The best irreverent cartoons for jaded adults

If you’re easily offended, you shouldn’t watch these

If you think you’ve outgrown cartoons, you have clearly never heard of these shows.

Compared to live action TV, animated series have a lot more room to be irreverently imaginative. Combining the aesthetics you remember from childhood and adult non-values, you’ll definitely like these if you love South Park and Family Guy.

If you’d like to check out from reality, the colourful world of these subversive cartoons is where it’s at.

Rick and Morty

If you’re a fan of Community, here’s news for you. Dan Harmon, the person behind Community, is co-creator and producer of this wacky geeky series. It's mostly revolving around a very gassy mad scientist called Rick who adventures with his grandson Morty to foreign alien land alongside characters like Bird Person and Mr. Poopy Butthole.

The first episode of the third season dropped on 1 April in the show's predictably unpredictable fashion and it's an absolute cracker of a space adventure served up with a side of McDonald's Szechuan sauce. We can't wait for the rest to follow in summer. 

P.S. The episode is still floating around on the internet if you know where to look. O.O


Think of Archer as the antithesis of James Bond. Like Bond, he’s a spy. But unlike James, he works for his mother, has many issues, and is not really any good at what he does. Despite all his failings, Archer is blessed with a massive ego and much luck that shields him from the reality of life. Watch for the inappropriate wisecracks. 


If you hate Gossip Girl and other fluffy TV shows revolving around overprivileged teenagers, you'll enjoy Daria. The show might have ended in 2002, but she still lives on in our hearts. Frst appearing on Beavis and Butt-Head as a recurring character, Daria kept it real and thus earned her own show with her sarcastic sense of humour. As a cynical subversive teenage girl of her time, Daria was the perfect foil for the enthusiasm of MTV. 

Bob’s Burgers

Meet the eccentric Belcher family - Bob, Linda and their kooky children Tina, Gene, and Louise. Bob is mostly normal, but the rest of his family is definitely not. The Belchers run a burger joint that’s central to a lot of the action (and punny burger specials that change with every episode). From surviving visits from the health inspector (who also happens to be Linda's ex) to saving the town from developers, there's never a dull moment with the Belchers.