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The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

Updated May 24, 2021 879.8k votes 36.5k voters 479.5k views344 items

List RulesVote up the best animated shows geared for an audience of children.

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 children's cartoons and action-packed kids animations, new and popular children's animated series and also old kids cartoons. You can even vote on this list of the best kids cartoons to make sure your favorite children's 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 (Hanna-Barbera cartoons are some of the most beloved of all time). 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 big 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
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    ActorsMel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan

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  • 2
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  • 3
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    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

    September 13, 1969

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  • 4
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    The Flintstones

    September 30, 1960

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    DuckTales

    September 18, 1987

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  • 7
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    The Jetsons

    September 23, 1962

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  • 8

    ActorsMel Blanc, June Foray, Larry Storch

  • 9
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    ActorsCorey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings

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  • 10
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    ActorsSean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

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  • 11
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    ActorsMae Questel, Jack Mercer, William "Billy" Costello, Jackson Beck, Margie Hines

  • 12
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  • 13
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    The Yogi Bear Show

    1961

    ActorsDaws Butler, Don Messick, Jimmy Weldon

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  • 14
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    Pinky and the Brain

    September 9, 1995

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  • 15
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    Tiny Toon Adventures

    September 14, 1990

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  • 16
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    ActorsLorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger

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  • 17
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    ActorsCasey Kasem, Frank Welker, Don Messick, Henry Corden, Daws Butler

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  • 18
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    Sylvester and Tweety Pie

    September 9, 1995

    ActorsJoe Alaskey, June Foray, Frank Welker

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  • 19
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    Animaniacs

    September 13, 1993

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  • 20
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    TaleSpin

    May 5, 1990

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  • 21
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    Rugrats

    August 11, 1991

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  • 22
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    Alvin and the Chipmunks

    September 17, 1983

    ActorsRoss Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Frank Welker

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  • 23
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    ActorsWalter Lantz

  • 24
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    The Pink Panther Show

    September 6, 1969

    ActorsPaul Frees, Rich Little, Dave Barry

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  • 25
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    The Smurfs

    September 12, 1981

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