- Asindi Donald
Top 5 Best Animated Comedy Series
Updated: Oct 14, 2021
From Super Spies To Chipmunks - What Is The Funniest Animated TV Comedy Of All Time?
Who doesn't love a cartoon? Monsters. That's who. So we asked our resident 'Top 5' writer Asindi Donald to compile his list of the top 5 animated TV comedies of all time.
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks ( 1983-1990)
The adorable trio known as Alvin and the Chipmunks have been around since the 1960s when their song "Witch Doctor" reached the top of the music charts. The Chipmunks were so well-known that Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. created a television show titled "The Alvin Show" shortly after the success of their "Witch Doctor" song.
It didn't last long - barely a little over a year. In an attempt to bring the series to life in the early 1980s, an audience was identified. Airing on NBC in 1983, the scoundrel Alvin, the nerdy Simon, and the cute Theodore got into all kinds of mischief in “Alvin and the Chipmunks.”
The Chipettes, female counterparts of the Chipmunks, would be introduced as rivals, and the series would gain a considerable following. The Chipmunks would earn their first feature picture, "The Chipmunk Adventure," in 1987, thanks to the show's success. Even though the show was discontinued in 1990, they haven't gone away. Another Nickelodeon series debuted in 2015 and is continuing strong, despite Alvin's switch from 2D animation to CG animation.
4. Scooby-Doo, Where are you? (1969-1970)
Although this Hanna-Barbera show only lasted for two seasons, it established an animated franchise that is still going strong to this day. With light horror aspects, humorous catchphrases, wacky mysteries, amazing Rube Goldberg-like traps, and goofy characterizations, the frightened Great Dane with a speech impediment who solved murders with his, like, really groovy teen friends caught imaginations. This series spawned a slew of sequels, including an animated version of the Harlem Globetrotters and Sonny & Cher, as well as weird spinoffs like "Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics" and a slew of parodies.
3. South Park (1997-present)
“South Park” isn't going anywhere. Despite the solely commercial pleadings of the Season 22 hashtag, Sitcom Central has no plans to cancel their long-running, pioneering, and Emmy-winning animated comedy, and those who have persisted with it are already calling for its end. Why should it come to an end while the episodes are still policing everything from America's gun problems to South Park's past gaffes?
Trey Parker and Matt Stone's unflinching comedy, which follows four young boys in a not-so-quiet Colorado hamlet, mocks everything without fear of being chastised. If an onslaught of Kanye-isms becomes too absurd to ignore, or a wave of politically correct culture threatens to over-scrutinize everything, South Park is poised to rip a hole in the mainstream societal discourse. South Park is well-positioned to reframe talks for years to come, thanks to a unique creative process that leads to short turnarounds from concept to airing. And it's already demonstrated there's enough left in the tank.
2. Rick and Morty(2013-present)
There isn't much that can be said about this series that hasn't already been examined and merchandised into oblivion by ardent fans and detractors alike. However, this blockbuster Adult Swim series has a winning unpredictability that makes it worthwhile to tune in whenever new episodes are released.
What may have begun as a nightmarish remake of "Back to the Future," has since Cronenberg-ed itself into an unavoidable component of a specific pop cultural subgroup? The program takes advantage of its brisk pace, whether the title characters are traveling different universes or investigating a series-best living room mystery surrounded by whimsical creatures like Reverse Giraffe (you know, he has a short neck and legs). No other show takes advantage of the show's seemingly limitless possibilities quite like this one. This show is definitely something to look out for.
Spy spoofs aren't new, but Adam Reed's unique style of referential boundary-pushing elevates this far beyond a workplace comedy about misfits in the intelligence community. Even as the show's creators come up with a variety of ways to transport Archer, Lana, Mallory, Pam, Krieger, Ray, and Cyril to different worlds — 1940s LA Noire, tropical biplane adventure, “Smokey and the Bandit''-themed coke ring operation, to name a few — the show's constant stream of callbacks keeps it tethered to a whip-smart comedic DNA that never fails to surprise. It also has one of the most consistent voice casts of any show on this list. Give them all the accolades they've never received for whatever reason.
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