Adventure Time is far and away the hottest cartoon on TV right now, this very second. Nothing even comes close to Pendleton Ward's trippy explosion of colour and cavalcade of whimsy that airs on Cartoon Network and has legions of fans around the world.

We've been here before of course. Ren & Stimpy (along with Rugrats and Doug) lit up the otherwise desolate land of animated kids TV shows. The Simpsons single-handedly made animation cool for adults again after a thirty year hiatus. And the likes of Beavis & Butthead has become forever beloved by people of a certain age.

All the examples mentioned above have remained well-known and popular since their prime. Some are noted for their superior quality while others are constantly noted for their continued impact on contemporary culture. Only The Simpsons has managed to achieve both while remaining in production for a full 25 years.

So how will Adventure Time be seen in 2023? Will we look back on it with the rose-tinted glasses that we do with say, Doug? Will we (rightly?) praise it for its innovative approach to character and storytelling? Or will we lament it for forcing its style on all subsequent shows?

Lastly, will we look on Adventure Time as the start of a great era, or the pinnacle of one?

Charles Kenny writes prolifically on his own blog, The Animation Anomaly.