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7 Best Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Ranked

7 Best Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Ranked

For many years, kids would wake up on Saturday mornings, grab breakfast, and turn on the TV for Hanna-Barbera cartoons. One of the main companies providing so many of them was Hanna-Barbera. The company was headed up by William Hanna and Joe Barbera, two guys who honed their animation skills at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. People who have kept up with their work know that they produced shows at a fast clip. Let’s take a look at seven of their best Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

The Best Hanna-Barbera Cartoon, The Flintstones

What a show from Hanna-Barbera. Viewers managed to get a look at the Flintstone and Rubble households each week. They also managed to see what things Fred and Barney would find themselves getting into as well. The Flintstones happened to be one cartoon that originally got its start in primetime in the 1960s.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?

Hey, here’s a show with a funky great dane and his friends, getting caught up in one mystery after another. The original show started airing in the late 1960s, yet led to spin-offs like The Scooby-Doo Movies and Scooby and Scrappy-Doo. Recently, there’s been a modern movie put together with a different take on Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo.

Top Cat

When Hanna-Barbera debuted this one, it was at a time when TV always was looking for new shows. Top Cat also would find its way among primetime shows. People tuned in each week to see what hijinx T.C., Benny the Ball, Choo-Choo, and the other characters get into in the alley.

Jonny Quest

Each week, viewers closely watched Jonny and his friends work together to fight off bad guys and villains galore. The animation style for this specific cartoon sometimes made it look like the scenes were pulled from comic books. Besides Jonny, there was his father, Dr. Benton Quest, Roger “Race” Bannon, Hadji, and the little dog Bandit.

The Jetsons

The ahead-of-its-time family from outer space brings its viewers laughs galore when watching their antics. It’s never a dull time when watching George Jetson do his best to deal with Mr. Spacely. Of course, who can forget that jazzy theme song and seeing Elroy, Judy, and Jane sent off to different places.

The Yogi Bear Show

Jellystone Park is the place where you will find Yogi Bear and his partner, Boo-Boo. This also was one of the early Hanna-Barbera contributions to Saturday mornings. It’s always an adventure when watching Yogi go for the picnic baskets that are left out.

Space Ghost

Our adventuresome friend and his cohorts fly around in outer space, looking to keep the peace. But they run into different bad guys and destructive monsters, always having to do battle. This 1960s series managed to get some new life in it thanks to Cartoon Network’s Space Ghost Coast to Coast show.