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The Best Current Animated Series 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite animated shows that are still on the air or a streaming service

The slate of current animated series on TV and streaming services is nothing short of spectacular. And here are those shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best current animated series, as a group, is made up of long running animated classics, and new sensations with cult followings. The top current animated series aren't only comedies, these toons are surprisingly action driven as well. Some of these great current animated series even have their own movies!

Which great cartoons will you find on this top current animated series list? BoJack Horseman is one of the funniest animated series airing today. This Netflix Original stars Will Arnett in the title role and Aaron Paul as Todd Chavez. Rick and Morty is another great animated series that is currently airing new episodes.

Several of the best current animated series have been on TV for decades. For instance, The Simpsons first premiered all the way back in 1989. Other top cartoons that appear on this good current animated series list include Family Guy, cult favorite Adventure Time, and Rick & Morty.

Do you have a favorite animated series that is currently airing new episodes in 2019? Vote the best shows up to No. 1 on this list and share your opinion in the comments section. And if you like these shows, check out our list of the best adult cartoons and vote up the best 2010s animated series.

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 3

Network: Adult Swim, Cartoon Network

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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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 183

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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South Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 16

Network: Comedy Central

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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Steven Universe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
unakite-emmett-gem added Zach Callison, Estelle, Michaela Dietz

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 5

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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Archer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 23

Network: FXX

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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The Amazing World of Gum... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
heavymetalharry added Jacob Hopkins, Terrell Ransom Jr., Tamia Cerrate

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 38

Network: Cartoon Network

The Amazing World of Gumball is a British–American animated television series created by Ben Bocquelet for Cartoon Network. Produced primarily by Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe, it ...more
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 31

Network: Fox

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 Current Animated Series
Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Dee Bradley Baker

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 137

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 18

Network: Fox

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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We Bare Bears is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
gdgf added Eric Edelstein, Demetri Martin, Bobby Moynihan

Premiered: 2015

We Bare Bears (Cartoon Network, 2015) is an American animated sitcom created by Daniel Chong. Three bear siblings, Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear, awkwardly attempt at integrating with the human ...more
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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 204

Network: Nickelodeon

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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BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie

Premiered: 2014

Network: Netflix

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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Robot Chicken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Breckin Meyer

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 60

Network: Adult Swim, Cartoon Network

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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The Venture Bros. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
Christopher McCulloch, Michael Sinterniklaas, James Urbaniak

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 55

Network: Adult Swim

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
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The Loud House is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
gdgf added Grant Palmer, Collin Dean, Catherine Taber

Premiered: 2016

The Loud House (Nickelodeon, 2016) is an American animated television series created by Chris Savino. As the only boy and middle child, Lincoln Loud makes creative plans to improve his life ...more
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Hilda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
JohnProctor1 added Bella Ramsey, Daisy Haggard, Rasmus Hardiker

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 1

Hilda is an animated television series based on the graphic novel series of the same name by Luke Pearson. Produced by Silvergate Media and Mercury Filmworks, the show follows the adventures of fearless Hilda, a blue-haired girl who, along her deerfox Twig, travels to the city of Trolberg, where she conquers even the most dangerous monsters.

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Final Space is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
JanK1 added Fred Armison, AvoCato, a bunch of famous comedians & voice actors and some that will soon be famous.

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 1 (so far)

perhaps the best new show of 2018.  show follows the adventures of Gary, AvoCato, Quin, and MoonCake. 

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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Voltron: Legendary Defen... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
Mariya Shcherbinina added Voltron: Legendary Defender Josh Keaton, Steven Yeun, Jeremy Shada
Voltron: Legendary Defender is a 2016 American animated web television series. The series follows the adventures of the Paladins of Voltron who must learn to form the giant robot Voltron to ...more
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Miraculous: Tales of Lad... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
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This show is seriously the most addictive show ever. It takes place in Paris, with two teenagers, Marinette Dupain-Cheng (Cristina Vee) and Adrien Agreste (Bryce Papenbrook) who are secretly Paris's superheroes known as Ladybug (Marinette) and Cat Noir (Adrien). Marinette is a bakers daughter, who is an awkward, bubbly girl who has a crush on Adrien. Adrien is a model who lives with his uncaring father, is a kind, genuine person. Adrien as Cat Noir has a crush on Ladybug and and flirts with her, which Ladybug doesn't react to. She usually brushes of his flirting, a stance she would not take if she knew he was Adrien. Thus creating the love square.

And if you are a sucker for romance, you should watch this show. It's awesome.

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Disenchantment is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon, Eric Andre

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Netflix

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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She-Ra and the Princesse... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, AJ Michalka

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: Netflix

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Netflix, 2018) is an American animated web television series developed by Noelle Stevenson. A reboot of the 1985 Filmation series She-Ra: Princess of Power, ...more
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Big Mouth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein
Big Mouth (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett, based on Kroll and Goldberg's tweenage years in the New ...more
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Infinity Train is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
Ashley Johnson, Ernie Hudson

Premiered: 2019

Network: Cartoon Network

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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Carmen Sandiego is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard
Carmen Sandiego (Netflix, 2019) is an animated educational series based on the franchise. The origin story of globe-hopping master thief, Carmen Sandiego (Gina Rodriguez).
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Spirit Riding Free: Ridi... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Animated Series
Amber Frank, Bailey Gambertoglio, Sydney Park

Premiered: 2020

Network: Netflix

Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy (Netflix, 2020) is an animated kids television series and spin-off of the series Spirit: Riding Free. A new chapter begins for Lucky and her friends as they ...more