10 Animated Shows for Adults to Watch on Netflix
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Are you addicted to Netflix? With Netflix offering an amazing service it’s hard not to spending hours browsing its content.

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Why Animated Shows?

The word “animation” is often confused with the word “cartoon.” While watching cartoons is definitely a fun way to spend your free time, an animated series offers so much more.

These shows are all about blending funny, witty, and thought-provoking depth with a light presentation. Watching animated shows for adults can sometimes make you question life and its merits more than any psychological drama ever could.

We have handpicked some of the best examples of animated shows on Netflix that will both help you laugh and relax, as well as possibly make your brain hurt. We’ll start off gently with those that exist in our own universe and then gradually introduce you to those taking place in the futuristic world of the unknown.

1. Family Guy (1999–Present)

No. of seasons: 15

Episode length: 20–23 mins

This show will: Help you see that yours is not the weirdest family out there.

Follow the adventures (or misadventures) of the Griffins as they sort through their life and family issues, and cope with the everyday routine in the small town of Rhode Island.

Things you’ll love most about this show are its twisted politically incorrect humor and, of course, Brian, a sophisticated and surprisingly mature English-speaking dog, whose main activity is keeping the youngest Griffin from taking over and destroying the world. He also likes sipping the occasional Martini.

2. The Cleveland Show (2009–2013)

No. of seasons: 4

Episode length: 21–22 mins

This show will: Once again prove that your family is relatively normal.

A spin-off of Family Guy, this show introduces two more dysfunctional families — the Browns and the Tubbs — that live in many ways a similar routine to that of the Griffins. Peter Griffin’s neighbor and deli owner Cleveland Brown moves to Stoolbend, VA to marry his old high-school sweetheart Donna and start a new life.

Recommended to fans of Family Guy. You can expect a lot of the same humor and character from The Cleveland Show.

3. Bob’s Burgers (2011–Present)

No. of seasons: 7

Episode length: 30 mins

This show will: Enhance your life by introducing you to some of the craziest musical numbers.

Bob’s Burgers is another animated sitcom focused around the life of a family, only this one is actually about a family united by a cause. Together they’re trying to get Bob’s business (a burger restaurant) off the ground.

While the main part of the show is Bob’s family cooking burgers and trying to sell them, there are a few fun things hidden inside the show, like the crazy credits. The closing credits show the Belchers (Bob’s family) and other characters doing various things in the restaurant’s kitchen.

Pay attention to the opening sequence as well: the building to the right of Bob’s restaurant is different every episode.

4. Brickleberry (2012–2015)

No. of seasons: 3

Episode length: 30 mins

This show will: Teach you not to spoil your pets. Especially if they’re a grizzly cub.

Humor doesn’t get much darker than that of Brickleberry. It’s extremely sarcastic and sometimes provocative. The series is often compared to Family Guy and South Park in that sense, and the creators of Brickleberry have admitted those two were their source of inspiration.

Brickleberry was canceled after three seasons, but the 36 episodes that exist will give you plenty of insight into the life of a group of forest rangers trying to save their National Park from being shut down.

5. Archer (2010–Present)

No. of seasons: 7

Episode length: 19–21 mins

This show will: Change your opinion on the espionage industry for good.

Whether you love or hate James Bond, disliking this animated series is on the edge of impossible. The main character — a very much self-centered super spy called Sterling Archer — will take you on the adventure of a lifetime, and all the while you’ll be trying to catch your breath from laughing too hard.

It’s difficult to tell what time period the show is set in. Various historic events, technologies, and styles are deliberately mixed together.

Last but not least, Archer‘s animation is absolutely gorgeous, no matter what action is happening on-screen.

6. American Dad (2005–Present)

No. of seasons: 14

Episode length: 22–24 mins

This show will: Introduce you to the world of absurdist comedy.

From the director of Family Guy, American Dad is a show that details the life of a republican CIA agent called Stan Smith and his family. Family members include Klaus the German Olympic skier goldfish, and Roger the old gray space alien that lives in the attic.

Some of Agent Smith’s escapades are very random in nature, like fighting space monkeys or keeping a peanut butter conspiracy secret. But most of the time Stan Smith is saving the world from yet another crazy menace, all while dealing with his crazy family life.

7. BoJack Horseman (2014–Present)

No. of seasons: 3

Episode length: 25 mins

This show will: Make you do some deep thinking on your own insecurities and the ways of coping with them.

Even though this show is set in Los Angeles, California, we’re starting to get further away from our own reality.

BoJack Horseman and other animals with human traits live side-by-side with human characters of the show, yet this world isn’t that different from the one we live in. BoJack Horseman is an ex-Hollywood star who’s trying to win his audience back and become relevant as a celebrity again.

BoJack Horseman can best be described as a comedy-drama. And the main themes are depression, fame, and the endless search for identity. Be ready for some bittersweet humor, and disarmingly honest feelings.

8. Futurama (1999–2013)

No. of seasons: 7

Episode length: 22 mins

This show will: Give you hope when you feel like your life is going nowhere.

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The plot of Futurama is quite original: a pizza delivery boy with no future perspectives accidentally gets himself cryogenically frozen and wakes up a thousand years later with a chance for a fresh start. There are seven seasons worth of his adventures to consume, and the imaginative characters and plot situations should keep you laughing, and sometimes even crying, for hours.

9. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008–2015)

No. of seasons: 6

Episode length: 22 mins

This show will: Satisfy your thirst for intergalactic adventure.

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The main genres of the series are sci-fi, action, and drama, making The Clone Wars not very suitable for a light late night watch. At the same time, the show will constantly keep fans on the edge of their seats, throwing in more suspense and intrigue with every episode.

10. Happy Tree Friends (1999–Present)

No. of seasons: 5

Episode length: 1–7 mins

This show will: Ensure you never look at a rabbit the same way again.

Our list concludes with one of the weirdest shows you’ll ever watch. Which is what helped it achieve a cult following.

The characters of the show are cute drawn animals who suffer horrible deaths caused by their own doing. There’s really not much else to the show, but watch it and you’ll understand its unique appeal. Happy Tree Friends comes with the warning, “Cartoon Violence: Not recommended for small children, or big babies”. But unless you’re a big baby, check it out for yourself to decide whether you think Happy Tree Friends is wickedly funny or just plain wrong.

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  1. Squalle
    April 30, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Better hurry if you want to catch what's left of American Dad. They've already removed the middle seasons and May will see the removal of the last 4 seasons.

  2. Doc
    February 23, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    "...in the small town of Rhode Island." Uh, Family Guy is set in the small Rhode Island town of Quahog. Rhode Island is a state, not a town.

  3. K Williams
    February 23, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    How could you forget F is for Family it is hilarious!!!

    • Anya Zhukova
      February 24, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Hi there,
      We tried to include different shows in this list.
      4 out of 10 series here are already family-related.
      Nevertheless, F is for Family is another great show on Netflix, thanks for mentioning it!

      • sam
        October 10, 2017 at 10:19 pm

        When in doubt, choose the show that isn't Family Guy ;)