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5 Animated Shows for Fans of Bee and PuppyCat

After years in development limbo, the Bee and PuppyCat reboot is now streaming on Netflix.

If you spent any time on Tumblr in 2013, you might remember the hype for Bee and PuppyCat. What began as a single YouTube pilot spun off into a large-scale, Kickstarter-funded animation event, and the quirky animated series gained a cult following.

However, the show never moved past that original season, as it bounced from YouTube to the soon-to-be-defunct VRV and back to YouTube. At least, until now—the second season, sometimes referred to as Lazy in Space, finally debuted on Netflix on September 6.

The first half of the show is a reboot of the original story, reworked with a new art style, and the second half is a continuation of that plot. As of posting, there’s still no word on when we can expect Bee and PuppyCat season three (or two? We’re not sure how to count this.)

Bee and PuppyCat follows a woman in her early twenties who befriends a strange creature named PuppyCat (no relation to CatDog) and embarks on a series of weird, interdimensional part-time gigs on a quest to pay her bills.

Finished Bee and PuppyCat and not sure what to watch next? Here are five other cozy animated shows for fans of the series.

Don’t miss this year’s Studio Ghibli Fest

If you love beautiful, weird, and touching animated shows like Bee and PuppyCat, you’ll probably love Studio Ghibli’s films. Ten of Hayao Miyazaki’s hit films are coming to theaters throughout 2023. Check out the full schedule to see if your favorites made the cut.

1. Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake

Bee and PuppyCat was created by Natasha Allegri—better known as the character designer behind Adventure Time’s Fionna and Cake. If those names sound familiar, they’re gender-swapped versions of the show’s main characters, Finn and Jake.

Fionna and Cake got their own spinoff in 2023, this time with adults as the target audience. Its serves as a sequel to the original Adventure Time series, so it’ll hit harder if you’re familiar with the show. But like Bee and PuppyCat, it’s the story of a girl and her strange, magical cat, who explore different worlds throughout the multiverse after getting fired from work.

Simon (a scientist), Fionna (a girl with a rabbit ear hat), and Cake (a yellow and white cat) fall through the multiverse.

Catch Adventure Time on these platforms:

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2. Steven Universe

If you’re looking for something with a similar pastel color scheme and intergalactic drama, look no further than Steven Universe. This show premiered on Cartoon Network around the same time as Bee and PuppyCat and shares some design sensibilities.

Steven Universe began as a lighthearted fantasy adventure about a boy with magical powers, but it turned darker as the series progressed. Eventually, it culminated in a film and a timeskip spinoff series before ending in 2020.

Steven, a cartoon teenage boy appearing over a pink hologram in a futuristic space setting.

Catch Steven Universe on these platforms:

3. Dead End: Paranormal Park

While you’re on Netflix rewatching Bee and PuppyCat, give the theme park horror-comedy Dead End: Paranormal Park a try.

It shares some roots with Bee: both started as Cartoon Hangover originals. However, while Bee and PuppyCat produced a full series on a Kickstarter budget, Dead End took a different path.

Cartoon Hangover’s pilot, Dead End, was created for adults, with lots of NSFW jokes. But the pilot’s creator, Hamish Steele, eventually retooled the story into a webcomic called DeadEndia, which then became the more family-friendly Netflix show Dead End: Paranormal Park.

A girl, a dog, a boy, and a demon ride a rollercoaster in front of a haunted house and a structure shaped like the head of a Dolly Parton-like woman

Catch Dead End: Paranormal Park on these platforms:

4. Infinity Train

If you like shows that are cute on the outside but actually get pretty intense, check out Infinity Train.

Infinity Train is an anthology series about the computer-generated worlds inside an impossible train. Like Bee and PuppyCat and many other shows, it started as a pilot with a drastically different art style. Eventually, it became a full show on Cartoon Network and, later, Max.

However, Max doesn’t have the greatest track record in understanding its audience. Infinity Train’s ride ended after season 4, despite its critical acclaim and the creator’s plans for future seasons.

If you want to petition Netflix or Disney+ to buy the rights from Warner Bros. Discovery, now is the time.

Two boys, one with short black hair and one with medium length brown hair and glasses, at a colorful diner booth.

Catch Infinity Train on these platforms:

The Infinity Train has left the station. . . .

Wondering why you can’t find Infinity Train on streaming? It used to be on Max. Unfortunately, since the original publishing of this article, Warner Bros. Discovery has scrubbed every mention of Infinity Train from Max and even some of its social media channels.

For now, the only legal way to watch the series is to purchase it from a video-on-demand (VOD) service like Amazon Prime Video or Vudu.

5. Sailor Moon

Bee might not be your typical magical girl, but magical girl series like Sailor Moon inspired Natasha Allegri to create Bee and PuppyCat. Just look at Bee’s outfit transformations or her chatty animal sidekick.

Sailor Moon is the oldest title on this list (having debuted in 1992), but it’s been rebooted and repackaged a lot over the years. You can find the original series on Hulu and the Sailor Moon Eternal movie on Netflix.

You can also find the Sailor Moon Crystal reboot on Netflix, Hulu, or free on Tubi.

Usagi, an anime girl with long blonde hair in two buns, wearing her sailor-style school uniform in front of a pale pink background.

Catch Sailor Moon on these platforms:

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