Almost everyone likes to watch animated cartoon series irrespective of their age. Over the years, the industry has also grown in the script, characters, direction, quality, and topics. So let’s talk about this fantastic world of animated series through the lens of the Top 15 community.
1. The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle And Friends
It is famously known as Rocky and His Friends. This series is unquestionably one of the best-animated series that America ever produced. Rocky and his Friends was aired on ABC in 1959 for the first time. Its characters and their stories continue to be memorable for the audience.
2. Steins; Gate
Steins; Gate is a Japanese animated series having 24 fantastic episodes. The series was aired in 2011, and viewers and critics highly praised it. This series is based on time travel, and it pushes the barrier of the sci-fi genre.
3. Adventure Time
Adventure Time is a recent classic from the Cartoon Network channel. Both kids and adults praise the adventurous life of Finn and Jake. The last and 10th season of this show was aired in 2018. In its journey, the show won many awards.
4. Rick And Morty
The very addictive cartoon series Rick and Morty was aired in 2013 on Netflix. It is probably the best animated series of contemporary period. This Emmy award winning sci-fi animated series holds a high rating of 9.2 on IMDb from 270,000+ users.
5. The Flintstones
This show was first aired in 1960 on ABC, and it was the first animated show in the American history that ran on prime time slot. The show follows the story of two families, the Rubble family and the Flintstones family. Since its inception, this cartoon show has been entertaining and educative.
6. Big Mouth
Big Mouth is a show inspired by the adolescent life of comedian Nick Kroll, its two seasons on Netflixwere highly praised by viewers and critics with a 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.
7. SpongeBob SquarePants
Nickelodeon’s original series SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the most lovable shows of all time in the animation industry. This show depicts humour, relatable content, lovable characters, and it is of 12 seasons. It continues to be both kids and adults’ favourite animated series.
8. Death Note
With a 9/10 IMDb rating by 200,000+ users and 100% rating by critics on Rotten Tomatoes, Death Note is one of the best crime-thriller, suspense-mystery animated shows ever produced. The show was run for one year between 2006 to 2007 with a total of 37 episodes. The show revolves around the character Light Yagami and his supernatural notebook that causes the death of the person whose name is written in it.
9. Gravity Falls
Disney’s adventure animated series Gravity Falls is the best original cartoon series that Disney ever produced. Dipper and Mabel’s journey to a mysterious town is worth watching, which produces a whole new experience for the viewers.
10. South Park
South Park is another landmark show in the history of animated series. This show revolves around four boys living in a small town named South Park. The show’s controversy and humour are legendary. After The Simpsons, South Park is the second highest Emmy winner.
11. Avatar: The Last Airbender
With a 9.3/10 IMDb rating and 97% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, this show has the highest combined rating ever. The show follows the story of a boy named Aang, who awakens after a hundred years of sleep and finds himself the key to ending an old war. The show has aired a total of 3 seasons and they are the best action packed ones.
12. Shinchan & Doraemon
Although these two animated series of contemporary era are not groundbreaking like others on the list, they are quite popular among kids and the younger generation of today’s time. Besides these, Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, etc. are some honourable mentions.
13. Steven Universe
Steven Universe is another classic from Cartoon Network. It is the story of a half-alien young boy with powers and his intention to use it for a good cause. The show covers strong and bold topics like LGBTQ representation, personal identity and diverse friendships. Thus, it conveys a positive message among young viewers.
14. Tom And Jerry
Tom and Jerry needs no introduction. People laugh and enjoy watching this evergreen cartoon series. People from different age groups still watch this show by sitting together on the same couch.
15. The Simpsons
Yes, I know most of you must have been waiting for this name to be on the list. Probably you have seen this show’s decade-old dank memes that make more sense than anything in contemporary time. The Simpsons is not a mere show, but it is a legacy that continues since its inception 30 years ago. This show has won many Emmy awards. It is famous among young adults. The Simpsons was a revolutionary show in the animation industry when it was aired for the first time.
These 15 animated series are groundbreaking, history making, chart-topping, critics’ favourites and close to viewers’ hearts. All these are easily available on online platforms and some of them are still running.