Animation has a special quality of not having to grapple with the limits of their live action counterparts. Where ever you want to go or whatever you want to do; it is all possible. That is one of the many reasons why I love animated films and TV shows. Right now, I wanted to list my top five favorite animated shows on television today.
#5 Axe Cop
Axe Cop; created by two brothers, Malachai Nicolle (age 8) and Ethan Nicolle (age 32); was originally a webcomic, but has now recently been converted into a TV series. As the name suggests, the series is based on a gruff no-nonsense cop who enjoys spending time taking out bad guys of all shapes and sizes with his sidekick, Flute Cop. With this show you get everything from jet pack wearing zombies to dinosaurs to unicorn babies to a talking chihuahua. This show encompasses the ideas and imagination of every young kid and grown up alike. The best part is that Axe Cop is voiced by none other than Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman). The only reason this comes in at number five is because there have only been two episodes so far on Fox. If that’s not enough though, checkout the web comic here.
#4 Bob’s Burgers
Bob’s Burgers, created by Loren Bouchard, is an animated series focused on the Belchers; Bob and Louise Belcher and their children Tina, Gene, and Louise Belcher; who all own a little burger restaurant in the middle of a big city. This show features a nonchalant sense of humor that works with this often deadpan family. Each episode gets better and better as Bob and company wage through the struggles of simply owning a burger joint. This show also features a talented voice cast with H. Jon Benjamin perhaps being the most notable name on the list. I recommend this show, and the first two seasons are on Netflix.
#3 Ugly Americans
Ugly Americans, created by Devin Clerk and David M. Stern, is an animated show that aired on Comedy Central. The show sadly was not renewed for a third season due to financing issues. I still want to highlight it due to its innovative concept and potential to exist in other formats. The show followed the story of Mark Lilly, a social worker in the heart of the Big Apple, as he attempts to help humans and “other” lifeforms adapt to life in this transformed version New York City where all sorts of beasts and fantastical creature exists. The show is infinitely creative in its execution and provides a smart plot with a relatable main character. Checkout the first two seasons if you can. In the meantime, go to the Facebook Page here and show them some support.
#2 American Dad!
American Dad!; created by Seth McFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman; is an established animated series that focuses on the Smith family. This show unlike its counterparts, Family Guy and The Cleveland Show, has consistently gotten better with each new season. American Dad! usually starts off in a very relatable human theme before venturing off in extravagant and weird ways. The show tends to focus on the eccentricities of the characters instead of the more on-the-nose way of delivering jokes employed in Family Guy. This show is quality entertainment and is easily rewatchable. I definitely recommend seeing it. The first seven seasons are on Netflix.
Archer, created by Adam Reed, is an animated series following the master spy ISIS agent, Sterling Archer, who must deal with his domineering mother, his fellow spy agent/ex-girlfriend, and his eccentric co-workers all while trying to save the world from global espionage. The show is decidedly smart and features intense rapid fire pop culture ridden dialogue that it’s almost hard to keep up with its intelligent and oftentimes crass humor. This show also employs a talented voice cast including H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walters, Jeffrey Tambor, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, and Aisha Taylor. There have been four seasons so far with the first three appearing on Netflix. I definitely recommend this show. It is the funniest show on TV hands down.