University life—with its charms, events, dramas and fun—has always attracted and inspired producers to film TV shows that will resonate with the hearts of millions of people around the world. After all, student life can be the foundation to a perfect plot, with all the advantages and challenges main characters have to meet. Some series are also filled with out-of-the-ordinary events that will never happen in real life, but at least their episodes still reflect that atmosphere of independence, secrets, great feelings and emotions. Students meet their first love and deal with their first breakup, and get into messes we’ve all encountered. That’s because we love these shows so much that we listed some of the most popular ones about university life.
Old, but gold. That’s how we can best describe this TV show. Coach is an American sitcom that was filmed between 1989 and 1997 and is about the coach of the football team at Minnesota State University who tries to find the balance between the sports world and family, as his daughter is a student there. The series lets you dive into the world of the football team, difficult relationships between students and their parents, and see that the problems we all face today have not changed much.
This one is a comedy-drama that sheds light on the racial discrimination going on at Winchester University, where white students make up the majority of the uni’s students. Episodes are filled with satire that reveals the problems students of colour have to deal with when it comes to social justice, biases, and activism.
A comedy series that follows a group of six students (who have nothing in common and are forced to share a home) as they tell viewers about some of the most exciting periods of their lives. The show’s producers perfectly reveal all the messy problems students go through. For example, each of the Fresh Meat characters struggles with juggling exam periods and their part-time jobs, so they didn’t have an opportunity to access the hundreds of essays on everyday life issues that could them.
Privileged teenagers from Manhattan’s Upper East Side try to keep their dirty little secrets from being revealed by the anonymous Gossip Girl blogger. Serena Van Der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, Chuck Bass, Nate Archibald, and Daniel Humphrey are key figures whose lives seem to be Gossip Girl’s main target.
Watching all the TV shows mentioned above will give you the opportunity to dive into the student world of challenges, decision-making, expectations, love, study and friendship—showing you university life from many different perspectives.
When people hear the word cartoons, they probably straight away think of Looney Tunes or Cartoon Network’s many different shows if they’re younger. My point is, they most definitely think of childish entertainment. But what about adult cartoons? While the genre remains overlooked by too many grown-ups, adult cartoons can be as intense, inventive, fun and sad as any other forms of entertainment. Because I’m not yet a mature cartoons master, here’s a list of the best adult cartoons I’ve personally watched.
Exploring both mature and immature themes through a wildly inventive lens, these are a selected few of the top adult cartoons that will provide laughter and enjoyment, guaranteed. Keep in mind, these shows are listed in no particular order.
Although I started watching Futurama when I was a youngster, I wholeheartedly think the 7 seasons long show is perfect for an adult audience. Released in 1999 and created by Matt Groening, who is also the brains behind The Simpsons, the show follows Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy who woke up in the year 2999. Soon enough, he falls for a one-eyed ship captain and befriends an alcoholic robot. What’s not to love?
Speaking of Matt Groening, he also co-created this adult cartoon fantasy sitcom for Netflix. Switching between a range of classic fairy tale tropes, Disenchantment sends an alcoholic princess on various misadventures along with a demon named Luci and an elf named Elfo. Think of it as a PG-13 Disney show.
First released on Netflix in 2014, Bojack Horseman is the streaming platform’s first adult cartoon and arguably still one of the best. Set in a world where talking animals and humans coexist peacefully, the cartoon tells the story of Bojack Horseman, a once-popular TV star who now lives in a state of perpetual malaise and depression. As Bojack navigates his way through Hollywood in search of love, success, and mostly a reason for being, Los Angeles’ typical show business gets satirised from every angle.
Although it took me a few episodes to really get absorbed by the show, Bojack Horseman has since then made me laugh, like a lot, and cry quite a bit too. A must-watch!
I mean, Daria is a 90s classic. As a spin-off of Mike Judge’s earlier animated series, Beavis and Butt-Head in which Daria Morgendorffer appeared as a recurring character, this series follows her as the main one. Set during Daria’s high-school years, the cartoon depicts the world according to a smart and somewhat misanthropic teenage girl and her best friend and aspiring artist Jane Lane.
Also streamed on Netflix, this adult cartoon is the sex education I wish I had received when I was younger (and hornier). Big Mouth delivers an uncompromising exploration of teenage puberty by following a group of boys and girls as they respectively experiment with newfound arousals and emotional problems. Maurice and Connie, the show’s two hormone monsters are a nice addition to an already hilarious cartoon.
Who said adult cartoons can’t be stupid? Bob’s Burgers follows a burger joint owner Bob as he tries to juggle his wife and kids with Jimmy Pesto, the obnoxious owner of a competing restaurant. Tina, one of Bob’s kids, is just the gift that keeps on giving.
Happy Tree Friends is as dumb as it gets—and I have to admit, I love it! This 1999 cartoon comedy might look like a children’s show at first but viewers are quickly delved into graphic violence and constant death. The series follows silly woodland creatures and their disastrous misadventures.
Set in the 1970s, the Netflix cartoon goes big on adult language and crude laughs. Frank Murphy lives in the suburbs and mainly loves two things: his family and TV. Bonus: the show’s opening credits are enough to get you hooked.
Again, a classic. Since 1997, the adult cartoon has touched upon every facet of society and hit the bullseye more often than not. Many believe that South Park has predicted a bunch of real-life events such as Donald Trump’s presidency—oh-oh. Watch it yourself to make that judgement.
Last but not least, I had to include this one. Few adult cartoons have entertained so many generations in such a short time. Rick & Morty follows Rick, an alcoholic genius and his grandson Morty as they traverse time and space and live through numerous (hilarious) adventures.