Since it first premiered, I’ve loved Adult Swim. Though they’ve had a few misses along the way, they’ve still managed to deliver a solid mix of original and reinvigorated shows. While it was nice watching reruns of Futurama, discovering new anime, or questioning why they would have Pee-Wee Herman in their lineup, it was always the original shows that made me fan. Almost all of these I would consider perfect. While not every episode was a homerun, they all certainly delivered.
5. Morel Orel
Holy crap was I confused when this premiered. Airing the Christmas episode first, which was the final episode of the season, made most of it fly over my head. Thankfully, I stuck with it when it premiered proper. Though creator Dino Stamatopoulos (Star-burns!) is a bit controversial, he does make some good points about religion and conservatives.
Aaron McGruder holds no punches. While the first season was very deliberate with its opinions, the following seasons were off the wall nuts. All while maintaining the same level of commentary about Black American culture, and the sub-cultures there of. Plus, you know, anime fight scenes.
I wish I knew more about music. The careful choreography between the music and each episode is astounding. Brendon Small is not only a gifted musician, but a talented writer. Though the wait between seasons is overly long, it’s always worth it. Particularly when such greatness as The Doomstar Requiem: A Klok Opera is delivered.
There’s a goldmine to be had dissecting the back catalog of Hanna-Barbera. Many shows have poked fun at the Flintstones, Jetsons, and Grape Ape, but Harvey Birdman was by far the best. Quitting the superhero gig, Birdman became an attorney, defending many of these characters. Like when Scooby and Shaggy were arrested for drug possession, or when George Jetson tried to sue the past for ruining the future. It went a little whack-a-do towards the end, but stayed funny throughout.
This is easily the most painful show to wait on. The production time between seasons can take typically two, if not three years. But like Metalocalypse, the wait is always worth it. I didn’t enjoy the show at first, mostly because I didn’t grasp the concept. Once I got that this was a grown up boy adventurer a la Jonny Quest, I was all in. Though the tangled web of plot lines and sub characters has become slightly convoluted, Venture Bros is always smartly written and most importantly, funny.
What’s your favorite AS shows? Any I missed (there’s no way Robot Chicken would make this list)? Comment below!
Can’t believe Aqua Teen is still going.