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The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time 

Joe Donley
Updated February 20, 2020 10.1k votes 1.5k voters 12.8k views 23 items

List Rules Vote up the DC cartoons that the Justice League itself would approve of.

While Marvel might lay claim to box office offerings, the best DC animated shows dominate the world of cartoons and animated content. In the 1990s, a major shift in tone set in, transitioning from the campy offerings of the 1960s and 1970s to a darker and more cinematic feel thanks to Bruce Timm's Batman: The Animated Series, released in 1992. This genre-defining show, one of the best cartoons based on DC comics, introduced new characters like Poison Ivy and Harley, who transitioned over to the comics and became staples in Batman's gallery of rogues. Furthermore, Batman: The Animated Series ignited an animation revolution, spawning the DC Animated Universe of both TV and film, affectionately referred to as the "Timmverse" due to Timm's signature art style.

This created a shared universe between most of the shows DC and Warner Brothers produced between 1992 and 2006, culminating with Justice League: Unlimited, beating out Marvel's Shared Cinematic Universe by nearly a decade. Included below are the the best DC animated shows ever created, who all built upon their predecessors to continue telling the timeless DC pursuit of justice. Some even topped the list of best comic book TV shows of all time, so it goes to show that in the end, justice really does pay off.

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Batman: The Animated Ser... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
1992

Actors: Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 85

Network: Fox Kids, Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Crime, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, Adventure film, Action, + more

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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Justice League is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2001

Actors: Carl Lumbly, George Newbern, Phil LaMarr

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, Action, + more

Justice League is an American animated television series which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. It is part of the DC animated universe. The show was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. ...more

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Justice League Unlimited... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2004

Actors: Antoine M. Dillard, Natasha L. Dillard

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, Adventure film, + more

Justice League Unlimited was an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation and aired on Cartoon Network. Featuring a wide array of superheroes from the DC Comics ...more

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Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
1999

Actors: Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy, Lauren Tom

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: Kids' WB, The WB Television Network, Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Suspense, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, + more

Batman Beyond is an American animated television series created by Warner Bros. Animation in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. Depicting a teenaged Batman in a ...more

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Young Justice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2010

Actors: Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 46

Network: Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Animation, Action/Adventure, Procedural drama, Children's television series, + more

Young Justice is an American animated television series created by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman for Cartoon Network. Despite its title, it is not a direct adaptation of Peter David, Todd ...more

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Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2002

Actors: Hynden Walch, Scott Menville, Greg Cipes

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão, RTP 2

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, + more

Teen Titans is an American TV show based on the DC Comics characters of the same name, that premiered on Cartoon Network and The WB in 2003. It is based primarily on the run of stories by Marv ...more

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The New Batman Adventure... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
1997

Actors: Tara Strong, Kevin Conroy, Robert Costanzo, Bob Hastings, Efrem Zimbalist, + more

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: Kids' WB, The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Suspense, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, + more

The New Batman Adventures is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman, and is a continuation of Batman: The Animated Series. It was produced by Warner Bros. ...more

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Superman: The Animated S... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
1996

Actors: Tim Daly, Joseph Bologna, Dana Delany

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: Kids' WB, The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, + more

Superman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics flagship character, Superman. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on The ...more

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The New Batman/Superman ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
1997

Actors: Josh Henderson, Tara Strong, Neal McDonough, Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, + more

Network: The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Anthology, Animated cartoon, Animated series

The New Batman/Superman Adventures is a name given to a package series that combined Superman: The Animated Series with The New Batman Adventures produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It aired ...more
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The Batman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2004

Actors: Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan, Evan Sabara

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Kids' WB, The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Suspense, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, + more

The Batman is an animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. It ran from September 11, 2004 to March 22, 2008, on the Saturday morning ...more

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Static Shock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2000

Actors: Phil LaMarr, Jason Marsden, Kevin Michael Richardson

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: Kids' WB

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Adventure film, Action, + more

Static Shock is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It is part of the DC animated universe. It was animated at the Slightly Offbeat Productions Studios in ...more
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Batman: The Brave and th... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2008

Actors: Diedrich Bader, John DiMaggio, James Arnold Taylor

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, + more

Batman: The Brave and the Bold is an American animated television series based in part on the DC Comics series The Brave and the Bold which features two or more super heroes coming together to ...more
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Green Lantern: The Anima... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2012

Actors: Josh Keaton, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jason Spisak

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Adventure film, Action, + more

Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an American computer-animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Green Lantern. The series aired on Cartoon Network, as part of their ...more
14
Legion of Super Heroes ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
Legion of Super Heroes 2006

Actors: Wil Wheaton, Kari Wahlgren, Yuri Lowenthal, Adam Wylie, Andy Milder, + more

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: Kids' WB, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

Legion of Super Heroes is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation that debuted on September 23, 2006, and is based on characters owned by DC Comics. The series ...more
15
Super Friends is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
1973

Actors: Sherry Alberoni, Norman Alden, Danny Dark

Number of Episodes: 109

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Animated series, Fantasy

Super Friends is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes, which ran from 1973 to 1986 on ABC as part of its Saturday morning cartoon lineup. It was produced by ...more

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Justice League Action! ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
Justice League Action!
17
Vixen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2015

Actors: Megalyn Echikunwoke, Stephen Amell, Grant Gustin, Emily Bett Rickards

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 12

Network: CW Seed

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action

Vixen, also known as DC Comics' Vixen (CW Seed, 2016), is an American animated series and is based on the DC Comics character Mari McCabe/Vixen created by Gerry Conway and Bob Oksner. After her ...more
18
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2019

Actors: Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Diedrich Bader, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, + more

Network: DC Universe

Genres (Tv): Adult animation, Superhero, Comedy, Action

Harley Quinn (DC Universe, 2019) is an American action comedy adult animation web television series based on the DC Comics character. After breaking up with the Joker, harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) ...more
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Beware the Batman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2013

Actors: Kurtwood Smith, Anthony Ruivivar, J. B. Blanc

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 3

Network: Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Superhero fiction, Adventure film, Action

Beware the Batman is an American computer-animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. The series premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network on July 13, 2013, as ...more
20
DC Superhero Girls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
DC Superhero Girls
21
The New Adventures of Su... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
1966

Actors: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 68

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Animation

The New Adventures of Superman is a series of six-minute animated Superman adventures produced by Filmation that were broadcast on CBS between 1966 and 1970. The 68 segments appeared as part of ...more
22
The Kid Super Power Hour... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
1981

Actors: Alan Oppenheimer, Barry Gordon, Norm Prescott

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! is an NBC Saturday morning cartoon produced by Filmation Studios in 1981.
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Teen Titans Go! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2013

Actors: Arnold Drake, George Pérez, Marv Wolfman

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 7

Network: Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Action

Teen Titans Go! is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics fictional superhero team, the Teen Titans. The series was announced following the popularity of DC Nation's New ...more

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