80s The Best 1980s Animated Series  

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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
The Transformers Frank Welker, Chris Latta, Peter Cullen

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

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

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

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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
The Jetsons George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
DuckTales Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

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The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
The Smurfs Don Messick, Danny Goldman, Lucille Bliss

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

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He-Man and the Masters of the ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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

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Inspector Gadget is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Inspector Gadget Don Adams, Holly Berger, Frank Welker

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

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

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

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

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The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
CosmicCastaway added The Real Ghostbusters Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker

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She-Ra: Princess of Power is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
She-Ra: Princess of Power Melendy Britt, George DiCenzo, John Erwin

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Ghostbusters Pat Fraley, Peter Cullen, Alan Oppenheimer

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

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

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Disney's Adventures of the Gum... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears June Foray, Noelle North, Lorenzo Music

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The Woody Woodpecker Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
The Woody Woodpecker Show Grace Stafford, Daws Butler, Johnny Coons

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

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

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Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
CosmicCastaway added Dungeons & Dragons Frank Welker, Willie Aames, Adam Rich

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The Berenstain Bears is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
The Berenstain Bears Frank Welker, Ruth Buzzi, Jake Scott

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

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Denver, the Last Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Denver, the Last Dinosaur Pat Fraley, Joey Dedio

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Captain Caveman and the Teen A... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels John Astin, Julie Bennett, Ted Cassidy

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The California Raisin Show is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 1980s Animated Series
The California Raisin Show Jim Cummings, Cree Summer, Brian Stokes Mitchell