A Guide to Bingeable “Kids” Cartoon Shows

We all remember our favourite cartoon kids shows: SpongeBob Squarepants, ScoobyDoo, Kim Possible, The PowerPuff Girls, Pokemon … shows that we adored as kids, and perhaps there’s even still a part of our adult selves that still loves those old shows – a nostalgic part.

I, for one, love kids cartoon shows. There’s something about them that’s just fun and entertaining, all the while the storyline is intriguing and sophisticated – it’s almost like I’m not watching a show marketed towards kids at all.

What I mean by this is that there is often complex and mature themes and ideas hidden in shows that are often viewed as children’s cartoons. These subtle adult themes are what makes the shows even more entertaining.

Below, I’ve written up a guide of “kids” cartoon shows – kids is in quotation marks because sometimes children really are the intended audience for these shows, sometimes adults take over, and sometimes they’re not geared towards kids at all.

I wrote this guide up because I realised a majority of shows I watch are considered kids cartoons, and it got me thinking about why I love these shows so much. Like I mentioned above, even though the humour can be a little silly and the characters too, a majority of kids cartoon shows have some fascinating storylines that grip the audience. I highly recommend each of the shows I mention below, but there’s three asterisks (***) next to my favourites. 

At the end of this post, you’ll find my favourites in order of which show you should watch first.

All of the shows that are mentioned are bingeable. What I mean by ‘bingeable’ is that the episodes are short: between 3-30 minutes each; and you can watch a season, maybe more, in a day. If you can’t watch these shows through the links provided, then please stream it rather than download. I don’t know how that’s better, but in my head it is.

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Adventure Time with Finn & Jake

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Where to watch: Cartoon Network | Hulu | Stan | Amazon | iTunes | Google Play
Run time: 11 minutes
Seasons:
10
Episodes: 275
Status:
On-going

at_earth2Adventure Time follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his magical, talking dog, Jake, in the Land of Ooo. After the Great Mushroom War, human-kind was practically wiped from existence and civilisation turned strange: candy people, space-lump beings, talking animals, magic, and so many more weird and wacky things run the world. The series mainly follows along with Finn and Jake’s adventures where they defeat the bad guy and rescue someone in the process, but there are also larger plot stories that span a season, and even give you little nuggets of info into what happened to the Earth before the War.

This show is incredibly quirky and funny, but you shouldn’t take it too seriously. I’ve put this in the “adult” category, only because it’s often joked that the main audience of this show is high college students, which you’ll understand when you watch it. Although the show looks silly, it’s really smart and progressive, and the art is just surreal.

Best episodes

titlecard_s3e9_fionnaandcake“Fiona and Cake” – Season 3, Episode 9:
Based on an idea by Adventure Time crew member Natasha Allegri to have an episode with all gender-switched characters. The titular Fionna and Cake, a human girl and her cat, replace Finn and Jake as they battle the Ice Queen to save Prince Gumball and the Candy Kingdom. In the midst of the Ice Queen’s latest plan, Fionna must also reconcile her feelings for Prince Gumball. 

titlecard_s2e1_itcamefromthenightosphere“It Came From the Nightosphere” – Season 2, Episode 1:
Finn unintentionally summons Marceline’s soul-stealing dad, who takes Marceline’s bass guitar away from her. Now, Finn has to stop Marceline’s dad before he steals everyone’s souls and get Marceline’s bass back.

 

titlecard_s3e5_tooyoung“Too Young” – Season 3, Episode 5
The Earl of Lemongrab, the first of Princess Bubblegum’s experiments, tries to claim the throne until Bubblegum turns eighteen again. Finn and Jake attempt to stop him. Guest voices: Justin Roiland as the Earl of Lemongrab and Isabella Acres as Young Princess Bubblegum.

 


Avatar: The Legend of Korra***

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Where to watch: ABC iView | Amazon | iTunes | Google Play
Run time: 23 minutes
Seasons:
4
Episodes: 52
Status: 
Concluded

rum5d17Taking place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender, this story follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang – a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenage girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern “Avatar” world, Republic City – a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology. It is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. However, Korra discovers that Republic City is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip it apart. Under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.

The Legend of Korra is just a beautiful show, but unlike it’s predecessor, The Last Airbender, it’s more suited for adults. The show is much darker than The Last Airbender, and tackles really heavy issues like depression, mental illness, and physical exhaustion. But what i love most about the show it that it features an incredibly strong female character as the MC, but the side characters are amazing too. Perhaps the best part of this series is that it eventually features a queer relationship between two women, something I have yet to see in any other kids cartoon.

Best episodes

korra-beginnings-1024x576“Beginnings” – Season 2, Episodes 7-8:
Korra learns about the origins of the first Avatar, Wan. She then realises what she has to do in order to restore the balance between the physical world and the spiritual world. 

