Cartoon Network Is Turning 27, So We Ranked It’s 10 Best Original Series
Top 10 Cartoon Network Original Series
Twenty-seven years ago, the way we enjoyed cartoons changed forever when Cartoon Network launched as the very first twenty-four-hour network dedicated to animation. Launched when ratings for morning cartoons were dropping and “The Simpsons” was starting to dominate primetime, many thought Turner Broadcasting Systems’s $320 million purchase of the Hanna-Barbera library was lunacy. His vision has been spectacularly vindicated, with CN growing from a modest start-up to one of cable TV’s most popular programmers, seen in around 100 million American homes and in more than 170 other countries. What do the next twenty-five years hold in store for Cartoon Network? “Everything ahead of us is totally unknown,” says Jake, Jr., in Adventure Time, one of CN’s most beloved shows. But like Old Tart Toter says in the same show, we’ll “still be here tomorrow to high-five you yesterday.”
"The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy" is an animated television series created by Maxwell Atoms for Cartoon Network. It follows two children named Billy—a slow-witted boy—and Mandy—the cynical best friend—who, after winning a limbo game to save Billy's pet hamster, gain the mighty Grim Reaper as their best friend in eternal servitude and slavery. Billy & Mandy was a spin-off of "Grim & Evil", along with "Evil Con Carne".
"Samurai Jack" is an action-adventure animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series follows "Jack", an unnamed samurai sent through time to a dystopian future ruled by the tyrannical shape-shifting demon Aku.
“Regular Show” is an animated television sitcom created by J. G. Quintel for Cartoon Network. The series revolves around the lives of two working-class friends, a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby—both employed as groundskeepers at a local park. They usually try to solve a simple problem but then it leads to a surreal, extreme, and often supernatural misadventure.
“Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends” is an animated television series created by Craig McCracken for Cartoon Network. The series, set in a world in which imaginary friends coexist with humans, centers on an 8-year-old boy, Mac, who is pressured by his mother to abandon his imaginary friend, Bloo. After Mac discovers an orphanage dedicated to housing abandoned imaginary friends, Bloo moves into the home and is kept from adoption so long as Mac visits him daily.
“Courage the Cowardly Dog” is an animated horror comedy television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network as part of the network's Cartoon Cartoons block. It follows a pink anthropomorphic dog who lives with a married elderly couple in the middle of Nowhere. The trio are frequently thrown into bizarre misadventures, often involving the paranormal/supernatural. The series is known for its dark, surreal humor and atmosphere.
“The Powerpuff Girls” is a superhero animated television series created by animator Craig McCracken for Cartoon Network. The show centers on Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, three girls with superpowers, as well as their father, the brainy scientist Professor Utonium, who all live in the city of Townsville. The girls are frequently called upon by the town's naive mayor to help fight criminals using their powers.
“Adventure Time” is an animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. It follows the adventures of a boy named Finn and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake a dog with the magical power to change shape and size at will.
“Teen Titans” is an animated superhero television series created by Glen Murakami, based on the DC Comics characters of the same name. It is based primarily on the run of stories by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez from the early 1980s New Teen Titans comic book series.
“Dexter's Laboratory” is a comic science fiction animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network and the first of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The series follows Dexter, a boy-genius, and inventor with a secret laboratory in the basement of his house, who constantly battles his sister Dee Dee in an attempt to keep her out of the lab.
“Ed, Edd n Eddy” is an animated comedy television series created by Danny Antonucci for Cartoon Network. The series revolves around three adolescent boys: Ed, Edd "Double Dee", and Eddy, collectively known as "the Eds", who live in a suburban cul-de-sac in the fictional town of Peach Creek
By Ken Warren, 2017
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