The 80s brought about a lot of cartoon fans. For a lot of children back in the day, the 80s was a sacred time in their lives. This was when weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings are filled with amazing and wonderful stories of these animated cartoons which helped shape several young minds. So sit back, relax as we take a look at the greatest cartoons from the 80s. A decade many people still hold dear to this day.
1. Duck Tales
Duck Tales tells the story of the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his grand-nephews, Dewey, Huey, and Louie as they go on a quest for treasures and adventures of all kinds. The show is like Indiana Jones but with ducks. Duck Tales had a big budget for an animated show and Disney fast-tracked the show for daily syndication which resulted in the show’s popularity. The show had a full-length feature film, a Nintendo game, and a series reboot in 2017.
2. G.I Joe
G.I Joe is about a highly-trained elite strike force that is comprised of different persons from each branch of the military that fights against the ruthless terrorist organization named COBRA. G.I Joe is all about the action but at the end of every episode, there is a moral lesson and PSA for the viewers to remember. The show spawned six more series, a successful line of action figures, and several live-action films.
3. The Real Ghostbusters
The Real Ghostbusters is the animated series of the 1984 hit film Ghostbusters. It is about a team of paranormal investigators and eliminators of ghosts. The series ran from 1986 to 1991. It was produced by DiC Animation City, Columbia Pictures Television, and Coca-Cola Telecommunications. It had a total of 7 seasons with 140 episodes.
Robotech is about an alien ship that crash-lands on an island in the South Pacific. It tells the story of how humans utilize alien technology and how the alien race descends to war against humans. Robotech is probably one of the greatest anime series of all time. Robotech was three unrelated Japanese show that was edited together into one long epic story for the North American audiences.
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows the story of four anthropomorphic teenage turtles who was trained by a rat sensei in the art of ninjutsu. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was originally created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird for a comic book by Mirage Studios after that, they created a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line for Playmates. That is why the tie-in cartoon series became a huge success. The show showcased a lot more humor compared to the comic book series.
Just like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Thundercats animated series premiered after the toys were released. Thundercats tells the story of how Lion-O leads his group if Thunderans against the evil Mumm-Ra after the destruction of their planet Thundera. And their only chance of winning the battle against Mumm-Ra is Lion-O’s Sword of Omens. This animated series took the 80s kids fantasies to a whole new level.
We all know what this series is all about. Transformers the series aired for a total of three seasons and had a full-length movie. Since the day it premiered, there have been countless Transformers series for every generation to enjoy. The classic war between the Autobots and Decepticons will keep going as long as the series, movies, toys, and other merchandise keep selling.
Voltron was an American animated series that was adapted from another Japanese anime. The show was so popular that It became the top-rated syndicated children’s show during its initial run. The animated series tells the story of Voltron, a robot that was separated into five parts by an evil witch named Hagger. The lost pieces were found by five space explorers who are bound to resurrect the mighty robot.
9. The Simpsons
The Simpsons started as a series of shorts on the Tracey Ullman show until James L. Brooks decided to prolong The Simpsons’ running time to thirty minutes which started with a Christmas special that aired in 1989. The animated series became America’s longest running animated program, sitcom, and primetime TV series.
10. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
This animated series tells the adventure of Prince Adam of the planet Eternia as he becomes the mighty He-Man and sets foot on an adventure to protect Castle Grayskull from the evil forces of Skeletor. The series became an instant success and spawned the hit spin-off She-Ra: Princess of Power.
These are the top popular series of the 80s, which one do you miss watching during Saturday morning?