 

korra-enter-the-void“Enter the Void” – Season 3, Episode 12: 
Team Avatar hatches a plan to save the Airbenders, but all is not what it seems like. Zaheer rediscovers an old Airbender talent. The motive of the Red Lotus is finally revealed.

 

mv5bmtcxnja0mte4mf5bml5banbnxkftztgwmzm4nty0mdi-_v1_ux200_cr00200112_al_“The Last Stand” – Season 4, Episode 13:
When Korra comes face to face with Kuvira, the fate of the Earth Kingdom and the Avatar’s life are at stake.

 

 


Regular Show

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Where to watch: Hulu | US Netflix (DVD only) | Stan | Amazon | iTunes | Google Play
Run time: 23 minutes
Seasons:
8
Episodes: 244
Status: 
Concluded

regular_show-_mordecai___rigby_in_8-bit_land_02-0Mordecai and Rigby are groundkeepers at a park. But these best friends don’t let their jobs interfere with their ability to have fun. While Mordecai tries to be responsible and do a good job, he’s frequently led astray by his immature pal, who is totally without fear or shame, and has no boundaries at all.

Regular Show is like an adult version of Adventure Time. The humour is reminiscent of South Park, just with less crudeness. Mordecai and Rigby have a great character dynamic with one another, and the poor supporting cast who are often the victims of their pranks/laziness. But the best part of this show is how unpredictable and chaotic it is. You’ll start a show thinking you know where it’s going, but it will take you in the complete opposite direction.

Best episodes

this_is_my_jam_1_2479“This Is My Jam” – Season 2, Episode 13:
Rigby finds an old tape with one of his former favourite songs on it, only to find that it’s not as good as he remembers. Problem is, the song gets lodged in his brain and he cannot stop humming or singing it, so Mordecai tries various methods to get rid of it.

 

79537-regular-show-just-set-up-the-chairs-episode-screencap-1x2“Just Set Up the Chairs” – Season 1, Episode 2:
A birthday party is scheduled, and everyone has jobs to do. Muscle Man and High-Five Ghost are in charge of picking up the special entertainment, Skips inflates the bounce-house, and Benson goes to pick up the children. However, Mordecai and Rigby are enlisted with the lame job of setting up the chairs for the party, as Benson cannot trust them with something important.

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Mordecai and Rigby have no choice but to save the park when they discover that the rest of the gang have been brainwashed.

 

 


Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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Where to watch: Netflix | Amazon | iTunes | Google Play
Run time: 23 minutes
Seasons:
6
Episodes: 123
Status: 
Concluded

star-wars-the-clone-wars.pngYoda, Anakin and the Jedi Knights fight in the Clone Wars, taking them to many new planets and introducing new players. The series spans the time between ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones’ and ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.’

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is what the prequels should have been. This series delves deeper into the Star Wars universe than the original movies, and introduces so many amazing new characters, like Ahsoka, Duchess Satine, Cad Bane, and Savage Opress. What this show does exquisitely well, though, is the relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. In the prequels, there relationship is that of Master and padawan, but in the show, they’re brothers. And that makes it all the more sadder when you realise what happens between them.

Best episodes

epguide415.jpg“Deception” – Season 4, Episode 15:
Obi-Wan goes undercover in a prison to get to the bottom of a plot to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine. During the mission, he learns that Cad Bane is also involved and must work with him to escape.

 

epguide610-e1517219899196.png“The Lost One” – Season 6, Episode 10:
Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas died under mysterious circumstances years ago. When a secret Jedi mission accidentally finds his lightsaber, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Master Yoda investigate Sifo-Dyas’s death again. To keep them from uncovering the Sith conspiracy, Darth Sidious orders his servant Darth Tyranus to erase all traces.

mortisdarkanakin“Ghosts of Mortis” – Season 3, Episode 17: 
The Jedi remain stranded on Mortis, and the Son aligned with the Dark Side of the Force renews his efforts to convert Anakin as the Jedi prepare for a decisive confrontation. 

 


Star Wars: Rebels

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Where to watch: Disney XD | Foxtel | US Netflix (DVD only) | Amazon | iTunes | Google Play
Run time: 22 minutes
Seasons:
4
Episodes: 64
Status: 
On-going

starwarsrebels_taSet five years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope following the fall of the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Council, the series follows a motley group of rebels (all of whom have been affected by the Galactic Empire in one form or the other) that band together in a small group aboard a freighter starship called the Ghost. The series also focuses on the origins of some of the groups that form the Rebel Alliance.

While Rebels is not as dark as The Clone Wars, it’s still an engaging series and a great expansion into the Star Wars universe. The characters are all like a family, and seeing cameos from beloved character from The Clone Wars is super exciting. This series really focuses on hope, which is something heaps of character in the movies love to talk about.

Best episodes

star-wars-rebels-1119-s1e4-breaking-ranks“Rise of the Old Masters” – Season 1, Episode 4:
The rebel crew undergoes a rescue mission only to face a powerful foe.

