Watchworthy

The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows 

Reference
Updated May 22, 2020 41.1k votes 2k voters 73.8k views 148 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite cartoon TV series.

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?"

Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
1
Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
SadinoelSidirodoeht added
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

More Tom and Jerry 

#2 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #1 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #139 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time

2
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

More Scooby-Doo 

#44 of 303 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #56 of 214 The Most Important TV Sitcoms #16 of 422 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

3
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
GreivinLopezPaniagua added
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

More The Simpsons 

The Best Simpsons Characters of All Time #27 of 805 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Animated Series

4
The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
SadinoelSidirodoeht added
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

More The Bugs Bunny Show 

#10 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #12 of 200 The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History #154 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

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

More The Flintstones 

'The Flintstones' Actually Took Place In A Post-Apocalyptic Hellscape #139 of 805 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Animated Series

6
Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
liplip added
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

More Looney Tunes 

Looney Tunes Fan Theories That Will Burrow Their Way Into Your Brain #1 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #2 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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

More DuckTales 

#5 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #9 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #30 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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

More The Jetsons 

#6 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #52 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #39 of 332 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time

9
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
looksharp added
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

More Futurama 

27 Futurama Memes That Imagine The Planet Express Crew In Quarantine #52 of 805 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Animated Series

10
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
colorok55 added
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

More Family Guy 

American Dad! Is A Way Better Show Than Family Guy, And Here's Why #56 of 805 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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

More Animaniacs 

Animaniacs Fan Theories That Are Zany To The Max #19 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #21 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time

12
Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
SalmanKhan1 added
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

More Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fan Theories #9 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Timelisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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

More Pinky and the Brain 

#12 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #28 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #173 of 332 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time

14
Batman: The Animated Ser... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
CosmicCastaway added
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

More Batman: The Animated Series 

13 Reasons Batman: The Animated Series Is Even Better Than The Comics #30 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #35 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time

15
Tiny Toon Adventures is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
CosmicCastaway added
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

More Tiny Toon Adventures 

#10 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #36 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #144 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time

16
South Park is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
GreivinLopezPaniagua added
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

More South Park 

The Best South Park Characters of All Time #49 of 805 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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

More Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 

#8 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #56 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #129 of 422 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

18
Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
disgoubi added
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

More Avatar: The Last Airbender 

34 Avatar The Last Airbender Memes That Have Nothing To Do With The Live Action Movie At All #131 of 805 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #87 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

19
Dexter's Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
CosmicCastaway added
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

More Dexter's Laboratory 

#34 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #12 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #168 of 332 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time

20
Gargoyles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
CosmicCastaway added
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

More Gargoyles 

If You Watched 'Gargoyles' As A Child, You Experienced The Pinnacle Of Children's Entertainment #43 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #73 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time

21
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.

More Yogi Bear 

#14 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #50 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #99 of 1,429 The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

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

More TaleSpin 

#13 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #77 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #38 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

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

More ThunderCats 

#28 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #90 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #8 of 49 The Most Nostalgia-Inducing '80s Toys

24
Justice League is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
CosmicCastaway added
Justice League is an American animated television series which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. It is part of the DC animated universe. The show was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. ...more

More Justice League 

#50 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #40 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #160 of 332 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time

25
He-Man and the Masters o... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Cartoon TV Shows
SadinoelSidirodoeht added
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

More He-Man and the Masters of the Universe 

#32 of 371 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #85 of 727 The Best Cartoons of All Time #245 of 422 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch