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Transformers (1984)
My inner-child will still tell you this was the greatest cartoon series of all-time. I never missed an episode & had plenty of the toys (still have most of them in fact). My love for it is the reason I continue to avoid Michael Bay's attempts to cash-in on my generation's nostalgia.
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My second favorite cartoon growing up, and another one I never missed an episode of & had tons of the toys from (up until they went overboard on variations on the 4 turtles I had all the character toys they'd made, such was my devotion). I also made sure I saw the first two movies during their opening weekends.

Raphael was my favorite.
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Easily my 3rd favorite for the 80s, and another show I had many toys from. When I watched the show I always rooted for the good guys, but when it came to the toys the villains were always the cooler, better toys. So they often won in the battles I had between them.

This poster used to hang on my bedroom wall.
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People who added this item 267 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
Super Friends (1973)
I can't be sure anymore, but this may have been the show that started my love of superheroes (if not, then the live-action Batman or Incredible Hulk series). As a child I was REALLY into comic-book characters, which would later transform into my reading comics (a hobby which I mostly abandoned after high school when I realized I couldn't afford it in addition to my other interests).
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People who added this item 187 Average listal rating (132 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
I think being a boy during the 80s required you to watch this show & own toys from it. I liked it a lot better before I reached an age where I was bothered by the fact they were all lousy shots...I mean, trained armed forces battling it out and their live ammo NEVER HITS ANYONE ALIVE? Lame.

This made up for it (if a little late).

The villains were my favorites.
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People who added this item 718 Average listal rating (510 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
ThunderCats (1985)
Watched it religiously, had the toys, etc. My appreciation for it was diminished when Cartoon Network aired the series in the late 90s & I realized how terrible the voice work was.
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InHumanoids (1986)
The most underappreciated cartoon I ever watched...I've met very few people who have even heard of it. It was basically an animated version of a giant monster movie. I really got into it & even have the complete series on DVD now. I think it aired around the same time as Jem, which I had to occasionally suffer through because my little sister watched it.
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Why Spider-Man was running around with a pair of mutants, I have no idea but it made for a decent show. This was my introduction to Spidey, and I read his comics off and on into the 90s.
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People who added this item 291 Average listal rating (195 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8
Used to watch this every Saturday, along with several other cartoons.
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People who added this item 510 Average listal rating (384 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Muppet Babies (1984)
It was the MUPPETS...of course I watched it.
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Sectaurs (1986)
Apparently I'm the only person on Listal who watched this show. Cool. I had the comic book mini-series too, but never managed to get my hands on the toys. Fortunately a couple of my friends got them so I could play with them.


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The premise was that "somewhere in space, somewhere in time," exists a planet called Symbion, where a genetic experiment fails. Frightening changes take place that cannot be stopped. The result? A world where insects and arachnids grow to frightening proportions. A world where the inhabitants have taken on the awesome characteristics of insects and arachnids. Prince Dargon, ruler of the peaceful Shining Realm of Prosperon, and his allies are in conflict with the forces of Empress Devora, ruler of the Dark Domain of Synax, and her henchmen, for possession of the Hyves, fortresses of an ancient civilization holding the key to ultimate power. Each character was "tele-bonded" with intelligent, non-anthropomorphic insect creatures called Insectoids that had a special ability, and shared each other's "pleasure and pain."
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They were no Transformers, but I liked the show anyway.
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My first Japanese cartoon. I'd love to find the original Japanese versions, since apparently the violence was toned down for American kids.
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People who added this item 145 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Actually I think I only watched this because I liked Bill Cosby. I hardly remember anything about it now other than that I watched it every weekend.
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Plastic Man was hilarious.
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People who added this item 78 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
MASK (1985)
The toys were cooler, but I watched the entire series while it was on.
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People who added this item 268 Average listal rating (191 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Count Duckula (1988)
Growing up I fell in love with monsters due to the Universal horror movies, and vampires were my favorites for a long long time. So when I found out this show was on I had to check it out.

Have a taste of its hilarity:
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People who added this item 992 Average listal rating (704 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
I always loved Garfield as a child, and watched his animated specials whenever they came on TV. When this came along I had to see it, and over time I got to where I enjoyed the U.S. Acres half more than the Garfield half.
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People who added this item 597 Average listal rating (388 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.4
Beetlejuice (1989)
I really need to get my hands on a DVD copy of this series. Obviously I got into it as a fan of the movie. I dug the darker humor and never missed an episode.
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Nintendo was a big part of my childhood, so any cartoon based off their characters had to be seen. Capt. Lou Albano was perfect as Mario.
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See above. This one had more range since it was able to incorporate a variety of Nintendo characters, starting with Kid Icarus, Mega Man, and Simon Belmont (of Castlevania). My only complaint was them turning Simon into a sissy. Other than that I loved it, up until they added GameBoy as a character...that was pretty dumb.
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People who added this item 5604 Average listal rating (3659 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.8
The Simpsons (1989)
I watched this from the night it premiered on Fox all the way into the mid-nineties when I decided I preferred going out on Sunday nights over sitting at home & watching TV. From then on I only caught episodes here & there, some great, some completely boring.

Their Halloween specials remain my favorites of the entire series.
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People who added this item 972 Average listal rating (693 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.6
Need I explain?

