Cartoon Network Tier List: The BEST Cartoons Of All Time

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Today I am writing an article on the Cartoon Network tier list, which will take us all back to the golden school days when we enjoyed our favorite shows without a care in the world. I remember watching the network before leaving for school, and I still enjoy most of the programs on the channel whenever I can. But I also don’t have to tell you that most adults don’t have the luxury to spend their mornings watching cartoons.

So we’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the best shows on the network, and there are a lot of shows for us to rank here. So we’re gonna take our time and write about them without falling prey to nostalgia, though to be honest, that’s going to be almost impossible.


Takeaway

  • In this list, we have ranked shows that aired on Cartoon Network only.
  • We have included both older and newer cartoons for a total of 36 shows.
  • Some of the best shows include Scooby-Doo and Dexter’s Laboratory.
  • The worst shows include Unikitty! and Sealab 2021.

Summary

Here we will rank all shows on the channel in a table.

Tier RankCartoon
S+ Rank• Ed, Edd n Eddy
• Courage The Cowardly Dog
• The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
• Scooby-Doo
• Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends
• Codename: Kids Next Door
• Tom and Jerry
• Dexter’s Laboratory
• Cow And Chicken
S Rank• Teen Titans
• Ben 10
• Johnny Bravo
• The Powerpuff Girls
• The Amazing World of Gumball
• Samurai Jack
• Chowder
• Johnny Test
A+ Rank• The Addams Family
• We Bare Bears
• Total Drama Island
• Young Justice
• The Yogi Bear Show
A Rank• Jackie Chan Adventures
• Generator Rex
• Batman: The Brave and the Bold
• Sonic Boom
• Time Squad
B Rank• 6teen
• I Am Weasel
• The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show
• The Secret Saturdays
C Rank• Sym-Bionic Titan
• Squirrel Boy
D Rank• Class of 3000
• Unikitty!
• Sealab 2021

You can learn about each entry in detail below.

Introduction

Before starting, I would like to mention that all of us have different tastes when it comes to cartoons, so I have kept that fact in mind before compiling the list. There are a huge variety of shows on the channel, some of which are classic and all-time favorites and are still enjoyed by most viewers. But there are also modern ones that came after my time and are more likely to appeal to a younger audience.

I think that cartoons take up a significant time in children’s lives and also have a significant impact on their personalities as they take inspiration from the characters they watch, so that fact must be kept in mind before compiling a list for them. So, without wasting much time, let’s get into it.

S+ Tier

Outstanding cartoons of cartoon network
S+ Tier.

The S+ tier comprises of the most iconic shows on the network, and most of them are the classics that broke all records and are, to date, the most liked ones.

Ed, Edd, And Eddy

Here comes one of my all-time favorites. Having said that, it is not my personal opinion to keep it on top of my ultimate Cartoon Network tier list it is the show itself that made a special place for a very long time in the hearts of the viewers. The main storyline revolves around three less famous friends in the neighborhood and their efforts to make themselves popular with the rest of the kids and attract their attention by doing stupid things which make you laugh throughout the watch.

These three mischievous friends with rhyming names make us laugh and smile throughout the episodes with their efforts to impress the neighborhood and get themselves in trouble. It will not be wrong to say that the show carries itself with a great deal of artistic randomness and effortlessly gathers the interest of the viewer. It also signifies the strong friendship bond between the three friends who get in trouble together but still are strong bonding together.

Courage The Cowardly Dog

Named after a pet dog who lived with her owner Muriel and his mean husband Eustace as a family in Nowhere. Courage is a pink dog who is always seen nervous about situations happening in Nowhere.

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Courage always protects his owner despite being terrified of the situations happening out of his love for her. His owners were not aware of the fact that their pet dog whom they thought was very cowardly, used to save them from all the disastrous situations. The show also gives quite an important and mature message of love and protection for your family and putting your loved ones first in every situation. Also, the show kept the viewers hooked with its animations and mysterious storyline. 

