Best Animated Series of the Decade (2010s)

Best Animated Series of the 2010s

Top 20 General Animated Series of the Decade:

#20: Adventures of Puss in Boots

Total Episodes: 78
Episodes in the 2010s: 78
Air Dates: 2015-2018
IMDB Rating: 6.7
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 0

With 78 episodes and a decent IMDB rating the Adventures of Puss in Boots might not be in the running for the top show of the decade but it’s earned its mention to be in the Top 20 of this category.

#19: Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Total Episodes: 128
Episodes in the 2010s: 128
Air Dates: 2011-Present
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 0

It may not be incredibly critically acclaimed but what the Masters of Spinjitzu have in their favor when it comes to this listing is staying power. With 128 episodes under its belt, it finds itself in the Top 20 overall for the decade. Also, counting the pilot episodes it aired an episode in every year of the decade except for 2010 and 2013.

#18: Bunnicula

Total Episodes: 104
Episodes in the 2010s: 104
Air Dates: 2016-2018
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 0

Only eight shows in this general category can boast over 100 episodes AND over a 7.0 IMDB rating so although it may be missing the critical acclaim to rank very high, Bunnicula has done enough to earn its spot on the list overall.

#17: Generator Rex

Total Episodes: 60
Episodes in the 2010s: 60
Air Dates: 2010-2013
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 1

Generator Rex has a modest number of episodes and an above-average IMDB rating but what lands in this slot is more so it’s fan base which it was able to develop over just a few short years.

#16: Clarence

Total Episodes: 130
Episodes in the 2010s: 130
Air Dates: 2014-2018
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 1

Another series that finds itself in the Top 20 overall for a number of episodes during the decade, Clarence also has an Annie nomination to boost its credentials.

#15: Harvey Beaks

Total Episodes: 52
Episodes in the 2010s: 52
Air Dates: 2015-2017
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 1

If Harvey Beaks had a little longer shelf life it may have been able to make a case for higher standing. As it is you could make a case for it to be anywhere from 15 to 20 on this list interchangeably.

#14: Wander over Yonder

Total Episodes: 43
Episodes in the 2010s: 43
Air Dates: 2013-2016
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 5

Wander over Yonder is another show that didn’t amass an impressive episode title but it did air episodes in four different years, had a decent IMDB rating AND was critically acclaimed. Overall the show received an Emmy nomination and an Emmy win as well as 6 Annie Nominations and 2 wins.

#13: Milo Murphy’s Law

Total Episodes: 40
Episodes in the 2010s: 40
Air Dates: 2016-Present
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 3

Milo Murphy’s Law marks a shift in this Top 20 countdown as its the first show to surpass the 7.5 IMDB rating mark and every show throughout the rest of the countdown except two are at or over that mark. It also had some minor critical acclaim when it comes to awards.

#12: Over the Garden Wall

Total Episodes: 10
Episodes in the 2010s: 10
Air Dates: 2014
IMDB Rating: 8.8
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 5

Some may argue that Over the Garden Wall only aired 10 episodes in a single year during the decade and hardly qualifies even to be looked at as a series. However, it was nominated and won for Outstanding Animated Program by the Primetime Emmy Awards in that year as well as being nominated for an Annie and BTVA award as well. With it’s 8.8 IMDB rating it is the second highest-rated series in this category and it was named the 29th best-animated series of the decade by Vanity Fair.

#11: The Deep

Total Episodes: 52
Episodes in the 2010s: 52
Air Dates: 2015-Present
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 1

Ok perhaps this was strictly a Canadian series but it still warrants at least a mention on this list and with more than 50 episodes and nearly an 8.0 IMDB rating, The Deep just missed out on the top 10 territories for this category.

#10: The Loud House

Total Episodes: 93
Episodes in the 2010s: 93
Air Dates: 2016-Present
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 3

One of the two shows in the Top Ten with lower than a 7.5 rating, The Loud House wasn’t far off. A dominant series in the final four years of the decade, Loud house has multiple award nominations and wins including the Best New Television Series by BTVA and Outstanding Children’s Animated series by the Daytime Emmy Awards. It also was JUST shy of 100 episodes at this point. Ranker also rated this series as the 36th best-animated series of the decade overall.

