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Top 10 Best 80s Cartoons

Updated on March 6, 2013

The Best of 80s Saturday Morning Cartoons

Remember waking up early as a kid on Saturday mornings, racing to the television to make certain you didn't miss your favorite 80s cartoons? What would happen on the drama that was G.I. Joe today? Would He-Man put the smackdown on Skeletor's whiny butt? Maybe this time Starscream would finally weasel his way in as leader of the Decepticons! Come to think of it, Starscream sure sounded a lot like Cobra Commander. Hmm...And is Strawberry Shortcake strangely hot? Don't judge me.

It's time to relive those wondrous days of awe during the decade of excess. So for all of you Gen X'ers out there, zip up your parachute pants, set down the Rubick's Cube, and throw on some leg warmers (unless you're a dude). Flip the switch on the flux capacitor and warm up the Delorean because we're going back in time to revisit the greatest decade of pop culture coolness ever -- the 1980s! Totally radical!

Cartoon Theme Songs - Smurfs theme, GI Joe theme, Transformers theme, He-Man theme

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Number 10 -- Thundarr the Barbarian

Lords of Light!

"The year 1994: From out of space comes a runaway planet, hurtling between the Earth and the Moon, unleashing cosmic destruction. Man's civilization is cast in ruin.

Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn...

A strange new world rises from the old: a world of savagery, super science, and sorcery. But one man bursts his bonds to fight for justice! With his companions Ookla the Mok and Princess Ariel, he pits his strength, his courage, and his fabulous Sunsword against the forces of evil.

He is Thundarr, the Barbarian!"

Ah, Thundarr. You reminded me so much of Conan the Barbarian. Yet it appeared as though you were friends with Luke Skywalker since you had borrowed his lightsaber and were obviously BFF with Chewbacca's cousin Ookla the Mok. Copyright infringement issues aside, you were still one bad mofo.

I have a fond childhood memory of playing Thundarr with two neighborhood girls from down the street. They were sisters though you couldn't tell because one was cute and the other not so cute. I pretended to be Thundarr, the cute girl was Ariel and we made the ugly chick be Ookla. True story.

Thundarr the Barbarian on DVD - 80s Cartoons on DVD, Saturday morning cartoons DVD, 1980s Cartoons DVD


Number 9 -- M.A.S.K.

Mobile Armored Strike Kommand

Enter a world of adventure and deception where illusion is the ultimate weapon. New technology has led to the development of vehicles that can transform from ordinary looking cars and planes into advanced combat vehicles. Hi-tech helmets have also been developed each having a special power. Miles Mayhem and his Viscious Evil Network of Mayhem plan to use this new technology for evil. Join Matt Tracker and the agents of the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand on their quest to stop the V.E.N.O.M.

My little brother was the M.A.S.K. fan in our house. I thought the cartoon and the toys were cool but the action figures felt a bit too small (that's what she said). I would take the M.A.S.K. vehicles and add them to an all out G.I. Joe/Transformers/Star Wars battle royale! What's up?!!

M.A.S.K. on DVD - MASK cartoon DVD, MASK 80s DVD set


Number 8 -- Dungeons & Dragons

D&D was one of the most violent cartoons I remember as a kid. Venger was so badass, but Tiamat was equally all about the badassery and the two did not care much for each other. I mean, Venger had a giant horn on the side of his head yet Tiamat was a dragon with 7 heads. C'mon, it doesn't get much cooler than that.

Admittedly, the "Cloudbears" were a deviant mutated breed of the Ewoks. We all knew it. I'm embarrassed to admit this but I loved Uni. *tear* When I got older, it weirded me out to learn that the character of Eric was voiced by none other than Ralph "The Mouth" from Happy Days. Eww. And I always thought Diana was hot. So did Hank, with his little jungle fever havin' self. Booyah!

Dungeons & Dragons DVD - D&D cartoon DVD


Number 7 -- Visionaries

Knights of the Magical Light!

Visionaries featured a very cool mix of swords, scorcery and science, much like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. They wore flippin' sweet armor that had magic totems which would allow them to transform into their designated creature.

Cryotec was my favorite Spectral Knight, one of the good guys. He had the ability to turn into a giant bear (and to prevent forest fires). As far as the Darkling Lords were concerned, the baddest bad guy of them all was Cravex. He could turn into this crazy pteordactyl-looking bird thing and stomp your face. If I were him, I would have just flown over the good guys and pooped on them. Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when Dukey Airlines is flyin' over you?!!

