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The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite ever animated shows geared for a grown-up audience

This is a list of the best adult cartoons that ever aired, ranked by your votes. In the 1990s, cartoons with R-rated humor became popular all over TV (what with Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin and all) and fortunately, that trend continues to this day. This list contains funny adult cartoons and action-packed animations. You can even vote on this list of the best adult cartoons to make sure your favorite adult cartoon ends up in the No. 1 spot. 

Which cartoons appear on this list of the top adult animated shows? Of course, Family Guy made our list. Family Guy is one of the funniest adult cartoons of all time. It was created by Seth MacFarlane in 1999. The series led to another cartoon for adults, The Cleveland Show, which is also on this list of cartoons with r rated humor.

Other good adult cartoon shows like Tom Goes to Mayor and Aqua Teen Hunger Force also appear on this list of cartoon shows with adult humor. Netflix adult cartoons Tuca & Bertie and Big Mouth are some of the newest adult cartoons to gain a cult following (and for good reason). They features the voices of several hilarious comedians including Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong, Nick Kroll, and John Mulaney.

Where do your favorite adult cartoon shows fall on this list? Be sure to vote up whatever you think are the best adult toons below!

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Rocko's Modern Life is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added 1993
Rocko's Modern Life is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray for Nickelodeon. The series centers on the surreal life of an anthropomorphic Australian-immigrant wallaby ...more
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The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
2009
The Cleveland Show is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Richard Appel, and Mike Henry for the Fox Broadcasting Company as a spin-off of Family Guy. The series centers ...more
28
The Venture Bros. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
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
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Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added 2001
Samurai Jack is an American animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series follows Jack, a time-displaced samurai warrior prince, in his singular quest ...more
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Wile E. Coyote and The Road Ru... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
RobLein added
Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner are a duo of characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. In the cartoons, Coyote repeatedly attempts to catch and subsequently eat ...more
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Space Ghost Coast to Coast is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
1994
Space Ghost Coast to Coast is an American animated parody talk show, hosted by the 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Space Ghost. Though the original 1960s series aired as a standard ...more
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Johnny Bravo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added 1997
Johnny Bravo is an American animated television series created by animator Van Partible for Cartoon Network, and the second of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The series stars a muscular ...more
33
Brickleberry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
2012
Brickleberry is an American adult animated sitcom that premiered on Comedy Central on September 25, 2012. The series was created by Roger Black and Waco O'Guin and executive produced by Black, ...more
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Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
sciscano added 2005
Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which ...more
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Invader Zim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added 2001
Invader Zim is an American animated television series created by Jhonen Vasquez for Nickelodeon. The series centers on an extraterrestrial named Zim from the planet Irk, and his mission to ...more
36
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
1962
The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from September 23, 1962 to March 17, 1963, then later in syndication, with new episodes in ...more
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The Itchy & Scratchy Show is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
The Itchy & Scratchy Show is a running gag and fictional animated television series featured in the animated television series The Simpsons. It usually appears as a part of The Krusty the ...more
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Cow and Chicken is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added 1997
Cow and Chicken is an American animated comedy television series created by David Feiss for Cartoon Network, and the third of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. It follows the surreal adventures of ...more
39
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at La... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
2000
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law is an American animated television series comedy created by Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter for Adult Swim. The show revolves around the activity of the Sebben ...more
40
Gravity Falls is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
CharlesLemoine added 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
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The Critic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
1994
The Critic is an American prime time animated series revolving around the life of New York film critic Jay Sherman, voiced by actor Jon Lovitz. It was created by writing partners Al Jean and ...more
42
The Grim Adventures of Billy a... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added 2003
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy is an American animated television series created by Maxwell Atoms for Cartoon Network, and the fourteenth of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. It follows ...more
43
The Tick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
1994
The Tick: The Animated Series is an American animated television series adaptation of the New England Comics superhero, The Tick. The series debuted September 10, 1994 on the Fox network's Fox ...more
44
The Oblongs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
2001
The Oblongs is an American animated television series aimed at teenagers and adults. It is loosely based on a series of characters introduced in creator Angus Oblong's picture book entitled ...more
45
Metalocalypse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
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
46
Happy Tree Friends is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added 2006
Happy Tree Friends is an American flash cartoon created and developed by Aubrey Ankrum, Rhode Montijo, Kenn Navarro and Warren Graff for Mondo Media. The show is cited as an early example of a ...more
47
Clerks: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
2000
Clerks is an American animated sitcom based on Kevin Smith's 1994 comedy of the same name. It was developed for television by Smith, Smith's producing partner Scott Mosier and former Seinfeld ...more
48
Home Movies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
1999
Home Movies is an American animated television sitcom created by Loren Bouchard and Brendon Small. The show centers eight-year-old Brendon, who makes videos with his friends Melissa Robbins and ...more
49
F Is for Family is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
F Is for Family (Netflix, 2015) is an American web animated sitcom created by Bill Burr and Michael Price. Follow the Murphy family back to the 1970s, when kids roamed wild, beer flowed freely ...more
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The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
RobLein added 1959
The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show is an American animated television series that originally aired from November 19, 1959, to June 27, 1964, on the ABC and NBC television networks. Produced by Jay ...more