Animation & Cartoons TV Shows


About Animation & Cartoons

The success of film animation in the first third of the twentieth century inspired television programmers to tap into the genre later in the century as they developed new TV program forms. Like early film animation, early TV animation programming consisted mostly of short-form films aimed at children. In many cases, children's TV programs simply broadcast theatrical animated shorts, but after the mid-point of the century, animation produced specifically for television was common.

A drawback to the use of animation in a TV context, especially early in the medium's history, was the large amount of labor and time that was traditionally required to produce even an animated short. Theatrical shorts were usually produced over the course of several months, a turn-around time that was not generally feasible under the tighter deadlines required by TV programming. The solution to this problem was the development of animation styles that reduced the time and effort required to draw them; in these styles, large portions of drawings were reused from frame to frame, with only parts of the drawing that changed being redrawn for each successive frame. The resulting animation is typically considered to be of low quality, but many animated programs of the 1960s and 1970s used these time- and money-saving techniques.

By the 1980s, animated programs were a staple of children's TV programming, and many animated series were thinly veiled promotional platforms for toys and other products targeted at children. By the turn of the century, new directions in TV animation included the emergence of Japanese anime as a popular style even in the United States, the creation of cable networks devoted entirely to animation and the rising popularity of animated series aimed at adult audiences.

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Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
Big Mouth
Big Mouth
American Dad!
American Dad!
Family Guy
Family Guy
South Park
South Park
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
Liberty's Kids
Liberty's Kids
Beyblade Burst
Beyblade Burst
Animals.
Animals.
Inuyasha
Inuyasha
The Loud House
The Loud House
The Year Without a Santa Claus
The Year Without a Santa Claus
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Boondocks
The Boondocks
The Legend of Korra
The Legend of Korra
Dragon Ball GT
Dragon Ball GT
A Little Curious
A Little Curious
Ben 10: Alien Force
One Piece
SpongeBob Squarepants Specials
WordGirl
Ben 10: Omniverse
PJ Masks
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Futurama
Regular Show
The Annoying Orange
Steven Universe
Samurai Jack
King Of The Hill
Goosebumps
Regal Academy
Attack on Titan
Max and Ruby
Danny Phantom
ThunderCats (1985)
Fanboy and Chum Chum
Dinosaurs
Adventure Time with Finn and Jake
Tangled: The Series
Gravity Falls
My Hero Academia
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
Rugrats
Daria
Phineas and Ferb
Squidbillies
Arthur
OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
Night Raid 1931
Home Movies
Young Justice
Prep and Landing
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Bleach
Is This a Zombie?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
The Fairly Odd Parents
Crank Yankers
Little Bill
Curious George
Looney Tunes
Yona of the Dawn
Dragons: Riders of Berk
High School of the Dead
Robot Chicken
Cowboy Bebop
The Asterisk War
Hey Arnold!
Jonny Quest
We Bare Bears
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Aquabats Super Show
Celebrity Deathmatch
Batman: The Brave and The Bold
Spider-Man (1994)
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror
The Looney Tunes Show
Doug
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
All Grown Up
Static Shock
Sunny Day
Drawn Together
Milo Murphy's Law
CatDog
Erased
Good Vibes
The Wild Thornberrys
Hey Duggee
Be Cool Scooby-Doo!
Wolf's Rain
Total Drama Island
Dino Dan
Special Agent Oso