Cartoon Network is the number one destination for anyone who wishes to watch anything animated. They have it all–from action-packed to comedy; Cartoon Network has given us some of the best shows throughout the years. It doesn’t matter what decade or era you look at, Cartoon Network had something great to offer. With so many cartoons to choose from, we’ve managed to narrow down some of our cartoon favorites from the classics to the most modern shows. Here are our picks for the top 20 Cartoon Network shows of all-time (in no particular order).
1. Teen Titans
There’s no shortage of laughs and action in this series based on the DC characters of the same name. Since it premiered on CN back in 2003, Teen Titans has become the most beloved series on the network. Apart from the laughs and action, Teen Titans manages to tackle serious themes and handle character development like no other animated series could. The series had a five-season run, with reruns continuing to air on the network to this day. Younger generations stumble upon the show and fall in love with it much like previous watchers did almost 15 years ago.
2. Dexter’s Laboratory
There’s something absolutely adorable about this tiny boy genius and all the inventions he comes up with in his secret laboratory. Dexter’s Laboratory was just one of those shows that made you laugh for no reason. The relationship that Dexter had with his sister Dee Dee was one of the highlights of the show, and of course, the competition with fellow genius Mandark was just as good. Dexter’s constant battles are the stuff of comedy. While he may be highly intelligent, his carelessness and overexcitement takes over most of the time, making him fail miserably at what he does. The best part about this show is Dexter’s extremely thick accent despite the fact that he comes from an all-American family.
3. Ed, Edd n Eddy
Who knew that the story of three preteen boys, who happen to share the same name, could be so entertaining? Perhaps it’s because the Eds were so relatable; we’ve all done what they used to do anyway. It was the perfect depiction of life in the cul-de-sac, where kids do what they do best: try to get the other kids for their money. Unfortunately, as brilliant as the Eds’ plans may sound, they always failed miserably. All we know is that it made for good television.
4. Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends
Imagine a world where imaginary friends were real; that’s the basic premise of this highly successful CN show. In eight-year-old Mac’s world, imaginary friends are as real as any other human, and he’s got one of his own: Bloo. However, Mac’s mom wants him to get rid of Bloo for some reason. So the two friends try to figure out a way to go around this predicament. They find a solution in an abandoned home that seem to attract unwanted imaginary friends. The show lasted for 6 seasons of Mac and Bloo’s many misadventures.
5. Powerpuff Girls
Blossoms, Bubbles, and Buttercup were the perfect combinations of sugar, spice, and everything nice. The superpowered trio always managed to save the day from all the criminals using their abilities. They may have been tiny, but they were packed with powers. Blossom, the leader, could freeze anything with her breath. Bubbles, the sweetest of the three girls, could emit sonic waves. Lastly, Buttercup was the toughest fighter. Although she lacked a unique ability, she made up for it with tons of fighting will and strength.
6. Codename: Kids Next Door
This cartoon had all the elements of what kids’ lives should be about: friends, secret hideouts, tree houses, and codenames. However, the adventures of these five kids in the neighborhood were brought on by the fact that they’re actually part of a larger global organization called Kids Next Door. The show ran from 2002 until 2008 and has become a favorite among many kids of all ages (adults included) that followed Cartoon Network. It’s interesting to imagine what the Kids Next Door might be up to these days, 10 years after the last episode of the series aired.
7. The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
When you combine two friends, one who is rather slow and another who is rather dark, and give them the Grim Reaper as their best friend, only trouble and mischief could be the result. Billy and Mandy (mostly Mandy) liked to take advantage of Grim’s supernatural powers to travel to spooky spots and supernatural locations to do whatever it may have been that they set out to do. Mostly, they’re out for an adventure, and they use Grim’s powers to protect themselves against whatever beastly creature they may have come across along the way.
8. Courage the Cowardly Dog
Here’s another scary-themed CN show that was more hilarious than spooky. The main character of the series, Courage, was such a great character that it was really able to carry the entire series on its own. Maybe it was because it was pink and completely human-like, but Courage was entertaining to watch. The dog and the elderly couple he was living with somehow kept finding themselves in bizarre situations involving the paranormal. Given that he’s not the most courageous creature, Courage still manages to protect his owners no matter what it took.
9. Adventure Time
If you’re looking for true adventure in the most literary sense of the word, Adventure Time might be the show for you. This show is about the post-apocalyptic lives of a young boy, Finn, and his adoptive brother dog Jake. Jake had the magical abilities to transform into any shape whenever he wanted to. They live in the Land of Ooo, quite the fantastical land that’s reminiscent of various video games. In fact, the entire show feels very much like a video game being played out. It adds to the charm of the show.
