Top 10 Best Transformers TV Series

The Top Ten
1 Transformers: Prime Launched in 2010, this American animated series is part of the Transformers franchise. The narrative focuses on the eternal struggle between Autobots and Decepticons on Earth. Known for its sophisticated storytelling and high-quality animation, the show received several awards during its run.

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.

The Prime series was time well spent and I enjoyed every minute of it. The story was written and carried out incredibly with my favorite characters brought to life. The only thing I dislike is that even though I finished the series and watched the following movie, I still wanted more. Especially with Knockout's possible redemption arc.

2 The Transformers (1984)

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 series had the largest amount of characters and character deaths, this made the battles seem like real battles, not just random encounters where the Autobots never die.

The vast majority of characters, back stories, plots and ideas can never be outdone by any modern interpretation of this legendary series.

3 Transformers: 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.

This is a successful attempt to bring Transformers into the 21st century cartoon world. It was one of Cartoon Network's last good shows. It had a little of all fan favorites while bringing the Transformers into a new world. This is a rare success. A cartoon that appealed to kids as well as adults. The only complaint we seem to have is that it ended too soon.

4 Beast Wars: Transformers

Beast wars, once you get over the CGI, was amazing, It managed to have only one character who could be annoying ( I don't know any other T. F show that could say that! ) After the first season, which was not brilliant, and they brought in thirteen episodes a season it felt like a contained epic, with the same plot always lurking in the shadows. It was also much more moving than most transformers shows, who didn't pity Transmutate? Or fear Rampage? Or look up to Dinobot? (He was the best). Plus, it had the greatest incarnation of MEGATRON EVER!
A good show with a great cast that wasn't afraid to kill off the heroes.

5 Transformers: 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 minute at the time, all played a part in the outcome of the entire series long story. In short, Armada made me love Transformers.

6 Transformers: Cybertron

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

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

7 Beast Machines
8 Transformers: Rescue Bots

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

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

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

9 Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy: Siege
10 Transformers: Victory

Kinda old G1 anime style. The cast is pretty interesting, despite most were never released in the states. Jean's a major whiner, in some ways worse than Daniel in headmasters.
The only real downside is too many clip episodes.

The Contenders
11 Transformers: The Headmasters

It has its ups and downs. a major down is killing Optimus Prime off again then putting Rodimus back in charge for about 10 episodes then he goes into space leaving total strangers in charge. Worst of all is what a whiny baby Daniel is. He was at least bearable in the American version. Here all he does is whine and cry.
It has some good G1 style animation and features brief appearances of pre-movie characters unseen since. It also features some later characters Rebirth didn't.

12 Transformers: Cyberverse

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

13 Transformers: Energon

This underrated series is the best of the Unicron trilogy. It has more action than Armada did and they get the characters' names right more. The toy line was also one of the best of its time.

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

Personaly energon has allways been a fun movie but I wish in every single transformers series they would discountiue the humans they almost just take all the fun out of the movie!

14 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.

15 Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Earthrise
16 Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Not to confuse the two, I'm praising the 2001 series. NOT the horrid '15 excrement.
This was the first series to feature Autobots and eventually Decepticons again. It's primarily aimed at a younger audience, hence some of the childishness like Sideburn flirting with cars, the hard luck lady and some other anime content. My only real complaint is how they shout the name of their weapon as they fire. It would've been so annoying to hear Optimus Prime in G1 shout "Laser Rifle" or Megatron yell "Fusion cannon" and so on.
The toy line was very impressive, especially Nemesis Prime, aka Scourge. Evil doubles are always cool bad guys.
I am glad they chose to name the villain Megatron (and later Galvatron) in the English dub to go with the regular tradition. He was called Gigatron in Japan. It's only too bad we didn't get a new Fortress Maximus figure here. He'd have been hot with old school collectors.

17 Transformers Go!
18 Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Kingdom
19 Transformers: Power of the Primes
20 Transformers: Combiner Wars
21 Transformers: Titans Return
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