Looking Current or Recent Animated Series Recommendations

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  1. JD

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    I love animated movies and TV shows, and lately I've been looking for some more current shows or shows that ended recently. And let's just keep this to Western animation, I already have plenty of anime I want to watch.
    I was just wondering if you guys have any recommendations?
    Here are the ones I already watch:
    The Simpsons
    American Dad
    Archer
    Futurama
    Star Wars: The Clone Wars
    Star Wars: Rebels
    Star Wars: Resistance
    Adventure Time
    Over The Garden Wall
    Bob's Burgers
    Rick and Morty
    TrollHunters: Tales of Arcadia
    Justice League Action
    Spider-Man (current series)
    Sensational Spider-Man
    I've seen a some these and I plan on starting over from the beginning soon:
    Venture Bros.
    Stephen Universe
    Tangled: The Series
    Penguins of Madagascar

    I plan to watch these:
    Big Hero Six: The Series
    My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
    Disenchantment
    Dreamworks' Dragons
    The Adventures of Puss in Boots
    All Hail King Julian
    Kung-Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
    Voltron: Legendary Defender
     
  2. Snaploud

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    Have you tried the new version of Ducktales (with David Tennant playing Scrooge McDuck)? [The original might also be worth a watch, though I haven't seen it in many years.]

    The Timverse DC shows are always good (Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League, etc.).

    Young Justice is also good (and will be getting another season via streaming soon), and X-Men: The Animated Series (from the 90s) is a classic.

    King of the Hill is a lot of fun. Both my wife and I really enjoyed it.

    Avatar: The Last Airbender is great, though I'm not sure you could call it "Western" animation as you mean it.
     
  3. Kai "the spy"

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    Spawn: The Series, the 90s HBO show, far better than the movie.

    Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, one of the best Marvel animated shows, quality-wise it gets pretty close to the Timm-verse Justice League.

    If you've watched all the episodes of the Seth MacFarlane shows at least once and want something in the same vein, Paradise P.D. is a servicable substitute until new episodes of Family Guy and American Dad! come out. It's very "inspired" by MacFarlane.

    Shaun the Sheep is wonderful stop motion series from Nick Park's Aardman, the studio behind Wallace & Gromit. Cute, short episodes without any dialogue and lots of charm.
     
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    Green Lantern the Animated Series is great. The CG art style takes some getting used to, but the story and characters are really good.

    Batman: The Brave and The Bold
    is like the Silver Age of comics in cartoon form. Its just a fun, crazy, superhero team up filled ride. Its easily my second favorite Batman cartoon (after the obvious one). Justice League Action seems to take inspiration from this with all the guest characters, but while that show is ok this one is better in my opinion, with much better writing and a longer run time that lets the insanity go wild while having more coherent stories. It had exactly one serious episode, called Chill of the Night, and it was spectacular, showing that while the show was a fun superhero romp the writers could really do it all.

    Wolverine & The X-Men is (in my opinion) one of the most underrated superhero cartoons. Its biggest downside is that it didn't have a satisfying ending because it got cancelled around the same time (and for the same reasons, I think) as Spectacular Spider-Man and Avengers: EMH.

    I'll also give a mention to the much maligned The Batman. The first two seasons can be easily skipped, but starting in season 3 it becomes a stronger show and, while far from the best, is definitely a different, enjoyable take on the Batman mythos. Just...skip the first two seasons. They're not essential, and they were made with a different team that was way more focused on being a brainless kiddie cartoon which made for a fairly lame experience.

    For a non-Superhero cartoon, Gravity Falls is great. A set of brother/sister twins go spend the summer with their Great Uncle Stan in a town that is not what it seems.
     
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  5. DigificWriter

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    She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon CG series)
     
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    Final Space was awesome.
     
  7. Reverend

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    I'd say checking out 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' and it's sequel 'The Legend of Korra' is an absolute must.
    The other Tales of Arcadia show '3Below' is probably worth a look aswell.
    If you've not seen it already, 'Young Justice' is one of the better DC animated shows and it's been revived so there'll be new material fairly soon.
    The new 'DuckTails' is surprisingly good and worth watching, whether you're old enough to have grown up with the old Disney Afternoon shows or not.
    'Gravity Falls' is another very good one, as is 'Star vs The Forces of Evil'. Both very imaginative, funny shows with surprising hidden depths.
     
