Top 10 Most Ambitious Cartoons of the 2010sIn an era of television cartoons that were consistently declining in quality, these are high-quality cartoons that strove to be successful and keep the TV animation industry alive.
The Top Ten
If there is one cartoon that has impressed me more than anything else, it would be none other than Disney's Gravity Falls. While I was watching it, I was simply shocked at how simple but well thought out the entirety of the show was that it made me continue to come back to it. The comedy throughout is crisp clean and the characters were creative in their own right. The story for each episode were all so well-crafted and made for pure entertainment and hilarity. This whole show was such a wild ride that it's easily not just one of the best modern-era cartoons I've watched, but one of the best cartoons I've watched period. - Mcgillacuddy
While I love shows like Adventure Time and Rick & Morty, I can see reasons why people would not enjoy them. Gravity Falls, on the other hand, is a show that I believe is nearly impossible to dislike. The show just oozes charm. The characters are all great and interesting, and the writing is way better than it has any right to be for a "kid's cartoon". I would recommend this show to anyone, and I don't say that about many forms of media. - phillysports
It wasn't just children's cartoons that were diminishing in quality, but adult cartoons were also beginning to lose steam, as well, even for some of the long-running classics like Family Guy. Fortunately, this show jumps on the scene and in all honesty, it's easily one of the best adult cartoons ever made, and it's mainly all thanks to the chemistry between Rick and Morty throughout the show that makes it such a riot and entertaining extravaganza that will be tough to top in the future. - Mcgillacuddy
Better than science class
There's swaering and humor I LONE IT
Please, give this show more attention. Steven Universe has a complex story plot that you can trace the clues all around the show. Its characters are all likable and special, despite having flaws, but hey that's what makes them so relatable. This show mounts its deep message in both fabulous writing and songs. Sure, its comedy right not be funny to Gravity Falls standards, but Steven Universe will surely provide a healing factor for tired modern life.
Along with Adventure Time, Steven Universe simply felt like another Gravity Falls except from CN. The writing in this show is so well-done, crafting one of the most beautiful and breathtaking stories of this day and age of animation, making it easily one of the best cartoons CN has aired in history. - Mcgillacuddy
VERY Ambitious And Powerful Indeed - JPK
How DARE you love this show?! - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy
Before Adventure Time first aired in 2010, television animation was in a rough stage. Cartoons were too reliant on cheap flash animation, Cartoon Network was forced to borrow a lot of its shows from Canada's Teletoon, and there seemed to be a lack of originality and new ideas. Along came Pen Ward's strange but extremely captivating cartoon about a post-apocalyptic Earth a thousand years into the future. Adventure Time is a show that excels at pretty much everything. The characters are all so disgustingly likable and it's hard to relate to any of them and the situations they go through. The universe of the Land of Ooo is one of the largest and most impressive settings for any cartoon show ever, and the show always manages to achieve a great mix of surreal comedy, relaxing character moments, inventive animation and action, and compelling drama. The show started a cartoon revolution and influenced basically every cartoonist that came after it. The creators of shows such as Gravity Falls, ...more - phillysports
This cartoon was basically CN's savior. If it never existed, I don't think CN would still be as relevant as it is today, because it was shows like this that brought people back to the channel regardless of their wide array of low-quality shows that they pumped out year after year. Its weird but sophisticated writing and silliness throughout simply makes me want to be a kid again, and being a diverse cartoon with its blend of appeal for kids and adults alike, it's hard to say if we'll ever get a kid's cartoon like this ever again. - Mcgillacuddy
The way the story and characters constantly became better and more complex along with the excellent world building makes this show absolutely amazing - kempokid
You're right. AT basically started as a silly, weird, but enjoyable show about a kid and his magic dog, but it eventually became a huge and epic saga about an enormous cast of characters and their ever-changing lives. I've spent so much time watching these different people evolve that it almost feels like I know them personally. And that is the epitome of excellent writing and character development. - phillysports
Gravity Falls wouldn't be as good as it was without this. AT deserves the #1 spot. It also inspired Rick and Morty, and when a kids show inspires an adult show, you know it is good. - 445956
You will laugh and cry at one of Cartoon Network's awesome shows. It's not your typical cartoon, plus it's enjoyable for kids and adults alike.
