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The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

Updated May 4, 2021 652.0k votes 49.5k voters 745.1k views417 items

List RulesVote up your favorite cartoon or computer animated TV and streaming series.

The best animated shows of all time include some of the best TV series ever to flicker in your living room (or on your computer screen as time has gone on). The greatest cartoon series ever include animated TV shows from every decade of television's existence and this list is here so you can vote for the best animated series ever on this list of the best cartoons in any genre. 

More than just cartoons, animated TV shows like Family Guy and Simpsons are also considered to be some of the funniest animated comedies of all time as well. If you've missed out on these top-rated animated shows, you can watch them on Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming sites. 

What are the best animated TV shows of all time? The greatest serial cartoons ever painted on acetate include classics like Looney Tunes, anime series like One-Punch Man, and modern-day classics like South Park and King of the Hill. This list is a consensus of popular opinion on the ultimate ranking of awesomeness. With great writing and memorable visual styles, popular animated shows stand out in a pack of cheap, uninspired cartoon cash grabs. Whether you're voting for real storytelling or actual humor, rank the best animated shows of all time.

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  • 1
    9,587
    5,338

    ActorsTom Kenny, Rick Zieff, Gary Cole

    NetworkCBS

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  • 2
    9,804
    5,769

    ActorsMel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan

    NetworkSyndicated

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  • 3
    8,130
    4,774

    ActorsCasey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North

    NetworkUSA Network, Boomerang, American Broadcasting Company, Television syndication, The WB Television Network

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  • 4
    7,511
    4,826

    ActorsKevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

    NetworkFOX Broadcasting Co.

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  • 5
    13,920
    4,976

    ActorsDante Basco, Jessie Flower

    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • 6
    8,304
    4,541

    ActorsTom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • 7
    8,747
    6,389

    The Simpsons

    December 17, 1989

    ActorsDan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

    NetworkFOX Broadcasting Co.

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  • 8
    4,836
    2,631

    Teen Titans

    July 19, 2003

    ActorsHynden Walch, Scott Menville, Greg Cipes, Khary Payton, Dee Bradley Baker

    NetworkCartoon Network

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  • 9
    4,216
    2,978

    DuckTales

    September 18, 1987

    ActorsAlan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

    NetworkSyndicated

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  • 10
    7,418
    3,111

    Rick and Morty

    December 2, 2013

    ActorsJustin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke, Dan Harmon

    NetworkCartoon Network

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  • 11
    4,844
    3,717

    ActorsCarl Lumbly, George Newbern, Phil LaMarr

    NetworkCartoon Network

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  • 12
    5,365
    3,240

    Pokémon

    September 7, 1998

    ActorsVeronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart

    NetworkTV Tokyo

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  • 13
    4,236
    3,279

    ActorsSean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

    NetworkSyndicated

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  • 14
    4,505
    3,345

    ActorsKath Soucie, Jeff Bennett, Christine Cavanaugh

    NetworkCartoon Network

    More Dexter's Laboratory 

    #30 of 344 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time#131 of 148 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time

  • 15
    3,857
    2,879

    The Bugs Bunny Show

    October 11, 1960

    ActorsMel Blanc, June Foray, Jim Backus

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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    #11 of 83 The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons#14 of 97 The Best Adult Cartoon Shows In TV History

  • 16
    6,704
    5,315

    Futurama

    March 28, 1999

    ActorsBilly West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

    NetworkFOX Broadcasting Co.

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  • 17
    2,558
    1,646

    ActorsMel Blanc, June Foray, Bea Benaderet

    More The Road Runner Show 

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  • 18
    3,737
    2,871

    ActorsNorm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd, Lenore Zann, Iona Morris, Alison Sealy-Smith

    NetworkFOX Broadcasting Co.

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  • 19
    4,365
    2,793

    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

    September 13, 1969

    ActorsDon Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe

    NetworkCBS Corporation

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  • 20
    4,760
    3,788

    The Flintstones

    September 30, 1960

    ActorsAlan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • 21
    2,882
    2,134

    ActorsMae Questel, Jack Mercer, William "Billy" Costello, Jackson Beck, Margie Hines

  • 22
    6,203
    3,633

    Dragon Ball Z

    April 26, 1989

    ActorsSean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

    NetworkMULTI

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  • 23
    3,471
    2,363

    Kim Possible

    June 7, 2002

    ActorsChristy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, Nancy Cartwright

    NetworkDisney Channel

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  • 24
    1,944
    1,489

    ActorsLorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger

    NetworkCBS, NBC

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  • 25
    3,603
    2,756

    Samurai Jack

    August 10, 2001

    ActorsPhil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson

    NetworkCartoon Network

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