Seeing as how I grew up watching a lot of great TV shows, I decided to do a list of My Top Ten Animated Series. I have already done Part I, Numbers 10-6. So without further delay, here it is folks! The second and final part to my Top Ten Animated Series!
5. Justice League (2001-2004)
Here is yet another Bruce Timm creation, which focused on the formation of the legendary superhero team known as The Justice League. I actually got into this a few years ago and binge watched it and the continuation Justice League Unlimited and wow was it good! This series deserves to be up there in the pantheon of great TV shows, especially animated series! The pilot opens with an alien invasion and each superhero decides to deal with the threat (Superman, Batman, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, Hawk Girl, Wonder Woman, and The Green Lantern (Jon Stewart). After the threat is handled, Batman forms the Justice League and using his unlimited resources builds a satellite space station, called “Watch Tower,” and funds the new superhero team. Kevin Conroy returned as the voice of Batman, but Tim Daley was replaced by George Newbern as Superman, and Lex Luthor himself, Michael Rosenbaum was The Flash (Wally West). The voice acting was just flawless in the show, and there was a great rogues gallery of villains, who popped up every now and then, including Lex Luthor (Clancy Brown), The Joker (Mark Hamill), Brainiac (Corey Burton), Sinestro (Ted Levine), Darkseid (Michael Ironside) etc. Justice League had some great stories, great character development, and each character had their own centralized story at one point, which was cool to see. Suffice to say, Justice League was one of the best animated series and is still worth a look. If you love D.C. superheros, you will love this show.
4. Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006)
The continuation of The Justice League that was produced by Warner Bros. Animation, saw the return of the original seven members (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hawk Girl, The Flash, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter), along with an expanded list of new D.C. superheros. In this series The Justice League has expanded and become a global force for good, having heroes stationed in different parts of the world dealing with all sorts of threats. Green Arrow, Black Canary, The Question, Captain Marvel (only for one episode), The Atom and Supergirl are just a short list of superheroes who have joined The Justice League in this series. The great Nathan Fillion even showed up a few times as The Vigilante! This show was so great, and was a worthy continuation of Justice League. All of the villains from the original Justice League series return and in the third season we get a final chapter to the story of Terry McGinnis from Batman Beyond, and oh are there twists! If you have seen Justice League and enjoyed that, I would highly recommend it, it’s a very good show, with great characters, great story and some funny jokes. In fact here is a scene with Green Arrow singing his own theme song in the show! Haha
3. Dragon Ball Z (1998-2003) Cartoon Network, Toonami
Dragon Ball Z is the sequel to the anime Dragon Ball, and was adapted from the manga written by Akira Toriyama. It focused on the alien warrior named Goku, who was sent to conquer Earth, but bumps his head and ends up becoming Earth’s protector. During the series, Goku finds out he is from an alien race called Saiyans, who are warriors meant to conquer new worlds, but because he was raised on Earth, he ends up protecting it from an assortment of villains who intend to harm it and its people. I can remember coming home from school and watching Dragon Ball Z on Cartoon Network, *sigh* those were the days. This was a great show, with some great action and great animation. The voice acting was top notch and the stories were great too! Some of the episodes were over-hyped though, and the narrator always sounded over the top. You would be watching an episode and near the end, the narrator would try to build suspense and say something like “Will Goku be able to stop Cell or is he overmatched?! Is anyone strong enough to defeat Cell?! Find out on the next DRAGON BALL ZZZZ!” I am being serious that is how the narrator sounded haha. Anyways this show was amazing, and I still find myself watching old episodes every now and then. If you are a fan of fun, ridiculous action then definitely check this out.
2. Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994-1998)
Wow does writing about this show bring back childhood memories! This was one of my favorite shows growing up, and for good reason! I am open to your opinion, but I personally think Spider-Man is one of the coolest superheros in any universe! Anyways, this show focused on Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Christopher Daniel Barnes from The Brady Bunch Movie) and him dealing with balancing his life as Peter Parker and his life as the crime-fighting Spider-Man! This show was one of the first to incorporate CGI into a cartoon and it might look dated nowadays, but I still think it looks cool! Yes, the animation might be dated, this show was on 20 years ago (Holy crap!), but the voice acting, the story-lines, and the characters are so fleshed out that it is still worth a watch now. The voice acting is also top notch and Ed Asner (Up!) provided the voice of The Daily Bugle Editor-In-Chief, J. Jonah Jameson! The music is also incredible and sets the mood and tone of the show. My only gripe with the show is that because it was meant to be a kids show, Spider-Man never throws a punch and all the bad guys have laser guns. Spider-Man just dodges attacks and uses his webbing to subdue bad guys, all because of censoring. If you are a fan of Spider-Man or just good TV shows definitely check this one out. Okay even though I love Spider-Man: The Animated Series, I just had to save the number one spot for this show…
1. Batman: The Animated Series (1993-1995) FOX
Well what else can I say? Batman: The Animated Series deserves the number one spot because it is just an amazing show across the board. The voice acting, story, writing, animation, and music are all just simply awesome. This was the introduction of Kevin Conroy as Batman, who in my opinion is and always will be Batman. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker from Star Wars) provided the voice for The Joker and did he own that part! Mark Hamill is the best Joker in my opinion, feel free to disagree, an argument can be made for Heath Ledger (RIP). Anyways when the show starts, Bruce has been Batman for quite awhile, and criminals fear him, as they should. As far as I can remember it’s never explicitly stated how old Bruce is, but I would guess he is in his early 30’s. Robin (Dick Grayson) has been with Batman for awhile and he isn’t always around because he is in college. If you are a fan of Batman or just great TV shows with amazing music, definitely give this a look! Batman: The Animated Series had some great villains and one of the best theme songs! Here check out for yourself!
Well this concludes my Top Ten Animated Series List! What do you consider your top ten animated series? Do you agree with my list? Do you disagree with my list? Whatever your thoughts let me know!