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Sometimes we need a departure from reality which includes live-action, fictional programming with human bodies, faces, and voices.

The following list does not include all the quality cartoons out there. Nor is it necessarily for kids. Nor do I claim to have seen or remember every episode.

But here is a collection of escapades that have drawn me in for the past year or so.

In no particular order, let’s watch …


Mickey Mouse (2013-2019)

RATING: TV-Y7 (some creepy, gross moments)

I haven’t enjoyed this type of show this much since “The Ren & Stimpy Show.”

Now called “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse.”




Think a quieter, louder, extremely violent “Samurai Jack” by the same creator – Genndy Tartakovsky.

Every episode beats into your heart (and brains).

My favorite evening-viewing for 2 seasons.


Bob’s Burgers

RATING: TV-14 (Apart from the episode with the sex-toy shop and sporadic, sexual innuendos, the show is a solid PG.)

My daughter’s favorite. My middle son finds the characters, songs, and jokes irritating.


Harley Quinn

RATING: MA (Do NOT watch with children.)

Top-caliber performances and jokes. Storylines are good, too.


Initial D: First Stage


It’s all in the details – cars and driving.


DC Animated Movies

RATING: Usually between PG-13 and R. (TV-14?) They’re not hard R’s but are harshly rated because they appear to be geared towards kids. (With videogames, I guess they don’t give a sh – darn.)

Most aren’t very good.

I stick to Batman.

Batman: Under the Red Hood and Batman: Gotham by Gaslight are two of the better ones.



RAINT: PG (more TV-Y7)

Childhood and summer perfectly captured while putting a smile on your face.


Adventure Time


Just strange. Just great.


Regular Show


Another show about two dopey buddies getting into mischief but is, somehow, unlike any of the other comedy duos since Laurel and Hardy. (Are those two block-heads the first?)


Space Ghost Coast to Coast


Have to be in the mood. I’ve only watched two episodes in the past … 20 years or so.

[Our fellow-filmmaker friend has recommended “Iron Man: Armored Adventures” (2008). I think it’s moved from Netflix to Disney+.]


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