8 Animated Shows That Need An Adult Revamp

7. Johnny Bravo

Cartoon Network

Johnny Bravo was produced by Hanna-Barbera, airing its first episode on July 14th, 1997. The show ran for four seasons as one of Cartoon Network's classic Cartoon Cartoons lineup, which featured the likes of Dexter's Laboratory and Ed, Edd N Eddy.

Johnny Bravo was centered on the titular character as he tried to impress women using cheesy pickup lines and quick action muscle flexing. As someone that watched this show as a kid it is difficult to believe the first episode premiered over 20 years ago, but as an adult living in 2018, it is hard to imagine a show like this ever being made.

More so than any other show on this list, Johnny Bravo is a wildcard. In the past year, there has been a wave of high profile sexual harassment and assault allegations. Women feel more empowered than ever to speak publicly on their experiences and condemn harmful behavior. This is a welcomed societal change, but it is hard to imagine a character like Johnny Bravo not being problematic in today's environment.

With this in mind, it would be important for a hypothetical Johnny Bravo reboot to become smarter and gain some nuance. If not, at least make him a character we love despite knowing he's a bit of a jerk. If the show were to make one of those adjustments, it could prove to be an insightful look at single life, dating and relationship dynamics, or at least prove cathartic when he's inevitably punched in the face.

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