In the world of TV, the key to success is delivering your product to as many viewers as possible. With that in mind, studios usually try to play things safe– which means it’s even more shocking to come across a little dirty humor, especially when it shows up in TV shows made for kids. Here are 15 hidden adult jokes secretly added in children’s cartoons that you’ve probably missed out on.
Looking at the show’s theme, it’s no surprise that we see the buff guy make some PG jokes. In one episode, Johnny is on the phone with his toddler neighbor, who asks him if she can come over for his birthday party. Johnny replies that she should call him back in 15 years when she is in a coop. He’s implying that he would be interested in mingling once she was of legal age. In another episode, we see a woman at a party with a blindfold on. While playing with the kids, she says, “I can’t remember the last time I put a blindfold on” followed by a giggle. A joke about the legal age of consent in one episode and BDSM in another. Nice one, Cartoon Network.
In an episode of The New Batman Adventures, Harley Quinn decides to emerge from a giant pie to inspire Joker to take the night off. She tries to seduce Joker with her best Marilyn Monroe impression, with pie filling dripping all over the place. If the hidden meaning wasn’t clear enough, audiences then watch her playfully kick a cherry at his face, and make a… strange suggestion. This scene is pretty sexy to anyone watching, but not the Joker as he did not pay any attention and instead threw Harley outside the room!
The menacing toddlers in Rugrats could never be left alone. In many episodes, the rugrats were alone with sweet old Grandpa, but in one, we saw that Grandpa isn’t as sweet as we thought he was. In an attempt to entertain the kids, Grandpa rents out two movies- one for the kids and one for himself. The title? “Lonely Space Vixens” with a proactive alien on the cover. I’m sure you have gotten some idea about where this is going. To make things clearer, the Grandpa planned to watch the movie after the babies go to bed.