#9: OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes

Total Episodes: 112
Episodes in the 2010s: 112
Air Dates: 2017-2019
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 1

I am probably a bit biased on this one but I just love the way that OK K.O acknowledges and plays with the past in a completely modern way with having all kinds of guest spots and cameos from retro characters and series. With 112 episodes and over a 7.0 rating it finds itself in rare company among this list.

#8: Star vs the Forces of Evil

Total Episodes: 77
Episodes in the 2010s: 77
Air Dates: 2015-2019
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 2

Over 75 episodes and over an 8.0 rating are solid cases for Star vs. the Forces of Evil to be Top 10 material. It also was ranked the 30th best Animated Series of the decade by Ranker as well as being voted as the 2nd best series from 2015 by TV Guide. It also aired episodes in five of the 10 years during the decade.

#7: Gravity Falls

Total Episodes: 40
Episodes in the 2010s: 40
Air Dates: 2012-2016
IMDB Rating: 8.9
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 12

Gravity Falls only weighs in at 40 episodes but it made its mark in that short run. It can claim the HIGHEST IMDB rating in this category and has awards coming from every direction. It has 3 Annie nominations/wins for Best Animated TV Production For Children’s Audience as well as a 4 year run as being nominated by the Teen Choice Awards for Best Animated show. Lastly, Gravity Falls was ranked the 2nd best 2012 series by TV Guide, the 14th best series from Indie Wire and the 10th best series on Ranker.

#6: We Bare Bears

Total Episodes: 140
Episodes in the 2010s: 140
Air Dates: 2015-Present
IMDB Rating: 8.0
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 2

Airing episodes in 6 years within the decade, We Bare Bears totaled 140 episodes in all which is good for Top 15 overall for the decade. It also boasts an 8.0 IMDB rating. Ranker listed it as the 31st best Animated series of the decade and TV Guide ranked it as the #1 animated series of 2015.

#5: Phineas and Ferb

Total Episodes: 222
Episodes in the 2010s: 138
Air Dates: 2007-2015
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 6

With various Emmy and Annie nominations and wins for Best Animated Program, 62% of the series episodes aired in this decade. Even if you only consider the 138 episodes that made up that 62% it would still be good for Top 15 overall for the decade. Ranker listed it as the 22nd best series of the decade and Indie Wire had it in the 12th spot.

#4: Regular Show

Total Episodes: 261
Episodes in the 2010s: 261
Air Dates: 2010-2017
IMDB Rating: 8.4
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 11

Regular Show aired episodes in all but the final two years of the decade amassing an incredible 261 episodes. That makes it the 2nd highest ranked as far as total episodes go during the decade. It garnered nearly a dozen awards mentions as well as being ranked the 13th best series overall by Ranker. It also has an 8.4 rating which puts it in Top 4 territory within this category.

#3: Amazing World of Gumball

Total Episodes: 240
Episodes in the 2010s: 240
Air Dates: 2011-Present
IMDB Rating: 8.2
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 2

Amazing World of Gumball aired the 3rd most episodes overall within the decade as well as an 8.2 IMDB rating. It may not have received a ton of critical acclaim but it was ranked number 25 by Ranker on the decade and did air episodes every year within the decade except the first one. It also did receive 2 nominations for Annies for Best Animated Series and won one of those two.

#2: Steven Universe

Total Episodes: 160
Episodes in the 2010s: 160
Air Dates: 2013-2019
IMDB Rating: 8.3
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 13

More than 150 episodes overall, a higher rating than 8.0 on IMDB, aired episodes in 7 different years and a TON of critical acclaim land Steven Universe in the #2 spot in this category. Vanity fair lists it as the 11th best series overall and Ranker at 21. TV Guide also lists it as the #1 series from 2013.

#1: Adventure Time

Total Episodes: 283
Episodes in the 2010s: 283
Air Dates: 2010-2018
IMDB Rating: 8.6
Total Award Nominations/Wins: 23

Tied for the most awards love overall and leading the pack as the number 1 show overall for a number of episodes that aired over the course of the decade, it’s no surprise that Adventure Time lands the top spot in this section. A great IMDB rating didn’t hurt either. Adventure Time finds itself in the following positions when it comes to the Best Animated Series of the decade. Number 10 by Vanity Fair, #9 for Ranker, #8 for Indie Wire and as the best series overall for 2010 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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