Now that I think about it, Cravex sounded exactly like Starscream...who sounded exactly like Cobra Commander...hmm...

Visionairies DVD - Visionairies cartoon DVD


Number 6 -- Spiderman & His Amazing Friends

With great power comes great responsibility. And big box office numbers.

At the time Spiderman & His Amazing Friends launched, I had never heard of Iceman (I was just getting into comics and primarily reading DC books). I hadn't heard of Firestar either. Later I discovered she was created for the show likely to draw in the female audience, but man did she draw me in. (What's wrong with me?)

The cartoon was fun. Guest stars galore from the Marvel Universe made appearances including Captain America, Iron Man, The X-Men and more. The Godfather of all things comic booky, Stan "The Man" Lee, narrated several episodes. And like I said earlier--Firestar. Wow.

Aunt May was lame and Ms. Lion, the token pet mascot, was full of suck. But alas, it was a children's cartoon. There were definitely moments of high cheese but it did not detract from the overall kitschy, endearing appeal of Spidey and crew.

As a side note, my nephew was obsessed with Spiderman from age 5 to age 7. I don't think there is a single picture of him in existence during that timeframe where he wasn't shooting a pretend web out of his wrist, visible only to him.


Spiderman & His Amazing Friends DVD - Spiderman & His Amazing Friends cartoon - complete 1st season


Number 5 -- Superfriends

Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog suck.

"Gathered together from the cosmic reaches of the universe! Here in this great Hall of Justice, are the most powerful forces of good ever assembled! Superman! Batman and Robin! Wonder Woman! Aquaman! And the Wonder Twins Zan and Jayna with their space monkey Gleek! Dedicated to truth, justice and peace for all mankind!"

Not sure why the rest of the Superfriends got the shaft in the cartoon's opener. They skipped over Green Lantern (my personal fav), Flash, Apache Chief, Samurai (Red Tornado's retarded brother), and Black Vulcan who had to be Black Lightning's cousin. Or doppelganger.

Superfriends got me started on comic books, which I still read to this day. Yay, marketing! In fact, Justice League of America is still my favorite comic. These are the classic, iconic characters that truly started it all back in the day.

Superfriends DVD - Superfriends cartoon DVD


Number 4 -- Thundercats

Thunder! Thunder! Thundercats! HOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

"Thundercats are on the move, Thundercats are loose! Feel the magic, hear the roar, Thundercats are loose! Thunder, thunder, thunder, thundercats! Thunder, thunder, thunder, thundercats! Thunder, thunder, thunder, thundercats! Thunder, thunder, thunder, thundercats! Mumm-ra: 'RRRrraaaaaaaaa!' Thundercats!"

I used to sit and wish my cat would mysteriously turn into a Thundercat. Maybe if she was struck by lightning or something? It could happen. Shut up.

It seems one key ingredient for a successful 80s cartoon is an Ewok-knockoff; enter the Berbils. The Berbils were cute little cyborg teddy bears that were peaceful by nature yet assembled with robotic war parts. Wha? Lion-O was great as the leader and had a great, near-Optimus Prime level voice. But the hardcore killa of the group was Panthro. If you even thought about talkin' smack to Panthro, he would slap you upside your head with his cat feet nunchuks before you could say meow. How ya like me now? Go home to your momma and explain to her why you gots cat scratch fever up the side of yo face.

If you've read this far down through this page, you've probably deduced by this point that I have an odd predisposition toward hot female cartoon characters. So who am I to disappoint you? Here's some fine, fine Cheetarah. BAM!

While you could probably surmise I'm going to pick on Snarf here, I'll close this one out by informing you that I have a crusty old Snarf doll sitting on my bed as you read this. *Sigh* ...I know.

Thundercats DVD - Thundercats cartoon DVD


Number 3 -- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

By the power of Grayskull...I have the power!!!

"I am Adam, prince of Eternia, and defender of the secrets of Castle Grayskull. This is Cringer, my fearless friend. Fabulous secret powers were revealed to me, the day I held aloft my magic sword and said, 'By the Power of Grayskull! I have The Power!' Cringer became the mighty Battle Cat. And I became He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe! Only three others share this secret; our friends the Sorceress, Man-At-Arms and Orko. Together we defend Castle Grayskull from the evil forces of Skeletor!"

