Best Animated Series of the Decade (2010s)

Best Animated Series of the 2010s

Top 15 Animated Series of the Decade based on the previous Series:

#15: Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks

Total Episodes: 91
Episodes in the 2010s: 91
Air Dates: 2015-Present
IMDB Rating: 4.5
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 0

The chipmunks aired 91 episodes over the course of the decade which makes it the 6th most among this group. That slightly makes up for its lack of critical success and low IMDB rating.

#14: Pound Puppies

Total Episodes: 65
Episodes in the 2010s: 65
Air Dates: 2010-2013
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 1

Pound Puppies didn’t have the staying power or critical acclaim but had a decent IMDB rating and a decent amount of episodes. It was an interesting take on the classic 80s show.

#13: The Tom & Jerry Show

Total Episodes: 74
Episodes in the 2010s: 74
Air Dates: 2014-2019
IMDB Rating: 6.9
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 0

The Tom & Jerry Show received a very respectable 6.9 IMDB rating in a genre that often receives lower scores overall. It aired episodes in more than half of the total years throughout the decade as well. I’ve seen much worse shows within this franchise throughout the years and this was a pleasant addition to the said franchise.

#12: Powerpuff Girls

Total Episodes: 122
Episodes in the 2010s: 122
Air Dates: 2016-Present
IMDB Rating: 3.5
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 2

Perhaps the lowest IMDB rating overall that can partly be attributed to some controversial issues that arose in regards to this show. It still provided an update on one of the most iconic series to air in the 1990s. It did last 122 episodes (so far) and does still have a decent fan following overall.

#11: Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle

Total Episodes: 26
Episodes in the 2010s: 26
Air Dates: 2018-Present
IMDB Rating: 5.4
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 0

The new version of Rocky and Bullwinkle could have been included within my list of Hidden Gems because I seriously don’t think this series received the love it deserved. This was a very intelligently crafted reboot of the timeless classic.

#10: Wacky Races

Total Episodes: 78
Episodes in the 2010s: 78
Air Dates: 2017-Present
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 0

Another low rated show that was a whole lot of fun. A new take on the Hanna-Barbera classic was sorely needed and I think this show was hitting on all cylinders (pun intended)

#9: The Garfield Show

Total Episodes: 109
Episodes in the 2010s: 79
Air Dates: 2009-2016
IMDB Rating: 5.3
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 0

It’s hard to call a series that aired over 100 episodes in total a hidden gem but again this is a show that deserves more attention. It aired in episodes during 7 of the 10 years throughout the decade and in time hopefully will get the respect it so much deserves.

#8: Danger Mouse

Total Episodes: 99
Episodes in the 2010s: 99
Air Dates: 2015-Present
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 0

A hidden gem from the 1980s, I was so excited when I learned that this series was being rebooted. I was not disappointed either. This series is great and at a 7.2 rating with nearly 100 episodes so far, no one can argue its place among this list.

#7: Muppet Babies

Total Episodes: 24
Episodes in the 2010s: 24
Air Dates: 2018-Present
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 1

Had this series debuted a few years earlier there is a good chance it may have been Top 5 material. As it is the jury is still somewhat out on this one but early returns so far are very promising.

#6: G.I. Joe Renegades

Total Episodes: 26
Episodes in the 2010s: 26
Air Dates: 2010-2011
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 1

I get it, this show was only one for one season and had a measly 26 episodes. However, G.I. Joe Renegades deserved so much better and more than that. It was so well thought out and carefully written and paced that it really is a shame that the powers that be didn’t have the patience to let it thrive.

#5: Thundercats

Total Episodes: 26
Episodes in the 2010s: 26
Air Dates: 2011-2012
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 1

Just like G.I. Joe Renegades this series deserved a longer shelf life. It’s 7.8 ratings is all of the proof you need to back up that statement. Thundercats recaptured the same magic that the iconic 80s series had and left us all wanting more!

#4: She-Ra: Princesses of Power

Total Episodes: 39
Episodes in the 2010s: 39
Air Dates: 2018-Present
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 0

Coming out of nowhere, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power may have sparked a new age for the Masters of the Universe franchise. Not only was it successful in and of its own but now there are talks for multiple He-Man series on the horizon. This series provided a breath of fresh air to the franchise and has done a great job of providing strong female characters into the world of animation.

#3: Sonic Boom

Total Episodes: 104
Episodes in the 2010s: 104
Air Dates: 2014-2017
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 2

One of only 4 series in this group to air over 100 episodes, Sonic Boom seemed to garner the respect and love from a sometimes tough to please fandom. A decent rating and a decent shelf life are enough to garner a top 5 slot for this series.

#2: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Total Episodes: 222
Episodes in the 2010s: 222
Air Dates: 2010-2019
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 3

Perhaps the most buzzworthy series of the decade or at least one of the most talked-about, no one can deny that when people think of animated series from the 2010s that My Little Pony will always be one of the first series mentioned. With 222 total episodes during the decade not only was MLP the highest episode total for this genre but also in the top 5 overall. It aired episodes in every year of the decade and was named the 20th best-animated series of the decade by IndieWire.

#1: The Legend of Korra

Total Episodes: 52
Episodes in the 2010s: 52
Air Dates: 2012-2014
IMDB Rating: 8.5
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 6

Legend of Korra may not be able to compare to many of the other series just listed off when it comes to years aired or total episode count. However, fan and critic responses say everything that needs to be said. An 8.5 IMDB rating goes along with being named the 20th best-animated series of the decade by Ranker, 16th best by Vanity Fair, 8th best by IndieWire and the best series of 2012 by TV Guide.

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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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