Some are joke-heavy; others are operatic, nearly silent odysseys. Their animation styles range from quick-turnaround cutouts to lavish, evocative landscapes. And their protagonists range, too: from adventurous adolescent boys and cynical teenage girls to washed-up fiftysomethings and bored office workers. One of the essential joys of animation is the wide age range it can appeal to, from very young children to geeky adults—and often, the best stuff does both.
1989 | Animation, Comedy
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family; Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Since the beginning, the series has been a pop culture icon, attracting hundreds of celebrities to guest star. The show has also made name for itself in its fearless satirical take on politics, media and American life in general.
2011 | Animation, Comedy
Bob's Burgers follows a third-generation restaurateur, Bob, as he runs Bob's Burgers with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob and his quirky family have big ideas about burgers, but fall short on service and sophistication. Despite the greasy counters, lousy location and a dearth of customers, Bob and his family are determined to make Bob's Burgers "grand re-re-re-opening" a success.
2013 | Animation, Action & Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Rick is a mentally-unbalanced but scientifically-gifted old man who has recently reconnected with his family. He spends most of his time involving his young grandson Morty in dangerous, outlandish adventures throughout space and alternate universes. Compounded with Morty's already unstable family life, these events cause Morty much distress at home and school.
1999 | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
The adventures of a late-20th-century New York City pizza delivery boy, Philip J. Fry, who, after being unwittingly cryogenically frozen for one thousand years, finds employment at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company in the retro-futuristic 31st century.