Best Cartoons of 2017

With last year's Best Cartoons of 2016 list going over so well, I figured that I might as well make a list celebrating the best of television animation to start the new year. Rick and Morty is starting its third season this year, Adventure Time is still going strong after seven seasons, Bojack Horseman has become one of the best shows on television, Regular Show is coming to its conclusion, Star vs. The Forces of Evil is doing a great job at filling Gravity Falls' void on Disney XD, and plenty of newcomers such as Nick's surprise hit The Loud House are already leaving an impact. 2016 was a really good year for cartoons, so let's hope that that string of success not only carries over into 2017, but many years going forward.

The Top Ten

1 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Star vs. the Forces of Evil Star vs. the Forces of Evil is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation.

When Gravity Falls ended its fantastic run in 2016, many people worried about the future of Disney T.V. animation. Star stepped up to the plate and hit the ball outta the ballpark. Featuring a creative premise, lovable characters, cool villains, and a immensely creative art style, it's fair to say that Disney is in good hands with Star as its leading series for the future. A true passing of the torch from one great show to the next. - phillysports

This show is a wonderful coming of age story that many audiences can enjoy. LOVE THE SONGS!

This show is good. I love the art style, characters, and music - Cartoonfan202

I love the design, characters and pretty much everything about this show

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2 Rick and Morty Rick and Morty Rick and Morty is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Adult Swim.

Rick and Morty is a flat out masterpiece of an animated series. It has the characters of Back to the Future, the alien environment of Men in Black, the humor and writing of Community, the creative animation of Adventure Time, the satire of The Simpsons and Futurama, and the raunchiness of South Park. All of these combine to form a hilarious, thought-provoking, melancholy sci-fi cartoon of which I have never seen before. If you haven't seen this show yet, I HIGHLY recommend it. There's only been two seasons and 20-ish episodes so far. Trust me. It's worth your time. Wubba lubba dub dub! - phillysports

This is what Adult Cartoon should be like something funny and dark but you learn something and compare it to real life not like other adult cartoons these days that just jokes about nonsense

I believe this is the best show on television right now. It's got amazing characters and jokes, and is one of the smartest shows out there.

Rick And Morty should be number One

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3 Steven Universe Steven Universe Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar for Cartoon Network. The show's based around a young boy by the name of Steven Universe, who is a hybrid of a gem and a human. He lives with his gem friends, Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl.

I'm going to be completely honest here. I've never been able to get into this show. It always seemed a little bit too weird and pretentious for me, and this is coming from a huge Adventure Time fan. However, I'm not just a single-minded hater. I understand that this show has a huge following and fan base, so I'm gonna talk about its positives. The animation is truly beautiful, the voice acting is top notch, and I greatly appreciate it for tackling such heavy themes in a cartoon based primarily for younger audiences. This show just never appealed to me, however. I do really feel good for Rebecca Sugar, though. She's come a long way from being one of Adventure Time's head writers to being the first woman to create a cartoon for Cartoon Network, and I'm happy for every bit of success she gets. - phillysports

From being a show about a kid figuring out who he is, Steven universe became such a great show for all ages. The cast characters, everything about the show is amazing. The songs are amazing and fun to sing along with. The first song I've heard in the show was peace and war, and then I fell in love with the show. When the first episode of the show came out, I thought it was going to be one of those shows like Clarence, or uncle grandpa, and those were shows that were obnoxious and annoying, but then I watched the first episode, and I didn't exactly like it. about a season later the episode "keeping it together" was on T.V., I watched it with my brothers and sisters, and learn a little about garnet. A few months passed, and I forgot about the whole show, but when a friend visit and asked me if I've ever seen Steven Universe, I told her yea but I didn't really watch it much then she put like five episodes of season 2 and I saw a completely different side of the show, new gems, new songs, ...more

Steven Universe starts out kind of generic. It's yet another kid's show that follows the whacky adventures of some kid. Keep on watching and wow, this show gets heavy. This is one of the few Cartoon Network shows that has a plot spanning more than just one or two episodes. Season 5 is looking to be the best one yet and I can't wait

Amazing cartoon

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4 Samurai Jack Samurai Jack Samurai Jack is an American action-adventure chanbara animated series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series premiered on August 10, 2001, with a TV movie called The Premiere Movie, before ending in its fourth season on September 25, 2004, without concluding the story. A revival more.

The series finale and conclusion to Samurai Jack was fantastic. Honestly, I don't know what to say that hasn't been said already. Because the revival was an absolutely phenomenal experience. It isn't often that you get a revival of a beloved animated series that actually turns out to be good. And Samurai Jack aces it on nearly all cylinders. From the breathtaking visuals to the heart-gripping storytelling and emotion of the series along with the memorable old and new cast of characters combined with fantastic action sequences and top-notch voice acting and so much more to name, Samurai Jack will go down as one of the greatest cartoons to have ever been made, even more so now that it has finally brought a conclusion to the story that fans have long been waiting for. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Richly dark & mature, but not to the extent that fans of the original can't enjoy it ( even though they are now much older themselves) this was long awaited, as the series really deserved proper conclusion, perhaps the ending was not to some people's tastes, but it showed what ever the outcome, aku was always going to have some consequences on jack's life.

