There is no other genre of TV shows that has the same potential to annoy and delight in equal measures. While some may argue that animation is ideal for children, there is plenty of adult-oriented content hidden in the midst of your favorite cartoons that you probably never knew about. In this article, we will be taking a look at the top 10 cartoons ever aired on television. So sit back, and enjoy! And don’t forget to vote for your favorites as well (if you wish).
10. Samurai Jack
Samurai Jack, an American animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network Studios. It premiered on August 10, 2001, which tells the events of a time-displaced samurai wandering through a futuristic world in search of a time portal. Jack’s mortal enemy is Aku, an evil shape-shifting demon who conquered the world and destroyed most of the human race in a past time period.
9. The Simpsons
The Simpsons is an American animated television sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of working-class life, epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. Since its debut on April 19 , 1989, 562 episodes of The Simpsons have been broadcast and it has won dozens of awards since it debuted as well as many nominations including “Outstanding Comedy Series” at the Emmys from 1990 to 1992 and again in 1994 and “Outstanding Animated Program” at the Emmys from 1992 to present.
8. South Park
South Park is an American animated television sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The show follows four boys— Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick —who live in a small town in Colorado. It was the first broadcast on August 13, 1997, on Comedy Central with subsequent shows beginning soon after that.
7. Bob’s Burgers
Bob’s Burgers is an American animated sitcom created by Loren Bouchard for Fox Broadcasting Company and the seventh of the network’s primetime cartoons. It premiered on January 9, 2011, with two back-to-back episodes, before moving to its regular time slot on January 15. The series revolves around the Belcher family—parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, and Louise —who run a hamburger restaurant.
6. SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the exploits and adventures of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series popularity has made it Nickelodeon’s longest-running program, and viewership has increased significantly over the years. It was cited as one of the greatest television shows of all time by Entertainment Weekly and has become the most widely distributed property for Viacom, with over 200 million viewers in more than 180 countries.
5. Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes is an American animated series of comedy short films produced by Warner Bros. from 1930 to 1969 during the golden age of American animation, alongside its sister series Merrie Melodies. For much of its existence, Looney Tunes was promoted as showcasing “the greatest cartoon characters ever created”. The high-spiritedness of Looney Tunes cartoons is incredibly infectious. The best shorts are hilarious and full of good lessons on life; mean gags are quickly forgotten in light of the show’s amazing ability to generate laughs at a relentless pace.
Pingu is a Swiss animated television series of thirteen-minute-long episodes produced by the Swiss company Studio Melli and derived from an earlier series of stop motion shorts. The show was first broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 14 October 1986, then was later aired on PBS in the United States starting 11 April 1987.
3. Dexter’s Laboratory
Dexter’s Laboratory is an American comic science fiction animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network as part of the network’s Cartoon Cartoons block. The show is about a boy-scientist named Dexter that has a secret laboratory behind his bookshelf. He continually spends his time building various inventions and exploring his surroundings while avoiding his mother and sister, who are oblivious to the existence of the laboratory.
2. Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry is an American animated series of short films created in 1940, by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It centers on a rivalry between its two title characters (known together as “Tom and Jerry”) and many recurring characters, based around slapstick comedy. The cartoons are known for being fast-paced among other things. In October 2013, its first theatrical short film in over 50 years was released.
Scooby-Doo is an American animated franchise comprising several animated television series produced from 1969 to the present day. The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! , was created for Hanna-Barbera Productions by writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears in 1969. Following the success of the original series, Hanna-Barbara and its successor Warner Bros. Animation have produced numerous spinoffs and related works, with total television franchise revenues generating over $2 billion to date.
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