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The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons

Updated November 5, 2020 243.0k votes 14.4k voters 419.4k views95 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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  • ThunderCats1
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    1,458

    ActorsBob McFadden, Larry Kenney, Earl Hammond

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  • The Transformers2
    5,108
    1,370

    ActorsFrank Welker, Chris Latta, Peter Cullen

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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles3

    ActorsSean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

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  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe4

    ActorsJohn Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary

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  • Looney Tunes5
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    ActorsMel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan

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  • Tom and Jerry6
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    ActorsTom Kenny, Rick Zieff, Gary Cole

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  • DuckTales7
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    1,653

    ActorsAlan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

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  • The Smurfs8
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    1,394

    ActorsDon Messick, Danny Goldman, Lucille Bliss

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  • G.I. Joe9
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    ActorsJackson Beck, Chris Latta, Michael Bell

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  • Inspector Gadget10
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    ActorsDon Adams, Holly Berger, Frank Welker

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  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers11

    ActorsCorey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings

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  • The Jetsons12
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    ActorsGeorge O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

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  • The Simpsons13
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    ActorsDan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  • The Bugs Bunny Show14

    ActorsMel Blanc, June Foray, Jim Backus

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  • Garfield and Friends15
    2,965
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    ActorsLorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger

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  • Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends16

    ActorsDan Gilvezan, Kathy Garver, Frank Welker

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  • The Real Ghostbusters17
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    ActorsMaurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker

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  • Voltron18
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    ActorsJack Angel, Michael Bell, Peter Cullen

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  • Alvin and the Chipmunks19

    ActorsRoss Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Frank Welker

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  • Super Friends20
    2,261
    1,107

    ActorsSherry Alberoni, Norman Alden, Danny Dark

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  • Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears21

    ActorsJune Foray, Noelle North, Lorenzo Music

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  • Muppet Babies22
    2,760
    1,313

    ActorsGreg Berg, Katie Leigh, Laurie O'Brien

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  • The Care Bears23
    2,801
    1,363

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

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  • She-Ra: Princess of Power24

    ActorsMelendy Britt, George DiCenzo, John Erwin

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  • Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats25
    2,031
    1,250

    Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats

    1984

    ActorsMel Blanc, Donna Christie, Roger Carel

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