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Sitcoms are one of the most popular types of TV shows and they have been for a very, very long time. The simplicity of reoccurring characters getting through funny situations never gets old. The 90s were a tremendous time for live-action sitcoms, but there’s a whole other world of animated sitcoms that have been released in recent memory.
In fact, there are so many good modern animated sitcoms that we decided to pick the 10 best and then put them in order. Any animated sitcom that ran after the year 1990 is eligible (even if it started before the year 1990), so let’s get this battle for adult animation underway.
10. Rick and Morty
I’m going to be honest here: I actively dislike Rick and Morty. I just don’t find the show to be very funny, but I’m willing to acknowledge that it’s incredibly popular with people of all ages and a list of animate sitcoms without it would just be incorrect and incomplete.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is ridiculous. Everything about the show is out there, but it works shockingly well. The show revolves around a talking meatball, a cup, and some french fries. They interact with human characters throughout the show, which only adds to the insanity. It sounds like it’d be terrible, but it’s incredibly funny.
American Dad! has a style of comedy that should be familiar to fans of shows like Family Guy. That’s because it comes from Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman, some of the same minds responsible for Family Guy. With that said, you probably know right away whether it’s something that appeals to you. It’s goofy, funny, and manages to do things a live-action sitcom can’t, which makes cartoons stand out.
Futurama completely breaks the mold in terms of setting. Rather than an exaggerated version of the real world, creator Matt Groening opted for a sci-fi setting where Philip J. Fry finds himself 1000 years in the future. That premise leads to tons of insanity and an animated show with tons of appeal.
King of the Hill follows the life of propane salesman Hank Hill, his friends, and his off-the-wall family. Created by Mike Judge, the show is quite a bit more family-friendly than some of his other offerings. Still, there’s plenty of adult humor to be had in this fantastic cartoon that has an impressive 13-year run spanning 259 episodes.
Like Futurama, Archer departs from the tried and true formula of some sort of family and goes in a totally different direction: a dysfunctional intelligence agency. This opens up the show to have some interesting action moments, but most of it is centered around how incompetent everyone is. It’s a hilarious show that really shows you how interesting an animated sitcom can be with a certain amount of creativity.
I love Beavis and Butt-Head. Even in 2020 I still watch the show every now and then when I want a laugh. Mike Judge spoke to an entire generation of teenagers through the mouths of two rebellious, metal-loving idiots named Beavis and Butt-Head. Between the ridiculous stories and Mystery Science Theater 3000-style reactions to music videos, it’s a masterpiece of a show that actually aged incredibly well.
3. Family Guy
Family Guy is a controversy magnet. Seth MacFarlane found a way to push everyone’s buttons. The show has gone on and off the air from its launch in 1999 through today, but it always rises like a Phoenix with relevant pop-culture references and absolute hilarity. Do all the jokes hit? Nope, but enough in each episode land perfectly. As long as you’re not easily offended, Family Guy is just an incredible show that’s always worth a watch.
2. The Simpsons
When it comes to longevity, no scripted show can rival The Simpsons. It’s been on for so long that we could make a list of the best classic animated sitcoms and it would make that one, too. The show has almost 700 episodes and it’s still going strong. It’s impossible to argue with creator Matt Groening’s genius, as he managed to create some of the most iconic characters across any medium, which is no small task.
1. South Park
Picking between numbers one and two was extremely difficult, and it really just comes down to a matter of personal preference. For me, I just enjoy the raunchier humor offered by South Park more than The Simpsons. I like the hot takes on current events. I enjoy Cartman, Stan, and the rest of the crew more than Bart and Lisa. They’re both great, but for my money, South Park is the best modern animated sitcom. Plus, it has a Primus signing the theme song, which gives it a boost in my book!