10 Best TV Shows Like The Guardians Of Justice | Screen Rant

Created by Adi Shankar, the upcoming Netflix original series The Guardians of Justice is a satirical superhero TV show that fuses animation with live-action. The multimedia action-comedy follows the exploits of Marvelous Man, a superhero thrust back into action when a nuclear war threatens to destroy planet Earth, delegating authority to the optimistic The Speed and pessimistic Knight Hawk.

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With a deliberately self-aware and parodic sensibility, The Guardians of Justice joins a long line of similar-themed TV shows that boast flawed superheroes to comedic effect, endearing themselves to viewers as they slowly overcome their inherent shortcomings to become true saviors.

With 30 episodes produced from 2013 to 2015, the outstanding Hulu original series The Awesomes is a hilarious superhero cartoon that pokes fun at the subgenre while boasting wildly endearing characters. When the world's greatest superhero Mr. Awesome (Steve Higgins) hangs up his cape and leaves his massive responsibilities to his bumbling son Prock (Seth Meyers, who co-created the show), he forms a motley crew of deeply flawed teammates.

Aside from the excellent animated artwork and the hysterical cast of SNL alums, what makes The Awesomes so funny and germane to The Guardians of Justice is how hard Prock and his crew try to save the day, yet inevitably do more harm than good.

If one swapped Marvelous Man for a Mecha, The Guardians of Justice would essentially resemble Megas XLR, a highly-rated yet under-seen superhero sitcom with deeply charismatic characters. After 60 years of dormancy, two unwitting slackers resurrect a futuristic mecha and make modifications to protect the planet from a perilous alien attack.

Coop (David DeLuise) and Jamie (Steve Blum) are quite redolent of The Speed and Knight Hawk in the way they constantly bicker, get it in over their heads, and disobey their elder Kiva (Wendee Lee). Moreover, Bruce Campbell shows up as a guy named Magnanimous. What's not to love?

While Marvel's What If... is worth a mention, it doesn't boast the same overtly comedic bent and satirical stylings as M.O.D.O.K, a perfect star vehicle for funnyman Patton Oswalt. The comedian plays the titular supervillain cursed with a giant head and minuscule body, doing his best to conquer his insecurities before he loses control over his evil empire.

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With more focus on humor than mission-based adventures, the show takes well-observed jabs at the trampled superhero trend as M.O.D.O.K. is constantly dogged and harassed by his own family than he is by powerful superheroes he faces on the street. The slew of D-list Marvel characters who appear as Easter Eggs is bound to appeal to most viewers.

In terms of cartoon satire, Archer is to James Bond what The Guardians of Justice is to the superhero genre writ large. The way in which the half-hour animated sitcom deconstructs the tropes and tenets of espionage while exploring the deeply flawed central character (H. John Benjamin) and his severe mommy issues couldn't be more amusing.

Of course, while Archer isn't an official superhero per se, he often considers himself one in his own mind, the egomaniacal nature of which leads to a slew of hilarious mishaps and pratfalls that humble and humiliate Archer to no end on the stellar FX original series. As such, he and Knight Hawk would likely get along well.

Another half-hour animated superhero series that focuses on young characters assuming the mantle of their predecessors, Young Justice both honors and pokes fun at the genre's vast mythology. Rather than the main Young Justice arc, the story focuses on the teenage sidekicks as they come of age, learn on the job, make mistakes, and get into ridiculous scenarios.

By witnessing the superhero trade through the young, awkward, and naive eyes of Nightwing, Speedy, Miss Martian, Kid Flash, and others, the show leans into situational comedy in ways that point out the sheer lunacy of the superhero lore in general.

Bryan Cranston gives an uproariously satirical turn as Titanium Rex in SuperMansion, in which a decrepitly aging superhero past his prime makes one last run at glory with his washed crew known as The League of Freedom. The harder they try, the more they fail.

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With excellent comedic voice actors like Jillian Bell, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, and more leading the charge, few superhero spoofs are as funny, sharply written, and well-observed as SuperMansion, particularly in the way Cranston's droll geriatric ineptitude shines through.

Be it the trailblazing 90s animated version of the improved live-action reboot, The Tick is the definitive character-driven superhero spoof that is bound to appeal to fans of The Guardians of Justice. Aside from ribbing superhero lore, it's the profound friendship between The Tick and the powerless accountant Arthur that resonates so strongly.

The half-hour comedy series is less interested in visceral violence and high-flying superhero action and far more fascinated side-splitting one-liners, irreverent zingers, and biting quotes (especially with Patrick Warburton in the iconic live-action role), not to mention the Tick's demoralizing domestic duties like babysitting.

Since The Guardians of Justice fuses animation with live-action to drive home its satire, it only right comparisons to the latter are made. Enter The Boys, arguably the most buzzed-about and well-received superhero show in recent memory. Turning the superhero template on its ear, the Eric Kripke-creates series follows a ragtag band of vigilantes out to stop the world's most venerated superheroes.

Irreverent, disturbing, yet deliciously consumable, The Boys definitely boasts some harder action than some of its animated counterparts, but the tone, tenor, and mordant temperament of the characters is an absolute joy to behold. As such, the show currently ranks #91 on IMDb's Top 250 TV Shows.

With season 4 set to bow this summer, Doom Patrol is quickly becoming one of the best HBO Max original series. Much of its success has to do with the captivating DC source material, the superb comedic cast led by Brendan Fraser, and the ridiculous conditions of its heroic team.

Whether it's Rita (April Bowlby) struggling to prevent her body from turning into gelatin, Larry (Matt Bomer) dealing with a negative ball of energy implanted in his body, or Cliff (Fraser) trying to locate his missing brain, the mockery of all things superhero is taken to glorious new heights. The kicker? Alan Tudyk as Mr. Nobody, a hysterical parody of every mad scientist ever conceived that constantly breaks the 4th-wall and makes hilarious self-aware jokes.

It may not appear so at first blush, but there's a direct umbilicus between The Guardians of Justice and Peacemaker, the wildly entertaining HBO Max original whose opening dance number alone is worth the price of admission. The link? Unadulterated amusement in which superhero entertainment is both the subject and target of its own satirical aim. The show is what it makes fun of and makes fun of what it is.

Of course, creator James Gunn has a way of cornering the market on such material, be it in movies like Super, Guardians of the Galaxy (which The Guardians of Justice clearly lampoons), The Suicide Squad, etc. The pure hilarity of John Cena in the title role is too good to miss.

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