Adventure Time is often looked at as a kids' show, as are many other cartoons intended for a younger audience. And maybe it should be understood from this perspective. However even if we view it as a children's show, it is hard to dismiss the fact that Adventure Time is possibly one of the greatest cartoons to air in the last fifteen years. When it comes to children's cartoons one can easily point out that too many of them follow a herd-mentality educational approach to kids' programming. Too often are kids given a simple question and within mere seconds fed the answer. This gives them no autonomy in thinking or a chance to make a mistake and learn from it. Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk about how schools kill creativity is one of the most popular videos in TED talk history. It’s easy to blame schools and other mainstream culture for having adverse effects on children today, their behavior, and mentality; but that is ignoring the large part that television has to play in all of this.
After an episode of Adventure Time I typically feel more creative and almost nostalgic. The show is usually an emotional yet entertaining rollercoaster. There is no doubt that there are other great cartoons out there, but they pale in comparison to the amazing spirit of Adventure Time. And if this article didn't convince you to watch Adventure Time regularly or even an episode, I suggest you perform a random act immediately, see how liberating it is, then reconsider and watch Adventure Time.