 

 

reb_ia_8319“Fire Across the Galaxy” – Season 1, Episode 14:
The rebels must infiltrate the heart of an Imperial fleet to rescue Kanan

 

 

image-1“Twilight of the Apprentice: Part 2” – Season 2, Episode 20
After gaining information about the Sith, Kanan, Ezra and Ahsoka battle the Inquisitors with the help of a new ally.

 


Voltron: Legendary Defender

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Where to watch: Netflix (Original) | Amazon | iTunes | Google Play
Run time: 23 minutes
Seasons:
4
Episodes: 37
Status: 
On-going

voltron-legendary-defenderCenturies ago, a robot named Voltron was created to protect the galaxy. But the robot disappeared, which allowed for the rise of the evil Emperor Zarkon to take control of the galaxy. Five humans get unwittingly pulled into the war when they discover the five Lions of Voltron and become the robot’s Paladins. Together with an ancient Princess and her advisor, the five Paladins become the last line of defense for the galaxy in an intergalactic battle against the evil alien force led by Zarkon.

Voltron is one of those shows that hooks you in from the very beginning. The storyline is captivating, and the loveable characters pull you into the show. Each season just gets better and better, and let me tell you, season 4 just kicked my ass. *cough* Lotor *cough*

Best episodes

vlt_s2e1_across-the-universe_prod115“Across the Universe” – Season 2, Episode 1:
The lions get separated when a trip through a wormhole goes awry, while Coran and Allura scramble to break free of a seemingly endless time loop. Meanwhile, Zarkon seeks to uncover the person responsible for the Paladins escape.

 

voltron-s3e07-00-ndbb3my1pbryeoomimv6k1wvby11pehajhqvshq2ug“The Legend Begins” – Season 3, Episode 7:
As the team tries to decipher Lotor’s plan for the comet, Coran gives the Paladins a history lesson about the origins of Voltron and the ongoing war.

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-01-29 at 9.42.09 pm“A New Defender” – Season 4, Episode 6:
Forces of good and evil converge on the planet Naxzela, where Voltron faces unforeseen danger only one Paladin can help them escape.

 

 


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Avatar: The Last Airbender*** (also known as The Legend of Aang)

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Where to watch: Nickelodeon (free) | US Netflix (DVD only) | Amazon | iTunes | Google Play
Run time: 23 minutes
Seasons:
3
Episodes: 61
Status: 
Concluded

dlss3ysrqnd6sjjmxajiThe world is divided into four elemental nations: The Northern and Southern Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. The Avatar upholds the balance between the nations, but the Avatar mysteriously disappeared, which allowed for the Fire Nation to invade the other nations. The Avatar, master of all four elements, is the only one who can stop them. A hundred years after the Avatar went missing, Katara and Sokka discover the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang. Together they must help Aang master the elements and save the world.

Avatar: The Last Airbender was the first kids cartoon that I watched and fell in love with. Everything about this show is just perfection: the characters, the storyline, the art … everything comes together to form a hilarious, emotional and visually pleasing show. But the characters are the real stars of the shows as they each go through some of the best character developments I’ve ever watched.

Best episodes

301703“Siege of the North” – Season 1, Episode 19-20:
The Northern Water Tribe braces against the attack by the Fire Nation. Meanwhile, Zuko sneaks into the North Pole to capture the Avatar. Aang, realizing that the Water Tribe cannot defeat Zhao’s fleet alone, decides to visit the Spirit World to get help.

 

314754“The Crossroads of Destiny” – Season 2, Episode 20:
The heroes work together to stop Azula’s destructive plans; Zuko finds companionship in an unlikely source and learns the time has come to make an imperative choice about his future.

 

376043“Sozin’s Comet” – Season 3, Episode 18-21:
Sozin’s Comet is only three days away. Zuko tells the others what the Fire Lord plans on the day of the comet and the gang realizes that they must stop him before then. But Aang doubts that he can do what is expected of him. Can he defeat Ozai, the Phoenix King? Will he be forced to take a human life? All the characters face their greatest challenges.

More episodes: Honestly almost every episode is incredible, but here’s a few more of my favourites …

  1. “Zuko Alone” – Season 2, Episode 7
  2. “Lake Laogai” – Season 2, Episode 17
  3. “The Avatar and the Firelord” – Season 3, Episode 6
  4. “The Day of Black Sun” – Season 3 – Episode 10-11
  5. “The Firebending Masters” – Season 3, Episode 13
  6. “Boiling Rock” – Season 3, Episode 14-15
  7. “The Ember Island Players” – Season 3, Episode 17

Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse

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Where to watch: YouTube (free)
Run time: 3-4 minutes
Seasons:
7
Episodes: 76
Status: 
Concluded

maxresdefaultThe series is set in a fictional version of Malibu, California, United States where all of its inhabitants are human-sized dolls. The dolls behave like people, though a number of the show’s gags rely on their doll-like nature. The series centers on the life of Barbie, her friends, siblings and her boyfriend Ken. The series is stylized as a mock reality show featuring confessionals of the characters in between scenes.

