If you were a child of the 1980s (or a parent or simply alive), you know how popular cartoons were. It might be hard for you to pick favorites, but there were lots of classic television shows that people are still talking about today. Here are the top 10 cartoons of the 80s.
10. Inspector Gadget. We’ll never forget the theme song or Inspector Gadget’s plethora of tricks. And we’ll always remember Penny and Brain. Not to mention, we’ll probably never stop saying “Go Go Gadget Arms!” when we’re trying to reach something far away. Inspector Gadget originally ran from 1983-1986.
9. The Smurfs. Everyone’s favorite little blue creatures were created by Hanna-Barbera and originally ran from 1981-1990. Smurfs have their own special language in which they commonly replace nouns and verbs with the word “smurf.” They’re cute little creatures and we’ll always fondly remember Papa Smurf and Smurfette.
8. DuckTales. You might still be able to sing the DuckTales theme song. This show followed Scrooge McDuck and his great-nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie (the nephews of Uncle Donald Duck). Scrooge was the richest duck in the world and the show mostly centers around him trying to protect his wealth.
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Even if you weren’t a fan of the show, you know who Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael are. Oh, and Splinter and Shredder, too. The turtles lives in a sewer in New York, where they fight crime. The Ninja Turtles are still quite popular today, but the 80s were their heyday.
6. Transformers. Everyone still knows The Transformers today because they’re still making real-life feature movies about them. But back in the day, they were simply action figures and a Saturday morning cartoon. The show was based on a war between robots that transform into vehicles and animals.
5. Care Bears. These bears were so positive and the cartoon was great for teaching kids happy lessons. They all had insignias on their bellies that represented their personalities and duties. When they all got together and did the Care Bear Stare, they radiated a ray of love and good cheer. Aww, how sweet!
4. Alvin and the Chipmunks. Alvin, Simon, and Theodore are still pretty popular today with their big Chipmunk movies. But we remember them from way back in the day when they were just three cartoon chipmunks and Dave (was Dave their dad? Just in charge of them?). The chipmunks have been around since the 50s but the group you know as Alvin and the Chipmunks came around in 1980.
3. The Wuzzles. Many people don’t realize that The Wuzzles was a Disney show. As a matter of fact, it was the shortest-running animated series produced by Disney. The Wuzzles were all a combination of two different animals and nearly everything in their world was a combination of two things. The Wuzzles ran from 1985 to 1987.
2. Pound Puppies. If you collected the stuffed animals, you most definitely watched the cartoon. This series ran from 1986 to 1989 and followed Cooler, Nose Marie, Whopper, and the rest of them as they try to escape the pound.
1. Muppet Babies. This has to be one of the all-time best cartoons. The Muppets are already for kids, but Muppet Babies? They always knew how to have a blast, even with Nanny checking in on them all the time. Baby Kermit, Piggy, Animal, and the rest of them knew how to use their imaginations better than anyone else.