My favorite character was & forever will be Gogo Dodo.
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People who added this item 536 Average listal rating (381 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
Taz-Mania (1991)
I'd always dug the Tasmanian Devil character, so I was stoked when he got his own show. His dad was my favorite character though, with his "blah-blah-blah"s and love for orange juice...pretty random but always hilarious.
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Doug (1991)
I used to watch this & Rugrats. I quickly identified with Doug...he was bullied daily, he couldn't tell his crush he liked her, his best friend was considered weird, and he daydreamed of being a superhero. That was junior high & high school for me.
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Tim Curry was one of the villains, and it was about pirates looking for treasure. Need I say more?

The only downside to the show was it ended prematurely due to production costs.
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I placed this at the end of this section because it was the first non-family-friendly cartoon I ever fell in love with. This was definitely NOT a kids cartoon, and at the time I couldn't get enough of it. It came along at the perfect time in my life & led me to other, more mature animation such as Liquid Television (which gave birth to Aeon Flux and Beavis & Butt-head).
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Retro animation

Cartoons I watched & loved as a child, all of which had been around before I was born. I put Merrie Melodies to represent all the different Looney Tunes series that ever aired...pretty sure I watched them all at some point.
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Non-animated shows

Listed in chronological order of when they aired, aside from the first five, all of which I watched from the moment I started paying attention to the TV.

Missing from this list: Peppermint Place which aired locally in Dallas, TX

and WWF & NWA/WCW Wrestling, which I watched various shows for from '85 until '92. I was huge into wrestling, went to a couple matches, & at one point even believed (sadly) that it was all real.
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Sesame Street (1969)

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My introduction to Morgan Freeman.
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I thought this was the coolest way to get into a car & hounded my parents to let me try it...

Apparently I never missed an episode of this show, and yet I can't remember anything specific. I know I had the soundtrack on cassette & toys of the Duke brothers & the General Lee. I'm sure I liked it because of the car stunts.
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I actually didn't see this show until the late 80s when it aired on Nickelodeon all the time. My favorite part was, of course, any time anyone got slime or water dumped on them.
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Knight Rider (1982)
Much like Dukes of Hazzard, this one was all about the car.
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Family Ties (1982)
I watched this one all the way until it ended. Michael J. Fox was my favorite of course, which led me to check out his movies that followed.
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Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Mar 3 3:12
Great list! =D
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Mar 4 14:37
I saw some familiar shows here but most of these I haven't even heard of. Probably either because of my age or the fact that I haven't seen them in finnish TV.
But interesting list anyways, I enjoyed your comments =)
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Mar 5 12:50
Great work here, great taste and great comments!! Way too much to address, but thanks for the trip down memory lane. (Though more than a few of these are lost on me)

Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Mar 5 13:31
Thundercats was a masterpiece..
Very good anymation, colors and carachters...
I m sorry the series didn t get the success that was expected..anyway cool list!
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Mar 6 0:22
Great list and I enjoyed all your comments. The Muppets...it was the muppets!
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Mar 6 18:13
Alot shows on this list I forgot all about! Don't forget the show Life goes on. One of my favorite shows back in the day.
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Mar 6 18:38
Life Goes On has now been added. Thanks!
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Mar 7 3:16
Great list! I really need to get into Transformers. I haven't seen Captain N, and am reluctant to get into it because Castlevania is one of my favorite video game series.

As for the original version of Voltron, Tokyo Shock put out a DVD of Beast King GoLion. It's pricy, but I've heard it's good.
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Mar 10 21:10
love this! of course, being female most of these wouldn't be included on MY list, but I loved it all the same... and, as everyone else mentioned, great comments!
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Mar 17 12:29
My list isn't nearly as long as yours, but here it is:

http://www.listal.com/list/childhood-tv-favorites-pumpkinate

Thanks for the inspiration!
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at May 11 1:30
A vote for your list AND MST3K!
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at May 11 3:44
Dungeons & Dragons...
Posted: 6 years ago at Aug 22 15:15
Damn!! Your list has taken me back...One of my favs that isn't on your Syndicated & aired before you might've been born is "Johnny Quest!" Thanks for rekindling the memories!
Posted: 6 years ago at Aug 22 17:32
I really liked this list. I had forgotten about a couple of those shows. I rated them as I remembered. There was one with spaceships that look like battleships that I really loved but don't see here. I can't remember the name of it though.
Posted: 6 years ago at Aug 22 17:46
@Alaskarian - Hmm...doesn't ring a bell for me. If you figure it out though, let me know!
Posted: 6 years ago at Aug 22 23:47
If you add Inspector Gadget to your list, we would have watched pretty much all the same shows. Great list.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Oct 12 2:53
omg such a good list! also LOL @ the simpson's picture you used.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Apr 15 6:28
Yes, Sectaurs! It aired when I was very young, living in Ireland. My brother had a Sectaurs coloring/stamp book.

Also, I like how you integrated cartoons and television shows into different categories within the same list.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Jul 13 10:28
you never liked x-men? :)
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Jul 13 17:26
@Felipe Unger - Of course I liked X-Men. But I cut off the list at the end of 1991 (probably should have stopped at 1990 though, since that's when I turned 13) & it first aired in 1992. :)
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Jan 16 5:30
Nice list. I grew up in the 90's, but I did watch shows before the 90's. Inspector Gadget and Duck Tails were awesome IMO.
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Jan 15 11:53
Sectaurs, eh?
Maybe I will give it a try.
Thank you for your suggestion and for this lixt ^^

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