55 Best Animated Series To Binge Watch Anytime

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Astha Bansal

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Cartoons are one of the best things in the world. The industry has evolved from the territory of kids to adults. 

Cartoons help the adult to find the trapped child inside them as they are the best stress reliever. These series are not only to entertain us but also to teach us the lessons of life through the beautiful illustration work. 

Many cartoons are there that are intended to show a satirical image of our society humorously. 

Here are some best-animated series that you can binge-watch anytime and spend your time without any pressure and anxiety. 

1) BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman (2014-2020) | Top 10 Animated Series

BoJack Horseman is a dark comedy-drama animated series created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. 

This is one of the best-animated series which was premiered on Netflix on August 22, 2014, with a total of six seasons and 77 episodes in it, the final season was ended on January 31, 2020. 

A self-loathing and alcoholic horse that suffers from depression and often engages in self-destructing tendencies. Bojack is an actor who comes back to celebrity relevance with an autobiography written by ghost-writer Diane Nguyen. 

A must-watch series about a horse raising three orphan human children and at the same time dealing with his addiction to drugs, alcohol, and recklessness. 

2) The Simpsons

The Simpsons (1989-Present) | Top 10 Animated Series

An American adult animated sitcom created by Matt Groening depicting the American’s life in a satirical way. 

The show sets in a fictional town of Springfield where the Simpson family lives which consists of Homer (father), Marge (mother), Bart, Lisa, and Maggie (children). The show premiered on Fox on December 17, 1989, with a total of 32 seasons and 706 episodes till now. 

This is the longest-running American animated sitcom which tells about American culture and society and the human living condition.

3) Archer

Archer (2009-Present) | Top 10 Animated Series

A salacious humor American animated series created by Adam Reed premiered on FX network. 

With a total of 11 seasons, the story revolves around a young good looking spy named Sterling Archer working for a secret intelligence agency (ISIS) with his seven colleagues Cheryl Tunt, Pam Poovey, Ray Gillette, Malory Archer, Lana Kane, Cyril Figgis, and Dr. Algernop Krieger. 

Each character has special and dysfunctional personalities which explain their attitude towards life.

4) Family Guy

Family Guy (1999-2002, 2004-Present) | Top 10 Animated Series

An American animated sitcom. Seth MacFarlane created this for Fox Broadcasting. 

The Series is about the Griffin family which consists of father Peter, mother Lois, daughter Meg, son Chris, and baby Stevie, and Family dog Brian. The first season premiered on January 31, 1999, after that there are 19 seasons and 369 episodes in total. 

The story is set up in a fictional town Quahog, Rhode Island, and shows the American culture and the adventures and challenges that the Griffin family goes through every day.

5) Big Mouth

It is a teenage American adult sitcom created by Andrew Goldberg, Nick Kroll, and Maya Levin for Netflix. The first season was premiered on Netflix on September 29, 2017, and continued to have a total four-season and 41 episodes. 

This is a comedy story about a boy named Andrew who is getting to know about the messiness of his adolescence. 

The series shows how teenagers deal with ups and downs during their puberty.

6) Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty (2013-Present) | Top 10 Animated Series

A science-fiction adult comedy series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Cartoon Network premiered on December 2, 2013. 

This is a story about a mad bonze scientist Rick Sanchez and his kind-hearted impatient grandson Morty Smith who invent new things and suffers misadventures. 

The adventure of both Rick and Morty revolves around the travel to other planets and dimensions through portals and flying cars. 

7) Avatar: The Last Air bender

Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008) | Top 10 Animated Series

Also known as Avatar: The Legends of Aang is an American animated series produced by Nickelodeon Animated studios. 

This is a story about a girl named Avatar who is the only individual who can manipulate all the four telekinetic variants – Water, Earth, Air, and Fire through the Chinese martial art technique called bending. 

Avatar is the bridge between the physical world and the spiritual world and he has to maintain harmony and peace in the world. 

The series premiered on February 21, 2005, with a total of three seasons and 61 episodes.

8) Legends of Kora

An American animated series and the sequel of the series Avatar: The last air bender created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino for Nickelodeon. 

The series is around the people who can bend or manipulate the elements through the bend techniques and Avatar Korra the reincarnation of Avatar Aang is here to maintain peace and harmony in the world through her mesmerizing powers.

9) Naruto

Naruto is an anime adapted from the Japanese manga series written by Masashi Kishimoto and was aired on a cartoon network. 

This is a story about a young, mischievous ninja named Naruto Uzumaki who dreams to become the Hokage, the village leader of the village Konohagakure, and seeks recognition from his friends and peers. 

