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The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite animated shows that aired on TV or a streaming service in the 2010s

These are the best 2010s cartoons and animated series, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The decade was truly a great period for animated shows, offering everything from great kids cartoons to genre-bending adult animated series. With the expansion of streaming services, animated shows were able to become even more irreverent than ever, and irreverence is a common theme among the best 2010s animated series. Some of the top animated series are comedies while other good cartoons are action-driven. There are even a few great 2010s animated series that garnered enough acclaim to be made into animated films.

So, which great cartoons are on this top 2010s animated series list? Bob's Burgers definitely appears near the top of this list. The show's hilarious cast of voice actors, including H. Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, and Kristen Schaal, have even been known to take the show on the road with live performances. The big gaps between seasons of the Adult Swim series Rick and Morty and Venture Brothers didn't reduce how much they defined the 2010s, thanks to their strong fanbase.

Several classic cartoons like The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy are still running strong in the 2010s, years after they originally premiered. Other long-running great shows featured on this top 2010s animated series list include Spongebob Squarepants, Adventure Time and then Brendan Small cult classic, Metalocalypse. Even Disney cartoons like Gravity Falls and more positive and kid-centric series like Steven Universe and Fairly Odd Parents can hold their own against the cynical irreverence of another great animated series from the 2010s.

Which great 2010s animation is the best? Vote for your favorites now!

 

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2013
Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his fretful, easily ...more
2
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
1999
Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the ...more
3
Archer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2009
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Archer (FXX, 2009) is an American adult animated black spy sitcom created by Adam Reed. The adventures and mishaps of secret agent Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and his colleagues, who are ...more
4
Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2011
Bob's Burgers is an American animated sitcom created by Loren Bouchard for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Belchers—parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, ...more
5
South Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
1997
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
6
American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2005
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
7
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
1989
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
8
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
1999
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
9
Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2010
Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive ...more
10
Gravity Falls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2012
Gravity Falls is an American animated television series created by animator Alex Hirsch for Disney Channel, now on Disney XD. The series follows the adventures of Dipper Pines and his twin ...more
11
King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
1997
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
12
Robot Chicken is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2005
Robot Chicken (Adult Swim, 2005) is an American stop motion sketch comedy television series created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. Pop culture references fly thick and fast as stop-motion ...more
13
The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2005
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
14
Regular Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Andrew Peterson0 added 2010
Regular Show is an American animated television series created by J. G. Quintel for Cartoon Network that premiered on September 6, 2010. The series revolves around the lives of two friends, a ...more
15
The Venture Bros. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2003
The Venture Bros. (Adult Swim, 2004) is an American adult animated television series created by Christopher McCulloch. The bizarre animated escapades of pseudo-heroic scientist Dr. Rusty ...more
16
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2001
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is an American animated television series created by Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro for Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. The pilot episode aired ...more
17
The Fairly OddParents is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2001
The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around the everyday adventures of Timmy Turner, a boy who is granted ...more
18
Metalocalypse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2006
Metalocalypse is an American animated television series, created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, which premiered on August 6, 2006 on Adult Swim. The television program centers on the larger ...more
19
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
1999
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of ...more
20
Avatar: Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
BenHawkes113 added 2012
Book One: Air is the first season of the U.S. animated TV series The Legend of Korra created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Consisting of twelve episodes, it was initially ...more
21
Steven Universe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Jake Mourelatos added 2013
Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar, former storyboard artist, writer, and composer for Adventure Time. It is produced by Cartoon Network Studios, ...more
22
Phineas and Ferb is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2007
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
23
BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2014
BoJack Horseman is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series stars Will Arnett as the eponymous character, BoJack Horseman. The supporting cast includes Amy ...more
24
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2008
This show is an American 3D CGI animated television series created by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm Animation with the division Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Lucasfilm and CGCG Inc. ...more
25
The Amazing World of Gumball is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2011
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