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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. Bob's Burgers is one of the newest adult cartoons to gain a cult following (and for good reason). It features the voices of several hilarious comedians including Kristen Schaal, H. Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman. 

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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1
10,331 7,025
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
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
2
12,426 5,717
South Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
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
3
10,808 6,728
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
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
4
12,277 4,018
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
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
5
16,376 3,226
Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
lucas-muccio added 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
6
9,211 4,096
Archer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
2009
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7
8,676 4,215
Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
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
8
8,293 5,350
American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
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
9
6,195 4,241
King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
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
10
4,739 4,942
Beavis and Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
1992
Beavis and Butt-head is an American animated sitcom created and designed by Mike Judge. The series originated from "Frog Baseball", a 1992 short film by Judge originally aired on ...more
11
4,358 3,307
Robot Chicken is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
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
12
3,795 3,170
The Ren & Stimpy Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added 1991
The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated television series, created by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi. The show premiered on August 11, ...more
13
3,933 3,000
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added 1993
Animaniacs is an American animated television series, distributed by Warner Bros. Television and produced by Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. Animaniacs is the second animated ...more
14
3,648 2,862
The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
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
15
2,943 3,307
Daria is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
1997
Daria is an American animated television series created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn for MTV. The series focuses on Daria Morgendorffer, a smart, acerbic, and somewhat misanthropic ...more
16
3,243 2,164
Batman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
anthony-colon added 1992
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17
3,039 1,553
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
AndyKoRnMcBriarty added 1995
Pinky and the Brain is an American animated television series. It was the first animated television series to be presented in Dolby Surround and the fourth collaboration of Steven Spielberg with ...more
18
3,866 2,787
Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
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
19
3,840 2,771
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
1999
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20
3,014 2,609
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
2000
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
21
3,148 2,474
Rocko's Modern Life is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
3,114 2,167
Courage the Cowardly Dog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added 1999
Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated horror comedy television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network, and the ninth of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. It follows ...more
23
2,744 2,480
Johnny Bravo is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
1,861 1,108
The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
RobLein added 1960
The Bugs Bunny Show is an animated television anthology series hosted by Bugs Bunny, that was mainly composed of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons released by Warner Bros. between August ...more
25
3,004 1,819
BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
AdmiralCrunch added 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