The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy

Here comes a very famous show created by Maxwell Atoms and embraced mindless pleasure for six seasons of unrepentant bliss. It still serves as the ideal hangover remedy and the powerful trio bond is an almost pleasure to watch. The show centers on two young humans who somehow persuade the all-powerful Grim Reaper to become their lifelong best buddy.

However, it is not a conventional cartoon show in which billy and mandy do some extraordinary adventures with their lifelong friend from the other world, Grim. Even while the show has some sad moments, it never goes too far that youngsters can’t enjoy themselves. The trio’s interaction is both intriguing and disinterested in conventional constraints on the characters’ likeability or reliability. 

Scooby-Doo

A very old yet classic cartoon series of Cartoon Network which still has a place in the hearts of its old viewers. There are very few cartoons that leave prints on your heart and mind, and Scooby-Doo is one of them. The concept of a classical mystery detective show gained so much interest from the viewers that one after another, its series of animation movies and books were released, and all gave so much business to the producers.

The main plot is about four friends who run a detective company and solve cases wherever they go. Most of their cases are related to spooky things, which later on turn out to be plots for scaring people away. The X factor of the series is Shaggy and his dog Scooby-Doo who are always the main stars of any episode

Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends

This show is created by Craig McCracken and Lauren Faust and is all about the imaginary friend of Mac who is a school-going boy of eight years. Mac had to give away his imaginary friend Bloo to Foster’s home as per his mother’s wish but couldn’t resist meeting him daily after school.

At Foster’s home, he used to meet and see many other imaginary characters daily, which is quite a unique concept that caught the attention of the viewers. So “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” is most liked by most of the audience and has captured the attention of viewers of Cartoon Network. Also, the show’s visuals, contrast, creativity, and cinematic quality do not fail to capture viewers’ attention. In short, it is an easy-going series based on illusions and imagination with no true storyline and was appreciated by the viewers.

Codename: Kids Next Door

The main concept of the Kids Next Door show is quite different, according which some kids who live in the neighborhood are a part of a global underground organization to fight evil forces against kids. The show was a complete roller coaster ride, with something new happening in each episode.

According to the plot, five kids living next door fight crime together secretly. They have their code names and unique fighting styles, making them different from one another. Each character had its fan base as well, which also kept the audience hooked on the show. It also managed to garner the attention of not only kids but even adults who were fond of it due to its creative plotline.

Tom and Jerry

Tom And Jerry is a classic compilation that is all about a pet named Tom and a mouse named Jerry. It includes all the mischief that happens in the struggle of Tom trying to catch Jerry. On the other hand, Jerry is smart, always manages to get out of trouble, and always comes up with new ideas to tease Tom.

Also, the mischief and teasing between the two gathered the attention of viewers to such an extent that, to date, the classic shows are enjoyed, and people like to watch them repeatedly.

Dexter’s Laboratory

Dexter is a young boy with an outstandingly genius mind. He is so ahead of his age that he possesses a secret laboratory with all his new and advanced inventions. T However, it is not about how genius he is nor about his eye-opening creations. It is all about how his elder sister Dee Dee destroys his lab and puts him in danger of getting exposed.

Also, Dexter had to compete with a scientist named Mandark, who is also a young boy who likes his sister Dee Dee. Mandark always wants to impress Dee Dee with his inventions. On the other hand, Dee Dee often visits Dexter’s laboratory and destroys his new inventions, whether robots or clone-making machines. 

Cow And Chicken

Another Hanna-Barbera production, created by David Feiss, is “Cow and Chicken,” which became somewhat of a cult favorite from 1997 to 1999, helping to pave the way for Cartoon Network’s original programming.

The show revolves around the humor of cow and chicken being biological siblings to their human parents. Also, it was just a fun cartoon that the viewers enjoyed due to its humor and sarcasm. However, the story plot sometimes highlighted issues like childhood anxiety and trauma in a comic manner. Despite its frequent silliness, “Cow and Chicken” was well-liked by viewers and critics, and it even received two Primetime Emmy nominations. 

