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The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made  

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List Rules Vote up the best animated science fiction and fantasy shows that have aired on television.

Animated television shows have a unique ability to create truly fantastical and out of this world fantasy and science fiction worlds. No fancy sets, special effects or costumes - if it can be drawn it can be done! The best animated sci-fi and fantasy shows are more than just “cartoons.” If you’ve been looking for the sci-fi and fantasy stories that'll ignite your imagination while also enjoying the visuals of a cartoon, this list of the best animated fantasy and science fiction series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

Having a talking animal friend or a robot in a cartoon doesn't necessarily make for a great animated science fiction and fantasy show. The fantasy and sci-fi elements need to be a consistent and large part of the story. Some of the best sci-fi cartoons tell the same stories a live-action show would, they just happen to be animated, such as Futurama or the animated Star Wars series. The best fantasy cartoons get to have a lot of fun with the animation and shows such as Gravity Falls and OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes embrace the flexibility of their medium.

Which animated TV shows tell the best fantasy and sci-fi stories? Vote up the best animated science fiction and fantasy shows, then vote down the cartoons that aren't great examples of the genre, and add any sci-fi or fantasy animated series that are missing.

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Dylan Watson added Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer
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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Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman
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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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal
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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Gravity Falls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch, Kristen Schaal
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
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Regular Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
J.G. Quintel, William Salyers, Sam Marin
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
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Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Phil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson
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
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The Dragon Prince is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Jack De Sena, Paula Burrows, Sasha Rojen
The Dragon Prince (Netflix, 2018) is a fantasy computer-animated television series created by Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond. Two human princes forge an unlikely bond with the elfin assassin ...more
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Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Vic Mignogna, Aaron Dismuke, Romi Pak
Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. It was serialized in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine between August 2001 and June 2010; the ...more
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Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
yurewitch.ron added Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny
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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Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara
Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 Japanese anime series developed by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro ...more
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Steven Universe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Zach Callison, Deedee Magno, Estelle
Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar, former storyboard artist, writer, and composer for Adventure Time. It is produced by Cartoon Network Studios, ...more
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Avatar: Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino
Book One: Air is the first season of the U.S. animated TV series The Legend of Korra created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Consisting of twelve episodes, it was initially ...more
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Final Space is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Olan Rogers, Fred Armisen, Tom Kenny
Final Space (TBS, 2018) is an American adult animated science fiction television series created by Olan Rogers. An astronaut named Gary and his planet-destroying sidekick called Mooncake embark ...more
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Infinity Train is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Ashley Johnson, Ernie Hudson
Infinity Train (Cartoon Network, 2019) is an American animated series created by Owen Denni. The series follows 12-year-old Tulip (Ashley Johnson) and her two-in-one robot companion One-One and ...more
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
This show is an American 3D CGI animated television series created by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm Animation with the division Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Lucasfilm and CGCG Inc. ...more
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Ben 10 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Tara Strong, Paul Eiding, Meagan Smith
Ben 10 is an American animated series created by Man of Action, and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The series is about a 10-year-old boy named Ben Tennyson who gets a watch-like alien ...more
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Gargoyles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jeff Bennett
Gargoyles is an American animated series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and Buena Vista Television, and originally aired from October 24, 1994 to February 15, 1997. The series ...more
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The Powerpuff Girls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Cathy Cavadini, Elizabeth Daily, Tara Strong
The Powerpuff Girls is an American animated television series created by animator Craig McCracken and produced by Cartoon Network Studios for Cartoon Network. The show centers on Blossom, ...more
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Star vs. The Forces of Evil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Tamia Cerrate, Eden Sher, Adam McArthur
Star vs. the Forces of Evil (Disney XD, 2015) is an American animated TV series created by Daron Nefcy. It follows the adventures of Star Butterfly (voiced by Eden Sher), the young turbulent ...more
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Dexter's Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Kath Soucie, Jeff Bennett, Christine Cavanaugh
Dexter's Laboratory is an American comic science fiction animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network, and the first of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The series ...more
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Star Wars Rebels is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Taylor Gray, Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall
Star Wars Rebels is an American 3D CGI animated television series produced by Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation. Set fourteen years after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and five ...more
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Disenchantment is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon, Eric Andre
Disenchantment (Netflix, 2018) is an adult animated sitcom created by Matt Groening. The series follows the story of Bean (Abby Jacobson), an alcoholic princess, her elf companion Elfo (Nat ...more
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Love, Death & Robots is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Hayley McLaughlin, Helen Sadler, Stefan Kapicic
Love, Death & Robots (Netflix, 2019) is an American animated television anthology series. A collection of animated short stories that span various genres including science fiction, fantasy, ...more
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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court, Tabitha St. Germain
Beetlejuice is an American-Canadian animated television series which ran from September 9, 1989 to October 26, 1991 on ABC and, on Fox from September 9, 1991 to December 6, 1991. Loosely based ...more
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The Mysterious Cities of Gold is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Ever Made
Kazuhiko Inoue, Masako Nozawa, Takeshi Aono
The Mysterious Cities of Gold, is a French-Japanese animated series co-produced by DIC Entertainment and Studio Pierrot. The series premiered in Japan on NHK on 29 June 1982 and ran weekly for ...more