Growing up these days is nothing like it used to be twenty or so years from now. The eighties were absolutely magical when it came to day-time and primetime television. Television was a popular source of entertainment many thanks to the following list of cartoons which are still adored by many. The list is based solely on opinions. You guys are welcome to contribute. Read on and travel back to the time when things used to be simpler. Enjoy the read!
10. THUNDARR THE BARBARIAN
Thundarr the barbarian was created by Steve Gerber and the series was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions. It was loved by loads though unfortunately the series only ran for two seasons. The first season aired from 1980-1981 and the second followed right after that. The cartoons are set in a future wasteland that is divided into kingdom and territories. The majority of these territories are ruled by wizards. The series was originally aired on ABC and later on NBC.
9. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
These cartoons need no introduction at all. It is based on four ninja turtles that are trained in the art of ninjutsu by their sensei that is a rat. These turtles are named after four very famous artists. They live in New York City and they fight crime and evils in the city. The names of the four turtles are Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo and each has mastered their weapon of choice. The main crime lord is Shredder and the name of the sensei is Splinter. The cartoons were very famous during the late 1980s and the fame lasted through the early 90s; loved this show.
8. MUPPET BABIES
Muppet Babies come from America. They aired from the 15th September of 1984 to the 2nd November of 1991 on CBS. The show is all about the childhood versions of the Muppets that live in a nursery under the care of Nanny. The face of the Nanny is never shown though which is interesting. The show was produced by The Jim Henson Company and Marvel Productions. A total of eight seasons were produced with a total of 107 episodes. I never saw this show, however, it was quite a popular topic of discussion back in the day.
This is an American/Japanese animated series. It was produced by Rankin/Bass Productions and they debuted in 1984. I used to love these cartoons and used to wake up early in the morning to watch reruns. The cartoon series has a total of 130 episodes. The main heroes include Lion-O, Jaga, Tygra, Cheetara, Snarf (not exactly a hero), Pumyra, and Lynx-O. Each episode averages around 22 minutes of play time. Do you guys remember Lion-O’s sword? Thunder, Thunder, Thunder, ThunderCats, Hooooooo!
6. G.I. JOE
These cartoons need no introduction. All I have to say is, ‘G.I. Joe is the code name for America’s daring, highly trained special mission force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.’ The original animated series began in 1985 but it was cancelled after the movie came out. The animated series then continued from 1989. I still remember the G.I. Joe reference in FRIENDS. God, that was hilarious. All in all, if you’re into this genre, these cartoons were absolutely amazing.
Robots were the thing back then. I remember the original series of Voltron, then there came a revised edition. Anyone remembers the Saber Riders and the Star Sheriffs? The original Voltron was a robot made up by combining five different robotic lions and it was then used to defend the galaxy from evil. The said lions were piloted by humans. The original number of episodes is 124 and the project was collaboration between USA and Japan. Voltron was created by World Events Productions and Toei Animation and was absolutely brilliant.
The cartoon series was based on the toy line by Mattel called Masters of the Universe. This is an American animated series and it was one of the most popular shows in the 1980s. The show has a total of two seasons comprising of 130 episodes. The series debuted in 1983 and ran until 1985. USA bought the syndication rights in 1988 and they aired reruns of the series till the September of 1990. The show has a lot fans to this day. ‘By the Power of Grayskull, I HAVE THE POWER!!!!!!!!!’
3. TOM AND JERRY
This is one cartoon show that made even the adults laugh their heads off. The show was created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and it centered on just two main characters. A cat called Thomas (Tom) and a mouse called Jerry. Throughout the show, Tom would try his level best to catch Jerry and Jerry would evade him but the situations were absolutely hilarious. They make me laugh to this day; brilliantly written and directed.
Now that the movies and games have come out, not a lot of people pay attention to where it all started from. The show is based on toy line of Diaclone and Mircoman and it is an American television series. The show was written and recorded in America, while it was animated in Japan. The show has a total of four seasons comprising of 98 episodes each averaging 23 minutes of run time. The series became so popular that The Transformers: The Movie came out in 1986. Transformers: Animated debuted on Cartoon Network in 2007 and you have seen the three films and games. It happens to be one of the most successful franchises when it comes to cartoons.
1. BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES
I am sure you have read the comics and watched the movies. This particular show is based on the character by DC Comics and it is an animated Television series. The series is produced by Warner Brothers and was originally aired on the FOX network from the 5th September in 1992 to 15th September in 1995. With the high artistic quality and dark tones, this particular series was loved by many and it received critical acclaim all over the world. It is also perhaps the most faithful adaption of Batman to date.