No longer just fodder for Saturday mornings or weekday afternoons, animation dominates television now at every hour of the day. Whether it’s Fox’s Sunday-night lineup, the Disney Channel’s daytime programming, or Netflix shows you can stream 24/7, it can be overwhelming for animation connoisseurs to take it all in.

Rotten Tomatoes is here to help with this guide to 10 animated series on the air this spring and summer, including continuations of kids’ movies, reboots of childhood classics, and even some great options for grown-ups.


KONG: KING OF THE APES: SEASON 2

What It’s About: After Kong and his human friend Lukas fall into a volcano, they discover even more prehistoric creatures living beneath it.

Voiced By: Alessandro Juliani, Lee Tockar, Viv Leacock, Shannon Chan-Kent, Vincent Tong, Tabitha St. Germain

Where to Watch: Netflix

Why You Should Watch: This family-friendly version of King Kong provides a less scary alternative to Kong: Skull Island in theaters.

Fun Fact: Executive Producer Avi Arad is also responsible for bringing the first wave of Marvel movies to the screen, including X-Men and Spider-Man.

Kong: King of the Apes at Netflix (release date to be announced)


WATERSHIP DOWN

What It’s About: Based on Richard Adams’ novel about a group of rabbits who try to build a new home, but end up in battle.

Voiced By: Gemma Arterton, John Boyega, Mackenzie Crook, Freddie Fox, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, James McAvoy

Where to Watch: Netflix

Why You Should Watch: Visionary director Noam Murro has four parts to tell this complete epic tale (tail?)!

Fun Fact: Sawyer was reading a paperback copy of the book on Lost.

Watership Down  at Netflix (release date to be announced)


SAMURAI JACK: SEASON 5

Samurai Jack season 5 on Adult Swim’s Toonami Block

What It’s About: 50 years after his last adventure, Jack is still looking for a way home and trying to find a way to defeat Aku.

Voiced By: Phil LaMarr, Greg Baldwin, Grey DeLisle, Sab Shimono, Lauren Tom, Tom Kenny

Where to Watch: Adult Swim

Why You Should Watch: After 13 years, the Samurai Jack saga finally gets the conclusion it deserves. Read Rotten Tomatoes’ interview with creator Genndy Tartakovsky and Phil LaMarr here.

Fun Fact: Tartakovsky came up with this idea eight years ago but was busy making feature films until Adult Swim was ready to revisit Samurai Jack.

Samurai Jack new episodes Saturdays at 11 p.m. as part of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block


ROCKET AND GROOT

What It’s About: Two of the Guardians of the Galaxy have their own adventures in a series of shorts as they try to earn enough credits to buy a new ship.

Voiced By: Trevor Devall, Kevin Michael Richardson

Where to Watch: Disney XD

Why You Should Watch: They’re less than 2 minutes each, and they’ll tide you over until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes out.

Fun Fact: Animation studio Passion Pictures also animated the 2011 Oscar-winning short The Lost Thing.

Rocket and Groot shorts are available on Disney XD’s YouTube Channel; all 12 shorts air April 10 at 7 a.m. on  Disney XD


GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: SEASON 2

What It’s About: Marvel’s intergalactic space heroes return for a second season of family-friendly adventures.

Voiced By: Will Friedle, Trevor Devall, Kevin Michael Richardson, Vanessa Marshall, David Sobolov

Where to Watch: Disney XD

Why You Should Watch: The Guardians meet The Avengers this season!

Fun Fact: I am Groot!

Guardians of the Galaxy air Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Disney XD


IMAGINARY MARY

What It’s About: Grown up Alice (Jenna Elfman) gets a visit from her childhood imaginary friend Mary, a computer-animated character only Alice can see and hear.

Voiced By: Rachel Dratch as the voice of Mary.

Where to Watch: ABC

Why You Should Watch: Elfman’s return to TV comedy is a must see with or without an animated costar!

Fun Fact: This is the second version of Mary the creators developed. After the first pilot, they redesigned her to be warmer and cuter.

Imaginary Mary premieres March 29 at 8:30 p.m. on ABC


ARCHER: SEASON 8

What It’s About: Sterling Archer takes a trip back in time to solve a film-noir style murder in 1947 Los Angeles.

Voiced By: H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, Adam Reed, Lucky Yates

Where to Watch: FXX

Why You Should Watch: Archer is still funny after seven seasons, and seasons like Archer Vice show that new genres only make it funnier.

Fun Fact: Creator Adam Reed told the Murmur podcast he’d planned to end Archer after season 8, but will now make two more short seasons to end after 10.

