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Six cartoons that you should be watching right now

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I’ll be honest: I don’t dig much live-action TV these days. I have, and always will be a fan of animation. And right now, some of the best damn cartoons are running on TV, and deserve your attention. Here’s a list of the outstanding 2D and 3D arts that are currently on.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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They’ve been around for decades now, but here’s the kicker: There have only been three cartoons based on the classic comics and movies that have released. The latest one from Nicklelodeon however? It’s the best of all those various adaptations, rolled into one cohesive product.

You’ve got a tight-knit group of half-shell heroes who are brothers first and ninjas second, human sidekicks who are actually more than competent (I love the Casey Jones Misfits design) and some actually freaky foes for once. Once again, mutagenic ooze has provided a monster of the week premise, but as a kids cartoon, it works perfectly.

Fantastic animation, even better voice acting and a damn likeable cast of characters. Plus, Michealngelo finally has a new catchphrase, and I love it. Booyakasha indeed.

Archer

Archer

If you have yet to see a single episode of Archer, then you’ve missed out on several seasons of truly trippy espionage and spy shenanigans. Mixing James Bond with assholes, Archer is more about the world’s most dysfunctional spy than it is about actually saving the world, with the most dangerous enemy in any situation being Sterling Archer’s Lacrosse-obsessed ego.

The animation has improved over the episodes, and the latest season shows the ISIS agents at their worst. Regular beached whale Pam has discovered the secret to weight loss thanks to a cocaine-only diet, Sterling is as abusive and obsessed with Burt Reynolds as ever and Doctor Krieger is, well, Doctor Krieger.

Archer isn’t a kids cartoon, and it damn well knows that. Plus the latest episode has Kenny Loggins people. That should be reason enough to watch.

Regular Show

Regular SHow

Cartoon Network may not have as many original shows as they did during their golden age, but hot damn, Regular Show is my favourite, as it has managed to remain consistently entertaining and wacky. Set in a public park, the show regularly finds slackers Mordecai and Rigby getting involved in some kind of cosmic shenanigans.

There’s a digital Satan that rises from obsolete arcade machines in one episode, an ultimate sammich that can kill if eaten incorrectly in another weird adventure and the mother of all drum solos in yet another off-the-wall adventure.

The show never lets up on the weird factor, but it’s the massive love and homage for video games that play out in several episodes, that really capture my emotions each and every week.

Regularly entertaining.

Beware the Batman

beware the Batman

No animation list is complete without some Batman on it. Excited for the new Arkham game? Well then settle back and watch this show, which blends a fantastic mix of CGI animation with detective work and martial arts.

Gotham City is as dangerous as ever, and even the Dark Knight can’t handle all the mayhem on his own. Enter trusty butler Alfred, who takes a more active role in events, Batman’s new ass-kicking partner Tatsu Yamashiro and throw in a collection of villains from the silver years of Batman history, and you’ve got one solid incarnation of the caped crusader.

Gravity Falls

Gravity Falls

If there’s one thing that most cartoons don’t do these days, it’s realise that kids are smarter than we give them credit for. Enter Gravity Falls, which is best described as Twin Peaks for kids. But even weirder.

The town of Gravity Falls is steeped in mystery, and is the center of several conspiracies and cover-ups. There’s the hidden history of America, where the insane 8 and a half president Sir Lord Quentin Trembley III Esquire was locked away and kept in stasis.

There’s Old Man McGucket, a stereotypical old-time prospector who happens to possess the genius of a mad scientist and twice the insanity. Gnomes that kidnap people. A tween evangelist by the name of Lil’ Gideon that has the town under his porky thumb. Each episode is crawling with these conspiracies, and even more when you notice Easter eggs in the background.

It’s well worth watching, and even more fun to do so a second time in order to pick up on those clues, as Gravity Falls hides plenty of secrets.

Bravest Warriors

Bravest Warriors

Love Adventure Time? Then you’re going to love Bravest Warriors. With a similar style and production crew, Bravest Warriors takes a regular adventure and condenses it into one fast-paced episode of around seven minutes or so.

It’s still a damn clever show, filled with cool ideas, fights, characters and Cat-Bug. Words cannot express just how cute Cat-bug is. The best part? It’s totally for free, and airs regularly on YouTube. Go catch up on some episodes now, and find out you’ve been missing on for the last couple of months.

Last Updated: March 5, 2014

30 Comments

  1. don’t forget ugly americans! i am so, SO in love with that cartoon series

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    • Acornbread

      March 5, 2014 at 17:42

      Brilliant and smart, pity it ended. 🙁

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    • Brian Murphy

      March 5, 2014 at 20:47

      Yeah Ugly American’s was a good show, canceled though.

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 6, 2014 at 07:22

      Still dont understand why they cancelled it. Leonard was a lot like Bender only he was human and wizard and very very old. Also I wouldn’t mind if Callie wanted to enslave me forever.

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  2. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    March 5, 2014 at 17:11

    LANAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

    Danger zone! xD

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 5, 2014 at 19:14

      Just the tip?

