Best animated episodes of 2018: Steven Universe, Big Mouth, more

Best animated episodes of 2018: Steven Universe, Big Mouth, more

December 9, 2018

A good year for animation

Adventure Time is sadly done, but here are five episodes of other animated series that had the EW staff praising the format this year.

“The Planned Parenthood Show” — Big Mouth (Netflix)

Coach Steve (Steve Kroll) may be the worst sex ed teacher ever. Thankfully, the students take over and, through hilarious vingettes parodying everything from The Bachelor to Star Trek, drop some important facts about the titular organization. —Patrick Gomez

“The Last Crash of the Sunchaser” — DuckTales (Disney Channel)

This endlessly smart revival has a rapturous zigzag sensibility. The best surprise? Turning its funniest (and most devastating) adventure into a bottle episode set inside a half-crashed plane full of secrets. —Darren Franich

“Free Churro” — BoJack Horseman (Netflix)

A melancholy talking horse (Will Arnett) delivers a half-hour monologue digging deep into the secret sadness at the core of all TV comedy. “You can’t have happy endings in sitcoms,” he declares. “If everyone’s happy, the show would be over.” —DF

“Reunited” — Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

In front of friends both gem and human, Ruby (Charlyne Yi) and Sapphire (Erica Luttrell) proudly declared their love for each other in one of the most earnest and openhearted (and LGBTQ!) wedding ceremonies in animation history. —Dana Schwartz

“Princess Prom” — She-Ra and the Princess of Power (Netflix)

Noelle Stevenson’s witty reboot — a burst of bright dreampop energy in a bleak year — apexed with a sparkly ice-kingdom gala. Apocalyptic subterfuge! Raw teen emotions! A synth-courtly dance number! —DF

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