Top Ten Darkest/Mature Kid's Shows

The Top Ten

1 The Legend of Korra The Legend of Korra The Legend of Korra is an American animated television series that aired on the Nickelodeon television network from 2012 to 2014. It was created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino as a sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, which aired from 2005 to 2008.

I honestly have never seen a show of this nature delve into the themes this one did as deeply and seriously as it did. The only one that comes close is its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, which I consider superior, but only by a little, and this is still definitely the more mature of the two.

Social and political themes are explored in-depth, with all four of the antagonists having a different political view just taken to the extreme (Communism (social as opposed to economic), Theocracy, Anarchy and Fascism respectfully), and with the exception of the Book 2 villain, all of them (Amon, Zaheer, Kuvira) were complex, understandable, and made very valid points that were only detracted by their immoral methods. In addition, there was analysis on issues such as economic inequality, capitalism, race, gender and sexuality, terrorism, spirituality, the rise and progression of technology, etc.

On top of this series dealt with death firsthand. Murder-suicide, political ...more

One of the best examples of Legend of Korra's disturbing storytelling and imagery is the episode Korra Alone. This is one of the most depressing, disturbing, and dark episodes of the show, and that's considering all of the material that the show has had before. Korra is constantly stalked by a spirit of herself, which actually causes physical harm to her. And yet, as she runs away from her life, not even caring that she's the Avatar, it follows her, and the hallucinations get so bad that she finds herself getting dragged down into a large pool of mercury, the same poison that led her to this terrible state. And yet, even after she got the poison out, even when she think's she's got a hold of herself, it takes her more than half of the season to make a full recovery.

Long story short: PTSD can really screw someone's life up. Korra went from my least favorite character, to my most sympathized and favorite character. It's not often that the main character is my favorite, but ...more

I know there are a ton of shows on this list that say "death" a lot and have inappropriate jokes or whatever. However, what makes LOK so mature is how they handle death. It's not something you can joke about all the time. In the Avatar franchise, its treated like a real thing, something that is tragic and can scar someone for life. All the deaths are taken seriously. Korra had PTSD for three years or more. We really get to see her immense struggle. It's not how many times you say death, it's how you handle it. Oh and one word. Bloodbending.

Me: Where's my life? Life! OH LIFE!
*LEgend of Korra pops up*

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2 Gravity Falls Gravity Falls Gravity Falls is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation that first aired on Disney Channel, and then on Disney XD from June 15, 2012 to February 15, 2016. The series follows the adventures of Dipper Pines and his twin sister Mabel in the fictional town of Gravity more.

MONSTERS AND BLOOD! So much! SO MUCH! The golf people wanting to split Mabel's stomach open to get the sticker that she swallowed, the shapeshifter, the zombies getting their heads blown up with sound. DOESN'T MEAN THIS IS A BAD SHOW! THIS SHOW IS AWESOME!

This is a awesome show my favorite and as a 13 year old kid I can say I LOVE THIS SHOW but it is very very dark at times


****SPOILERS AHEAD**** In girlfriend, they had a crazy amount of blood shone throughout, especially in Northwest Mansion Mystery. Not to mention the disturbing images in Into the Bunker! The plot itself is extremely mature of kids show. It revolves around two brothers who have been separated for years, whom were going mad. Not to mention the fact that Stanley threw his own brother into the portal and suffered trauma for 30 years.

3 Teen Titans Teen Titans Teen Titans is an American animated television series created by Glen Murakami, based on the DC Comics characters of the same name.

There's this one moment in Birthmark where Slade tortures Raven about her destiny, shreds her clothes, and tosses her unconscious body off a rooftop.

No, not the go version. I don't know what Teen Titans was trying to do. There are episodes like Haunted, Birthmark, and Aftershock, which are amazing but also quite dark. On the other hand, there are episodes like Bunny Raven, Employee of the Month, and Fractured which are just silly, weird ones. But this T.V. show, is great, any way you slice it.

Teen Titans is the BEST (Not GO! ). It handles Darkness in a good way and is Mature.

4 Adventure Time Adventure Time Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of a boy named Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio)—a dog with the magical power to change shape more.

Let me tell you two words: THE LICH. Enough said. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I'm so in love with marcy and my lacrimal ducts know that very well

Blackmail and sex refrences - EliHbk

5 Invader Zim Invader Zim Invader Zim is an American animated television series created by Jhonen Vasquez for Nickelodeon. The series centers on an extraterrestrial named Zim from the planet Irk, and his mission to conquer Earth and enslave the human race along with his malfunctioning robot servant GIR.

It was dark, but the darkest episode was Dark Harvest, when Zim and Gir were collecting organs. - nelsonerica

Dark Harvest. Enough said.

Dark Harvest. - PastelFlowers

6 Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which some people are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese more.

Although Korra is much more mature, Avatar did deal with death the same way, and there were MANY heavy topics.

7 Andi Mack Andi Mack Andi Mack is an American comedy-drama series that premiered on Disney Channel on April 7, 2017. The series was created by Terri Minsky and stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie, Asher Angel, Lilan Bowden, and Lauren Tom.