This show is just hilarious, so if you’re looking to kick back for an hour or so and laugh, definitely watch this. The reality show style of this show is clever and amusing, and the characters really bring the show to life.

Best episodes

maxresdefault4“Closet Princess” – Season 1, Episode 1:
Barbie goes through her endless closet for a specific accessory to wear on her 43rd anniversary with Ken.

 

 

barbiee284a2-life-in-the-dreamhouse-party-foul16-48-19“Party Foul” – Season 1, Episode 6:
Raquelle invites Barbie and Nikki over for a party and gives them a hard time with the dress code.

 

 

barbie_life_in_the_dreamhouse____gone_glitter_by_hinata_chan42-d6bhxvc.png“Gone Glitter Gone” – Season 2, Episodes 7-8:
The girls scheme for whatever glitter they can find in the midst of a glitter shortage in Malibu.

 

 


Over the Garden Wall***

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Where to watch: Cartoon Network (free) | Hulu | Amazon | iTunes | Google Play
Run time: 10 minutes
Seasons:
1
Episodes: 10
Status: 
Concluded

the_unknown_forestThis comedy-fantasy mini is based on the short Tome Of The Unknown. Over the Garden Wall revolves around two brothers, Wirt and Greg, who find themselves lost in a mysterious land and try to find their way home, aided by a bluebird named Beatrice.

This show gives me such feels. If you’re looking for a cute comedy that will simultaneously make you cry, then look no further. The artwork in this series is phenomenal, and will have you in awe. The storyline is so unique, nothing you’ve seen before, but it’s also not what it seems. Once you’ve finished this show, come back and read this article for more on that. It is, without a doubt, the cutest show I have ever seen and an absolute gem. Also, this show has Greg! With a teapot on his head! Why does he have a teapot on his head? You have to watch to find out.

Best episodes

980x“Lullaby in Frogland” – Season 1, Episode 6:
Wirt and Greg board the Frogland Ferry, which is supposed to take them home.

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-01-30 at 8.43.48 am“My Reverie” – Season 1, Episode 9:
The origin of Wirt and Greg’s descent into the Unknown is revealed.

 

 

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The Beast arrives.

 

 

 


Gravity Falls***

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Where to watch: Disney XD | Hulu | Amazon | iTunes | Google Play
Run time: 23 minutes
Seasons:
2
Episodes: 40
Status: 
Concluded

gravity-falls1When Dipper and Mabel Pines get sent to their great-uncle Stan’s shop in Gravity Falls, Oregon for the summer, they think it will be boring. They’re forced to work in their  Grunkle Stan Stan’s Mystery Shack, a tourist trap which overcharges unlucky visitors for a glimpse at the world’s most bizarre museum. But when Dipper find a strange journal in the woods, he and sister learn about some strange secrets about the town and they must rely on one another to find their way in this unfamiliar town. Welcome to Gravity Falls. Just north of Normal, west of Weird.

Gravity Falls is one of the best kids cartoons out there. This show is not only entertaining and hilarious, but it’s also one of the smartest shows I’ve ever watched. There are so many clues peppered throughout every episode, you really need to pay attention to catch them all. I’ve watched this series three times over, and I’m still picking the clues up. While Dipper and Mabel have their adventures, there’s an overreaching plot line of who is the author of the journal Dipper discovers, as well as a secret plot. Look, the show’s amazing. And if you’re not convinced, one word: Mabel.

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UPDATE: Once you’ve finished the series, come back and watch this conspiracy video about the ending of Gravity Falls. I have chills!!

Best episodes

maxresdefault1“The Time Traveler’s Pig” – Season 1, Episode 9:
Dipper wants to correct a mistake he made in the past with assistance from a time machine. Meanwhile, Mabel is overjoyed when she wins a pet pig at a fair.

 

 

s2e11_stan_shadow“Not What He Seems” – Season 2, Episode 11:
Dipper and Mabel question how much they really know about their Grunkle Stan, after government agents take him into custody.

 

 

s2e18_open_sky“Weirdmageddon: Part 1, 2, 3” – Sesaon 2, Episode 18-20:
Trapped in the apocalypse and menaced by villains new and old, Dipper finds himself in a race against time to save his sister, the town, and the world. 

