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The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons

Updated October 12, 2020 228.4k votes 13.7k voters 399.0k views94 items

List RulesVote up your favorite animated TV shows that aired during the 1980s

Get ready to feel some serious nostalgia after reading through this list of the top 80s cartoons. Let's face it. The best cartoons of the 1980s helped to shape an entire generation. Whether we were dreaming of hanging out with chipmunk brothers or becoming a stealthy turtle who loves eating pizza in gutters, the 80s made for some pretty amazing television. This list contains funny 80s cartoons and action-packed 80s animations. 

Was there ever a better cartoon than The Simpsons? This show chronicles the lives of The Simpsons, a family from Springfield, IL., who always seem to make life a little more interesting (thanks, Homer). Created by Matt Groening in 1989, this classic timepiece is still on the air today, and it's the one 80s animation that holds the record for the longest running American animation of all time.

Other good 80s shows like DuckTales and The Gummi Bears also appear on this list of 1980s cartoon shows. The Transformers was a favorite 1980s TV show and it eventually became a series of blockbuster films. The Transformers aired from 1984-1987.

Where do your favorite 1980s shows fall on this list? You can even vote on this list of the best cartoons of the 1980s to make sure your favorite 80s cartoons end up in the No. 1 spot! Woohoo! GO 80s. 

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  • 1
    The Transformers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    4,809
    1,280

    ActorsFrank Welker, Chris Latta, Peter Cullen

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    ThunderCats is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    4,985
    1,344

    ActorsBob McFadden, Larry Kenney, Earl Hammond

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    Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    2,588
    578
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons

    ActorsSean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

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    Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    2,738
    724

    ActorsTom Kenny, Rick Zieff, Gary Cole

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    He-Man and the Masters of the  is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons

    ActorsJohn Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary

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    DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    4,577
    1,604

    ActorsAlan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

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    The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    3,689
    1,313

    ActorsDon Messick, Danny Goldman, Lucille Bliss

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    Inspector Gadget is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    3,718
    1,347

    ActorsDon Adams, Holly Berger, Frank Welker

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    G.I. Joe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    3,874
    1,216

    ActorsJackson Beck, Chris Latta, Michael Bell

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    The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    2,198
    651

    ActorsGeorge O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

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    Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons

    ActorsCorey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings

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    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    3,572
    1,293

    ActorsDan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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    The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons

    ActorsMel Blanc, June Foray, Jim Backus

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    Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    2,815
    1,236

    ActorsLorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger

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    Spider-Man and His Amazing Fri is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons

    ActorsDan Gilvezan, Kathy Garver, Frank Welker

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    Voltron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    3,022
    1,347

    ActorsJack Angel, Michael Bell, Peter Cullen

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    Alvin and the Chipmunks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons

    ActorsRoss Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Frank Welker

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    The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    2,830
    1,277

    ActorsMaurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker

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    Super Friends is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    2,138
    1,040

    ActorsSherry Alberoni, Norman Alden, Danny Dark

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  • 21
    Disney's Adventures of the Gum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons

    ActorsJune Foray, Noelle North, Lorenzo Music

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  • 22
    Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    2,621
    1,254

    ActorsGreg Berg, Katie Leigh, Laurie O'Brien

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    The Care Bears is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    2,666
    1,299

    ActorsMickey Rooney, Tara Strong, Melleny Brown, Cree Summer, Luba Goy

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  • 24
    She-Ra: Princess of Power is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons

    ActorsMelendy Britt, George DiCenzo, John Erwin

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  • 25
    Dungeons & Dragons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
    2,375
    1,212

    ActorsFrank Welker, Willie Aames, Adam Rich, Don Most, Peter Cullen

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