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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
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
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
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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Young Justice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2010
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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Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
1999
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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Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2002
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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Super Friends is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
1973
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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!
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Vixen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2015
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
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Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
2019
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
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
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DC Superhero Girls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
DC Superhero Girls
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The New Adventures of Su... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
1966
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
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The Kid Super Power Hour... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time
1981
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
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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