Who says cartoons are just for kids? Also, who says animated shows for kids can’t also be enjoyed by adults? Animation has been a big part of television for decades. And today we will look at the top 10 most popular cartoons of all time.
1. Bojack Horseman
The name of the show “Bojack Horseman” can be a little strange for people. And you might also think a show about a former celebrity horse is a trifle. That’s not true at all. The horseman in this show is shown as a portrait of failure, depression, addiction and so much more. It just happens to focus on a talking horse.
2. Family Guy
Some people are down on “Family Guy” and its go-for-broke, anything for a laugh style, even if you don’t like the Griffin family or the other denizens of Quahog, you have to admit that every now and again, the show stumbles on a great joke. Plus, a show once canceled has now run for 18 seasons and over 330 episodes.
3. South Park
To think: “South Park” started with some super cheap animation and some videos that got in the hands of people like George Clooney. Now it’s one of the iconic animated shows. That being said, it has a lot of issues. The show relies on gross-out humor too much, and it can hit you over the head with messages that are also usually quite obvious. Some of it works, some of it doesn’t, but it is a defining satire of our era.
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
There have been a few different cartoon versions of “Teenage Mutant Ninjas Turtles.” We’re talking specifically of the one from the late ‘80s. It’s the quintessential version, brightly colored and fun and fluffy. Sometimes it was cheesy, like the pizza they loved, but it was usually a delight and provided a lot of action while still being kid-friendly.
5. “The Powerpuff Girls”
You can fold both versions of “The Powerpuff Girls,” the original and the recent reboot, into this one. We prefer the current version, which has a lot more dynamic animation and a killer voice cast. It’s a more self-aware version of a cartoon too, which helps make it funnier and a lot more fun to watch.
6. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
Truth be told, the original “Scooby-Doo” cartoons don’t hold up well. They are slow and repetitive. That’s not the case with “Scooby-Doo’s This version, was aired from 2010 to 2013, and it is a lot more detailed. Also, you can find much more character depth, so it’s not just Velma losing her glasses. Oh, and the backgrounds don’t just repeat themselves over and over.
7. SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob is one of the best Nickelodeon animations. This show debuted in the year 1999. It’s still going on, even though creator Stephen Hillenburg tragically passed away. This show may be quite absurd but it has managed to be liked by many generations. The fact it seems about half of all memes come from the show is proof of that.
8. Adventure Time
The rise of “Adventure Time” came slowly. First, it was just a weird little cartoon about a boy and his talking dog going on adventures. Then it started to grow. A world was built. It became the No. 1 “hey, adults can like this show too!” cartoon of its era. After all, how many cartoons for kids feature a vampire doing a cover of a Mitski song?
9. Phineas and Ferb
The people behind “Phineas and Ferb” went as far as to say that they didn’t create their show for kids; they just didn’t exclude them from the potential audience. That makes the show a crowd-pleaser for almost any audience. The titular characters are half-brothers spending their summer vacation trying to have as many crazy adventures as possible, and they pretty much always manage to do it. Also, their pet platypus is a secret agent with a nemesis who is a mad scientist, who is one of the funniest characters in any family-friendly cartoon. If you missed out on “Phineas and Ferb” because you thought it was just kid stuff, you should amend that.
10. The Simpsons
This was the most obvious choice. You start with “The Simpsons” and you go from there. It’s in the running for the best show ever, full stop. The first nine seasons on “The Simpsons” are as good as anything, and since then there have been hundreds of more episodes, many of them good. Homer Simpson is the best character in the history of television. You could have a conversation entirely in “Simpsons” quotes at this point if you wanted to. No animated show is funnier. No animated show is better. “The Simpsons” ran away with this list.