Animated The Best 1980s Animated Series  

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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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67 17
The Transformers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Frank Welker, Chris Latta, Peter Cullen

2
71 22
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

3
53 14
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

4
51 13
The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Mel Blanc, June Foray, Jim Backus

5
64 23
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

6
48 15
The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Don Messick, Danny Goldman, Lucille Bliss

7
60 24
DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

8
43 13
Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

9
49 18
Inspector Gadget is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Don Adams, Holly Berger, Frank Welker

10
49 21
ThunderCats is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Bob McFadden, Larry Kenney, Earl Hammond

11
49 22
He-Man and the Masters of the ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

12
43 18
Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Greg Berg, Katie Leigh, Laurie O'Brien

13
37 15
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Michael Bell, Arthur Burghardt, Chris Latta

14
45 22
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Corey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings

15
41 19
Alvin and the Chipmunks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Frank Welker

16
36 18
She-Ra: Princess of Power is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Melendy Britt, George DiCenzo, John Erwin

17
33 16
Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Pat Fraley, Peter Cullen, Alan Oppenheimer

18
23 8
The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
CosmicCastaway added Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker

19
34 18
Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court, Tabitha St. Germain

20
29 15
Heathcliff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Mel Blanc, Henry Corden, June Foray

21
30 16
The Woody Woodpecker Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Grace Stafford, Daws Butler, Johnny Coons

22
33 20
Disney's Adventures of the Gum... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
June Foray, Noelle North, Lorenzo Music

23
26 16
Snorks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Michael Bell, Frank Nelson, Patricia Alice Albrecht

24
26 19
Rainbow Brite is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Peter Cullen, Pat Fraley, Mona Marshall

25
23 22
The Berenstain Bears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Frank Welker, Ruth Buzzi, Jake Scott

26
10 10
Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
CosmicCastaway added Frank Welker, Willie Aames, Adam Rich

27
9 9
Galaxy High School is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
CosmicCastaway added Susan Blu, Pat Carroll, Nancy Cartwright

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0 0
The Centurions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Vince Edwards, Pat Fraley, Neil Ross

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BraveStarr is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Pat Fraley, Erika Scheimer, Susan Blu

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0 0
Super Friends is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Sherry Alberoni, Norman Alden, Danny Dark

31
0 0
Dino-Riders is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Dan Gilvezan, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker

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0 0
Challenge of the GoBots is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Lou Richards, Bernard Erhard, Marilyn Lightstone

33
0 0
Pound Puppies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Betty White, Michael Rapaport, Tom Kenny

34
17 24
Captain Caveman and the Teen A... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
John Astin, Julie Bennett, Ted Cassidy

35
14 21
Denver, the Last Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Pat Fraley, Joey Dedio

36
14 25
The California Raisin Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Jim Cummings, Cree Summer, Brian Stokes Mitchell