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Top 10 Legendary Cartoon Series

Updated on August 24, 2016
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Besides writing, Felishiya Fiamma is also into choreography & web development. She currently speaks Hindi, English, Spanish & little French.

Cartoon is a part of everyone's childhood and even after leaving our childhood, we cannot forget those memories. Let's go in the flashback and have a look at those legendary cartoon series.

Avatar: The Last Airbender
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1. Avatar: The Last Airbender

  • It shows the combination of anime and American cartoons that make use of a kind of Chinese martial arts known as “bending”. A 12 year old boy named Aang is the protagonist of the series.
  • The series depicts four types of bending techniques which are based on different Chinese martial arts, Airbending (Baguazhang), Earthbending (Hung Ga Kung Fu), Firebending (Northern Shaolin Kung Fu) and Waterbending (tai chi), where Aang belongs to Airbending.
  • In the series, Avatar is a person who is capable of using all the four techniques at one time and is the only one of his/her type. When he/she dies, his/her spirit gets reincarnated into one of the four nations, which are the Fire Nation, the Air Nomads, the Water Tribe and the Earth Kingdom.
  • The new born Avatar, when becomes mature, needs to acquire all the knowledge of each bending and master them. If the Avatar is killed, then there will be no further reincarnation. The protagonist Aang is the youngest Airbender and the reincarnation of the Avatar.
  • In all the three seasons of the series, Aang is shown mastering each technique one by one. He initially starts with Waterbending; where the Waterbender master named Pakku teach him about the technique. During his journey to visit Master Pakku, Aang also meets his predecessor named Roku and childhood friend named King Bumi.
  • In the next season, he looks for Earthbending master. His search brings him to an Earthbending prodigy who is also a blind tomboy named Toph Beifong. Aang and his friends Iroh and Zuko learn the technique from Toph. Now, the only one technique gets left for Aang, which is a Firebending technique shown in the last season of the series.
  • The third season is the best one, according to me and completely full of action. In this, Aang has to fight with his old enemies and save his friends as well as learn the Firebending technique to become the actual Master. One of his friends named Zuko is a Firebender who teach him the technique.
  • Later, Aang uses all his powers to make his enemies powerless, but does not kill them. At the end, his friend Zuko is crowned as the Fire Lord and Aang finally becomes the Avatar who has mastered all the techniques.

IMDb Rating: 9.2/10

Batman: The Animated Series
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2. Batman: The Animated Series

  • Batman series is the most heart throbbing series of all time. I do not think so if there is any single entity on Earth who has never watched it and wished to live a life like that of Batman or Bruce Wayne (Batman’s alter ego).
  • As such, Batman does not have any special powers, but his weapons, costume and, especially, his car definitely makes him a superhero. The gothic and dark look of Gotham city adds more thrill to its episodes. Well the appreciation does not halt here. Villains shown in this series are surprisingly unique and extraordinary never seen and heard in any other series that include Joker, Penguin, Cat woman, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Mad hatter, Riddler and Harley Quinn.
  • On the other hand, Bruce Wayne, the Batman’s alter ego, is a charming hunk, who is shown as an assertive, intelligent and actively involved in the management of his business named Wayne Enterprises.
  • In the later series of the Batman, there is another character addition by the name Robin, who looks like a junior Batman and is super cute.
  • Not forget to mention that the series is little adult-oriented because of the level of crime shown in it and it includes lots of physical violence as well. The series has been several times ranked as one of the greatest television series ever created due to its level of sophistication, voice acting, mature writing and a brilliant soundtrack.
  • Till today, lots of batman series have been released under different names out of which Batman: The Animated Series is the best of all.

IMDb Rating: 9/10

The Simpsons
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3. The Simpsons

  • This cartoon series is the longest running series on Television and has won plenty of awards since its release in 1989.
  • It talks about the lifestyle of a working class family, who are called The Simpsons. The family includes seven members out of which two are pets named Santa’s Little Helper, a dog, and Snowball V, a cat.
  • They live in a fictional town named Middle American of Springfield. Homer is the father who works as a safety inspector at a nuclear power plant and is described as buffoonish and careless. He is married to a girl named Marge, who is a housewife and mother.
  • Homer and Marge, together, have three children named Bart, Lisa and Maggie. Bart is a ten year old boy who is portrayed as quite a notorious troublemaker. He is the eldest child in the home. Lisa is an eight year old girl. Maggie is the youngest member of the family and a baby to whom the maker has not given any dialogue except the facility of communicating by sucking on a pacifier.
  • The starting episodes of first season show their bonding with each other and how much they love and care about each other. Besides them, the series also includes other characters that are in the roles of teachers, co-workers, friends, relatives, local celebrities and townspeople.
  • The show has been broadcasting on Television from 1989 to present, but it looks like none of the character has aged since then. The show is now releasing its 28th season in September 2016.
  • Till now, it has already delivered nearly 600 successful episodes on Television. It is the first animated series produced by Fox network and was awarded a star in 2000 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

Justice League
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4. Justice League

