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    Disney's "Gargoyles" Was The Most Adult Children's Show Ever Made

    Gargoyles walked so that Game of Thrones could run.

    If you were a kid in the '90s, there's a good chance you saw the Disney cartoon Gargoyles. There's also an equally good chance you have no idea what Gargoyles is.

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    My main recollection of Gargoyles is that I occasionally stumbled across it and eventually changed the channel because it scared me.

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    A frightening image!

    But since it is now on Disney+ I thought I'd revisit the source of my fear and see what this show is actually about. And I have to say... it kinda rocks (no pun intended).

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    It turns out that this show is what would happen if Game of Thrones, Law and Order, and Outlander had a baby and it really should not work AT ALL but it does and for that we are blessed.

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    The show focuses on a warrior clan of living gargoyles who are frozen in stone during the day to protect a medieval Scottish castle until they're betrayed and wake up in modern-day Manhattan, and it has everything:

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    1. A mythological premise that can be confusing to follow but makes sense after the first few episodes.

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    The gargoyles guard a Scottish castle in 994 A.D. until the humans they protect betray them and put a spell on that so that they are stone forever (instead of stone during the day and alive at night). The spell can only be broken when "the castle rises above the clouds."

    A thousand years later, New York billionaire David Xanatos (think Tony Stark but meaner) learns about the spell somehow and moves the frozen gargoyle statues to his Manhattan skyscraper (AKA a castle that rises above the clouds) and voilá! The gargoyles come back to life and they are super angry.

    2. Memorable characters including a badass female lead.

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    There are six main gargoyles: Goliath (the leader), Hudson, Lexington, Brooklyn, Broadway, and their dog-like gargoyle pet Bronx. They each have distinctive personalities, but IMO the real star of the show is Elisa Maza, an NYPD detective who helps the gargoyles adapt to life in the city and fights like Black Widow.

    3. Intense action scenes, like, every episode.

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    The gargoyles fight a new enemy basically every episode, and the action scenes get surprisingly violent for a show that's meant to be for children. They even showed blood, which would immediately make it R-rated if it was a movie.

    4. Romantic intrigue straight out of a soap opera.

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    This is one of the slightly more bizarre elements of this show, but TBH the love triangle between Goliath, his ex-lover Demona, and human woman Elisa is pretty convincing...as long as you don't think about the actual mechanics of their relationship. If you thought cartoon characters can't pull off dramatic tortured glances, think again.

    5. A lot of mature themes.

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    The eighth episode features one of the gargoyles accidentally shooting Elisa while playing with her gun and subsequently developing a hatred of guns that lasts the whole show. Plus the show tackles xenophobia and sexism pretty much every episode. I'm telling you, it's intense stuff.

    6. Villains that made you consider rooting for the bad guys.

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    Demona and Xanatos are the main villains but let me tell you, being bad never looked so good. If Xanatos is a meaner version of Tony Stark, Demona is the OG Cersei Lannister.

    7. Time travel, resurrection, and Shakespearean fairies.

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    Did I not say that it has everything? It should be a hot mess. BUT IT WORKS.

    The fact that it's available on Disney + has people very excited...

    Found Gargoyles on Disney+ today...well that’s a day gone I suppose

    Me: I dont give a crap about disney+ Them: Gargoyles is now on disney+ Me: I -

    Fuckin hooked on watching Gargoyles on Disney plus that cartoon was ahead of its time

    And has even introduced some new fans to the show.

    Been catching some Gargoyles on Disney + on and off. Never watched it as a kid; and kinda wanted to know if all the chatter ive heard from my peers who were in love with the show as kids had any truth. They were not lying.

    It's safe to say Gargoyles did dark and gritty before it became cool, and 2020 feels like the perfect time for us to start appreciating this underrated gem.

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