The 140 Essential Animated TV Shows

The Smurfs (1981)

Synopsis: Little blue people live in harmony and battle scheming Gargamel.... [More]

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Super Friends (1973)

Synopsis: The Justice League of America battles crime.... [More]

Teen Titans (2003)

Synopsis: Leading the Teen Titans to protect Earth is Robin, formerly Batman's sidekick. He has no special powers, just a utility... [More]



Synopsis: This revamped incarnation of the "My Little Pony" franchise not only appeals to the little girls that the toy line... [More]



Dragon Ball Z (1996)

Synopsis: "Dragon Ball Z" follows the adventures of Goku who, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. The... [More]

Synopsis: The first weekly TV series from Lucasfilm Animation chronicles the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and other popular... [More]

Gravity Falls (2012)

Synopsis: Twins Dipper and Mabel Pines are sent to spend the summer with their great-uncle, Grunkle Stan, in the mysterious town... [More]
Directed By: Alex Hirsch

Synopsis: When he holds up the magical Sword of Power and utters the words "By the power of Grayskull," Prince Adam... [More]
Directed By: Lou Scheimer

Synopsis: The flying squirrel and moose find themselves thrust into harrowing situations in which they end up on a collision course... [More]

Gargoyles (1994)

Synopsis: Manhattan gargoyles come to life at night to fight crime.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Hirsh

Home Movies (1999)

Synopsis: Brendon Small is a young kid who loves to make movies with his family's video camera. At the same time,... [More]

Synopsis: Teenager Peter Parker tries to juggle his two new worlds -- he must learn how to use his new powers... [More]
Directed By: Victor Cook

Robot Chicken (2005)

Synopsis: Actor Seth Green ("Family Guy") and Matthew Senreich created the off-the-wall comedy hit, which is a series of pop-culture parodies... [More]



Synopsis: This animated talk show is hosted by not-so-superhero Space Ghost and set in deep space. The show is often disrupted... [More]



Death Note (2006)

Synopsis: A high-school student discovers a supernatural notebook that grants its user the ability to kill.... [More]

Batman Beyond (1999)

Synopsis: A new Dark Knight protects the Gotham of the future.... [More]

Synopsis: Sleep tight, America! Your fate lies safely in the hands of Dexter, a child genius who whips up dazzling, world-saving... [More]
Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky

Synopsis: In this reboot of the 1980s series, a magic sword transforms an orphan girl into warrior She-Ra, who unites a... [More]

ThunderCats (1985)

Synopsis: "ThunderCats" follows the adventures of a group of catlike humanoid aliens from the planet Thundera. When the dying planet meets... [More]

Synopsis: "Indigo League" is where it all began as the first season of the long-running "Pokémon" animated series. Young Ash Ketchum... [More]
Directed By: Tetsuo Yajima

Carmen Sandiego (2019)

Synopsis: A master thief who uses her skills for good, Carmen Sandiego travels the world foiling V.I.L.E.'s evil plans -- with... [More]
Directed By: Caroline Fraser

Synopsis: Jedi knights battle Darth Sidious.... [More]



Phineas and Ferb (2007)

Synopsis: Phineas Flynn and his stepbrother, Ferb Fletcher, are determined to make every day of their summer vacation fun. They try... [More]

Star Wars Rebels (2014)

Synopsis: This animated entry in the "Star Wars" franchise fills the gap between the events of "Episode III" and "Episode IV."... [More]

The Jetsons (1962)

Synopsis: "Meet George Jetson." Just those words will prompt viewers of a certain age to join in singing the show's catchy... [More]

Justice League (2001)

Synopsis: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and other superheroes join forces to battle crime and otherworldly threats, keeping a watchful... [More]

Rugrats (1991)

Synopsis: "Rugrats" reveals the world from a baby's point of view. Everything looks bigger, more mysterious and uncontrollable. Angelica, the oldest,... [More]

Synopsis: Mutant heroes live in New York sewers and train in martial arts to protect the city from crime.... [More]
Directed By: Mark Freedman, Fred Wolf

Young Justice (2010)

Synopsis: The lives of teenage heroes as members of a covert operation team: Young Justice.... [More]

Steven Universe (2013)

Synopsis: The Crystal Gems are a team of magical beings who are the self-appointed guardians of the universe. Half-human, half-Gem hero... [More]

Big Mouth (2017)

