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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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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
1999

Actors: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 140

Network: Comedy Central, Fox Broadcasting Company

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2013

Actors: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke, Dan Harmon

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 3

Network: Adult Swim, Cartoon Network

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

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3
Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2011

Actors: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman

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 Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
1989

Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Number of Seasons: 31

Network: Fox

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5
Archer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2009

Actors: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Aisha Tyler, + more

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 23

Network: FXX

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6
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
1999

Actors: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

Number of Seasons: 18

Network: Fox

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7
South Park is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
1997

Actors: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes, Eliza Schneider, + more

Number of Seasons: 16

Network: Comedy Central

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8
American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2005

Actors: Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Dee Bradley Baker

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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9
King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
1997

Actors: Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

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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10
Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2010

Actors: Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 125

Network: Cartoon Network

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11
Robot Chicken is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2005

Actors: Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Breckin Meyer

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 60

Network: Adult Swim, Cartoon Network

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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
1999

Actors: Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 204

Network: Nickelodeon

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The Fairly OddParents is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2001

Actors: Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee, Daran Norris

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 126

Network: YTV, Nickelodeon (Greece), Canal Panda, Nickelodeon

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The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2005

Actors: Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 45

Network: Adult Swim

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15
Gravity Falls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2012

Actors: Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch, Kristen Schaal

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: Disney Channel

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The Venture Bros. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2003

Actors: Christopher McCulloch, Michael Sinterniklaas, James Urbaniak, Patrick Warburton, Doc Hammer, + more

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 55

Network: Adult Swim

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Regular Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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Actors: J.G. Quintel, William Salyers, Sam Marin

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 77

Network: Cartoon Network

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Phineas and Ferb is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2007

Actors: Vincent Martella, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dan Povenmire

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 189

Network: Disney Channel

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19
Aqua Teen Hunger Force ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2001

Actors: Dave Willis, Carey Means, Dana Snyder

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 99

Network: Adult Swim, Teletoon

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20
Metalocalypse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2006

Actors: Tommy Blacha, Brendon Small, Mark Hamill

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 61

Network: Adult Swim

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21
BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2014

Actors: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie

Network: Netflix

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22
Star Wars: The Clone War... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2008

Actors: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: Disney XD, Netflix, Cartoon Network

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23
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Actors: Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: Nickelodeon

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24
Steven Universe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
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Actors: Zach Callison, Estelle, Michaela Dietz, Deedee Magno Hall

Number of Seasons: 5

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Disenchantment is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Series of the 2010s, Ranked
2018

Actors: Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon, Eric Andre, John DiMaggio, Billy West, + more

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Netflix

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