The 140 Essential Animated TV Shows

#69
Synopsis: Lovable blue gnomes---only three apples high---live an idyllic existence in a medieval forest, though their happiness is threatened by the... [More]
Directed By: Don Lusk, Oscar Dufau

Underdog (2017)
80%

#68
Synopsis: An unassuming, bespectacled pooch known as Shoeshine Boy fights crime as his heroic alter ego after slipping into a phone... [More]
Starring: Wally Cox

Super Friends (1973)

#67
Synopsis: Supervillains are brought down by the Justice League, made up of heroes Batman and Robin, Superman, Aquaman and Wonder Woman,... [More]

Teen Titans (2003)
92%

#66
Synopsis: Fighting for truth, justice and the last slice of pizza, these five superheroes are living proof that you're never too... [More]

Synopsis: The animated antics of the woodpecker with the famous laugh, who's joined by other cartoon characters on this series.... [More]
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Synopsis: Twilight Sparkle, a shy unicorn from Equestria, learns about friendship through her adventures with five ponies she meets in Ponyville.... [More]

Synopsis: Hanna and Barbera's second TV series starred an easygoing blue hound dog with a thick Southern drawl who tried his... [More]

#62
Synopsis: An intrepid team called the Saiyan protects Earth from various invaders as team members search for seven magical spheres, which... [More]

#61
Synopsis: Yoda, Anakin and the Jedi Knights fight in the Clone Wars, taking them to many new planets and introducing new... [More]

Gravity Falls (2012)
100%

#60
Synopsis: Animated comedy about twins Dipper and Mabel Pines, who live with their eccentric uncle for a summer in Gravity Falls,... [More]
Directed By: Joe Pitt, Aaron Springer

Synopsis: By the power of Grayskull, a young prince was transformed into a muscle-bound action hero battling the sinister demon Skeletor.... [More]
Directed By: Steve Clark

Synopsis: A reboot of the popular 1960s cartoon about the exploits of Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose.... [More]

Gargoyles (0)

#57
Synopsis: Disney's animated drama is a moody fantasy about ancient `unnatural creatures' who are statues by day but come alive at... [More]

Home Movies (1999)
100%

#56
Synopsis: A quirky third-grader escapes from the stresses of his life by immersing himself in making movies with a video camera... [More]

#55
Synopsis: High-schooler Peter Parker fights crime and tries to keep his identity as Spider-Man a secret while adjusting to teen pressures... [More]

Robot Chicken (2005)

#54
Synopsis: Stop-motion sketch show taking satirical aim at celebrities and politics.... [More]

Popeye (0)

#53
Synopsis: Classic animation about the pipe-chomping, spinach-eating sailor man and his girlfriend, Olive Oyl, plus Swee'pea and Wimpy (who was forever... [More]

Synopsis: The masked superhero hosts an offbeat talk show featuring celebrity guests who appear on a TV monitor. Among the visitors:... [More]

Synopsis: Animated series about Pink Panther, Inspector Clouseau, along with the Ant and Aardvark.... [More]

Death Note (2007)
100%

#50
Synopsis: A bright but bored boy attempts to rid the world of evil using a strange and deadly notebook that kills... [More]
Directed By: Shusuke Kaneko

Batman Beyond (0)
100%

#49
Synopsis: From the ingenious team that brought audiences the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series comes the continuing legend of The... [More]

#48
Synopsis: The misadventures of a pint-size inventor with a secret lab (secret from his parents, anyhow) and his ditsy big sister.... [More]

Synopsis: An orphan girl is transformed into a warrior She-Ra by a magic sword.... [More]
Directed By: Jen Bennett, Roy Burdine

#46
Synopsis: Animation about feline-human hybrids who flee their planet just before it's destroyed and land on Third Earth, where they battle... [More]

Synopsis: First season of the animated phenomenon about 10-year-old Ash, who's on a quest to become the grand champion of Pokemon... [More]
Directed By: Michael Haigney

#44
Synopsis: Based on the character from the popular game show, this animated series focuses on Carmen Sandiego, a super thief who... [More]

Synopsis: Animation featuring Anakin Skywalker and the Jedi Knights against the Separatists led by Count Dooku. This `micro series' picks up... [More]

Tom and Jerry (2021)

#42
Synopsis: A fun filled cartoon series about a stubborn cat Tom and a mischievous mouse named Jerry. No traps, tricks, flying... [More]
Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray
Directed By: William Hanna

#41
Synopsis: Animated adventures of two stepbrothers who build outlandish inventions in their backyard while their pet platypus, Perry, carries out secret... [More]

Star Wars Rebels (2014)
98%

#40
Synopsis: A group of rebels try to stop the Empire from spreading tyranny throughout the galaxy.... [More]
Directed By: Steward Lee, Dave Filoni

The Jetsons (1962)

#39
Synopsis: Hanna-Barbera's space-age counterpoint to their `Flintstones,' featuring George Jetson, wife Jane and their kids, Elroy and Judy. `The Jetsons' was... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Barbera

Justice League (0)
96%

#38
Synopsis: In this action-packed adventure series, the world's greatest superheroes, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Hawkgirl and... [More]
Directed By: Butch Lukic

Rugrats (1991)

#37
Synopsis: The wonders and mysteries of childhood, as experienced by a group of toddlers, unfold in a charming animated series whose... [More]

Synopsis: Animated crimefighting exploits of the part-human, part-turtle martial-arts masters, who also became film and merchandising stars and had a 30-minute... [More]

