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Here's our list - from Rocky and Bullwinkle to Rick and Morty - of the 25 best animated shows for adults...

Part of Adult Swim's early insane asylum lineup, Aqua Teen managed to create iconic characters out of a dim-witted ball of beef, a pompous container of fries and a shrieking, selfish milkshake.

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Genndy Tartakovsky’s superb saga of an unnamed samurai sent through time to a dystopian future garnered critical acclaim as viewers were left stunned by jaw-dropping visuals.Based on writer Ben Edlund's independent comic series, The Tick gave us a lovable hero whose bombastic rhetoric knew no bounds. " we got our first taste of a mighty hero who was - erm - a well-spoken doofus.Before superhero movies were a staple of every multiplex, The Tick parodied the entire genre - offering up a brigade of misfit heroes and villains fighting absurd battles in a nameless city.As Nickelodeon's highest rated show of all time, Spongebob is a media giant.TV specials, merchandise, a big screen movie..show's done it all over the past two decades - with barely a change to its basic formula.Yes, it's cheating to combine both The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender, but they both need to be on the list and real estate space is limited.And what creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante Di Martino managed to do with their Avatar sequel, Korra, was to arguably outdo themselves; which is a rare thing for a spinoff series, animated or not.Plus, there are Ice Kings, Bubblegum Princesses, evil gnomes, Vampire Queens, Rainicorns, and giant slugs voiced by Biz Markie.Most kid shows are meant for certain ages, but everyone, from age two to ten to twenty to "going to the doctor because of back pain" can watch Spongebob.Puns, political humor, self-deprication, meta moments - quite a leap for an animated "variety" show from the early '60s.Rocky and Bullwinkle were gloriously ahead of their time, influencing everything from The Simpsons to Supernatural (where do you think Crowley's "Moose and Squirrel" references come from? In between thwarting the plots and schemes of Russian spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, Rocky and Bullwinkle led us through an assortment of supporting serial segments, such as Dudley Do-Right, Mr. Starting off as characters in Mike Judge's 1992 short "Frog Baseball," Beavis and Butt-head were given their own MTV series in which they would loaf on their couch, dream about "scoring" with chicks, harass their neighbor (proto-Hank Hill) Mr. Van Driessen, torment Winger tee-wearing classmate Stewart, and occasionally watch snippets of music videos.

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