Top 10 Best Cartoons of the 2000s

The 2000s was a golden era where the age-old tradition of Saturday morning cartoons met the fast-paced evolution of digital technology, giving birth to a generation of cartoons that were visually stunning, narratively compelling, and downright fun. This was a time when both kids and adults could find common ground in front of the television, sharing laughter and gasps as they followed the adventures of their favorite animated characters.

Think about it, the 2000s brought us everything from thought-provoking science fiction and action-packed adventures to side-splitting comedies and heartwarming stories of friendship. There were shows that challenged conventions, pushed boundaries, and weren't afraid to tackle big issues, while others offered a welcome escape from reality with their silliness and whimsy.

What are the best cartoons of the 2000s? Well, that's where you come in! It's time for you to cast your vote.

Maybe there's a show you believe has been criminally overlooked, or perhaps there's a fan-favorite that you think is overhyped. Whatever your viewpoint, it's time to make your voice heard. Remember, your vote is not just a click - it's a tribute to the show that left an impact on you, that made you laugh, cry, or think, and that, perhaps, holds a special place in your heart.

So, whether you're a dedicated animation fan or a nostalgic viewer longing to revisit the cartoons of your younger days, your opinion matters. Get ready to journey back to a decade that redefined what cartoons could be, and let's determine together which of these animated gems truly deserves the title of the Best Cartoon of the 2000s.
The Top Ten
1 Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which some people are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese... read more

This show isn't perfect, I mean I think the relationship between Aang and Katara could have been developed better along with Ozai being a little bit more interesting other than being a part of crazy Emperors, but that's really the best criticisms I can come up with. This show is practically flawless in every category possible, and this was advertised as a kids show.

Avatar : The Last Airbender is, in my opinion, the greatest cartoon of all time! I love it so much, its simply a masterpiece! It was such a big part of my childhood growing up and it deserves the number 1 spot on any list!

2 SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator the late Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. SpongeBob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 23 years, and is beginning its 13th season... read more

Spongebob defied the 2000s with its humor and characters. It should be Number One instead of Avatar.

It's the greatest cartoon for me and it started in 1990s and still ongoing!

This Show is so good I love it I've loved it for 18 Years.

3 Teen Titans Teen Titans is an American animated television series created by Glen Murakami, based on the DC Comics characters of the same name.

Nurtured my love for superheros. If I had to start my life all over again. This show would make it worth it.

This was one of the best to ever do it.

This is still the best cartoon.

4 Kim Possible Kim Possible is an American animated children's television series created by Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle for Disney Channel.

Great feel good show. Loved it as a kid, love it more as an adult.

I was in love with this show as a kid. Kim P. was such a role model for me.

5 Invader Zim Invader Zim is an American animated television series created by Jhonen Vasquez for Nickelodeon. The series centers on an extraterrestrial named Zim from the planet Irk, and his mission to conquer Earth and enslave the human race along with his malfunctioning robot servant GIR.

The characters are adorable. The plots are interesting. As for humor, it at least does a better job than most gross-out cartoons.

THIS is the best. No doubt. It handles humor perfectly, as well as balancing disturbing images.

6 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... read more

I don't actually remember that much from this show but I can't wait to re-watch it!

7 Futurama Futurama is an American animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company.
8 The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (also known as Billy & Mandy) is an American animated television series created by Maxwell Atoms for Cartoon Network, and is the 14th of the network's Cartoon Cartoons (albeit namely when it was part of Grim & Evil; the show is considered separate from Cartoon Cartoons... read more

I knew there was a reason I thought about creepy things as a kid. Still loved this crazy show anyway.

This show should be number 1 on this list.

A genius cartoon that has everything needed to be top ten worthy

9 Family Guy 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 (Fat, Idiotic Dad) and Lois (Nagging Bitchy Wife), their children Meg (Socially Awkward Daughter) Chris (Fat, Idiotic... read more

Even before its seasonal rot it still had some funny moments.

10 Danny Phantom Danny Phantom is an American animated series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. It was produced by Billionfold Studios and distributed in Canada by Nelvana, a Canadian animation company. The series follows a teenage boy who, after an accident with an unpredictable portal between the human world... read more

Not gonna lie I had a HUGE crush on Danny, what I can now say is a girl-crush on Sam, and I think this show made my love ghosts.

It is the best show I have ever had the curtesy to watch!

My favorite show! Danny Phantom

The Contenders
11 Phineas and Ferb Phineas and Ferb is an American animated comedy-musical television series. Originally broadcast as a one-episode preview on August 17, 2007 and again previewed on September 28, 2007, the series officially premiered on February 1, 2008 and ended on June 12, 2015 on Disney Channel, and follows Phineas... read more

Number 25? I know this is hated on this site, but I honestly expected it to be at least in the top 20.

12 Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends is an American animated television series created by Craig McCracken for Cartoon Network Studios.

This show should be higher. It is definitely one of the best cartoon of the 2000s.

I loved this show so much as a kid!

13 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 was first broadcast in Japan on April 1, 1997, in the United States... read more
14 Ed, Edd n Eddy Ed, Edd n Eddy is a Canadian-American animated comedy television series created by Danny Antonucci for Cartoon Network, and the sixth of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The series revolves around three preteen boys: Ed, Edd "Double D," and Eddy—collectively known as "the Eds"—who live in a suburban... read more
15 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

I love Teen Titans, but you can't touch this funny, dramatic, and totally insane show!

This cartoon aired in April 2008 and became a staple in the first decade of cartoons.

Marceline is so tender both as a grown up vampire queen and as a little half human/half demon girl

16 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

Gravity Falls was created in the 2010s, not 2000s.

I'm pretty sure this wasn't created in the 2000s.

17 American Dragon: Jake Long American Dragon: Jake Long is an American animated television series. It was produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and created by Jeff Goode.

I love magic, dragons, and martial arts. This must be where it came from.

18 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.
19 Total Drama Total Drama is a Canadian animated comedy television series which is a homage and parody to the conventions commonly found in reality television.

This was the best cartoon of the 2000's. The characters were all unique and likeable. Duncan : The Bad Boy of the show who liked to tease, and he made it far in each season (besides TDWT where he was the 1st eliminated.) 4th place in TDI, 1st Place in TDA.

20 The Emperor's New School
21 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.
22 Star vs. the Forces of Evil "Star vs. the Forces of Evil" is an American animated television comedy produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney XD. It was created by Daron Nefcy and developed by Jordana Arkin and Dave Wasson. The series follows teenage magical princess from the dimension of Mewni Star Butterfly and her... read more
23 Totally Spies! Totally Spies! is a French-Canadian animated spy comedy television series created by Vincent Chalvon-Demersay and David Michel and produced by Marathon Media Group and Image Entertainment Corporation.
24 Clone High Clone High is an American-Canadian animated television series that originally aired from 2002 to 2003. Created by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Bill Lawrence, the show is set in a high school populated by clones of famous historical figures like Abraham Lincoln, Cleopatra, and Gandhi. The series... read more
25 The Fairly OddParents The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon.
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