Did you love watching the best Looney Tunes episodes when you were young?
One’s cultural education is never considered complete unless they’ve seen at least one episode of the famed Looney Tunes.
Released in 1930 by Warner Bros., Looney Tunes was a hit the moment it came to the screens. It was loved by all, children and adults alike. Looney Tunes is one of the most memorable cartoon series. It helped form several people’s sense of humor and comedy. One can rarely forget what a huge impact these cartoons have had on so many of us.
But which ones were the best? Which ones made our tummy ache with laughter? Which ones were the best written and delivered? It is quite hard to choose. There are so many Looney Tunes episodes that go neck-to-neck in competition for the claim of the best.
The Best Looney Tunes Episodes You Cannot Miss!
A list of the best Looney Tunes episodes is exactly as hard to make as it sounds. This is the list of what I consider to be the greatest, the best Looney Tunes episodes.
1. Rabbit of Seville
The premise of this episode is as hysterical as its performance. The episode starts with Elmer out on his usual pursuit of “wabbits”. This time, he’s hunts Bugs Bunny into the backstage of an Opera House, which is playing “The Barber of Seville”. As Elmer hits the stage, Bugs opens the curtains and takes the lead role of the barber, with Elmer as his customer. Thus, begins Bugs games, and he makes sure to give Elmer the grooming he’ll never forget.
The dedication Bugs shows to his role while annoying Elmer makes this episode one of the best. Bugs expressions, the perfect lining up of the actions with the music are enough to keep us laughing. The finale of Bugs and Elmer getting married makes this one of the fastest-paced episodes Looney Tunes has ever given us. It’s one of the best Looney Tunes episodes for sure!
2. Duck Amuck
This cartoon is a master-class in itself. It’s the best example of creativity to be seen in any cartoon. This short stars short-tempered Daffy Duck, trying his best to keep up with the animator who doesn’t seem to let Daffy work in peace. Daffy is tortured by an unseen animator, who changes Daffy’s locations, clothing, voice, and even his shape.
What I love the most about this episode is that it doesn’t have a fixed story. This makes Daffy seem more like an actor than an animated character. And the unseen animator? Well, I won’t ruin it for you, but the ending will have you laughing for a long time. This is one of the funniest and most unique cartoons from Warner Bros., and its whole madness earns it the title of “Looney”.
3. What’s Opera, Doc?
This Looney Tunes episode can only be described as one of the best examples of how to make a parody. The episode follows the latest chapter in Elmer’s fruitless chase of Bugs Bunny – but in Opera. Of course, the finish is a bit sad, but as Bugs stated, “What did you expect in an opera, a happy ending?”
This short mocks Richard Wagner’s Operas by putting Elmer and Bugs Buggy as lead roles in a parody remake. While the gravity and depth of Wagner’s music remains, it is made hilarious by using the cartoons as leads. This makes it quite amazing to watch, especially the romantic parts.
It’s outstanding, it’s a classic, and, it’s hysterical. I doubt anything could top this Looney Tunes episode.
4. Rabbit Fire
This short has been cited enough times for it to need no introduction. The first in the Looney Tunes Hunting Trilogy, Elmer is out hunting rabbits and Daffy Duck tries his very best to have Bugs Bunny shot. Bugs does not seem to be too worried about this and outmaneuvers Daffy at every turn. He sets out to convince Elmer that it’s duck season and not rabbit season.
This short also holds a great moment in the voicing history. Daffy and Bugs mimic each other while still having their distinct voices. This episode is definitely in the best Looney Tunes Episodes to watch, because of the ending. Let’s say both, Bugs and Daffy, were wrong. This short has a crazy amount of laughter and is a classic.
5. One Froggy Evening
In this classic short, a construction worker discovers a singing and dancing frog in a cornerstone of an old structure that he is flattening. The man’s mind spins with all the possibilities of becoming rich by using this incredible discovery. But, when he tries to show this to anyone, he realizes that the frog only sings for him, and will croak for everybody else.
Directed by Chuck Jones, this amazing piece throws all the dialogues out the window, apart from the songs, and is told through the visuals of one big “looney” moment. What makes this one of the best Looney Tunes episodes is the tiny touches, the small laugh-out-loud moments. This makes “One Froggy Evening” one of the most beloved and most memorable Looney Tunes episodes ever.
6. Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
This short is the final episode in the Hunting Trilogy mentioned earlier. Like the previous ones, it has Daffy trying to convince Elmer to shoot Bugs Bunny but ends up getting shot instead. Here, with the Duck Season in full swing, Daffy tries to turn the attention away from himself and toward Rabbit season, aka., Bugs.
Bugs is amazing, as always, but here, it’s Daffy who steals the spotlight. Daffy’s reactions and responses are the best and most hilarious. As the animators keep coming up with new ways and tricks of having Daffy shot, the comedic appeal keeps building until our little duck finally snaps, resulting in one of the funniest meltdowns ever. Consisting of quick pacing, and the funniest punch lines, it’s one of the best Looney Tunes Episodes ever.
7. Rabbit Seasoning
Being the second episode of Chuck Jones’ Hunting Trilogy, the foundation of the short is exactly like the others: Daffy tries his best to get Elmer to shoot Bugs but ends up getting shot himself. The short begins with Daffy putting up signs stating “Rabbit season” to guide Elmer to Bugs. By playing around with pronouns, and dressing up in women’s clothes, Bugs escapes the gun, while Daffy has his beak blown away by Elmer.
The funniest piece of this short is when Daffy calls Bugs out on his “pronoun trouble” and yet ending up getting shot himself. This entire episode about Bugs playing around with language and turning the tables on Daffy. This classic animated short ends hilariously and will have you laughing for hours.
8. Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
In this short Duck Dodgers goes out in a search for a rare element called Illudium Phosdex, or also known as “the shaving cream atom.” As Dodgers reaches the planet X with Porky Pig and is about to claim it in the name of Earth, Marvin the Martian arrives and claims the planet in the name of Mars.
The fight that follows between Dodgers and Marvin ends up destroying the planet. The remaining area is claimed by Daffy, which is barely large enough for him to stand upon. This short is a collection of the classic ways of cartoon fighting, using bombs, and guns.
The classic shoot through the screen where Daffy gets shot is hilarious, and Porky’s comebacks are always fun to watch. Truly, a classic masterpiece to leave you laughing out loud, this is among the best Looney Tunes Episodes.
9. Hare-Way to the Stars
In this Looney Tunes short, a rocket is placed over Bugs hole while he was sleeping. He climbs on the ship and finds himself in space, where he runs into Marvin the Martian. Marvin has finished his laboratory research and is about to destroy the Earth. Hence begins the tackle where Bugs takes off with the Modulator which Marvin has built and Marvin creates Martians to stop him.
Marvin the Martian has never been in any bad cartoons, and this short seemed to be his best. The whole “10,000 Instant Martians – just add water” gag, will never not be funny. This short is one of Looney Tunes’ best episodes. The ending will leave you in stitches.
10. Birds Anonymous
This list would’ve seemed incomplete without our beloved Tweety and Sylvester. In this short, Sylvester tries to give up his addiction to birds and joins Birds Anonymous, which is a spoof of “Alcoholics Anonymous”. At first, he feels confident that he can achieve this, but later, we see him losing control of the tests of the outer world, which is hilarious to watch. The head of the organization stops him every time he comes close to devouring Tweety.
What makes this short one of the best is the punchline, which I’m not going to ruin for you. “Birds Anonymous” is a real classic of ingenuity and skill which turns Sylvester from being a “Bad old Pussycat” to a Crazy old Pussycat.
11. Fast and Furry-ous
Did you know that this is the episode where we saw Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner for the first time ever? It set the pace for the entire series.
It starts with the introduction of both the characters and the Coyote running behind the Road Runner to eat him. Yet, the Road Runner beeps and takes off, leaving the Coyote in the dust. The short then starts to show the struggles of the Coyote to catch the Road Runner through many traps, plans, and products. And thus, begins the iconic series of Coyote’s failed efforts to catch the Road Runner.
The way the Coyote would get defeated by his gadgets is one of the reasons I love this series. If you want to see the perfect example of “not giving up” even when it gets you nowhere around the goal, this series is it for you.
12. Long-Haired Hare
This episode is as funky and witty as Bugs. It starts by Bugs singing and playing a Banjo while sitting on a hillside. A big, blond-haired opera singer named Giovanni Jones, in a nearby house rehearses for his performance. He absent-mindedly starts singing along in opera style with Bugs after overhearing him.
After this, he gets all angry and goes over to Bug and breaks his Banjo into two and sticks Bugs neck into it. “Music hater,” says Bug, which is ironic. After the same thing happens twice with Bugs, he says, “Of course you know, this means war!” This leads to the Opera singer paying the price as Bugs did what he does best, annoy him.
This episode will have you laughing from the start to end with Bugs witty and ironic comments, his master plans and the ideocracy of others. It’s among the best Looney Tunes episodes for sure.
13. Feed the Kitty
This Looney Tunes episode is as cute and adorable as it can get! It portrays the best possible relationship between a bulldog named Mark Anthony and a cute little stray Kitty.
It starts by the Kitty coming out from a can and Mark rushing after it and barking. But he’s surprised when it doesn’t affect the little Kitten. She purrs and climbs up on his back and prepares to nestle herself in his fur. Mark instantly falls in love with this little sleeping Kitty and decides to adopt her! He takes her home and tries his best to hide it from his owner.
This entire episode is so wholesome that it fills you with love and keeps you giggling and smiling the whole time! But the end especially will have you aww-somed, which is what makes it one of the best Looney Tunes episodes.
14. Bully for Bugs
This Looney Tunes short shows Bugs Bunny once again making that “wrong turn at Albuquerque”. He ends up at a bullring, where a huge bull is making the toreador run for his life. The bull throws Bugs off the arena, provoking him to declare, “Of course you realize, this means war!” After that, it’s nothing but Bugs and the bull taking turns at having a go at each other.
The best part about this episode is that the bull matches Bugs for most of the way. The funniest segment I’ve seen in this short is the part where Bugs slaps the bull repeatedly. The expressions, the movements, everything adds on to the humor, making this one of the best Looney Tunes episodes. The ending will keep you to the edge of the seats, so hold on!
15. Show Biz Bugs
In this episode of Looney Tunes, Bugs and Daffy have a performance together. But Bigs receives all the applause. This causes immense jealousy in Daffy and he challenges Bugs to do his acts. As we know, one of the biggest characteristics of Daffy is his jealousy of Bugs, which leads to tremendous competition. And due to that, they provide us with the best comedy. The rest of the short consists of Daffy either failing at his act or trying and failing at making Bugs act fail.
This short is a classic masterpiece of competition caused comedy. Keeping it fast-paced, the rising anger and jealousy of Daffy never ceases to amuse. The only act in which Daffy receives a huge amount of applause is shown in the finale. Well, don’t try that at home.
Well, that’s not all, folks! Making this list to only 15 episodes has been a nearly impossible task to do. I’ve excluded a lot of classic favorites. Let us know your top 10 Looney Tunes episodes in the comments, and why they should be added to this list!