S Tier

Best characters of S tier
S Tier.

The S rank of my Cartoon Network tier list 2022 contains cartoons that were absolute classics.

Teen Titans

Teen Titans is a group of young adolescent superheroes commanded by Batman’s Robin. Raven, Cyborg, Star Fire, and Beast Boy are the Teen Titans’ other squad members. They live in the Titan Structure, a massive T-shaped tower, and these heroes have no secret identities or schools since they are simply superheroes. Also, they fight evil together with all their unique powers. Slade is the most terrible villain of the show, and Ron Perlman does an excellent job as Slade’s voice. This superhero team is extremely cool in the viewer’s opinion, and Robin is perhaps the most liked character.

Ben 10

If you grew up in the early 2000s, you undoubtedly will be familiar with the famous “Ben 10”. Not only children but even adults also enjoy the show, and many children’s stationery and toys are made from the aliens Ben can transform to even a duplicate of his watch is available in the market and is most liked by the children. The show revolves around the story of Ben Tennyson, a 10-year-old child, his cousin Gwen, and his grandfather. Ben discovers a wristwatch with alien technology. Ben utilizes his ability to shift into various extraterrestrial species to protect his family from villains that threaten their survival.

While numerous Cartoon Network shows have featured young male leads, “Ben 10” seemed to take special care in depicting a young boy’s image and molding his desires, anxieties, dreams, and yearning for adventure. The way story of Ben developed throughout the series is very refreshing. Also, the unique and rare animation of the show made viewers relate to the characters of the series. Also, the variety of aliens Ben could transform himself into was something different and interesting for the viewers and gained a lot of popularity in a very short period.

Johnny Bravo

While “Johnny Bravo” was one of the first Hanna-Barbera network efforts to succeed, the series hasn’t aged well. Johnny Bravo, the show’s main character, is a full-on flirty guy who describes himself as an egomaniac with women issues. Despite his creepy nature, he is still always surrounded by girls. However, there is no proper story plot to the show as it revolves around Bravo, who is obsessed with his looks and is only trying to catch on to girls and flirting with them. Still, it has managed to be popular enough to make it to the S tier.

The animations of the show are pretty vibrant and colorful. Also, the character himself is made with good artistic thinking, so he has managed to gather the interest of viewers after all these years.

The Powerpuff Girls

”Sugar spice and everything nice”. You must be familiar with these words, especially if you are a 90s kid. McCracken broke all records with the glorious Powerpuff girls. However, it broke all records of being fabulous and much more than just a cartoon show as it presented little girls portrayed as powerful life-saving superheroes.

Main idea of the show revolves around the accidental creation of the Powerpuff girls by the Professor, who is a scientist. Three girls named Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were born by mixing sugar spice and everything nice, but accidentally chemical X was also added. So these three girls have superpowers, which help them save the world from the evil actions of the main villains of the show.

The Amazing World of Gumball

In 2011 a creative experiment came to our television screen by the name of “The Amazing World of Gumball,” which was much appreciated for its creative concept and amazing artistic 2D animations. As a result, the cartoon show stood out amongst the other fabulous and classic cartoons that showed running on the channel and kept the viewers hooked on its diverse concept, animation puppetry, and action.

The storyline of the show revolves around a blue cat named Gumball Watterson and a goldfish who is her adopted brother and their experiences in the amazing world of middle school. Also, it touched on some mature areas of our life in a light and careful manner, which made it quite different and stand out from the regular cartoon shows.

Samurai Jack

From 2001–2017 the creative Genndy Tartakovsky came up with this brilliant cartoon series known as “Samurai Jack.” It is often regarded as the best cartoon by most viewers. Also, it gained interest from viewers because it came up with a slightly different concept. Apart from superheroes saving the world from evil, it gave a diverse story of a samurai prince and his missions for the world’s benefit.

