Think you’re too old for cartoons? Think again. Some of the most hysterical shows in TV history have been animated, often only bluffing at younger audiences while sneakily saving the biggest yuks for adult viewers. Matricidal fantasies, sexual innuendos and unsparingly un-PC jokes seem more palatable on pen and paper, often giving cartoons leeway unavailable to us flesh-and-bone folks.
Here are the ten funniest cartoon shows ever, listed in order of their debuts. If you disagree, please refrain from smashing me with a mallet or pulverizing me with an anvil.
10 The Bugs Bunny Show (1960)
Ain’t he a stinker? Yes – an absolutely hysterical one. Premiering in 1960 and morphing into various iterations in the ensuing decades, The Bugs Bunny Show was more entertaining and flat out funnier than any animated series that came before it.
From its inception, the program was an ensemble vehicle – a means of showcasing the lengthy list of Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies characters that graced the airwaves starting in 1948. The Bugs Bunny Show used the franchise’s marquee character – that wascally wabbit himself – as a springboard to promote and popularize his cartoon cohorts, many of whom have become cherished characters in and of themselves. The despicability-professing Daffy Duck, the gregarious Foghorn Leghorn, the stuttering swine Porky Pig, the seemingly-too-angry-for-gun-ownership Yosemite Sam and the sexual assault enthusiast Pepé le Pew all made appearances under Bugs’ banner. In 1966, the show merged with another