30 Best Netflix Animated Series to Watch Right Now

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 2022

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. You can quickly solve this issue by using Netflix from another region.

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 (2014-2020)

BoJack Horseman
  • IMDb: 8.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 92% / 95%
  • Genre: Adult, Black-comedy
  • Created by: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
  • Cast: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, Aaron Paul
  • Episodes: 6 seasons, 77 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 25 minutes

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!

Watch the trailer here

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2. Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (2015-)

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
  • IMDb: 7.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not available / 81%
  • Genre: Adventure, Action, Romance
  • Created by: Thomas Astruc
  • Cast: Cristina Vee, Bryce Papenbrook, Keith Silverstein, Mela Lee, Max Mittelman, 
  • Episodes: 4 seasons, 104 episodes (ongoing)
  • Runtime(per episode): 20 minutes

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 events, 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!

Watch the trailer here

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3. All Hail King Julien (2014-2017)

All Hail King Julien
  • IMDb: 7.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not available / 98%
  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Slapstick
  • Created by: Tom McGrath, Eric Darnell
  • Cast: Danny Jacobs, Andy Richter, Kevin Michael Richardson, India de Beaufort, Henry Winkler
  • Episodes: 6 seasons, 78 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 22 minutes

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.

Watch the trailer here

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4. Buddy Thunderstruck (2017)

Buddy Thunderstruck
  • IMDb: 7.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not available / 100%
  • Genre: Comedy, Stop-Motion
  • Created by: Ryan Wiesbrock
  • Cast: Brian Atkinson, Ted Raimi, Harry Chaskin, Justin Michael, Debi Derryberry
  • Episodes: 1 season, 23 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 23 minutes

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!

Watch the trailer here

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5. Aggretsuko (2018-)

  • IMDb: 8.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / 97%
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Created by: Rarecho
  • Cast: Ben Diskin, Erica Mendez, G.K. Bowes
  • Episodes: 4 seasons, 40 episodes (ongoing)
  • Runtime(per episode): 15-23 minutes

Aggretsuko is a Japanese animated series showcasing the life of an ordinary person in 21st century Japan. The show brilliantly created various characters according to type of people you can find in an office using animals as metaphors like, a red-panda, pig, fox, and more. The series focuses on a 25-year old red-panda working in a trading company. She usually goes to sing karaoke after work to let off steam. It is one of the most popular shows on Netflix because of the relatable storyline and characters. In addition, the animation style is minimal which requires a strong story to hold the audience. So, you can expect some meaningful takeaways from the show while entertaining yourself. 

Watch the trailer here

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6. Scissor Seven (2018-)

Scissor Seven
  • IMDb: 8.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not available / 81%
  • Genre: Wuxia, Comedy
  • Created by: He Xiaofeng
  • Cast: Jas Patrick, Ronny Chieng, Jake Green
  • Episodes: 3 seasons, 30 episodes (ongoing)
  • Runtime(per episode): 13-20 minutes

Scissor Seven is a Chinese animated show acquired by Netflix for global release. The show has some great action scenes, while maintaining the traditional Chinese martial art style. It focuses on the protagonist, Seven, who has failed a crash course to become a killer. So, he opens a barber shop in disguise. Meanwhile, there is a power struggle between two rivaling factions. The show has some great animation details creating an eye-pleasing experience for the viewers.  

Watch the trailer here

Check out Scissor Seven on Netflix

7. Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia (2016-2018)

Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia
  • IMDb: 8.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 82% / 72%
  • Genre: Sci-fi, Adventure
  • Created by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Anton Yelchin, Charlie Saxton, Kelsey Grammer, Lexi Medrano
  • Episodes: 3 seasons, 52 episodes 
  • Runtime(per episode): 22 minutes

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 discover 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!

Watch the trailer here

Check out Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia on Netflix

8. DreamWorks Dragons (2012-2018)

DreamWorks Dragons
  • IMDb: 8.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not available / 84%
  • Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
  • Created by: Linda Teverbaugh, Mike Teverbaugh
  • Cast: Jay Baruchel, Chris Edgerly, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
  • Episodes: 8 seasons, 118 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 22 minutes

When you have a scintillating animated series like “DreamWorks Dragons” desperately vying for your attention, why should you look anywhere else? The animated TV series is all about the jaw-dropping adventures of dragons based on the How to Train Your Dragon movie.

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.

Watch the trailer here

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9. Voltron: Legendary Defender (2016-2018)

Voltron: Legendary Defender
  • IMDb: 8.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 95% / 78%
  • Genre: Sci-fi, Adventure, Mecha
  • Created by: Joaquim Dos Santos
  • Cast: Josh Keaton, Kimberly Brooks, Steven Yeun, Jeremy Shada
  • Episodes: 8 seasons, 78 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 23  minutes

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 a giant robot Voltron and make the best use of it to destroy the evil Galra Empire.

Watch the trailer here

Check out Voltron: Legendary Defender on Netflix

10. Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts (2020)

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
  • IMDb: 8.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / 96%
  • Genre: Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi, Adventure
  • Created by: Radford Sechrist
  • Cast: Karen Fukuhara, Sydney Mikayla, Coy Stewart, Deon Cole
  • Episodes: 3 seasons, 30 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 24 minutes

Adapted from Rad’s 2015 webcomic Kipo, this show is an adult-animated series created by DreamWorks Studios. The series has been critically acclaimed worldwide for its design, music, characterization, world-building, and diversity. The representation of LGBT community and people of color is also appreciated well. 

For the story, it follows a young girl trying to find her father in a post-apocalyptic setting. On her journey she befriends some human companions and mutant animals to help her in the mission. The plot builds up quickly and delivers a praiseworthy story.

Watch the trailer here

Check out Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts on Netflix

11. The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants (2018-2019)

The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants
  • IMDb: 6.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not available / 100%
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
  • Created by: Peter Hastings, Mark Banker
  • Cast: Nat Faxon, Ramone Hamilton, Jay Gragnani, Jorge Diaz, Peter Hastings
  • Episodes: 3 seasons, 39 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 24 minutes

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.

Watch the trailer here

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12. Disenchantment (2018-)

  • IMDb: 7.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 62% / 75%
  • Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Satire
  • Created by: Matt Groening
  • Cast: Abbi Jacobson, Eric André, Nat Faxon, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille
  • Episodes: 2 seasons, 40 episodes (ongoing)
  • Runtime(per episode): 19-36 minutes

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.

Watch the trailer here

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13. Big Mouth (2017-)

Big Mouth
  • IMDb: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / 81%
  • Genre: Coming-of-age, Animated sitcom
  • Created by: Andrew Goldberg, Nick Kroll, Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett
  • Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Jason Mantzoukas
  • Episodes: 5 seasons, 51 episodes (ongoing)
  • Runtime(per episode): 25-46 minutes

“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.

Watch the trailer here

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14. We Bare Bears (2015-2019)

30 Best Netflix Animated Series to Watch Right Now
  • IMDb: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not available / 92%
  • Genre: Animated sitcom, Slice of life, Adventure
  • Created by: Daniel Chong
  • Cast: Eric Edelstein, Bobby Moynihan, Demetri Martin, Jason Lee
  • Episodes: 4 seasons, 140 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 11 minutes

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.

Watch the trailer here

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15. Death Note (2006-2007)

Death Note
  • IMDb: 9.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / 95%
  • Genre: Mystery, Psychological thriller
  • Created by: Tetsurō Araki
  • Cast: Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong
  • Episodes: 37 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 24 minutes

If you ever think Anime isn’t your cup of tea, you will be amazed to see Death Note. The show is adapted from a manga series by the same name written by Tsugumi Ohba. The supernatural fantasy Anime explores deep psychological thinking of the protagonist and his nemesis. With a suspenseful story and intelligent characters, Death Note has become the most popular Anime globally. 

It follows Light Yagami, a genius teen who gets hold of the Death Note. The rule states that you can kill anyone by writing their name in the book. Light takes this opportunity to kill criminals but soon a detective named L starts adding the clues and gives Light a hard time. The cat and mouse chase between two genius characters creates an epic psychological thriller for the viewers. I recommend Death Note if you love Anime or want to watch a good one. You will fall in love with the series from the first episode without doubt. 

