The world of adult animation consists of a whole lot more than just The Simpsons these days. Animated shows for adults only seem to be gaining in popularity — at least if you take a look at the passionate fanbases they garner. Whether you’re a tried and true fan of the genre or a total noob, Hulu has plenty of adult animated series to choose from. There’s no shortage of shows to choose from if you’re a Seth McFarlane devotee, a lover of all things Adult Swim, or just in the mood for an animated series about a family that owns their own burger joint.
Venturing into the world of animated series for adults can be daunting, but it’s a whole lot easier if you have an idea of what kind of show you want to watch. This list of the 12 best adult animated series on Hulu includes profane comedies, genre-bending favorites, and all manner of brilliant silliness. Clear your calendar, because just sampling one of these animated shows is so not an option.
Rick is a brilliant scientist and also an alcoholic with a weird sense of what’s child-appropriate. Morty is an unassuming grandson, who gets roped into a whole lot of weird adventures. Don’t let the devotion of the fanbase scare you off, this existential, innovative series has something for anyone who appreciates a good meta joke.
One of the best family comedies on TV today is Bob’s Burgers. The animated adventures of the Belcher family can be relatively mundane — uncomfortable double dates, coming up with new ideas to keep their restaurant profitable, helping out their neighbor Teddy — but the show is such a funny, astute depiction of family life that everything seems hilarious in the hands of the show’s writers and voice cast.
Archer is a dashing, international man—a mystery. He’s a spy that never backs down from a mission. He’s also a man with a whole lot of mommy-issues and a kick-butt partner in this send up of James Bond and the many, many spy characters he inspired.
Philip J. Fry is just a 20th century pizza boy living in a 30th century world. His adventures with the eclectic crew of the Planet Express form the basis of a cult classic that will take you to strange planets, make you become obsessed with a cigar-smoking robot, and sometimes cry uncontrollably over the pureness of dogs.
Centered around an African-American family who move from Chicago to a predominantly white suburb, The Boondocks is unafraid of tackling issues of race, class, and culture. The series is sharply funny as it holds up a fractured mirror to the world around us.
5. South Park
Love it or hate it, there’s no denying South Park’s role in modern pop culture. All 21 seasons are on Hulu, so settle in because you can watch every one of Kenny’s unfortunate demises in one place.
Daria Morgendorffer helped a generation of disaffected youths to feel less alone with her dry sense of humor and running commentary on the general lameness of high school. She’s a hero, and a hilarious one at that.
7. Axe Cop
Created by Ethan Nicolle with the help of his five-year-old brother Malachi’s imagination, Axe Cop combines the unbridled weirdness of a child’s imagination with the dulcet tones of Nick Offerman. Yes, it’s brilliant.
An ex-superhero, Harvey is now a lawyer who works to defend popular cartoon characters from the ’60s and ’70s. This surreal and occasionally childhood-ruining show is one of Adult Swim’s best.
9. Home Movies
The first Adult Swim series, Home Movies is legendary. The series about an 8-year-old who makes films with his friends is a true classic of the genre.
10. Family Guy
Family Guy has no boundaries — depending on your perspective, that could be a good thing or a nightmare. Either way, this seminal animated series is available in full on Hulu.