The Top Five Ranked Animated Shows on Television

Talia Dave, Staff Writer

The entertainment world is dominated by television and movies, especially those that are animated. Children, teens and adults alike all, at some point in their life, enjoy animation. Here is a list of the top five best animated television shows of the 21st century.

Family Guy is arguably the funniest animated show on TV. With its dry humor, family pride and political jokes, the show has survived 16 seasons on air with the last 13 from network Adult Swim. Creator Seth Macfarlane has a funny, crude sense of humor that he inputs into his main characters: Peter Griffin, Brian Griffin, Lois and of course, Stewie. Many quirks and pinches come with this show, from a talking dog to an evil toddler, and even a man-sized chicken. We are lucky there is a Family Guy, as their family says in every opening, and hope to see a 17th season on its way.

Another one of the best animated shows is Brickleberry, a story of foolish park rangers trying to make their way through the loops. It follows a chief park ranger, his pet bear and other employees. Creator Daniel Tosh voices the bear, Malloy, who is a devious young bear that enjoys the pain of his owner Woody. While that is not happening, Steve, Ethel, Denzel and Connie work tirelessly, or not so, to be the best park rangers they can be. A witty, silly and childish comedy, Brickleberry is a must watch.

In 2017, Netflix released one of its best shows yet: Big Mouth. Producer and actor Nick Kroll voices more than half of his animated stars, along with Andrew Goldberg and Jennifer Flackett. The show follows a group of seventh graders coming of age, figuring out middle school, and of course, like all thirteen-year-olds: going through puberty. When young Andrew begins his school year, he’s interrupted by an uninvited friend Morry, the Hormone Monster. He purposely makes it tough for certain middle schoolers to deal with “teenage rage” and such, but through the show Andrew and his friends learn to deal with the change.  With only one season so far, Netflix has renewed it for another season coming early 2019. Hilariously entertaining, Big Mouth shows the raw reality of what growing up in the teenage years is truly like, and the animation makes it even better.

No one could ever forget the true classic: Spongebob Squarepants. With 11 seasons and running, the 1999 classic is still in the making. Created by the genius mind of marine biologist and producer Stephen Hillenburg, this show has, at one point, been a part of many childhoods. Spongebob is a sponge living in a pineapple with his pet snail Gary. This show’s episodes are all uniquely different, with recurring characters such as the flying dutchman, body-builder crab and a squirrel living in the ocean. As children, having the Krusty Krab be real was a dream for many, yet was only reserved for Nickelodeon in small 11 minute segments per episode. Showing two episodes in one time slot, Spongebob was available to sort out his numerous problems and play with his friends. Jellyfishing, flipping patties and messing with his best friend Patrick are just some of his favorite hobbies. Is this the Krusty Krab? No, this is the top five. If you know, you know. And if not-get watching.

An old one and a short one is the last show: Planet Sheen. As everyone knows, Jimmy Neutron had its prime on Nikelodeon in the early 2000’s. Yet, the epilogue was so much better. Nerd, dork and outcast Sheen found his way to another planet where he was the king. Soon after crash landing on his new planet, Sheen is bombarded by creatures on the planet that believe he is of superior intellect. On Earth, Sheen Estevez is seen as one of the “less gifted” among his friends, but here he sees what his true capabilities are. The quirky series ran from 2010-2013 on Nick. Producer and creator Steve Oedekerk returned from the Jimmy Neutron era with the same voice, Jeffrey Garcia, of the amazing Sheen. All calling Ultralord, turn on your Hulu and get back into your childhood with some Planet Sheen.

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and many more subscriptions carry these animated shows. With interesting twists on stages of life from just straight comedy, these shows are for everyone who enjoys a laugh, a cry and sometimes just sitting back, relaxing and enjoying what they are watching.