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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 it to the top and share your thoughts in the comments section!
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9,850 6,520
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
11,706 5,432
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
11,696 3,689
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
10,137 6,387
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
15,339 3,060
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
8,773 3,815
Archer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
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7
8,204 4,001
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
7,815 5,170
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
5,879 4,039
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
4,510 4,677
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
4,126 3,101
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
3,734 2,814
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
3,595 3,011
The Ren & Stimpy Show is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
2,785 3,123
Daria is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
3,376 2,698
The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
3,055 1,968
Batman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
anthony-colon added 1992 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

17
3,616 2,568
Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
2,846 1,444
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
3,545 2,614
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
1999 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

20
3,010 2,352
Rocko's Modern Life is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
2,929 2,046
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

22
2,870 2,438
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
2,612 2,318
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
2,871 3,472
The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
2,666 1,653
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

26
2,465 2,379
Regular Show is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
2,155 1,553
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
2,008 2,040
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

29
1,494 1,929
Space Ghost Coast to Coast is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
2,278 1,851
The Grim Adventures of Billy a... is listed (or ranked) 30 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

31
1,758 1,561
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
1,721 1,047
The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
1,557 1,673
Drawn Together is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
2,290 1,801
Invader Zim is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
1,601 1,585
Brickleberry is listed (or ranked) 35 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

36
1,502 2,024
Cow and Chicken is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
1,852 1,186
Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
1,422 1,707
The Tick is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
1,231 1,681
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
882 1,613
The Critic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
RalphBob added 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

41
1,400 1,266
The Itchy & Scratchy Show is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
RalphBob added 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

42
1,506 1,837
The Oblongs is listed (or ranked) 42 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

43
1,091 1,655
Home Movies is listed (or ranked) 43 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

44
1,169 2,150
Happy Tree Friends is listed (or ranked) 44 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

45
1,373 823
Wile E. Coyote and The Road Ru... is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
1,873 1,296
Gravity Falls is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
1,414 1,431
Metalocalypse is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
1,413 1,658
Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
Dawid Adamczyk added 1986 - Dragon Ball is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It is an adaptation of the first 194 chapters of the manga of the same name created by Akira Toriyama, which were ...more

49
594 1,726
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapi... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
1995 - Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist is an American animated series that originally ran on Comedy Central from May 28, 1995 to December 24, 1999, with a final set of three shelved episodes airing in ...more

50
1,021 753
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
1989 - Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z is the sequel to the Dragon Ball anime and adapts the last 325 chapters of the original 519-chapter ...more