Best of the 2010s: 10 animated TV shows that defined the decade

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Photo Credit: Regular Show/Cartoon Network Image Acquired from Turner Press
Photo Credit: Regular Show/Cartoon Network Image Acquired from Turner Press /

6. Regular Show (2010-2017)

Originally, this next show wasn’t going to make my list. Some of you might know that the pilot for Regular Show premiered on Cartoon Network in 2009. Thus, it would seem that the series actually started in 2009. However, Season 1 of the show didn’t premiere until 2010 so the series got the all-clear to be added to my list. Wrapping up in 2017, the series is still one that is remembered fondly despite the lack of reruns being played on the network.

Regular Show follows the lives of two best friends: Mordecai and Rigby as they’re working as groundskeepers and trying to have fun along the way. While Mordecai and Rigby were a huge part of the series, the cast was rounded out by Benson, Pops, Skips, Muscle Man and Hi-Five Ghost who were their co-workers and friends. Additionally, both Mordecai and Rigby had love interests during the series, too.

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While Regular Show seemed like it was normal, things weren’t always what they seemed. The series featured paranormal and supernatural elements along with playing with genres. It’s truly a testament to J.G. Quintel, the series creator who pushed the boundaries on what the show could be. That’s not even mentioning that the final season was renamed Regular Show: In Space to accompany that the final season took place in space.

Speaking of the final season, Regular Show was applauded for having one of the best finales of a cartoon series ever. It was emotional yet somehow managed to wrap the series up perfectly. It’s rare that a show is wrapped up as flawlessly as Regular Show was. With an Emmy, film and comic series to its name, Regular Show is easily among the best shows that Cartoon Network has ever aired.