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An exceptionally creative animation, deep melodrama, and full-of-action show not only gained the interest of not only kids but always had a brazenly mature air about it and caught the eye of mature viewers. Jack had a mission of saving his kingdom from a monster named Aku. All his show’s action, animation design, and lighthearted plots distinguish him from other shows.

Chowder

A fantastic show hit our screens in 2007 by the name of Chowder and did some amazing business. Despite some mixed reviews from the viewers, Chowder took place in the S tier of my Cartoon Network tier list. The show is all about a boy named Chowder and his everyday adventures. However, the show is much beloved by viewers for its graphics and silly gags which the young cook gets into due to his forgetful nature.

Despite getting in trouble due to his hunger and absent-mindedness, Chowder is very focused on becoming a successful chef. However, silly humor and correct interpretation of situations made this show a much-loved one by the audience and also a recipient of an Emmy Award.

Johnny Test

An amazing cartoon show hit our favorite channel Cartoon Network in 2008, where the story revolves around an eleven-year-old brother of two genius scientist twin sisters and their talking dog named Dukey. As the name indicates, his sisters use Jhonny to test their inventions and do many experiments on him, which causes great problems.

The main story revolves around the new experiments these sisters do, and the chaotic situations that arise from them also, the commentary of their talking dog is another enjoyable factor of the show and made its place in the viewer’s heart.

A+ Tier

Good cartoons of cartoon network
A+ Tier.

The A category consists of those cartoons which are also pretty dang great but perhaps aren’t as iconic as some of us might have thought them to be.

The Addams Family

An old but classic cartoon show with dark spooky humor revolves around a strange man who claims to be Fester bus is recognized by the Adams family with the help of their lawyer as he does not know anything about Fester’s life. However, it is a very slow-themed story that, despite some very good and enjoyable moments, couldn’t impress the users much in terms of screenplay. It still has managed to take place in the A+ tier of my ultimate Cartoon Network tier list because most of the audience liked its dark humor and stayed on the screen for much longer.

We Bare Bears

It is a cartoon series mainly focusing on three bear brothers named Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bea and their life and interaction with the human world. The show aired on Cartoon Network in 2020 and gained the interest of many viewers by its interesting concept of three bears trying to live like humans, like buying food for themselves, shopping together, and living a civilized life. Also, their animal instinct is not supporting them to live a civilized life, which is what the whole story plot is about. 

Total Drama Island

Around the time that reality television began to dominate the airways, this cartoon spoof of the genre thrilled those who were familiar with its tropes. “Total Drama Island” was a strong hit for the network, even though Cartoon Network Studios didn’t produce it. The show was first broadcast in Canada in 2007, although it didn’t premiere on CN until 2008. However, because social media was still in its infancy, most viewers hadn’t seen the first season.

“Drama’s” high-stakes, weekly episode format quickly distinguished the show. Between the interpersonal turmoil, the eliminations, and the ludicrous challenges, the show knew how to keep viewers interested. More than a decade later, you can still share the “Drama” with your mama.

Young Justice

It is a show which is much similar to Teen Titans as the central concept is always the same, but it stands out for kids. The show portrays youngsters as superheroes within the DC universe and depicts pure drama, action, and teamwork. The cartoon appealed to both adults and children in terms of its themes, plotlines, characters, and the relationship between the Justice League and the Young Justice.

Also, it is a phenomenal show in terms of characters added one after the other. However, the theme and animation are very attractive to watch. However, the fight time is sometimes annoying, but still, the show has managed to make a name for itself

The Yogi Bear Show

A Hanna Barbera absolute comedy to enjoy in terms of animation, color scheme, and music. Alongside the writing of the show are an absolute pleasure and the cute sweet image of the Yogi bear and his love Cindy.

There are plenty of adventures and misadventures to make the program entertaining and enough jokes and humor to keep you chuckling. Yogi Bear demonstrates his superior intelligence by outwitting people left and right. I’ve always liked Ranger Smith, who masterfully strives to keep order in the park while being driven insane by Yogi Bear.

A Tier

Good cartoons
A Tier.

