Animation is a source of hours upon hours of entertainment, and animated TV shows can contain deep messages that resonate with a wide variety of viewers. While you might expect to find great insights for your kids in things such as literature or motivational speeches, insights can also be found on the television screen. Parents looking to safely and entertainingly introduce their children to a range of different aspects of life from the comfort of the living room would be wise to take heed of this list of the best cartoons everyone can enjoy.
1. The Flinstones
“Yabba dabba do!”
Arguably the first family of TV animation
, The Flinstones paved the way for many of the best cartoons that followed. It’s an early, some would say prehistoric, reminder of the importance of family.
2. Looney Tunes
“What’s up, doc?”
Undoubtedly one of the most important and best cartoons of all time, Looney Tunes introduced us to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Taz and so many more iconic characters.
The trials of Charlie Brown, as well as Lucy, Patty, Snoopy, Woodstock and more are perhaps best known for being told through the form of comic strips
, but there’s a reason that the Peanuts holiday specials are rerun every year. They’re as timeless as the strip itself, teaching lessons that all kids- and even some adults- need to learn.
“Up in the sky, look! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!”
As a high-budget series, created in seventeen parts at the famous Fleischer Studios, the production of this animated show from the 1940s is stunning. It’s one of the best cartoons ever made on a technical level. Children will be astonished by the quality of cartoons made over seventy years ago.
5. Batman: The Animated Series
“Jingle bells! Batman smells! Robin laid an egg! The Batmobile lost a wheel and the Jo-ker got a-wa-a-a-ay!”
The second and last superhero show on this list, Batman: The Animated Series is arguably not only one of the best cartoons ever made, but also the best depiction of Batman, especially for younger viewers. Everyone, though, will enjoy this Emmy-winning
6. The Simpsons
While at times incredibly dark and poignant, The Simpsons never stops being a show that people of all ages can enjoy. One of the biggest and best cartoons of all time, it is able to discuss adult themes while still being suitable for children.
7. The Fairly OddParents
A show about a boy with fairy godparents who can have his wishes come true (at a price) is a perfect way to teach kids how to manage expectations- and it’s quite funny, to boot.
8. My Little Pony
“Sure as sugar.”
My Little Pony is perhaps best known for the adult men who enjoy it (referred to as “bronies”
) but it’s also incredibly beloved by children who learn wholesome lessons with each episode.
9. Avatar: The Last Airbender
“The true mind can weather all lies and illusions without being lost.
The true heart can touch the poison of hatred without being harmed.
Since beginning-less time, darkness thrives in the void, but always yields to purifying light.”
It was adapted into a terrible, terrible movie, but that doesn’t stop the original from being one of the best cartoons of the new millennium. It teaches children and adults alike about things such as culture, faith, perseverance and the power of storytelling.
10. Adventure Time
“Everything small is just a small version of something big.”
Easily the most bizarre cartoon on this list, Adventure Time is a hit among kids and adults for its unique approach to exploring matters of life we face every day. The lessons the characters learn are rarely what you’d expect, but that just makes them all the more memorable.