Details: Produced by Disney and originally aired in 2000 to 2004. There are 39 episode with each episode at around thirty minutes long with commercials. Each episode is divided into two part with each part consisting of an individual story. Here’s the Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Weekenders#Episodes
The Weekenders was another Saturday morning cartoon made by Disney. It’s pretty much a sitcom involving kids for kids. The style of humor is surprisingly adult though.
Details: Released in 2018. Stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin. About two hours long. Official site is https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/deadpool-2
Deadpool 2 does what a sequel should do. It’s Deadpool with a bigger budget, more action, more special effects, more cameos, and about the same amount of jokes.
Details: First aired in 2012. Two seasons, each season with twenty episodes and each episode at about twenty minutes long without commercials. Final episode was double that time. Official site is https://disneyxd.disney.com/gravity-falls
I really enjoyed Steven Universe. Another show that is often brought up in the same breath is Gravity Falls. Gravity Falls is a comedic cartoon that edges towards horror and the supernatural. It’s not as good as Steven Universe, but still somewhat entertaining.
Details: First aired in 2013. Almost all episodes are about eleven minutes long. As of May 7, 2018, there are five seasons and one hundred forty-six episodes. I’ve watched them all. Still currently airing episodes from season five on Cartoon Network. Official site is https://www.cartoonnetwork.com/blog/category/steven-universe
In American animation, there is a long list of television cartoons that appear to appeal to children, but secretly have enough depth for adult audiences. Sometimes they deliberately target adult audiences. Some cartoons that come to mind are Recess, Rick and Morty, Gravity Falls, Adventure Time and even My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Steven Universe is another one of these cartoons and it does a great job of appealing to children and adults alike. I now understand why fans are so crazy about this show.
Details: Aired in 2017 on HBO. Ten episodes with each at about thirty minutes long. Official site is https://www.hbo.com/silicon-valley
Silicon Valley, season 4 is more of the same. That’s a good thing.
Details: Released in 2017. Directed and written by Jordan Peele. Stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford. About an hour and forty-four minutes long.
According to imdb.com, this film is officially a film of the horror, mystery, and thriller genres. But what I think makes this film so unique is that it is also very much a dark comedy on race relations in America, specifically between blacks and whites who do not perceive themselves as racist. It is that comedic aspect that takes this film and raises it above most other thrillers in recent memory.
Details: Released in 2018 on Netflix. About an hour long.
The biggest problem with this show is that I’ve seen this show before. A comedy show from the perspective of a rich, black comedian about race, politics, and relationships. The biggest problem with Tamborine is that Dave Chappelle has already done this show and he did it better.
Details: Released in 2016 on Netflix. About an hour long.
Even though the best stand-up comedy special I’ve seen this year is from Dave Chappelle, Ali Wong comes in a close second. This is one of the best comedy shows I’ve seen in recent memory and, in my opinion, about as funny (though not as controversial) as Dave Chappelle.
Details: Also known as Netojū no Susume — Recommendation of the Wonderful Virtual Life. First aired in 2017. Ten episodes and an OVA that are each a little under twenty-five minutes long.
I came into this expecting another cookie cutter anime with the setting of a fantasy role-playing video game, except with a thirty year old female protagonist. I was expecting some action and some comedy. Instead, this is a fairly standard romantic comedy that could easily be made into a live action drama, maybe a Korean drama. Don’t expect any action. Do expect some cute, perhaps cringe worthy romance.
Details: Released on Netflix on New Year’s Eve in 2017. Equanimity is a little over an hour-long and The Bird Revelation is a little under an hour long.
Equanimity and The Bird Revelation are the final part that Chappelle agreed to provide Netflix for a record sixty million dollars. I reviewed and enjoyed the last two comedy specials, even though they were obviously performed a substantial amount of time before they aired. This time, we get two shows that are not only immediately relevant to current events, but Bird Revelation is something different from the shows of large, raucous audiences and is instead a more intimate, insightful, but still hilarious show.