Total Nerd Excellent Animated Miniseries You Can Finish In One Sitting  

Shamus Kelley
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List Rules Vote up the short animated series you're totally going to binge later.

Have you ever just wanted to sit down and binge watch a show, but not commit to a long series? Well, these animated series you can watch in one sitting should do the trick. These short cartoon events are perfect bite-size series, and they give you a lot of quality in a short span of time. No long-term 10 season stories here, you can watch these series in the span of an afternoon if you want.

These series come from all over the world, and encompass a variety of genres. Short animated series can lead to a lot of creative freedom for the people involved, so get ready for animated series a little different than what you're used to. 

Some of these series are completely standalone, and others are loosely tied to bigger franchises. But don’t worry, each of these work on their own, and tell complete stories that will leave you satisfied.

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Afro Samurai


Afro Samurai is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Excellent Animated Miniseries You Can Finish In One Sitting
Photo: Gonzo

The talent involved in this series alone makes it a feast for both the eyes and ears. Animated by the famous studio Gonzo, with voice talents provided by Samuel L. Jackson and Phil Lamarr, and music from RZA and the Wu-Tang Clan make this one of the most star-studded animated series around. 

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Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt


Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Excellent Animated Miniseries You Can Finish In One Sitting
Photo:  YouTube

Think giant robots… but with jazz. That’s right, the score for this entry in the long-running Gundam franchise features more saxophones than you can handle. There’s just something beautiful about mechas blowing the hell out of each other with brass percussion blaring.


Over the Garden Wall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Excellent Animated Miniseries You Can Finish In One Sitting
Photo:  Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network’s first miniseries is a joy to watch, simply because it’s so supernatural and moody. It’s funny, creepy, and you’ll get sucked into a journey which doesn’t end where you think it will.

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Pokémon Origins


Pokémon Origins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Excellent Animated Miniseries You Can Finish In One Sitting
Photo:  Pokemon

Ever wanted to see a Pokémon anime that is closer to the games? Well, you’re in luck. Pokémon Origins follows the original video game characters, and we get to see some of the storylines the original anime veered away from.