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These incredible cartoons on Netflix are the binge-worthy shows adults will love

These animated titles range across genres, and they're sure to make every animation aficionado happy

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For more than a decade now, there have been plenty of great Netflix shows to stream. If you’re an animation fan, that’s especially true, because, in addition to housing some of the best anime series in the world, there’s a wide variety of cartoons on Netflix for adults and kids alike. If you’re looking for the best place to watch cartoons online, you really don’t need to look much further than Netflix.

Whether you’re looking for action, some adult-oriented comedy or a great animated show that the entire family can enjoy, the streamer has got you covered. Some of these series are ones that Netflix has produced, while others were acquisitions, but what unites them all is that every fan of animation will love them.

The Midnight Gospel (2020)

The Midnight Gospel
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery
Cast Duncan Trussell, Phil Hendrie
Created by Pendleton Ward, Duncan Trussell
The easiest way to describe this adult cartoon is as visual feast that’s also highly thought-provoking. From the minds of Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward and comedian Duncan Trussell, this animated series is part podcast, part animation, and 100% enjoyable. The story follows Clancy, a spacecaster with a malfunctioning multiverse simulator who travels to dying worlds to interview strange beings.

The Dragon Prince (2018)

The Dragon Prince
tv-y7 4 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation
Cast Jack De Sena, Paula Burrows, Sasha Rojen
Created by Aaron Ehasz, Justin Richmond
If you like Avatar the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, then this Netflix animated series should be right up your alley. The plot follows two human princes who form an unlikely bond with an elven assassin after encountering a dragon egg. They must adventure together to try to bring peace to their warring lands.

The Promised Neverland (2019)

The Promised Neverland
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Drama, Crime
Cast Sumire Morohoshi, Mariya Ise, Lynn
Don’t be fooled by the cute animation style of this Japanese anime — this series is not for faint of heart. A unique blend of horror, fantasy and science fiction, The Promised Neverland is about a group of children in a seemingly idyllic orphanage. By the first episode, a series of events start to unfold that throws this entire premise on its head, and leaves the viewer scrambling to catch up.

Kuroko's Basketball (2012)

Kuroko's Basketball
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy
Cast Kensho Ono, Yuki Ono, Junichi Suwabe
Whether you’re a basketball or sports fan, Kuroko no Basuke will have you on the edge of your seat. This Japanese anime centers on the adventures of a group of high school basketball savants known as “The Generation of Miracles.” The basketball action in this series is basically superhuman, but that’s what makes it such a thrill. Each main character has a heightened basketball ability, such as being able to vanish while dribbling or never missing a shot. Every season is action-packed, featuring a series of escalating basketball competitions that are always thrilling to follow.

Love, Death & Robots (2019)

Love, Death & Robots
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Created by Tim Miller
This fantastic anthology Netflix sci-fi series is filled with different animated shorts, each as breathtaking as the last. Every episode tells an entirely new tale with a different art style each time. Some episodes are meant to be fun, while others are quite thought-provoking. 
LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS | Official Trailer | Netflix

Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)

Avatar: The Last Airbender
tv-y7 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena
Created by Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
Originally from Nickelodeon, this animated series follows the story of Aang, a young boy who has been trapped in ice for over a hundred years. The world has fallen into chaos in his absence, and as the Avatar, he is the only one who can restore the balance between the four elements of earth, fire, air, and water. He has many challenges to overcome to do so, but he finds strength with the help of those who believe in him.

F is for Family (2015)

F is for Family
tv-ma 5 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Animation
Cast Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long
Created by Bill Burr, Michael Price
In a series created by raucous and bold comedian Bill Burr, we observe the objectively dysfunctional Murphy family living in the 1970s. Thanks to the carefully crafted scenarios in each episode, you experience the life of a short-fused, suburban, war veteran father who just wants to sit down and watch his shows. This show also features a hilarious side character voiced by Sam Rockwell, who seemingly serves as an ode to all of the Matthew McConaughey types that circulate in ’70s pop culture.

BoJack Horseman (2014)

BoJack Horseman
tv-ma 6 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy, Drama
Cast Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie
Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg
If you’re looking for an adult cartoon comedy that does more than just make fun of itself, Netflix’s BoJack Horseman scratches that itch. The story follows the life of a washed-up sitcom star who made his claim to fame with a popular sitcom from the late 1980s and 1990s. Bojack (Will Arnett) struggles with depression, addiction, and maintaining relationships in this witty but dark comedy.
BoJack Horseman | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Disenchantment (2018)

tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Abbi Jacobson, Lucy Montgomery, Nat Faxon
Created by Matt Groening
From the creators of Futurama and some of the best Simpsons episodes comes this wonderful and distinct animated series. Disenchantment follows the story of Princess Bean, who is less than ladylike. After befriending a demon and an elf, her life quickly changes leaves her royal life behind for an exciting but dangerous adventure.