  • Justice League is a group of different superheroes that mainly include Batman, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman.
  • The rest of the group members have changed several times over the years with different series that include Martian Man hunter, Captain Atom, Fire, Ice, Mister Miracle, Doctor Fate, Cyborg, Aquaman, Hawkman and many others.
  • The humorous tone of characters and the high level of involvement of superheroes made the series very popular and memorable. The name of the series has changed several times from Justice Society and Justice League of America finally to Justice League.
  • Their enemies include the characters which were shown in their individual series such as the Joker and Darkseid. Some of these enemies are Earth-based and some are intergalactic.
  • The series initially appeared as The Brave and The bold in 1960. Till now, it has produced plenty of series, including Justice League Elite, Extreme Justice and Justice League United as the latest entries till date.
  • It has also been an inspiration to many other animated and non-animated film and television series that most prominently includes Fantastic Four and The Avengers.
  • It has won awards for best comic book, favorite novel and best adventure hero group. The original silver age Justice League of America series is the most fascinating series of all the time, which includes a group of seven superheroes, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Batman, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian Man hunter.

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

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5. Spider Man

  • Alike Batman and Superman, Spider Man has also been one of the most favorite superhero of all the time and has his own list of rivals out of which Green Goblin is the most famous. Spider Man did not receive early recognition. It failed with its initial broadcasted series, but gradually started to receive lots of appreciation.
  • Since 1967, various series have been released such as Spidey Super Stories, The Amazing Spider Man, Spider Man – Tokusatsu series, Spider Man and His Amazing Friends, Spider Man Unlimited and many more. Its makers took nearly forty years to deliver the Spider Man that we actually know today.
  • Like every super hero, Spider Man also has an alter ego named Peter Parker, who is a bookworm, shy, dull, studios and secretly has a crush on his classmate named Mary Jane but is scared to reveal it to her as she already has a boyfriend.
  • His best friend's name is Harry Osborn, who is a son of a billionaire named Norman Osborn, where Norman later turns out to be Green Goblin.
  • On the other hand, Peter has a small family where he happily lives with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. It is shown in most of the series that Peter turns into Spider Man when he is unknowingly beaten by a unique and dangerous spider.
  • As the series progresses, he has to face various evil powered characters that include Green Goblin, Sandman, Lizard, Venom, Kingpin and even his close friends.
  • Later, it is also shown that Peter Parker and Mary Jane fall in love with each other and get married.

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Spongebob Squarepants
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6. Spongebob Squarepants

  • A funny cartoon series that revolves around the life of a character named SpongeBob SquarePants, who lives underwater at a place named Bikini Bottom along with his friends named Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Gary, Plankton, Mrs. Puff and Pearl.
  • SpongeBob is portrayed as a sea sponge that is energetic and full of positivity. Patrick is his best friend which is a pink colored starfish and lives under a rock. Squidward Tentacles is SpongeBob’s co-worker and also lives next-door. He is arrogant and ill-tempered by nature and dislikes SpongeBob.
  • Sandy Cheeks, who is a squirrel, is another good friend of SpongeBob and is a scientist by profession as well as also knows karate. Another character is a money-minded crab, everyone calls him Mr. Krabs. He is SpongeBob’s Boss at the Krusty Krab restaurant. This is not enough; Mr. Krabs has got a rival as well whose name is Plankton.
  • Plankton is a green colored small copepod that also owns a restaurant, but less reputed than Mr. Krabs’s restaurant.
  • On the other hand, Mrs. Puff is SpongeBob’s driving teacher and Mr. Krabs has a daughter named Pearl.
  • Every day, they perform their daily work routine, but something funny or disastrous things occur, every now and then, that each one of them needs to handle. It does not matter what the situation is, SpongeBob is always shown smiling and full of energy and Patrick, all the time, relies on him because he thinks he (SpongeBob) is extremely intelligent.
  • Besides, these regular characters, we also get to see Larry the Lobster who is a pirate spectre also called as The Flying Dutchman and there are some retired superheroes as well named Barnacle Boy and Mermaid Man.

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Tom and Jerry
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7. Tom and Jerry

  • Tom and Jerry series has become the comedy icon today with its extremely hilarious acts. While Tom is a very sweet, innocent and unlucky cat, Jerry is extremely cunning, intelligent and lucky.
  • Every time, Tom keeps on trying to catch Jerry, but never gets success as Jerry is always one step ahead of him. It is not wrong to say that the series is full of violence too as Tom uses different weapons such as hammers, axes, firecrackers, firearms, traps and poisons to kill Jerry and Jerry, few steps ahead of Tom, uses more violent methods to get his revenge.
  • He (Jerry) is frequently shown slicing Tom in half, shutting his head and fingers into door or window, decapitating him and stuffing his tail in a mangle or a waffle iron as well as pounding him with a club or mace and so on.
  • Though it is full of violence, but there never has been blood or actual murder in any scene. Besides their regular fight, they are also shown as genuine friends sometimes who care for each other’s well-being.
  • Moreover, they are also seen putting their rivalry aside to achieve a common goal such as protecting their home from any danger and pursuing the baby and keeping it away from any danger.
  • There are some characters as well in the series other than regular Tom and Jerry that includes Spike, who is a bulldog and Tyke, who is Spike’s son as well as there are some more cats added to the show by the name Butch and Toodles Galore, who also want to kill and eat Jerry.
  • On the other hand, Jerry has got an innocent nephew named Nibbles who is carefree and follows the Jerry’s command.
  • Tom and Jerry have also got an owner named Mammy Two Shoes who, most of the times, becomes victim of disaster caused by the lead animals. The music used for the show adds more taste to it.

