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

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 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.

6 The Simpsons: Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire (1989)
7 SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) V 2 Comments
8 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.

9 Hey Arnold (1994)

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

10 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon

The made an American pilot version.
Check on YouTube.

The Contenders

11 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 more.
12 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 more.


13 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.

14 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.

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15 Chalk Zone
16 My Little Pony (1984)

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

17 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.

18 Johnny Bravo
19 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.

Amazing show with amazing episodes and characters.i love marceline

20 Battle Toads

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

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1. Fairly Oddparents
2. The Simpsons: Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire (1989)
3. Amazing World Of Gumball
1. Fairly Oddparents
2. Courage The Cowardly Dog
3. Amazing World Of Gumball



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