I really enjoy watching cartoons. Not just the shows and movies deemed “adult cartoons” that deal with heavy issues and tons of cussing, but even more wholesome content that takes you back to your childhood (Rugrats, anyone?) Here’s a list of some of the 20 best cartoons available to you on Netflix.
Here Are The 20 Best Cartoons on Netflix to Watch Right Now
1. 'The Magic School Bus Rides Again'
After Miss Frizzle retires (she’s been teaching a long time, y’all), her younger sister, Fiona Frizzle, steps into her place to take Wanda, Dorothy, Arnold, Keesha, Carlos, Ralphie, Jyoti, and Tim on the magical field trips we’ve come to expect. Kate McKinnon voices Fiona Frizzle, and two longer specials, Kids in Space and The Frizz Connection, are also available to stream.
Larva is about two worms who live in the sewer and interact with random objects that fall through the grate. Yeah, that’s the whole premise. It’s pretty weird and kind of gross, but it’s oddly entertaining. Each episode is 90 seconds long (the first season has 104 episodes!) so if you get into it, you have tons of content. There’s even a movie, Larva Island.
3. 'Big Mouth'
If you like TV shows with tons of famous guest stars (like...so many...SO MANY) and think puberty is kind of hilarious (but only since you’re no longer going through it), Big Mouth might be your jam. Following a group of 7th graders, as they experience changes in their body and each other, this show also has a lot of heart as the creators put in some of their real-life experiences. There’s also the ghost of Duke Ellington if that sweetens the deal for anyone.
4. 'Tuca & Bertie'
When Lisa Hanawalt created Tuca & Bertie, a show about two animated birds trying to navigate life and relationships, she had men in mind: She wanted them to get comfortable with the idea of women being funny and gross. Voiced by Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish, the first season has a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and will have a second season on Adult Swim.
5. 'BoJack Horseman'
BoJack Horseman, a former 90’s sitcom star, is ready for his comeback. He’s also depressed, dealing with addiction, and fills his time with unhealthy and harmful behavior. This series, which follows the life of a washed-up anthropomorphic horse, deals with heavier issues but also has some of the funniest, smartest dialogue on TV.
Created by Matt Groening, of The Simpsons acclaim, Disenchantment is about a teenage princess who rules the fantasy kingdom of Dreamland. It’s not all fun for Princess Bean, who comes complete with a drinking problem, personal demon, and elf sidekick.
7. 'F is For Family'
Any sort of political correctness goes out the window when dealing with the Murphys, a foul-mouthed, dysfunctional family set in the 1970s. It’s based on the stand-up comedy of Bill Burr, who is not only a co-creator of the show but also voices Frank Murphy, the angry, sexist patriarch of the family.
8. 'We Bare Bears'
Voiced by comedy all-stars like Demetri Martin and Bobby Moynihan, this series focuses on three adopted bears who are trying their best to assimilate with humans in San Francisco. They get into all sorts of silly brother shenanigans while trying to adjust to the Bay Area’s fast-paced tech startup and social media scene.
9. 'The Last Kids on Earth'
Based on a book series of the same name, TLKOE is about a group of friends who are forced to fight for their lives, and their town, when giant wormholes open up in the sky, dropping down zombies intent on eating their brains. It’s creative and fun for kids and adults so it’s an especially good choice if you’re forced to babysit all your nieces and nephews during the holidays.
10. 'Ralph Breaks the Internet'
After an accident causes Vanellope’s Sugar Rush game to no longer function, Vanellope and Ralph travel through the internet to bid on a new controller through eBay, running into a slew of misadventures that force them to deal with spam and clickbait, go viral on a video sharing platform, and face their own insecurities. This is everything the Emoji Movie wished they could have been.
11. 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs'
When the sardines cannery closes (yup, a place that cans sardines) because the world decides that sardines are actually pretty gross, the tiny island of Swallow Falls faces an economic crisis. In an effort to save his community, aspiring scientist Flint creates a machine that transforms water into food but it short circuits, causing all sorts of gigantic food to start falling from the sky. It’s up to Flint, voiced by Bill Hader, along with weather intern Sam Sparks (voiced by Anna Faris who is always a delight) to save Swallow Falls in this super cute and genuinely funny movie.
12. 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'
The first animated movie in the Spider-Man franchise, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces us to Miles Morales as he bands with other Spider-People from different dimensions to save New York City. This movie was not only beloved by critics and fans alike, but it did over $375M on a $90M budget and was the first non-Disney/Pixar movie to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
13. 'The Willoughbys'
Neglected by their cruel parents, the four Willoughby children send them off on a dangerous vacation in hopes that they get lost (or worse) and then find themselves on their own journey in an attempt to bring their family back together. The animation on this one is so gorgeous, with its texture and colors that the movie feels like a visual candy store.
14. 'Rugrats in Paris: The Movie'
No joke, I watch this movie multiple times a year. I don’t know if it’s the nostalgia of watching my favorite show growing up or seeing Chuckie’s heartwarming journey to get a new mom (which always makes me bawl) but this movie always makes me so happy and has me looking up prices for flights to Paris.
15. 'Princess and the Frog'
Based on the story The Frog Prince, this Disney classic is set in 1920s New Orleans and focuses on Tiana, a hard-working waitress who hopes to one day open her own restaurant. Her dreams take a backseat when she finds herself turned into a frog (after kissing a prince who has been turned into a frog, obviously). Not only is this a sweet movie, but Tiana is the first black Disney princess.
16. 'Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch'
Most people are familiar with the age-old story of the Grinch, a fuzzy green creature who lives alone in a cave with his dog-buddy, Max. The thing he hates the most is Christmas, which is the thing that the people of Whoville, the nearby town, love the most. The Grinch decides that he’s had enough and makes plans to steal Christmas, once and for all. I secretly prefer the live-action version, but with narration by Pharell and characters voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, Kenan Thompson, and Rashida Jones, this one is pretty dope too.
17. 'Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie'
Move it, football head! *Do do do do insert theme song here*. Arnold and his friends travel to San Lorenzo, the last place Arnold’s mom and dad were spotted, in hopes of finding out what really happened to his parents.
18. 'The Lorax'
In the walled city of Thneedville, there are no living plants. No trees. No flowers. No grass. And thus begins the adventures of Ted Wiggins, a 12-year-old who sets out to find a real tree to impress his crush. Critics weren’t exactly raving about the movie, but it’s a cute, whimsical way to speak out against consumerism and pollution.
Norman is kind of an outcast. He can also speak to the dead which oddly enough, doesn’t make him any more popular in school. When he finds out that his town is under a curse that only he can stop, he forces himself to rise to the occasion, even though one of the side effects are zombies coming out of their graves. If you like cute, creepy Tim Burton-esque movies with beautiful animation, queue this one up.
20. 'Bee Movie'
Barry, a bee who just graduated college, is tired of being stuck in a dead-end lifelong job of making honey. After a visit to a florist, he learns that humans actually eat honey and decides to sue.