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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 (just check out our list of the best kids' cartoons), 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 from years past and ones that are still going today. Vote up your favorite or make your own version.

 

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Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff & Gary Cole (CBS)
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Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
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Scooby-Doo, Where Are Yo... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Don Messick, Casey Kasem & Nicole Jaffe (Cartoon Network)
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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass & Bill Fagerbakke (Nickelodeon)
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Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Hynden Walch, Scott Menville & Greg Cipes (Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão)
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Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker & Mae Whitman (Nickelodeon)
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright & Julie Kavner (Fox)
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The Tom and Jerry Show ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff & Gary Cole (American Broadcasting Company)
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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Alan Young, Russi Taylor & Terence McGovern (Toon Disney)
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The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Mel Blanc, June Foray & Jim Backus (Nicktoons)
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The Fairly OddParents is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee & Daran Norris (YTV)
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Dexter's Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Kath Soucie, Jeff Bennett & Christine Cavanaugh (YTV)
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Phineas and Ferb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Vincent Martella, Thomas Brodie-Sangster & Dan Povenmire (Disney Channel)
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What's New, Scooby-Doo? ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Frank Welker, Casey Kasem & Mindy Cohn (Kids' WB)
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Sean Astin, Greg Cipes & Rob Paulsen (CBS)
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Courage the Cowardly Dog... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Thea White, Marty Grabstein & Simon Prebble (Cartoon Network)
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Gravity Falls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch & Kristen Schaal (Disney Channel)
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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell & Spencer Grammer (Adult Swim)
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The Road Runner Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
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Kim Possible is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Christy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle & Nancy Cartwright (Disney Channel)
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Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis & Eric Stuart (TV Tokyo)
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The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Matt Frewer, Brian George & John Byner (Living TV Group)
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Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell & Tress MacNeille (Kids' WB)
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South Park is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time
Starring Trey Parker, Matt Stone & Mary Kay Bergman (Comedy Central)
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Popeye the Sailor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cartoons of All Time