 

More episodes: This show is just fantastic with all of it’s twists and turns. It’s hard to pick just three amazing episodes, so here’s more …

  1. “The Inconveniencing” – Season 1, Episode 5
  2. “Boss Mabel” – Season 1, Episode 13
  3. “Bottomless Pit!” – Season 1, Episode 14
  4. “Land Before Swine” – Season 1, Episode 18
  5. “Gideon Rises” – Season 1, Episode 20
  6. “Scary-oke” – Season 2, Episode 1
  7. “Sock Opera” – Season 2, Episode 4
  8. “Society of the Blind Eye” – Season 2, Episode 7
  9. “A Tale of Two Stans” – Season 2, Episode 12
  10. “The Last Mabelcorn” – Season 2, Episode 15

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir

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Where to watch: Netflix | Amazon | iTunes | Google Play
Run time: 22 minutes
Seasons:
2
Episodes: 36
Status: 
On-going

8e3812cfbfeef9e3d85112b980df137341d72496_hqMarinette Dupain-Cheng, a shy high-school student, has inherited some magical ladybug-shaped earrings. The ornaments grant the power of Luck to whoever wears them. Yet there is one condition: they have to be worn in an altruistic manner, or else, beware of the consequences. Whenever the situation needs it, Marinette turns into Ladybug, the guardian angel. When evil arises in Paris, Marinette becomes Ladybug, while her classmate Adrien Agreste becomes Cat Noir. However, neither know each other’s secret identities. Together, they’re a crime-fighting duo who protect Paris against the mysterious villain Hawk Moth.

Miraculous Ladybug is a magical superhero show that you will most likely binge. Marinette is such a relatable MC: she’s sweet, clumsy, happy and very generous – a really great role model for girls. My favourite part of the series is the frustrating sort-of love square: Marinette, when she’s not Ladybug, has a huge crush on Adrien, and Adrien, as Cat Noir, has a huge crush on Ladybug. Ughhhh, it can get on your nerves, especially as the romance is teased so much, but it will be worth it, I’m sure. The cast is also really diverse. What’s really interesting, is how the show came to be. Read it here.

Best Episodes 

dc_s01ep10_2853329“Dark Cupid” – Season 1, Episode 10
It’s Valentine’s Day in Paris. Marinate is willing to tell Adrien she loves him, Adrien wants to admit is feelings to Ladybug and Kim is ready to make a big love declaration to Chloé. But nothing is going the way it was planned.

 

Screen Shot 2018-01-30 at 11.11.01 pm“Simon Says” – Season 1, Episode 23:
Marinette is punished by her father because she missed classes at school. She has to stay home and cannot be with Adrien at the TV show Nino appears on. But when Ladybug has to move into action, she will have to find a way to leave the house without her father knowing about it.

or1-2850429“Ladybug and Cat Noir – Origins” – Season 1, Episodes 25-26:
Adrien wants to go to school like everyone but his father forbids him to do so. Becoming Cat Noir will give him the opportunity to have a taste of freedom and to put some fun into his life. As for Marinette, Chloés’ scapegoat, she becomes friends with a new student, Alya, that she admires. Becoming Ladybug will give Marinette the opportunity to learn that her clumsiness is not inevitable.


Star vs. the Forces of Evil 

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Where to watch: Disney XD | Hulu | iTunes | Google Play
Run time: 23 minutes
Seasons:
3
Episodes: 48
Status: 
On-going

star-vs-the-forces-of-evil-credit-disney-abc-domestic-televisionAfter having skirmished with a number of dangerous monsters, Princess Star Butterfly is sent to Earth in exile. On the way, she meets an Earth boy named Marco Diaz, and she lives with Marco and his parents. However, rather than living a normal life, Star continues on having to battle villains both throughout the universe and in their high school, in order to protect her extremely powerful wand, an object that still confuses her.

Star vs. the Forces of Evil is such a bright, colourful and quirky show. The main characters are all amazing: Star, a badass, magic-wielding Princess from another dimension; and Marco, an adorable, kinda-badass sidekick. Star eventually develops a crush on Marco, but Marco gets a girlfriend, so awkwardness ensues, but Star has a team of female friends who help her – it’s so great and inspiring. Not to mention the animation is just gorgeous!

Best episodes

maxresdefault3“Storm the Castle” – Season 1, Episode 13:
Marco is captured by Toffee and held for wand-ransom, so Star enters into an unlikely alliance with Ludo and Buff Frog.

 

 

maxresdefault2“Bon Bon the Birthday Clown” – Season 2, Episode 14:
Star has second thoughts about attending a dead clown’s seance, when Jackie asks Marco to go to the school dance with him.

 

94f96ac4634aaa559c6502284da39a4a9c3b7f88_hq“Face the Music/Starcrushed” – Season 2, Episode 21:
Star and Marco work with singer Ruberiot to write a song for Star’s Song Day; Star is persuaded by her friends to ditch Marco’s party in favor of a more dangerous event, in order to help take her mind off her troubled relationship with Marco.


