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'Adventure Time' celebrates anniversary

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Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time" premiered 13 years ago. The show follows Finn the Human and his brother, Jake, who is a dog.

On April 5, 2010, the first episode for "Adventure Time" was aired. 

Many kids and teens today look back on the TV show, which aired on Cartoon Network from 2010-2018, with a sense of warm remembrance. 

Teens are not the only ones who think the show was good, as it has garnered a rare 100% average on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite "Adventure Time" being a kid’s TV show, it had some deeper and darker themes, such as death, mental issues and other factors that can relate to teenagers. 

The show mainly features Finn the Human, a 12-year-old boy at the beginning of the series that ages along with it, and his brother, a half-demon stretchy dog named Jake. They live in the land of Ooo, and the series has hundreds of storylines and plot points throughout the 10 seasons.

Seven-time Emmy Award winner Pendleton Ward created the show. He is also well-known for "Over the Garden Wall,” “Bee and Puppycat: Lazy in Space” and many other shows.

"Adventure Time" is not unlike “Steven Universe” in its humor and the creator of “Steven Universe,” Rebecca Sugar, worked on "Adventure Time." Sugar did some visual work and also wrote its iconic intro theme song, “Island Song - Come Along With Me.”

Aside from Ward and Sugar, the series hosts other recognizable names and voices. John DiMaggio, the same voice as Bender from “Futurama,” voices Jake.

Jeremy Shada, popular for playing Lance in “Voltron: Legendary Defender,” voices Finn, and Tom Kenny, the voice of Spongebob SquarePants, also voices other important characters, such as Ice King and Simon.

The series was also one of the first cartoons to have a lesbian relationship in a kid’s show, another thing it shared with “Steven Universe.” The relationship is between Marceline the Vampire Queen and Princess Bubblegum.

The series inspired spin-offs as well, with “Adventure Time: Distant Lands” being the most notable. This aired from 2020-21 and was nominated for an Emmy, despite only having a handful of episodes.

Although new episodes are no longer produced, you can still watch the series on Amazon, Hulu or Cartoon Network. The series still has a strong following, especially because it ended a few years ago.

To celebrate "Adventure Time"'s 13th anniversary, pop some popcorn, dim the lights and strap in to binge watch the more than 250 episodes in the series.