Adventure Time is a Cartoon Network classic that most believe belongs to younger children, and it’s easy to see why. The idea behind the entire show is that two best friends get together and have fantastic adventures all the time. Seriously, what could be more kid-friendly than a noble teenage hero named Finn and his loyal, magical dog named Jake who go around saving people every day? Even better, throughout their adventures, they grow in their friendship, make new buddies, and exemplify what honorable people do to help others.

Like I said, it sounds completely innocent. Well, I’m here to burst your bubble, it’s most certainly not for young children because I’m pretty sure it would give them nightmares. Don’t get me wrong, I love the show, but I don’t want any young minds to love it too. See, as you get further into the watching experience, you learn that Finn and Jake are friends with a vampire whose father tries to take everyone’s soul in one episode. Their archenemy is the Ice King, a poor older man obsessed with kidnapping princesses because he’s lonely and wants to marry one of them. To make matters worse, in one episode, they fight against a super creepy deer who turns out to have human hands, and succeeded in giving one of my high school friends nightmares. Yup. It’s a pretty creepy show.

I think Cartoon Network just likes to pretend that they produce shows for children because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a program on that channel that hasn’t been frightening. Look at shows like The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and Ben 10? Those are definitely not shows for non-teens.

But onto the positive aspects of the series! Despite its many terrifying qualities, I love watching Adventure Time! The characters are funny, the villains are defined, and there are hints of more mature themes all throughout the show.

There isn’t an ongoing plotline, but Adventure Time is one program that pulls of mini plots really well. For example, in one of my favorite episodes, there is a reality flip so the main characters are Fiona and Cake (both girls) instead of Finn and Jake. At the end of the episode, you find out that the reality flip occurred because the Ice King wrote a fanfiction about Finn and Jake’s adventures and froze them in ice to make them listen to him as he read it. It’s a quality episode and plays with awkward teen romance, which I happen to have a deep appreciation for.

To sum it all up, Adventure Time is a creepy, heartwarming television production about two best friends who like to kick evil butt! Go give it a shot!

End of book quote: “He turned away to give them time to pull themselves together; and waited, allowing his eyes to rest on the trim cruiser in the distance.” —The Lord of the Flies by William Golding