Cartoons and Shows for Tweens

by georgechillers | created - 15 Jul 2011 | updated - 14 Oct 2011 | Public

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1. Phineas and Ferb (2007–2015)

TV-G | 15 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Phineas and Ferb invent, scheme, and stay one step ahead of their bratty sister. Meanwhile, their pet platypus plots against evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

Stars: Vincent Martella, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ashley Tisdale, Dan Povenmire

Votes: 25,117

A fun TV show with exotic characters, fun plots, and one of Disney's best shows.

2. The Amazing World of Gumball (2011– )

TV-Y7-FV | 11 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The life of a 12-year-old boy who happens to be a blue cat as he lives with his family and other strange creatures.

Stars: Dan Russell, Jacob Hopkins, Terrell Ransom Jr., Teresa Gallagher

Votes: 12,939

Once again, zany characters and silly plots that kids can actually sometimes relate to. Ex: The End of the World, dating, being blamed...

3. The Looney Tunes Show (2011–2014)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

An updated iteration of the classic Looney Tunes characters focusing on their satirical misadventures living in suburbia.

Stars: Jeff Bergman, Bob Bergen, Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig

Votes: 6,264

A good revival of the series, with pop culture references and having some of the old Looney Tunes feel with Daffy, Lola and some of the other new characters. The only thing that is new is how Bugs is serious, and that's how I can imagine the show not being admired by old fans...

4. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)

TV-Y | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

An alien from the planet Irk is sent to Earth, not realising that his leaders were fooling him and didn't think a planet was there. He manages to fit in with school children but one boy sees through his disguise.

Stars: Andy Berman, Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 17,006

While some material is a little gross and strange for kids, the series is fun family stuff with RANDOMNESS.

5. Adventure Time (2010–2018)

TV-PG | 11 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A human boy named Finn and adoptive brother and best friend Jake the Dog, protect the citizens of the Land of Ooo from foes of various shapes and sizes.

Stars: Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny, Hynden Walch

Votes: 58,841

Not what you would expect in an Adventure Show; comedy, fun characters, and a land full of candy. But, the series is one of Cartoon Network's best.

6. Mad (2010–2013)

TV-PG | 12 min | Animation, Comedy

The animated version of the classic humor magazine satirizes current pop culture.

Stars: Kevin Shinick, Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson, Chris Cox

Votes: 2,258

While some of the skits don't even make sense, the other skits in there mix True Grit with Winnie the Pooh, and that skit is genius! The only thing unappealing would be the skits that parody adult shows when the series is for kids.

7. Duck Soup (1933)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Musical, War

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

Votes: 50,358

Yeah, yeah, it looks stupid and boring, but the comedy moments are more entertaining than SpongeBob.

8. Sidekick (2010–2018)

TV-Y7-FV | 24 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

It's about sidekicks and fun.

Stars: Carter Hayden, Miklos Perlus, Patrick McKenna, Christian Potenza

Votes: 944

*Cartoon Network Series*

Has some fun moments. There aren't many super hero comedies out there.

9. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999– )

TV-Y | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a talking sea sponge who works at a fast food restaurant, attends a boating school, and lives in an underwater pineapple.

Stars: Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown

Votes: 67,525

Up until 2006, the series was hilarious! Not so much now. But, younger audiences may appreciate this even when it drives adults up the walls.

10. Shrek (2001)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

84 Metascore

After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Votes: 523,420 | Gross: $267.67M

No critique is needed. This is awesome!

11. Shrek 2 (2004)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

75 Metascore

Princess Fiona's parents invite her and Shrek to dinner to celebrate her marriage. If only they knew the newlyweds were both ogres.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews

Votes: 354,241 | Gross: $436.47M

A Good sequel, with a very reasonable plot.

12. Ed, Edd n Eddy (1999–2008)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The off-the-wall, day-to-day life of three friends who have exactly the same name.

Stars: Matt Hill, Sam Vincent, Tony Sampson, Erin Fitzgerald

Votes: 26,748

Swindling never is right. But how they do it, and their punishment, is fun for kids and grown ups.

13. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002–2006)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A young boy, who happens to be a genius, lives in a small town with his family and friends and often gets into crazy adventures with them involving the things he invents.

Stars: Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia, Mark DeCarlo, Rob Paulsen

Votes: 12,192

The unlikely trio of a genius, a very nervous nerd and a hyperactive teenager is something that captivated Nickelodeon audiences for a very good run.

14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

Votes: 521,862 | Gross: $317.58M

While even the actors didn't consider to be 'acting' in this film, it is one of the best family movies out there, being quite similar to the book. But, where the heck is Peeves?

15. Ben 10 (2005–2008)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

The story of Ben Tennyson, a typical kid who becomes very atypical after he discovers the Omnitrix, a mysterious alien device with the power to transform the wearer into ten different alien species.

