relate to a joke about selling kidneys to pay taxes and how an adult can relate.

#2 Happy Tree Friends

Not gonna lie, we know of several instances of kids that decided to sneak a look at Happy Tree Friends regardless of warnings. Back in the days, it was considered the ultimate test of courage and hardcore to be able to pull through an episode. Despite of what the name suggests, Happy Tree Friends is anything but happy. Cute little animals get mauled and murdered in bloody and terrible ways. Truth be told, no one should be able to enjoy this kind of thing, but kids especially.

#3 Attack On Titan

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Like we said, it was easier to just write “cartoons on Netflix” as opposed to “anime and cartoons on Netflix.” While several of the entries on this list can be brushed off as harmless due to their satirical or comedic nature, we can’t say the same about Attack On Titan. It’s a gritty, gloomy, despair-inducing, and brutal journey from start to finish. There aren’t exactly and happy scenarios that can spawn from a plot that involves bloodthirsty titans ripping humans apart and devouring them alive. The series is traumatizing enough for adults, let alone children.

#4 Durarara!

Let’s stay in anime territory for a while. The two seasons of Durarara! are both up for grabs on Netflix and we just need to mention that our reasoning for its inclusion here are different. It doesn’t have inappropriate humor or gore, but it does have something even worse: the risk of being boring. The story of this anime is an intricate web of connections and philosophies alongside bizarre characters and gang fights. Given its tendency to focus on one character at a time and to move at a relatively slow pace, even if your kid wanted to give it a watch, they’d probably just end up snoozing anyway.

#5 Kill La Kill

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The third and last anime entry plucked from the array of cartoons on Netflix is Kill La Kill. There are usually three reasons why a certain something can’t be recommended to children: it’s gory, it’s boring, or it’s inappropriate. We dare say that Kill La Kill is the latter. It really rides the fanservice train that a lot of Japanese media likes to flaunt. But, hey, we’re not dictators here. Any parent who is cool with having their child stare in awe at half-naked fighting ladies, be our guests!

#6 BoJack Horseman

Cartoons on Netflix automatically get exposure just by being on Netflix. And this is a good thing because there are quite a few people that haven’t heard of this particular series. BoJack Horseman doesn’t overly-complicate itself with intricate and twisted plotlines. Instead, it simply takes the classic premise of talking animals leading normal lives and sprinkles some salt and pepper on top of it. The cartoon deals with some mature and serious topics with humor and great tact. Not only that, but you’ll be surprised by the amazing development of the characters.

#7 Bob’s Burgers

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Similarly to the aforementioned entry on this list, Bob’s Burgers took the premise of the typical family sitcom and made it shine just a little bit more. The story more or less revolves around the Belcher family and their attempts to keep their burger joint business afloat. Why do they need to do that? Because pesky health inspectors and heartless landlords keep getting in their way. But the worst obstacle of all is the imminent family drama that gets between even the best of us.

#8 Archer

Aside from mundane problems and typical family sitcoms, there are definitely some cartoons on Netflix that add to the mix a little bit of action too. Archer features titular character Sterling Archer, the man who lives the typical espionage life. Well, we say typical because it’s very likely that you’ll find in this series all of the tropes and traits that come to head when thinking of spies. The series is an excellent mix of gut-wrenching action and comedy, both of which are only topped by the interesting art style.

#9 Courage The Cowardly Dog

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This is a fairly unique entry on our list. That’s because, unlike the other few cartoons on Netflix we’ve included here, Courage The Cowardly Dog can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. However, it may not exactly be in the traditional way. Instead of bonding over the emotional core message of your viewing, it’s more likely that you’ll bond over how freaking weird everything you see is weird. Courage has a reputation for having freaked out children, especially with that particular episode about insecurities and perfection or with that CGI mummy spirit in the cursed tablet episode.

#10 Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Last but not least – Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Why? Because it’s Star Wars. You’ll get to enthuse over your nostalgic passion in a new and different environment. Bonus points for the fact that it’s better than the prequels.

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