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Steve Megatron’s Top 25 Animated Series

#25

Animaniacs (1993–1998)

21 min|Animation, Comedy, Family, Musical|September 13, 1993
7.9Rating: 7.9 / 10 from 18,151 usersMetascore: N/ATV-Y7
Ensemble cast of off-the-wall Warner Brothers characters, appearing in a wide variety of roles. Wakko, Yakko, and Dot Warner, are WB Studio creations who were just too "zany" to be of any …

#24

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987–1996)

30 min|Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller|December 14, 1987
7.9Rating: 7.9 / 10 from 26,016 usersMetascore: N/ATV-Y7
The adventures of a quartet of humanoid warrior turtles and their friends.

#23

Spider-Man (1994–1998)

23 min|Animation, Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller|November 19, 1994
8.3Rating: 8.3 / 10 from 20,727 usersMetascore: N/ATV-Y
A young man with spider-like abilities fights crime as a superhero in New York City while trying to have a normal personal life.

#22

X-Men (1992–1997)

23 min|Animation, Action, Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller|October 31, 1992
8.5Rating: 8.5 / 10 from 30,478 usersMetascore: N/ATV-Y7
A team of mutant superheroes fight for justice and human acceptance in the Marvel Comics universe.

#21

Pinky and the Brain (1995–1998)

30 min|Animation, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi|September 9, 1995
7.9Rating: 7.9 / 10 from 24,814 usersMetascore: N/ATV-Y
A genius mouse and his stupid sidekick try to conquer the world each night.

#20

Freakazoid! (1995–1997)

30 min|Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi|September 9, 1995
7.6Rating: 7.6 / 10 from 6,368 usersMetascore: N/ATV-G
Washington, D.C. has a new defender: Freakazoid. The comedy and insanity never stop when he's around, and he's only one of the weird heroes of the series. It's better than a nice tub of good things.

#19

Darkwing Duck (1991–1992)

30 min|Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Mystery|September 6, 1991
7.6Rating: 7.6 / 10 from 11,899 usersMetascore: N/ATV-Y7
A bumbling superhero battles crime with the help of his daughter and pilot sidekick.

#18

Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron (1993–1995)

22 min|Animation, Action, Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller|September 11, 1993
8.6Rating: 8.6 / 10 from 3,152 usersMetascore: N/ATV-PG
Two demoted fighter pilots battle evil as high flying masked vigilantes.

#17

G.I. Joe (1985–1986)

30 min|Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi|September 16, 1985
7.8Rating: 7.8 / 10 from 3,906 usersMetascore: N/ATV-Y7
An elite special missions force fights against the terrorist forces of Cobra.

#16

Samurai Jack (2001–2017)

25 min|Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller|August 10, 2001
8.5Rating: 8.5 / 10 from 36,023 usersMetascore: N/ATV-PG
A samurai sent through time fights to return home and save the world.

#15

The Critic (1994–1995)

522 min|Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance|January 26, 1994
8.0Rating: 8.0 / 10 from 6,367 usersMetascore: N/ATV-14
Jay Sherman is a New York film critic who has to review films he doesn't like for a living.

#14

Futurama (1999–2013)

22 min|Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi|March 28, 1999
8.5Rating: 8.5 / 10 from 181,034 usersMetascore: N/ATV-14
Fry, a pizza guy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year's Eve 2999.

#13

ReBoot (1994–2002)

30 min|Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller|September 10, 1994
7.9Rating: 7.9 / 10 from 4,346 usersMetascore: N/ATV-Y7
In the inner computer world of Mainframe, a guardian program sprite and his friends defend the system from threats from viruses and the User.

#12

Gargoyles (1994–1996)

30 min|Animation, Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller|October 24, 1994
8.1Rating: 8.1 / 10 from 11,790 usersMetascore: N/ATV-PG
A clan of heroic night creatures pledge to protect modern New York City as they did in Scotland long ago

#11

G.I. Joe: Resolute (2009)

60 min|Animation, Action, Sci-Fi|April 17, 2009
7.6Rating: 7.6 / 10 from 699 usersMetascore: N/ATV-14
The terrorist organization Cobra unleashes a new scheme to take over the world, and it's up to the G.I. Joe elite commandos to stop them.

#10

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012–2017)

24 min|Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi|September 29, 2012
8.0Rating: 8.0 / 10 from 6,722 usersMetascore: N/ATV-Y7
Four ninja turtles, mutated by a mysterious alien substance, must rise up out of the sewers and defend their city against evil forces from both the past and present.

#09

Mighty Max (1993–1995)

30 min|Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller|September 1, 1993
8.0Rating: 8.0 / 10 from 1,401 usersMetascore: N/ATV-Y7
Max, a 12 year old boy, finds a magical cap that can teleport him across dimensions.

#08

Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)

24 min|Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller|September 13, 1996
8.7Rating: 8.7 / 10 from 93,934 usersMetascore: N/ATV-PG
After learning that he is from another planet, a warrior named Goku and his friends are prompted to defend it from an onslaught of extraterrestrial enemies.

#07

Justice League (2001–2004)

22 min|Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller|November 17, 2001
8.6Rating: 8.6 / 10 from 33,209 usersMetascore: N/ATV-PG
Seven of the most formidable heroes form arguably the most powerful team ever.

#06

Batman Beyond (1999–2001)

23 min|Adventure, Animation, Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller|January 10, 1999
8.1Rating: 8.1 / 10 from 20,249 usersMetascore: N/ATV-Y7
Fueled by remorse and vengeance, a high schooler named Terry McGinnis revives the role of Batman. Under supervision of an elderly Bruce Wayne, he fights crime in a harsh futuristic Gotham.

#05

Transformers Prime (2010–2013)

30 min|Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi|November 26, 2010
7.9Rating: 7.9 / 10 from 4,293 usersMetascore: N/ATV-Y7
In this new set of adventures the Autobots live on Earth and maintain their secret identity. They are joined by 3 teens as they battle the Decepticons.

#04

Beast Machines: Transformers (1999–2001)

30 min|Action, Animation, Sci-Fi|September 18, 1999
6.9Rating: 6.9 / 10 from 1,900 usersMetascore: N/ATV-Y7
The Maximals awaken on their home planet of Cybertron and are chased by mindless Vehicons created by Megatron. The Maximals must free the planet from Megatron and restore it to its real way of living.

#03

Star Wars: Rebels (2014–2018)

22 min|Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi|September 26, 2014
8.0Rating: 8.0 / 10 from 19,788 usersMetascore: N/ATV-Y7
A brave and clever ragtag starship crew stands up against the evil Empire as it tightens its grip on the galaxy and hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights.

#02

Beast Wars: Transformers (1996–1999)

30 min|Animation, Action, Sci-Fi|August 6, 1996
8.2Rating: 8.2 / 10 from 6,568 usersMetascore: N/ATV-Y7
The Transformers' war continues in an older time, through a new generation. On pliocenic Earth, the heroic Maximals and the evil Predacons battle for survival against each other and against a violent planet.

#01

Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995)

23 min|Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi|September 5, 1992
9.0Rating: 9.0 / 10 from 66,544 usersMetascore: N/ATV-PG
The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl.

Finale

The majority of these cartoons I grew up with or watch now or continue to revisit. I honestly would love to re-tackle a Top 100 Animated Series since our first was six years ago. I feel like the list for all of us would be drastically different and we could include anime in that list as well to make it more well rounded. There you have it though, that’s my Top 25 animated series. Would love to hear what yours would be and some good recommendations!

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