Since these cartoons are aimed towards kids, they can seem quite immature in content years later. Think back on all the cartoons you watched as a kid: “Scooby Doo,” “Spongebob Squarepants,” “Muppet Babies…” the list goes on and on, but most of these cartoons were created for children to enjoy. Sure, they may have a few jokes here and there that fly over a kid’s head, but most of it is all good, clean fun.
So, does this mean that these kids are to stop watching cartoons once they get older?
OF COURSE NOT!
Once you get to a certain age, you are able to discover one of life’s great secrets: there are actually cartoons made that are geared for a more MATURE crowd – and they are oftentimes just as funny, if not funnier, than the cartoons you watched as a kid!
The main archetype for this, of course, is “The Simpsons.” First aired in 1989, the iconic cartoon continues to be on the air some 21-years later, and was one of the first cartoons created for prime time that was geared towards an older crowd (even though I was sneaking to watch it when I was 8 years old.)
Since then, the number of cartoons on the air geared towards adults has risen considerably. A short list of shows includes “South Park” (rated TV-M), “The Boondocks” (rated TV-M), “Family Guy” (rated TV-14) and “Futurama” (rated TV-PG to TV-14). All of these cartoons are gut-busting hilarious, and NONE of them should be watched by children.
Ah, mature cartoons… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!