I absolutely loved the 80s He-Man and the 2002 cartoon revival was even better. Beast Man was as badass as they come, but at the end of the day he was still Skeletor's b*tch. Orko, or as my friends and I referred to him, "Dorko," was a chump but occasionally helped out by accident as the comic relief sorcerer/court jester. Apparently there were no skilled barbers in Eternia, and the only local hairdresser must have been Dutch. Poor, poor Prince Adam.

Quick note, if you haven't heard Ludacris' version of the He-Man theme song, stop, drop, and roll and JFGI right now. You'll thank me later.

He-Man cartoon DVD - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe DVD


Number 2 *snicker* -- Transformers

Transformers -- More Than Meets the Eye

"Transformers, more than meets the eye, Transformers, robots in disguise, Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons!"

Optimus Prime arguably has the coolest voice in any cartoon in the history of EVER. I was thrilled to learn the same voice actor (Peter Cullen) would perform his voice in the Transformers movie as well. On the Decepticon side, Soundwave was like a smooth, pimped out robotic version of Billy Dee Williams (at least in my head) sans the 40 oz of Colt 45.

If Soundwave existed in today's world I wonder if he would end up committing suicide, given that his technology as a boombox is obsolete. Snap.

Transformers cartoon DVD - Transformers G1, Transformers Generation 1 Complete First Season


Number 1 -- G.I. Joe

Yo Joe!

"Yo Joe! He'll fight for freedom wherever there's trouble, G.I. Joe is there. It's G.I. Joe against Cobra the enemy, fighting to save the day. He never gives up, he's always there, fighting for freedom over land and air!

GI Joe--a real American hero.

GI Joe is there.

GI Joe is the codename for American's daring, highly trained special mission force. It's purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra--

a ruthless, terrorist organization determined to rule the world. He never gives up, he'll stay til the fight's won. GI Joe will dare.

GI Joe--a real American hero.

GI Joe!"

Ah, G.I. Joe holds a very special place in my heart. I had countless VHS tapes I made of recordings of Joe cartoons all throughout my childhood. Thank God for the internet...and DVDs...and Megan Fox. Anway, G.I. Joe captured my attention like no other. I actually cared about these characters and was really drawn in to their lives. I wanted Snake Eyes to kick Storm Shadow's tail. What would happen if Quick Kick joined in the fray? Who would win in an arm wrestling match between Gung Ho and Roadblock? The Joes had distinct personalities and soap opera-esque storylines. You just knew Zartan was going to stick it to Cobra Commander at some point. Assuming Destro didn't get to him first. And the Baroness--schwing!

The recent 2009 movie aside, G.I. Joe has earned it's triumphant place at the top of the list as the all time greatest cartoon of the 80s! YO JOE!

G.I. Joe cartoon DVD - G.I. Joe A Real American Hero

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80s Cartoons -- Honorable Mention

Didn't quite make top 10 but still great 80s cartoons!

In no particular order:

* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

* Battle of the Planets

* Voltron

* Muppet Babies

* Jem and the Holograms

* Peanuts (not an exclusively 80s cartoon, but Charlie Brown and Snoopy still make the cut)

* Rainbow Brite

* Mr. T

* Pac-Man

* Captain Power (technically not a cartoon yet somehow belongs here)

* Strawberry Shortcake

* Care Bears

* Garfield and Friends

* C.O.P.S. (Central Organization of Police Specialists)

* Smurfs

* Gummi Bears

* Hulk Hogan's Rock N' Wrestling

* The Real Ghostbusters

Best 80s Cartoons on DVD - Best of 80s Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s, Vol. 1
Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s, Vol. 1

You get hours worth of entertainment here at a great bargain! This collection of 80s cartoon nostalgia includes such favorites as Thundarr the Barbarian, Mr. T, Chuck Norris, The Monchichis, Dragon's Lair, and The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley (the SNL character made famous by comedian Martin Short) plus several others. Also, for Thundarr fans this 2-disc set offers a cool behind the scenes documentary providing background information on the character's creators and origin. Five total hours worth of entertainment for less than $20 bucks is an amazing deal! You can spend more than that at the theater watching a movie for an hour and a half. Totally awesome!

