Animation & Cartoons TV Shows

The success of film animation in the first third of the twentieth century inspired television programmers to tap into the genre later in the century as they developed new TV program forms. Like early film animation, early TV animation programming consisted mostly of short-form films aimed at children. In many cases, children's TV programs simply broadcast theatrical animated shorts, but after the mid-point of the century, animation produced specifically for television was common.

A drawback to the use of animation in a TV context, especially early in the medium's history, was the large amount of labor and time that was traditionally required to produce even an animated short. Theatrical shorts were usually produced over the course of several months, a turn-around time that was not generally feasible under the tighter deadlines required by TV programming. The solution to this problem was the development of animation styles that reduced the time and effort required to draw them; in these styles, large portions of drawings were reused from frame to frame, with only parts of the drawing that changed being redrawn for each successive frame. The resulting animation is typically considered to be of low quality, but many animated programs of the 1960s and 1970s used these time- and money-saving techniques.

By the 1980s, animated programs were a staple of children's TV programming, and many animated series were thinly veiled promotional platforms for toys and other products targeted at children. By the turn of the century, new directions in TV animation included the emergence of Japanese anime as a popular style even in the United States, the creation of cable networks devoted entirely to animation and the rising popularity of animated series aimed at adult audiences.

Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
Steven Universe Future
Steven Universe Future
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Steven Universe
Steven Universe
Big Mouth
Big Mouth
South Park
South Park
The Legend of Korra
The Legend of Korra
Family Guy
Family Guy
The Boondocks
The Boondocks
Beyblade Burst
Beyblade Burst
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Amazing World of Gumball
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Regular Show
Regular Show
Kengan Ashura
Kengan Ashura
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
PJ Masks
PJ Masks
Tangled: The Series
Tangled: The Series
Mr. Pickles
Mr. Pickles
Young Justice
Young Justice
One Piece
One Piece
Danny Phantom
Danny Phantom
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming
How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming
Beavis and Butt-Head
Beavis and Butt-Head
American Dad!
American Dad!
Fanboy and Chum Chum
Fanboy and Chum Chum
Gravity Falls
Gravity Falls
The Loud House
The Loud House
Special Agent Oso
Special Agent Oso
Ben 10: Alien Force
Ben 10: Alien Force
Futurama
Futurama
Drawn Together
Drawn Together
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
We Bare Bears
We Bare Bears
Curious George
Curious George
SpongeBob Squarepants Specials
SpongeBob Squarepants Specials
Transformers: Prime
Transformers: Prime
Sword Art Online -Alicization-
Sword Art Online -Alicization-
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
Max and Ruby
Max and Ruby
Regal Academy
Regal Academy
Disenchantment
Disenchantment
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
Rocko's Modern Life
Rocko's Modern Life
Little Bill
Little Bill
Jonny Quest
Jonny Quest
Bleach
Bleach
CatDog
CatDog
The Dragon Prince
The Dragon Prince
Dragon Ball GT
Dragon Ball GT
Big City Greens
Big City Greens
Sanjay and Craig
Sanjay and Craig
Adventure Time with Finn and Jake
Adventure Time with Finn and Jake
Arthur
Arthur
BoJack Horseman
BoJack Horseman
Liberty's Kids
Liberty's Kids
Ben 10: Omniverse
Ben 10: Omniverse
Phineas and Ferb
Phineas and Ferb
Rugrats
Rugrats
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
T.U.F.F. Puppy
T.U.F.F. Puppy
Total Dramarama
Total Dramarama
Brickleberry
Brickleberry
Trollhunters
Trollhunters
Unikitty
Unikitty
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Mighty B!
The Mighty B!
Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold!
Aggretsuko
Aggretsuko
All Grown Up
All Grown Up
King Of The Hill
King Of The Hill
OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
WordGirl
WordGirl
Invader Zim
Invader Zim
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo
Justice League
Justice League
Batman Beyond
Batman Beyond
Robot Chicken
Robot Chicken
Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
The Cleveland Show
The Cleveland Show
Generator Rex
Generator Rex
Legends of Chamberlain Heights
Legends of Chamberlain Heights
Dragons: Riders of Berk
Dragons: Riders of Berk
Sunny Day
Sunny Day
Pucca
Pucca
ThunderCats (1985)
ThunderCats (1985)
Magi: Adventure of Sinbad
Magi: Adventure of Sinbad
My Life As A Teenage Robot
My Life As A Teenage Robot
Squidbillies
Squidbillies
Ugly Americans
Ugly Americans
Marvel's Spider-Man
Marvel's Spider-Man
RWBY
RWBY
Spider-Man (1994)
Spider-Man (1994)
Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons
Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons
Fast & Furious: Spy Racers
Fast & Furious: Spy Racers
Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: The Animated Series
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants