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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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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
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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
South Park is listed (or ranked) 3 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
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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 4 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
5
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
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Archer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
2009
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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
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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
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Robot Chicken is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
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
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The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
Batman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
anthony-colon added 1992
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Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 15 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
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Daria is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
The Ren & Stimpy Show is listed (or ranked) 17 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
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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
The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 20 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
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Courage the Cowardly Dog is listed (or ranked) 21 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
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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
1999
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Drawn Together is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
herb-peden added 2004
Drawn Together is an American adult animated sitcom which ran on Comedy Central from October 27, 2004 to November 14, 2007. The series was created by Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein, and uses a ...more
24
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is listed (or ranked) 24 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
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Regular Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added 2010
Regular Show is an American animated television series created by J. G. Quintel for Cartoon Network that premiered on September 6, 2010. The series revolves around the lives of two friends, a ...more