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The Best Cartoons of All Time 

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There have been many fantastic animated TV shows throughout the history, but which ones are the best? Some people think that cartoons are just for children (just check out our list of the best kids' cartoons), but there are many that have frequent themes that even adults will enjoy. From classic animated series like "Looney Tunes," "The Flintstones," and "The Jetsons" to the modern day hits of "The Simpsons" and "South Park," there are many great cartoons available. Both classic cartoons and current animated series make this list of the best cartoons of all time. For anime, check out these lists of the best anime series and the best superhero anime of all time..

The cartoon was created during the silent movie era as a short that was shown before movies. They gained even more popularity when the talkies came around, most notable of these were made by the Walt Disney company and Warner Bros with "Merry Melodies" (which later became "Looney Tunes"). With the invention of the television, cartoons and animated programs finally found a realm in which to flourish.

This is a list of the best cartoons of all time, including series from years past and ones that are still going today. Vote up your favorite or make your own version.

 

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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Billy West, John DiMaggio & Katey Sagal (Comedy Central)
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Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio & Tom Kenny (Cartoon Network)
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The Powerpuff Girls is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Cathy Cavadini, Elizabeth Daily & Tara Strong (Cartoon Network)
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Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen & Tress MacNeille (Kids' WB)
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The Sylvester & Twee... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Tweety and Sylvester Starring Joe Alaskey, June Foray & Frank Welker (Kids' WB)
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Ed, Edd n Eddy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Matt Hill, Tommy Karlsen & Sam Vincent (Cartoon Network)
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Batman: The Animated Ser... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester & Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (Fox Kids)
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Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh & Nancy Cartwright (Nickelodeon)
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Peanuts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
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Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat & Doc Harris (Fuji Television)
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Tiny Toon Adventures is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Charles Adler, John Kassir & Tress MacNeille (Kids' WB)
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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Christopher Daniel Barnes, Sara Ballantine & Roscoe Lee Browne (Fox Kids)
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Danny Phantom is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring David Kaufman, Grey Griffin & Rickey D'Shon Collins (YTV)
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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein & Seth Green (Fox)
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The Grim Adventures of B... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Greg Eagles, Richard Steven Horvitz & Grey Griffin (Cartoon Network)
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Justice League is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Carl Lumbly, George Newbern & Phil LaMarr (Cartoon Network)
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The Pink Panther Show is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Paul Frees, Rich Little & Dave Barry (American Broadcasting Company)
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Codename: Kids Next Door... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Dee Bradley Baker, Ben Diskin & Lauren Tom (Kids' WB)
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Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge & Gregg Berger (CBS)
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Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Phil LaMarr, Mako & Kevin Michael Richardson (Cartoon Network)
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The Magic School Bus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto & Erica Luttrell (Public Broadcasting Service)
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X-Men: The Animated Seri... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Steve McGarry added Starring Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd & Lenore Zann (G4)
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Yogi Bear is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
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The Adventures of Jimmy ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia & Rob Paulsen (Nickelodeon)
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Johnny Bravo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Jeff Bennett, Brenda Vaccaro & Mae Whitman (TV2)