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The 15 Best Animated Series Ever Made

Zachary Nelson
Zachary Nelson YOLO - You Only Live Once

The world of best animation is indeed colorful and wonderful, appealing to children as well as adults. Imaginative stories and funny cartoon characters in the best-animated series always make you laugh and relax. Watching best animation is such an enjoyable thing.

With so many fantastic animated series of all time, which ones are the best? To help you narrow the vast library down to some top animated shows, here is the best-animated series list for you!

1. Looney Tunes (1930 - )

Runtime: various, 22 - 66 min
Certificate: TV-PG
TV Network: WB Kids
Language: English
Genres: Animation, Family, Comedy
Storyline:
It is an American animated series of comedy short films produced by Warner Bros, initially showing Warner-owned musical compositions through the adventures of cartoon characters such as Bosko and Buddy.
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2. Tom and Jerry (1940 - 1967)

Runtime: 10 min
Certificate: TV-PG
TV Networks: Cartoon Network, WB Kids 
Languages: English
Genre: Comedy
Storyline:
It is an American animated series of short films, centering on a rivalry between two main characters, Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse. When Tom attempts to capture Jerry, the mayhem and destruction follow.
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3. The Simpsons (1989 - )

Runtime: 22 min
Certificate: TV-MA
TV Networks: FOX, YouTube, Hulu
Languages: English, Spanish, Albanian, French, Japanese, German, Russian, Hindi, Swahili, Italian, Swedish, Turkish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hebrew, Arabic, Klingon, Bengali, Czech
Genres: Animation, Comedy
Storyline:
The satiric adventures of the working-class family, the Simpsons, in the misfit city of Springfield.
Quotes:
"It takes two to lie. One to lie, and one to listen."
"Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand."
"Most of you will never fall in love, and marry out of fear of dying alone."
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4. Batman: The Animated Series (1992 – 1995)

Runtime: 23 min
Certificate: TV-PG
TV Network: Fox Kids
Language: English
Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure
Storyline:
Bruce Wayne lives by day as a seemingly lavish playboy millionaire socialite, but by night assumes the role of his crime-fighting alter-ego: the caped crusader known as Batman.
Quotes:
"I am vengeance! I am the night! I AM BATMAN!"
"Are you the dreamer or merely part of someone's dream?"
"My career, my life, it is gone. And I can never get it back! I'm not an actor anymore. I'm not even... a man."
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5. Dragon Ball Z (1996 - 2003)

Runtime: 24 min
Certificate: TV-PG
TV Network: Dragon Ball Z
Languages: English, Japanese
Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure
Storyline:
It follows the adventures of Goku, who along with his companions, defend the Earth against villains ranging from conquerors, androids and other creatures.
Quotes:
"I would rather be a brainless monkey than a heartless monster."
"You'll laugh at your fears when you find out who you are."
"Sometimes, we have to look beyond what we want and do what's best."
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6. King of the Hill (1997 - 2010)

Runtime: 30 min
Certificate: TV-PG
TV Networks: Hulu, Comedy Central
Language: English
Genres: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Storyline:
The animation depicts the life and times of Hank Hill, his family and their neighbors in Arlen, Texas, seeking humor in the conventional and mundane aspects of everyday life.
Quotes:
"Bobby, some things are like a tire fire, trying to put it out only makes it worse. You just gotta grab a beer and let it burn."

"Your heart is telling you?! Who's the boss, you or your heart? You are! Your heart is your employee! So get your heart off its butt and back to work!"
"So you should trust people until they betray you, and then try to blow them up?"
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7. Pokémon (1997 - 2018)

Runtime: 24 min
Certificate: TV-Y
TV Networks: Pokemon.com, YouTube
Languages: English, Japanse
Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure
Storyline: It follows the adventure of Satoshi with his Pokemon, Pikachu and his friends to become the Pokemon master.
Quotes:
"Everybody makes a wrong turn once in a while."
"Make your wonderful dream a reality, it will become your truth. If anyone can, it's you."
"There's no sense in going out of your way to get somebody to like you."
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8. South Park (1997 - )

