If you’re an avid television watcher you may notice that animated series have a bit more leniency towards them than regular un-animated shows. What I mean by this is that they are much more crude and able to discuss hot topics and sensitive issues than regular TV shows. This is simply due to their animated nature. People don’t take these shows nearly as seriously and feel that everything is all in good fun. But as soon as a “real” person brings up politics or something of wide debate, everyone goes haywire. Before bringing up Archer or Bojack Horsemen, let me reference South Park or Family Guy. Essentially every plot in South Park is based off of real life events, mainly those of high debate. During the Iraqi war, there were countless episodes referencing Osama Bin Laden. This is a clear example of where people would be in outrage if something like this was brought up in a non-animated series but due to the animated nature, it is merely looked passed as comedy. Family guy is very similar as they often talk about real life issues and real people but again, because of the nature of the show it is looked passed and not worried about. Pulling from Moon’s article on Archer, “Despite the high level of technical and aesthetic proficiency involved in the creation of animated television, and perhaps due to the medium’s beginnings and concentrations in children’s programming. It is generally perceived to be less ‘serious’ than its live action counterparts.” (Moon, 136) This excerpt is a good representation of what Archer does by appealing to many different demographics. I know little children that enjoy the series simply because of the animation and spy aspect of it. I also know grown men that love the show because of the underlying crude nature of it and how it brings in real life events and satirizes them. This is also why I believe that people can’t take these series’ completely serious. Because of the satirical and animated aspect of the series. The parody aspect of Archer allows for people to have a comedic outlet without taking things too seriously. As the producers of Archer put style and process ahead of political harangues, according to Moon. Public perception of animated series’ have drastically changed over the past two decades simply because of the nature of the shows. My timeline may not be the most accurate but back in the day the animated series were mostly things like the Jetsons and shows of that nature. Those series, to my knowledge, never included topics of debate or political issues. As animated series have involved, producers and directors use these types of shows to show their discontent with real worldly issues. Dialogue of said shows are important as well. Some things that may be taboo to say in real life aren’t so bad when coming out of the mouth of an animated character. In turn, people not taking what is being said nearly as seriously as if someone of more worth said it. F is for Family is probably one of my least favorite animated series to be honest. The first few episodes are a little too outrageous and the nature of the show is quite depressing. Falling to gender norms and with misogynistic underlying’s allow for it to have a little bit too much leniency. If F is for Family was a real life TV series with real characters there is literally no way that it would still be on the air. Backlash would come in the form of mobs. Adult Swim has a very narrow demographic and is quite toxic to anyone that doesn’t fall under that small range. Humor and comedy has to be carefully tailored to individuals and the content that Adult swim produces is extremely offensive to some people; unfortunately, that sort of offensive humor is what many people love and what keeps drawing them back.

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