The series was first aired on September 21, 1999, and has a total of 78 volumes in it.

10) Pokémon

Pokemon

Pokémon (Pocket Monsters) is a Japanese animated series that was broadcasted on Tokyo TV on 1 April 2001. 

This is a story about a young Pokémon trainer Ash Ketchum and his partner Pikachu who is on the journey to becoming the Pokémon master by competing in various Pokémon battle tournaments called Pokémon League and earning badges. 

The story revolves around the challenges and adventures that Ash faces in the Pokémon master hunt.

The series consists of a total of more than 1,156 whooping episodes. It is still running and season 24 is currently being premiered.

11) Daria

An American adult animated sitcom created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn premiered on March 3, 1997, till January 21, 2002, on MTV. This series has 5 seasons and 70 episodes in total. 

The story is about a girl Daria Morgendorffer who is a somewhat misanthropic, smart, critical teenager who stays with her best friend Jane Lane who is an aspiring artist. 

The story revolves around the town of Lawndale and is the satirical view of how the high schools work by criticizing the popular cultures that in the high school lives.

12) Batman: the animated series

Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995) | Top 10 Animated Series

The DC Comics superhero Batman-based American animated series developed by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and Mitch Brian and produced by Warner Bros premiered on Fox from September 5, 1992, to September 15, 1995. 

With a total of 85 episodes, the story revolves around the dark mood of batman and the action to kick the crimes out of Gotham city with the help of Robin and Batgirl.

13) The Invincible

It is an American adult animated superhero sitcom based on the Image Comics series written and illustrated by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley. 

The first episode was premiered on Amazon Prime on March 25, 2021. 

The story is about a 17 years old guy Mark Grayson who can transform into a superhero with the help of his father Omni-Man, the most powerful being on the planet. Currently, the series has released only one season with 8 episodes in total. 

14) Steven Universe

Steven Universe an American animated sitcom created by Rebecca Sugar for Cartoon Network. The series was originally premiered on November 4, 2013 – January 21, 2019, with a total of 5 seasons and 160 episodes. 

This is a story about coming of age boy Steven who lives in the fictional town of Beach City with the Crystal Gems that are magical and humanoid aliens – Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl. 

The show features the adventure of half gem Steven and his friends who are trying to protect the world. 

15) Bob’s Burger

Bob’s Burgers (2011-Present) | Top 10 Animated Series

It is an adult animated series created by Loren Bouchard for Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is about the Belcher family- Bob and Linda (Parents). 

They also have three children Tina, Gene, and Louise. They altogether run a hamburger restaurant on Ocean Avenue. 

The show focuses on how the belchers support Bob for his dream of creating offbeat burgers. There are a total of 11 seasons and 216 episodes. 

16) Justice League

American animated series premiered on Cartoon Network from 2001 to 2004. It the show adapted from the comic Justice League of America by DC comics. The show was created by Warner Bros, Animation. 

A show where Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aqua man, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter come together and fight against the crimes and threats from the otherworldly beings. 

The series has 2 seasons and 52 episodes in total.

17) King of the Hill

King of the hill is the American adult animated series produced by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels for Fox Broadcasting Company. The series premiered on January 12, 1997, and ran till May 6, 2010. 

The story is about a man Hank Hill who is an assistant manager at Strickland Propane. 

The series revolves around the fictional city of Arian, Texas, where the Hill family lives, and shows the mundane aspects of everyday life of a normal human being humorous.

18) The Tick

An American Television series created by Ben Edlund for Amazon Prime Video the series is adapted from the comic book written and illustrated by Ben. 

The first season was premiered on August 18, 2016. It is the story that shows the action and adventures of the superhero known as the blue tick, he wears the blue suit and saves the city from combat crimes, and uncovers the secret mysteries. 

The series has 2 seasons and 22 episodes.

19) Gravity Falls

An American mystery animated series created by Alex Hirsch for Disney Channel and Disney XD. There are 2 seasons and 40 episodes in total and the first season was premiered on June 15, 2012. 

The story revolves around the mysterious town of gravity falls, Oregon where many paranormal and supernatural incidents happen. 

Dipper Pines and his sister Mabel spend their vacation in this town with their great uncle Stan and investigate the mystery of the town.  

20) Teen titans go!

TTG an action, comedy, and superhero American television series created by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic for Cartoon Network. The series is based on the DC Comics fictional superhero team and it has 7 seasons and 324 episodes in it. The story follows the adventure of the titan’s team – Beast Boy, Robin, Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire. They all live in Jump City and are never able to help the city from the villains alone there is always an adult superhero that helps at last to save the world. This series is a mixture of both adventure and craziest comedy while fighting their enemies.

