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
32,095 15,521
Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

2
28,792 16,801
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

3
33,891 11,293
Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

4
28,283 15,995
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

5
25,137 12,385
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

6
17,740 14,207
The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

7
21,325 14,257
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1999

8
18,805 12,873
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1999

9
20,500 12,838
South Park is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1997

10
27,628 13,994
Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

11
18,956 12,440
Batman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

12
17,218 9,611
Dexter's Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

13
18,883 11,971
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1997

14
17,733 8,514
Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

15
14,388 9,272
Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1991

16
15,274 8,377
The Fairly OddParents is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

17
14,420 8,806
Popeye the Sailor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

18
13,699 8,174
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

19
13,891 8,305
Phineas and Ferb is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

20
11,393 8,815
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

21
13,412 8,697
The Powerpuff Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

22
12,702 8,447
Justice League is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

23
12,896 6,869
DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1987

24
13,114 7,147
Courage the Cowardly Dog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

25
12,583 7,706
The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

26
11,897 6,233
The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

27
11,001 6,991
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

28
10,695 6,496
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1993

29
11,748 7,404
Ed, Edd n Eddy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

30
14,192 8,049
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

31
11,605 6,465
Kim Possible is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

32
13,417 7,724
Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

33
10,339 4,474
The Tom and Jerry Show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

34
9,846 5,321
The Road Runner Show is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

35
8,667 6,608
Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

36
9,712 6,742
X-Men: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

37
9,551 6,104
Danny Phantom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

38
8,964 6,029
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1994

39
11,468 5,496
Gravity Falls is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

40
11,760 3,868
Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

41
8,889 4,869
What's New, Scooby-Doo? is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

42
7,282 4,333
The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteri... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

43
8,568 5,747
Johnny Bravo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

44
8,099 5,350
Foster's Home for Imaginary Fr... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

45
8,664 5,800
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

46
8,190 5,007
Codename: Kids Next Door is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

47
7,010 4,781
Yogi Bear is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1958, 1961-01-30

48
7,271 4,916
Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time

49
6,627 5,330
The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1981

50
8,078 5,386
Recess is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
1997