Archer premieres April 5 at 10 p.m. on FXX


DUCKTALES

What’s It About: Donald Duck’s nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie have Indiana Jones–like epic adventures with Scrooge McDuck.

Voiced By: David Tennant, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, Bobby Moynihan, Kate Micucci, Beck Bennett, Toks Olagundoye

Where to Watch: Disney XD

Why You Should Watch: If you grew up with the original version of this show in the ’90s, that’s why. If this is new to you, how about a former Doctor Who as the voice of Scrooge.

Fun Fact: Disney XD has already ordered a second season of DuckTales before it’s even aired.

Ducktales will air on Disney XD  (release date to be announced)


TANGLED: THE SERIES

What It’s About: After returning to her parents and kingdom, Rapunzel sets off for new adventures with Flynn Rider before she takes the throne.

Voiced By: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Eden Espinosa, Julie Bowen, Clancy Brown

Where to Watch: Disney Channel

Why You Should Watch: It’s the sequel to Tangled! Plus, Disney has a good track record with series based on their movies: Aladdin, Emperor’s New School, and The Lion Guard to name a few.

Fun Fact: Alan Menken and Glenn Slater are back to write new songs for Tangled: The Series.

Tangled: The Series new episodes air Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on Disney Channel


BOJACK HORSEMAN: SEASON 4

What It’s About: Bojack is a has-been celebrity in a world of animal ad human movie stars. Season 4 plans to explore Bojack’s past more deeply than ever before.

Voiced By: Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins

Where to Watch: Netflix

Why You Should Watch: The first three seasons have only gotten funnier and more profound.

Fun Fact: You can actually visit the Tumblr of season 3 restaurant critic Samantha.

Bojack Horseman at Netflix (release date to be announced)


SuperMansion: Season 2

What It’s About: Titanium Rex leads a group of superheroes who are totally not The Justice League or The Avengers at all.

Voiced By: Bryan Cranston, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jillian Bell, Keegan-Michael Key, Tucker Gilmore, Zeb Wells, Tom Root, Heidi Gardner

Where to Watch: Crackle

Why You Should Watch: A Community reunion of voices Yvette Nicole Brown and Jim Rash.

Fun Fact: Cranston produces Supermansion with the creators and animators of Robot Chicken, who are able to make the characters look more realistic than the “action figures” of Robot Chicken.

