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A Sitcom that is animated. You probably worked that out already. Often a Prime Time Cartoon, and usually (though not always) geared towards adults.

Although exceptions do exist, animated sitcoms are generally known for being more outlandish, surreal, and often raunchier than their live-action counterparts, largely due to the animated form having none of the budget concerns or restrictions that can plague live-action sitcoms. As such, many of them also fall under Fantastic Comedy, but even seemingly straightforward and down-to-earth shows can take a sharp turn for the bizarre. They're also particularly susceptible to having a Musical Episode.

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The genre dates back to at least 1960 with the premiere of The Flintstones, but it exploded in popularity in the early 90's with the runaway success of The Simpsons, a heavily satirical and often bizarre animated Dom Com that would quickly grow to become one of the most acclaimed, longest-running, and (in its heyday) controversial shows in television history. Following that, just about every television network wanted a slice of the pie, with wildly varying degrees of success, and the animated sitcom has since become the dominant form of adult animation on television. Almost every show on this list that followed it will probably cite The Simpsons as a direct inspiration.

The Not Allowed to Grow Up and Comic-Book Time tropes are the rule rather than the exception here, and animated sitcoms are especially prone to becoming Long-Runners.

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