Synopsis: Even for a cartoon character, going through puberty isn't easy for a young person. Andrew is learning that first hand... [More]

Synopsis: Superman battles evil while trying to conceal his alter ego, Clark Kent.... [More]

X-Men (1992)

Synopsis: Professor Charles Xavier and his band of courageous mutants strike back against corrupt and bigoted government agencies as well as... [More]

DuckTales (1987)

Synopsis: Scrooge McDuck's globetrotting quests to gain more wealth.... [More]

Synopsis: In this reboot of the classic Cartoon Network series, the Powerpuff Girls return to protect Townsville from villains who want... [More]

Samurai Jack (2001)

Synopsis: After being sent into the future by evil wizard Aku, young samurai Jack makes a quest to return to the... [More]
Starring: Phil LaMarr
Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky

Pinky & the Brain (1995)

Synopsis: The odd buddies have many strange adventures.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg



Bob's Burgers (2011)

Synopsis: Bob Belcher is a third-generation restaurateur who runs Bob's Burgers with his loving wife and their three children. Bob believes... [More]

The Tick (1994)

Synopsis: People dressed in tights and capes set out to save the world.... [More]

Synopsis: Beavis and Butt-head are, as one of the early preshow disclaimers read, "dumb, crude, ugly, thoughtless, sexist, self-destructive fools. But... [More]
Starring: Mike Judge
Directed By: Mike Judge

Animaniacs (1993)

Synopsis: Blending wit, slapstick and pop culture references, the variety show "Animaniacs" features a large cast of characters, whose predominant personalities... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Cowboy Bebop (1998)

Synopsis: Bounty hunters search for criminals.... [More]

Peanuts (2014)

Synopsis: The "Peanuts" comic strip was a staple of daily life for many Americans for nearly 50 years until original production... [More]

Adventure Time (2010)

Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Finn battles evil in the Land of Ooo. Assisted by his magical dog, Jake, Finn roams the Land of... [More]
Directed By: Fred Seibert

Daria (1997)

Synopsis: Brainy, sardonic Daria Morgendorffer tries to fly under the radar at Lawndale High School, and she's doing a pretty good... [More]
Directed By: Karen Disher



BoJack Horseman (2014)

Synopsis: A humanoid horse, BoJack Horseman -- lost in a sea of self-loathing and booze -- decides it's time for a... [More]

Archer (2010)

Synopsis: The suave, confident and devastatingly handsome Sterling Archer may be the world's greatest spy, but he still has issues with... [More]

Synopsis: When violent monsters descend upon Earth to destroy humanity, a reluctant young man joins a small squad of pilots under... [More]
Directed By: Hideaki Anno

Rick and Morty (2013)

Synopsis: After having been missing for nearly 20 years, Rick Sanchez suddenly arrives at daughter Beth's doorstep to move in with... [More]
Directed By: Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland



King of the Hill (1997)

Synopsis: Set in Texas, an animated series follows the life of propane salesman Hank Hill, who lives with his substitute-teacher wife... [More]

Synopsis: The world is divided into four nations -- the Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation and and the... [More]

Synopsis: Ren, a psychotic Chihuahua, and Stimpson J. Cat, a dimwitted Manx cat who goes by the nickname Stimpy, have a... [More]

Family Guy (1999)

Synopsis: This animated series features the adventures of the Griffin family. Endearingly ignorant Peter and his stay-at-home wife, Lois, reside in... [More]

The Flintstones (1960)

Synopsis: The Flintstones were the modern Stone Age family. Residing in Bedrock, Fred Flintstone worked an unsatisfying quarry job, but returned... [More]

Synopsis: A square yellow sponge named SpongeBob SquarePants lives in a pineapple with his pet snail, Gary, in the city of... [More]
Directed By: Vincent Waller

South Park (1997)

Synopsis: The animated series is not for children. In fact, its goal seems to be to offend as many as possible... [More]

Futurama (1999)

Synopsis: Accidentally frozen, pizza-deliverer Fry wakes up 1,000 years in the future. He is taken in by his sole descendant, an... [More]



Synopsis: Gotham City's Caped Crusader, Bruce Wayne, is sometimes moody; Robin's alter ego, Dick Grayson is mature.... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Altieri

The Simpsons (1989)

Synopsis: This long-running animated comedy focuses on the eponymous family in the town of Springfield in an unnamed U.S. state. The... [More]

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