The 17 best animated TV shows of all time

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“Rick and Morty,” the cartoon brainchild of famed television writer and creator Dan Harmon, is returning July 30 for its third season.
If you’re looking for something else to watch while you wait for season three to premiere, you might want to check out some other notable animated series.

Some of the most captivating, humorous, and insightful television series to ever be created are animated, and we put together a list of the best of them.

These are the 17 best animated television series of all time:



'Archer' offers a deadpan, goofy, spy comedy for James Bond fans who love a good cartoon.

'Courage the Cowardly Dog'

Cartoon Network

Courage's desire to protect his beloved owner Muriel, who has a propensity for attracting supernatural beings, forces Courage to deal with some of the strangest supernatural creatures you've ever seen (e.g., Banana People, and a sentient toe).

'Steven Universe'

Cartoon Network

Steven Universe learns how to harness his powers with the help of the Gems, three powerful women who guide him through becoming a superhero in this humorous, light-hearted, and adventure-filled series.

'King of the Hill'


Mike Judge's 'King of the Hill' is a dry satire of suburban Texas life, centering itself around the life of propane salesman Hank Hill and his family.

'Bob's Burgers'


'Bob's Burgers' is a relatable family comedy with poop and fart jokes galore, shining a light on the struggles of being middle class.

'Ed, Edd, N Eddy'


Three friends, bonded by their shared name, conspire endlessly together to raise money for jaw breakers in this zany, slap-stick cartoon à la 'The Three Stooges.'

'Rocko's Modern Life'


The cult classic 'Rocko's Modern Life' centres around Rocko, a Wallaby from Australia who tries his best to assimilate into American life.

'Hey Arnold!'


'Hey Arnold!' follows the day-to-day life of sage fourth grader Arnold, in the fictional city of Hillwood.

The 'Hey Arnold!' movie, 'Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie' is expected to premiere in November.



The straight-faced, sarcastic character Daria Morgendorffer reflects the feelings of all disenfranchised teenagers in the late 90s, mocking fads and her fellow classmates.

Despite the series ending nearly 15 years ago, 'Daria' continues to echo the feelings of teenagers (and adults) today that have a proclivity for sarcasm and cynicism.



Matt Groening's follow up to 'The Simpsons,' 'Futurama' takes place in the future (obviously), following the exploits of a (New) New York delivery crew as they travel throughout the galaxy.

'Samurai Jack'

Cartoon Network

Stylistically mesmerising, the animation alone on 'Samurai Jack' will draw you in.

'Adventure Time'

Cartoon Network

Finn and his best friend, Jake the Dog, seek out a life of heroism and adventure, offering to protect all who live in the Land of Ooo.

On the surface, 'Adventure Time' seems like a show meant for a younger audience. But make no mistake, this seemingly childish show has a bit of a dark side, and has plenty of jokes that even the most disillusioned adult can appreciate.

'The Ren & Stimpy Show'


'The Ren & Stimpy Show' follows the misadventures of Stimpy, a dopey, tender-hearted cat, and Ren, a somewhat diabolical chihuahua with a short fuse.

'SpongeBob SquarePants'


SpongeBob is effortlessly optimistic, and unintentionally goofy, making him one of the most endearing characters of all time, in this earnest and jovial series.

'Rick and Morty'

Adult Swim

14-year-old Morty, rife with anxiety and worry, follows his genius (if not completely irresponsible) grandfather Rick through time and space in a series of hilarious and often ill-advised escapades.

'BoJack Horseman'


Will Arnett voices BoJack Horseman, a once famous sitcom actor whose life has hit rock bottom. 'BoJack Horseman' delivers an honest portrayal of what it's like to struggle with addiction and the effects of fame.

'The Simpsons'


'The Simpsons' is one of the most iconic series of all time, animated or otherwise. It has been on the air since 1989, has 28 seasons (and counting), and over 500 episodes under its belt.

If you've never seen an episode, I'd say it's high time you check it out.

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