Young Justice (2010)
95%

#35
Synopsis: From Warner Bros. Animation, this new series knows that being a teenager means having to prove yourself but what if... [More]

Steven Universe (0)
100%

#34
Synopsis: A magical boy named Steven has adventures with a team of guardians of humanity. Along the way, he pursues his... [More]

Big Mouth (2017)
99%

#33
Synopsis: The adventures of two teenage boys are spotlighted.... [More]
Directed By: Nick Kroll, Joel Moser

Synopsis: The animated adventures of the man from Krypton and his alter-ego, Clark Kent.... [More]

X-Men (1992)
85%

#31
Synopsis: A '90s update of Marvel Comics' mutant superheroes.... [More]

DuckTales (1987)

#30
Synopsis: Irascible tycoon Scrooge McDuck finds adventure around the globe, accompanied by plucky nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie and daredevil pilot... [More]

#29
Synopsis: A trio of little-girl crimefighters juggle their high school life with their crimefighting ways.... [More]

Samurai Jack (0)
93%

#28
Synopsis: A young prince from feudal Japan trains to defeat the supernatural shape-shifting demon, Aku. He almost defeats Aku but Aku... [More]

Pinky and the Brain (1995)
75%

#27
Synopsis: Two lab mice are always plotting in this spin-off from `Steven Spielberg's Animaniacs.'... [More]

#26
Synopsis: Animated adventures of superheroes, including Superman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl.... [More]

Bob's Burgers (2011)
91%

#25
Synopsis: Following a hamburger restaurateur and his quirky family in this animated sitcom.... [More]

The Tick (1994)

#24
Synopsis: Animated tales of a 400-pound crimefighter dressed in a blue body stocking who assumes the role of superhero and protects... [More]

Synopsis: A reboot of the classic cartoon, which follows the misadventures of moronic teen "metalheads," who offer off-color commentary of music... [More]
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Animaniacs (1993)

#22
Synopsis: Wacky adventures of three Warners Bros. cartoon characters who finally escape from the studio lot, after being held there since... [More]

Cowboy Bebop (2001)
100%

#21
Synopsis: Bounty hunters roam the final frontier of outer space in this anime series.... [More]

Peanuts (2016)

#20
Synopsis: Charlie Brown and the rest of the "Peanuts" gang appear in a series of short, animated vignettes.... [More]

Adventure Time (2010)
100%

#19
Synopsis: The exploits of a boy and his magical dog are chronicled in this cartoon set in the surreal Land of... [More]

Daria (1997)

#18
Synopsis: Beavis and Butt-head's mouthy and sarcastic pal, 16-year-old Daria Morgendorffer, left the boys for her own series. Daria relies on... [More]
Directed By: Karen Disher, Eric Fogel

#17
Synopsis: Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle Moose starred in this animated series, thwarting the evildoings of Mr. Big, Boris and Natasha.... [More]

BoJack Horseman (2014)
93%

#16
Synopsis: Will Arnett voices BoJack, the failed legendary 90's sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom Horsin? Around, who has been... [More]

Archer (2009)
90%

#15
Synopsis: Intrigue (and plenty of ineptitude) at an international intelligence agency. The animated comedy was created by 'Adult Swim' veteran Adam... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Fordney

#14
Synopsis: Post-apocalyptic animé adventure featuring specially trained pilots battling forces of evil for Earth's fate.... [More]
Starring:

Rick and Morty (2013)
95%

#13
Synopsis: Mad scientist Rick Sanchez moves in with his daughter's family after disappearing for 20 years and involves them in his... [More]

#12
Synopsis: A globetrotting canine Sherlock Holmes with a heart of pure cowardice, Scooby-Doo shivers and cowers in corners, but with Freddy,... [More]
Starring:

#11
Synopsis: Sharp cartoon comedy chronicling the trials of proud Texas propane salesman Hank Hill, his family and their ragtag neighbors. From... [More]

Synopsis: Animation about a fun-loving boy with special powers who awakens from a 100-year sleep to find the world at war... [More]

Synopsis: A hyperactive Chihuahua named Ren and his brainless cat pal, Stimpy, headlined this cartoon series on Nickelodeon. The duo's zany... [More]

Family Guy (1999)

#8
Synopsis: Animated antics of the constantly grousing Griffins, a family that put some fun in dysfunctional. While dad Peter is a... [More]

#7
Synopsis: Rock-solid animated sitcom about a Stone Age family in the prehistoric town of Bedrock that played out like a cartoon... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Barbera

Synopsis: A chipper sea sponge and his nautical neighbors make waves in the deep-sea city of Bikini Bottom in this clever... [More]

South Park (1997)
80%

#5
Synopsis: An animated adult series about four potty-mouthed, trash-talking grade schoolers living in a Colorado town. Rude, crude and seriously funny,... [More]

Futurama (1999)
93%

#4
Synopsis: Sharply satiric animation about a man from 1999 who thaws out on the eve of the 31st century. An Emmy-winning... [More]

Synopsis: TV Guide's No. 1 pick for the greatest cartoon character of all time first hopped onto the small screen as... [More]
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Synopsis: A moody Caped Crusader defends Gotham City against the usual suspects in this animated series inspired by director Tim Burton's... [More]

The Simpsons (1989)
85%

#1
Synopsis: Matt Groening's subversive, animated satire about Springfield's hapless first family became a cult favorite when it premiered on Fox in... [More]

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