SuperMansion‘s new episodes are unleashed Thursdays on Crackle

Tag Cloud

Mary Poppins Returns 90s Pop SXSW Amazon hollywood Fox Searchlight binge Fargo Schedule zero dark thirty YA Trailer renewed TV shows Endgame Nat Geo diversity comedies halloween tv Heroines Premiere Dates Holidays cartoon Fox News crossover superhero Marvel Television Best and Worst E3 Interview action-comedy Spring TV DGA scene in color DC Comics DC streaming service Red Carpet slashers toy story Valentine's Day Musicals sequels true crime television justice league MTV Turner mcc Martial Arts ESPN OWN Biopics Amazon Prime aapi high school ID Mary poppins Logo Crackle Christmas reboot See It Skip It Disney Awards animated Countdown Video Games legend IMDb TV telelvision IFC Films marvel comics Marvel TV One police drama travel comics Tokyo Olympics cancelled TV shows book feel good chucky asian-american Epix sag awards reviews Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Thanksgiving 20th Century Fox Universal crime drama Tubi Superheroes LGBTQ Warner Bros. genre NYCC romantic comedy Paramount Plus Avengers toronto Rocketman 93rd Oscars royal family 99% mockumentary Spike critic resources Reality Competition Travel Channel transformers laika BBC dreamworks dexter VICE biopic Comic-Con@Home 2021 new star wars movies San Diego Comic-Con green book posters Winners Binge Guide japan BBC One PBS 4/20 docuseries best VH1 Pacific Islander popular HBO Max revenge Spectrum Originals A24 Stephen King Instagram Live women ABC Signature adenture OneApp Rocky Cartoon Network twilight latino crime thriller football Food Network TCA 2017 stop motion Election indie blaxploitation spanish GoT medical drama leaderboard Pride Month Film child's play criterion razzies archives kids 2019 Britbox PlayStation indiana jones Turner Classic Movies adaptation Showtime sports rom-coms Tomatazos foreign GIFs christmas movies discovery 2015 Apple TV Plus Sundance gangster documentary tv talk concert ABC Family Television Critics Association HBO Go E! Calendar Podcast live action fast and furious breaking bad New York Comic Con ViacomCBS children's TV witnail video on demand Writers Guild of America Rom-Com award winner heist movie comic TCM adventure social media japanese 2018 theme song Hallmark monster movies satire comiccon nature 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards ghosts spanish language saw Walt Disney Pictures Fantasy Pixar basketball Marvel Studios Paramount RT History CBS trailers spain doctor who Columbia Pictures National Geographic Netflix Christmas movies cancelled name the review godzilla Year in Review Disney+ Disney Plus Comics on TV finale FX WGN 73rd Emmy Awards mission: impossible game of thrones 2016 black Masterpiece Grammys President Lifetime Christmas movies parents golden globe awards Trivia Music Neflix The Arrangement vampires miniseries dc Ghostbusters TV movies Hear Us Out psychological thriller teaser Apple 72 Emmy Awards franchise Country Disney streaming service festivals dceu classics YouTube Red italian Set visit kong Watching Series CW Seed unscripted Apple TV+ quibi Sundance Now robots biography Fall TV joker lord of the rings El Rey book adaptation American Society of Cinematographers PaleyFest History Chernobyl Toys Pop TV AMC Plus documentaries emmy awards news Esquire YouTube Mystery trophy TCA Awards olympics australia Star Trek Quiz Winter TV comic books Netflix Animation Trophy Talk spider-man comic book movies Nickelodeon nbcuniversal Elton John independent video superman golden globes Black History Month YouTube Premium critics Awards Tour space Shudder BAFTA science fiction festival Star Wars First Reviews boxing jurassic park canceled TV shows prank live event 71st Emmy Awards slasher The Walt Disney Company kaiju hidden camera 21st Century Fox Pirates 2020 APB cancelled television ITV 1990s Reality historical drama TLC Starz james bond black comedy Ellie Kemper Lifetime zombies international docudrama Disney Channel USA Network Broadway NBA stoner anthology Baby Yoda rt labs critics edition aliens Holiday Opinion Peacock DirecTV free movies war FOX movies worst movies dramedy Black Mirror remakes Brie Larson Women's History Month singing competition Box Office TBS suspense The Purge sitcom thriller Classic Film IFC 007 Horror worst Hulu technology stand-up comedy films venice new zealand TruTV Character Guide Dark Horse Comics cinemax Ovation MCU werewolf Captain marvel TIFF Television Academy streaming hispanic SundanceTV BBC America CMT movie Amazon Prime Video Action Discovery Channel Pet Sematary political drama spy thriller Acorn TV screenings Oscars hispanic heritage month Image Comics Kids & Family facebook Shondaland SDCC Rock period drama spider-verse DC Universe Tumblr Sundance TV Emmy Nominations Comedy WarnerMedia Infographic dragons Sony Pictures NBC Lionsgate anime Comic Book Film Festival Syfy king arthur Teen scary composers Musical TV Land BET Awards First Look obituary elevated horror BET cooking cops 24 frames TV renewals Anna Paquin debate Photos disaster FX on Hulu rotten MSNBC Mindy Kaling crime Sci-Fi Certified Fresh TNT halloween directors CBS All Access game show dark richard e. Grant Mary Tyler Moore Creative Arts Emmys AMC The Academy vs. Tarantino screen actors guild blockbusters Academy Awards Paramount Network Song of Ice and Fire strong female leads GLAAD Alien Amazon Studios HBO dogs supernatural Universal Pictures Wes Anderson Lucasfilm romance know your critic The Walking Dead scorecard mob FXX Legendary casting target Adult Swim Comedy Central natural history Polls and Games hist new york X-Men A&E french all-time Bravo Mudbound Drama Exclusive Video Vudu zombie Western south america Disney Plus ratings boxoffice art house pirates of the caribbean marvel cinematic universe Summer scary movies rt labs ABC VOD Marathons jamie lee curtis Hallmark Christmas movies fresh TCA rotten movies we love serial killer Family cancelled TV series Freeform 2021 Nominations harry potter Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Cannes sopranos Emmys Super Bowl comic book movie deadpool Crunchyroll rt archives die hard The Witch cults Cosplay young adult TV 2017 Funimation Arrowverse Superheroe batman nfl cats LGBT cars 45 king kong based on movie wonder woman mutant CNN TCA Winter 2020 streaming movies what to watch sequel talk show spinoff The CW a nightmare on elm street psycho Extras blockbuster versus USA series Sneak Peek canceled RT21 politics universal monsters