Best Animated Series of the Decade (2010s)

Best Animated Series of the 2010s

Top 10 Children’s Animated Series of the Decade:

#10: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That

Total Episodes: 80
Episodes in the 2010s: 80
Air Dates: 2010-2018
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 0

The Cat in the Hat might have a zero in the awards column above but that is simply due to the type of awards that were considered for this list. Martin Short and the young voices of this series were highly decorated for their vocal work, however. This series debuted in 2010 and it’s final episode aired in the fall of 2018. If that doesn’t warrant a spot on this list I’m not sure what does!

#9: Bubble Guppies

Total Episodes: 84
Episodes in the 2010s: 84
Air Dates: 2011-2016
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 5

Bubble Guppies not only aired episodes for 6 straight years throughout the decade but was also renewed and started airing new episodes in 2019. With 5 Emmy and Annie nominations for best series in its age group this series definitely makes a case for being named among the best of the decade.

#8: WordGirl

Total Episodes: 130
Episodes in the 2010s: 84
Air Dates: 2007-2015
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 3

Although it debuted back in 2007, WordGirl still had 65% of its episodes air during the decade in question and was a steady force for over half the decade in the first run and the remainder of the decade in rerun/syndication. This spinoff from Maya and Miguel definitely put its stamp on the decade.

#7: Dinosaur Train

Total Episodes: 94
Episodes in the 2010s: 77
Air Dates: 2009-Present
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 3

A personal favorite of mine, Dinosaur Train is just another in the long line of successful shows from the world of Jim Henson. With 2018 being the ONLY year in the entire decade that did not see a new episode air from this series I don’t think there’s any arguing of its place on this list.

#6: Peg + Cat

Total Episodes: 63
Episodes in the 2010s: 63
Air Dates: 2013-2018
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 6

Peg + Cat was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in every year of its existence including being nominated for Oustanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program in four straight years. With a 7.9 rating on IMDB, this series was both popular and critically acclaimed throughout the decade.

#5: Wild Kratts

Total Episodes: 146
Episodes in the 2010s: 146
Air Dates: 2011-Present
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 1

It may have only garnered one of the awards considered for this list but Wild Kratts aired more episodes in this category throughout the decade than every other series on this list except for one. That and a great IMDB rating is enough to warrant this show a Top 5 finish.

#4: Sofia the First

Total Episodes: 109
Episodes in the 2010s: 109
Air Dates: 2012-2018
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 4

Less than 40 shows throughout the decade aired more than 100 episodes and Sofia the First not only belongs to that group but also aired episodes in seven years of the ten considered. If that wasn’t enough it impacts continues to live on through its spin-off series, Elena of Avalor which has amassed more than 60 episodes itself thus far.

#3: Doc McStuffins

Total Episodes: 127
Episodes in the 2010s: 127
Air Dates: 2012-Present
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 3

Airing episodes in 8 of the 10 years throughout the decade and logging 127 episodes, third-most in this category there is no denying the influence Doc had on this time period. Much like Dora in decades before Doc has become iconic for youngsters of this generation.

#2: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Total Episodes: 105
Episodes in the 2010s: 105
Air Dates: 2012-Present
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 1

Perhaps fittingly for a decade that saw major motion pictures and documentaries on Mr. Rogers in its final years, we also received a series that was ever-present and influenced by the genius himself. Critically it deserved a lot more than the 1 awards that it received from those considered for this list. Another member of the 100 episode club, I think we can all agree on its place amongst the decades best.

#1: PAW Patrol

Total Episodes: 182
Episodes in the 2010s: 182
Air Dates: 2013-Present
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 2

Although slightly lower for its IMDB rating and the number of awards it received, the popularity of PAW Patrol cannot be denied. It also doesn’t hurt that at 182 episodes and counting, it is not only the most in this category but also in the Top 10 for all categories for the number of episodes aired during the decade. No, Surprise here that these canine cops take the top spot!

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Kevin "OptimusSolo"

OptimusSolo is a Cartoon Historian and even has an actual History degree to go with it. He's also an avid Toy collector boasting an over 1,000 piece Star Wars collection and nearly 400 Transformer toys. He is one of the hosts of the Powers of Grayskull series. He also has a passion for cartoon Theme Songs, Star Trek, MacGyver, Baseball, and is a major Movie Geek!


  1. This was a very interesting way to arrange the list. It was pretty fun, though, and incredibly varied. I particularly enjoyed reading the Hidden Gems list and I’m glad Niko and Kulipari made it. I’m a bit frustrated Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters never caught on, as it felt like a spiritual successor to The Spectacular Spider-Man. Also, I prefer Paws of Destiny over Legends of Awesomeness in terms of Kung Fu Panda shows.

    1. Yea, Stretch Armstrong was definitely one I looked at but just missed out. I also was torn on which Kung-Fu Panda to list. I could see it all be listed as one almost actually. Thanks for the comment and the kind words. It was a fun thing to put together. It started out as a simple list I was going to throw together and ended up as a month long project haha!

  2. I feel Detentionaire should’ve been on here or at least been an honorable mention. It is such a good show and the mystery is on par with Gravity Falls in my opinion.

    1. Was not familiar with this one since it mainly aired in Canada unless I’m mistaken. I’ll have to check it out!

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