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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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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
lucas-muccio added Starring Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell & Spencer Grammer (Adult Swim)

Premiered: 2013

Creator: Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon

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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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
Starring Billy West, John DiMaggio & Katey Sagal (Comedy Central)

Premiered: 1999

Creator: Matt Groening

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
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South Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
Starring Trey Parker, Matt Stone & Mary Kay Bergman (Comedy Central)

Premiered: 1997

Creator: Trey Parker, Matt Stone

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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Archer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
Starring H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer & Amber Nash (FXX)

Premiered: 2009

Creator: Adam Reed

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Archer (FXX, 2009) is an American adult animated black spy sitcom created by Adam Reed. The adventures and mishaps of secret agent Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and his colleagues, who are ...more
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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
Starring Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein & Seth Green (Fox)

Premiered: 1999

Creator: Seth MacFarlane

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
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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
Starring H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz & Eugene Mirman (Fox Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 2011

Creator: Loren Bouchard, Jim Dauterive

Bob's Burgers (FOX, 2011) is an American animated comedy television series created by Loren Bouchard. The series centers on the Belcher family — parents Bob and Linda and their children Tina, ...more
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
Starring Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright & Julie Kavner (Fox)

Premiered: 1989

Creator: Matt Groening

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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American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
Starring Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal & Dee Bradley Baker (Fox Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 2005

Creator: Matt Weitzman, Mike Barker, Seth MacFarlane

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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Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
AndyKoRnMcBriarty added Starring Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen & Tress MacNeille (Kids' WB)

Premiered: 1995

Creator: Steven Spielberg, Tom Ruegger

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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King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
Starring Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy & Pamela Adlon (Fox Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 1997

Creator: Greg Daniels, Mike Judge

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
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Batman: The Animated Ser... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
anthony-colon added Starring Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester & Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (Fox Kids)

Premiered: 1992

Creator: Bob Kane, Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on the Fox Network ...more
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The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
RobLein added Starring Mel Blanc, June Foray & Jim Backus (Nicktoons)

Premiered: 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
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Robot Chicken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
Starring Seth Green, Matthew Senreich & Breckin Meyer (Adult Swim)

Premiered: 2005

Creator: Matthew Senreich, Seth Green

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
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Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added Starring Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell & Tress MacNeille (Kids' WB)

Premiered: 1993

Creator: Tom Ruegger

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
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Courage the Cowardly Dog... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added Starring Thea White, Marty Grabstein & Simon Prebble (Cartoon Network)

Premiered: 1999

Creator: John R. Dilworth

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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Wile E. Coyote and The R... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
Starring Regina King, John Witherspoon & Gary Anthony Williams (Adult Swim)

Premiered: 2005

Creator: Aaron McGruder

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
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Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
sciscano added Starring Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker & Mae Whitman (Nickelodeon)

Premiered: 2005

Creator: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino

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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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
Starring Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass & Bill Fagerbakke (Nickelodeon)

Premiered: 1999

Creator: Stephen Hillenburg

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of ...more
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Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
Starring Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio & Tom Kenny (Cartoon Network)

Premiered: 2010

Creator: Pendleton Ward

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
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The Ren & Stimpy Sho... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added Starring John Kricfalusi, Billy West & Harris Peet (Nickelodeon)

Premiered: 1991

Creator: John Kricfalusi

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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BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
AdmiralCrunch added Starring Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris & Alison Brie (Netflix)

Premiered: 2014

Creator: Raphael Bob-Waksberg

BoJack Horseman (Netflix, 2014) is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett) was the star of the hit television show "Horsin' Around" ...more
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Rocko's Modern Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added Starring Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny & Charles Adler (Nickelodeon)

Premiered: 1993

Creator: Joe Murray

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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Aqua Teen Hunger Force ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
Starring Dave Willis, Carey Means & Dana Snyder (Adult Swim)

Premiered: 2000

Creator: Matt Maiellaro, Dave Willis

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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Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History
DannyLafontaine added Starring Phil LaMarr, Mako & Kevin Michael Richardson (Cartoon Network)

Premiered: 2001

Creator: Genndy Tartakovsky

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