When Disney’s Gravity Falls came to an end in 2016, we all felt a void the size of Mystery Shack. What are your recommendations for the next shows you should watch?
In the years between 2012 and 2016, the Disney Channel aired the animated series Gravity Falls. Gravity Falls follows Dipper and Mabel, identical twins recently relocated to live with their eccentric great-uncle Stan in the enigmatic town. To help Grunkle Stan run his tourist trap, The Mystery Shack, the two of them are assigned to assist Grunkle Stan. When the twins discover that something strange is happening in Gravity Falls, what initially appears to be a dull summer of helping Stan becomes much more interesting.
Gravity Falls is so much more than a kid’s show, as anyone who has seen it can attest. Even though it’s geared toward children, the show is a lot of fun for adults as well, thanks to the interesting plot and interesting characters. Since the final season of Gravity Falls aired in 2016, fans have only had access to reruns of their old favorites. The good news is that Gravity Falls fans will find plenty of other shows to enjoy.
George Chrysostomou’s June 23rd, 2020 update: There’s no shortage of animated shows to dive into if you’re missing Gravity Falls, and most of them are binge-worthy for audiences of all ages (with a few exceptions, of course). For those who felt that Gravity Falls ended prematurely, we’ve put together a new list of excellent series.
1. SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePantshas likely been seen by every fan of animation who has ever lived. It’s one of the first examples of a children’s show that appeals to adults as well as children.
There are plenty of jokes aimed at an older audience among the over the top and childish elements. Old fans should watch it again, and new ones should be introduced to it if they’ve never seen it before.
2. Over The Garden Wall
The View From Above The Garden In a fantasy land, Wallis has a string of amusing short adventures to his credit. Unable to find their way out of a mysterious wood, a brother and sister are trapped.
As one of Cartoon Network’s newest shows, it’s already garnering an impressive following thanks to its thematic episodes full of encouraging messages about family and parodying folklore narratives.
3. Rick And Morty
You might want to check out one of the most popular animated shows today if you like Justin Roiland’s work in Gravity Falls. Rick and Morty, on the other hand, is clearly not aimed at children.
New viewers are in for a wild ride of twists and turns, with surprising philosophical messages, thanks to the show’s many jokes that break the fourth wall and even a lot of meta-commentary on the science fiction genre in general.
4. Solar Opposites
Justin Roiland’s Hulu project is a similar take on the science fiction genre, but this time the focus is on aliens trying to fit in on Earth rather than humans exploring the galaxy.
While Solar Opposites is still in its infancy, it’s fair to say that it will grow rapidly in terms of character tropes because of Gravity Falls.
5. Phineas And Ferb
Phineas and Ferb, the two brothers, are notorious among their peers for causing mayhem. Sister tries her best to get them into trouble for their crazy schemes by making their platypus Perry a secret agent.
This is, without a doubt, one of the closest shows on this list to Gravity Falls. There are many aspects of it that are completely out of control, such as the boys building a roller coaster in their backyard and singing about aglets. Music and jokes for all ages make this a timeless classic.
6. Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil
Star vs. the Forces of Evil was a Disney Channel animated series that ran from 2015 to 2019 with four seasons total. The story revolves around a magical princess named Star, who receives a wand for her 14th birthday. A lot of her parents end up sending Star to Earth so she can grow up a little because Star quickly shows that she’s not ready for that kind of power.
Following his arrival on the planet, Star makes friends with Marco Diaz, the family’s young son. Star and Marco team up to take on villains both inside and outside of their school and the universe as a whole.
7. Kipo And The Age Of Wonderbeasts
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, a new Netflix original series, will air in the future. A post-apocalyptic world is depicted in the series, which follows Kipo, a young girl who must leave her underground home to search for her father on the surface. This sheltered adolescent is thrust into a terrifying world of monsters and mutants with which she must deal.
Fortunately for Kipo, once she enters the real world, she quickly makes a large number of friends. Wolf, Mandu, Benson, and Dave are among her traveling companions, and the four of them work together to aid one another.
Amphibia is a Disney Channel original animated series that debuted in 2019. Disney renewed the show for a second season before the premiere, so fans who get hooked on the show won’t have to worry about missing out on new episodes for a long time to come.
An American Thai-American girl named Anne, 13, is persuaded on her birthday to steal a strange music box in the series. Unfortunately for Anne, stealing the music box alters her destiny forever and sends her to a world full of anthropomorphic animals centered around marshes called Amphibia.
9. Adventure Time
A cartoon on Cartoon Network aired from 2010 to 2018 called Adventure Time. Finn and Jake are best friends and brothers in the post-apocalyptic world of Ooo, where the series is set. They go on many adventures together as well as being best friends and brothers.
Jake and Finn embark on a world tour of Ooo, where they face off against the evil forces that lurk there. Jake and Finn have a new adventure every episode, usually involving an evil plot that the two of them must foil with the help of their friends.
10. The Owl House
Disney’s The Owl House, a children’s animated series, premiered on the Disney Channel in 2010. A second season of Disney’s comedic fantasy series was announced prior to the show’s premiere. The story revolves around a 14-year-old girl named Luz, who is born without magical abilities but nevertheless finds herself in magical situations.
A magical portal opens when the series begins and a young woman named Luz finds herself transported to another world, where she makes friends with a witch and many other magical creatures and people. As a result of her experiences there, she becomes adamant about becoming a witch.
11. Steven Universe
There were a total of 160 episodes of Steven Universe on Cartoon Network from 2013 to 2019. Rebecca Sugar, who worked on Adventure Time as a writer and storyboard artist, created the show.
The Crystal Gems are a group of magical beings who serve as the universe’s watchdogs, guarding the planet from the forces of evil. A half-human, half-Gem younger brother to the three Gems, Steven is coming into his own as a person and learning how to use his abilities.
12. Big Hero 6: The Series
Little Witch Academia: The Movie
is a Big Hero 6 spinoff for Disney XD based on the 2014 film. The series picks up shortly after the events of the film and features many of the same endearing characters.
The story of Hiro Hamada and his robot pal, Baymax, which Hiro’s late brother Tadashi originally created, continues in the series. Hiro forms the superhero collective known as Big Hero 6 with a few of his closest friends. As a team, they face off against evil and use technology to save San Fransokyo.
13. The Dragon Prince
The Dragon Princeis a Netflix original animated series about a dragon prince. For fans of the fantasy series, there will be a video game based on the show, which is currently in development.
The Dragon Prince takes place in a world created by the author, referred to as Xadia. The Earth, ocean, and sun are all natural sources of magic for the people who live there. Human mages, on the other hand, create dark magic as Xadia’s seventh magic source, and everything changes. Humanity’s ongoing hunt for magical creatures to fuel their dark magic has brought Xadia and the Human Kingdoms to blows.
14. The Hollow
An animated series called The Hollow debuted on Netflix in 2018 and is currently streaming. Fans will be happy to hear that a second season, with more episodes, has been announced for 2019, so the adventure will continue!
Following Adam, Kai, and Mira – three teenagers who wake up one morning with no memory of who or where they are or what happened the night before. A mysterious forest awaits them outside. They must solve puzzles to make their way out alive.
15. She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power
In She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, the classic 1980s series is reimagined as a modern-day adventure. It debuted on Netflix in 2018 and has since been streamed millions of times.
The show centers on Adora, a soldier on the planet Etheria who discovers her true identity thanks to a magical sword. She-Ra, the fabled princess and queen of the Amazons. But when her best friend decides to stay with the Horde, she must decide whether to join the Rebellion or not.