The Age Of The Animated Dark Comedy Is Here

The Age Of The Animated Dark Comedy Is Here


For the longest time, animation was aimed specifically at children or young adults. Disney and other major markets would produce animated programs with themes of magic, the power of love and friendship, and the adventures of a certain mouse as he conquered many different situations. Somewhere along the way, though, the idea was had to make animated programs aimed more at teens and adults. FOX came out with The Simpsons, which has gone on to become pop culture history. MTV came out with programs like Beavis and Butthead and Daria. Seth McFarlane became a television juggernaut with shows Family Guy and American Dad. All these shows kept popping up, and essentially played out the same or similar situations. Then things began to get dark.

With the rise of instant streaming and the maturing of audience tastes (for the most part), adult animation has hit an all time hi terms of quality. Netflix has produced several series that cater to an older audience and discuss actual issues faced by many, including depression, drug abuse, poverty, the difficulty of raising children in a bad economic climate, and the turmoil found in current event politics. Netflix programs like Bojack Horseman, F Is For Family, and the upcoming Big Mouth all tend to focus on issues that teenage and 20-something audiences relate to, and take rather dark measures with the comedy within them, making for some amazing writing and messages.

Over on Comedy Central, South Park still reigns supreme as the cutting edge of satire. The series created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone has stuck around much longer than anyone thought, and has since become an excellent POV for modern satire, with the main core of characters actively (and profanely) addressing everything occurring in pop culture and politics and making sure nothing is off limits.

Finally, on Cartoon Network's [Adult Swim] block, creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have come up with the mother of all dark comedies with their hit series Rick and Morty. Tackling issues like depression, divorce, political corruption, and everything in between with a sense of nihilism and intelligence, the series has built a huge following and cemented itself as a dark comedy gem.

Cartoons are no longer about distracting your child for 30 minutes with bright lights and messages about sharing. They now can make us think, laugh at the current events of our world, and make us feel. They're no longer for little ones, and have established their own presence and fan-bases. We're living in a time where the dark comedy reigns supreme, especially in animated form. Hopefully, this will lead audiences to expect more out of their entertainment.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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Why Hannah B. Was An AWFUL Choice To Be The Next Bachelorette

Let's face the facts, shall we?


Out of all 30 women, they decided to pick Hannah B. Why?

1. There are no reasons. She is an amazing choice!

Hannah (Beast) Brown first stole the hearts of bachelor nation with her awkward, yet sweet first one-on-one date with Colton Underwood. From that moment on, I was hooked. The reason why is because she was REAL. She showed that she was a real person. You would think that since she came from the pageant world, she would be well-trained in talking points, but she opened up to Colton how that world actually ruined her self esteem.

We need a bachelorette who is real and has awkward moments from time to time because guess what, that is NORMAL.

So here is to Hannah and her journey to find her true love!

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