21) Superman: the animated series

Superhero animated series that is featuring the DC Comics character Superman this was produced by Warner Bros Animation and telecasted on Kids’ WB. There are 3 seasons and 54 episodes in it. 

This series shows the new and modern superman who is on earth to fight the evil battles, the show running time was September 6, 1996, to February 12, 2000.

22) Attack on titans

A Japanese dark fantasy animated series adapted from the manga attack on titans written and illustrated by Hajime Isa Yama. This series was premiered on April 7, 2013, on NHK general TV, Japan. 

The series revolves around the humans who live in three cities surrounded by enormous walls to protect themselves from Titans, the giant humanoid beings. 

It has the adventures of Eren Jaeger and his friends Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert who try to take revenge and reclaim the world from titans by joining the Scout Regiment.

23) Spiderman: The Animated Series

It is an animated superhero sitcom based on Marvel Comics superhero. The show was premiered on Fox Kids Network from November 19, 1994, to January 31, 1998. 

The series is about Spiderman and his other personality Peter Parker during his college years at Empire State University. The show features most of Spiderman’s villains including Kingpin, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and many more. 

The series also includes the other marvel superheroes like X-Man, the Fantastic Four, and Iron Man, War Machine, Blade, Doctor Strange, and others.

24) Love, Death, and Robots

An American adult animated series on Netflix created by Tim Miller, Joshua Donen, David Fincher, and Jennifer Miller. The show is recreated from the sci-fi show Heavy Metal. 

Originally the series released on March 15, 2019, it has a total of 2 seasons and 28 episodes, this series is a collection of short stories including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and comedy. 

This includes the tales of robots in a post-apocalyptic city and how he explores alternate histories.  

25) Castlevania

American adult animated series produced by Frederator Studios is based on the Japanese video game series Castlevania created by Konami. This was released on July 7, 2017, and ended on May 13, 2021, with a total of 4 seasons and 32 episodes. 

The story is about the last surviving member of the Belmont Clan, Trevor Belmont who is trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction from the Vlad Dracula Tepes.

26) Masters of Universe

He-man and masters of the universe is an American animated sitcom created by Filmation based on Mattel’s toy line master of the universe. 

The series revolves around a place called Eternia, a planet of magic, myths, and fantasy. Prince Adam the young son of Eternia’s rulers King Randor and Queen Marlena is the most powerful man in the universe when he holds the ‘Sword of Power’ and transforms into He-man. 

He-man uses his secret powers to protect and defend the city from the evil powers of Skeletor. 

27) My hero academia

A Japanese anime series produced by Bones and MBS and directed by Kenji Nagasaki. The series ran from April 3, 2016, to June 26, 2016, on MBS.

The story is about a boy named Izuku Midoriya without any powers who dreams to become a hero in the world of powerful people known as ‘Quirks’. 

The boy is determined to get enrolled in the prestigious hero academy and cultivate into a superhero. The show has 5 seasons and 88 episodes in total.

28) Trese

It is a Philippines anime-influenced based on the Filipino Komik series Trese by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. It was released on Netflix on June 10, 2021, with a total of 6 episodes now. 

The main character Alexandra Trese is up in the town of Manila where dark supernatural powers pervade the crime underworld. 

A story about the adventures and challenges of Trese while maintaining peace in the city.

29) One-piece

A Japanese anime series based on Eiichiro Oda’s manga series one piece. One-piece is a story about a boy named Monkey D. Luffy whose body has gained the properties of the rubber after eating the devil fruit. 

He and his crew named Straw Hat Pirates are on a mission to explore the ultimate treasure known as one piece to become the pirate king. The series started on October 20, 1999, and still running with a total of 980 episodes.

30) Star Wars: the clone wars

An animated series created by George Lucas for Cartoon network. It was released on August 8, 2008, and ended on May 4, 2020, with 7 seasons and 133 episodes. 

Clone war is a three-year war fought to prevent thousands of planetary systems from leaving the Galactic Republic and forming the ‘Confederacy of Independent systems known as Separatists. 

31) Dragon Ball Z

Japanese anime series produced by Toei Animation and adapted from the manga series Dragon Ball created by Akira Toriyama. 

This show ran from April 5, 2009, to March 27, 2011. Dragon ball z is the sequel of the dragon ball series that shows the adventures of Goku along with his friends to defend the earth from the aliens, androids, and magical creatures. 