IMDb Rating: 8/10

X-Men Evolution
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8. X-Men Evolution

  • Unlike other series, X-Men: Evolution is a teen drama, with most of its season full of younger characters rather than adults.
  • The original X-Men team is formed by Professor Xavier, Storm, Wolverine, Cyclops and Jean Grey. As the season progresses, the X-Men team gets bigger with the introduction of new members such as Nightcrawler, Shadow cat, Spyke, Rogue, Iceman, Magma, Berzerker and Wolfsbane.
  • On the other hand, there is another team named Brotherhood, rival of X-Men, whose head is Magneto and other team members are Toad, Blob, Avalanche, Quicksilver, Master mind and Mystique. X-Men and Brotherhood are shown fighting many times in different seasons, which are also the highlights of the series.
  • Another highlight is the romance between Cyclops and Jean Grey.
  • The younger members of the X-Men and Brotherhood teams are shown studying in the high school with normal students, while the adult mutants are teachers in that school and none of their mates are aware of their supernatural powers.
  • When those people come to know about their secret powers, the situation turns worse that lead to public misconception and they are seen as large threats to the people.
  • Professor Xavier, who has the power to control other people’s mind, turns everything back to normal such that people do not remember anything about their powers.
  • Time to time, various mutants are shown with their uncontrollable powers that lead to massive destruction and some are shown returning back from death.
  • In the final moments of this series, Charles Xavier or Professor Xavier catches a glimpse of the future in which he sees that people still hate mutants and there is a new and reformed Magneto, who is teaching new mutants how to control their powers and there are some other groups formed of newly found mutants.

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

Scooby Doo
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9. Scooby Doo

  • It’s a mystery show that has a mystery solving team whose members are Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and the famous dog named Scooby Doo.
  • Besides solving mysteries, the team is full of comedy where Shaggy and Scooby Doo are the centres of attraction. Their friendship is totally heart-winning and the incidents that occur with them are totally hilarious.
  • This cartoon has been released with different series out of which Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated is a must watch.
  • To add more twist to the show, there are romantic entanglements between Shaggy and Velma, and Daphne and Fred.
  • In mystery incorporated, the team solves mysteries in their home town itself called as Crystal Cove which is also claimed to the most haunted place on the Earth. They go through dark secrets of the Crystal Cove and its hidden past where lies the truth of mysterious ghosts that are hovering in their town.
  • Situations turn scarier for them when they confront faceless mystery man and other devils. They also come across a history of Darrow family whose members disappeared suddenly and never returned back till present.
  • As their search goes deeper, they also find a cursed Conquistador treasure. Another interesting fact that is added to the series later is when they find out that there are some lost groups as well in their town who were also the mystery solvers and had five members out of which one was an animal and rest were humans just like their own group.
  • The other characters in the show are Mayor Fred Jones Sr., who is Fred’s father, and Sheriff Bronson Stone.
  • I had been such a great fan of this show that there was a time when I watched all the Scooby Doo movies just in one day without a break. It was undoubtedly amazing.

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

The Flintstones
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10. The Flintstones

  • It is one of the most memorable shows and the first animated series to be broadcasted in America. It depicts the lifestyle of working class Stone Age family named The Flintstones. They also have neighbours who are called as The Rubbles and are their best friends.
  • Fred Flintstone is the head of the Flintstones family while Barney is the head of the Rubbles family. They have a wife named Wilma Flintstone, Betty Rubble and a child Pebbles Flintstone, Bamm-Bamm Rubble. The wives are addicted to spending money.
  • Pebbles is Fred’s and Wilma’s daughter while Bamm-Bamm is Barney’s and Betty’s abnormally strong adopted son.
  • Besides this, Flintstones possesses a prosauropod dinosaur named Dino and a saber-toothed cat named Baby Puss; Rubbles have a pet which is a combination of Kangaroo and dinosaur named Hoppy.
  • They live in split-level homes and listen to records.
  • The technologies used by them are made of preindustrial materials and boosted with the help of animals.
  • Their cars burn no fuel and are made of animal skins, stones and woods as well as they run by passengers’ feet.
  • The characters in the show are Mr. Slate (Fred’s Boss), Arnold (Fred’s paper boy), Joe Rockhead (friend of Fred and Barney), Pearl Slaghoople (Wilma’s mother) and Uncle Tex Hardrock (Fred’s uncle).
  • I do not get a chance to watch this series anymore, but I still remember its characters, their costumes, their technologies and the music of the cartoon series.
  • I forget to mention another character of the cartoon series that was shown only in the last season named The Great Gazoo, an alien sent from the future to help Fred and Barney. The only problem is that he is visible only to Fred, Barney, kids and other animals.

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

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