Everyone has that one television show, their “must-see” every week. If it isn’t on the air, or if they miss an episode, an avid fan will scrounge up all of the latest info online and watch every episode over and over again.
For me, that show is “Adventure Time.” Even as a 23-year-old adult male, I still enjoy watching cartoons and “Adventure Time” is easily the best animated series to grace television in the past few years.
The show follows the adventures of Finn, a young human boy and his best friend Jake, a talking yellow dog with the power to change his size and shape. The duo spend most of their time defending the Land of Ooo from all manner of evils including, but not limited to: The Ice King, soul-sucking vampires, evil gnomes, zombies and the all-powerful Lich.
When Finn and Jake aren’t battling evil, they typically spend their time going on quests for mystical items of power, forming bands with their friends, or just goofing off at home. Our heroes are often accompanied by their colorful cast of friends like Princess Bubblegum, ruler of the nearby Candy Kingdom, Marceline, the 1,000-year-old vampire queen, or BEEMO, a sentient handheld game system.
If the things I’ve mentioned thus far haven’t tipped you off, “Adventure Time” is a very strange and often surprisingly surreal show. The series is littered with references and nods to role-playing games like “Dungeons & Dragons,” another passion of mine. For a show with a young target demographic, a significant portion of the humor and even some of the imagery can be pretty dark at times.
Another highlight of the show is the music. The show’s opening and ending theme songs, while simple, are pretty catchy and will easily get stuck in your head. Several episodes even feature musical numbers of varying styles. These moments are some of the best in the show and like the theme songs, often prove to be effective earworms. My roommates and I often find ourselves humming the tune of one of the songs featured in the show and then singing it en masse.
Even though each episode clocks in at around 11 minutes, the show’s creators find ways to cram in plenty of laughs, great animation and exciting adventures. The show is recently began its 4th season and the DVD release of the first season will hit store shelves on July 10.
If you haven’t had the chance to see this incredible show, then be sure to check out clips on the official YouTube channel here or catch an episode Monday nights at 7:30. Soon you too will find yourself fist-bumping with your nearest friend and shouting “Adventure Time!”