The 25 Best Cartoons on Netflix For Adults to Enjoy
As a medium, cartoons can be a misunderstood as a form of entertainment reserved for children and hardcore fans of Family Guy. In actuality, there is a large population of adults who consume both old cartoons they watched as kids and new cartoons targeted toward adults. These shows can illustrate both youthful and grown-up themes while still serving as a great escape from the stressful world. At university, I actually met one of my best friends by identifying a sticker on her laptop that was a reference to a cartoon on Disney Channel.
Right now, my go-to veg-out show is We Bare Bears, which airs on Cartoon Network. While the show isn't made for my age group, it has plenty of adult humor and general cuteness to make me happy. If you're just dipping your toe into the cartoon pool, I've collected a wide array of TV shows available on Netflix. Some of the titles are aimed at children, while others are more mature (looking at you, Big Mouth). Because sometimes an escape to a city of humanlike birds or a kingdom of dragons is exactly what you need to relax.
Ahead, scroll through some of the best cartoons on Netflix for adults to watch.
Socially awkward tech genius Reagan — along with her clueless colleagues at Cognito, Inc. — manages the world's conspiracy theories full-time.
Chicago Party Aunt
Everyone has that one fun aunt (or at least knows the trope) who manages to avoid all real aspects of adulthood while serving as a bad influence to her siblings' kids. In Chicago Party Aunt, aunt Diane is a party girl who vows to teach her nephew Daniel the ways of life (that is, the ways of life as she believes it should be lived).
The Midnight Gospel
Spacecaster Clancy travels through various universes, delving into life's most existential questions in this trippy animated show.
In Q-Force, gay secret agent Mary and his undervalued LGBTQ+ super-spy crew fight to prove themselves on both personal and professional adventures in West Hollywood — where they're based — and beyond.
In Hoops, New Girl's Jake Johnson voices a high school basketball coach with a potty mouth who is desperate to turn his terrible team into winners.
In this animated comedy for adults, Bradley, a zoologist, explores the world while saving wild beasts along with Bonnie and Dietrich, his niece and his anxious field partner. Not only will the series make you laugh, but it delves deep into the wonders of nature and teaches viewers about animals, making it educational as well as hilarious.
Jaden Smith, Jude Law, and Susan Sarandon all voice characters in this animated series about Kaz Kaan (Smith), a vapid, vain, and wealthy fashionista who hunts demons with his aunt Agatha (Sarandon). The show takes place in Neo Yokio — New York in an alternate timeline in which magicians saved the city from demons in the 19th century.
Pacific Rim: The Black
This episodic animated series builds on the events of the live-action movie Pacific Rim: Uprising. In it, teenage siblings Taylor and Hayley pilot an abandoned Jaeger across hostile territory in desperate search of their missing parents.
Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series
An animated version of the live-action series starring Mike Smith, Robb Wells, and John Paul Tremblay as petty serial criminals follows Bubbles, Ricky, and Julian as they follow the events of season 12 of Trailer Park Boys after being transformed into cartoons.
Scissor-wielding hairdresser Seven fails a crash course in professional killing, but decides to become an assassin anyway as he simultaneously seeks to recover his lost memory.
Tuca & Bertie
While there's only one season of this smart series, it's already a cult classic with a wide following online. Telling the story of polar opposite adult lady besties (voiced by Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong), Tuca & Bertie gets real about the trials of growing up at a different pace from your friends and even covers how to demand respect in the workplace.
A show famous for sometimes cutting a little too deep, BoJack Horseman is a unique comedy that touches on accurate portrayals of mental health while also starring a literal horse-man as the lead. BoJack is a washed-up former sitcom star, so his hijinks are outrageous, his ego is massive, and he's always entertaining. (OK, sometimes he's depressing, so maybe this isn't the best watch for when you're already feeling down.)
Made by Sanrio (the company behind Hello Kitty), this show follows an adorable red panda who works an office job she hates and blows off steam by performing death metal at karaoke bars. Not only is the subject matter relatable, the main character is cute as a button.
Starring Abbi Jacobson of Broad City as a princess who prefers demons and a strong drink as company over the usual royal circles. This chaotic comedy comes from the creator of The Simpsons and is set in a medieval fantasy world. Princess Bean is the comedic leading lady that rebel girls will be drawn to, even if they themselves don't live in Dreamland.
Following an incompetent police force from a small town, this show is raunchy, violent, and a little bit chaotic. Tom Kenny, the voice actor who plays SpongeBob SquarePants, voices an old police officer whose son joins the force, so it's certainly a way to hear a beloved childhood character voice actor in an unexpected role.
F Is For Family
Take a journey back to the 1970s and follow a jaded patriarch who obsesses over his TV set and tries his best to ignore his family. This cynical comedy perfectly captures the America of that decade through an imperfect family and their everyday lives.
We Bare Bears
With famous comedian voice actors like Saturday Night Live's Bobby Moynihan and stand-up comics Demetri Martin and Cameron Esposito, this show has plenty of excellently written humor. It's also incredibly peaceful to watch since it was created by Pixar alumnus Daniel Chong. It follows the story of three adoptive bear brothers as they live in modern San Francisco (and it accurately pegs a lot of the city's stereotypes).
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
A remake of the '80s classic, the show improves the original She-Ra in more ways than one. Featuring body positivity and LGBTQ+ representation within both the main and background cast, this show is a feel-good way to escape into a magical universe of battling princesses who tower over their foes.
Following a young girl with a pet "deerfox" as she befriends forest monsters, Hilda is a perfect series for those who crave adventure and love nature.
Voltron: Legendary Defender
For the sci-fi fans out there, Voltron: Legendary Defender covers a group space pilots and a princess who use a giant robot to liberate the universe. The series, which has eight binge-worthy seasons, has plenty of content to get invested in between character backstories and the state of the Galra Empire.
The Dragon Prince
The Dragon Prince is brought to you by the creators of the beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise. The show takes place on the continent of Xadia in a fantasy universe that includes magical creatures.
Pucca has been airing since 2006, and it's as adorable as ever. Netflix has the season that originally aired in 2018 available to stream. The series follows a 10-year-old noodle delivery girl who has a fat crush on a 12-year-old ninja. The animation is smooth and adorable, with a satisfying color scheme of red and black. The series will give you little heart butterflies and laughter alike.
Green Eggs and Ham
Perhaps, as a child, you were once dragged to Dr. Seuss Days against your will. Now, you can willingly dive into the world of Green Eggs and Ham in this Netflix series about the original story. Featuring excellent comedic timing and plenty of hidden adult jokes, this one is a classic and definitely offers an element of escapism into the wacky world of Seuss. Plus, it's a show you can watch and actually enjoy with kids, making it a win for families.