Steven Universe***

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Where to watch:  Cartoon Network (free) | Hulu | AmazoniTunes | Google Play   
Run time: 11 minutes
Seasons:
5
Episodes: 137
Status: 
On-going

anrhkqnThe Crystal Gems, ageless alien warriors, live in an ancient beachside temple on Earth, protecting the world from evil. They project female humanoid forms from magical gemstones that are the core of their being. The Crystal Gems are Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl and Steven, a young half-human, half-Gem boy who inherited his gemstone from his mother, the Gems’ former leader Rose Quartz. As Steven tries to figure out his powers, he spends his days with his human father Greg, his friend Connie, other people in Beach City, or the other Gems, whether to help them save the world or just to hang out. He explores the abilities passed down to him by his mother, which include fusion (the ability of Gems to merge their identities and bodies to form a new and more powerful personality).

Steven Universe is Cartoon Network’s most progressive shows. Not only is the animation just exquisite, but the characters are coded as queer. Pearl, one of the Crystal Gems, was in deep love with Steven’s mother, Rose Quartz, while Garnet – without spoiling anything – is very clearly in a f/f romantic relationship … it’s just one that is magical (and I can’t explain without a massive spoiler!). The friendship between Steven and Connie is one of the loveliest friendships I’ve ever watched on T.V. But not only does this show have great characters, you learn the background info on the War from 5000 years ago, as well as the overreaching plot line about the Diamonds – the Queens of all Crystals – and how they still plan to invade Earth, even though they were unsuccessful 5000 years ago.

Best episodes

alone_together_053“Alone Together” – Season 1, Episode 37:
Steven learns a new power; Steven is paranoid about the warp streams.

 

 

f9e39ab2a12b041583c7cf0824e9abe1b6cb6193_hq“The Return/Jail Break” – Season 1, Episodes 51-52:
Peridot comes to Earth from the Gem Homeworld with a deadly adversary. And Steven attempts to save the Gems from Jasper’s clutches. 

 

 

the_answer_244“The Answer” – Season 2, Episodes 22:
Garnet finally tells Steven the story of how she came to be a Crystal Gem.

 

 

More Episodes: This show is just a delight, and it’s hard to pick just three amazing episodes, so …

  1. “Giant Woman” – Season 1, Episode 12
  2. “Log Date 7 15 2” – Season 2, Episode 26
  3. “Barn Mates” – Season 3, Episode 4
  4. “Hit the Diamonds” – Season 3, Episode 5
  5. “Mr Greg” – Season 3, Episode 8
  6. “Bubbled” – Season 3, Episode 23
  7. “Steven’s Dream” – Season 4, Episode 10
  8. “Gem Heist” – Season 4, Episode 12
  9. “Raising the Barn” – Season 5, Episode 7

Trollhunters*** (also known as Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia)

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Where to watch: Netflix (original) | Amazon | iTunes | Google Play
Run time: 23 minutes
Seasons:
2
Episodes: 39
Status: 
On-going

mv5bnti0mtm2ntq2mf5bml5banbnxkftztgwnjgxnzc4mdi-_v1_sx1777_cr001777999_al_Jim Lake Jr. is an ordinary kid with a busy Mom and a yearning to have more adventure in his life. As it happens, Jim gets more than he wished when he finds a magic amulet under a bridge, calling to him. With that discovery, Jim finds himself recruited as the next, and first human Trollhunter, the champion of the Troll world. Together with his friends Toby Domzalski and Claire Nuñez, Jim discovers the world of Troll Market, where he begins his training under the tutelage of his new mentors, Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!!. They explain to him his mantle is to protect Trollkind against the threat of the Gumm Gumms, the evil Trolls, who scheme to release their leader, Gunmar the Black, to conquer both the Troll and Human worlds. In the struggle ahead, Jim and his friends will discover enemies and friends where they least expect them as their shadow war draws ever greater danger and complications into all their lives.

Trollhunters is my favourite show – I’ve now watched both seasons three times each. I you’re looking for an amazing fantasy adventure with loveable characters, morally-grey and evil villains, with an epic storyline. I have never watched a show as impressive as Trollhunters – I remember watching the first episode and then bingeing the next 10. It’s so hard to stop watching. Also, it was created by Guillermo del Toro! del Toro has also announced that he will be releasing two other shows that will relate to the Trollhunter universe, one about aliens and the other about wizards. Read the article here.

Best episodes

img_6141“The Battle of Two Bridges” – Season 1, Episode 13:
Jim must surrender to Bular and unlock the Killahead Bridge to save kidnapped Blinky, and promises Claire that he will get her brother back.

 

 

trollhunters-s02e02-8267a5127156f10d962397c19d4c301d-full“Escape from the Darklands” – Season 2, Episode 1:
With Jim still trapped in the Darklands searching for Enrique, his friends rally to bring him back. But the Troll Tribunal has other ideas.

 

 

medium-clean“In the Hall of the Gumm-Gumm King” – Season 2, Episode 13:
A monumental loss carries a warning from beyond the grave as Gunmar marches for Heartstone Trollmarket. Can the team pull together to save the day?

