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Childhood TV favorites

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People who added this item 625 Average listal rating (458 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 8
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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People who added this item 765 Average listal rating (510 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
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 280 Average listal rating (208 ratings) 6.3 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 204 Average listal rating (151 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 769 Average listal rating (569 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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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 311 Average listal rating (217 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8
Used to watch this every Saturday, along with several other cartoons.
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People who added this item 512 Average listal rating (387 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Muppet Babies (1984)
It was the MUPPETS...of course I watched it.
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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.5
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.


From wikipedia:
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 169 Average listal rating (125 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
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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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
Plastic Man was hilarious.
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People who added this item 81 Average listal rating (61 ratings) 6.1 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 294 Average listal rating (215 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
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 1051 Average listal rating (769 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 630 Average listal rating (414 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
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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People who added this item 91 Average listal rating (71 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.2
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 5873 Average listal rating (4612 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.6
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 1019 Average listal rating (742 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.5
Need I explain?

My favorite character was & forever will be Gogo Dodo.
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People who added this item 559 Average listal rating (405 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
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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People who added this item 1164 Average listal rating (873 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.4
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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People who added this item 52 Average listal rating (36 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
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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People who added this item 1202 Average listal rating (922 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
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.
People who added this item 884 Average listal rating (646 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Sesame Street (1969)

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People who added this item 66 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 8.1

My introduction to Morgan Freeman.
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People who added this item 189 Average listal rating (138 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 8.6
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People who added this item 143 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
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People who added this item 302 Average listal rating (209 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7
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People who added this item 299 Average listal rating (192 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
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People who added this item 319 Average listal rating (244 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.6
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People who added this item 151 Average listal rating (115 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
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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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People who added this item 114 Average listal rating (91 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 870 Average listal rating (673 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.9
Knight Rider (1982)
Much like Dukes of Hazzard, this one was all about the car.
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People who added this item 412 Average listal rating (302 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
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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