List of animated television series of the 1940s and 1950s

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Animated television series first aired in the 1940s and 1950s.


Title Episodes Country of Origin Year Notes
Crusader Rabbit 195 US 1949–1959
The Puppetoon Show 6 US 1949–1950 Compilation show; stop-motion
Pow Wow the Indian Boy 52 US 1949–1950
NBC Tele Comics 4 US 1949–1950 [1]
Jim and Judy in Teleland 52 US 1949


Title Episodes Country of Origin Year Notes
Winky Dink and You 65 US 1953–1957; 1969–1973
The Adventures of Paddy the Pelican 6 US 1954
Walt Disney anthology TV series US 1954–present Mostly an anthology TV series, originally hosted by Walt Disney, with some episodes dedicated to animation. All of these were compilation episodes, with classic Disney cartoons combined with new animation. Most notable are those featuring Ludwig Von Drake as host.
The Gumby Show 261 US 1955–1968; 1988; 2010s Stop-motion
The Mighty Mouse Playhouse 75 US 1955–1965 Compilation show
Mickey Mouse Club 360 US 1955–1959; 1960–1963; 1973–1977; 1979–1982; 1989–1990; 1994–1996 Mostly live-action with animation inserts, possible real year since BCDB is saying that those animated segments from it were from 1955.
Captain Kangaroo US 1955 Compilation show
A Rubovian Legend UK 1955 Stop-motion
The Gerald McBoing-Boing Show US 1956–1957 Compilation show
Tom Terrific 26 US 1957–1959
The Ruff and Reddy Show 156 US 1957–1960
The Woody Woodpecker Show US 1957–1966; 1970–1997 Compilation show
The Adventures of Superboy US 1957
Colonel Bleep 104 US 1957–1960 First TV cartoon to be in colour; historic cartoon history landmark
Herge's Adventures of Tintin 104 Belgium 1957-1964
Captain Pugwash 58 UK 1957–1998
The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole 19 US 1958–1961
Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown 156 US 1958–1962
The Huckleberry Hound Show 69 US 1958–1962
Yogi Bear 35 US 1958–1960 Huckleberry Hound Show segment
Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks 57 US 1958–1962 Huckleberry Hound Show segment
The Space Explorers 26 US 1958–1959


Title Episodes Country of Origin Year Notes
Clutch Cargo 52 US 1959
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show 163 US 1959–1964
Capt'n Sailorbird 190 US 1959–1960 Compilation show
The Quick Draw McGraw Show 45 US 1959–1962
Matty's Funday Funnies US 1959–1962 Compilation show
New Adventures of the Space Explorers US 1959 [2]
Snooper and Blabber US 1959 Quick Draw McGraw segment
Fractured Fairy Tales US 1959 Rocky and Bullwinkle Show segment
Peabody's Improbable History US 1959 Rocky and Bullwinkle Show segment
Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy 45 US 1959–1961 Quick Draw McGraw segment
Felix the Cat 126 US 1959–1961
Bucky and Pepito US 1959
Mel-O-Toons 26 US 1959–1960
Noggin the Nog 42 UK 1959–1965
Ivor the Engine UK 1959
Herge's Adventures of Tintin 104 Belgium 1959–1964
Cartoon Party Canada 1959–1962 Compilation show