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Courage, Looney Toons, Tom and Jerry, Pokemons, Best Cartoons for Kids and Teenagers

Updated on August 5, 2015
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Best Cartoons for Kids and Teenagers

My childhood was great. My parents were there for me constantly, I played outside with my brother and neighborhood friends, and I never missed my cartoons. Growing up, I would watch all these great cartoons and animations, always getting excited and going through the whole spectrum of emotions along with the shows protagonist and what not. There were some that were amazing cartoons that probably shaped a part of me without me even knowing like Dragon Ball Z. Then there were those that scarred me for life but were still hilarious, such as Courage the Cowardly Dog and The Powerpuff Girls. If you didn't get the last one, don't worry about it I was a weird kid.

Focusing again on the matter at hand, about 50% of the greatness of my childhood was because of being able to watch cartoons with my family in the afternoon and laugh together at the characters and then reenact the battles before going to sleep. Now though, I feel like it's so hard to find something adequate for kids to watch, may it be because the cartoons aren't as good as they were before or because they are a bad influence. So here is a list of some of the best cartoons for your kids and teenagers. These have become timeless gems that anyone can pick up and enjoy at any given moment. These are not ranked in any specific order.

Looney Toons

Tom and Jerry, Adventure Time, Dragon Ball Z and Avatar

  • Tom and Jerry: the show that didn't need a disclaimer for not trying the same things at home because we were physically and mentally unable to do so, this cartoon made many roll on the floor laughing at the constant struggle between Tom the house cat and Jerry the live in mouse. Anything could happen in an episode, from Tom becoming an antique table to Jerry learning to fly with a broom. This show is aimed for children but can be enjoyed by anyone
  • Adventure Time: this one is a bit newer but it is so much fun to watch. You follow the adventures of Finn and his best bud Jake the Dog in the Land of Ooo. It's crazy, wacky fun material and short little episodes to watch at any given time. It is aimed for children and teenagers but can still be enjoyed by parents who like brofists, awesome battles and a unique sense of humor.
  • Dragon Ball Z: this is definitely a must-watch for all. It would be good to wait until they are teenagers to watch this but it doesn't really matter. This show follows the journeys and battles of Goku and his friends as they defend the world from menaces like Majin Buu and androids. It's funny, filled with great fight scenes, ideals and great characters.
  • Avatar, the legend of Aang and Avatar the legend of Korra: I don't have much to say for these two amazing adventures except to go watch them right now. They are aimed at teenagers and have absolutely fascinating stories, character developments and a generally great feel and idea to it.

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Looney Tunes, Phineas and Ferb, Pokémon and Power Ranger

  • Looney Tunes: who doesn't love these classics? In these cartoons lie our favorite animated mascots Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck along with their many friends. It is absolutely hilarious and has become a standard of great comedy and animation. Anyone can watch and laugh at these great cartoons.
  • Phineas and Ferb: these are the many things a kid wants to do during summer, like building a rollercoaster or fighting a mummy! Filled with a stellar cast, sing alongs and great themes, this show is great for kids, always motivating them to grow in their creativity.
  • Pokémon: a show made after the great games for Game Boy and Game Boy Advance, this is a show for everyone to follow easily and love. Following the story of ash, a young Pokémon trainer, you learn about friendship, hardships and how to keep going through all of it. Just don't try to memorize all the names; they are way too many at the moment.
  • Power Ranger series: Even though this one is not a cartoon, it is always a part of children's lives since they keep making different arcs. Set with a different cast and with a different story line for each spinoff, this amazing fight for peace is always entertaining, addictive and filled with giant robot battles, and let's face it, everyone loves giant robot battles. I think one of the most exciting moments in my childhood was when all the red Power Rangers fought together in one episode. It was such a legendary fight, cool and filled with explosions, I could not take my eyes off the screen. It's aimed at both children and young teenagers.

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Courage the Cowardly Dog, The Powerpuff Girls, Gravity Falls and SpongeBob Squarepants

  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: yes it scared me every time I watched and episode and yes it is still sort of creepy when I watch it now but this does not mean it was not hilarious and filled with good themes of gentle hearts and forgiveness. It teaches children to evaluate things more and care about family as Courage is constantly trying to keep Muriel out of trouble from invading aliens or evil cats. It was also so much fun to see him try to explain to situation to her.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: ah the Powerpuff Girls and their huge house phone. It's a cute little cartoon for kids where Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles, girls created in the Professors Lab by accident, become heroes for the city of Townsville. The constant battles with Mojojo and Him, it's interesting, funny, asks deep and rather intriguing questions, and shows the things a single father goes through, especially when he's looking after three super powered, perfect little girls.
  • Gravity Falls: twins are sent over to their great uncles tourist trap to spend summer where the go through many weird adventures with all the weird and different characters. This show was way too funny and filled with lovable personalities, the best performances coming from Dipper and Mabel Pines. It is aimed for children but anyone can watch it and have a blast.
  • SpongeBob Squarepants: the unique laugh of the sponge that lived in a pineapple under the sea, the genius squirrel and the fight for the secret formula for the Krusty Krab, this show had way too many things to laugh about. Its content, its characters and its storytelling was funny, new and always entertaining. It is definitely a show that will forever stand as one of the greats for children of all ages.

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The Fairly Odd Parents and Dexter's Laboratory

  • The Fairly Odd Parents: this show made kids all around the world wish they had their own Cosmo and Wanda. The show follows Timmy Turner, a young boy with a lot of misfortune in his life who is granted two Godparents that can grant his every wish. The characters delivered inside jokes left and right for adults and powerful fart comedy for children, it really was a perfect blend so that parents could sit and watch with their kids and have fun too.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: to this day I wonder how his parents didn't know he had a lab. This cartoon follows Dexter, boy genius trying to invent and create amazing things with his lab and super computer, Deedee, his sister foiling most of his plans and his parents who are very clueless of pretty much everything. The show was awesome, and it taught me how much girls like omelette du fromage.

Dexter's Laboratory

Cartoons are amazing little distractions for kids and teenagers that just need to wind down for a bit while their parents take a small break. They taught me and they helped me laugh so much, I would not change a thing about any of these cartoons and how they affected my childhood. I am so grateful I got to watch all of them.

Article by: Steven Gutiérrez


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      Milady González 2 years ago

      I see your point now Junghn. Even in the cartoons actually made for children, there are adult jokes so that parents can have a laugh too while watching it with them. I also got to see a couple episodes and it is quite entertaining.

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      Junghn 2 years ago from Vancouver BC

      Mhm. It's the creator of community letting his freak flag fly. Animation tends to be a medium that has an easier time dealing with mature themes that might come off as questionable in a live format. It might not be best for younger audiences, but I get a lot of kicks out of it.

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      Milady González 2 years ago

      Hi Junghn,

      I haven't seen either. I would like to though, also, I thought Rick and Morty was more adult oriented (?) The humour part catches my attention. I love a good laugh.

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      Junghn 2 years ago from Vancouver BC

      I cannot recommend Over The Garden Wall enough. One of my favourite animated storytelling pieces. Miniseries of 10 eps at roughly 10 min each.

      Rick and Morty is another fantastic addition. Its got humour in spades and a looser plot to allow for some crazy entertaining adventures.

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      Milady González 2 years ago

      Thank you Poetryman6969.

      And yes it did have a lesson to be learned and taught in a very subtle way. Even when the Cowardly Dog was really frightened he would go and help Muriel. Because he loves her above all.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I never really thought that Courage the Cowardly Dog had a lesson. I do enjoy its creepiness though.


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