If the animated movies are in high demand on Netflix, the animated television series isn’t left behind either. Being available in a wide range of genres like comedy-drama, action-adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy, animated TV shows are a great source for a fun-loving binge-watching experience. What’s more, the cartoons have now got a more intriguing storyline and pack in more twists and turns up their sleeve to keep the viewers guessing. If you are itching to set the stage for exciting showtime, this extensive roster of the best Netflix animated series can come in super handy. So, let’s swim across to pick out the best animated TV series on Netflix right now!
Best Netflix Animated Series You Should Watch in 2020
Putting variety at the forefront, I have included a variety of animated TV series that are currently streaming on Netflix. From action-adventure to chart-topping Japanese manga to comedy-drama, the lineup has got you covered. On top of all, I have also included a few offbeats for the times where you want to stream something out of the box.
One thing worth pointing out at the beginning itself is that all the animated series selected in this roundup are streaming in the USA. However, some of them aren’t available in other countries like India, UK, Canada, Australia, etc.
To help you easily find out how well a TV series has performed, we have included ratings from both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. Do note that the Rotten Tomatoes ratings have been given in two formats: Tomatometer and Audience Score.
1. BoJack Horseman
To kickstart this roundup of the best Netflix animated series with a bang, I would like to put “BoJack Horseman” right at the top. Starring Will Arnett as the title role, this adult-animated comedy-drama series is a complete package of entertainment that you would love to watch tirelessly.
Talking about the plot, BoJack Horseman once used to be a popular star of a TV show in the 1990s. But 20 years later, his fortune has completely changed. Watch the endless tantrums and the self-destructive behavior of the humanoid horse to fill your video-streaming with a ton of funny moments!
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%/95%
Check out BoJack Horseman on Netflix
2. Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
Are you itching for an exciting superhero animated series lashed with tons of action scenes? If yes, “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir” would be the way to go. The series is about two Parisian teenagers called Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste.
In a surprise turn of event, they assume the life of superheroes to safeguard the city against supervillains. With endless high-flying action and a pretty good storyline, this superhero series will effortlessly find a safe haven in your watchlist. That’s for sure!
Rotten Tomatoes: Not available/81%
Check out Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir on Netflix
3. All Hail King Julien
Should you want endless comedies to take center stage, I would recommend you to give a shot to All Hail King Julien. Featuring King Julien, Maurice, and Mort in the prominent roles, this animated series is based on the DreamWorks Animation film Madagascar franchise.
With a good mix of comedy and drama, All Hail King Julien is what you need to take your entire band of the family for a fun-filled watching. Overall, it’s one of the best cartoon series on Netflix.
Rotten Tomatoes: Not available/98%
Check out All Hail King Julien on Netflix
4. Buddy Thunderstruck
Believe me, there are very few stop motion children’s comedy television series that are as entertaining as “Buddy Thunderstruck”. And that’s exactly what makes it one of the best Netflix originals. This comedy TV series stars notable names like Brian Atkinson, Ted Raimi, Harry Chaskin, and Debi Derryberry.
As for the story, it’s centered around a dog driver and showcases his adventurous truck-driving. Packed with plenty of high-octane adventures strapped with funny moments, Buddy Thunderstruck will never fail to charm you!
Rotten Tomatoes: Not available/100%
Check out Buddy Thunderstruck on Netflix
5. Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters
Based on the 1970s action figure Stretch Armstrong, “Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters” is a treat to watch. This Netflix animated series boasts a stunning superhero universe and mighty powerful villains.
As for the plot, it’s set around three teenagers named Jake Armstrong, Nathan Park, and Ricardo Perez. Their lives have a massive turnaround when they get superpowers but the great powers also bring in a hell of a lot of challenges. So, are the all-new superheroes ready for the deadly challenges that lie ahead?
Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer not available/83%
Check out Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters on Netflix
6. Skylanders Academy
Should your video-streaming demand for heroic adventures, “Skylanders Academy” would turn out to be a fantastic option. Based on the Skylanders series, the animated TV series showcases the amazing adventures of Spyro, Eruptor, Stealth Elf, Jet-Vac, and Pop Fizz.
Moreover, it also shows their spirited battle against evil-doers. Set Skylanders Academy into action and I’m sure you would love every bit of this TV series.
Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer not available/92%
Check out Skylanders Academy on Netflix
7. Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia
For the folks who never seem to get enough of the TV series with an extremely intriguing story woven into fantasy, “Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia.” is a perfect foil to light up the show. The plot is centered around a group of friends who discovers a mysterious world secretly wrapped beneath their hometown.
Besides, they also encounter a secret realm of trolls and many unique creators. Unpack all the episodes to find out what the fantastical new world has in store for them!
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%/72%
Check out Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia on Netflix
8. Dragons: Race to the Edge
When you have a scintillating animated series like “Dragons: Race to the Edge” desperately vying for your attention, why should you look anywhere else? The animated TV series is all about the jaw-dropping adventures of dragons.
In the latest season, the dragon riders are trying to find the true leader of the Dragon Flyers. As the life of the dragon-kind is put at risk, the dragon riders led by Hiccup, Toothless, and the Dragon Riders embark on the most daring journey to turn the tide in their favor.
Rotten Tomatoes: Not available
Check out Dragons: Race to the Edge on Netflix
9. Voltron: Legendary Defender
If you are toying with the idea of giving mecha television series a chance to impress you, “Voltron: Legendary Defender” would be a top-notch contender. It’s a remake of the Voltron franchise and the Japanese anime series Beast King GoLion.
As for the plot, it’s set around the adventures of the Paladins of Voltron who must have to form giant robot Voltron and make the best use of it to destroy the evil Galra Empire.
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%/78%
Check out Voltron: Legendary Defender on Netflix
10. Spirit Riding Free
Produced by DreamWorks Animation Television, “Spirit Riding Free” is the sort of animated series that you would never find boring. The television series is based on the critically-acclaimed animated film named Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
Moreover, it also shows the wonderful adventures of a 12-year-old girl (lucky) and her wild stallion horse. The interesting story wrapped beautifully with a series of exciting adventures makes it fun-loving.
Rotten Tomatoes: Not available/95%
Check out Spirit Riding Free on Netflix
11. The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants
No matter how many times you have watched “The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants”, you will always find it refreshing. The animated series is inspired by Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie and stars the voices of Nat Faxon, Ramone Hamilton, Jay Gragnani, Jorge Diaz, and Peter Hastings.
Talking about the storyline, it’s set around the comic book artists named George Beard and Harold Hutchins. Their pranks are heartwarming and you would truly love their hilarious adventures.
Rotten Tomatoes: Not available/100%
Check out The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants on Netflix
What about streaming a satirical fantasy sitcom? Set in the medieval fantasy kingdom of Dreamland, Disenchantment is a treat to watch. The TV series is set around Bean, an alcoholic princess who sets her own rules.
Not to mention, her destructive personal demon called “Luci” also has a big role to play. Overall, Disenchantment is worth adding to the Netflix queue as it’s loaded with comedies.
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%/75%
Check out Disenchantment on Netflix
13. Big Mouth
“Big Mouth” has excelled as an adult animated sitcom. It’s centered around teenage friends (7th graders) whose lives encounter endless wonders and horrors during puberty. Featuring the voices of Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett, this sitcom is all you want to tickle your funny bones.
Go, kickstart it to discover a series of hilarious adventures of teenage friends and how they deal with the endless embarrassments! In a nutshell, Big Mouth is one of the best animated shows on Netflix.
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%/81%
Check out Big Mouth on Netflix
14. We Bare Bears
No matter how choosy you are about comedy, “We Bare Bears” will bowl you over. The show revolves around three bear brothers named Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear who desperately want to integrate with the human world.
But, will their tireless attempt ever succeed? Play the show to figure out the fate of the bear siblings and the sort of unexpected challenges that they will have to encounter.
Rotten Tomatoes: Not available/92%
Check out We Bare Bear on Netflix
15. The Magic School Bus Rides Again
“The Magic School Bus Rides Again” is the sequel to the 1994- 97 PBS kids series called “The Magic School Bus”. The animated children’s TV series follows Ms. Frizzle and her class.
Children would love to watch the high-tech bus and enjoy exploring the amazing world of science. To say the least, the exciting new field-trips and unique creatures make this TV series a must for young viewers.