Highly recommended for 80s nerds like myself! :)


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Today's cartoons are just plain weird. Some of them I can enjoy but they don't hold a candle to the supreme kickassery of the 80's!! My daughter is coming up on old skool Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Dungeons and Dragons, Alvin and the Chipmunks, etc. Gotta love it!!

      GI Joe is by far my favorite of the bunch. I could still sit and play with the action figures if I could get two minutes to myself. Maybe I'll start keeping them in the bathroom by the toilet...

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Cool List of 80s cartoons and lots of favorites. :)

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      CaptZombie 7 years ago

      I loved the 80's and miss the cartoons of that time. I agree with Rhinosaurus_Flex, today's cartoons are weird and kinda scare me. GI Joe was my favorite, along with Masters of the Universe and Transformers. I used to have so many action figures. Ahhh, those were the days.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      cool list but i got to say, transformers and GI-JOE should be switched around, just my opinion.

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      TriviaChamp 6 years ago

      Great list. Spiderman had to me my fav.

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      I miss the whole idea of getting up on Saturday morning to watch cartoons - my kids can watch them 24 hours a day now, and it's just not the same. Superfriends was my favorite on this list, but my preferences don't seem to be shared by the other poll takers.

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      CofCJenny LM 6 years ago

      Great lens! Miss the old cartoons..Saturday cartoons aren't what they used to be

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      CR2000 6 years ago

      I miss the old cartoons : )

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      ImmatureEntrepr 6 years ago

      @CR2000: I know, right? But that's why God invented DVDs. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Man, this brings back some memories. Just like someone else said, there wasn't anything better then coming home after school and catching your cartoons, or waking up on Saturday morning to watch the cartoon lineup.

      My daughter can't believe it when I tell her cartoons would go off the air on weekdays around 5:30, and on Saturday, they would end around 12:30, and Sunday, Ha, you were lucky to catch one or two cartoons. Nowadays, it's 24/7 of junk.

      I would have to say that Transformers was my favorite, but one that I also enjoy was Voltron. But for Saturday morning, it was all about super friends.

      Man, those were some cartoons. OH, and I couldn't stand richy rich and that dang dog dollar.

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      charder 6 years ago

      They don't make cartoons like this anymore... what great memories. Please check out my lens: for some more nostalgia.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Cool lens. My oldest son loved GI Joe.

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      Grumpy-Fett 6 years ago

      How did I miss this when i was looking through your lenses last time? Another great one. Shout out for M.A.S.K.!

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      GeoffSteen 6 years ago

      Brilliant, a really entertaining lens. But He-Man should be at No.1, if only for his campness.

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      What decade was Ren and Stimpy?

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      ImmatureEntrepr 6 years ago

      @paperfacets: Ren and Stimpy was from the 90s. Great cartoon, different decade. :)

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      Craftyville 6 years ago

      I loved so many of these cartoons, still do. She-ra was another good one and Robotech.

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      Nerdy_Girl 6 years ago

      I watched a lot of Heathcliff and Garfield and friends... forever a cat person... :p

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      budgetgeek 6 years ago

      I grew up with the Challenge of the Go-Bots and Mask! Thanks for posting this sir!

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      ImmatureEntrepr 6 years ago

      @Nerdy_Girl: Then don't forget Thundercats! WHICH, by the way, they are producing a new cartoon featuring modernized versions of the T-Cats. Awesome!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i agree with #1 and love 3 others. Those were the best mornings and Saturdays a kid could have had.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Now I hate to be a damper cause I loved all those cartoons, but most of them where not Saturday morning cartoons they where after school cartoons. That and you are missing one of the better Saturday morning cartoon The Real Ghostbusters. Other than that for the after school cartoons missing Robotech, and The Bionic Six

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      ZephyrBlue 6 years ago

      My favorite--The Little Prince. I also watched The Mysterious Cities of Gold and The World of David the Gnome, all on Nickelodeon.

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      carlajo73 6 years ago

      What about the Smurfs? And Looney Tunes? And Gummi Bears? Great job, I'm lensrolling to mine: My Life as a Child in the 80s,

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      Pip Gerard 6 years ago

      Have lensrolled to my stroll down memory lane lense :)

      Happy New Year!

