Animation is one of the best inventions to have happened in the world of audio-visual medium. With the arrival of animation, the scope of the medium immediately broadened by leaps and bounds. However, with the increase in use of animation to tell stories for children, the form has remained constricted in its scope for a long time. It took us quite a few years to realize that animation can be used to tell stories which can be deeply political, philosophical, or socially relevant.
It was only after ‘The Simpsons‘ premiered in 1989 that the whole world took notice of the power of animation in telling stories that adults can relate to. And since then, there has been no looking back. Interestingly, it was also the time when graphic novels for adults started becoming popular. And together, these two similar-yet-different expressions led to the creation of some astounding pieces of art in the late 20th and the 21st century. Adult animated shows are now aplenty on television. These shows mainly act as a sharp critique of the mechanized, consumerist, and depraved modern lifestyle. With all that said, here’s the list of really good adult animated shows on Netflix that are available to stream right now:
10. Futurama (1999-2013)
‘Futurama’ is the brainchild of Matt Groening, who is also the creator of ‘The Simpsons‘. The series is a science fiction sitcom, with its events starting from the year 2999. The central character of ‘Futurama’ is Philip J. Fry, a man who was cryogenically frozen just when 1999 was about to end. He is only woken up in the 31st century when the world has radically changed. Now he delivers pizzas for an intergalactic pizza chain. The story is set in New York of the future which has been built upon the present-day New York. Modern-day problems in society like substance abuse, global warming, and corruption are exaggerated in this world. Religion is one of the major themes in this futuristic society. While the old-world religions have merged into one, newer religions like Oprahism and Robotology have come to take their places. ‘Futurama’ shows us how religion is created by society itself to serve its own purposes, and how religion might undergo changes in order to suit modern-day problems.
9. Neo Yokio (2017-2018)
Lead vocalist of the band Vampire Weekend, Ezra Koening, is the creator of this animated series. ‘Neo Yokio‘ is New York in an alternate universe where magic and capitalism go hand-in-hand. During the 19th century of this alternate timeline, magicians helped protect the city from demons, and since then have seen swift upward mobility in their social ranking. The series revolves around one such magician (now known as ‘Magistroctrats’), Kaz Kaan, a well-regarded fashionisto in the city leading quite a decadent life. Most of the characters are very concerned about their social stature, the garments they wear, or the parties they attend. One fashion blogger, Helena, who is at first quite enamored with this world, later gets disillusioned and becomes its harsh, anti-capitalistic critic. The series itself takes a similar stance and attacks the baseless, consumerist culture which has become the order of the day in the current scheme of things.