The Simpsons was the first mainstream cartoon to blur the line between innocent animation and adult humor, but the 21st century is filled with cartoons that are strictly No Kids Allowed. I’m talking about shows like Archer, BoJack Horseman, and Mr. Pickles; parents would have to be crazy to lets their children sit down to trash like this!
But in the 1990s, there was a lot of bleak shit that made its way into kid-friendly animated offerings, and the folks at Screen Rant have assembled a list of the most shocking examples. From mature esoteric themes to raunchy comedy and even brutality, you’ll be amazed that some of this made it past the censors.
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Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section! If you can’t stream, the 10 unexpectedly dark cartoon episodes for kids are listed below the video in the synopsis. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Cartoons are often associated with good memories and childhood. As kids, we would sift through our favorite channels and sit back to watch our favorite characters. The stories are usually kid friendly, but sometimes they would border into the dark side. In these cases, the toons are just bleak and too dark for kids, other times they are real life moments. Either way, at times we questioned if they were a bit too much for kids. You be the judge while you check out our list.
For example, did you know that in an episode dealing with Mother’s Day in Rugrats, we learn that Chuckie’s mom passed away because of a terminal illness. The way it’s discusses is beautiful and heartwarming but was it too heavy for kids?
Did you know that there was an episode of Invader Zim in which Zim harvested the organs of his classmates and replaced them with common items? Creepy and gross.
There was also an episode of The New Batman Adventures in which Commissioner Gordon finds out Batgirl is actually his daughter Barbara. But finds out as she’s dying in his arms. He blames Batman and goes on the hunt.
Entry 1 – HELGA ON THE COUCH -HEY ARNOLD!
Entry 2 – FOR THE MAN WHO HAS EVERYTHING – JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED
Entry 3 – TO HECK AND BACK – ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE
Entry 4 – MOTHER’S DAY -RUGRATS
Entry 5 – NASTY PATTY – SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS
Entry 6 – OVER THE EDGE – THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES
Entry 7 – LONG LIVE THE QUEEN – THE LEGEND OF KORRA
Entry 8 – HAUNTED – TEEN TITANS
Entry 9 – DARK HARVEST – INVADER ZIM
Entry 10 – TWISTED SISTER – POWERPUFF GIRLS
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