It's interesting why Disney decided to reboot this series, but I will say this: based on how well this show is right now, I glad they did.
For a reboot, it turned out great. I haven't watched it in a long time, but I will continue. - listotaku17
After Disney Channel gave sitcoms that no one asked for, another cartoon was back in action. I can't stand lousy laugh track filled "comedy" shows such as Hannah Montana, Sonny With A Chance, So Random, A.N.T. Farm, Dog With A Blog, Liv & Maddie, K.C. Undercover, and Bizaardvark. Does it look like Disney is making another great show for everyone else to enjoy? You better believe it! DuckTales has a remake and people are enjoying it!
While I don't like this one as much as some others, I believe that it should be number 1 on the list due to the amount of creativity in it. - kempokid
The stylising Is amazing on this cartoon and unlike shows like Steven Universe it has a sharp satirical edge to its more social issues based episodes not just an agenda - Masochismismagic
Another gem from CN that doesn't only have lovable characters and clever comedy, but it pushes creativity to its maximum limit, upping the ante for all of its strong points and making the cartoon, as a whole, more entertaining than it was probably meant to be. - Mcgillacuddy
It's humor is very clever. Period. - Not_A_Weeaboo
Your eyes are not decieving you. Yes, you are looking at MLP FIM. Yes, this cartoon is on a positive list. Please give me time to explain why.
In retrospect, I used to hate this show for the same obvious reason most of you out there had: it's a show about My Little Pony. We all know how these kinds of shows usually go; cartoons adapted from girl's toy lines. Yeah, they're mostly awful, and considering the fact that I'm male only increases the dislike effect. That was no stranger to MLP, well that is until I actually decided to watch the damn thing, and the only reason I did was because this cartoon that was supposedly aimed at young girls BLEW UP. It became so ridiculously popular that even GROWN ASS HETEROSEXUAL MEN became addicted to it like a weaboo with anime. Frankly though, the catch with this cartoon is that if it wasn't about a little girl's toy line, then there would be little to no hate for it because as a cartoon itself, especially one that was made in the dark ages of ...more - Mcgillacuddy
Sometimes, these shows freak me out. These shows are always so happy and when they reach a problem, they use their happy little friendship to resolve it...(laugh) This would be hard one...(not)
The Facts That Men Like This Is Beyond Insane - WWEWBMortalKombatFan
I Love This Show - JPK
If it wasn't for this and Miraculous Ladybug, Nick would be in its grave. - TwilightKitsune
Was this aired in 2010?
Stop defending this show. It was TMNT that saved Nick, not this trash! And the creators of TMNT 2012 aren't perverts! - 445956
Love this show! My number one favorite show, along side Gravity Falls. This show should be higher in the list.
Young Justice is one of the most complex and well-written shows I've seen, period. With a well developed cast of characters that you get attached to and a fantastic storyline that grips you across both seasons, it's hard to not like the series.
Phenomenal! Really action packed, addicting and emotional! The Continuity adds a lot to the Ninja Turtle aspect. Also the Graphics were amazing.
This show was ok but the shipping went to far.
It was ok but the shipping wrecked it
The crazy shippers wejt to fqr they wanted to kill each other. Over the leo and karai ship
At least it looks a lot better than Disney Channel's sitcom Dog with a Blog.
VERY AMBITIUOUS. VERY POPULAR. VERY OVERRATED (IN A GOOD WAY). VERY GOOD STORY LINE. VERY GOOD CHARACTERS. VERY GOOD LOVE SQUARE. VERY GOOD ANIMATION. VERY GOOD BUILD UP. I LOVE IT!
Why is this below TTG?! - kcianciulli
LOL what - PeppaPig
I LOVE THIS SHOW
This show is dumb...
Ugh. This is why Cartoon Network reached below ground zero.
I like this show
Hell no - TheStormBolt