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10 Animated Shows Parents Thought Were For Kids

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Animation may generally be considered a medium for children but we all know, hopefully, that those days are long behind us. There are plenty of adult appropriate animated shows out there and they embrace the fact that they can get away with so much more. Many of these shows have violence, suggestive content or more, substance usage, racism and so much more crude humor that kids should just be nowhere near it. There’s also the case of Spongebob Squarepants, which actually had a scientific paper published against it illustrating how damaging the show can be for a young child’s mind. Yikes! Some shows aren’t that bad and likely had a whole generation growing up with them, such as The Simpsons and Family Guy. Both have some pretty mature subject matter in them, with the latter being edgier in its content, but both are lighter than some of the other animated shows on this list. For example, South Park. It doesn’t get much more mature than this show and it features children as the main characters! Archer and BoJack Horseman have plenty of adult content and get away with it thanks to their subscription based platforms. Rick and Morty, one of the most popular new animated shows on right now, definitely has some not safe for kids moments. Robot Chicken, co-created by Seth Green, is definitely reaches for the mature rating, despite it’s “dolled” up main cast. American Dad isn’t quite as edgy as Family Guy but a show like Metalocalypse can definitely be considered one of the most adult shows on this list. It’s pretty freaking violent, despite it’s funny tone.