Watch the trailer here

Check out Death Note on Netflix

16. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018-2020)

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
  • IMDb: 7.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 97% / 81%
  • Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
  • Created by: ND Stevenson
  • Cast: Aimee Carrero, AJ Michalka, Karen Fukuhara, Marcus Scribner, Reshma Shetty
  • Episodes: 5 seasons, 52 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 24 minutes

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.

Watch the trailer here

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17. Hilda (2018-)

  • IMDb: 8.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / 99%
  • Genre: Adventure, Supernatural, Drama
  • Created by: Luke Pearson
  • Cast: Bella Ramsey, Ameerah Falzon-Ojo, Oliver Nelson, Daisy Haggard, Rasmus Hardiker
  • Episodes: 2 seasons, 26 episodes (ongoing)
  • Runtime(per episode): 24-32 minutes

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.

Watch the trailer here

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18. Final Space (2018-2021)

Final Space
  • IMDb: 8.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 70% / 85%
  • Genre: Space opera, Adventure, Thriller
  • Created by: Olan Rogers
  • Cast: Olan Rogers, David Tennant, Coty Galloway, Steven Yeun, Tom Kenny
  • Episodes: 3 seasons, 36 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 21 minutes

“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.

Watch the trailer here

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19. Love, Death & Robots (2019-)

Love, Death & Robots
  • IMDb: 8.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 81% / 75% 
  • Genre: Anthology, Science fantasy, Adult animation
  • Created by: Tim Miller
  • Cast: Scott Whyte, Nolan North, Steven Pacey
  • Episodes: 2 seasons, 26 episodes (ongoing)
  • Runtime(per episode): 6-18 minutes

Love, Death and Robots is an adult- animation anthology series, which means each episode has a different story created by a different crew, something like Black Mirror. The variety of genres explored in the series shows the range of creative thinking involved in making the episodes. In addition, you get to witness various animation styles throughout the series. Each episode somehow connects to the underlying theme of love, death, and robots. Since there is no direct connection between the episodes, it is hard to define a story for the show. However, most of the episodes deal with a dystopian future where humans have made some nasty wrong choices. 

Watch the trailer here

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20. Castlevania (2017-2021)

  • IMDb: 8.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 90%/90%
  • Genre: Adventure, Dark fantasy, Drama
  • Created by: Warren Ellis
  • Cast: Richard Armitage, James Callis, Graham McTavish, Alejandra Reynoso
  • Episodes: 4 seasons, 32 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 22-31 minutes

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.

Watch the trailer here

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21. Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-1975)

Star Trek: The Animated Series
  • IMDb: 7.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 92%/76%
  • Genre: Action, Adventure
  • Created by: Gene Roddenberry
  • Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan
  • Episodes: 2 seasons, 22 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 24 minutes

They rightly say, “Old is gold.” And when you have an evergreen animated series like “Star Trek: The Animated Series” at your disposal, 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.

Watch the trailer here

Check out Star Trek: The Animated Series on Netflix

22. Tuca & Bertie (2019-)

Tuca & Bertie
  • IMDb: 7.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100%/73%
  • Genre: Surreal humor, Adult
  • Created by: Lisa Hanawalt
  • Cast: Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong, Steven Yeun
  • Episodes: 2 seasons, 20 episodes (ongoing)
  • Runtime(per episode): 22-26 minutes

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.

Watch the trailer here

Check out Tuca & Bertie  on Netflix

23. F is for Family (2015-2021)

F is for Family
  • IMDb: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 86%/92%
  • Genre: Black comedy, Satire
  • Created by: Bill Burr, Michael Price
  • Cast: Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long, Debi Derryberry
  • Episodes: 5 seasons, 44 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 30 minutes

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.

