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  • Between figuring out a career, a relationship, or what a 401(k) is, adulting can be hard.

  • Call me four out of five dentists, because I agree.

  • So in order to become better adults, we're turning to a form of television that got us through childhood, cartoons.

  • And we've got three very different current animated series to recommend.

  • First one, Tuca & Bertie, starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong as that pair of best friends in their 30s we've all met.

  • One adventurous and carefree, one career-focused and anxiety-prone, both birds.

  • Oh, man, we've been through so much.

  • This was a Netflix original, and the first season is still available to stream over there.

  • But for season 2, the show's moving to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim in 2021.

  • - You know this never would've happened if we'd just stayed roommates. - Tuca.

  • These feathered friends lean on their odd couple dynamic to support each other's adulting.

  • Tuca helps Bertie be more outspoken at work.

  • Bertie helps Tuca face her past trauma.

  • Can a mother over-love her daughter?

  • Yes, she can, and I'm the proof.

  • Plus, it's written from a woman's perspective, which is too often underrepresented in animation.

  • It's kind of like an avian Broad City.

  • Couldn't you have picked something simpler for this competition?

  • If you recognize the art style or the fusion of real world issues with funny animals, that's because the show's creator is Lisa Hanawalt.

  • She was a producer and the lead production designer for BoJack Horseman.

  • I specifically didn't ask.

  • Our next pick also has a BoJack connection.

  • But while BoJack is a fount of wisdom on what not to do as an adult, this show may actually help you.

  • It's called Undone, and it comes from BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and writer-producer Kate Purdy.

  • Of course.

  • The only one of my family who believes in me is the dead one.

  • For now.

  • Primarily a drama, with a bit of comedy, just like life, it's a trip.

  • 28-year-old Alma gets into a car accident when she suddenly sees the spirit of her dead father.

  • That sends her on a time-bending journey through mental illness, family relationships, mortality.

  • All the things you didn't expect IMDb to make you think about today.

  • It's all about your emotions.

  • You need to feel them without letting them become you.

  • And the naturalistic animation style is achieved by rotoscoping.

  • That's where animators draw directly on top of live action footage of the show's stars, including Rosa Salazar and Bob Odenkirk.

  • The first season is streaming now on Prime Video, and a second one's on the way.

  • I don't know what's going to happen, but right now, this is good.

  • Now let's round out your Watchlist with an unfiltered new series on HBO Max, Close Enough.

  • This one throws us into the adulting deep end.

  • There's a married couple, their five-year-old, and their two divorced best friends all sharing a house in East LA.

  • Why you breathing so hard?

  • This series wrestles with the challenge of growing up versus growing old.

  • And provides useful tips on dealing with giant spiders and stripping clowns.

  • It was created by J.G. Quintel, and definitely shares the surrealist style of his previous breakout series, Regular Show.

  • Close Enough was originally slated to air on TBS back in 2017.

  • But much like our attempts at adulting, it's taken three years and a new home before it could really get going.

  • It's kicking in!

  • It's kicking in!

  • Alright.

  • So now you've got three radically different shows to add to the top of your Watchlist.

  • Because surely the first step to becoming a real adult is bingeing (on) a bunch of cartoons.

  • And please, use a coaster.

  • Thanks for letting me pretend like I have enough free time to go to a concert.

Between figuring out a career, a relationship, or what a 401(k) is, adulting can be hard.

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