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The very best cartoon series shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest cartoon series shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular cartoon series TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining cartoon series show of all time is. Don't let your favorite cartoon series television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of cartoon television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

Shows here include everything from Spider Riders to Scooby-Doo.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best cartoon series show of all time?" and "What are the greatest cartoon series shows?"

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Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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

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Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
Scooby-Doo is an American animated cartoon franchise, comprising several animated television series produced from 1969 to the present day. The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, was ...more

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#3 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #1 of 22 The Best Versions Of Scooby Doo You Watched As A Kid #56 of 214 The Most Important TV Sitcoms

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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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The Best Simpsons Characters of All Time #26 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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The Bugs Bunny Show is an animated television anthology series hosted by Bugs Bunny, that was mainly composed of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons released by Warner Bros. between August ...more

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#17 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #10 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #154 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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

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'The Flintstones' Actually Took Place In A Post-Apocalyptic Hellscape #139 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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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The Best Looney Tunes Characters of All Time, Ranked! #2 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #2 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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

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#8 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #9 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #5 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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

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#32 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #52 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #6 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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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Family Guy Fan Theories So Crazy They Might Be True #56 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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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Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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

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Animaniacs Fan Theories That Are Zany To The Max #28 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #22 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fan Theories #10 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Madelisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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

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#25 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #29 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #12 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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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The All-Time Best 'South Park' Characters, Ranked #50 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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Batman: The Animated Ser... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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

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13 Reasons Batman: The Animated Series Is Even Better Than The Comics #4 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #34 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Tiny Toon Adventures is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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

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#34 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #36 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #10 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rang... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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

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#47 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #56 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #9 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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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29 Avatar The Last Airbender Memes For Fans Binging The Entire Series Now That It's On Netflix #122 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #5 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Dexter's Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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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#11 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #12 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #33 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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Gargoyles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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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If You Watched 'Gargoyles' As A Child, You Experienced The Pinnacle Of Children's Entertainment #50 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #72 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Yogi Bear is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
Yogi Bear is a fictional character from the 1988 film The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound.

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#48 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #14 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #32 of 325 The Greatest Cartoon Characters in TV History

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ThunderCats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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

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TaleSpin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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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

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#75 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #77 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #13 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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He-Man and the Masters o... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is an American animated television series produced by Filmation based on Mattel's successful toy line Masters of the Universe. The show, often referred to ...more

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The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
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

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#57 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #60 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Timelisted on Longest Running Children's TV Shows