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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.

 

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1
36,998 18,108
Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

2
33,936 19,266
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

3
38,918 13,086
Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

4
29,366 14,370
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

5
32,415 18,627
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

6
20,317 16,421
The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

7
25,566 16,254
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1999

8
22,364 15,221
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1999

9
24,201 14,916
South Park is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1997

10
22,119 14,320
Batman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

11
31,436 16,098
Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

12
19,875 11,167
Dexter's Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

13
21,831 13,690
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1997

14
16,943 10,656
Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1991

15
20,510 10,079
Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

16
17,798 9,719
The Fairly OddParents is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

17
16,364 10,169
Popeye the Sailor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

18
16,134 9,399
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

19
13,223 10,137
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

20
16,091 9,933
Phineas and Ferb is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

21
15,301 9,971
The Powerpuff Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

22
15,160 7,925
DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1987

23
14,547 9,758
Justice League is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

24
15,137 8,428
Courage the Cowardly Dog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

25
12,991 7,924
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time