Incredible show, visually breathtaking, and true to the original series. It is my favorite show of this year. This show is emotional, dark, funny and always action packed. It appeals to its original audience who have grown up over time. Highly recommend it!

Get this in the top 10, we finally got the proper ending to an epic cartoon. - htoutlaws2012

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5 Adventure Time Adventure Time Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of a boy named Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio)—a dog with the magical power to change shape more.

Okay. I'm a little biased here. I understand that Adventure Time hit its peak popularity around 2012 or 2013, and it has slowly lost a lot of fans since. But this has been my favorite television series since I was 11 years old, and I still believe that it's still at the very top at its game. The show still manages to amaze me with over seven seasons under its belt. It's still funny, the characters are all awesome, and the show has begun to reveal several important answers to questions we've all pondered, specifically Finn's past and humanity as a whole. Adventure Time holds a spot deep within my heart and I'm looking forward to seeing the show all the way to its end in 2018. - phillysports

I'm a huge adventure time fan. Adventure time is super cool. I was inspired by adventure time. Cool story, characters and backgrounds. I really want to know what happened next. I know adventure time was popular at 2012-2013. But I think the story is getting better. More adventure and complicated problems.

Seasons 1-4 I would consider one of the best cartoons. Seasons 5-present not so much. I think ending the show in 2018 is best for Adventure Time before it completely jumps the shark.

This story has a lot of conflicts and very interesting. The sories are different all the time. I'm glad that adventure time is in the top five cause I really love this show

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6 The Loud House The Loud House The Loud House is an American animated television series created by Chris Savino for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around the chaotic suburban everyday life of a boy named Lincoln Loud and his ten sisters, to which he survives as the middle child and only son in a large family of eleven children. more.

Hey, Nick. Yeah, YOU. Nickelodeon. Yeah, I'm talking' ta you. I saw your new show and let me just say...nice job! After years of getting nothing but crap from Nickelodeon (Harvey Beaks being an exception), it's surprising to see an actual GOOD cartoon from the network. The expectations going into The Loud House were pretty low considering all the cartoons that came before it, but the show managed to surprise everybody with its charm and likable group of characters. Keep up the good work, Nick. Please. For the love of everything, keep up the good work. - phillysports

Yes! Thank goodness! SpongeBob isn't above The Loud House! The Loud House is the only good Nickelodeon show in 2017, SpongeBob isn't getting as better as "some" claims it is. But when The Loud House first came along, I knew Nickelodeon is worth redeeming itself. Nickelodeon, keep making The Loud House a very great cartoon, best show of 2017 and the only great show in Nickelodeon in the cartoon category.

It brings me into childhood I'm 14 and just wow this show is really good

What can I say? This is my favourite cartoon (other then Adventures With Tip and Oh) and my current obession! My BFF told me about it and after watching even the first minute of the show I was hooked. Reply if you think all Loud House haters should be banned from TopTen and should respect or opinions!

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7 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a children's animated fantasy television series developed by Lauren Faust, produced by Hasbro Studios and DHX Media Vancouver . Despite the target demographic of young girls, Friendship Is Magic has also gained a large following of older viewers, mainly young and more.

The next season is coming next month - Neonco31

I watched this show since 2011 (and G3 before that) and this show has built a part of me that I am today. Lauren Faust created not just ponies a world of magic and love. It's created such a warm hearted and kind community. If I wasn't watching it I don't know who I'd be

Season 7 already aired.

I agree

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8 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes

One of my favorite shows on CN, OK K.O. is better than most of the other shows on Cartoon Network. It combines the silly nature of Cartoon Network shows with a cool and interesting plot.

This is the best modern CN show since We Bare Bears. - Cartoonfan202

Ok ko is one of the best and newest

I like :3

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9 SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. Spongebob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 18 years, and is beginning its 11th season.

Some people say spongebob sucks but its not

Season 10 and 11 is almost as good as the first 3 seasons.

The only reason I really even watch nickelodeon anymore - MrMonkey

Although The Loud House got off to a good start (I really liked the first half of Season 1), the second season just isn't that good (it honestly feels a little too much like a kids show at this point) and Nickelodeon's newest cartoons (Bunsen, Welcome to the Wayne, Mysticons) have not impressed me. And then there's SpongeBob. What I love about this show is that it doesn't try to be too serious (like most of the story driven cartoons, they're definitely well-written but it just isn't my cup of tea) or too stupid (looking at you, Teen Titans Go! ). And the new episodes don't try desperately to be exactly like the pre-movie episodes. It brings something new to the table. Take the kind of goofy slapstick you would see in Looney Tunes, some Ren & Stimpy-esque facial expressions, throw in some of the humor of the pre-movie episodes, add beautiful, fluid animation and you get Season 10. And Season 11 is looking even better! Maybe it's had some lackluster episodes (like Sportz? ) but if you ...more

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10 The Amazing World of Gumball The Amazing World of Gumball The Amazing World of Gumball is a British-Australian-German-American-Irish children's animated television series created by Ben Bocquelet for Cartoon Network.

