Best Transformers TV Series

Please do not put the Japanese Series or Bayformers for this list is only for the cartoons (the movies weren't bad, but the main actors were just annoying).

The Top Ten

1 Prime

One of my favorite shows! It always managed to make me want to tune in for the next episode. The story and the animations are so good.

Most epic series of all time. I have loved the animation, characters, and plot since the beginning! Transformers Prime has all the entertainment needed to keep up the awesomeness of the Transformers franchise!

This show is, put simply, the best Transformers show of all time. The action was amazing, the story was astonishingly well-written, the characters were interesting and fleshed out, and the CGI looked great too! Unfortunately, my cousin is a G1 fanboy and refuses to give any other Transformers show a legitimate chance simply because they're not what he grew up with. That really sucks, because his nostalgia is keeping him from seeing that this show is what every Transformers fans deserve.

Prime is the best hands down g1 beast wars you name it prime is better

2 G1

G1 is better than Prime. Seriously, what's better, a Optimus Prime playing basketball or a Optimus Prime making a speech every 3 miliseconds?

I just have to say, generation 1 of the transformers was just amazing. It had lots of good features: a strong story, good characters, and the writers working beyond the material given to them. This show was downright genius. It really is the greatest transformers cartoon ever.

This was the only one I watched as a kid and I could not even recognize transformers from other series so I'm wondering why its not number 1

It better in Prime hands down...yes Prime is good but not better then G1

3 Animated

Transformers Prime remains my favorite show to this day, but the Animated comes to a close second. It's fun and has amazing characters. I honestly love what they changed from what one might be used to within the franchise. Things such as Optimus not being the leader, but rather Ultra Magnus. They made a new story out of one told many times before and I loved exploring that world.

A really great series, and stands shoulder to shoulder with Prime, and one of the worthy contenders for the top slot. If you like lighthearted, go Animated. If you like darker, go Prime.

Animated deserves the number one spot in my opinion. It was so well water had great action, characters, and plots.

It was fun, but took itself seriously when it was needed, giving the Autobots more character development then they ever had before, and an interesting "Human" character who actually contributes to the plot. As well as some of the best Decepticons in Transformers history. Plus it took the best aspects of previous shows mythology and combined it into something fresh and interesting.

4 Beast Wars

This series got it right by not including humans in the series other than the occasional cave person. The show is supposed to be about the war between the Transformers and not about the stupid humans they run into along the way. Character development was great and it made me actually care about the Transformers more than just caring which one looked the coolest. The CGI was great for its time and while it's a bit dated now, it's still a very watchable show.

Beast Wars had the best story telling, the best characters, and the best writing of any Transformers serries. It's animation may not hold up flawlessly to modern standards but it got the job done. Inspiring, heart wrenching, and often beautiful no other serries in the transformers universe can stand up to it.

The best cast of any Transformers series plus some great moments and plot twists. It wasn't as consistent as it could have been though and the primitive CGI will be insurmountable for some, although among Transformers series its far from the worst in either category.

Undoubtedly one of the best Transformers cartoons of all time. It had a great plot, great characters, brilliant storytelling, and an explanation being offered for new characters showing up. Although the CGI is primitive, it's better than that of Transformers: Energon. The show wasn't afraid to kill off characters and had a version of Megatron than was actually a threat.

5 Armada

This actually had pretty good character development between the main protagonist and antagonist throughout the entire series. Just when you thought you knew them, they surprised you. Although Optimus wasn't voiced by Peter Cullen, I think the different voice actor actually fit the character better. He was the good, kind, noble and just OP that everyone loves (until Energon, where he's a total jerk), yet he kicks major ass in battle. His design was great. I loved how expressive just the tilt of his head and the intensity of his golden optics could be to show anger and rage that later change to sadness and grief. As for Megatron, I feel sorry for him. He was a brilliant schemer and strategist, but his soldiers were total morons! Yes, I'll give them credit for being hilarious (and Starscream, just for being awesome). Megatron also deserves a bonus just for being an epic badass (he transforms into a huge ass tank) overall, there were just a lot of plot twists that, even if they seemed ...more

By far the best however it was probably too deep and complicated for some people who dismissed it for not being mindless action

This is the best one

This show is trash

6 Cybertron

My first Transforners TV show as well as toyline as I was about 5 or 6 when I watched this show for the first time and my first transformer toy was Cannonball, the repaint of the Deluxe class, Red Alert

This series had a very large and complex plot line that always kept the show interesting.

Great story line and beutiful transformer graphics go JAPAN

Grew up with this one, blew my prepubesent mind

7 Beast Machines

This show was kick ass

Pretty Much Awful

After this show came transtech.

8 Beast Hunters

Isn't this just the third season of prime?

This is just third season, nothing completely different. This is technically at number one because it's part of the Prime cartoon.

I kinda liked it but it had bumblebee has its leader which is fine but optimus was not even in the movie for like 30 minutes.

This is season 3 of Prime. So technically everything after here is one rank better. This is technically 1.

9 Rescue Bots

Even though I was older, I still watched it. The storylines are great on this show.

Sure, it was intended for younger fans, but the storylines and characters are worthy enough for older fans.

Not a show for older Transformers fans. Good for kids when they're getting started with the series

It's a kid show of course, with fairly simple animation, but some clever dialog makes it fun.

10 Energon

The embodiment of laziness. Everything in this show looks ugly, and it disregards almost everything from Armada. Pure garbage.

I loved the transformers designs in this show and it was also my first one So nostalgia I guess

May have been a flawed series but the transformers were enjoyable and entertaining!

Show be higher, at least higher than rescue bots

The Contenders

11 Cyberverse

The series is meh at first, but it gets better with each passing episode!

12 Robots in Disguise

Despite a rough time in America, Robots In Disguise 2001 is a great show! The transformation sequences were so cool! Especially the one with Omega Prime!

The best history and robots of the transformers, frame my childhood forever!

An anime doesn't seem to fit in with transformers, but oh well

The portrayal of ultra magnus is so funny!

13 Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Worst of the franchise

I want starscream to redeem to bee team and forgive him

At least it's better than prime

Better than Prime in every way.

14 Victory
15 Beast Wars: Transformers

Hand down the best transformers serise ever

16 Transformers: Super-God Masterforce

Late 80's series released in Japan, Masterforce had a great story and introduced many new characters. If you are a fan of the older transformers series like G1 and Headmasters, you really should check this out.

The show introduced many new characters like Sixshot, Overlord, Grand Maximus and the pretenders.

17 Transformers Go!

I I never saw the show.

18 Q-Transformers

Yes there was a show for that, it’s extremely funny. There’s only one episode on YouTube. The rest are only in Japan.

19 Transformers: The Headmasters
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