Star Wars fans prepare yourselves! The highly anticipated fourth season of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars is just around the corner. The biggest and most action-packed season yet is available 22nd October and to celebrate we’re counting down the top 10 animated series meant for grown-ups. Just because it’s animated doesn’t mean it’s meant for kids.
We have to love this show because no one really knows how to insult celebrities, politicians and really anyone like South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. This popular yet vulgar animated series follows four foul-mouthed four-graders on misadventures such as getting abducted by aliens, saving the world as superhero group Coon and Friends or just seeing how Kenny will once again be killed. Poor Kenny!
Seth MacFarlene’s comedic masterpiece features a dysfunctional Rhode Island family consisting of idiotic father Peter, sweetheartened mother Lois, teenagers Chris and Meg, evil genuis baby Stewie and Brian the talking dog. Check out their Star Was parody episodes in Laugh it Up, Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy to see all the Family Guy characters you know and love in the original Star Wars roles.
Futurama follows pizza-deliveray boy Philip J. Fry as he’s accidentally cryogenically frozen in 1999 only to awaken a thousand years later to a much different planet. Fry then receives a job at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company, alongside the one-eyed mutant captain of the ship Leela, foul-mouthed and ill-tempered robot Bender and other hilarious characters.
Beavis and Butt-head
This animated MTV hit about two idiotic, teenaged heavy-metal music fans has become a cult hit in the years since it first aired on TV in 1992. The basic plot has the two guys just sitting on their couch, watching videos and declaring whether the videos are ‘cool’ or if they ‘suck.’
Another cult classic on our list is Seth Green’s demented yet hilarious creation of the show ‘Robot Chicken.’ The show uses stop motion animation of toys, action figures, claymation and various other objects to create a sketch comedy that parodies a number of pop culture conventions.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force
The longest running series on Cartoon Network’s late night programming block, Adult Swim, features a meatball, some French fries and a milkshake who double as detectives in South Jersey. Dim-witted yet comedic Meatwad, ill-tempered leader Shake and calm and intelligent Frylock thwart numerous villains including Dr. Weird. At least when they’re not swimming in their neighbour Carl’s pool.
Based on the original comic strip Boondocks, two young brothers move from the South Side of Chicago to the predominately white suburb of Woodcrest. The mixture of cultural and racial differences along with some socio-political commentary make this show an excellent satirical look at American society.
America’s first animated family has been around for an astonishing 23 years since it debuted back in 1989 and the laughs just keep coming. The ultimate parody of American society and television features Homer the beer-guzzling patriarch of the Simpson family with Marge as the hardworking homemaker as his wife. Studious overachiever Lisa, trouble-making underachiever Bart and pacifier loving infant Maggie round out the rest of the Springfield-based family.
King of the Hill
Hank Hill is just an everyday beer-drinking propane salesman living in the modern Texan world. But being ‘King of the Hill’ isn’t easy with an opinionated wife, awkward son and pretty much losers as friends. It’s a good thing he has his humour to navigate through the mundane life of everyday society.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Set in the three-year time period between the Star Wars films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, this 3D CGI animated series follows the Grand Army of the Republic, led by Yoda, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and other Jedi Knights, as they fight the New Droid Army of the Separatists. Special guest stars to voice characters throughout the four seasons include George Takei, Seth Green, Ron Pearlman, Simon Pegg and Liam Neeson.
Catch up on all the action when the fourth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars comes out on DVD and Blu-ray 22nd October.