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Tylt Recs: Best Netflix action cartoons

Many of us are going stir-crazy in our homes while we social distance and quarantine to keep ourselves and others safe during the coronavirus pandemic. But there are plenty of ways we can entertain ourselves and free our minds from worry around the world.

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8. '3Below: Tales of Arcadia'

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This action animated series follows two royal aliens as they embark on a journey to Earth and try to blend in. The series is the second in a trilogy of “Tales of Arcadia” cartoons. The third series—”Wizards”—will premiere later in 2020. Though the second series in the trilogy, “3Below," garnered acclaimed, the cartoon places last on our list—only receiving 18 percent of the vote against “Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia” in the first round. “3Below” holds a fresh rating of 100 percent and an audience score of 72 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). Hence, this cartoon is still worth checking out.

7. ‘Hilda’

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This adventurous cartoon follows the titular character as she travels through a magical forest and a city filled with creatures, and where she meets new friends. “Hilda” holds a fresh rating of 100 percent and an audience score of 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). So even though the cartoon only gained 41 percent against “Carmen Sandiego” in the first round and places at no. 7 on our list, we highly suggest this fun and fantastical adventure ride.

6. ‘Dragons: Race to the Edge’

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This fantasy-adventure cartoon is actually a spinoff of the “How to Train Your Dragon” film series. The first two seasons aired on Cartoon Network, before season three—called “Race to the Edge”— premiered on Netflix. “Race to the Edge” ended with a total of two seasons on Cartoon Network, with six seasons on Netflix, and overall, 118 episodes in 2018. Still, “Race to the Edge” lives on. With 42 percent of the vote against “The Dragon Prince” in round one, “Race to the Edge” gained just a little more than “Hilda” in their respective first round face-offs. So “Race to the Edge” places at no. 6 on our list. Though, as a long-running cartoon based on a popular film franchise, “Race to the Edge” is there for your viewing pleasure.

5. ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’

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Five teenagers saving the galaxy? Sounds familiar, but it’s a formula that works. “Voltron: Legendary Defender” ran for eight seasons between 2016-2018. The series holds a fresh rating of 95 percent and an audience score of 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). Out of all the first-round losers, this cartoon brought in the most votes, placing at the no. 5 spot. With so many seasons in such a short span of time under its belt, “Voltron” is definitely worth the watch if you’re looking for something action-packed.

4. ‘Carmen Sandiego’

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This Netflix action-adventure cartoon repaints the titular character as a Robin Hood-like heroine who travels the globe and steals from an evil organization named V.I.L.E. to donate to humanitarian causes. This version of Carmen is more noble compared to her portrayal in the Fox Kids cartoon “Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?” The Netflix cartoon holds a fresh rating of 93 percent and an audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). “Carmen Sandiego” made it to the semi-final but lost to “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power,” with 30 percent of the vote. Placing at no. 4 isn’t bad, though. This current cartoon reimagining of Carmen Sandiego is definitely fresh and worth watching!

3. ‘Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia’

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Trollhunters”—the first in the “Tales of Arcadia” trilogy—follows a boy chosen to be a trollhunter who protects both humans and the secret world of trolls. Not online trolls, but actual trolls. The series scored less votes against “The Dragon Prince” than “Carmen Sandiego” did against “She-Ra.” But “Trollhunters” scored more votes in total between the first round and semi-final round than “Carmen Sandiego” did, placing at no. 3 on our list of shows worth checking out. If landing in the no. 3 spot and serving as the original “Tales of Arcadia” series isn’t enough for you, just know that “Trollhunters” also holds an audience score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). So be sure to no longer miss out on this adventurous cartoon!

2. ‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’

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There’s no doubt that “She-Ra” is a popular, groundbreaking cartoon on Netflix. It's definitely a reimagining of the original ’80s animated series, with the titular character leading the princesses and the rebellion against the evil Horde. The cartoon includes a diverse cast of characters, from gender and race to sexuality and body types, and is praised for such intersectionality in powerful leads. “She-Ra” premiered in 2018 and already has four seasons under its belt, with a fifth underway (at the time of publication). The family-fun cartoon also holds a fresh rating of 96 percent and an audience score of 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (also at the time of publication). While the animated series only garnered 15 percent of the vote in the final, there’s clearly a lot of love for “She-Ra.” So if you’ve been living under a rock, check out this culturally significant cartoon.

1. ‘The Dragon Prince’

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“The Dragon Prince” fandom really came through in the final round. This adventure cartoon follows two princes and elfin (initially set to assassinate said princes) who strike a bond and go on a quest together to bring their lands peace. What can we say? “The Dragon Prince” crushed it in the final with a surprising 85 percent of the vote. Like wow! This makes sense for a cartoon with a 100 percent fresh rating and an audience score of 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). So if anything, the fandom’s dedication proves that “The Dragon Prince” is the top cartoon you should check out!