Top Animated Series

In the spirit of the thread created by Knee what are your favorite animated series of all time.

Simpsons (monorail episode)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAQSsKZ6A14

South Park (wow episode)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MywN5nSJhkA

Samurai Champloo (most episodes, check out 20 and 21)

http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=cujoreturn

Cowboy Bebop (couldn't find episodes on a quick search)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKQZuVjyQlU

Tom and Jerry (couldn't find any episodes, love the ultraviolence)

JLU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmxZBT_MTmw

I'll think of more later. Hopefully some discussion will follow.

proposed rules: The series must be at least 13 episodes long and aired in North America

Immediately, I'd have Loony Tunes and Avatar: The Last Airbender on my list....I'll have to think about this one

Since I'm looking for new things to watch I wouldn't mind some anime recs too.

Neon Genesis Evangelion: (believe it or not there actually are good shows involving giant robots.)

http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=circus66jpn

Batman TAS

http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=mynameisearl9

Cowboy Bebop aired in North America, but I believe it was edited to some degree. Be that as it may, it's a well regarded series and is probably worth checking out.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Eva is twisted....everytime you think it can't get darker or more twisted it does. Eva also has, imo, one of the most evil bastards in television history. The criticism for Eva is the ending, which is very confusing --- to the point where fans still question what the true ending was.

Rahxephon is similar to Eva, but most fans, myself included, feel it was a much stronger show overall. Similar thematically to Eva, I don't believe it has aired on tv in North America.

I've also been impressed with Gankatsou - The Count of Monte Cristo, which I don't believe has aired on tv in North America, either. In any case, it's a reimagining of the Count of Monte Cristo. IIRC, Wizard named it the best anime series of 2006.

There's hundreds of good series out there, and I'm sure as soon as I post I'll remember a dozen more.

"Eva is twisted....everytime you think it can't get darker or more twisted it does. Eva also has, imo, one of the most evil bastards in television history. The criticism for Eva is the ending, which is very confusing --- to the point where fans still question what the true ending was."

SPOILER WARNING:

The ending has to do with the Ego's of the characters involved. Hitari we find out was doing all that to to contact his wife. Shinji and Aska really wanted to pursue a relationship with each other but were to fraile to admit it. Rei was an insane/sentamental clone.

The "Council" set things up to kill everyone on Earth so they could all merge into a single conciuosness. With Shinji having the Tree of life and the tree of Knowledge, and also being contained in the EVA this universal human mind would exsist forever.

In other word they were becoming immortal by merging into one mind, and keeping Shinji alive to be it's vessel. The EVA the outer layer of that vessel.

Weird plan I know, but if your a creepy old prev who main desire is to live forever and be able to invade the minds of everyone of Earth that would be one way to do it.

Gargoyles

FLCL (not actually eligible under Paw's reviews, since it was only 6 episodes)

Simpsons

Home Movies

Futurama

first two seasons of Sealab 2021

I liked one of the three (or more?) versions of Tenchi

Dungeons & Dragons (doesn't hold up well)

Gargoyles was awesome!

Come to think of it, I'm surprised no one's mentioned Robotech, Transformers or Reboot.

Batman the Animated series (The 90's versions that was based off the Burton films) was one of the most mature, and cerbral cartoons I ever saw.

It leaned on character development, and realism instead of shock. Which IMO is the best way to do Batman... Make him dark and creepy, broading and intimidating.

Then make Bruce Wayne this social weenie that no one would suspect.

Another thing I like was there were no Cosmic beings or moronic plot devices... I think in the whole series about three charaters actually had some thing that resembled a super power, and in those cases that "power" was an odd deformity that was killing them (Freeze, Clayface)

Big love for the Simpsons here (at least the early seasons which are still among the funniest things I have ever watched)

I don't like family guy nearly as much as Simpsons or South Park, it is alright but somewhat overrated.

A few more:

the critic

exo-squad

Cowboy Bebop

excellent call with The Critic, one of my all time favs

Samurai Jack

Clone wars

Great animation by the same team. Vids to follow.

Black lagoon (ep 1, parts 1,2 and 3)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1rMhRnV5kM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOWoRQl_F-U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNd5kJHNZQg

jbpak if you liked Cowboy Bebop check out Samurai Champloo. They have the same creative team.

Samurai Champloo aired on Cartoon Network, along with Full Metal Alchemist and Inuyasha. I presume that all of those series have been edited to some degree.

I found all three to be fine, but nothing that I'd rave about. Of the three, I like Samurai Champloo the best.

IFC is airing Gunslinger Girl and Basilisk and has aired Samurai 7 in the past. Although all 3 series were uncut, they were all dubbed...and the dubbing for Basilisk drove me crazy (couldn't stand the voices they picked).

shibby: I do like Samurai Champloo

There are a few big holes here:

GI Joe

TMNT

Animaniacs

Pinky and the Brain

Space Ghost Coast to Coast

5 year old me says He Man, unfortunately 25 year old me got he man season 1 for christmas which has hurt my memories.