Top Ten Darkest and Most Mature Kids Shows

The Top Ten
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.

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.

Quite a violent show, has many dark themes such as genocide. Bryan, the show co-creator, said that he was surprised of all the this that they got away with. Also had quite a few deaths and two deaths were onscreen. Although I still think that Avatar: The Last Airbender is better. Nick had no idea of what to do with the older viewers, so they (stupidly) took it off of nick and posted it online. And this show is T.V. -Y7

Have you seen a kids show where the main protagonist is tortured with deadly poison, then suffers from PTSD for THREE YEARS, and is taken it seriously? NO! Except for this show. It was taken very seriously. Don't assume a show is mature just because they say death all the time or have adult jokes.

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 more.

This show is incredibly bizarre and has some dark, wacky humor. But in contrast, this is what makes the show great.

Awesome show though

3 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.

4 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.

5 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.

This show has more plot than humor (but it still has a lot of humor) and usually, the plot has to do with something disturbing with Steven like aging faster than a fly.

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

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.

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.

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

7 Fillmore! 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

8 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.

Despite how great Invader Zim is, they used the overdose scale in dark and horrifying humor in the episode "Dark Harvest" where Zim steals organs to become more human-like. To take an extra step, he replaces the organs of his classmates with random objects that disfigure them.

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

"Inferior human organs! "

9 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.
10 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.

The Contenders
11 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.

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

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

Not even scary

12 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.

13 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.

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

14 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.

It is a much more adult-like show than anything else that aired on nickelodeon at the time

15 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

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

16 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 13th season. more.

This show isn't that dark on the surface, but if you dig deep, there are many adult jokes and dark moments like Mr. Krabs fighting the dead or burying an inspector with Spongebob AND PASSING THE TEST. In contrast though, this show is just meant to be for kids and is not truly a dark show.

Spongebob is just weird animation. Like many 90s & 21st Century cartoons.

SpongeBob is not a mature show and it's not that dark.

SpongeBob is much darker than Rugrats.

17 Batman: The Animated Series Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman.

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.

This is below Angela Anaconda. You heard that right.

18 Over the Garden Wall Over the Garden Wall is an American animated television miniseries created by Patrick McHale for Cartoon Network.
19 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 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!

This show shouldn't even be for kids.

Really, AT is above this?

20 Goosebumps Goosebumps is a Canadian-American horror anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's best-selling Goosebumps book series.
21 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 saw this show as a Kid and still Like it.
Grim is the Best character.

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

22 Recess 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.
23 Dinosaurs

It shouldn't even be for kids! Everyone dies in the last episode!

24 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.
25 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?

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