      Pip :)

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      magicgeniewishl 6 years ago

      @carlajo73: You have to include these, it's not the 80's without the Smurfs!

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      ImmatureEntrepr 6 years ago

      @magicgeniewishl: I agree! Smurfs are on my "honorable mention" list, just didn't quite make the top 10. Smurfs are smurfin' smurfy!!


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      jimcripps 6 years ago

      Bugs Bunny and all of the Warner Bros. gang beat everyone, hands down, though by the Eighties, there was some trimming and editing going on (even though there was nothing new about the Merrie Melodies, they are still my all-time favorite). About "Battle of the Planets": that was imported and edited for the U.S. in the Seventies, so if anyone saw it in the Eighties on Saturday mornings, you were lucky indeed!

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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      Well, I don't know which were the 80's cartoons, because I wasn't even borned yet! :) hehe.. But my favourite cartoons are Dexter's lab, Courage the cowardly dog, looney toons, tom and jerry.. :) Great job on the lens!

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      dismantlerepair 6 years ago

      Thundercats was brill! I wish they'd bring it back!

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      azac 6 years ago

      @dismantlerepair: Just saw a clip of the new Thundercats cartoon. Panthro is the size of the Hulk and he has 70's mutton chops.

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      azac 6 years ago

      How could you leave off The Real Ghostbusters from this list? Shame on you :(

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      ImmatureEntrepr 6 years ago

      @azac: You're right! I suck. Just added it to the "Honorable Mention" section.

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      CarolynPile 6 years ago

      I've always thought that MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE sounds like a very stressful job.

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      ImmatureEntrepr 6 years ago

      @CarolynPile: Yeah, but the benefits and health insurance are pretty good.

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      GoodinDevelopme 6 years ago

      Lot of nostalgia here. Loved it.

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      cinstress 6 years ago

      of these I like transformers the best

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      your top 2 are right, but Voltron was #3 for me

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      cuteordeath 6 years ago

      Well, these certainly aren't the ones I'd have picked, but then again, I'm a girl. ^^

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      atomicgirl24 5 years ago

      That poll was a tough one for me, but between Thundercats and He Man, I chose Thundercats. The animation and character designs were completely out of this world and at least a decade ahead of its time.

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      ImmatureEntrepr 5 years ago

      @atomicgirl24: I was a big Thundercats fan too. Very excited for the new Thundercats cartoon coming out later this year!

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      jackieb99 5 years ago

      Jetsons is my all-time fav!

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      kelsieilesha 5 years ago

      I was... er AM, a major Thundercats fan. :)

      Grew up watching that show.

      granted it wasn't in the original run... (90s)... but still.

      Doesn't matter WHEN you watch it. It only matters THAT you watch it. lol

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      kelsieilesha 5 years ago

      I was also a big Voltron fan. :)

      forgot to add that. lol

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      termit_bronx 5 years ago

      I like to watch cartoons on cartoon network, but I don't remember any 80s cartoons! :)

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      bames24 lm 5 years ago

      I used to love wacky racers... and mighty thor... and superboy... and popeye... :D

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      mockingbird999 5 years ago

      Superfriends and Scooby Doo were my favs.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      you gave me a geek woody at the word cartoons :)

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      ImmatureEntrepr 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I believe the technical term is "geekgasm."

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      AudioHead 5 years ago

      Oldies, but Goodies...........Awesome :)

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      tylerlam 5 years ago

      haha thank you for listing no. 7 visionaries I forgot for it... I was in love with that show and watched it every Saturday and then one day it was gone...

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      ImmatureEntrepr 5 years ago

      @tylerlam: It's out on DVD! Definitely worth checking out. Good memories. :)

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      Totus Mundus 5 years ago

      I used to love The Flintstones, The Jetsons, He-Man, Thundercats, too many really. I still watch occasionally now.

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      Jim Sterling 5 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      I didn't have a TV for most of the 80s so I missed most of these. I'll have to catch up.

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      jesusizmyhomeboy 5 years ago

      The best times for cartoons. Saturdays just are not the same as they use to be. He-Man = memories.

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      wolfie10 5 years ago

      thank you for this nice lens. lots of memories

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You forgot She-ra:Princess of Power! Twin sister of He-man!

