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2. Gravity Falls (2012-2016)

The next show is one that dominated the early and mid-2010’s. While it never got the treatment it deserved from its network, Gravity Falls quickly became both a fan and critical favorite. Even though it’s been off the air for three years, the show is still being talked about. Along with it recently being added to Disney+, we could be looking at another resurrection of the show.

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Gravity Falls is another show where the premise sounds simple but is much more. Following twins Dipper and Mabel Pines, as they spend the summer with their Grunkle Stan in Gravity Falls, the two ends up getting much more than they bargained for. From the very first episode, we’re introduced to a lot of spectacular happenings around Gravity Falls and things only get stranger from there. While the show might have originally seemed like a coming-of-age story, it also featured sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal elements.

What makes the show so memorable is that the creator, Alex Hirsch did everything his way and that’s not always easy. He ended the show on his terms and gave it a proper ending. He didn’t make it go on when he shouldn’t have. Rather, he gave Gravity Falls the ending it deserved and managed to give most fans what they wanted.

Getting into the reasons why Gravity Falls is so beloved is tough. There are tons of reasons why the show appeals to viewers. Whether it’s the sibling relationship between Dipper and Mabel, the constant overarching mystery or the big reveals, Gravity Falls went beyond what any of us ever anticipated. Even though Disney yanked the series around a lot, the show never lost its fan following. Gravity Falls is arguably the best cartoon the network has ever aired.