It doesn't matter how old you are when it comes to watching cartoons. Sometimes it's nice to turn your mind off and just have some light-hearted fun. Animated series give us the chance to escape into a child-like, nostalgic blissfulness. Bright colors, nonsensical scenarios and quirky characters are all the more enjoyable with a little buzz.
Here's the lowdown on the best cartoons to watch the next time you light up.
1. Spongebob Squarepants
Spongebob is a household name in the cartoon space with an undeniably catchy theme song. Let's put it this way, who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
...You know you just answered that in your head.
The animated series chronicles the nonsensical adventures of Spongebob, a relentlessly optimistic sea sponge, and his friends who live in an underwater town called Bikini Bottom. He lives a crazy life alongside his grumpy neighbor Squidward and his best friend Patrick, a lovable starfish. This show perfectly blends child-like energy and nostalgia with some adult humor. Who knows... might even catch a few adult-friendly one-liners you missed as a kid.
2. Looney Tunes
This outstanding classic features some of the most beloved cartoon characters of all time. The episodes are short and sweet, packed with jokes and a charming cast of animal characters always defying the odds to weasel their way out of trouble. Bugs, Daffy and the gang will bring you back to your carefree childhood years.
3. Adventure Time
Adventure Time is a modern classic that follows the adventures of Finn and Jake, a boy and his companion dog. The characters are all deep and interesting with unique traits that evolve and grow as the series progresses.
The best part of Adventure Time is that it gives off a sense of adventure, hope, and optimism all set against a fascinating and deep world. Whether you care about the lore or not is up to you, but each episode will offer plenty of gags, unique storylines, and some great music.
4. Rick and Morty
You can always count on Adult Swim to keep sh*t interesting. Rick and Morty is an animated science fiction sitcom created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. The show follows a crazy scientist and his grandson on wild escapades through alternate dimensions and alien planets. This series has taken the TV world by storm with its trippy visuals, clever writing and hilarious characters.
The plots are never dull, the dynamic of the show keeps people wanting more, and the characters are existential and unapologetic. If you haven't check out Rick and Morty, you might as well during your next smoke session.
5. South Park
South Park is an adult animated sitcom broadcast on Comedy Central that became popular for its dark humor and profanity. This show is a favorite cartoon of may because it's always highly relevant to current events. There's a message in every episode that makes you think about things in a way you may not have before. The satirical nature of the show is perfect to sink into a high.
6. Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers is an animated comedy that follows Bob and Linda Belcher and their quirky family. Bob runs his dream hole-in-the-wall burger joint with his family as a last hope of keeping their family together. The show depicts a relatable family dynamic with loveable characters that are easy to stay invested in.
7. Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon is a popular anime series based on a young girl named Usagi Tsukino as she transforms into a superheroine called Sailor Moon. She lead a crew in search for the Legendary Silver Crystal, a magical artifact. The show is a blend of action, romance and friendship. Sailor Moon is an endearing hero, she's a little klutzy but passionate and good-hearted.
Her character is based on writer and illustrator, Naoko Takeuchi's personal experience in middle school. Middle school is a very tough time especially for girls in Japan. They're structured different than middle schools in the United States. There's lots of pressure to prepare and apply for high school, similar to how people in the U.S apply for college. Enormous stress at this age often leads to bullying, which Takeuchi was victim of. It's a recurring theme seen in Sailor Moon.
8. Bojack Horseman
BoJack Horseman is the washed-up star of the 1990s sitcom Horsin' Around, a show about a young bachelor horse trying to raise three human orphan children. His show was the hottest thing around but suddenly cancelled. The show is about the former sitcom star, lost in a sea of self-loathing and booze, trying to make a comeback in Hollywood.
It is fantastically written, featuring anthropomorphic animals . This show is certainly not for little ones (lots of references to sex, drugs and alcohol).
9. Regular Show
The Regular Show is an animated sitcom on Cartoon Network. The series revolves around the epic adventures of a blue jay raccoon duo who are groundskeepers at a park. The main characters, Mordecai and Rigby, are a little lazy and their fun schemes usually put them in a little more trouble than they had anticipated. Mordecai tries to be responsible, but is frequently led astray by Rigby, his shamelessly immature pal.
Fantasia is a revolutionary Walt Disney musical that blends Western classical music with imaginative, animated imagery and of course Mickey Mouse. The animated movie contains eight classical music compositions each with choreographed animation. The musical numbers are set in a different scenes like prehistoric times, the four seasons, nature, heaven/hell, light v darkness, dancing animals, mythology and legend.
11. Family Guy
Family Guy features the adventures of a family of six, starring Peter Griffin, an endearingly ignorant father. This dysfunctional family lives in a wacky town in Rhode Island, and they face one crazy scenario after the next. The household contains two teenagers, a cyncial dog who is smarter than everyone and an evil baby.
12. Aqua Teen Hunger Force
A trio of human-sized fast-food items, Frylock, Master Shake and Meatwad, who live together as roommates work to solve mysteries in this edgy cartoon.
13. Avatar: Last Airbender
The world is divided into four nations: fire, water, water and air. Benders have the ability to control the element from their nation. The Fire Nation wants to take over the world. Only the Avatar who can manipulate all four elements has enough power to stop them. Aang soon discovers that he is a successor of a long line of Avatars and he must master the four elements to stop them.
14. Kung Fu Panda
Prepare for awesomeness. Po is a clumsy, noodle-slurping Panda who secretly dreams of becoming a Kung Fu legend. He's chosen to protect the Valley of Peace from attack, to many people's surprise. Follow his epic adventure in this movie.