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Top 10 Hilarious Cartoon Shows

Script written by Garrett Alden These are the most hilarious cartoon shows! For this list, we’ll be looking at the animated television shows that we consider the absolute funniest. Because humor is so subjective, don’t be surprised if our list is different than yours. We’ve included shows like Futurama, The Ren & Stimpy Show, South Park and more!

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Top 10 Hilarious Cartoon Shows

These toons sure know how to tickle our funny bones. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Hilarious Cartoon Shows.

For this list, we’re honoring the animated series that have kids and adults roaring with laughter. However, we’re excluding stop motion series this time around.

#10: “SpongeBob SquarePants” (1999-)

Starting off the list is one of Nickelodeon’s longest-running Nicktoons. This series follows the misadventures of a chipper young sea sponge and his underwater friends as they take part in many zany activities under the ocean. If SpongeBob’s optimistic attitude wasn’t enough to draw an audience in, the series’ quotable jokes and memorable sight gags are sure to do it. Unlike most toons at the time, the storyboard directors wrote each episode’s dialogue while they worked on the panels – allowing the sight gags and dialogue to work together perfectly. There’s a chance SpongeBob may have overstayed his welcome, but viewers can’t deny the laughter this little sponge has given kids and adults over the years.

#9: “Animaniacs” (1993-98)

The Warner Brothers and their Warner Sister were locked away in the studio water tower for many years. What happens when they finally escape? Chaos and hilarity, that’s what. Animaniacs is a sketch comedy-esque cartoon that follows the stories of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, along with an all-star cast of memorable characters – such as Slappy Squirrel, Rita and Runt, and of course Pinky and the Brain. This powerhouse of the ‘90s offers a combination of cartoon slapstick and smart satire that anyone at any age can bust a gut at, topped off with catchy, educational songs. While intended for kids, there is more than enough humor aimed at adults, with the series lasting 99 episodes and ending with one heartfelt direct-to-video sendoff film.

#8: “Archer” (2009-)

Imagine if James Bond were a self-centered mama’s boy working for an ironically named spy agency and he still wouldn’t be nearly as funny as Archer. Voiced by Bob’s Burgers’ H. Jon Benjamin, Sterling Archer is the world’s most dangerous spy – he’s intelligent, suave …and a gigantic a-hole. He’s crude, dimwitted, a huge womanizer, and he’ll only help someone else for his own selfish benefit. In short, Archer’s what gives this show its comedy gold. The ridiculousness of this spy’s actions, coupled with smart dialogue, is too hilarious not to see for yourself. Plus, who can get enough of the complicated relationship between Archer and Lana Kane?

#7: “Rick and Morty” (2013-)

Most kids hear stories from their grandpas; Morty makes and lives through his own stories by traveling to alternate dimensions with his alcoholic, off-his-nut grandpa, Rick. A loose parody of Doc Brown and Marty McFly’s adventures, this series is crude and bizarre, with plenty of taboo subjects blended together with vast sci-fi settings. Both titular characters contribute to the humor; and both are voiced by co-creator Justin Roiland! Filled with bizarre visual gags, self-awareness and Rick dragging Morty into dangerous and abnormal situations, the show is able to balance its wackier side thanks to the depth of its flawed protagonists.

#6: Bob’s Burgers (2011-)

You’d think the cartoon family game would be pretty stale by the 2010s, but “Bob’s Burgers” proves time and time again that the Belchers are a relatable and lovably dysfunctional family. The show delivers clever gags and puns galore, with a seemingly revolving door of celebrity voice appearances to keep the show fresh. Whether you relate to Bob’s low-key dedication to his restaurant and family, Linda’s singing, Tina’s love of butts, Gene’s lack of awareness, or Louise’s ruthlessness, “Bob’s Burgers” proves that it’s found the recipe for a successful and modern animated series.

#5: “Family Guy” (1999-2003; 2005-)

Seth MacFarlane has become a big name in the comedy game with movies like Ted and cartoons like American Dad. The series that put him on the map though, was none other than Fox’s Family Guy. Modeled after MacFarlane’s early short films, this animated sitcom follows the dysfunctional Griffin family in the made-up town of Quahog, Rhode Island. It earned legions of fans thanks to its modern culture references shown through fun cutaway gags, toe-tapping musical numbers, and the bond between Stewie and Brian. Unfortunately, some of the series’ jokes can be distasteful and cause controversy; this, along with low ratings, caused its first cancellation in 2003. However, DVD sales brought the Griffins back on the air where they belong.

#4: “South Park” (1997-)

Who knew something so crudely animated could be so hilarious? Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park follows the misadventures of four potty-mouthed grade-school kids in the titular town, where insane happenings occur on a daily basis. There are two words to describe this series – crude and quick. Crude because its humor is filled with television taboos galore; and quick because each episode is made within a week – enabling it to satirize current issues while the iron is still hot… and it doesn’t pull any punches. Straddling the line between idiotic and intelligent humor, South Park taught us to laugh again in a post-9/11 world thanks to four kids in a “quiet” mountain town.

#3: “Futurama” (1999-2013)

Turns out the future may not be so different from the past. That’s what Philip J. Fry discovers when he accidentally ends up frozen in time and wakes up 1,000 years in the future; now he’s working as a delivery boy alongside a strict cyclopean woman and an alcoholic robot with an attitude. Created by The Simpsons’ Matt Groening, “Futurama” is no stranger to high and lowbrow comedy mixed with cultural references that satirize our modern life. This sci-fi sitcom knows how to tickle the funny bones of geeks as well with its nerdy jokes and memorable memes. It’s no wonder fans kept asking for more, even after the finale.

#2: “Looney Tunes” franchise (1930-)

This goofy cast has been getting laughs since the 1930s. The Looney Tunes are practically icons of animated comedy; with hysterically memorable characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, and so on. What began as an attempt to compete with Disney’s Mickey Mouse shorts quickly turned into a comedy legacy full of satire, animated slapstick, wacky antics, and quotable catchphrases. After the film shorts were aired on network and syndicated TV, they went on to spawn TV series as well as inspire animated comedies – especially Animaniacs – and have been named some of the best cartoons of all time. Though it’s hard to recreate the charm of the originals, the Looney Tunes have still managed to bring the humor in modern reboots.

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few hilarious honorable mentions.
• “The Ren & Stimpy Show” (1991-95)
• “Steven Universe” (2013-)
• “Regular Show” (2010-17)

#1: “The Simpsons” (1989-)

Taking our number one spot is the longest-running animated sitcom family to date. Who didn’t grow up with this “average” modern family in the not-so-average town of Springfield? It’s highly likely that most of you have quoted this sitcom’s hilarious catchphrases, can recognize at least half of this large ensemble of characters, or have burst out laughing at its visual gags and cultural humor… as well as the antics of Bart and Homer. Some jokes have been more than a bit more controversial, but creator Matt Groening knows that real comedy will always offend somebody. These yellow characters have inspired many sitcoms to date, including a certain Family Guy. Some may think the series overstayed its welcome, but The Simpsons’ comedy legacy will last forever.

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