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The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked 

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Updated January 17, 2020 3.2k votes 468 voters 20.3k views 33 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite cartoons or animated series about a family.

These families may be animated, but their mishaps and heartfelt moments are instantly relatable to viewers. The best animated family shows feature everyday domestic dramas transformed into light and hilarious plot lines that audiences of all ages can enjoy. This is a list of the greatest animated family TV shows including everything from The Jetsons to F Is For Family to The Proud Family.

What programs will you find on this list of the best family animated TV shows? The long-running favorite The Simpsons follows Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson as they go about their business in Springfield. The Flanders family, the Wiggums, and the Van Houtens are also fan-favorite families from this Fox animated comedy. Family Guy is another popular cartoon about family life. The Flintstones - which premiered in 1960 - has remained one of the most beloved cartoons about a family of all time. Other good programs featured on this list include King of the Hill, Rugrats, and The Boondocks.

So which animated TV family is your favorite? Give the best shows a thumbs up and please add any top cartoon series that are missing.

 

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 31

Network: Fox

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 18

Network: Fox

Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more

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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

Premiered: 1960

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 166

Network: Cartoon Network, Boomerang, American Broadcasting Company

The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera. The ...more

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American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Dee Bradley Baker

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 137

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

American Dad! is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman for the "Animation Domination" lineup on Fox. American Dad! is the first ...more

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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Toon Disney, Disney Channel

DuckTales is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation. It premiered on September 18, 1987 and ended on November 28, 1990 with a total of four seasons and ...more

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Phineas and Ferb is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
James Englebert added Vincent Martella, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dan Povenmire

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 189

Network: Disney Channel

Phineas and Ferb is an American animated comedy-musical television series. Originally broadcast as a one-episode preview on August 17, 2007 and again previewed on September 28, 2007, the series ...more

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 16

Network: Comedy Central

South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more

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The Best South Park Characters of All Time #8 of 717 The Best Cartoons of All Timelisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 183

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Bob's Burgers (FOX, 2011) is an American animated comedy television series created by Loren Bouchard. The series centers on the Belcher family — parents Bob and Linda and their children Tina, ...more

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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

Premiered: 1962

Number of Episodes: 75

Network: American Broadcasting Company

The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from September 23, 1962 to March 17, 1963, then later in syndication, with new episodes in ...more

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King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 13

Number of Episodes: 259

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

King of the Hill is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels that ran from January 12, 1997, to May 6, 2010 on Fox. It centers on the Hills, a middle-class ...more

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The Amazing World of Gum... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
beastie added Jacob Hopkins, Terrell Ransom Jr., Tamia Cerrate

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 38

Network: Cartoon Network

The Amazing World of Gumball is a British–American animated television series created by Ben Bocquelet for Cartoon Network. Produced primarily by Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe, it ...more

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Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: YTV, Canal J, Nickelodeon

Hey Arnold is an American animated television series created by Craig Bartlett for Nickelodeon. The show centers on a fourth grader named Arnold, who lives with his grandparents in a boarding ...more

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The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Don Messick, Danny Goldman, Lucille Bliss

Premiered: 1981

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 256

Network: Global Television Network, Jetix, British Broadcasting Corporation, ZDF, Italia 1, + more

The Smurfs is an American-Belgian animated fantasy-comedy television series that aired on NBC from September 12, 1981, to December 2, 1989. Made by Hanna-Barbera Productions, it is based on the ...more

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Taz-Mania is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added Jim Cummings, Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Kids' WB, Fox Kids, The WB Television Network, Fox Broadcasting Company

Taz-Mania is an American cartoon sitcom produced by Warner Bros. Animation from 1991 to 1995, broadcast in the United States on Fox and in Canada on Baton Broadcast System. The show follows the ...more

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Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 172

Network: Nickelodeon

Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon. The show focuses on a group of toddlers, most prominently ...more

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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro, Daniel Brochu

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 16

Number of Episodes: 195

Network: PBS Kids Go!, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC Television, Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids, + more

Arthur is a Canadian/American animated educational television series for children, created by Cookie Jar Group and WGBH for the Public Broadcasting Service. The show is set in the fictional ...more

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Little America is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Harvey Guillén, Jamie Gore Pawlik, Conphidance

Premiered: 2020

Network: Apple TV+

Little America (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American anthology television series. Each episode of the show shares the true stories of funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected lives of ...more

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Bless the Harts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell

Premiered: 2019

Network: Fox

Bless the Harts (Fox, 2019) is an American animated comedy created by Emily Spivey. The show follows a group of people living in the South who are poor in money, but rich in family and friends.

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The Proud Family is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: Disney Channel

The Proud Family is an American animated television sitcom that ran on the Disney Channel from September 21, 2001 to August 19, 2005. In 2011, reruns of The Proud Family were shown on the ...more

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The Healing Powers of Du... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Raylene Harewood, Jace Chapman, Sophie Kim

Premiered: 2020

Network: Netflix

The Healing Powers of Dude (Netflix, 2020) is an American comedy television series created by Erica Spates and Sam Littenberg-Weisberg. Noah (Jace Chapman ), is an 11-year-old boy with social ...more
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Doug is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Billy West, Fred Newman, Constance Shulman

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 117

Network: Nickelodeon

Doug is an American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins. The show focuses on the early adolescent life of its title character, Douglas "Doug" Funnie, who experiences common ...more

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The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 45

Network: Adult Swim

The Boondocks is an American adult animated sitcom on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. Created by Aaron McGruder, based upon McGruder's comic strip of the same name, ...more

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Molly of Denali is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked

Premiered: 2019

Network: PBS Kids

Molly of Denali (PBS Kids, 2019) is an American animated television series. The show follows Molly, an Alaska Native girl, her dog Suki, and friends Tooey and Trini on their adventures in ...more
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The Wild Thornberrys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Lacey Chabert, Jodi Carlisle, Tim Curry

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 92

Network: Nickelodeon

The Wild Thornberrys is an American animated television series that aired on Nickelodeon. It was rerun in the United States on Nickelodeon and occasionally Nicktoons until 2007. The show ...more

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Jonny Quest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Shows About Families, Ranked
Mike Road, Tim Matheson, Don Messick

Premiered: 1964

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Jonny Quest is an American animated science fiction adventure television series about a boy who accompanies his scientist father on extraordinary adventures. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera ...more

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