This show talks about teen pregnancies and sexualities. - Cartoonfan202

Well this show got high. - Cartoonfan202

8 Danny Phantom Danny Phantom Danny Phantom is an American animated series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. It was produced by Billionfold Studios and distributed in Canada by Nelvana, a Canadian animation company. The series follows a teenage boy who, after an accident with an unpredictable portal between the human world more.
9 Steven Universe Steven Universe Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar for Cartoon Network. The show's based around a young boy by the name of Steven Universe, who is a hybrid of a gem and a human. He lives with his gem friends, Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl.
10 Fillmore! Fillmore! Fillmore! is an American animated television series created by Scott M. Gimple for ABC and, later, Toon Disney.

The Contenders

11 The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (also known as Billy & Mandy) is an American animated television series created by Maxwell Atoms for Cartoon Network, and is the 14th of the network's Cartoon Cartoons (albeit namely when it was part of Grim & Evil; the show is considered separate from Cartoon Cartoons more.

I remember this show. I wish I hadn't.

I saw this show as a Kid and still Like it.
Grim is the Best character.

12 Rocko's Modern Life Rocko's Modern Life Rocko's Modern Life is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray for Nickelodeon. The series centers on the surreal life of an anthropomorphic Australian-immigrant wallaby named Rocko as well as his friends: the gluttonous steer Heffer, the neurotic turtle Filburt, and Rocko's faithful more.
13 Regular Show Regular Show Regular Show is an American animated television series created by J. G. Quintel for Cartoon Network that premiered on September 6, 2010. The series revolves around the lives of two friends, a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby—both employed as groundskeepers at a local park.

This show shouldn't even be for kids.

Really, AT is above this? - Garythesnail

They should re-rate this show to T.V.-MA.

14 Girl Meets World Girl Meets World Girl Meets World is an American coming of age television sitcom. The series made its debut on Disney Channel on June 27, 2014.
15 Samurai Jack Samurai Jack Samurai Jack is an American action-adventure chanbara animated series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series premiered on August 10, 2001, with a TV movie called The Premiere Movie, before ending in its fourth season on September 25, 2004, without concluding the story. A revival more.
16 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Star Wars: The Clone Wars Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an American 3D CGI animated television series created by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm Animation with the division Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Lucasfilm and CGCG Inc.

There was so much death for a kids show. AT least 800 on screen deaths.

This is much darker than the Legend of Kora, especially season 4-6.

17 The Powerpuff Girls The Powerpuff Girls The Powerpuff Girls is an American animated television series created by animator Craig McCracken for Cartoon Network. The main characters of this show are Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup. The show is about the Professor Utonium creating three little superhero girls that save the day from villains. more.

This should be on the top ten, how are more kid friendly shows above this? This show has blood and monsters getting their eyes pulled out and body parts chopped off, and I have not seen that in any other of the shows on this list. The intro is enough proof, Buttercup kicks Him in the mouth and blood and teeth fly out. And the girls die at one point, but they get revived, same with The Rowdyruff Boys. A character in the show actually died from exploding and it was emotional. This show has deaths for people who don't think it has deaths, but the deaths are disturbing. Also, this show has episodes like Tough Love and Speed Demon that scared many people and horrified them, luckily, I was one of the few not to be horrified. Also, there is an episode where a magician that dies in an iron maiden comes to life as a zombie and tries to kill the girls, but then one of the girls throw him back to the iron maiden, doesn't that sound dark? How are shows like Dexter's Lab and Rugrats above this? ...more - AnimeDrawer

Punching, Bruises, and monsters get their eyes pulled out and stuff like that. Weirdos.

18 Ready Jet Go! Ready Jet Go! Ready Jet Go! is a CGI animated television series created by Craig Bartlett which premiered in the United States as part of the PBS Kids block on February 15, 2016 . The series is produced by Wind Dancer Films and Snee Oosh, Inc. in cooperation with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The show is aimed more.

Okay so this show is not as mature as The Legend of Korra and it doesn't contain deaths, but it does contains innuendos, lore, mystery, some drama, and depressing scenes (heck some scenes are not even meant to be depressing but they are). Episodes like Sunspot and the Great Red Spot, Jet 2, Tiny Blue Dot, Beep Has the Blues, Visit to Mom's Office, Solar System Bake Off, and Kid Kart Derby have at least one of the things that I mentioned above. Keep in mind that this show is for little kids. - Cartoonfan202

19 Courage the Cowardly Dog Courage the Cowardly Dog Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated horror comedy television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network as part of the network's Cartoon Cartoons block.

I remember this show... I wish I hadn't - PEANUT318

You have jumpscares and implied prostitution in this show. Know any other shows that have that?

20 Over the Garden Wall Over the Garden Wall Over the Garden Wall is an American animated television miniseries created by Patrick McHale for Cartoon Network.

Only 10 episodes but it was stil very mature

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1. Adventure Time
2. Danny Phantom
3. Invader Zim
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2. Gravity Falls
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