 

More Episodes: So this is my favourite show, so you can’t imagine how hard it was to pick just three amazing episodes, so here’s more …

  1. “Gnome Your Enemy” – Season 1, Episode 4
  2. “Waka Chaka” – Season 1, Episode 5
  3. “Young Atlas” – Season 1, Episode 10
  4. “Recipe for Disaster” – Season 1, Episode 11
  5. “It’s About Time” – Season 1, Episode 22
  6. “Angor Management” – Season 1, Episode 24
  7. “Something Rotten This Way Comes” – Season 1, Episode 26
  8. “Grand Theft Otto” – Season 2, Episode 3
  9. “KanjiAAARRRGGHH!!!” – Season 2, Episode 4
  10. “Creepslayerz” – Season 2, Episode 9
  11. “Unbecoming” – Season 2, Episode 11
  12. “Mistrial and Error” – Season 2, Episode 12

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Chowder

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Where to watch: HuluNetflix (DVD only) | Amazon (season 3 only) | iTunes | Google Play
Run time: 15 minutes  
Seasons:
2
Episodes: 39
Status: 
On-going

chowderChowder dreams of becoming a great chef someday. So he makes his way to Marzipan City and becomes the apprentice of famous, but old, chef Mung Daal, who owns a catering company with his wife Truffles and his assistant, Shnitzel. Together, they create simple recipes and have crazy adventures.

 Chowder is a super weird and wacky show, but it’s also adorable. I mean, look at Chowder above. Don’t you just want to hug him? The show is, of course, quite juvenile, but it’s silly-funny, and the art is really impressive. Oh and Truffles is me when I’m an old lady.

Best episodes

flibber_flabber_pizza“The Flibber Flabber Diet” – Season 1, Episode 7:
Truffles goes on a diet and forces everyone else to share it.

 

 

1280x720-jff.jpg“Hey Hey, it’s Knishmas” – Season 2, Episode 5:
Chowder worries he won’t receive the gift he wants on Knishmas. Meanwhile, Mung wants to make a perfect Schmingerbread house, but he may have to buy one from Mrs. Endive instead.

 

526x297-szu“Chowder Grows Up” – Season 3, Episode 9:
Mung tells Chowder that one day he’ll have to grow up and run the kitchen on his own once he becomes old enough. Chowder didn’t want to grow up and sings a song explaining why, but he sings the same song for twenty years and grows up naturally. He then sees what all of his friends grew up to be, and he finally realizes that he should stop acting like a kid and grow up.


Clarence

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Where to watch: Cartoon Network (free) | Hulu | Amazon | iTunes | Google Play
Run time: 11 minutes
Seasons:
3
Episodes: 114
Status: 
On-going

Screen Shot 2018-01-30 at 8.38.34 pmAn animated series following the adventures of an optimistic young boy named Clarence, and his two best friends, Sumo and Jeff.

Clarence is literally one of the cutest shows out there. Clarence is an incredibly optimistic young boy, and no matter what he does, you can’t help but root for him. He’s amazingly sweet and funny, and has the most beautiful relationship with his mother, who is raising him as a single mum. She has a boyfriend, Chad, who is just great with Clarence. What this show does incredibly well is showing different types of families: Clarence is raised by a single mum, his friend Jeff has two mothers, and Sumo comes from a large family that is rough and kinda redneck, but they all love each other.

Best Episodes

b1nctk-cyaakhyy“Belson’s Sleepover” – Season 1, Episode 22:
Whoever can survive a night of pranks and scares, will win Belson’s old game system.

 

 

maxresdefault“Field Trippin'” Season 2, Episode 11:
Clarence gets on the wrong school bus after taking a bathroom break on a field trip.

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-02-01 at 7.30.06 pm“Phantom Clarence” – Season 3, Episode 5:
Clarence plans to throw the sleepover to end all sleepovers with decorations, pillow fights, and games, but there’s one thing missing – guests; Clarence wants invite all his friends, but finds that they might need some convincing.

 


The Amazing World of Gumball

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Where to watch: Cartoon Network (free) | HuluUS Netflix (DVD only) | Amazon | iTunes | Google Play
Run time: 11 minutes
Seasons:
6
Episodes: 203
Status: 
Concluded

1280x720-p75The quaint little suburb of Elmore isn’t quite what it seems as just about everything has the ability to come to life! The Amazing World of Gumball follows the misadventures of Gumball, a twelve-year-old cat. With the help of his best friend Darwin, his former pet goldfish that grew legs and joined the family, he gets into all sorts of antics. He is joined by his sister, Anais, a four-year-old bunny with heightened intelligence. His father, Richard, and his mother, Nicole, are there to provide him support as well.

The Amazing World of Gumball is a colourful, creative show that never gets old. It also features one of the most unique animations I’ve ever seen: Gumball and his family are animated in 2D, while the backgrounds are from real life. But everything works really well together, and it’s a lot of fun to watch.

