There’s no shame in loving cartoons as an adult. So whether you’re putting something on for the kids or you just want to curl up on the couch for a few hours of entertainment, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are four of the best animated series to watch when you need your cartoon fix.
Created for preschoolers, the award-winning Australian show “Bluey” follows the life of the eponymous blue heeler puppy and her family. Bluey and her little sister Bingo often create games to play with their parents, Chilli and Bandit, but their adventures also branch out to relatable situations at school and with friends. Mixing the silly nature and imagination of small children with a handful of jokes for the parents, “Bluey” is a heartwarming, funny show that was named “Best Children’s Program” two years in a row by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards. The show currently airs on the Disney Channel and is in its second season, and the first season can be found on Disney Plus.
“Craig of the Creek” (TV-Y7)
Adventurous kids will appreciate the Cartoon Network hit “Craig of the Creek.” Craig Williams loves to explore the creek near his suburban neighborhood with his friends Kelsey and J.P. The trio often find themselves exploring new areas of the creek and meeting a wide range of creative, unique kids along the way. Now in its third season, the show has been lauded for its inclusive cast of characters. Craig and his black family are well-represented without feeding into harmful stereotypes while additional characters have culturally diverse backgrounds. The show received the Common Sense Seal from Common Sense Media in 2018 and it was also nominated for Outstanding Children’s Animated Series at the 47th Daytime Emmy® Awards.
“Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir” (TV-Y7)
Originally created in French, “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir” — often referred to as simply “Miraculous Ladybug” — is a computer-animated superhero show set in modern-day Paris. Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste are students by day, but transform into Ladybug and Cat Noir whenever Paris needs them. Villain Hawk Moth has the power to latch his special butterflies, called akumas, to the negative feelings of Paris citizens and subsequently controls that person to do his bidding. The show has received various accolades, including a Teen Choice Award in 2018 and a Kids Choice Award in 2020. The show, which is slated to get a fourth season in 2021, can be streamed in its entirety on Netflix.
“The Owl House” (TV-Y7-FV)
After premiering on the Disney Channel in Jan. 2020, “The Owl House” developed an incredibly vocal following due to its popularity. The show follows the life of Luz Noceda, an imaginative teenage human who accidentally stumbles into a world filled with magical creatures. While there, she meets a witch named Eda, a small wolf-like demon named King — who has a soft spot for belly rubs — and Hooty, the hilarious house demon of the titular “Owl House.” Instead of going home to a boring life, Luz decides to stay on the Boiling Isles to have Eda teach her how to be a witch. With just one season under its belt, the series has been praised for its quirkiness, uniqueness, and wide range of LGBTQ+ representation among its characters. You can stream all 19 episodes of “The Owl House” on Disney Plus.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to entertaining animated kids’ shows, but they’re definitely good starting points for a laugh-filled day inside.