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The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time 

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List Rules Vote up the best animated show 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 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 (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 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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Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1930

Actors: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan

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
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Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1940

Actors: Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff, Gary Cole

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
Scooby-Doo, Where Are Yo... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1969

Actors: Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe

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
4
The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1960

Actors: Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

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
5
DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1987

Actors: Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

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
6
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1962

Actors: George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

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
7
Wile E. Coyote and The R... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
LarryRomo added

Actors: Mel Blanc, Joe Alaskey, Dee Bradley Baker

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
8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1987

Actors: Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

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
9
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rang... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1989

Actors: Corey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings

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
Tiny Toon Adventures is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1990

Actors: Charles Adler, John Kassir, Tress MacNeille

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
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runn... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1976

Actors: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Larry Storch

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Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1995

Actors: Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille

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
13
TaleSpin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JosephRoccoC added 1990

Actors: Ed Gilbert, R.J. Williams, Sally Struthers

TaleSpin is a half-hour animated adventure series based in the fictional city of Cape Suzette, that first aired in 1990 as a preview on The Disney Channel and later that year as part of The ...more
14
Yogi Bear is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1958, 1961-01-30

Actors: Daws Butler, Don Messick, Jimmy Weldon

Yogi Bear is a fictional character from the 1988 film The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound.
15
Alvin and the Chipmunks ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1983

Actors: Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Frank Welker

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
16
Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1988

Actors: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger

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
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Popeye the Sailor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1933

Actors: Mae Questel, Jack Mercer, William "Billy" Costello, Jackson Beck, Margie Hines, + more

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
18
Peanuts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
Peanuts by Schulz is an Italian-French-American animated television series based on the comic strip of the same name. The series first aired in France on November 9, 2014, and later aired on ...more
19
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1993

Actors: Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille

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
20
Inspector Gadget is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1983

Actors: Don Adams, Holly Berger, Frank Welker

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
21
The Woody Woodpecker Sho... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1957

Actors: Grace Stafford, Daws Butler, Johnny Coons

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
22
Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1991

Actors: Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright

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
Darkwing Duck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 1991

Actors: Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh

Darkwing Duck is an American animated action-adventure television series produced by The Walt Disney Company that first ran from 1991 to 1992 on both the syndicated programming block The Disney ...more
24
The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
1981

Actors: Don Messick, Danny Goldman, Lucille Bliss

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
25
X-Men: The Animated Seri... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time
JoshGunter added 2011

Actors: Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd, Lenore Zann, Iona Morris, Alison Sealy-Smith, + more

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