Best episodes

gumball-the-remote-the-amazing-world-of-gumball-31740775-638-353“The Remote” – Season 2, Episode 1:
A battle for the TV remote turns ugly.

 

 

 

plan_future_gum“The Plan” – Season 2, Episode 38:
The Watterson kids make a plan to save their mom.

 

 

 

penny_fitzgerald_is_looking_at_gumball_watterson27s_eyes_on_the_shell“The Shell” – Season 3, Episode 20:
After accidentally headbutting her during a school play and causing a crack to form, Gumball urges Penny to break from her shell and reveal her true form. However, when Gumball is left speechless by her beauty, Penny misinterprets his shock as disappointment and goes on a rampage through Elmore, shapeshifting into several monsters.

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Great – I want to watch all these shows, but

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Literally anywhere you want, but there are some shows I recommend above others, a.k.a my favourites:

Start with Over the Garden Wall – the episodes run for only 10 minutes, so you can be done in an hour and forty minutes. It’s shorter than a movie. Plus, the show is emotional and beautiful, the time will fly by.

Then watch Gravity Falls. The show is incredibly engaging, and the greater mystery surrounding the show will keep you bingeing each episode. Also, Mabel.

Next is definitely Avatar: The Last AirbenderEach episode will have you hooked as you’re drawn into this fascinating fantasy world.

You’re now ready for my one true love, TrollhuntersTrollhunters is one of those shows that is impossible to stop watching. The first season has 26 episodes and I blew through them all in two days. Plus. I’ve watched both season THREE TIMES. It’s amazing.

Now you can return back to the beautiful world that is Avatar with The Legend of KorraThis show is darker than it’s predecessor, but just as incredible.

And finally, you can now handle Voltron: Legendary DefendersThis show is crazy good, and the science fiction element is sophisticated.

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Have you watched any of the shows I talked about? If so, which is your favourite? Will you watch any of them based on my recommendation? Please let me know if you do! 
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16 thoughts on “A Guide to Bingeable “Kids” Cartoon Shows

  1. LittleIrishbookcat says:

    This isn’t such a fantastic post. I absolutely afore ATLA and LOK and ever since I’ve finished them I’ve been looking for new cartoons to watch. I’m defiantly going to try: Voltron, Gravity Falls & Trollhunters first. Thank you for the recommendations. 🙂

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  2. rebeccamills01 says:

    Love this post!!! Gravity Falls is everything, easily one of my favorite shows ever. Probably tied with Bob’s Burgers.

    I think Disney XD is having a two-week marathon of all the episodes. I think it’s going to include all the episodes and shorts, too. I’m just excited for the show to be back on TV again. 🙂

    I also love Adventure Time, Regular Show and Amazing World of Gumball. I’d recommend We Bare Bears, Long Live the Royals and the new Ducktales!

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    • thebookcorps says:

      Thank you so much!! Gravity Falls is seriously one of the best shows out there. Oh I didn’t know that!! I have Disney XD on TV – guess who’s going to binge this show for like the 5th time?? Lol

      I’ve been watching We Bare Bears!! Haven’t finished it yet. Haven’t heard of the other two, I’m going to check them out 😀

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      • rebeccamills01 says:

        Me too!!!! I was watching the shorts last night, mostly just Mabel’s Guide To!

        Oooh I need to catch up on We Bare Bears. I don’t usually sit down and watch it, I end up binge-watching a bunch of episodes over the span of a few days lol

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  3. ignitedmoth says:

    Omg I just wanted to keep smashing that Like button all throughout this post. 😀 ❤
    What an awesome list! My boyfriend makes fun of me because when he first got Hulu I watched Over the Garden Wall three times that weekend. lol It was just sooo good, and how it all came together in the end was insane!
    I also absolutely love Adventure Time/Regular Show. What little I've gotten to see of Steven Universe has been amazing, too, and I definitely want to check out Star vs. The Forces of Evil. Awesome post!

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    • thebookcorps says:

      Omg thank you!!!!!
      😭 thinking about Over the Garden Wall makes me want to cry because it’s one of the most incredible shows out there. Everyone should watch it – the ending was fantastic.
      Ooh definitely watch Star Vs. and if you get the chance Gravity Falls!! Gravity Falls is so clever and I rewatch it all the time 😀
      Thank you so much !!💕

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      • ignitedmoth says:

        I actually re-watched some Over the Garden Wall and started watching Gravity Falls this weekend because of your post! lol It inspired me to get in some cartoon time. 😀 Sadly, Hulu started acting all wonky and I only got to see the first episode of GF, but I will definitely be watching more of it! 🙂

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      • thebookcorps says:

        I’m rewatching Over the Garden Wall at the moment too!! Omg yay!! Gravity Falls is amazing, I hope you love it! Hopefully Hulu works for you soon! I’m about to add a link to a video I watched about a Gravity Falls theory, so if you finish the series, come back and watch this awesome video!! I was freaking out the whole time!

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