This series continues the adulthood life of Goku and the life of his son Gohan.

32) South Park

South Park (1997-Present) | Top 10 Animated Series

South Park is an American animated series by Trey Parker and Matt Stone and developed by Brian Garden. This show was aired on August 13, 1997, on comedy central and has 24 seasons and 309 episodes. 

The show has four boys Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick who are mischievous and have misadventures in the town both normal and supernatural.

33) Hunter x Hunter

Japanese anime series adapted from the manga series Hunter x hunter written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. 

The story is about Gon Freecss who thought his father was dead but there is a twist his father is alive and well. He got to know that his father Ging is a legendary hunter. 

Gon is a determined kid who follows in his father’s footsteps to become the legendary hunter bypassing the Hunter Examination. 

This show started on 2 October 2011 and ended on 24 September 2014 with 6 seasons and 75 episodes.

34) Naruto: Shippuden

A sequel of Naruto anime directed by Hayato Date and produced by Pierrot. The season was released on 15 February 2007 and the last episode was telecasted on 23 March 2017. 

The series is about Naruto who dreams to become the Hokage of his village. The show has more action and adventure than the first part.  

35) American Dad

American adult animated series created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman for Fox Broadcasting Company.

The series started on February 6, 2015, with overall 18 seasons and 311 episodes. The series showcases an upper-class eccentric Smith family in Langley Falls, Virginia. 

The family is of four Stan (Father), Francine (Mother), Hayley (daughter), Steve (son). The show is about how all American families work.

36) Death Note

Japanese anime series adapted from the manga series death note written by Tsugumi Ohba. The story is about a genius boy Light Yagami who discovers a mysterious notebook called the Death note which belongs to Shinigami Ryuk the god of death. 

There is supernatural power in the notebook which Light uses to carry out a worldwide criminal massacre to make the society crime-free by using the name Kira. 

The series was released on October 3, 2006, and ended on June 26, 2007, with 37 episodes in it. 

37) Full Metal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009-2010) | Top 10 Animated Series

A Japanese anime series adapted from the manga series full metal alchemist written by Hiromu Arakawa. 

There are two brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric who have lost their bodies while performing the Alchemy procedure to bring their dead mother back. 

The story revolves around the adventure of the Elric brothers to find the philosopher stone and regain their bodies. The series has 51 episodes that were telecasted from October 4, 2003, to October 2, 2004.

38) Futurama

A science-fiction adult animated series created by Matt Groening for Fox from March 28, 1999, to August 10, 2003. The story is about Philip J. Fry who is cryogenically preserved for 1000 years and revived in the 31st century. 

Philip is a sensitive pizza delivery boy who delivers the orders of the Planet Express interplanetary company. The series shows the extreme level of future life on earth.

39) One punch man

A Japanese superhero anime series created by artist ONE. 

A story about a superhero Saitama who can defeat the opponent with a single punch, but Saitama seeks to find a worthy opponent who can compete with him with overwhelming strength. 

The series released on December 4, 2015, with 24 episodes.

40) Boruto: Naruto Next Generation

Boruto is a Japanese anime adapted from the weekly manga by Ukyo Kodachi and Masashi Kishimoto. It is the sequel of the Naruto series as Boruto is the son of Naruto Uzumaki. 

The story is about how Boruto and his friends become ninjas. The series was released on 5 April 2017 and it has 205 episodes. 

41) F is for family

It is an American adult animated series by Bill Burr and Michael Price for Netflix. There is an Irish-American family set up in Rustvale, Pennsylvania. 

This show was released on December 18, 2015, and 4 seasons and 36 episodes. the life of stand-up comedian Bill Burr is showed and all the 1970s lifestyle, music, and other details are added here.

42) Cowboy bebop

Japanese anime series created by Shinichiro Watanabe and Sunrise. There are 26 episodes in the series and it was released on September 18, 1987, and ended on June 18, 1998. 

The lives of the Bounty Hunter crew traveling in the spaceship called Bepop are shown in the series. It is a science fiction drama that shows the problems like loneliness and difficulties one is trying to escape.

43) Neon genesis evangel ion 

A Japanese animated series produced and directed by Gainax and Hideaki Anno. It was broadcasted from October 1995 to March 1996 on Tokyo TV. 

Protagonist Shinji a teenage boy who is recruited by his father Gendo to Nerv a shadowy organization to pilot a giant bio-machine mecha named Evangelion. 

The series shows how pilots stop the angels from causing cataclysms and how they explore their feeling and emotions.

