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If you’re a fan of edgy cartoons too inappropriate for the younger crowd, Hulu has the most diverse selection of hilarious classic and original adult animation series of any streaming service. And the streaming service that dominates the adult animation genre is serving up even more.
In an announcement this week, Hulu gives us a taste of what to expect once Disney purchases Fox and has 60% ownership of the service. Four new adult animation Marvel universe titles are in the works: M.O.D.O.K, Hit-Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler Show, and Howard the Duck, followed by a Marvel’s The Offenders special. The Marvel titles will join the in-the-works adult animation series Crossing Swords, Solar Opposites, and Animaniacs, all planned for 2020. The injection of cash and content into Hulu dispels industry rumors that Disney might give preference to the new streaming service, Disney+.
Hulu pretty much has a lock on animated TV for all ages, with a wealth of anime and shows aimed at younger viewers, like Gravity Falls and Adventure Time. After topping 25 million subscriptions last year, the platform leveraged the strong market position to add the library of adult cartoons from networks like FX, Comedy Central, and Adult Swim.
South Park’s official launch in 1997 wasn’t the first time animated features aimed for an adult audience, but it obliterated the status quo. Cartoons like Tom and Jerry and the Flintstones dealt with adult themes but never crossed the line from being family-friendly. South Park was groundbreaking in the use of political commentary delivered as humor. The adorable looking animated characters continue to push the boundaries of what’s acceptable with their foul-mouthed humor as the longest-running show ever on Comedy Central.
If you missed out on a few episodes of Robot Chicken or stopped watching The Simpsons before it hit season 30 this year, Hulu offers the chance to catch up. Fans of Hank, Bobby, Boomhauer, and the rest of the crew can stream all 13 seasons of King of the Hill for the first time since 2013. You can binge-watch your way through American Dad and Family Guy, or get to know the fam in Bob’s Burgers. MTV classic Daria will make you nostalgic for the “glory days” of high school before the upcoming reboot.
If you haven’t watched Rick and Morty hurtle through space and time, make it your first priority. It grew from a cult hit to internet influencer last year when a running gag caused McDonald's to bring back Szechuan sauce to long lines - if you missed the first batch, you’ve got another chance to grab your packets on February 26th. Likewise, the dysfunctional family in Futurama reminds us that even with space travel and robots, human behavior remains largely the same.
Archer is an acquired taste for some, but stick it out for a rewarding series you’ll come to love. The Awesomes introduces slightly inept superheroes trying to claw their way to relevance in the Hulu original series.
Hulu has the largest and most diverse selection of animated series, especially those aimed at an adult audience. Prepare for some new Marvel content while you spend some time streaming classics that make you nostalgic for the good old days or challenge your brain to accept the jarring, and hilariously funny, crop of current shows. Whether you are a fan the new genre, or just want to catch up on old favorites, you’ll find all the animation you need on Hulu.
Megan Southard is a writer, mom, technology enthusiast, and movie junkie. She dreads the day her kids have to explain gadgets to her and is old enough to say, "I was the remote for our TV growing up."
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