I'm kinda shocked we don't have a topic for this already. This show is amazing. Well, at least in my opinion it is.
Let's paint a little picture for those of you who are clueless. It's 2012, the animation landscape is entering a new renaissance between CN's multitude of (some of them we now know were depressingly short-lived) amazing programs like The Clone Wars, Young Justice, Adventure Time, etc. and Nick's Legend of Korra gearing up to begin. It was a pretty great time...except at Disney. I mean, yeah, we had Phineas and Ferb, but that was kind of it when it came to good animation from a Disney network.
That summer, we're introduced to this marvelously twisted work from the mind of Alex Hirsch known as Gravity Falls. It had everything, an awesomely catchy title theme, Great characters, absolutely incredible lore and continuity, and some of the funniest, most twisted humor this side of Archer.
It's been 2 years since it premiered, and a season and a half now under it's belt, and I'm pretty confident in saying this is absolutely the best animated tv show on the air right now. It slightly breaks my heart that I can't consider Adventure Time this anymore, because I still love it, but Gravity Falls just has it's act together on a completely different level that Adventure Time just isn't achieving right now.
Ok, so I've said all that, and very little about the story itself, so here's a small gist of it:
This series follows twin siblings Dipper and Mabel Pines during their summer vacation at their Grunkle (Great-Uncle) Stan's home/tourist trap called the Mystery Shack in Gravity Falls, Oregon. Pretty soon after they arrive, Dipper finds a mysterious journal in a hollowed-out tree that details a variety of weird and supernatural beings/events that have/are happening in the town. During the course of the summer, they encounter many of these things. Aside from this, there are plenty of other secrets in the town between a seemingly crazy old hillbilly, a psychopathic child with a similar journal and a oddly heated grudge with Stan, and even Grunkle Stan himself with an incredibly secretive room behind the Mystery Shack's vending machine.
And that's basically all I can really say without giving too much of it away. The show is very fast moving, and change is very prevalent, to the point that from late season 1 onwards, there's hardly anything resembling a status quo anymore.
On the basis of this, Alex Hirsch and the rest of the people behind this series have created one of the most compelling and addictive mythologies in recent memory. While the show is ostensibly a disney show, it's not afraid to get pretty dark at times, and in fact the 2nd season has been nothing but a downward spiral of increasingly higher stakes and darker plotlines presented by various reveals. The foreshadowing is very meticulous; it can and has made people very paranoid thanks to seemingly inconsequentially minor things coming back in a huge way, sometimes years down the line.
And also I might've just wanted an excuse to post this:
And the beavers.