Runtime: 22 min
Certificate: TV-MA
TV Networks: Comedy Central, South Park Studio, Hulu, YouTube
Language: English,
Genres: Animation, Comedy
Storyline:
The animated show revolves around four boys—Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick—and their bizarre adventures in and around the titular Colorado town.
Quotes:
"I just realized that there's a lot of painful times in life so I better learn to deal with it the right way."
"Living is having ups and downs and sharing them with friends."
"There's a time and a place for everything, and it's called college."
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9. The Powerpuff Girls (1995 - 2005)

Runtime: 30 min
Certificate: TV-PG
TV Networks: Disney Channel, Cartoon Network
Language: English
Genres: Animation, Action, Comedy
Storyline:
Three girls with superpowers all live in the fictional city of Townsville and are frequently called upon by the Mayor to use their powers to help fight local criminals.
Quotes:
"And we're not afraid of anything as long as we have each other."
"You can't just buy superpowers."
"You said to give everyone a little time to understand our specialness."
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10. Family Guy (1998 - )

Runtime: 22 min
Certificate: TV-13
TV Networks: FOX, Hulu, Adult Swim
Languages: English, Portuguese
Genres: Animation, Comedy
Storyline:
The adventures of an endearingly ignorant dad and his hilariously odd family of middle-class New Englanders.
Quotes:
"The life of the wife is ended by the knife."
"I have an idea so smart that my head would explode if I even began to know what I was talking about."
"I can be just as non-competitive as anybody. Matter of fact, I'm the most non-competitive. So I win."
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11. Futurama (1999 - 2013)

Runtime: 22 min
Certificate: TV-14
TV Networks: Comedy Central, Hulu
Language: English
Genres: Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Storyline:
The animation tells a story that Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy, is accidentally transported to the 31st century and finds work at an interplanetary delivery company.
Quotes:
"I'm so embarrassed. I wish everybody else was dead."
"It's when women are polite to each other you know there's a problem."
"Valentine's Day is coming up? Oh Crap, I forgot to get a girlfriend again!"
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12. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999 - )

Runtime: 23 min
Certificate: TV-Y
TV Network: Nicklodeon
Languages: English, Irish
Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family
Storyline:
A chipper sea sponge Bob and his various friends, like goofy starfish Patrick, cheerful squirrel Sandy and grouchy Squidward make waves in the deep-sea city of Bikini Bottom.
Quotes:
"This is not your average, everyday darkness. This is... ADVANCED darkness."
"The best time to wear a striped sweater…is all the time."
"You never really know the true value of a moment, until it becomes a memory."
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13. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2003 - 2008)

Runtime: 23 min
Certificate: TV-Y7-FV
TV Networks: Nicklodeon
Language: English
Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure
Storyline:
In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.
Quotes:
"Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source."
"As long as I'm confident with who I am, it doesn't matter what other people think."
"Sometimes life is like this tunnel. You can't always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you keep moving, you will come to a better place."
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14. Rick and Morty (2013 - )

Runtime: 23 min
Certificate: TV-MA
TV Networks: Adult Swim, Hulu
Language: English
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Storyline:
The animated series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick and his good-hearted but fretful grandson Morty, who split their time between domestic life and interdimensional adventures.
Quotes:
"Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. We're all going to die. Come watch TV."
"Weddings are basically funerals with cake."
"What, so everyone's supposed to sleep every single night now? Y-you realize that nighttime makes up half of all time?"
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15. BoJack Horseman (2014 - )

Runtime: 25 min
Certificate: TV-MA
TV Network: Netflix
Language: English
Genres: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Storyline:
BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show "Horsin' Around" in the '90s, now he's washed up, living in Hollywood, complaining about everything, and wearing colorful sweaters.
Quotes:
"Now if you'll excuse me I need to go take a shower so I can't tell if I'm crying or not"
"It doesn't matter. Nothing matters"
"Everybody deserves to be loved"
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Above is the best-animated series list we've prepared for you. Hope you enjoy those top animated series!

Topics:
Animated Series
TV Series
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