posted by Joe Anaya on November 18th, 2011

I debated whether to limit this to animated shows from our childhood but I decided to include any animated show I could think of. Here’s the list:

10. X-men – Like the source comic book, their grown up feelings of alienation and disenfranchisement mixed with superpowers is a lot of fun. Even my wife got into the stories of the mutant superheroes.

9. Avatar: The Last Airbender – Forget the awful live action feature film. The animate series is awesome. Exciting and fun, it carries a deeper thematic arch that resolves throughout it’s 3 seasons.

8. Scooby-Doo – I just heard a friend use Scooby’s famous, “Rhuh-rho.” A kid’s show that still has the now-grown adults quoting carton dogs and saying, “I would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those darn kids” is a pretty good accomplishment.

7. Gigantor – My first introduction to Japanese anime before I knew what it was. What kid doesn’t want a giant robot at their control?

6. Bugs Bunny – The Warner Brothers animated family of characters rivals any. I’m a big fan of Daffy Duck. There’s something about his manic energy and raging anger that cracks me up.

5. The Flinstones – The modern stone-age family was a staple of my after-school activity. Loved Bambam; hated Kazoo.

4. South Park – The torch for outrageous prime-time animated show was passed to South Park. Cartman and the gang have run up to the edge of “edginess” and sprinted way beyond it. There is no better social satire going today.

3. Simpsons – It’s not as good as it was, but who is 20 years later. At the time of its debut, The Simpsons was the edgy anti-Cosby. An animated dysfunctional family that had brilliant plot twists.

2. Speed Racer –I loved it. More Japanese anime, in color this time. Who is Racer X? When Speed asked him that question, the mystery man punched Speed in the stomach and walked off. It must be his big brother.

1. Johnny Quest – Is there any question that this is the coolest animated show ever made? Action, adventure, hi-tech science all in a graphic animated style. Race Bannon was my hero. To this day, I have a fixation with cavalry shirts.

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