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
33,395 16,285
Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

2
30,138 17,519
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

3
35,265 11,804
Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

4
29,348 16,774
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

5
26,225 12,968
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

6
18,400 14,857
The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

7
22,454 14,805
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1999

8
19,790 13,496
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1999

9
21,572 13,380
South Park is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1997

10
28,655 14,625
Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

11
19,917 12,900
Batman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

12
17,963 10,046
Dexter's Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

13
19,670 12,439
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1997

14
18,516 8,977
Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

15
15,043 9,667
Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1991

16
15,925 8,790
The Fairly OddParents is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

17
14,947 9,193
Popeye the Sailor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

18
14,476 8,780
Phineas and Ferb is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

19
14,391 8,531
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

20
11,878 9,199
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

21
13,898 9,075
The Powerpuff Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

22
13,687 7,490
Courage the Cowardly Dog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

23
13,519 7,164
DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1987

24
13,231 8,821
Justice League is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

25
13,044 8,063
The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

26
11,546 7,239
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

27
12,339 6,531
The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

28
11,243 6,753
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1993

29
12,232 7,735
Ed, Edd n Eddy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

30
14,812 8,420
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

31
12,032 6,802
Kim Possible is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

32
13,932 8,126
Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

33
10,764 4,720
The Tom and Jerry Show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

34
10,258 5,535
The Road Runner Show is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

35
10,198 7,015
X-Men: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

36
9,033 6,923
Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

37
9,402 6,284
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1994

38
9,898 6,453
Danny Phantom is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

39
12,527 4,146
Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

40
8,911 6,004
Johnny Bravo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

41
9,245 5,135
What's New, Scooby-Doo? is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

42
9,059 6,063
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

43
7,586 4,570
The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteri... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

44
11,894 5,879
Gravity Falls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

45
8,390 5,617
Foster's Home for Imaginary Fr... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

46
8,511 5,273
Codename: Kids Next Door is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

47
7,582 5,106
Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

48
6,892 5,572
The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1981

49
7,276 4,987
Yogi Bear is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1958, 1961-01-30

50
6,327 3,682
Peanuts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time