Animation & Cartoons TV Shows

About Animation & Cartoons

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.

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Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Family Guy
Family Guy
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
American Dad!
American Dad!
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
Big Mouth
Big Mouth
Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: The Animated Series
South Park
South Park
Regal Academy
Regal Academy
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
The Loud House
The Loud House
The Boondocks
The Boondocks
My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia
Gravity Falls
Gravity Falls
Inuyasha
Inuyasha
The Jetsons
The Jetsons
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Amazing World of Gumball
Black Panther
Black Panther
King Of The Hill
One Piece
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
Phineas and Ferb
Dragon Ball GT
Bleach
The Yogi Bear Show
Pinky Dinky Doo
Jonny Quest
The Cleveland Show
Danny Phantom
Cowboy Bebop
Arthur
Nature Cat
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Be Cool Scooby-Doo!
Young Justice
All Grown Up
Steven Universe
Little Bill
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Rugrats
Futurama
Triage X
The Legend of Korra
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Adventure Time with Finn and Jake
The Looney Tunes Show
Attack on Titan
Max and Ruby
PJ Masks
A Little Curious
Animals.
Secret Millionaires Club
Camp Lazlo
ThunderCats (1985)
Regular Show
Brickleberry
Beavis and Butt-Head
Fanboy and Chum Chum
The Fairly Odd Parents
Liberty's Kids
Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon
Ben 10: Alien Force
Goosebumps
Marvel's Spider-Man
Samurai Jack
Devilman Crybaby
Chowder
Dragons: Riders of Berk
The Garfield Show
Curious George
Invader Zim
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's
We Bare Bears
Robotech
Spider-Man (1994)
AAAHH!!! Real Monsters
Ugly Americans
Assy McGee
Hey Arnold!
Robot Chicken
BoJack Horseman
Squidbillies
The Mighty B!
Static Shock
Is This a Zombie?
Hellsing Ultimate
Legends of Chamberlain Heights
Metalocalypse
Drawn Together
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
Outlaw Star
Tangled: The Series
Daria
Toot & Puddle
OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
Transformers: Prime
Robot & Monster
Mr. Pickles