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The Best 1980s Animated Series 

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Updated June 15, 2019 2k votes 260 voters 3.5k views 36 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite animated shows that were on TV in the 1980s

These are the best 1980s animated series, ranked from best to worst by user votes. These shows run the spectrum from fantastic kids cartoons to "adult" humor icons that totally changed the world of television forever. The top 80s animated series aren't just known for their uproarious comedy, no, good 80s cartoons were made great by their sense of adventure and imagination. If you are feeling nostalgic, I think you'll love this list of great 1980s animated series.

Which great cartoons will you find on this top 1980s animated series list? For kids growing up in the 1980s, it didn't get much better than DuckTales. Disney actually released several additional 80s animated series including Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers and Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears.

Everyone's favorite heroes in a half-shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, had their own self-titled animated series in the 1980s. Other great shows that appear on this top 80s animated series list include The Transformers, ThunderCats and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

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The Transformers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Frank Welker, Chris Latta & Peter Cullen (Sky1)
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright & Julie Kavner (Fox)
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Sean Astin, Greg Cipes & Rob Paulsen (CBS)
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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Alan Young, Russi Taylor & Terence McGovern (Toon Disney)
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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo & Mel Blanc (American Broadcasting Company)
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The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Mel Blanc, June Foray & Jim Backus (Nicktoons)
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Inspector Gadget is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Don Adams, Holly Berger & Frank Welker (Jetix)
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He-Man and the Masters o... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer & Linda Gary (USA Network)
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The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Don Messick, Danny Goldman & Lucille Bliss (Global Television Network)
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ThunderCats is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Bob McFadden, Larry Kenney & Earl Hammond (Stöð 2)
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Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge & Gregg Berger (CBS)
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Alvin and the Chipmunks ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman & Frank Welker (NBC)
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Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rang... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Corey Burton, Peter Cullen & Jim Cummings (Rede Globo)
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G.I. Joe: A Real America... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
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Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Greg Berg, Katie Leigh & Laurie O'Brien (CBS)
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She-Ra: Princess of Powe... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Melendy Britt, George DiCenzo & John Erwin (USA Network)
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The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
CosmicCastaway added Starring Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier & Frank Welker (American Broadcasting Company)
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The Woody Woodpecker Sho... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Grace Stafford, Daws Butler & Johnny Coons (American Broadcasting Company)
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Disney's Adventures of t... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring June Foray, Noelle North & Lorenzo Music (Disney Channel)
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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court & Tabitha St. Germain (Fox Kids)
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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Pat Fraley, Peter Cullen & Alan Oppenheimer (Qubo)
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Heathcliff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Mel Blanc, Henry Corden & June Foray (American Broadcasting Company)
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Snorks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Michael Bell, Frank Nelson & Patricia Alice Albrecht (NBC)
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Rainbow Brite is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
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The Berenstain Bears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Starring Frank Welker, Ruth Buzzi & Jake Scott (Public Broadcasting Service)