your fav is problematic

Awhile ago a close friend and I complied the most subjective list as we possibly could about over 60 different cartoons that we’ve watched and enjoyed. The criteria for a cartoon to be included and rated on this list was that we had to have seen at least one season, it had to have aired on television, and it had to be made for younger audiences. While this may seem cruel to rate these shows, we feel that just because something is made “for kids” doesn’t mean it can’t be quality. We based our decisions on creativity, writing, plot, completeness, and “rewatchability” among other less definable traits like animation and style. Using Avatar the Last Air Bender and Over the Garden Wall as prime examples of good cartoons and He-man Masters of the Universe and Thundercats as “scraping the bottom of the barrel” of standards and quality our list follows as such:

  1. Avatar the Last Airbender
  2. Over the Garden Wall
  3. DCAU – Any show in the DC animated universe found here
  4. Gravity Falls
  5. Spielberg cartoons – Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, Freakazoid!, Pinky and the Brain
  6. Adventure Time
  7. Darkwing Duck
  8. Gargoyles
  9. Samurai Jack (old and reboot)
  10. The Amazing World of Gumball
  11. Courage the Cowardly Dog
  12. Reboot
  13. The Wild Thornberrys
  14. Chowder
  15. Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers
  16. Tale Spin
  17. DuckTales
  18. Star Wars: Rebels (Disney XD)
  19. Star Wars: Clone Wars (Disney XD)
  20. Hey Arnold!
  21. Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated
  22. Dragon Ball
  23. Dragon Ball Z
  24. Sailor Moon
  25. Ultimate Spiderman
  26. The Batman
  27. Teen Titans
  28. Jackie Chan Adventures
  29. Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends
  30. Powerpuff Girls (pre-reboot)
  31. Legend of Korra
  32. Dexter’s Laboratory
  33. Rugrats
  34. Recess
  35. The Adventures of Tarzan
  36. Aladdin
  37. Hamtaro
  38. Star Wars: the Clone Wars (Cartoon Network)
  39. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003
  40. Steven Universe
  41. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012
  42. Danny Phantom
  43. My Life as a Teenage Robot
  44. Miraculous: The Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
  45. Green Lantern: the Animated Series
  46. Young Justice
  47. Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
  48. Voltron Legendary Defender (Netflix)
  49. The Weekenders
  50. Pokemon
  51. Kim Possible
  52. Lilo and Stitch
  53. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
  54. Dave the Barbarian
  55. Powerpuff Girls (reboot)
  56. Teen Titans Go!
  57. Codename Kids Next Door
  58. Johnny Bravo
  59. Mighty Ducks
  60. X-Men: Evolution
  61. Yu-Gi-Oh!
  62. The Little Mermaid
  63. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987
  64. Fairly Odd Parents
  65. Rocket Power
  66. Teen Titans Go!
  67. Spongebob Squarepants
  68. He-man and the Masters of the Universe (1983-85)
  69. Thundercats (1985-89)

I hope to only expand and diversify this list as time goes on. So keep checking back for updates!


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