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I've always prided myself in being young at heart. I feel like it's a big part of who I am. I think you will always live your best life when you allow yourself to enjoy things for any age, no matter what your actual age is. Cartoons are something we are denied after a certain age. Unless we want crude jokes that end up making us uncomfortable anyway (besides Bob's Burgers). So for you, these are my top picks for cartoons adults can watch that are originally geared towards kids. By kids, I mean ages eight to 17—not really little ones. I'm sure you've heard all of them, but have you watched all of them? You should and here's why.
1. 'Voltron: Legendary Defender'
This reboot of the popular 1980s Voltron is where it's at y'all. Netflix did a great job bringing us a new story, with some great characters, and an interesting plot line with action, love, adventure, and loss. Netflix literally just finished the series this month so the whole thing is available to watch from start to finish. The characters are well-written and interesting, and they have an archetype for everyone's need. The story is also interesting, and it can jump around, but even so, it's easy to follow and entertaining to watch. Personally, it's one of my favorite shows of all time. I would, however, recommend avoiding the fandom. They are a little crazy, and honestly? They make the experience of Voltron significantly less enjoyable, so maybe just go for the great fan art and great fan fiction.
2. 'Miraculous Ladybug'
Originally from France, this cartoon is full of fun and adventure in the beautiful city of Paris. It's simple and easy to watch. It follows the same pattern almost every episode, but it's an entertaining, "feel good" show. You follow two teenagers as they become superheros in Paris. There's plenty of twists and turns, and as the seasons progress, the plot line gets more and more interesting. Also, follow along as the Love Square figures themselves out. Because we have Adrien (who is Chat Noir) in love with Ladybug (who is Marinette) while Marinette (Ladybug) is in love with Adrien (Chat Noir), but of course, they don't know each other's identities. On a personal note, I also recommend to watch it in French, but that's because I speak it too and I think it sounds better in its native language.
3. 'We Bare Bears'
This may look familiar to you. This cartoon was in my top five things on Netflix to watch drunk list. This show is just plain cute. The episodes are short and simple. The characters are funny and cute. We have three main characters who are brothers: Grizzly Bear, Panda Bear, and Ice Bear. The episodes are all standalone, so you don't need to have seen every episode to enjoy them, and they don't need to be in any kind of order. This show is truly great to watch drunk (and even better when you're high). If you have kids, I recommend getting them started on this show, because it is also soft and not super noisy like other TV shows for kids nowadays. It's a calming show—easy on the eyes and ears.
4. 'The Amazing World of Gumball'
This Cartoon Network show reminds me of the good old days. The days where cartoons had crazy jokes that were deeper than the surface fart jokes (while those are funny, too). Gumball gets into crazy adventures with his best friend Darwin. His family is hilarious and so are his friends—and the stories are even better. This show is meme-worthy and very enjoyable. The stories are crazy and out of this world. It's kinda noisy, but not overwhelming, unlike some other shows around these days. It's colorful, with a very interesting art style that I personally think is super fun and matches the stories these characters go through. Cartoon Network's still got it. At least when you watch this show and We Bare Bears.