Stars: Tara Strong, Paul Eiding, Meagan Smith, Dee Bradley Baker

Votes: 8,080

The Original TV series only. The series is action-y, but has a LOT of fun parts!

16. Horse Feathers (1932)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, accidentally hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against the rival Darwin University.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, The Marx Brothers

Votes: 10,300

See 'Duck Soup'.

17. Animal Crackers (1930)

G | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding.

Director: Victor Heerman | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, The Marx Brothers

Votes: 11,672

See' Duck Soup'.

18. Good Luck Charlie (2010–2014)

TV-G | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The Duncan family are adjusting to the surprise birth of their fourth child, Charlie. When parents Amy and Bob return to work they put their latest addition in the care of her three older siblings.

Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Bradley Steven Perry, Mia Talerico

Votes: 15,060

It could use a little clean-up with the parents acting (funny, but not very like adults), but Good Luck Charlie is comedy all around with satirical looks at raising a family and growing up.

19. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

63 Metascore

Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris

Votes: 451,791 | Gross: $261.99M

I liked this more than the first installment for adding the darker sequences and the improved animation.

20. Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011 TV Movie)

TV-G | 78 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Phineas and Ferb discover that Perry is a secret agent, and they all get stuck in an alternate dimension where Doofenschmirtz is the ruler of the tri-state area.

Directors: Robert Hughes, Dan Povenmire | Stars: Vincent Martella, Ashley Tisdale, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Caroline Rhea

Votes: 5,663

The Phineas and Ferb series is outstanding, but it turned TWICE as outstanding as we got a REAL vilian in the plot.

21. Fish Hooks (2010–2014)

TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Three friends attend a school for fish submerged in a pet shop.

Stars: Chelsea Kane, Justin Roiland, Kyle Massey, Laura Ortiz

Votes: 2,526

Being the SpongeBob of Disney, the show shared a lot of the show's qualites; Having an idiot as a main character, and including misadventures having to do with droughts, fishing, and even high school stuff like love and bullies.

22. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon

Votes: 639,959 | Gross: $381.01M

The one conclusion of a billion dollar franchise with beautiful acting, tears, death, and most of all, friendship. But death is also pretty big.

23. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 431,849 | Gross: $1.23M

"You yellow bastards!"

This has no real plot, but who cares? It's a fun film that makes fun of King Arthur's ridiculous quest.

24. Supah Ninjas (2011–2013)

Action, Comedy, Family

Three high school students - Mike Fukanaga, Owen Reynolds, and Amanda McKay - become ninjas with the help of Mike's grandpa.

Stars: Ryan Potter, Carlos Knight, Gracie Dzienny, George Takei

Votes: 1,375

I find this show very similar to other spy parodies. But, it has good character development and fun acting.

25. Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (2004–2007)

TV-G | 22 min | Comedy, Family

Ned Bigby shares his advice on how to survive middle school.

Stars: Devon Werkheiser, Lindsey Shaw, Daniel Curtis Lee, Kyle Swann

Votes: 13,326

You've never had a guide that guides you while making you laugh.

26. Shake It Up (2010–2013)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Two Chicago teens attempt to realize their dream of becoming professional dancers by landing spots on a popular local show.

Stars: Bella Thorne, Zendaya, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan

Votes: 9,676

The boys really give the show plot, but I can't help but feel that the girls act a little weeeird. And it isn't a very fun weeeird.

27. The Suite Life on Deck (2008–2011)

TV-G | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Spin-off of the hit Disney Channel series "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," in which twin brothers Zack and Cody Martin and hotel heiress London Tipton enroll in a semester-at-sea program aboard a ship called the SS Tipton.

Stars: Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song, Debby Ryan

Votes: 11,940

The new mayhem caused by the twins going overseas gives laughs. For example, go to a sacred temple, and a guy screams "WHADAYA WANT?!"

28. The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2005–2008)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Comedy about identical twins living at the Tipton Hotel with their single mother who is a lounge singer at the hotel.

Stars: Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Brenda Song, Ashley Tisdale

Votes: 27,256

With unforgettable characters and good acting, the impressive fun directed from two 8 year olds never ceases to amaze.

29. The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (2001–2007)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A show featuring the exploits of the Grim Reaper, forced into being the best friend of two children.

Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Greg Eagles, Grey DeLisle, Vanessa Marshall

Votes: 16,149

The Grim Reaper makes you laugh. Billy makes you think; "What?". Mandy makes you cry and run to your mother. Great voice talents mix with a crazy world.

30. The Fairly OddParents (2001– )

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

After being tortured and humiliated by his babysitter, a ten year old boy is put under the care of two fairy godparents, who can grant him almost any wish, which leads to dire consequences.

Stars: Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee, Daran Norris, Carlos Alazraqui

Votes: 26,085

The series can be fun, but the title character is a jerk. If he became nice and stopped mooching off of his parents and fairies, I would like this show a WHOLE lot more.