At this stage, we are just two months away from the dawn of 2018. In this year, we have seen several animated serials adorn our television sets.
While some serials bit the dust as far as popularity is concerned, some were adored by the masses. Among this, we list the top ten as follows.
Star vs. the Forces of Evil
Star vs. the Forces of Evil is an American animated television series created by Daron Nefcy and produced by Disney Television Animation.
The series centers on Star Butterfly, a magical princess from the dimension of Mewni who is sent to Earth by her parents the Queen and King Butterfly, when they decide she should learn to wield magic away from their kingdom.
As an exchange student on Earth, she boards the house of Marco Diaz whom she befriends as they both attend high school. The series marks the second woman-led animated series by Disney.
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty is an adult animated science-fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block Adult Swim.
The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his fretful, easily influenced grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and inter-dimensional adventures.
Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar for Cartoon Network.
It is the coming-of-age story of a young boy named Steven Universe (voiced by Zach Callison), who lives in the fictional town of Beach City with the “Crystal Gems” – Pearl (Deedee Magno), Garnet (Estelle), and Amethyst (Michaela Dietz), three magical humanoid aliens.
Steven, who is half-Gem, goes on adventures with his friends and helps the Gems protect the world from their own kind.
It premiered on November 4, 2013 as Cartoon Network’s first animated series to be solely created by a woman. Books, comics and a video game based on the series have also been released. The theme of the series is love and family as it is based on the creator’s brother, Steven Sugar.
Samurai Jack is an action-adventure animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network/Adult Swim.
The series follows “Jack”, an unnamed Samurai sent through time to a dystopian future ruled by the tyrannical shape-shifting demon Aku. Jack quests to travel back in time and defeat Aku before he can take over the world.
The series premiered on August 10, 2001, with a TV movie called The Premiere Movie, before ending in its fourth season on September 25, 2004, without concluding the story. A revival was produced twelve years later, resulting in a fifth season that concluded the series.
Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. It follows the adventures of a boy named Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake(John DiMaggio), a dog with the magical power to change shape and size at will.
Finn and Jake live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where they interact with Princess Bubblegum (Hynden Walch), the Ice King (Tom Kenny), Marceline the Vampire Queen (Olivia Olson), BMO (Niki Yang), and others.
The Loud House
The Loud House is an animated television series created by animator and comic illustrator Chris Savino for Nickelodeon.
The series revolves around the chaotic everyday life of a boy named Lincoln Loud, who is the middle child and only son in a large family of eleven children. It is set in a fictional town in Michigan called Royal Woods which is based on Chris Savino’s hometown of Royal Oak.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a children’s animated fantasy television series created by Lauren Faust for Hasbro. The series is based on Hasbro’s My Little Pony line of toys and animated works and is often referred by collectors as the fourth generation (“G4”) of the franchise.
The series premiered on October 10, 2010, on The Hub cable channel. Hasbro selected animator Lauren Faust as the creative director and executive producer for the show. Faust sought to challenge the established nature of the existing My Little Pony line, creating more in-depth characters and adventurous settings; she left the series during season 2, to be replaced by Meghan McCarthy as showrunner.
OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes
OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes is an American super hero comedy animated series created by Ian Jones-Quartey (known for his work on Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, and Nockforce) for Cartoon Network.
The show is based on his pilot short Lakewood Plaza Turbo, which was released as part of Cartoon Network’s 2013 Summer Shorts project. It is produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The web series premiered on Cartoon Network’s YouTube channel and on Cartoon Network Video on February 4, 2016.
SpongeBob SquarePants is an animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom.
The series’ popularity has made it a media franchise, as well as the highest rated series to ever air on Nickelodeon, and the most distributed property of MTV Networks.
As of 2015, the media franchise has generated $12 billion in merchandising revenue for Nickelodeon
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Amazing World of Gumball, also known simply as just Gumball, is a British-American animated television series created by Ben Bocquelet for Cartoon Network. Produced primarily by Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe, it first aired on May 3, 2011.
The series revolves around the lives of 12-year-old Gumball Watterson, a blue cat, and his best friend—adoptive brother, goldfish Darwin, who attend middle school in the fictional city of Elmore. They frequently find themselves involved in various shenanigans around the city, during which time they interact with Gumball’s family members sister Anais and parents Nicole and Richard—and an extended supporting cast of characters.