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      Morgannafay 5 years ago

      Yeah I watched the tar out of She-ra, and the He-man, Jem, muppet babies, heck I can't name them all. Way too many! Thanks for the time machine man! Hugs

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      Mahogany LM 5 years ago

      Thunder thunder thunder thundercats! Cool lens :)

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      Paul Turner 5 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Great lens. Thanks for the flashback :) Oh, and thanks for stopping by my TED videos on guys and gaming.

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      Two Crafty Paws 5 years ago

      I looooved these, we didn't have cable TV at my home when I was a kid, the only cartoon that was on was He-man, but when I went on vacation to my grandparents I was watching these 24/7 - loved Thundercats. I am still "such a child" and watch them occasionally. :)

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      PUATraining 5 years ago

      Perfect! You got the order right too

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      you missed the mysterious cities of gold. something like a 32 part serial. Absolutely chilling at times. scared the crap out of me. very very good.

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      Rhythmgame 5 years ago

      I don't remember MASK, but I loved G.I. JOE

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      I remember all of these. Good list, although I'm surprised MASK ranked so highly. (It wasn't bad; I can just think of others I thought were better.) Regardless, I enjoyed your lens.

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      shanktoofs123 5 years ago

      Great List I grew up in the 90s, but i was raised on re-runs of many of these cartoons... Thundercats and Superfriends were on everyday, i missed out on transformers though

      Great Lens

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      im1337mi 5 years ago

      Thundercats all the way! Thanks for the blast from the past

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I still think that the transformer cartoons were the best. I just wish they would bring them back. Great lens.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      It has to be He Man for me - my children just loved it.

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      workoutads 5 years ago

      We had some of the BEST cartoons back then!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My favorite G.I. Joe episodes were the ones where Serpentor is introduced.

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      zachary0611 lm 5 years ago

      This page brought back so many memories. I love that the Charlie Brown theme song.

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      pelagic 5 years ago

      Just checking to make sure you had Thundarr here. Carry on!

      Sadly, it felt like they only made about 3 episodes of that show and kept repeating them.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      Your lens brings back memories...but you can tell it was made by a "boy." Smurfs was the best cartoon of the 80's by far.

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      MinaMirage 5 years ago

      How did Strawberry Shortcake not make the list?? ;)

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      lunagaze 5 years ago

      Nice lens, though I am not much of a comic or 80 cartoons kind of person

      I couldn't really ever get into them. Maybe I will give them a chance now

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      Kimberly 5 years ago from Oregon

      Great lens! I was all about Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, and She-Ra as a kid. The Smurfs were pretty awesome too.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      80's cartoons are the best, I love superfriends and spiderman. I admit it I watch cartoons as an adult, some of the storylines are so relate-able. LOL

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      MCat711 5 years ago

      Great lens and great memories!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Happy National Goof Off Day. I love cartoons...probably more 70s and earlier though but some of these will do! Squid Angel blessed!

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      PastorSam LM 5 years ago

      Loved the lens - memories memories memories. Anyway thanks for put this list out there.

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      FloridaDino 5 years ago

      Great lens, loved ALL those shows...Battle of the Planets is a definite Top 10 choice though!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great collections of cartoon, i like the Dungeons & Dragons

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      akataRadu 5 years ago

      Awesome collection, I'm a 90s kid myself but I grew up with these as well! They bring back good memories!

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      Aktillum 5 years ago

      Haha great article. Where's She-Rah on this list? She was the chick version of He-Man!

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I loved GI Joe, but Saturday mornings were dedicated to TMNT, Looney Tunes, and Garfield and Friends.

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      ImmatureEntrepr 5 years ago

      @agoofyidea: All good choices! :)

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      CarreiraS 5 years ago

      I loved Thundercats and He-man... the rest I am afraid weren't showing in Portugal... hehe

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      jrichards2613 5 years ago

      Transformers, long before Michael Bay ever put his death grip on it.

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      Glenn619 5 years ago

      Great post i enjoyed most of these cartoons as a kid, loved them all :)

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      KReneeC 5 years ago

      I love all of these! I am having a blast from the past!

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      He-Man all the way.

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      Loola 5 years ago

      Many of these are evergreen. Spiderman, He-Man very enchanting. I love the Superfriends cartoon. Canât wait until my son is old enough to appreciate them! Exciting lens.

