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
33,459 16,317
Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

2
30,192 17,555
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

3
35,338 11,823
Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

4
26,273 12,984
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

5
29,427 16,795
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

6
18,421 14,882
The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

7
22,484 14,830
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1999

8
19,834 13,515
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1999

9
21,604 13,408
South Park is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1997

10
19,939 12,924
Batman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

11
28,708 14,643
Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

12
17,989 10,059
Dexter's Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

13
19,715 12,453
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1997

14
18,552 8,984
Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

15
15,068 9,679
Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1991

16
15,952 8,799
The Fairly OddParents is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

17
14,971 9,204
Popeye the Sailor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

18
14,504 8,796
Phineas and Ferb is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

19
14,410 8,544
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

20
11,898 9,211
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

21
13,923 9,090
The Powerpuff Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

22
13,542 7,174
DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1987

23
13,718 7,497
Courage the Cowardly Dog is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

24
13,248 8,831
Justice League is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

25
13,068 8,072
The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

26
11,565 7,251
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

27
12,356 6,538
The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

28
11,258 6,764
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1993

29
12,262 7,744
Ed, Edd n Eddy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

30
14,831 8,431
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

31
13,957 8,136
Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

32
10,783 4,726
The Tom and Jerry Show is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

33
12,060 6,810
Kim Possible is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

34
10,272 5,542
The Road Runner Show is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

35
9,052 6,930
Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

36
10,211 7,024
X-Men: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

37
9,416 6,293
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1994

38
9,923 6,461
Danny Phantom is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

39
12,561 4,154
Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

40
11,921 5,888
Gravity Falls is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

41
9,265 5,137
What's New, Scooby-Doo? is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

42
8,925 6,009
Johnny Bravo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

43
9,071 6,074
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

44
7,597 4,577
The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteri... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

45
8,407 5,624
Foster's Home for Imaginary Fr... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

46
7,597 5,110
Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

47
6,905 5,578
The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1981

48
8,528 5,279
Codename: Kids Next Door is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

49
7,288 4,993
Yogi Bear is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1958, 1961-01-30

50
6,344 3,687
Peanuts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time