An animated series has endured for 20 seasons on highly competitive network television, its derivatives dominate the ratings today and animated movies always rule the box office when they’re released. Why do we like cartoons so much? Because they’re the first things our parents let us watch as children, the good ones make us laugh, the great ones make us cry, and they can all do amazing, imaginative things that are impossible in the real world. Children never age, death-defying slapstick never hurts, and the supernatural becomes a part of your life. Here are ten of the best animated series we have here on Fancast. Watch and enjoy our animation celebration.
1. The Simpsons
Most sitcoms are lucky to last five years, but our beloved yellow national treasures are still rolling after two decades and a theatrical film. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie have more than cemented themselves into our culture – people will still be saying ‘d’oh!’ in a hundred years.
2. Family Guy
The most popular animated series on TV right now is this completely insane, random, filthy and edgy pop culture reference festival. Obviously, it’s been heavily inspired by The Simpsons, but the twisted Griffin family has sprinted in its own crazy direction, and we love them for it.
3. The Flintstones
#1 and #2 would not exist if not for the fine folks of Bedrock, the stars of the first prime-time animated series ever. Taking the classic Honeymooners set-up and building a pseudo-prehistoric theme around it has given us the belligerent blowhard Fred Flintstone, the crazy schemes he hatches with his neighbor Barney Rubble and a never-ending supply of geological puns.
4. King of the Hill
Mike Judge’s odd, low-key comedy centering around the quirky family of a “propane and propane accessories” salesman in Arlen, Texas forgoes the wacky insanity of many animated shows and instead opts for a more realistic approach to giving us a slice of small-town life.
5. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
The classic 70s series that spawned from Bill Cosby’s childhood memories is coming at you with music and fun, and if you’re not careful you may learn something before it’s done! Hey Hey Hey!
6. Avatar: The Last Airbender
This American cartoon uses anime stylization to give us the story of a kid named Aang and his friends with elemental powers on their mission to stop the Fire Lord and the Fire Nation from waging war and it was a massive hit on Nickelodeon.
7. Batman: The Animated Series
Bruce Timm and Paul Dini revolutionized what superhero cartoons could be in the early 90s with this series that stripped out the camp from the Dark Knight, further honed Tim Burton’s 1989 movie stylization and came up with ideas so good that DC Comics swiped them for their own.
8. Batman Beyond
Timm and Dini followed up their masterpiece with an all-new take on the Batman saga, showing us the Caped Crusader’s future as a retired old man training his teenage replacement and exploring the darker regions of kids’ programming in the process.
Ruh-roh, Raggy. Scooby Dooby Doo and his gang of amateur detectives tooling around in their hippie van the Mystery Machine have inspired two live-action movies and an avalanche of stoner jokes. Just try to forget Scrappy Doo.
10. Looney Tunes
Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng and Mel Blanc are heroes to animators, children and adults everywhere for their groundbreaking work and legendary characters like Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny. Never forget the classics.