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  3. Matewis Jubilai

    March 5, 2014 at 17:11

    I’m good thanks – Watched the ‘Liquid assets’ Ducktales episode today over a lunch of 5 scrambled eggs, since I am thoroughly done with Gummi Bears by now. I still need to get all the Talespin, Gooftroop, Darkwing duck and Bravestarrrrrrrr episodes. Oh yes and the original Batman Animated series. The 90s kicked ass when it came to cartoons! Ooh forget about another one : The adventures of prince Valiant (awesome theme song)

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    • Brian Murphy

      March 5, 2014 at 20:52

      Yeah most of the newer kids shows aren’t that appealing to me (probably because I’m 34), however, I do have to take a moment and talk up Archer. First off, it’s quite literally the odd man out with regards to the shows listed here, because Archer is anything but a childrens show. It’s an adult cartoon, and it’s extremely funny. That having been said, Ducktales, Talespin, and Gummi Bears were excellent shows.

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      • Matewis Jubilai

        March 5, 2014 at 22:19

        Cool, I’ll make a mental note of it 🙂
        “…newer kids shows aren’t that appealing…” is quite the understatement – I don’t know what happened to Cartoon Network, but its simply horrifying 😛 Thankfully I could enjoy Cartoon Network when it was still in its prime with the classics like : Dexter’s Lab (The dodgeball incident…), Johnny Bravo, Ed Edd and Eddy (longest sustained laughter, the way they would completely wreck their parent’s houses, eg. when they tried to be repairmen and Edd tore Johnny’s house to its foundations) , Cow and Chicken (laughed so hard it hurt…orthodontic police…), Powerpuff Girls (some classic episodes), The Cramp Twins (very underrated) and of course, Samurai Jack!
        ah the memories…

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  4. LAblak22

    March 5, 2014 at 17:17

    Regular Sho is the only thing I watch regularalrlaryylly. Bob’s Burgers should be up there too. And The Amazing World of Gumball… And uhm… Uhm… Hmmm.

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    • Ektso Gedinkja

      March 5, 2014 at 18:50

      Started watching Bob’s Burgers. It’s insane. That chick with the weird hat is awesome.

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      • LAblak22

        March 5, 2014 at 19:00

        Right? You don’t know what to make of it, but it’s just so… So damn entertaining.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 5, 2014 at 19:16

        The guy who voices Archer also does the voice for Bob. In one episode of Archer he has amnesia & when they find him he’s acting as Bob heh.

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  5. Gustav Minnie

    March 5, 2014 at 17:19

    No Brickleberry?

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  6. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 5, 2014 at 19:20

    Archer! Although I’m still not 100% sold on the Archer Vice direction it’s taken.

    Chozen is also a very strange series.

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    • Brian Murphy

      March 5, 2014 at 20:48

      Yeah I hear you, not sure I’m on board with an ISISless Archer, but the cocaine+Pam story lines have been most amusing.

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  7. DrKiller

    March 5, 2014 at 19:35

    Megas XLR!!

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  8. Mugelbub

    March 5, 2014 at 20:16

    Aren’t we a little old to be watching cartoons? XD 😛

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    • Brady miaau

      March 5, 2014 at 23:06

      No.

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  9. Brian Murphy

    March 5, 2014 at 20:46

    If you haven’t been watching Archer, I pity you.

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 6, 2014 at 07:19

      No.1 on my list

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  10. Hammersteyn

    March 6, 2014 at 07:19

    I would by my mom says I need to do my homework first 😛

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    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      March 6, 2014 at 08:57

      JOU MA Sê!!!! Hahahaha

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  11. Admiral Chief in Vegas

    March 6, 2014 at 07:58

    WHERE IS ADVENTURE TIME?????

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    • Grant Hancock

      March 6, 2014 at 08:15

      YES ! … best thing on TV 😀

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      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        March 6, 2014 at 08:57

        Hehehe, when I ask my daughter what she wants to watch before bed time (she is allowed 2 or 3 cartoons before bed, got them on HDD for convenience), I’ll give you one guess what she wants to watch…(much to my wife’s annoyance)

        ADDDDDDDDDDDVENTURE TIME!!!!

        C’mon grab your friend!

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  12. Grant Hancock

    March 6, 2014 at 08:14

    Whaaat !? … no Adventure Time ? … or do you assume everyone watches it already?

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  13. Mugen

    March 6, 2014 at 12:57

    So…. What about Rick and Morty?

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  14. Andre116

    March 6, 2014 at 13:18

    There’s a new Archer?? Awesome.

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  15. Sen

    December 26, 2014 at 23:07

    Guys, go do yourselves a favor and watch cartoon network’s steven universe. It is easily one of cartoon networks best in recent years. It was created by Rebecca sugar, who did music, writing, and story boarding for adventure time, but she let to create this show.
    Here is a link to the pilot episode 😉
    http://youtu.be/lHEAHJK7w5A

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