Here comes the A rank of our Cartoon Network tier list 2022, and it contains shows that were good enough to attract massive audiences.

Jackie Chan Adventures

The storyline revolves around a fictional Jackie Chan, who has to fight a criminal organization with his Chinese Martial Arts techniques. This show also features martial arts action against magical spirits and spells. The concept mainly attracted the audience with its amazing graphics and 2D animations.

Also, the script caught the attention of many viewers. Still, its long fighting sequence is a bit too much for some viewers.

Generator Rex

In a science fiction show where in the future where robots have infected people, a young man who can control the robots aids a government organization in controlling the technology’s vile products. The storyline is all about Rex going into the future, where everything he observes is changed as he had vanished for six months. Black Knight is a woman who tries to manipulate Rex and take advantage of the situation. She wanted to make use of Rex’s abilities to carry out a project which had been funded to make her powerful.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

The American Cartoon Network broadcast the series on November 14, 2008, and it ran until November 18, 2011, when it concluded. At the end of the day, it’s the Batman series so it cannot be a flop. Batman continues to save the planet against villains with his ultimate Badman car and gadgets. He is the all-time favorite of most of us. Overall it is a good series with action-filled jam-packed episodes grabbing the attention of viewers.

Although some viewers got it to be a little too serious, you will love it if you are a badman fan.

Sonic Boom

Released in 2014 on Cartoon Network, Sonic Boom was a show that was much awaited by the Sonic fandom. Even though the animations and graphics were perhaps not of the highest budget, the show won over fans with incredibly sharp writing and jokes that could elicit laughs from both kids and adults.

But unfortunately, it never really found mainstream appeal and was canceled after two seasons.

Time Squad

A show which depicts a very different concept and comes with a vision of a peaceful planet. All the characters have time-traveled to correct the mistakes made in history for a very secure and peaceful tomorrow.

The main cast consists of a robot, a displaced child, and a time cop, and it follows their adventures into different time periods as they interact with, and cause trouble for various different historical figures.

B Tier

average cartoons
B Tier.

Here we have the average rank of the Cartoon Network tier list, and all the shows placed under here can best be described with a spirited ‘meh.’

6teen

It is a Canadian comedy animated show aired on Cartoon Network in 2008. The show mainly referred to a mature audience or simply to the teenagers and the issues they faced. This comedy show includes six teenage friends and their experiences on entering the so-called adult life. Where they enjoy their newly attained freedom, they also experience the new so-called responsibilities as they start facing society. The show carries itself well but has to struggle to maintain the comedy factor alive. Also, it did not gain as much attention from the audience as it should but still is not a bad watch.

I Am Weasel

Another cartoon series was created by David Feiss and produced by Hanna Barbera for Cartoon Network. The main characters are weasel and baboon, amongst which the weasel is the most intelligent one and saves people in danger. At the same time, the baboon is the stupid one but eventually becomes the weasel’s friend. Also, the ”I am Weasel” cartoon series did not impress the viewers much regarding its storyline.

The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show

Eventually, the officials at Hanna Barbera realized the fact that the viewers have had enough of Scooby Doo. However, the show’s biggest supporter ABC had backed off from it even before the release of the show, so they came up with another idea of introducing his nephew to the show by the name of Scrappy Doo. It was a pleasant addition to the Scooby Doo family but still couldn’t do very well on screen because the role of the main character was cut off, and the only mains you could see on screen were Scooby, Shaggy, and Scrappy. So I guess it was difficult for people to relate to it a lot.

The Secret Saturdays

Being an interesting cartoon series that hit our screens in 2008 The Secret Saturdays is all about a family hiding the secret of cryptids to protect both the human world and the creatures themselves. This cryptozoologist family includes a husband, wife, and an eleven-year-old son who go out on Saturdays and search for cryptids and protect them. They work for a secret global organization that works to safeguard scientific facts too dangerous to be disclosed. The main story plot revolves around these scientists and the hurdles they face in keeping the secret of cryptids and protecting the Earth and nature.

