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
33,427 16,302
Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

2
30,163 17,539
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

3
35,301 11,813
Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

4
29,388 16,784
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

5
26,248 12,978
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

6
18,411 14,872
The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

7
22,472 14,818
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1999

8
19,814 13,506
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1999

9
21,587 13,397
South Park is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1997

10
28,683 14,636
Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

11
19,930 12,915
Batman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

12
17,979 10,053
Dexter's Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

13
19,699 12,445
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1997

14
18,540 8,980
Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

15
15,060 9,672
Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1991

16
15,942 8,793
The Fairly OddParents is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

17
14,961 9,199
Popeye the Sailor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

18
14,490 8,790
Phineas and Ferb is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

19
14,401 8,538
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

20
11,889 9,206
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

21
13,915 9,083
The Powerpuff Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

22
13,705 7,493
Courage the Cowardly Dog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

23
13,530 7,173
DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1987

24
13,244 8,827
Justice League is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

25
13,056 8,068
The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

26
11,555 7,247
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

27
12,347 6,534
The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

28
11,253 6,759
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1993

29
12,249 7,739
Ed, Edd n Eddy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

30
14,825 8,422
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

31
12,045 6,804
Kim Possible is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

32
13,945 8,130
Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

33
10,773 4,722
The Tom and Jerry Show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

34
10,264 5,538
The Road Runner Show is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

35
9,046 6,925
Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

36
10,205 7,020
X-Men: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

37
9,411 6,289
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1994

38
9,910 6,457
Danny Phantom is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

39
12,544 4,149
Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

40
8,917 6,007
Johnny Bravo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

41
9,257 5,135
What's New, Scooby-Doo? is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

42
9,066 6,070
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

43
7,588 4,573
The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteri... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

44
11,907 5,884
Gravity Falls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

45
8,399 5,620
Foster's Home for Imaginary Fr... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

46
8,523 5,275
Codename: Kids Next Door is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

47
7,588 5,108
Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

48
6,899 5,574
The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1981

49
7,283 4,988
Yogi Bear is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1958, 1961-01-30

50
6,335 3,684
Peanuts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time