“Over the Garden Wall”: The Perfect Cozy Autumn Show

As the temperature starts to cool and the leaves fade into warmer hues, it can’t be denied that this autumn season is well underway. What better to do in this cozy atmosphere than bundle up and watch a good comfort show? While popular shows like Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill immediately come to mind, the Cartoon Network miniseries Over the Garden Wall is not one to be overlooked.


The show follows two brothers, practical Wirt and fanciful Greg, who become lost in a strange forest called the Unknown. As they try to find their way home, they encounter odd creatures, including a mysterious woodsman and a pestering bluebird, who teach them a thing or two about themselves and the world around them. As they continue their adventure, the brothers slowly realize this is more than just a strange forest they have found themselves in. 


With a total watch time of 2 hours (10 minutes per episode), this series is a perfect binge for a cozy day in. The stunning warm-toned visuals accompanied by the adorable art style of the characters are endlessly pleasing to the eye. Paired with the soundtrack, which consists mostly of gentle piano music, it’s hard to resist falling in love with the calm aesthetic of this show.


Not only is it nice to look at, but this series has an incredibly captivating story with complex characters that are both entertaining and relatable. Greg and Wirt, for instance, provide the two sides of childhood – being imaginative and optimistic when young, and then growing into a teenager and having that personality harden. 


Since Cartoon Network has a demographic of mostly pre-teens, this dynamic is very comforting to see. Even though growing older causes that taste for adventure to diminish, this show lets kids know that it’s okay to want to be a kid and not rush into adulthood.


Despite being marketed to children, “Over the Garden Wall” is precisely what anyone would want from a comfort show – a fantasy world with loveable characters, a universe one could happily live in without a care in the world. It is a must-watch for anyone looking to feel eased and maybe learn something about themselves along the way.