The 80′s featured many action-orientated cartoon series. This decade will undoutedly be remembered for the creation of the most famous cartoon of all time but there were many other good programmes to choose from.
Defenders Of The Earth (1986)
Defenders Of The Earth was about a cadre of famous Superhereos each with their own amazing abilities. The group was constantly up against the might of Mandrake The Magician.
Although the series only had one season, it was a quality cartoon due to its riveting storylines and well-drawn animation.
The Simpsons (1989 to Present)
The Simpsons followed the exploits of a lower middle class family of suburban America as they got themselves into extraordinary circumstances. Originally Bart Simpson was the star of the show but he was soon ursurped by his father, Homer.
The legacy of The Simpsons is hard to comprehend such is the scale of the phenomenon. There are virtually no countries in the world which are not familiar with the yellow-coloured family and many world-famous figures have guest starred on the show.
Its success saved the Fox Network and can be put down to wonderful writing and characterisation.
Very rarely is a show watched by young and old proving that The Simpsons is unique for many wonderful reasons.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987-96)
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Ninja was dropped from the title in favour of Hero in Ireland and the UK) followed the exploits of four radioactively altered turtles and their Master, Splinter.
The series was huge and spawned turtle mania gathering a huge fan base in the process. Plenty of enemies and good story-lines kept people entertained.
Transformers was a series that followed the adventures of a robotic alien lifeform that transformed into various vehicles. On the good side was the Autobots who were pitted against the evil Decepticons.
Transformers is interesting because the series was based on a Japanese toy (Check our Yellow Magpie’s post About 1980s Toys: Revolutionising The Entertainment Industry to find out more). The series traded on our fasincation with machines and technology and the storylines were well-written and entertaining.
Pretty much like in the case of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformer-fever gripped many nations and most children felt incomplete without owning a transformer toy.
The Smurfs (1981-90)
The Smurfs was a strange cartoon about a group of very small creatures called Smurfs. This idiosyncratic series was based on varied adventures and the Smurfs’ unique language which the viewer had to decipher.
The true testament of the series is both the length of time that it was aired and the amount of cultural references that it has created.