Growing up in the animation age that brought us the likes of 'Biker Mice From Mars', 'Care Bears', and 'Beavis & Butt-Head' was truly glorious when you think about it. Nowadays, there's so much choice when it comes to finding an animation that's worth your precious time so allow us to go through some of Netflix's best cartoons that are currently on the streaming platform.
These titles are only for adults, and young children should definitely stay clear of them unless they want terrifying graphic nightmares showered with F-bombs.
'Love, Death + Robots'
A new Netflix entry in the last few weeks, 'Love, Death + Robots' is an anthology series 'Black Mirror' style, but all animation. The 18 episodes offer up vastly different art styles and themes, ranging from a near-reality CGI-gore fest, to hilariously cute and visually stunning masterpieces. Sometimes hit-and-miss, our top recommendations would be 'The Witness', 'Beyond the Aquila Rift', 'When the Yogurt Took Over', 'Alternate Histories', 'Suits' and 'Zima Blue'. You can read our review of season one here.
'Big Mouth' has been commissioned for a third series on Netflix and we cannot wait to see it return. Created by the dream team of Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, the series follows a group of teenagers as they approach puberty. As well as the typical toilet humour and gags, the series also shows a sensitive side to the teens that makes it all that more relatable to us adults. Among the many character highlights of the show is Maya Rudolph as Hormone Monstress Connie, and Nick Kroll's happy-go-lucky Coach Steve.
'Rick and Morty'
When is it coming back already? 'Rick and Morty', although having only released three seasons, has quickly become one of the most popular cartoon series for animation fans. The comedic antics of mad-scientist Rick and his grandson Morty range from the normal (watching different versions of intergalactic TV shows) to the outrageous (saving the world by entering a singing competition). If you haven't already, start watching the series from the beginning to see why it's touted as one of the best cartoon series ever created.
The washed-up star of the hit '90s TV show 'Horsin' Around' now lives in Hollywood complaining about every single thing that annoys him. Voiced by Will Arnett, 'BoJack Horseman' deserves your undivided attention. The series is already on its sixth season, and likes to address social issues such as asexuality, the #MeToo movement, and gun culture in America. You should give it a go, if even just to see BoJack's love of a colourful sweater.
Think of the James Bond franchise crossed with 'The Pink Panther', with a dash of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia', and that's nearly an accurate description of the madness that goes down in 'Archer'. The animation series has been around for the past 10 years, with a tenth on the way at some point in the future. The tenth-season return of Sterling Archer may be his last outing unfortunately.
For Adults and Kids too
These are titles that are for most ages, and are definitely less of a chore to watch for adults than some other offers on Netflix.
Who says hotdogs can't have any fun? Netflix's most bizarre kid's TV show is stuffed full of heart, and full of hilarity. We follow the life of Pinky Malinky, a mutated hotdog, as he deals with the trials and tribulation of attending high school in the modern day. The show is so completely off-the-wall, and Pinky unbelievably naive, that the series works on so many levels. Guaranteed to get a laugh from young and old viewers.
'Wallace & Gromit'
Just in case you didn't know, all of the 'Wallace & Gromit' animation features are on Netflix. That's right, even their first ever adventure together, 'A Grand Day Out', from 1989. If you have children who have yet to experience happy chap Wallace and his extremely smart pooch, then there are five instalments just waiting to be viewed. There's even a range of other Aardman Animations' movies, like 'The Pirates' and 'Shaun the Sheep'.
Hold onto your hats because there is much more Pokémon on Netflix right now that you might not have realised. As well as the more recent generations such as 'XY', 'XYZ', and 'Sun and Moon', the very first season of Pokemon that we all know and love can be viewed at your leisure too. There are also four different movies on offer, although sadly it's not the very first from way back in 1998.