The 20 best animated series and movies on Netflix to watch right now

THERE'S always a mainstream Netflix series on the lips of just about everyone.

However, the animated series and movies aren't to be forgotten – here are our favourite picks.

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1. Rick and Morty

Animations aren't just for kids, as Rick and Morty proves.

The otherworldly series takes references from our world, such as the sinking of the Titanic.

Series one is available to stream now and has 11 episodes – it's one you can quickly sit through once hooked.

2. F is for Family

The 15 rated comedy takes viewers back to the 1970s.

It mocks family life over four seasons, all of which are available to watch.

The show takes inspiration from the real-life of stand-up comic Bill Burr, who helped create the series.

3. Spongebob Squarepants

A classic for children, but one that lots of adults enjoy too.

Laugh and cringe at the adventures of Spongebob, Patrick and Squidward as they work and live together under the sea.

There's a reason this show has endured after so many years.

4. Avatar: The Last Airbender

A PG rated series that will captivate the minds of many children and young teenagers.

Aang has air bending powers, while the other characters have powers relating to the different elements.

The show follows Aang as he grows and learns more about his power, particularly as the last air bender.

5. Sausage Party

The notorious raunchy comedy is worth watching if just for a laugh alone.

This is definitely not one for children!

Sausages discover what life is like after being sold at the supermarket.

6. Minecraft: Story Mode

Minecraft started as game for people to play, either on peaceful mode so it's calming, or with villains.

Now it's been adapted to be a series for children with interactive elements.

The decision-based narrative is likely to keep children entertained.

7. Disenchantment

The sci-fi series follows a rebellious Princess, who according to Netflix, "would rather be drinking".

There are two series currently available to stream.

This isn't your classic princess or royalty story – there are demons and other strange characters involved.

8. Spirited Away

This critically acclaimed film is regarded as one of Studio Ghibli films.

Netflix accompany the synopsis with this note: "Director Hayao Miyazaki won an Oscar for his supernatural adventure – the highest grossing film in Japanese history."

Even if anime isn't your kind of film, this is considered one to give a try.

9. BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman is almost a black comedy, as it look at a failed and forgotten actor from the 90s.

In attempting to make a comeback, he has to ditch the booze.

Watch him attempt to break into Hollywood again – with many hiccups along the way.

10. Ruben Brandt, Collector

This is a teen crime film that sees a psychotherapist get the help of thieves to steal paintings that keep appearing in his dreams.

The style of this animation is unlike the others listed here – it's artsy, just like the stolen paintings.

It adds a whole new meaning to the word 'collector'.

11. Masameer – The Movie

Currently listed as a popular watch on Netflix, this is a movie version of an original web series.

A girl with an interest in AI technology uses it to better her world, by making her friends become super heroes.

The Saudi animation did well in the Middle East, so was brought overseas.

12. Tuca & Bertie

Rated 15, this animated comedy follows two 30 year old animal friends as they navigate the roller coaster that is life.

Tuca is a toucan and Bertie is a song thrush, and their personalities are opposite.

Their friendship has survived living together, but now they have to move out as Bertie has a new person move in.

13. Big Mouth

Definitely not one for children with its 18 rating, Big Mouth is a shameless comedy looking at puberty.

It's been created by genuine friends Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg.

The series has been Emmy nominated.

14. Hey Duggee

One for your youngest to enjoy, as characters earn badges when they learn a new skill.

Duggee leads a class of children at the Squirrel club.

The bitesize episodes are only 7 minutes long, so even the most restless children in your life should be able to engage.


15. Flavors of Youth: International Version

Set in China, this Japanese film looks at the innocent first love between two characters.

There are two other stories looked at in the film, both set in different Chinese cities.

For those wanting something more heartfelt, this is one to go for.

16. The Magic School Bus

This 90s PBS show sees a class of school pupils head out on the bus with the mysterious Ms. Frizzle.

However, it's no ordinary bus and the magical vehicle can transport them on incredible adventures and back in time to see the likes of dinosaurs.

It's educational and fan, what more could you want for your little ones?

17. Castlevania

Castlevania is an adult animated series which is based on the Japanese video game of the same name.

The story follows Count Dracula as he declares all the people of Wallachia will pay for the death of his wife with their lives.

The famous vampires wife was falsely accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake, and his declaration leads the townspeople to live in fear.

That is until outcast monster hunter Trevor Belmont arrives and takes on Dracula and his forces with the help of his pals.

18. Blood of Zeus

Blood of Zeus is set in the world of Greek mythology and was formerly called Gods & Heroes.

The adult animated series follows Heron, the demigod son of Zeus, trying to save Olympus and Earth.

19. Love, Death + Robots

The first season of this adult animated series was released last year and consists of 18 standalone episodes.

The episodes were produced by different casts and crews and all link to at least one of the three words in the title.

In a further twist on the genre, actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and actor Topher Grace appear in live-action form rather than animation.

20. Trollhunters

This series follows a young man who is chosen to be the Trollhunter, a magical hero who fights against evil trolls and protects the world.

It is the brainchild of Hellboy's Guillermo del Toro and Marc Guggenheim from Arrow, so you know it's going to be good.

The storylines, characters and animation are brilliant and will entertain children and adults in equal measure.

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