The show received mixed reviews where it became the favorite show of one group; on the other hand, it was not liked by many others.

C Tier

bad cartoons of cartoon network
C Tier.

The C rank of the ultimate Cartoon Network tier list is the section where we will include some of the more obscure shows. We still vaguely remember them, but not because they were particularly great.

Sym-Bionic Titan

One of the underappreciated cartoon shows on the channel includes “Sym-bionic Titan.” Most of you may be unfamiliar with this cartoon show as it failed to catch the interest of most viewers. The storyline revolves around two alien robots who are exceptionally intelligent and land on the planet Earth. To save themselves from their enemies, these robots have to fight together against the foes. They can fuse and make a giant robot out of themselves thus, and the series includes ultimate robotic fights and drama.

Aside from the plot, the show had a brilliant side in terms of comedy, animation, and writing. Despite all that, it did not do much magic on screen and was probably a very short-lived cartoon show.

Squirrel Boy

Here is another show that hit our screens in 2006, and the story revolves around a boy named Andy Johnson and his squirrel named Rodney. Other characters in the show include a boy of his age in the neighborhood who bullies them and his parrot. The story revolves around as to save Andy and his squirrel from the mischief of his neighbors. The show did not depict anything unique or unusual and also did not impress the viewers with the story or graphics.

D Tier

Bad cartoons
D Tier.

The last group on our list consists of some of the most unremarkable shows on the network. They are soulless, and no one really remembers them with any sort of excitement.

Class of 3000

This cartoon show is all about a guy named Sunny who was quite successful in his music game and ditched his career as he became sick of the fame game. To satisfy his pleasure in music he traveled back to his hometown where he met a class of young aged people in a sort of music band.

The story is all about Sunny guiding his class and their experiences all together to succeed, but the cartoon failed to impress the viewers and failed to draw much attention.

Unikitty!

The main character of the show is a cat unicorn hybrid, and her fellows, are a scientist, a bodyguard, and a lego brick also another cute and different character was introduced as puppy corn. Unikitty show is all about positive vibes and the creative adventures of a group of these hybrid kitties throughout the day. Although it was a good start to the show it still became a bit dumb through the course. Also, many of the viewers found it to be quite noisy and loud.

Sealab 2021

Here comes a show which depicts an aquatic colony that generally seems not to like each other. However, it is an adult show, and children should be kept away from watching the show as it has dirty jokes and comments about body shaming, violence, and drugs. The humor in the show clearly crosses the limits of the majority of the viewers. Especially jokes about sensitive issues in society clearly exploited many in the audience.

Cartoon Network Villan Tier list

The evilest villain of the most favorite Cartoon Network shows that fall in the S tier is

  • Aku – Samurai Jack
  • Him – The Powerpuff Girls
  • Father – Codename: Kids Next Door
  • Mojo Jojo – The Powerpuff Girls
  • Katz – Courage the Cowardly Dog

Some A-tier villains include:

  • The Lich – Adventure Time
  • The Beast – Over the Garden Wall
  • Vilgax – Ben 10 Series
  • Mewtwo – Pokemon

It is a mediocre tier, and the villains in the B tier are:

  • Nergal – The Grim Adventures of Bill & Mandy
  • Vilgax – Ben 10 Series
  • Heather – Total Drama Island

C Tier includes some evil villains from Cartoon Network Shows:

  • Van Kleiss – Generator Rex
  • Ice King – Adventure Time

Verdict

My Cartoon Network tier list gives our readers a complete ranking of the most popular shows to ever air on the network. However, the list is based on my own research and personal experiences with the shows on the network, as we all undoubtedly do. The shows I liked might not have necessarily clicked with you, or we may be from completely different age groups and the cartoons airing during your childhood might not have been during mine.

And like all ranking lists like these, it is not perfect and many readers will probably disagree with my placements, and that’s okay. We’re more than willing to hear you out in the comments section below. We are nothing if not open to suggestions from our readers.

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