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How to watch Cartoon Network online

Whether it's Steven Universe, Dexter's Laboratory, or Gumball, we've got you covered.


Joseph Knoop


Posted on Jul 31, 2020   Updated on Jan 27, 2021, 11:05 am CST

Cartoon Network is in a beautiful renaissance of kids animation these days. Between Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, and OK K.O., there are plenty of reasons to watch Cartoon Network. Of course, Cartoon Network didn’t suffer for great television back in the ’90s and early 2000s with legends like Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory, so even us aging millennials can keep having fun.

Like any smart kids channel these days, Cartoon Network live stream services are a key part of how we’re watching our favorite shows. If you’d rather catch up on the Crystal Gems or Ben 10 away from your cable provider, here’s everything you need to know to find a Cartoon Network live stream.

Best Shows on Cartoon Network

What is Cartoon Network?

Launched in 1992, Cartoon Network (now commonly abbreviated as “CN”) has brought kids programming of all shapes and sizes to households for as long as some viewers have been alive. There’s the aforementioned classics like Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory, but the channel has had equally legendary success with internet culture powerhouses like Steven Universe.

  • Launched: October 1992
  • Slogan: “Meanwhile on Comedy Central.”
  • Genre: Cartoons
  • Parent Company: Warner Bros. Entertainment
Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network live stream: How to watch Cartoon Network online

Cartoon Network is available on a few of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming. 

Cartoon Network on Hulu with Live TV

Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.

Hulu Live TV sets you up with local channels and has a broad spectrum of entertainment and sports channels to review, including the full suite of ESPN channels, FX, HGTV, and even deep cuts like National Geographic and Syfy, and of course, Cartoon Network where you can stream hits like The Powerpuff Girls and We Bare Bears.

Hulu Live TV $69.99
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Hulu content)

Cartoon Network on Sling TV

If you’re looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There’s also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. You’ll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like FS1 and NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package. To gain access to Cartoon Network, you’ll either need Sling Blue, Sling Orange, or Sling Orange + Blue. Sling also has a number of add-ons, including robust international packages organized by languages all over the globe.

Orange + Blue$50

Cartoon Network on AT&T TV Now

If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. If you’re looking for Cartoon Network, get in at the AT&T TV Now Max tier to stream it.


Cartoon Network on YouTube TV

The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels, sports options including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBA TV, and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.

If you’re looking for Cartoon Network, know that you can stream it on YouTube TV.

1 Month$64.99

Other ways to watch Cartoon Network online

Cartoon Network App

Cartoon Network App

The Cartoon Network app is available on iOS and Android devices, as well as Amazon. The latest episodes appear on the app one day after they air, and the app will recommend other episodes for you to watch based on your browsing history. There’s no Cartoon Network live stream option, though. Certain episodes will require you to log in with your cable provider’s information, but all of the options available will suffice.

Cartoon Network site

Cartoon Network App

You won’t find a Cartoon Network live stream here, but you can watch some full episodes of Cartoon Network shows on its official site—248 videos at last count, to be exact—including episodes of NinjagoAdventure Time, and Teen Titans. But to unlock even more content, you’ll need to sign in using your cable or live TV streaming credentials. All the same rules as the Cartoon Network app apply, you’ll just be watching through your browser. If you have a Google Chromecast, you can easily “cast” from your browser to your TV, so you can still watch on a big screen. 

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*First Published: Jul 31, 2020, 3:00 pm CDT
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