ByLily Masco, writer at
"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." -Walt Disney
Lily Masco

Hulu is jam-packed with lots of great options for TV shows to help distract the kids. It's okay, every parent needs that occasional moment to keep the children busy while you indulge in your guiltiest pleasures. Whether it be eating your kids' snacks, sneaking in that glass of wine, or twerking in the mirror, we won't judge. In fact, we've got you covered on the alone time.

Kids, this binge-watching will make you lose track of time, to the point where you'll start at the age of 8 and snap out of it in adulthood. Here are Hulu's 12 best kid shows presented in alphabetical order (because singling out the absolute best was just too impossible):

12. Adventure Time

Adventure Time/Cartoon Network
Adventure Time/Cartoon Network

This Cartoon Network show makes Alice in Wonderland seem tame, well kind of... What else do you expect when your BFF is a 28-year-old dog with magical powers? You certainly can't expect to be voted Prom King, but you can expect to cross paths with zombie candy, vampire queens, bubblegum princesses, ice kings, and lots of other odd adventures in the Land of Ooo!

11. Almost Naked Animals

Almost Naked Animals/9 Story Media Group
Almost Naked Animals/9 Story Media Group

Based on the successful Almost Naked Animals website, this 9 Story Media Group comedy features seven free-spirited profane animals in undies. They run The Banana Cabana, a beach-front hotel which they try to keep as refreshingly fun as possible — in their own unique way. It may not be the best show for younger children if you're trying to raise respectful stand-up citizens, but who needs those anyway? Oh, and it's available in Spanish too!

10. Gravity Falls

This Disney show tells the story of a twin brother and sister who spend their summer with their great uncle in the ominous town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. They help run the Grunkle Stan's Mystery Shack, a tourist trap which reveals itself as a hoax. As the twins get accustomed to their latest summer spot, they start noticing a lot of strange things happening in town.

9. Hey Arnold!

This one's an oldie, but a goodie. And guess what? This Cartoon Network show has a reboot movie on its way, so the time to catch up on the original is now (if it isn't already done). This series will certainly teach children an invaluable lesson: people come in all shapes and sizes. "Football Head" and his BFF Gerald survive the big-city life, complete with bullies, crushes, hoarder grandparents and even a pet pig.

8. Invader Zim

This Nickelodeon show has a grim, eerie, and dark nature — in that odd kid-friendly way (think CN's Courage the Cowardly Dog). Sent from planet IRK on a standard mission of doom, Invader Zim tries to take over the world (an important lesson for kids to dream big). The alien inhabits the body of a child a.k.a. "Earth filth." He has his robot on his side, but he also has Dib who just can't help but get in his way.

7. Pokémon

Pokémon/The Pokémon Company
Pokémon/The Pokémon Company

Not that this legendary Japanese animated series needs much advertising... But how else are your kids supposed to understand our world if they haven't seen Pokémon? One day, you will need to have "the talk" about what exactly it is the adults are doing. In other words, you'll need to explain Pokémon GO. The least awkward way to have that "catch 'em all" conversation is to just have them watch the series. Simple as that.

6. Samurai Jack

This Cartoon Network original will have the kids begging for sword-fighting classes. Isn't that what all parents want? Samurai Jack is basically your standard dude (who you can soon catch in his upcoming movie)... You know, he's a young prince from medieval Japan who manages to escape the destruction of his father's empire which was destroyed by a demon and his robot minions, which forces Jack to travel the world looking for justice. Like I said, standard.

5. Spongebob Squarepants

Spongebob Squarepants/Nickelodeon
Spongebob Squarepants/Nickelodeon

Realistically, you've probably already watched this Nickelodeon gem, your parents have probably watched it, your kids have probably watched it, and even your pets have probably watched it, including the goldfish. If you managed to escape life without running into a sponge wearing square pants, then you must live in a pineapple under the sea or something. This sponge is a good one — not to be wasted on dirty dishes — you can trust him and his friends with your kids.

4. Star vs. The Forces Of Evil

This Disney princess is a bit weirder than the ones we've grown accustomed to... A good weird. Star is a fun but awkward magical teen princess from a different dimension, who can't help but try to save the day. Key word: "try." She attempts to fit into her new high school, all while fighting off evil villains and trying to figure out the nature of her true abilities. Basically, it's the animated Mean Girls.

3. Steven Universe

Steven always means best, but his intentions don't always play out the way he imagines. He's under the supervision of the powerful Crystal Gems, a team of magical guardians of humanity. Steven follows them on their adventures, armed with his "healing spit," in an effort to save the day. Hopefully, kids survive this Cartoon Network original without thinking it's okay to just spit on people.

2. Super Hero Squad

In a time when comics are dominating the adult live-action screen, why not introduce the kids to the Marvel Animated Universe? This family-friendly show combines a team of the greatest superheroes in Superhero City as they join forces to defeat all sorts of villains. Not to give away any spoilers, but you have high chances of running into the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Wolverine, Silver Surfer, and the Falcon, among other legends. At this point, the kids are just an excuse to watch this one.

1. T.U.F.F. Puppy

This hilarious pup will have you thinking back to the nostalgic days of Scooby Doo, if he had ever gotten his own spin-off. Dudley Puppy is a new breed of T.U.F.F. (Turbo Undercover Fighting Force) crime-fighter that is unleashed in Petropolis, the world's most dangerous city. He may get scared of his own farts, chew his butt in public, or occasionally throw up on the lady pups, but other than that he's a pretty decent role model, courtesy of Nicktoons.

What's your favorite kids show on Hulu and why?


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