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Best Animated TV Series of 2020


In a year where the Animaniacs returned after a 20-year absence, The Clone Wars came back to finally finish its run, and Castlevania continued to show everyone else how to do video game adaptations right, there was a lot of good animation on TV. The following shows were the top of the line this year.These are our best animated TV series of 2020 nominations.

Best Animated TV Series of 2020

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Best Animated TV Series of 2020 2Animaniacs is a mostly witty and faithful update to an old favorite. Despite the march of time and a flashier coat of paint, the new series plays remarkably similar to its predecessor. Yakko, Wakko, and Dot’s misadventures are still a hoot, and the Pinky and the Brain segments help add just enough variety to keep each episode humming along. Some fans may lament the loss of so many classic supporting characters, but the emphasis on the big guns has its clear benefits. Animaniacs is a concentrated blast of cartoon nostalgia that any Fox Kids or Kids’ WB veteran would do well to check out.

For more, check out our Animaniacs 2020 Season 1 review!


Best Animated TV Series of 2020 3Castlevania as a series is easily one of the better games-to-tv/movie adaptations we’ve seen, but its third season proved that it has legs beyond just “Belmont/Alucard vs Dracula.” Season 3 explored cosmic horror, introduced an unexpectedly compelling quest for revenge, and delved into the internal struggles of one cursed with everlasting life, and while that may read like its a bit much, the series weaves it all together with an expert hand, along with plenty of great winks, nods, and references for fans of the video game series. Couple all that with its unique anime-inspired animation style – which, as a word of warning to the uninitiated, is at times extremely gory – and you’ve got one of this years strongest offerings in adult animation.

For more, check out our Castlevania: Season 3 review!

Harley Quinn

Best Animated TV Series of 2020 4DC’s hilariously absurd animated series, now conveniently streaming on HBO Max, is as foul-mouthed as it is full of heart, with its excellent second season centered around Harley and Poison Ivy trying to untangle their messy-in-just-the-right-way relationship. Against the backdrop of a Gotham gone mad in the absence of Batman (and a Themyscira transformed into the ideal bachelorette party locale), Harley Quinn asks its cast of misfit antiheroes, “What’s the fun becoming the ultimate supervillain if you have no one to share your throne with?”

For more, check out our Harley Quinn: Season 2 premiere review!

Rick and Morty

Best Animated TV Series of 2020 5Four seasons into its run, Rick and Morty still finds new and inventive ways to play with time travel and storytelling that defy predictability. But whether the pair find themselves stuck on an endless train or speaking through aliens stuck on their faces, the show also continues to up the ante in terms of laughs, most times coming at the expense of its main characters. “The Vat of Acid Episode” in particular cleverly employs Jerry’s stupidity to devastate Morty in an unthinkably horrific new way, only for Rick to somehow make him feel even worse only moments later.

For more, check out our Rick and Morty: Season 4 review!

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Best Animated TV Series of 2020 6The Clone Wars finally got the proper finale it always deserved in 2020. While Season 7 was a bit uneven in its mix of characters and storylines, just like every season before it, at its best there’s no finer Star Wars content to be found anywhere. The Siege of Mandalore arc alone is required viewing for any fan of characters like Ahsoka Tano and Darth Maul, and the Bad Batch episodes have us salivating at the prospect of the upcoming spinoff series.

For more, check out our Star Wars: The Clone Wars series finale review!

Those are our picks for the best animated TV series of 2020 – let us know in the comments what’s on your list that didn’t make ours, and be sure to cast your vote for our TV Series of the Year 2020 People’s Choice Award here!

There are plenty of other awards! Check out all our movies, TV, and comics nominees below!

Best Movies of 2020

Best TV of 2020

Best Comics of 2020

Be sure to check out all of our other movies, TV and comics of the Year award nominees as well as our picks for the best games of 2020!

IGN’s Best of 2020 was designed by:
Lead Design + Art Direction: Justin Vachon
Branding + Art Direction: Angela Nguyen
Branding + Social Design: Julia Rago
Editorial Design: Amanda Flagg
Editorial Design: Eric Sapp
Motion Graphics: Will Batchelor

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