Watch the trailer here

Check out F is for Family  on Netflix

24. Maya and the Three (2021)

Maya and the Three
  • IMDb: 8.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / 87% 
  • Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Action
  • Created by: Jorge R. Gutiérrez
  • Cast: Zoe Saldaña, Stephanie Beatriz, Gabriel Iglesias, Alfred Molina
  • Episodes: 9 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 26-44 minutes

This Spanish miniseries is a treat if you want to binge-watch something on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The show takes place in a world based on pre-colonial Mesoamerica and other indigenous cultures. A young warrior named Maya is asked to pay for her family’s misdeeds by the underground gods on her fifteenth birthday. She has no option to refuse the gods since they threaten to ravage the world. Thus, maya embarks on a journey to fulfill the prophecy which states three warriors will appear to defeat the gods and save humanity from collapsing.

Watch the trailer here

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25. The Dragon Prince (2018-)

The Dragon Prince
  • IMDb: 8.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100%/not available 
  • Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure
  • Created by: Aaron Ehasz, Justin Richmond
  • Cast: Jack DeSena, Paula Burrows, Sasha Rojen, Racquel Belmonte
  • Episodes: 3 seasons, 27 episodes (ongoing)
  • Runtime(per episode): 24-33 minutes

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!

Watch the trailer here

Check out The Dragon Prince on Netflix

26. Carmen Sandiego (2019-2021)

Carmen Sandiego
  • IMDb: 7.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Not available/93%
  • Genre: Comedy, Mystery-Drama, Educational
  • Created by: Duane Capizzi
  • Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard, Michael Hawley, Abby Trott
  • Episodes: 4 seasons, 32 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 24-33 minutes

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.

Watch the trailer here

Check out Carmen Sandiego on Netflix

27. Dinotrux (2015-2018)

  • IMDb: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: not available 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Created by: Jeff DeGrandis
  • Cast: Andrew Francis, Richard Ian Cox, Ashleigh Ball, Matt Hill, Brian Drummond
  • Episodes: 8 seasons, 78 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 23 minutes

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.

Watch the trailer here

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28. Arcane (2021-)

30 Best Netflix Animated Series to Watch Right Now
  • IMDb: 9.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes:  100% / 96%
  • Genre: Adventure, Science fantasy, Steampunk
  • Created by: Christian Linke, Alex Yee
  • Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Ella Purnell, Kevin Alejandro, Katie Leung
  • Episodes: 1 season, 9 episodes (ongoing)
  • Runtime(per episode): 39-44 minutes

Set in the fictional universe of League of Legends, Arcane is a treat for long time fans. The show received critical acclaim for its animation, story, characters, worldbuilding, emotional weight and voice acting. Even if you don’t know anything about the League of Legends game, you can enjoy the series without any confusion. The story follows two sisters Vi and Jinx who find themselves on opposite sides of a brewing war. The clash between the urban rich city of Piltover and the oppressed undercity of Zaun depicts the differences in economic classes in our societies. 

Watch the trailer here

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29. Yu-Gi-Oh! (2000-2006)

  • IMDb: 7.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: not available/87% 
  • Genre: Adventure, Science fantasy
  • Created by: Kazuki Takahashi
  • Cast: Dan Green, Wayne Grayson, Amy Birnbaum
  • Episodes: 5 seasons, 224 episodes
  • Runtime(per episode): 24 minutes

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.

Watch the trailer here

Check out Yu-Gi-Oh! on Netflix

30. My Hero Academia (2016-)

My Hero Academia
  • IMDb: 8.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100% / 90% 
  • Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi
  • Created by: Kazumasa Sanjōba
  • Cast: Daiki Yamashita, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Ayane Sakura
  • Episodes: 5 seasons, 113 episodes (ongoing)
  • Runtime(per episode): 24 minutes

Finally, My Hero Academia season 5 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.

Watch the trailer here

Check out My Hero Academia on Netflix

Bonus: The Hollow (2018-2020)

The Hollow
  • IMDb: 7.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 100%/75% 
  • Genre: Mystery, Adventure, Science fantasy
  • Created by: Josh Mepham
  • Cast: Ashleigh Ball, Mark Hildreth, Connor Parnall, Adrian Petriw, Brian Drummond
  • Episodes: 2 seasons, 20 episodes (canceled)
  • Runtime(per episode): 24 minutes

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.

Watch the trailer here

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.

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