  8. Christopher

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    Big Hero 6 is reasonably entertaining, though not as good as the movie. Its main asset is that it reunites most of the movie cast, save only Damon Wayans Jr. and T.J. Miller. But Khary Payton is better in the role than Wayans was, if you ask me, and given the recent revelations about Miller, maybe the show's better off without him. (And Stan Lee reprises his movie character on a recurring basis. He'd already recorded his role for the full second season before he passed away, so he'll be back next year.) It's in 2D cel-styled animation rather than 3D, and I'm a bit disappointed that it doesn't use the same striking 2D character designs used in the movie's end titles.

    Disenchantment is mixed. Well-made, but not nearly as good as Futurama. Being on Netflix lets it go darker and more extreme, but I don't think that makes it funnier. It does take a pretty poignant twist in the final couple of episodes, though.

    Dreamworks Dragons is excellent. It's another show that reuses the majority of the movie cast (ironically, T.J. Miller does reprise his role on this one), and it does a good job retroactively filling in the continuity between the first two movies, so that it feels like an integral piece of the whole. It can't really evolve the main characters much beyond bridging the movies, but it adds supporting characters and antagonists who have rich character arcs, with some excellent guest performances by actors like Mae Whitman, David Faustino, Mark Hamill, and Alfred Molina. The animation looks gorgeous in a lot of ways, but is sometimes subject to budget limitations, in that it rarely features large crowd scenes and tends to rely too much on a single digital character model for its secondary villains, so that nearly all the "dragon hunters" look like clones with different armor and hairstyles.

    KFP: Legends of Awesomeness is from the same studio, but not quite as good. It can be entertaining and funny, but it doesn't fit the movie continuity as well. It has very little of the movie cast -- only James Hong and Lucy Liu return -- but Mick Wingert does such a good Jack Black impression that I can hardly tell the difference.

    Voltron looks great; it's from many of the same creators as Avatar/Korra with a similar design style. And it has pretty good character writing. But the storytelling doesn't always hold together that well. It also isn't great at recapping past events and kind of assumes that viewers remember returning characters and past plot points, so it's a show you're better off binge-watching all at once now that it's finished.

    The new She-Ra on Netflix is pretty good, and The Dragon Prince (also from Avatar/Korra veterans) is fairly interesting.


    It has its merits (Tatiana Maslany!), but I found it flawed. The Varvatos Vex character (the warrior-protector of the two teenage leads) is deeply annoying and unpleasant, in both personality and performance. The first season takes place simultaneously with the final season of Trollhunters, and there are cross-references between the two, but the fit is imperfect and it leads to some awkward storytelling. Some parts in 3Below would make no sense at all if you hadn't already seen Trollhunters (but I guess the advantage of them being Netflix shows is that if you get one, you automatically get the other), but the parts that appear in both aren't told in a perfectly consistent way between the two.
     
  9. JD

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    I could have sworn I mentioned Young Justice in my list, but apparently since almost all of you mentioned it, I guess not. It's one of my favorite shows, and it's driving me nuts knowing Outsiders starts in two days and I'm probably not going to be able to watch it.
    I have seen the first and part of the second season of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I loved it, I just haven't gotten a chance to get back to it. At this point it's been so long I'm probably just going to start over. They actually just released a new full series Blu-Ray set, so I'm thinking I might just get that. I've seen all of Legend of Korra and it's one of my absolute favorites.
    I've been curious about this one by haven't gotten a chance to check it out.

    I've seen a handful of JL episodes, and the first two seasons each of Batman and Superman, and I love them.
    I saw a few episodes of the old X-Men series when it was on of the Netflix a while back, but they pulled it on me before I got very far. I did enjoy and plan on giving another go eventually

    I used to watch King of the Hill a lot, but I eventually burned out after cycling through all of the episodes several times.


    Never watched this, but I have been curious about it, sounds like I might have to give it a try.

    Seen all of this one, and love it.

    I've never heard of this one. Just watched the trailer, and I'm not sure if it's for me.
    I've never seen this one, but the trailer for the movie looked pretty good.


    I enjoyed this one.

    Never seen it, but I've heard a lot of good things.