10. Samurai Jack
It’s odd enough that the samurai in the show has a Western name, Jack, but his adventures were some of the best ever. Jack was sent into a dystopian future to fight a shape-shifting enemy, Aku. Aku was set to take over the world much like all tyrannical villains that were ever created, and Jack was set to stop him in his tracks. The show premiered in 2001 and lasted for five seasons. Samurai Jack was so good that it won a total of eight Primetime Emmy Awards, and that’s not even including all the other awards and nominations it received during its run.
11. Tom and Jerry
Talk about going classic, Tom and Jerry is one of the most classic cartoon favorites there ever was. We all know the whole cat-and-mouse chase premise of the story, yet no matter how many times we watch the cartoon, it never fails to make us laugh. Tom and Jerry was created back in 1940, and the central story is the rivalry between the two characters. There were times when they’d be amicable, but that was almost always short-lived. The cartoon featured no dialogue whatsoever, which added to its magic and charm altogether.
12. Regular Show
This is one of the newer show on this list being that it first aired in 2010 and ended just last year in 2017. Regular show is the story of two working class friends, Mordecai and Rigby. Mordecai was a blue jay, while Rigby was a raccoon. In every episode, the two friends would go about their day and usually would have a simple problem to contend with. However, their days almost always end up including some type of bizarre adventure. The show’s viewership during its peak was at 2 to 2.5 million viewers each week–a true testament to just how good the show was.
Scooby-Doo is one of those shows that will just last forever. So many remakes of the original have sprouted, and the idea behind the stories was just so unique. There’s no stop to just how many different storylines can be created. This is proven by the fact that Scooby-Doo first aired in 1969 and is still continuing on to this day in various formats. Scooby-Doo is also one of the most iconic characters ever created along with the rest of the gang: Fred, Daphne, Velma, and of course, Shaggy.
Perhaps one of the most successful franchises in anime, PokÃ©mon is the series based on the Japanese anime phenomenon Pocket Monsters. It tells the story of 10-year old Ash Ketchum and his journey to becoming a PokÃ©mon master. His first ever PokÃ©mon is Pikachu; and although their relationship had a rough start, they become the best of friends to this day. Their adventures along the way are both fun and treacherous, as they fight off various villains and evil PokÃ©mon. PokÃ©mon’s success thrives in the show and various other forms of media and entertainment.
15. Johnny Bravo
Johnny Bravo was a bit more adult-oriented than many of CN’s shows, but it was still funny regardless. The show was about a muscular young man, Johnny Bravo, whose ultimate goal is to get women to date him. He’s almost always unsuccessful at this quest, and oftentimes, he finds himself in odd situations in the process. The adult humor and pop culture references are what makes this show great, including the fact that there weren’t many shows like it during its time. Johnny Bravo had four seasons in total, first airing in 1997 and ended in 2004 including a break in between.
16. Looney Tunes
A series of short films make up the Looney Tunes cartoons, and it brought us some of the most famous characters in the entire world and history of animation. During the golden age of American animation from 1930 to 1969, we were introduced to characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Tasmanian Devil, Speedy Gonzales, and a few more. For many, these characters are reminiscent of Saturday morning laughs and endless entertainment. Looney Tunes are as timeless as animation can get.
17. Ben 10
Ben Tennyson conquers the outer space in the series, Ben 10. The 10-year old gets a hold of an alien device known as the Omnitrix; he puts it on like a watch, and then he transforms into whatever alien creature he may need to be in order to fight a villain in space. As exciting as that may sound, it took a while for Ben 10 to pick up momentum. It became popular eventually, even spawning a few other shows to become a franchise. The show lasted for four seasons from 2005 until 2008.
18. The Amazing World of Gumball
There are a few characters out there that truly capture the imagination of children. 12-year old Gumball Watterson and his best friend and adoptive brother Darwin were some of coolest characters in cartoon in most recent times. Gumball happens to be a blue cat while Darwin is a goldfish. The two are middle school kids who live and attend school in the city of Elmore. The show is basically about the daily lives of the two kids and the people around them and all the troubles they get themselves into. It’s a refreshing take on just everyday lives–something that some kids find relatable versus shows that are about villains and superpowers.
Not many cartoon take upon the culinary world as its topic, but that’s exactly what Chowder is all about. Chowder is the main character of the show. He’s a young apprentice in Chef Mung Daal’s catering company. He’s described as a scatterbrain, so he always somehow manages to get himself into trouble. He also gets into trouble because of his hearty appetite. The show may have been short-lived with only 3 seasons and a total of 49 episodes, but it was still good enough to get at least one Primetime Emmy Award during that time.
20. Young Justice
An adaptation of DC Universe’s characters, Young Justice was about the lives of the superheroes; only in this show the superheroes were still in their teenage years. The superheroes featured in this show included Batman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Arrow, and their protÃ©gÃ©s, Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Speedy. This was another short-lived success, having only lasted for 2 seasons. But there’s a new development coming to the show that might end up with the release of a third season this year.