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      wildfia 5 years ago

      Visionaries was my fav. Sadly, no-one I know seems to remember it!

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      ImmatureEntrepr 5 years ago

      @wildfia: I LOVED Visionaries! Knights of the Magical Light lol. Need to get the DVD set.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Inhumanoids and Captain N should have at least made honorable mentions.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! Brings back memories!

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      avigarret 5 years ago

      Just being reminded of Dungeons & Dragons is so nostalgic and emotional, this lens is really magical to me in general, another great lens from Immature Entrepreneur well deserving of the purple star.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Lot of fun looking back. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What about âThe Adventures of Professor Beetovenâ This cute cartoon bee can be seen at

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      domjohnson lm 5 years ago

      Mask for the win! One of the most underrated cartoons ever!

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      He-Man and Thundercats ruled at our house. :)

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      LadyLollipop 5 years ago

      OOoh! I LOVE the Gummi-Bears! Have even started collecting the dvd's for our son.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My favorite 80's cartoon was, He-Man but I was also a big fan of ThunderCats as well.

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      ghost10 4 years ago

      No Captain Planet??? :( :(

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      kovid7 4 years ago

      Nice job.Well done on the lens.

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      DundeeP 4 years ago

      I was huge on Ninja Turtles. I know it was the tail end of the 80's, but 87 still counts right?

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      ImmatureEntrepr 4 years ago

      @DundeeP: Yes, TMNT definitely counts! Can't believe I left that off the list! Correcting it now. :)

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      snapper2k11 4 years ago

      Thundercats (original version) ruled! I don't like the new remake version though!

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      ImmatureEntrepr 4 years ago

      @snapper2k11: I enjoy both, but the original is still the best. :)

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      RedRocker 4 years ago

      Transformers FTW! Definitely my favourite.

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      Marc 4 years ago from Edinburgh

      Yup - I agree with DundeeP - I was all about the TMNT! :)

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      There were more than one on the list that were popular. However the Transformers is my son's favorite so that one got my vote.

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      2centgamer 4 years ago

      I wish that I could have put 2 answers on the polls. Heman was awesome too.

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      IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thanks for the blast to the past!

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      wolvyz 4 years ago

      Been a long time since someone mentioned dungeons and dragons.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Alvin and chipmunks?

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      homepage101 4 years ago

      nice lens, thanks for the memories

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      meilirs 4 years ago

      I still watch some of those cartoons hahaha!

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      BadassMovieReviews 4 years ago

      OMG! I loved Transformers and Spiderman to bits! Great selection of classical cartoons although I'd love for Tom and Jerry to be in this list.

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      TwistedWiseman 4 years ago

      I grew up with Transformers, the rest on your list I know from browsing and various sources on the internet.

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      petelovestoread 4 years ago

      Great List! I had a couple of the MASK toys when I was a kid. The 57 Chevy/tank and the mini van/airplane launcher. Pretty killer toys. I hate to admit it, but I think Gummi Bears deserves a spot in the top 10.

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      ImmatureEntrepr 4 years ago

      @petelovestoread: Yeah, I was into both cartoons as well. My little brother was a bigger MASK fan that I, but I used to take his toys and have some pretty vicious battles with my Star Wars action figures lol.

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      TwistedWiseman 4 years ago

      @ImmatureEntrepr: I remember swat cats and Saber Rider, those two shows were awesome!

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      aliciamaggie54 4 years ago

      Got to love cartoons from the 80s. I liked Mr. T. LOL! This is a good selection.

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      LadyKeesh 4 years ago

      silverhawks, voltron,

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      ImmatureEntrepr 4 years ago

      @LadyKeesh: Yes, both great cartoons!

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      CoolGamesOnline1 4 years ago

      great lens! and thank you for coming so often by to like my lenses :) thanks for your support!

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      ImmatureEntrepr 4 years ago

      @CoolGamesOnline1: You're very welcome! I'm happy to support any Squid that produces quality lenses.

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      gemeloseo 4 years ago

      Amazing.Love cartoons.Great lens!

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      MuffinPuffART 4 years ago

      My all time favourite 80s Cartoon was Ulysse 31. I used to get up at 6am in the morning to watch it.

      I'm so glad they've been releasing all the 80s classics on DVD.

      Awesome lens!