Rotten Tomatoes: Not available/89%
Check out The Magic School Bus Rides Again on Netflix
16. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
Full of action and adventure, “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” has got enough firepower to liven up your showtime. This animated web television series depicts a teenager called Adora and her rebellion against the evil Hordak and his Horde.
Showcasing incredible courage, She-Ra leads a team of magical princesses to trump Hordak. The way She-Ra’s relationship with her friend and rival Catra has been portrayed is praiseworthy. Besides, its diverse cast is also highly appreciable. To sum up everything, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is among the best anime series on Netflix right now.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%/81%
Check out She-Ra and the Princesses of Power on Netflix
If fantasy drives you to the core, you are going to love “Hilda”. The animated TV series is centered around a fearless girl Hilda and follows her awesome adventure. The blue-haired girl travels to a unique city where she is able to befriend even the most dangerous monsters thanks to her charismatic persona and never-say-die attitude.
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%/99%
Check out Hilda on Netflix
18. Final Space
“Final Space” is a classy space opera comedy-drama. The animated TV series revolves around an astronaut called Gary Goodspeed and his alien friend named Mooncake. It shows their awesome intergalactic adventures as well as the brave efforts to solve the mystery of the final space.
Aside from a good dose of fantasy and mystery, the series also has plenty of comedies strapped into the storyline so that you can burst into laughter in between.
Rotten Tomatoes: 70%/85%
Check out Final Space on Netflix
19. Super Drags
If you are willing to indulge in a little different adult animated comedy television series, “Super Drags” would be worth a try. The series depicts the adventures of three friends: Donizete, Patrick, and Ralph.
They are also drag queen superheroes who give their best to protect the LGBT community. Apart from some superb action, the series has also packed loads of comedies to remain entertaining
Rotten Tomatoes: Not available
Check out Super Drags on Netflix
What makes “Castlevania” stand out is a great mix of multiple ingredients like drama, dark fantasy, action, adventure, and horror. Based on the video game series of the same name, this animated web TV series has raised the bar on many fronts.
It follows a vampire hunter who bravely defends his nation of Wallachia from Dracula and his huge army of minions. Personally, I have found its art style amazing. Inspired by Japanese anime and Ayami Kojima’s artwork in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the art style adds a unique flair to it.
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%/90%
Check out Castlevania on Netflix
21. Star Trek: The Animated Series
They rightly say, “Old is gold.” And when you have an evergreen animated series like “Star Trek: The Animated Series” at the disposal, the binge-watching feels truly blessed.
The science fiction television series is set in the 23rd century at the time when the Earth was part of a United Federation of Planets and shows the adventures of the Starfleet vessel USS enterprise. Thanks to a marvelous storyline, it will arrest your attention right from the onset.
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%/76%
Check out Star Trek: The Animated Series on Netflix
22. Tuca & Bertie
Created by a noted cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt, “Tuca & Bertie” didn’t have to work hard to find a safe spot in this collection of the best Netflix animated series. Starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong, the show has earned a lot of accolades.
Speaking of the storyline, it’s set around the friendship between two bird-women. While Tuca is carefree, Bertie is a daydreaming songbird. Their friendship shows a different side with a ton of surreal humor.
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%/73%
Check out Tuca & Bertie on Netflix
23. F is for Family
Set in the early 1970s, “F is for Family” is for those who have a big liking for an adult animated sitcom. The show is about a dysfunctional Irish-American family and their endless misadventures.
And if you want the side-splitting comedies to be the hottest ingredients of your show, this one should comfortably fit into your taste. Moreover, with so many twists into the mix, it will never seem predictable.
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%/92%
Check out F is for Family on Netflix
24. PJ Masks
For a fun-filled video-streaming, PJ Masks is right on the money. This children’s animated is based on the Les Pyjamasques book series by Romuald Racioppo.
With regard to the plot, it revolves around three children named Greg, Connor, and Amaya who become superheroes at night to fight enemies. Their supersonic moves and the huge tussles with rivals form the crux of this TV series.
Rotten Tomatoes: Not available
Check out PJ Masks on Netflix
25. The Dragon Prince
As someone who has a penchant for fantasy-driven animated TV series, I have enjoyed watching “The Dragon Prince”. Set in a fantasy world, two human princes team up with an elfin assassin to bring peace to the warring lands.
Driven with fantasy adventures, the series will never fail to amaze you. Oh yes, you can also at times expect some light-hearted comedies to arrest the whole scene!