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts (2020)

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
tv-y7 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Kids, Action & Adventure
Cast Karen Fukuhara, Sydney Mikayla, Deon Cole
Created by Bill Wolkoff, Radford Sechrist
With three seasons available, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is an action-packed sci-fi adventure the whole family can binge. Kipo is a young girl who finds herself stranded on the surface of a post-apocalyptic world searching for her father. Unfortunately, humans are no longer the dominant species.

Aggretsuko (2018)

tv-14 5 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy
Cast Kaolip, Rareko, Shingo Katou
Created by Rareko
A witty commentary on the happenings and long-term effects of an office job, Aggretsuko maintains a careful balance between overtly cute and fiercely savage. Our protagonist, Retsuko the red panda, is just as flawed and misunderstood as anyone else, except she gets her anger out in a surprisingly unique way: heavy metal karaoke. 

Big Mouth (2017)

Big Mouth
tv-ma 6 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Animation
Cast Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein
Created by Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin, Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg
With voice acting from both Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, Big Mouth is an animated show about a group of teenage friends who find themselves at the mercy of puberty. Of course, puberty in this case is accompanied by hormone monsters that act as “guides” through this awkward time. Naturally, hilarious and awkward problems arise in every episode.

The Legend of Korra (2012)

The Legend of Korra
tv-y7 4 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Janet Varney, David Faustino, P.J. Byrne
Created by Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
Set in the same timeline as Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra follows the adventures of the latest Avatar as she struggles to find her place in the world. With technology suddenly at the center of everything, this series is more about the struggles between benders and non-benders than ever before.
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Hilda (2018)

tv-y7 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Family, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Bella Ramsey, Daisy Haggard, Ameerah Falzon-Ojo
Created by Luke Pearson
Though this adorable little cartoon series on Netflix looks like it would be meant for just kids, it’s got enough depth to entertain even the most cartoon-averse adults. The story follows a young girl named Hilda as she travels from her home in a vast magical wilderness to the busy city of Trollberg. With pleasant British accents and dangerous adventures, Hilda is one of the best cartoons on Netflix right now.

Castlevania (2017)

tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Richard Armitage, James Callis, Alejandra Reynoso
Created by Warren Ellis
This Netflix original series is based on Castlevania: Dracula’s Curse, the third installment of the video game saga. Though many of the best anime series on Netflix just have English dubs, this show was made first and foremost for its American audience. With loads of action, mystery, vampires, and witty one-liners, Castlevania is a must-watch if you’re looking to fill a sci-fi or fantasy void in your heart.

Glitch Techs (2020)

Glitch Techs
tv-g 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Kids
Cast Rachael Russakoff, Dan Milano, Scott Kreamer
Created by Dan Milano, Eric Robles
Another great family cartoon, Glitch Techs was born out of Netflix’s partnership with Nickelodeon. The plot follows the adventures of two gamers who stumble upon a secret group of tech support employees who are responsible for fighting gaming glitches that have found their way into real life.

Tuca & Bertie (2019)

Tuca & Bertie
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Animation
Cast Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong, Steven Yeun
Created by Lisa Hanawalt
This ridiculous cartoon comedy follows the story of two adult bird-women who live in an apartment building together. With a voice cast including Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong, and Steven Yeun, it’s a great series to just sit back and binge on a Sunday afternoon.

The Hollow (2018)

The Hollow
tv-y7 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Kids, Drama
Cast Ashleigh Ball, Connor Parnall, Adrian Petriw
Created by Vito Viscomi, Greg Sullivan, Josh Mepham, Kathy A. Rocchio
The Hollow is a family drama series with some unexpected twists. The story follows three teenage strangers who awaken in a dangerous world together with no information about how they got there. Each character has their own set of powers, and they have to rely on each other to find a way out.

Scissor Seven (2018)

Scissor Seven
tv-pg 4 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy, Drama, Action & Adventure
Cast He Xiaofeng, Chengchen Zhao
Created by Guangtao Jiang, He Xiaofeng, Yixuan Duan, Chengchen Zhao, 江惠琴, 陈世豪, 刘小倩, 朱毛, 侯俊杰, 赵寒
This animated action series feels like a comedy the whole way through, and a very funny one at that. The story follows a young, scissor-wielding hairdresser/assassin who is trying unsuccessfully to recover his memories.

Blood of Zeus (2020)

Blood of Zeus
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Derek Phillips, Jason O'Mara, Jessica Henwick
Created by Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides
Blood of Zeus is exactly as you’d imagine: The story of a young man who discovers he is the son of Zeus. While you may feel this territory has been well covered by something like HerculesBlood of Zeus is a highly original series filled with  that bends Greek mythology in unique and original ways. 

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (2022)

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Created by Rafał Jaki

Based on the universe created in the video game Cyberpunk 2077, this dystopian anime is an edgy look at the character development of a teenager who turns to facilitating black market crime in a city ruined by gang violence. If you enjoy themes in the cyberpunk genre, this one is a very entertaining watch.

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