Top 10 Disney Animated TV Series

Founded in 1923, The Walt Disney Company has made a name for itself in the animation industry thanks to Walt and Roy Disney. Though it has since incorporated live action projects, Disney is first and foremost known for its high quality animation. This is no exception when it came to television, which they began to explore in the mid 1980s. In this WatchMojo.com video, we count down our picks for the top 10 Disney animated TV series. Special thanks to our Jorel Hamilton for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page!
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These productions gave Disney a permanent home on our small screens. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Disney animated TV series.

#10 – “Phineas and Ferb” (2007-present)


It’s not the longest running Disney Channel Original Series for nothing: with bright colors, humorous bits, running gags, musical numbers, playful but artistic animation and cleverly placed pop culture references, “Phineas and Ferb” is fun for the whole family. Its main plot revolves around the title characters’ mischievous antics and their disapproving older sister. With a subplot that includes a platypus as a crime-fighting secret agent, you can’t help but be entertained!

#9 – “The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” (1988-91)


This high-quality animated series worked its way into the hearts and homes of countless children in the U.S. and beyond. By telling stories that dealt with friendship, fear, self-esteem and more, Disney brought the characters of A.A. Milne’s beloved books to life and won two Emmys in the process. Whether we’re singing along with Pooh or learning life’s greatest lessons, it’s always good memories with the gang.

#8 – “Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears” (1985-91)


Launched simultaneously alongside the short-lived “The Wuzzles,” this was the first animated production from Walt Disney Animation Television. Airing between 1985-1990, the six-season show followed the adventures of human-like bears with magical powers that lived among human beings. As the animation studio’s first serialized program, “The Gummi Bears” paved the way for the explosion of animated television during the same period, including several other Disney shows.

#7 – “Aladdin” (1994-95)


It wasn’t Disney’s first animated TV series to be based on a feature-length film and it probably won’t be the last; but “Aladdin” is often considered one of Disney’s finest in the genre – as proven by its multiple Daytime Emmy Awards. Featuring almost all the voices we known and love from the films, the show ensured us a longer ride on that magic carpet with Aladdin, Jasmine, Abu, Genie and more.

#6 – “House of Mouse” (2001-03)


It’s at the “House of Mouse” dinner theater that Mickey and co. entertained residents by showing cartoons. As many of these animated shorts previously appeared on the popular “Mickey Mouse Works” show, the series allowed viewers to experience Disney’s golden age with many familiar faces in tow. In fact, it didn’t only bring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy under one roof but also featured many other characters from Disney films.

#5 – “Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers” (1989-90)


For this adventure and comedy-filled series, Disney’s two chipmunk characters got a bit of a makeover, with new clothes, distinctive personalities and high-pitched voices. As the Rescue Rangers, Chip and Dale were two detectives who solved crimes with the help of other animal buddies. Though the pair often butted heads, that was one of the main reasons why their chemistry – and the show – worked.

#4 – “Gargoyles” (1994-97)


Dark, melodramatic and complicated aren’t words you’d normally associate with Disney, but that’s exactly how “Gargoyles” has been described. Focusing on stone gargoyles that only came alive at night, the show saw the creatures trying to cope with a modern and unfamiliar world. Though it was canceled after three seasons, the series quickly achieved cult status thanks to its effective fusion of action, adventure, fantasy, mystery and history.

#3 – “Recess” (1997-2001)


For T.J., Ashley, Vince, Gretchen, Mikey and Gus, elementary school was reminiscent of a prison where they dealt with many rules and a strict system of control. The only time they could be themselves was – you guessed it – recess. Since critics loved it as much as the kids did, this cult classic became one of the longest running shows on Disney’s One Saturday Morning lineup and spawned several films.

#2 – “Kim Possible” (2002-07)< /h4>

Because going through the trials and tribulations of being a teenager isn’t challenging enough, Kim Possible has to find the time and energy to fight crime with the help of sidekick Ron Stoppable. Its successful 2002 premiere helped this series become one of the Disney Channel’s most popular shows to that point. Packed with action and humorous fare, the Emmy-winning series also earned rave reviews for its writing and animation.

#1 – “DuckTales” (1987-90)


Over the course of four seasons, this show mixed adventure, comedy, drama, mystery and fantasy with the tales of Uncle Scrooge and his grandnephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie. Thanks to its pop culture references, “DuckTales” was extremely successful and led to a feature-length film and two spin-off series. It also confirmed that high-quality animation was worth investing in: Disney reaped the financial rewards through syndication.

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