Watchworthy
47.7k voters

The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

Updated November 20, 2020 670.6k votes 47.7k voters 722.5k views486 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.

Photo:
...more
  • 1
    Tom and Jerry
    9,712
    5,369

    ActorsTom Kenny, Rick Zieff, Gary Cole

    NetworkCBS

    Amazon buy button
  • 2
    Looney Tunes
    9,975
    5,907

    ActorsMel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan

    NetworkSyndication

    Amazon buy button

    More Looney Tunes 

    The Best Looney Tunes Characters of All Time, Ranked!Looney Tunes Fan Theories That Will Burrow Their Way Into Your Brain

  • 3
    Scooby-Doo
    8,205
    4,813

    ActorsCasey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North

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

    Amazon buy button

    More Scooby-Doo 

    #1 of 22 The Best Versions Of Scooby Doo You Watched As A Kid#6 of 507 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

  • 4
    Batman: The Animated Series

    ActorsKevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

    NetworkFox Kids, Fox Broadcasting Company

    Amazon buy button

    More Batman: The Animated Series 

    13 Reasons Batman: The Animated Series Is Even Better Than The Comics15 Reasons Batman: The Animated Series Is The Greatest Cartoon Ever Made

  • 5
    Avatar: The Last Airbender

    ActorsZach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman

    NetworkNickelodeon

    Amazon buy button

    More Avatar: The Last Airbender 

    31 Small But Poignant Details Fans Of 'The Last Airbender' Noticed About The Series28 Azula Memes That Prove She Is The Real Villain In Avatar The Last Airbender

  • 6
    SpongeBob SquarePants
    8,406
    4,512

    ActorsTom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

    NetworkNickelodeon

    Amazon buy button

    More SpongeBob SquarePants 

    37 Random Spongebob Squarepants Memes That Take Memes To The Next LevelCrazy Good Fan Theories About SpongeBob SquarePants

  • 7
    Teen Titans
    4,873
    2,487

    ActorsHynden Walch, Scott Menville, Greg Cipes

    NetworkSistema Brasileiro de Televisão, RTP 2

    Amazon buy button

    More Teen Titans 

    'Teen Titans' Fan TheoriesOne Artist Illustrates The Teen Titans As Regular, Modern-Day Kids

  • 8
    The Simpsons
    8,802
    6,713

    ActorsDan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

    NetworkFox

    Amazon buy button

    More The Simpsons 

    The Funniest Business Names in The Simpsons#11 of 169 The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History

  • 9
    DuckTales
    4,221
    2,948

    ActorsAlan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

    NetworkToon Disney, Disney Channel

    Amazon buy button
  • 10
    Rick and Morty
    7,641
    3,077

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

    NetworkAdult Swim, Cartoon Network

    Amazon buy button

    More Rick and Morty 

    The Schwiftiest Rick and Morty CharactersThese 16 Rick and Morty Fan Theories Will Blow Your Mind

  • 11
    Dexter's Laboratory
    4,653
    3,324

    ActorsKath Soucie, Jeff Bennett, Christine Cavanaugh

    NetworkYTV, Discovery Channel, Teletoon, Cartoon Network

    Amazon buy button

    More Dexter's Laboratory 

    #31 of 347 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time#152 of 334 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

  • 12
    Pokémon
    5,516
    3,251

    ActorsVeronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart

    NetworkTV Tokyo

    Amazon buy button

    More Pokémon 

    #59 of 136 The Best Fantasy Anime of All Time#17 of 140 The Best Old School Anime From 1999 and Before

  • 13
    Popeye the Sailor
    2,858
    2,088

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

    Amazon buy button
  • 14
    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

    ActorsDon Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe

    NetworkCartoon Network, CBS, American Broadcasting Company

    Amazon buy button
  • 15
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    ActorsSean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

    NetworkCBS

    Amazon buy button

    More Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fan Theories15 Things You (Somehow) Never Really Knew About The Ninja Turtles

  • 16
    The Road Runner Show
    2,481
    1,622

    ActorsMel Blanc, June Foray, Bea Benaderet

    Amazon buy button

    More The Road Runner Show 

    #33 of 222 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time#150 of 1,321 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

  • 17
    Justice League
    4,989
    3,835

    ActorsCarl Lumbly, George Newbern, Phil LaMarr

    NetworkCartoon Network

    Amazon buy button

    More Justice League 

    #64 of 81 The Worst TV Spin-Offs#46 of 681 The Best Cartoons of All Time

  • 18
    X-Men: The Animated Series

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

    NetworkG4

    Amazon buy button
  • 19
    The Bugs Bunny Show
    3,918
    2,971

    ActorsMel Blanc, June Foray, Jim Backus

    NetworkNicktoons, CBS, American Broadcasting Company

    Amazon buy button
  • 20
    Futurama
    6,936
    5,636

    ActorsBilly West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

    NetworkComedy Central, Fox Broadcasting Company

    Amazon buy button

    More Futurama 

    Small But Clever Details From Futurama That Fans NoticedThe Best Futurama Characters of All Time

  • 21
    Dragon Ball Z
    6,542
    3,758

    ActorsSean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

    NetworkFuji Television

    Amazon buy button

    More Dragon Ball Z 

    15 Interesting Things You Might Not Know About Gohan32 Fun Facts About the Dragon Ball Z Series

  • 22
    Kim Possible
    3,546
    2,395

    ActorsChristy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, Nancy Cartwright

    NetworkDisney Channel

    Amazon buy button
  • 23
    Garfield and Friends
    1,930
    1,455

    ActorsLorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger

    NetworkCBS, NBC

    Amazon buy button
  • 24
    The Flintstones
    4,840
    4,019

    ActorsAlan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

    NetworkCartoon Network, Boomerang, American Broadcasting Company

    Amazon buy button

    More The Flintstones 

    'The Flintstones' Actually Took Place In A Post-Apocalyptic HellscapeBrilliant Flintstones Comics from DC

  • 25
    Samurai Jack
    3,752
    2,831

    ActorsPhil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson

    NetworkCartoon Network

    Amazon buy button

    More Samurai Jack 

    #189 of 201 The 100+ Best Anime Intros of All Time#257 of 321 The Greatest Cartoon Characters in TV History