1 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.
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.
There were 8+ deaths, and more near-deaths than I can count. I'm not even kidding, it's like game of thrones for kids. They also die in the worst ways possible: Head explosions, murder-suicide, electrocution, SMASHED BY A ROBOT HAND, etc.
2 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 ...read 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
Awesome show though
3 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.
Read the comic books. They're DARKER. They had the itty bitty grisly details like Starfire being raped and lots more...
4 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.
Dark Harvest. Enough said.
This show is more scarrier than the alien movies
"Inferior human organs! "
5 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 ...read more.
Let me tell you two words: THE LICH. Enough said.
I'm so in love with marcy and my lacrimal ducts know that very well
Blackmail and sex refrences
6 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.
Am I the only one who hates this show? Because everyone I know likes it!
This show talks about teen pregnancies and sexualities.
Too whiny and dramatic
Well this show got high.
7 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 ...read more.
Although Korra is much more mature, Avatar did deal with death the same way, and there were MANY heavy topics.
8 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 ...read more.
9 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.
Fillmore! is an American animated television series created by Scott M. Gimple for ABC and, later, Toon Disney.
This show was my go-to item on Disney! It tackle mature issues like bullying and school violence
11 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 ...read 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.
The scariest Cartoon Network show that I’ve ever seen
12 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 ...read more.
It is a much more adult-like show than anything else that aired on nickelodeon at the time
13 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.
14 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 ...read more.
15 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.
Fact: Regular Show was originally meant to be on Adult Swim, but they had to move it because there wasn't enough space on the schedule.
That explains a lot.
This show shouldn't even be for kids.
This show is so funny! It originally was going to be on Adult Swim, which is why it's so mature compared to CN's other shows. Also, why is it on #13? It should be higher!
Really, AT is above this?
16 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
Not even scary
You have jumpscares and implied prostitution in this show. Know any other shows that have that?
17 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.
One guy gets his neck snapped and 5 guys are turned into decapitated corpses in the span of about 45 seconds.
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.
18 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 ...read 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.
19 Over the Garden Wall
Over the Garden Wall is an American animated television miniseries created by Patrick McHale for Cartoon Network.
Two brothers travelling through purgatory - pretty dark
Best show I've ever watched
Only 10 episodes but it was stil very mature
20 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. ...read 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
Punching, Bruises, and monsters get their eyes pulled out and stuff like that. Weirdos.
21 SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator the late Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. SpongeBob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 20 years, and is beginning its 12th season. ...read more.
SpongeBob is much darker than Rugrats.
SpongeBob is not a mature show and it's not that dark.
I don't know why "Ready Jet Go" is higher than this
Spongebob is just weird animation. Like many 90s & 21st Century cartoons.
22 Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman.
This is below Angela Anaconda. You heard that right.
Remember this show when you were a Kid from the 1990's? (If you are some 10 or younger then you won't know this show so I recomend you see it. Best Batman T.V. ever.) Great memories. Gets Dark and Mature at times but still Awesome.
Goosebumps is a Canadian-American horror anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's best-selling Goosebumps book series.
Recess is an American animated television series created by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere and produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, with animation done by Grimsaem, Plus One Animation, Sunwoo Animation, and Toon City.
It shouldn't even be for kids! Everyone dies in the last episode!
26 The Animals of Farthing Wood
The Animals of Farthing Wood is a children's animated series commissioned by the European Broadcasting Union between 1992 and 1995, and is based on the series of books written by English author Colin Dann.
27 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American 3D rendered computer animated television series based on the fictional superhero team. It aired on Nickelodeon in the United States from September 29, 2012 to November 12, 2017.
I am NOT talking about the 1987 Cartoon (which is Awesome.)
I am talking about Mirage Comics, 2003 and 2012 are the most Darkest and Mature incarnations of the TMNT.
In Annihilation Earth! The turtles and April had to deal with the death of Master Splinter, Earth and Karai all at the same time. How much Darker could Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get?
TMNT1987+TMNT 2003= TMNT 2012
28 Liberty's Kids
Well, it's about the Revolutionary War.
29 Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold! is an American animated television series created by Craig Bartlett that aired on Nickelodeon from October 7, 1996 to June 8, 2004. The show centers on a fourth grader named Arnold, who lives with his grandparents in an inner-city boarding house.
Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon.
This needs to be taken off the list, SpongeBob SquarePants is much worse, and Rugrats was completely clean and fresh for all ages.
31 Codename: Kids Next Door
Codename: Kids Next Door (also known as Kids Next Door or by its acronym KND) is an American animated television series created by Mr. Warburton for Cartoon Network.
32 The Ren & Stimpy Show
The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated television series created by John Kricfalusi for Nickelodeon.
33 Growing up Creepie
34 Dexter's Laboratory
Dexter's Laboratory is an American comic science fiction animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network, and the first of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The show is about a kid scientist named Dexter that has a sister named Dee Dee that keeps breaking into his lab.
35 Mr. Meaty
Mr. Meaty is a Canadian-American television series created by Jamie Shannon and Jason Hopley. The show centers on two lazy teenage boys named Josh Redgrove and Parker Dinkleman, who work at a fast food restaurant.
36 Earthworm Jim
37 Transformers: Prime
Sure it starts off lighthearted but as the show goes on it becomes more and more dark.
39 Milo Murphy's Law
Milo Murphy's Law is an American animated television series from the creators of Phineas and Ferb, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, which premiered on October 3, 2016 on Disney XD.
40 Dan Vs.
Dan Vs. is an American Flash animated television series created by Dan Mandel and Chris Pearson. The series spanned three seasons, airing on The Hub from January 1, 2011, to March 9, 2013.
Trollhunters is an amazing yet dark series. I would recommend it to people 10+.
42 Scooby-Doo! Mystery, Inc.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated is an American animated mystery comedy-drama series; the series serves as the eleventh incarnation of the Scooby-Doo media franchise created by Hanna-Barbera, as well as the first that was not originally run on Saturday mornings.
43 Camp Lazlo
Camp Lazlo is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray and produced by his company Joe Murray Productions with Cartoon Network Studios.
44 The Problem Solverz
The Problem Solverz is an American animated television series that aired on Cartoon Network. Created by Ben Jones, it follows Alfe, Horace, and Roba, a group of detectives in their troubled town, Farboro.
45 The Othersiders
The Othersiders was an American paranormal reality television series that premiered on June 17, 2009 on Cartoon Network.
Arthur is a Canadian/American animated educational television series for children, created by Cookie Jar Group and WGBH for PBS.
It can watch now at 9:00 pm without tonight
47 Outlaw Star
It used To be a kids show after Toonami edited it.
48 Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue
49 Power Rangers Lost Galaxy
50 Power Rangers Time Force