It amazes me how far Gumball has come since 2011. It started off as a fun little cartoon for kids into one of the funniest animated series of all time. Gumball as a show is very satirical and largely makes fun of the tropes of cartoons and the suburban world. Its sense of humor is very similar to South Park's only in a much more family-friendly way. I dare even call it the kids' cartoon equivalent to South Park. The impressive thing about Gumball is that it continues to improve with each coming season, and I'm looking forward to what it delivers next. - phillysports

Great! A show about two not-so-smart idiots working through problems and good for a little laugh.

This show is very satirical and has beautiful animation - Cartoonfan202

This should be above the Loud House

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The Newcomers

? The Lion Guard The Lion Guard The Lion Guard is an American animated television series developed by Ford Riley based on Disney's 1994 film The Lion King. The series was first broadcast with a television movie titled The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar on Disney Channel on November 22, 2015 and began airing as a TV series on January more.

The Contenders

11 We Bare Bears We Bare Bears An animated comedy show by Daniel Chong about three different species of bears - Grizzly, Panda and Ice bear (polar bear). Since they were little, they wanted to get adopted by owners separately. But then they missed each other too much, so they reunited again. Now as adults, they now live in a cave more.

Haven't really gotten into it but I like what I've seen of it so far. My reasons for liking this show are the same reasons I like Season 10 of SpongeBob: not too serious, not too stupid. The only thing that really bugs me is the art style (it kind of reminds me of Steven Universe, but not in a good way). If you haven't watched this show, you need to watch this show!

This and The Loud House should switch places

Cute story about friendship and brother's love. This show should be more aprecciated


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12 South Park South Park South Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. The show is about four boys, who are Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick, and their adventures in South Park, Colorado.

Best adult cartoon, right up there with Simpsons and Rick and Morty - Cartoonfan202

Member South Park in the fall always! - htoutlaws2012

My birthday is the same day as season 21 of southpark comes out

Member South Park!

I member, and tons of people all across the globe can recollect the history of this legendary animated sitcom. Honestly, what can I, and 18 year old boy, say about South Park that hasn't been said millions of times before? The show is simply a comedy marvel. It takes many elements and current events occurring in our everyday world, and gets us to laugh at them with Trey Parker and Matt Stone's brilliant sense of humor. Season 20 received a mixed reception from both critics and audiences alike, but as far as I'm concerned, there will be no stopping South Park on its satirical take on modern society. - phillysports

13 Pokemon Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.

It is the best show for all it should be in the 1 position

This is has to be on first position

I like Pokemon a lot

Best is only Pokemon,nothing else.

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14 Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Also called "Miraculous", "Miraculous Ladybug", "Miraculous Ladybug and Cat Noir", "Ladybug and Cat Noir" or simply "Ladybug" . It's a French show created by Thomas Astruc and Jeremy Zag, produced by Method Animation (by Zag) and SAMG Animation (in Korean version). The theme song singed by Cash Callaway more.

I heard they will made a Season 2 on May 2017! Love this show! - ChatNoirFan18

I think that this is the best show I've ever watched! It has love, action, and some drama going on. This should be Number 1 in the list.

Miraculous ladybug is the best superhero show ever

Just the BEST SHOW EVER! I love it so much. Can't wait for season 2, coming to Netflix on December 22!
#Catnoir is the best #ladynoir 4 ever # I'm born to be miraculer # this should be in top #1!

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15 DuckTales (2017)

I hope this is real. Blathering Blatherskites (it's been decades, so that is probably a little off).

Amazing, probably the only reboot done right. It deserves a higher spot on the list. Better then all the shows from 12 to 15.

Should Be number 1

16 Legend Quest
17 Bojack Horseman Bojack Horseman BoJack Horseman is an American adult animated sitcom created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series stars Will Arnett as the title character, BoJack Horseman.

At a time when adult cartoons started getting stale and stupid (Mr. Pickles, Brickleberry, etc.), a little show named Bojack Horseman emerged to become one of the top shows not only on Netflix, but on T.V. as a whole. Bojack is a lot like Rick and Morty in the fact that it's funny and all, but there's a deep sense of melancholy that lies over the main character. The show is essentially about an actor's depression while his career and the people he love are slowly slipping away from him. This show has some real intelligence behind it, and truly provides a thought-provoking and invigorating experience in every episode. - phillysports

I've never seen it, but it looks good - Cartoonfan202

loved it

18 Star Wars Rebels Star Wars Rebels Star Wars Rebels is an American 3D CGI animated television series produced by Lucasfilm Animation. Set fourteen years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and five years before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Rebels takes place during an era when the Galactic Empire is securing more.

Literally one of the only average to good shows on disney with gravity falls of course - VideoGamefan5

Best show.

19 Tangled: The Series Tangled: The Series


20 Pokemon: Sun & Moon

Am I the only one that thinks x and y was much better than sun and Moon cause I've watched almost 20 episodes of sun and moon and it has been so underwhelming that I can't even pull myself through another episode

Ya I also amazing

Pokemon one to five season is best I die heart fan of pokemon I love team rocket

No Pokémon season 1 is great

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