    I enjoyed this one too. I've always felt it was highly underrated.
    I've been curious about this one, it seems to be kind of the overlooked Batman series. I always hear about B:TAS, and TB&TB, but everybody seems to always just kind of skip this one.
    Never seen this one, but I actually just looked it up for the first time last night, and it does sound like fun.
    I watched the first couple episodes and I enjoyed it.
     
  10. Christopher

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    While I agree that The Batman got better in its later seasons, I think the first two seasons do have some merits. They were an interesting attempt to explore Batman's early years and create a different dynamic where Batman was a vigilante hunted by the police; before they brought in Commissioner Gordon, the main police character was Ellen Yin (Ming-Na Wen), who started out antagonistic to Batman but eventually came around to be his ally. She was a good character, and I regret that they dropped her when they brought in Gordon.

    Speaking of shows with slow starts, have you seen X-Men Evolution? It takes forever to get started, and the pace doesn't really pick up until mutants are outed to the world at the end of season 2, but each season is better and more intense than the last -- though unfortunately it is pretty necessary to slog through the slow pace of season 1 to get the foundations of the characters and their relationships. But throughout its 4 seasons, it had perhaps the most consistently superb animation of any superhero TV series I've ever seen.
     
  11. JD

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    I think I watched some back when it first aired, but I have absolutely no memory of it. Wasn't X-23 first created for that before she was incorporated into the comics, and now movies?
     
  12. Christopher

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    That's right.
     
  13. Admiral2

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    Honestly, the only recent animated series I've gotten any enjoyment out of is something called 3Below on Netflix. The premiere eps were kind of cute and funny, but not cute and funny enough to make me watch regularly. :shrug:

    I used to love cartoons, but lately it seems every new year brings a bunch of cartoons designed to do nothing but tick me off, and that started back in the early 2000's. I prefer to be the old luddite and stick with the ancient cartoons that I actually find entertaining.
     
  14. JD

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    I definitely plan on checking out 3 Below. I'm half way through the first season of Trollhunters and really enjoying it, so I'm going to be checking out any other tales of Arcadia series they do a chance.
    I just remembered that I was looking at 3Below the other day and saw the main characters from Trollhunters in some of the pictures for the later episodes. So was the dialogue for this recorded before Anton Yelchin died, or did they recast Jim?
     
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  15. Christopher

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    Emile Hirsch plays Jim in season 3 of Trollhunters and in 3Below, though the former had some odd bits of recorded Yelchin dialogue that they used here and there, so Yelchin still gets a voice credit alongside Hirsch in season 3. There's a passing reference at the start of that season to something Jim undergoes causing unpredictable, potentially permanent changes to him, which I took as a handwave for the voice change, though it's not a huge difference. (The 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles did this more explicitly when they fired Jason Biggs due to some offensive behavior and replaced him with Seth Green, a pretty noticeable change. It coincided with Leonardo getting badly injured, so they lampshaded his voice change as the result of damage to his vocal cords.)

    Oh, by the way, if you haven't seen the 2012 Turtles series, it's excellent, my favorite of the TMNT cartoons. Often quite goofy, but also often quite smart, funny, intense, and well-made, with impressive design and visual composition, and with an excellent voice cast.
     
  16. JD

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    I watched the first hand full of episodes of the 2012 TMNT series, and I enjoyed them, but I ended up losing track of it. I hope to eventually get back to it.
    What about the 2003 TMNT, or the new one Rise of the TMNT?
     
  17. Christopher

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    I liked the 2003 series up until the last two seasons (under modified titles) that were more kid-friendly and dumbed-down. Before then, the first 6 (IIRC) seasons, it was a remarkably faithful adaptation of the original comics. It wasn't as good as the 2012 show, but it was pretty good at times.

    As for Rise, I couldn't get through more than 6 minutes of it. It tries way too hard to be bright and fast and flashy and full of attitude and snark for the kids, and it's just garish and irritating.
     
  18. Turtletrekker

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    90s animated Disney show Gargoyles, if you can find it.
     
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    For me personally, the two best TMNT series are the Fred Wolff series that premiered in the late 80s and the 2012 series.
     
  20. JD

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    I watched part of the first episode ages ago when Disney had it on one of their official Youtube channels, and it seemed pretty good. I definitely hope to see more of it eventually.