Animated TV Series 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, 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 that are long gone and ones that are still going today. Vote up your favorite or make your own version.

 

list ordered by

1
31,324 15,032
Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

2
28,127 16,284
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

3
32,961 10,969
Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

4
27,354 15,663
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

5
24,581 12,020
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

6
17,391 13,872
The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

7
20,947 13,899
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1999

8
27,035 13,612
Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

9
18,376 12,494
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1999

10
18,578 12,109
Batman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

11
20,082 12,511
South Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1997

12
16,881 9,376
Dexter's Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

13
18,420 11,702
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1997

14
17,324 8,243
Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

15
14,099 9,048
Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1991

16
14,934 8,110
The Fairly OddParents is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

17
14,131 8,625
Popeye the Sailor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

18
13,105 8,534
The Powerpuff Girls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

19
13,410 7,927
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

20
11,182 8,606
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

21
13,514 8,114
Phineas and Ferb is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

22
12,444 8,206
Justice League is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

23
12,611 6,663
DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1987

24
12,822 6,985
Courage the Cowardly Dog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

25
12,305 7,480
The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

26
11,650 6,056
The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

27
10,825 6,831
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

28
10,522 6,343
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1993

29
11,533 7,250
Ed, Edd n Eddy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

30
13,901 7,809
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

31
11,371 6,318
Kim Possible is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

32
13,076 7,537
Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

33
9,652 5,197
The Road Runner Show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

34
10,059 4,320
The Tom and Jerry Show is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

35
8,502 6,481
Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

36
9,555 6,531
X-Men: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

37
9,345 5,906
Danny Phantom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

38
8,782 5,846
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1994

39
7,128 4,186
The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteri... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

40
11,152 5,316
Gravity Falls is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

41
8,672 4,709
What's New, Scooby-Doo? is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

42
8,382 5,619
Johnny Bravo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

43
11,313 3,757
Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

44
7,946 5,244
Foster's Home for Imaginary Fr... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

45
8,512 5,695
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

46
8,034 4,912
Codename: Kids Next Door is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

47
7,111 4,837
Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

48
6,880 4,692
Yogi Bear is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1958, 1961-01-30

49
6,501 5,230
The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1981

50
6,595 4,215
The Pink Panther Show is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time