The 60s animated series surely bought classic characters that remain pop culture icons until today. From a pre-historic family to a family that lives in the future with a robot maid. The cartoons in the 60s really started a new era of television.
If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic, then worry no more because we rounded up the top cartoons of the 1960s to take you back to the time where you were sitting in front of the television on a Saturday morning waiting for these amazing show to air.
1. The Flintstones
The Flintstones was produced by Hanna-Barbera for the TV network ABC. The show takes place in a Stone Age setting and follows the life of the Flintstones and their next-door neighbors. The show was the first animated series to be broadcast in a primetime slot. It aired from September 1960 to April 1966. The Flintstones was very popular that it became one of the most successful animated series franchise for three decades.
2. The Jetsons
The Jetsons was produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired in the primetime slot from 1962 to 1963. And while the Flintstones was set in the stone age, the Jetsons live in the future with elaborate robotic machines, holograms, flying cars, and even aliens. After its primetime run, the show aired during Saturday mornings for decades.
3. Top Cat
Top Cat is also produced by Hanna-Barbera for ABC Network. The show had its first ran from September 1961 to April 1982. This animated series is set in the alleys of New York and it follows the story of a gang of low-life cats and their charming leader named Tom Cat. He and his gang always try to get rich, play jokes on someone, and eat for free. Top Cat became very popular that it even appeared on comic books and released an original TV soundtrack.
4. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Is also an animated TV series that was produced by Hanna-Barbera for CBS. The series is about four teenagers namely Daphne Blake, Fred Jones, Shaggy Rogers, Velma Dinkley and their semi-anthropomorphic Great Dane named Scooby-Doo. Together they travel in a blue and green van named Mystery Machine and solving mysteries about local legends that always ends up as a disguised person who just wanted to exploit the legend for their personal agendas. Scooby-Doo became popular from the day it first aired. It garnered subsequent animated series, merchandise, and several films.
Underdog was created by W. Walts Biggers and Joe Harris. It first aired on October 1964 on the NBC Network. Underdog is about a dog named Shoeshine Boy’s alter ego character that always appears when his love interest, Sweet Polly Purebred is being offended by Simon Bar Sinister and Riff Raff. Underdog became a success that it appeared on several comic books and even had a film adaptation that was released on August 2007 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
6. Jonny Quest
Also known as The Adventures of Jonny Quest, it is about a boy have extraordinary adventures with his scientist father, their bulldog named Bandit, and his tutor/bodyguard Race Bannon. They investigate mysteries together and battle villains around the world. Jonny Quest was created by Doug Wildey and produced by Hanna-Barbera for Screen Gems.
7. Atom Ant
Atom Ant was an animated TV series that was also produced and created by Hanna-Barbera in 1965. The show is about a superhero ant who has incredible strength, invulnerability, the ability to fly, and super speed. Atom Ant is always contacted by the police who sends him out on assignments. Atom Ant has a famous catchphrase that goes “Up and at ‘em, Atom Ant!”.
8. The Magilla Gorilla Show
The Magilla Gorilla Show is about a gorilla who spends his time eating bananas in front of the display window of Melvin Peeble’s pet shop and draining the businessman’s money. The Magilla Gorilla show was produced by Hanna-Barbera and it was aired from 1964 to 1966.
9. Wacky Races
Wacky Races is about a series of car competitions where eleven racers race in different location all over North America. The story revolves around Dick Dastardly and his dog Muttley who is determined to cheat just to win the game but they always lose every time. Wacky Races was produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired from 1968 to 1970.
10. The Yogi Bear Show
The Yogi Bear Show is about Yogi Bear and his sidekick Boo Boo’s adventure in Jellystone Park where they are always trying to steal the picnic baskets of the tourist while avoiding Ranger Smith. Yogi Bear was just a segment in the Huckleberry Hound Show in the 1950s but Yogi became popular with the audience that’s why Hanna-Barbera decided to create Yogi’s own show.
Which of these great cartoons do you remember watching? We hope we took you down memory lane and made you reminisce about the good old, carefree days.