Epic Cartoon Network Shows There Needs a Revival of Adult Swimming Like Samurai Jack

Adult Swim’s 2017 revival of Samurai Jack opened the doors for many more old-school cartoon shows. The amount of creative freedom this show portrays versus its adult leanings has undoubtedly created one of the best seasons to date. The overall success of Samurai Jack can be seen as a stepping stone to reviving old cartoon network shows to earn good fortune elsewhere. One of the reasons for its huge success is the constant nostalgic feel that made viewers dive into it and relive it. With the sheer amount of shows airing previously, we’ve brought you our favorite Cartoon Network shows that need an adult swim revival.

Code name: Kids Next Door

Code name: Kids Next Door

Not only for its rich plot and creative action, but also for its serious embrace of children, Codename: Kids Next Door is one of Cartoon Network’s best animated programs. It’s really about kids resisting adult oppression, but not in a fictional game world, but with real improvised weapons, all with the goal of never eating vegetables. It beautifully portrayed childish fantasies and a sense of adventure, and it came to a truly moving conclusion. While the series’ latest installment was outstanding, creator Patrick Warburton hinted that a Galactic: Kids Next Door-style revival is plausible, however, Cartoon Network execs don’t seem interested.

Long live the Royals

Long Live The Royal Family - Cartoon Network
Long live the Royals

This Cartoon Network – Long Live the Royals miniseries seemed to tell a story from beginning to end. It’s a comedy about a typical British royal family in the Middle Ages, which has delightfully incorporated contemporary domestic issues into old disputes and bizarre rituals. This series has a number of elements that lend themselves to the diverse, non-linear narrative that the series are known for, rather than the streamlined, plot-driven alternatives of a miniseries. Even if it remained a miniseries in the hands of Adult Swim, the show’s former Regular Show producers would have the artistic leeway to truly craft whatever rock n’ roll, rebellious image they want.

The Sinister Adventures of Billy and Mandy

The Sinister Adventures of Billy and Mandy - Cartoon Network
The Sinister Adventures of Billy and Mandy

Billy and Mandy’s tone and comedy screams the unconventional styles that Adult Swim has identified with, and the show’s dark humor and cartoon violence would not only fit well with the block, but could also see a authentic form and developed with greater creative freedom. It’s thrilling to think what kind of gruesome creature Grim could conjure up, what kind of inhumane treatment Mandy could subject his victims to, and what ridiculous, juvenile comedy Billy could conjure up if the trio were brought back late at night.

Sym-Bionic Titan

Sym-Bionic Titan
Sym-Bionic Titan

Genndy Tartakovsky is a legend in the cartoon world, primarily for his work on Cartoon Network. Genndy has perfected the art of creating fantastic cartoons that adults and children can watch without cynicism, as seen in Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. While Samurai Jack was an homage to samurai and action movies, Sym-Bionic Titan was an homage to mechs (a large armored robot), albeit in an Americanized version, with all the political issues of the Gundam series and the teenage angst from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Genndy has managed to prove himself as a legend and the fact that he can always deliver something fresh and entertaining every time.

Mega XLR

Mega XLR
Mega XLR

While some cartoons prefer to end calmly, others want to end with a good fight. From the start, Megas XLR struggled to find suitable accommodation. The big robotic comedy was originally slated for MTV but was scrapped before being picked up by Cartoon Network. Megas XLR revolves around some New Jersey slackers. Who finds a fat robot from the future and restores it to its former glory. It’s a show that revels in its own ridiculousness and over-the-top action. With alien confrontations frequently resulting in the burning of New Jersey…until next week. The series was tragically terminated before its storyline was completed, leading to rumors from the show’s creators that it should be revived.

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