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      Unchain3dAuthor 4 years ago

      80's cartoons were the pinnacle of cartoons, in my humble opinion. But maybe I'm bias. From what I have seen of your work, you put a lot into your lenses. I will be sure to follow your future works. Hey one small gripe though, TMNT not in the top ten?!! I see them at least in the honorable mention category though, looks like I'm heading over to check out another lens! :P

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      Alana-r 4 years ago

      It's a throw up between MASK, He-Man, Thunder Cats and Dungeons and Dragons. Excellent lens, its nice to take a trip down memory lane.

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      mightyblues78 lm 4 years ago

      Great lens! Man, I used to love Dungeons and Dragons...

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      untamedsandwich 4 years ago

      The Real Ghostbusters was my top for sure. That boring 80's somewhat-too-realistic animation was somehow aesthetically pleseant to us as kids lol.

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      ImmatureEntrepr 4 years ago

      @untamedsandwich: Right? And for some reason I find myself longing for that art style rather that the overly cartoony stuff that's out there today.

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      Katyusha 4 years ago

      Great lens. I very much enjoyed reading it. In our country the best cartoons were Tom and Jerry, Pink Panther and the smurfs.

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      ImmatureEntrepr 4 years ago

      @Katyusha: All great cartoons! I still catch the reruns occasionally when they play them.

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      CommanderNicole 4 years ago

      They just don't make cartoons this good anymore.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      My favorite two characters back then were total opposites of each other: Strawberry Shortcake and Superman, LOL!

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      ImmatureEntrepr 4 years ago

      @captainj88: Oddly enough, those are 2 of my favorites as well! Lol

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      affgoal 4 years ago

      Great lens! I was a Gummi Bears fan :)

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      mrknowitall54321 4 years ago

      I loved Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtles, can't remember the film been as good as the cartoon series though! My favorite character was Splinter. Who remembers Splinter?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Awesome lens!!! I grew up watching Thundarr the Barbarian.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Soundwave is a Cassette Recorder not a boombox. The Boombox was Blaster, an Autobot who was basically Soundwave's counterpart.

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      h fr33m4n1 4 years ago

      Transformers is awesome!

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      BattleChaplain 4 years ago

      Transformers took the poll but G.I.Joe and Thundercats were my next favorite

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Well, i just loved Rainbow Brite and the Getalong Gang. We used to sing the opening theme

      songs. A runner up would be the Anime classic Hedi. Real neat opening Song too.

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      mltnpnw 4 years ago

      I love how the G I Joes used to sneak up on the enemy only to yell "Yo Joe" BEFORE the enemy saw them, thus ruining the whole surprise.

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      ImmatureEntrepr 4 years ago

      @mltnpnw: Lol, and then miss every single shot they fired. Take that, Cobra!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I loved the mysterious cities of gold. Of the list shown here, the one TV station we got in the 80's only carried He Man.

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      mina009 4 years ago

      Wow.. favorite!

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      tmann47 4 years ago

      Can you say flashback?!?!?! Dungeons and Dragons was my favorite!

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      MrComeback 4 years ago

      I picked GI Joe as my favorite in the poll, but man, I loved all of those shows...and the toys. Those were the days! Now where are my Visionaries toys!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      These cartoons from the 80's are my favorite.

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      KimDaphne LM 4 years ago

      Wow! Thank you for the trip back in time. I was born in the 80s but was too young to really remember the plot scenes on some of the cartoons here though I know pretty well most of them as most actually reached early 90s which where still COOL on those time and I was less than 10 years old then but Thandar the Barbarian, D&D, The Visionaries, Thundercats, and He-man were still up and running on cartoon network everyday & their characters stuck in me. Not to mention the Transformers and G.I. Joe, my all-time favorite cartoons that are still up at Cartoon Network until I was nearly high school. Wow what memories. Again, I say thank you for sharing the joy and love of 80s cartoon! Yeah!

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      greatkhan24 4 years ago

      I grew up in 1983, one of the early cartoon that I could ever remember was TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.

      Gosh, I still remember the theme song being played when I watch the show, every morning.

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      kab 4 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @greatkhan24: Just 1983? You only needed one year? Nice.

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      kab 4 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Best cartoons....for boys. What about the girls? Where is Rainbow Brite and She-Ra?

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