44) Samurai jack

An American animated series created by Genndy Tartakovsky, this show is inspired by Kung Fu and samurai culture. 

There are 5 seasons and 62 episodes that show the Japanese samurai prince named Jack who can cut anything with the help of his mystic katana. 

He helps his kingdom by fighting evil beings and the demon named Aku. 

45) Phineas and Ferb

Phineas and Ferb

An American animated series created by Dan Povenmire and Jeff Marsh for Disney Channel and Disney XD. The series started from August 17, 2007, till Jun e 15, 2015. 

The series is about Phineas Flynn and his stepbrother Ferb Fletcher who are on summer vacations. These boys create brand new projects every day which annoys their elder sister Candace and always tries to show the project to their mother Linda Flynn Fletcher. 

This show also features a pet platypus named Perry who is a spy (Agent P) for OWCA and tries to defeat the evil missions of Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. 

46) Adventure time

A fantasy animated series created by Pendleton Ward for CN, broadcasted from April 5, 2010, to September 3, 2018. 

This show features the adventures of a boy named Finn and his best friend and brother named Jake who has the magical powers to change his size and shape. 

The two of them live in the post-apocalyptic land of Ooo where they meet Princess Bubblegum and others.

47) The Flintstones

The Flintstones

An American animated series created by Hannah Barbera Productions. It was broadcasted from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966. 

The series is about the Stone Age era where the Flintstones and Rubble families live and show the challenges they face from the dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.

48) Loony Tunes

Loony Tunes

An animated comedy short series produced by Warner Bros from 1930 to 1969. 

The series shows the misadventures of Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Tweety, Granny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Tasmanian Devil, Marvin the Martian, Wile E.Coyote, Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn, and others. 

49) The Boondocks 

American animated series created by Aaron McGruder for Cartoon Network. The series was broadcasted from November 6, 2008, to June 23, 2014, with a total of 55 episodes. 

The story is about the Black family Freeman's setting in a white suburb of Woodcrest. The show offers the perspective of mixtures of cultures, stereotypes, viewpoints, and racialized identities in a satirical and comedic manner.

50) Tokyo Ghoul 

A dark fantasy Japanese anime series adapted from the manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. The show was released on July 19, 2013, and has 4 seasons that ended on December 19, 2014. 

A series sets up in the town of ghouls the creatures who survive by eating human flesh. These ghouls can regenerate themselves and have 4times more kinetic energy than normal humans. 

The story revolves around a half-ghoul Ken Kaneki who was earlier a normal human and shows his daily struggles of fitting into the ghoul society.

51) X-men

X Men: The Animated Series 

X-men is the mutant superhero created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. These are the subspecies of humans who are born with superhuman abilities which are activated by X genes. 

The X-men use their abilities to fight for peace and equality between humans and mutants in the world. These X-men are led by professor x who is a powerful mutant telepath who can control and read minds. 

There are 5 seasons and 76 episodes broadcasted on Fox from October 31, 1992, to September 20, 1997.

52) SpongeBob Square Pants

An American comedy animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. There are 13 seasons and 267 episodes which are broadcasted from May 1, 1999. 

The story takes place underwater in the town of Bikini Bottom located in the Pacific Ocean where Spongebob, Patrick, and Squidward live. 

They work in the restaurant of a crusty crab who always has a competition with Chum Buckets restaurant. The series shows the adventure of SpongeBob in his daily life.

53) Harley Quinn

American adult animated series based on Dc Comics character created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. The series shows the misadventures of Harley Quinn after her breakup with joker upon the realization that he doesn’t love her. 

Harley Quinn makes herself the supervillain and creates problems for the joker and manages to take over the control of Gotham City. The series started in November 2019 and has a total of 26 episodes now.

54) Dexter’s Laboratory

Dexter’s Laboratory

An animated series created by Genndy Tartalovsky for Cartoon Network. 

This series shows a genius boy named Dexter who has a hidden laboratory in his room. He is always in a fight with his sister who has the access to his laboratory and always foils up his experiments. 

The series has 78 episodes that were released from April 27, 1996, to November 20, 2003.

55) Transformers

The series is based on the Transformers toy lines produced by Cartoon Network Studios and Hasbro. 

The series was released on December 26, 2007, and ended on May 23, 2009. 42 episodes show action and constant battles between Autobots and the Decepticons. 

The Autobots are protectors and are led by Optimus Prime. The Megatrons and his Decepticons are ruthless and are determined to destroy the Autobots.

A cartoon character helps the children to understand how one deals with situations should. They also help the children to bring out creativity and skills in them. 

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