Animated The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time  

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This list contains information about the best kids cartoons, ranked by your votes. Over the years, there have been tons of good cartoons for kids. This list contains funny childrens cartoons and action-packed kids animations. You can even vote on this list of the best kids cartoons to make sure your favorite childrens cartoon ends up in the No. 1 spot!

Which cartoons appear on this list of the top kids animated shows? Of course, Tom and Jerry made our list. Tom and Jerry is one of the best clean cartoons for kids of all time. It was created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in 1940 and originally ran for 17 years. Dora the Explorer is also a good kids show, thanks to its emphasis on education, its catchy jingles, and adorable characters. 

There are other good childrens cartoon shows like Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also appear on this list of cartoon shows with clean humor. Adventure Time is one of the newest kids cartoons to gain a cult following with children, as well as their parents. It was created by Pendleton Ward and premiered on Cartoon Network in 2010.

Where do your favorite kids cartoon shows fall on this list? Be sure to vote it to the top and share your thoughts in the comments section!
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1
15,416 2,225
Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1930
Looney Tunes is an American animated series of comedy short films produced by Warner Bros. from 1930 to 1969 during the golden age of American animation, alongside its sister series Merrie ...more
2
14,117 2,949
Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1940
Tom and Jerry is an American animated series of short films created in 1940, by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It centers on a rivalry between its two main characters, Tom Cat and Jerry ...more
3
13,465 3,164
DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1987
DuckTales is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation. It premiered on September 18, 1987 and ended on November 28, 1990 with a total of four seasons and ...more
4
12,403 2,945
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1969
Scooby Doo, Where Are You! is the first incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon series Scooby-Doo. Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, it premiered on CBS ...more
5
11,952 2,851
The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1960
The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera. The ...more
6
9,706 3,925
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1993
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
7
10,457 3,376
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1987
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an animated television series produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and the French company IDDH. The pilot was shown during the week of December 14, 1987 in ...more
8
11,000 2,906
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1962
The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from September 23, 1962 to March 17, 1963, then later in syndication, with new episodes in ...more
9
11,019 2,893
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1989
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is an animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. Created by Tad Stones and Alan Zaslove, it featured the established Disney characters ...more
10
9,301 3,171
Tiny Toon Adventures is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1990
Tiny Toon Adventures is an American animated comedy television series that was broadcasting from September 14, 1990 through May 28, 1995 as the first collaborative effort of Steven Spielberg's ...more
11
8,219 3,167
Yogi Bear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1958, 1961-01-30
Yogi Bear is a fictional character from the 1988 film The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound.
12
8,534 3,470
Inspector Gadget is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1983
Inspector Gadget is a French-Canadian–American animated television series that revolves around the adventures of a clumsy, dim-witted cyborg detective named lnspector Gadget—a human being with ...more
13
9,646 3,622
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1995
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
14
7,506 1,616
Wile E. Coyote and The Road Ru... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
LarryRomo 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
15
7,819 3,134
Popeye the Sailor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1933
Popeye the Sailor is an American animated series of comedy short films based on the titular comic strip character created by E. C. Segar. In 1933, Max and Dave Fleischer's Fleischer Studios ...more
16
8,627 3,905
The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1981
The Smurfs is an American-Belgian animated fantasy-comedy television series that aired on NBC from September 12, 1981, to December 2, 1989. Made by Hanna-Barbera Productions, it is based on the ...more
17
6,645 3,709
X-Men: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 2011
X-Men, also known as X-Men: The Animated Series (Fox Kids, 1992) is an American animated television series based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The show features X-Men similar in look and ...more
18
6,508 1,798
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Sho... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
19
7,011 4,246
Batman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1992
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
20
8,045 2,833
Alvin and the Chipmunks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1983
Alvin and the Chipmunks is an American animated television series featuring The Chipmunks, produced by Bagdasarian Productions in association with Ruby-Spears Enterprises from 1983–87, ...more
21
8,324 3,215
Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1988
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Garfield and Friends is an American animated television series based on the comic strip Garfield by Jim Davis. The show was produced by Film Roman, in association with United Feature Syndicate ...more
22
8,199 3,599
Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1991
Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon. The show focuses on a group of toddlers, most prominently ...more
23
7,587 3,110
The Woody Woodpecker Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1957
With arguably the most famous laugh of any cartoon character in history ("ha-ha-ha-HA-ha"), Woody Woodpecker pecked his way into our lives through a 1940 Andy Panda theatrical short ...more
24
6,145 3,754
Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
MeredithJeanetteHembreeHendr added 1984
Jim Henson's Muppet Babies, commonly known by the shortened title Muppet Babies, is an American animated television series that aired from September 15, 1984 to November 2, 1991 on CBS. The show ...more
25
7,467 4,305
ThunderCats is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1985
ThunderCats is an American animated television series that was produced by Rankin/Bass Productions debuting in 1985, based on the characters created by Tobin "Ted" Wolf. The series, ...more