Best Animated Series of the Decade (2010s)

Best Animated Series of the 2010s

Top 10 Animated Series of the Decade based on Films:

#10: Monsters vs Aliens: The Series

Total Episodes: 26
Episodes in the 2010s: 26
Air Dates: 2013-2014
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 1

I could see a lot of people making a claim that Monsters vs Aliens is not deserving to be on this list and they may have a solid case to prosecute with that thought. A blip on the radar this series had just enough to slip in and take the #10 spot.

#9: Big Hero 6: The Series

Total Episodes: 40
Episodes in the 2010s: 40
Air Dates: 2017-Present
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 1

A film that just begged for the television series treatment, Big Hero 6: The Series debuted in 2017 and is still presently airing episodes. Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program, Baymax and the gang did just enough to make this list.

#8: The 7D

Total Episodes: 44
Episodes in the 2010s: 44
Air Dates: 2014-2016
IMDB Rating: 5.6
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 2

The 7D deserved a longer run than 2 seasons for sure. This series was loads of fun and a very fresh and creative spin on the source material. Boosted by the legendary voices of Bill Farmer, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Jess Harnell and Kevin Michael Richardson this series was an easy selection to be highlighted here!

#7: Jake and the Neverland Pirates

Total Episodes: 114
Episodes in the 2010s: 114
Air Dates: 2011-2016
IMDB Rating: 5.6
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 5

The flagship show of Disney Junior, Jake, and the Neverland Pirates was full of educational content, role models, and great messages for kids. A fun take on the classic characters this series also aired the 2nd most episodes among this genre for the decade and garnered almost a half dozen nominations and awards for being the best series for its demographic.

#6: The Lion Guard

Total Episodes: 74
Episodes in the 2010s: 74
Air Dates: 2016-2019
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 1

The Lion Guard was old reliable during the second half of the decade. The interesting take of a Lion King meets Avengers-style series proved very successful for Disney for some years.

#5: Tangled: The Series

Total Episodes: 52
Episodes in the 2010s: 52
Air Dates: 2017-Present
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 1

Tangled the Series comes across as one of the top 3 rated shows in this class from IMDB which more than warrants it opening up our Top 5.

#4: All Hail King Julien

Total Episodes: 78
Episodes in the 2010s: 78
Air Dates: 2014-2017
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 3

Another highly-rated series for this genre, All Hail King Julien helped establish again how much more successful Dreamworks can be with television series compared to their actual feature films!

#3: Penguins of Madagascar

Total Episodes: 149
Episodes in the 2010s: 107
Air Dates: 2008-2015
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 8

Penguins of Madagascar may have debuted in 2008 but went on to be a dominant force in the first half of the decade. Tied for the 2nd highest IMDB rating of the group and one of only 3 series to air more than 100 episodes in this decade. Penguins of Madagascar’s 8 awards also rank it in the Top 10 of ALL series considered for this article!

#2: Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness

Total Episodes: 80
Episodes in the 2010s: 80
Air Dates: 2011-2016
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 8

Another Dreamworks gem, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness definitely checks all of the boxes. A 7.1 rating (top 5 for this category), 8 award wins/nominations (top 10 overall), airing for more than half of the decade and 80 total episodes. This one was a no brainer.

#1: Dreamworks Dragons

Total Episodes: 118
Episodes in the 2010s: 118
Air Dates: 2012-2018
IMDB Rating: 8.0
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 4

The only series in the group to eclipse an 8.0 rating Dragons proved to be every bit as successful as the film series it is based on. A rare 100+ episode series that aired for almost the entire decade, Dragons flew past the competition in this category fairly easily.

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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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