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%/not available
Check out The Dragon Prince on Netflix
26. Carmen Sandiego
Produced by Houghton Miffin Harcourt, Carmen Sandiego is one of the best-animated series on Netflix. What makes this animated series a joy to watch is a great mix of action and adventure. Moreover, it also features educational elements.
The web series is based on the media franchise of the same name and consists of a serialized look at Carmen’s backstory. The story revolves around “Carmen” who is the modern-day Robin Hood traveling around the globe and stealing things from V.I.L.E and offering them to the victims.
Taking everything into account, it’s among the best-animated shows on Netflix.
Rotten Tomatoes: Not available/93%
Check out Carmen Sandiego on Netflix
Directed by Donna Brockopp, Dinotrux is a fun-filled American-Canadian animated web series. It’s based on Chris Gall’s series of books by the same name. Featuring a fictional prehistoric world with hybrid characters that are part dinosaur and part mechanical construction vehicles and other machines, the animated series is a treat to watch.
Set in the Mechazoic era, the animated series is about two best friends named Ty and Revvit who have to defend their community from the evil T-Trux. It is how they team with other inhabitants and protect the large community that forms the crux of this animated series. Overall, it’s one of the best cartoons on Netflix right now.
Rotten Tomatoes: not available
Check out Dinotrux on Netflix
28. Kulipari: An Army of Frogs
Animated by Splash Entertainment, Kulipari: An Army of Frogs first forayed onto the scene in September 2016 as a Netflix original and became one of the biggest hits. The television series is produced by Clarise Cameron and Patrick Inness. The story is based on Trevor Pryce’s novel series called An Army of Fronts.
As for the plot, the animated series takes place in a hidden village of frogs named Amphibilands. It’s about a young frog called Darel who has to fight against all odds to safeguard his community against evil scorpions. Thanks to an interesting story coupled with the eye-catch animation, Kulipari: An Army of Frogs is a great pick for binge-watching.
Rotten Tomatoes: not available
Check out Kulipari: An Army of Frogs on Netflix
For the folks who don’t seem to get enough of gaming, Yu-Gi-Oh! can be a top pick. Illustrated by Kazuki Takahashi, it’s a Japanese manga series about gaming. The television series was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine that was published between September 1996 and March 2004.
The story is about a boy called Yugi Mutou who has a great knack for solving ancient millennium puzzles. It is how he solves a number of conflicts using a variety of games that makes Yu-Gi-Oh! a great watch. Due largely to the fascinating concept, it became one of the highest-grossing animated series of all time.
Rotten Tomatoes: not available/87%
Check out Yu-Gi-Oh! on Netflix
30. My Hero Academia
Finally, My Hero Academia season 4 is streaming on Netflix. And going by the wind, the anime series has already topped the chart. Directed by Kenji Nagasaki, the story revolves around the original manga from the second half of the 14th volume through the first chapters of the 21st volume.
Interestingly, the makers have used four pieces of theme music. While there are two opening themes, two are ending themes. The theme that has fascinated me the most is the “Starmarker” by Kana-Boon. Everything considered; it can safely claim to be among the top anime series on Netflix.
Rotten Tomatoes: 100/90%
Check out My Hero Academia on Netflix
Bonus: The Hollow
Created by Vito Viscomi, The Hollow is an adventure mystery series. The animated TV series is about three teenagers named Adam, Mira, and Kai. One day they wake up in a room with no memories of their past. It is how they find their lost identity and get back to their home by sorting out a number of challenges that make the entire TV series fascinating to watch.
The adventure mystery first premiered on Netflix on June 8, 2018. And its second season was launched on May 8, 2020. Just like the first season, the second season has also done exceedingly well, which makes it one of the best cartoon series on Netflix, which you can watch right now.
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%/75%
Check out The Hollow on Netflix
Enjoy Video-Streaming with the Best Netflix Animated Series
Though cartoons aren’t my first or automatic picks, they have always found a safe spot in my library. And whenever I want to enjoy a light-hearted video-streaming, they tend to prop up on the scene more often than not.
Let me know your thoughts about our best Netflix animated series and the ones that have found a place on your watchlist. Moreover, I would also appreciate it if you could share the names of the TV shows which are worth mentioning in this roundup.