10 Best Animated Series for Adults

By  //  February 22, 2021

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If you are sick of series, then you might want to check out some animated ones. Here the creators were not restricted by sanity and created truly fantastic shows. After I write my paper tasks of the day and finish the work on websites, I enjoy watching these.

Here is the list of the top ten:

Samurai Jack

The most family-friendly and most aesthetically animated series on the list (age rating-12+). Medieval Japan was enslaved by the evil demon Aku, the only hope — the son of the emperor, a brave samurai with a magical sword. The forces of darkness temporarily prevail and send the nameless hero away to a dystopian future, 25 thousand years ahead.

There Aku is already the ruler of the world, so the samurai will have to save the innocent, traveling through different worlds, and at the same time find a portal to the past. Gennady Tartakovsky created a minimalist and elegant cartoon, which was released four seasons in a row. The sequel had to wait 13 years, but it still came out. In 2017, the wanderings of the samurai ended with the fifth season, the darkest.

Monkey dust

A bleak British animated series that showcases the life of a megalopolis in sketches steeped in social criticism. One of the main characters is Ivan Dobsky, a mentally retarded killer with a split personality.

He gets out of prison (the campaign for his release is supported by stars like Brad Pitt and Bono), then he gets back into it. Other characters are no less colorful: child molesters and a fanatical pedophile hunter, unsuccessful suicide bombers, empty-headed intellectuals, trendsetters, and migrants.

Robot chicken

It is a satire on the whole mass culture altogether: a mad scientist collected a cyborg chicken and sat the unfortunate creature in front of the TV (hello to the “Clockwork Orange”!). The screen flickers with sketches about everything from “Star Wars” and superhero comics to parodies of Donald Trump and Michael Jackson. This carnival of images (bloody, obscene, and politically incorrect) is made in the format of puppet animation.

Metal Apocalypse

The hyper-popular metal band Dethklok is the center of the universe: fans idolize them, secret organizations strive to destroy presumptuous stars, and the economy of almost the entire world depends on what the musicians advertise at the moment.

The Dethklok members themselves are alcoholics and idlers who live in a gloomy mansion. Fans come to their concerts in packs (and dozens die there), but the five patty rockers get away with everything.

The satirical animated series about dark show business and impudent celebrities is valuable not only for its dark humor but also for the cameos of guest stars. George Fischer (Cannibal Corpse), Mike Patton (Faith No More), and the Metallica members were featured here. In 2013, the animated rock opera “Metal Apocalypse: Requiem of a Fateful Star” was released, continuing the plot of the animated series.


A surreal and brutal series, full of extreme violence. The main plot of the” Prison ” is missing — these are scenes from the place of serving sentences, which are located inside a volcano (and that, in turn, in a larger volcano). Each new episode begins with the prison being replenished with a new passenger to replace the deceased.

The decline of the contingent here is significant because the prisoners become guinea pigs in the insane sadistic experiments of the prison governor, Worden, who can change even the physical laws in the institution entrusted to him. All in all, an extremely unsympathetic sight, replete with streams of blood and grotesquely distorted bodies.

Ugly Americans

An alternative version of the United States, which, in addition to people, is inhabited by zombies, werewolves, and other horror characters. Mark Lilly, an idealist, and social worker helps the newcomers settle down in New York (and he meets a demon girl).

This is not just a funny show built on visual gags, but also a convex metaphor of modern American life: immigrants also have human rights, even if some of them behave extremely unusual (and do not look like people). Political satire for better assimilation is diluted with scenes of interspecific eroticism and genital jokes.

Adventure Time

One of the most notable animated series of the 2010s, full of colorful landscapes and charismatic characters. The post-apocalyptic world doesn’t have to be gloomy. According to the creators of “Adventure Time”, it looks like a surreal land of Oz, in which there are almost no people, but there is magic.

It is also full of various anthropomorphic creatures created by radiation. The boy Finn and his friend, the yellow dog Jake, fight the villains, investigate the missing pies and save the princesses. At the same time, there is a place for tragic antagonists and problems of interspecific love.

Black Dynamite

A TV show that continues the story of the 2009 feature film of the same name. A secret CIA agent nicknamed Black Dynamite is caught in the thick of the events of the 1970s: a young Michael Jackson must be saved from a contract murder (the performers are a group of ninjas), President Nixon distributes cheap drugs in an attempt to destroy the black community, and the Vietnam War can begin anew. This upbeat and gory parody of blacksploitation includes explicit sex scenes and encounters between the main character and iconic figures of African-American culture-from Bob Marley to O. J. Simpson.

Gravity Falls

Animated “Twin Peaks” for the new generation. The twins Dipper and Mabel go on a summer vacation to their great-uncle Stan, who runs a souvenir shop in the backwater town of Gravity Falls.

Soon it turns out that very strange things are happening here: dwarves, time travelers, and dinosaurs are staggering around, and the world is trying to capture an interdimensional demon in the form of a Masonic triangle. The creator of “Gravity Falls” Alex Hirsch did not want to do another children’s show, so he devoted it to the theme of growing up, filled it with references to pop culture (from the same Lynch to the friendly “Rick and Morty”) and finished on a high note, without stretching the plot to infinity.

Rick and Morty

Crazy sci-fi adventures inspired by “Back to the Future” and a dozen other classic stories. Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon (the creator of” Community”) came up with a gallery of colorful characters with phallic symbolism and imbued the show with philosophically grounded negation. It turned out to be a meme phenomenon, the equal of which does not exist in the animated TV segment now. They even invited Kanye West to direct one of the upcoming episodes!