Cartoonists quick on the draw

By Ben Pobjie
June 21 2013 - 5:00pm
<i>Archer</i> embraces 'adult themes and coarse language'.

The realisation that cartoons could be for grown-ups was the greatest development in the history of television comedy. The boom in adult animation - and by that I mean animation designed for adults, not that weird Japanese stuff - that began in the late 1980s and continues to this day smashed the boundaries of mainstream comedy, introduced fresh ideas and approaches to the world of the sitcom and freed makers of live-action comedy to experiment and break down conventions. Cartoons rescued the sitcom from the tyranny of the studio and the laugh track.

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