Top Ten Cartoons With the Best Pilot Episodes

The Top Ten

1 Fairly Oddparents

This should be number one. I love the pilot episodes like a lot. And they are nicely done. - cosmo

They should kept the drawing designs in the series

My favourite. - PatrickStar3

2 Courage The Cowardly Dog Courage The Cowardly Dog Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated horror comedy television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network as part of the network's Cartoon Cartoons block.
3 Amazing World Of Gumball

I totally agree the pilot episode was amazing!

The pilot shows Gumball and Darwin as younger selves.
It was shown in Adult Swim.

4 Dexter's Laboratory Dexter's Laboratory Dexter's Laboratory is an American comic science fiction animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network, and the first of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The show is about a kid scientist named Dexter that has a sister named Dee Dee that keeps breaking into his lab.
5 SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)

Do you smell it that smell the kind of smelly smell that smells smelly anchovies - PatrickStar3

"Today's the Big Day Gary! "
Gets me every time. - Puga

I'm naked my favourite line oh yeah and Barg n' Mart home of all your Spatula needs. - PatrickStar3

Impressive animation for it’s technology, witty humor/memorable quotes. Count me in.
“Today’s the big day, Gary! ”
“meow”

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6 Rugrats: The Shiny White Thing

Tommy's hands designs look like adult hands if you pay attention closely.
And his voice grammer sounded very well.

7 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 ...read more.

Amazing show with amazing episodes and characters.i love marceline

8 The Simpsons: Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire (1989)

Jingle bells batman smells robin layed and egg the batmobile broke its wheels and the joker got away - PatrickStar3

9 Pound Puppies Special (1985)

I liked the pilot the one with the characters like you see in the those toys, merchandisers, other products, etc, they should kept the main characters like that in the series instead of replacing some characters for the different ones and should kept the designs.
Plus I like Howler that has more comical personality with a lot of howling in the pilot version.
They should kept it like that for the series.

10 Hey Arnold (1994)

Almost nobody got to see the original, but thank god for the remake episode (24 Hours To Live)!

The Contenders

11 Apple & Onion Apple & Onion
12 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.

The animation in the pilot wasn't great, but overall it was good. I'm glad the animation improved as the series went on.

Its good.

13 Gravity Falls Gravity Falls Gravity Falls is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation that first aired on Disney Channel, and then on Disney XD from June 15, 2012 to February 15, 2016. The series follows the adventures of Dipper Pines and his twin sister Mabel in the fictional town of Gravity ...read more.

WOO.

14 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon Sailor Moon is a Japanese shōjo manga series by Naoko Takeuchi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997; the 52 individual chapters were published in 18 tankōbon volumes. ...read more.

The made an American pilot version.
Check on YouTube.

15 Outlaw Star Outlaw Star

They made that for the trailers in 1996 or 1997. They should have that as a pilot episode.
But what really curious me is that Jim has a purple bunny rabbit, I don't why the bunny never made it to series. That's a pretty good question.

Check out on YouTube

16 Codename: Kids Next Door
17 Family Guy (1999) Family Guy (1999) Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter (Idiotic Dad) and Lois (Nagging Wife), their children Meg (Socially Awkward Daughter) Chris (Idiotic Son), and Stewie ...read more.
18 My Little Pony (1984)

They should kept Firefy, Twighlight, Applejack, especially Bubbles and the designs like that for the series.

19 Bubsy

What could possibly go wrong? Here's your answer!

I did'nt saw that but all I saw was the preview.
It's pretty bad that it did'nt made it to the series.

20 Chalk Zone
21 Battle Toads

Me: 10/10 would NUT meem: canned. me: awww

22 Johnny Bravo Johnny Bravo Johnny Bravo is an American animated television series created by Van Partible for Cartoon Network, and the second of the network's Cartoon Cartoons.
23 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. ...read more.
24 Recess (1996) Recess (1996) Recess is an American animated television series created by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere and produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, with animation done by Grimsaem, Plus One Animation, Sunwoo Animation, and Toon City.

They only put that as a trailer during the 101 Dalmation series.
They should put that as an episode and kept the designs like that for the series.

25 Defenders Of Dynatron City (T.V. Pilot)

A cartoon pilot was based from a video game which was on Fox Kids in 1992.

26 Larry And Steve

Family Guy Pilot from What-A-Cartoon

27 Uncle Grandpa Uncle Grandpa Uncle Grandpa is an American animated television series created by Peter Browngardt for Cartoon Network that premiered on the network on September 2, 2013. The series is based on Browngardt's animated short of the same name from The Cartoonstitute.

What dose it look like

28 Lakewood Plaza Turbo
29 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 ...read more.

The art style was weird in the pilot, but I LOVE this show!

30 P.J. FunnyBunny (1989)

They had 3 episodes of it:
P.J. FunnyBunny (1989)
P.J. Funnybunny Very Unfunny Christmas (1993)
P.J. Funnybunny A Very Cool Easter (1996)

I like the way they ad the drawing designs which was based from the book. They should kept it that way istead of changing it.
It would've been cool if they have a series of it.
The show was really funny.

31 Inspector Gadget

It was a pilot when Gadget had mustache.

32 Power Puff Girls

The Whoop Ass Girls should beat those reboot Powerpuff Girls!

They had a narrator with a cooler voice back then

They're was an earlier pilot version was called," Whoop Ass Girls" which was made in 1992.
Before they changed it to PowerPuff Girls.

33 Crash Dummies (T.V. Pilot)
34 Regular Show (2010) Regular Show (2010) Regular Show is an American animated television series created by J. G. Quintel for Cartoon Network that premiered on September 6, 2010. The series revolves around the lives of two friends, a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby—both employed as groundskeepers at a local park.
35 Bitsy Bears (1992)
36 Yum Yums
37 The Ren & Stimpy Show The Ren & Stimpy Show The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated television series created by John Kricfalusi for Nickelodeon.
38 Wacky Races Forever
39 X-Men Pilot (1989)
40 Rocko's Modern Life Rocko's Modern Life Rocko's Modern Life is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray for Nickelodeon. The series centers on the surreal life of an anthropomorphic Australian-immigrant wallaby named Rocko as well as his friends: the gluttonous steer Heffer, the neurotic turtle Filburt, and Rocko's faithful ...read more.

Rocko was yellow in the pilot until they changed him to beige color because the they might get confused for aa Australian talking banana for the toy product.

41 Fluppy Dogs
42 Breadwinners Breadwinners Breadwinners is a 2014 animated comedy television series produced by Nickelodeon. It is about the adventures of SwaySway and Buhdeuce, two ducks who drive in a rocket van delivering bread to their customers.

Breadwinners has a good episode?

43 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.

Morty you need to get up burp now morty ah jeez rick your tugging to hard hilarious - PatrickStar3

I had to actually pause it because I was laughing so hard

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Top Remixes

1. Adventure Time
2. Apple & Onion
3. Fairly Oddparents
BoyGenius234
1. Fairly Oddparents
2. The Simpsons: Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire (1989)
3. Amazing World Of Gumball
cosmo
1. Fairly Oddparents
2. Courage The Cowardly Dog
3. Amazing World Of Gumball
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