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The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

Updated October 12, 2020 658.9k votes 47.2k voters 718.9k views485 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
    Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    9,564
    5,258

    ActorsTom Kenny, Rick Zieff, Gary Cole

    NetworkCBS

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  • 2
    Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    9,788
    5,854
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  • 3
    Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    8,066
    4,726

    ActorsCasey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North

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

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  • 4
    Batman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

    ActorsKevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

    NetworkFox Kids, Fox Broadcasting Company

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  • 5
    Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

    ActorsZach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman

    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • 6
    SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    8,265
    4,417

    ActorsTom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • 7
    Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    4,773
    2,402

    ActorsHynden Walch, Scott Menville, Greg Cipes

    NetworkSistema Brasileiro de Televisão, RTP 2

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  • 8
    DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    4,123
    2,889

    ActorsAlan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

    NetworkToon Disney, Disney Channel

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  • 9
    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    8,644
    6,659

    ActorsDan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

    NetworkFox

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  • 10
    Dexter's Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    4,565
    3,251

    ActorsKath Soucie, Jeff Bennett, Christine Cavanaugh

    NetworkYTV, Discovery Channel, Teletoon, Cartoon Network

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  • 11
    Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    7,519
    2,993

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

    NetworkAdult Swim, Cartoon Network

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  • 12
    Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    5,434
    3,164

    ActorsVeronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart

    NetworkTV Tokyo

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  • 13
    Popeye the Sailor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    2,793
    2,022

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

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  • 14
    X-Men: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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

    NetworkG4

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  • 15
    Justice League is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    4,919
    3,782

    ActorsCarl Lumbly, George Newbern, Phil LaMarr

    NetworkCartoon Network

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  • 16
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

    ActorsSean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

    NetworkCBS

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  • 17
    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

    ActorsDon Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe

    NetworkCartoon Network, CBS, American Broadcasting Company

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  • 18
    The Road Runner Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    2,385
    1,580

    ActorsMel Blanc, June Foray, Bea Benaderet

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  • 19
    The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    3,836
    2,940

    ActorsMel Blanc, June Foray, Jim Backus

    NetworkNicktoons, CBS, American Broadcasting Company

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  • 20
    Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    6,478
    3,694

    ActorsSean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

    NetworkFuji Television

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  • 21
    Futurama is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    6,843
    5,602

    ActorsBilly West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

    NetworkComedy Central, Fox Broadcasting Company

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  • 22
    Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    3,705
    2,781

    ActorsPhil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson

    NetworkCartoon Network

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  • 23
    Kim Possible is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    3,484
    2,344

    ActorsChristy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, Nancy Cartwright

    NetworkDisney Channel

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  • 24
    The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    4,752
    3,985

    ActorsAlan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

    NetworkCartoon Network, Boomerang, American Broadcasting Company

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  • 25
    Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made
    1,872
    1,418

    ActorsLorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger

    NetworkCBS, NBC

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