List of Cartoons From the 60s, 70s and 80s
It's Saturday morning and you just woke up from a night's sleep. You smell pancakes and syrup from the kitchen where your mom's cooking some bacon. You turn the television on and it's just about time for your favorite Saturday cartoons. From the '60s, the '70s, and the 80's we present the Top 30 cartoon shows that will bring you back in time!
30. KING LEONARDO AND HIS SHORT SUBJECTS
The show’s leading character Leonard the lion was voiced by Jackson Beck rules the jungle Bongo Congo who has a right-hand named, Odie. His nemesis Biggie Rat consistently attempts to overthrow Leo by the aid of Professor Messer and Carlotta. The story revolves on the same attempt all the time but the bad guys either get away or imprisoned in the dungeon. Poor Mr. Biggie!
29. THE HECTOR HEATHCOTE SHOW
NBC produced Hector Heathcote who is a patriot who lives in the USA. The show aired for 2 seasons with 16 episodes. Voicing the leading man was John Myers. Hector also had a sidekick named Winston, a yellow and red dog. He was being bullied by Benedict who was a parody for Benedict Arnold.
28. TENNESSEE TUXEDO AND HIS TALES
Tenessee Tuxedo and his friend Chumley lives in the Megapolis Zoo overmatched by Stanley Livingston. With the pairs' wanting to get out of the zoo, they are faced with other problems like a gangster named Rocky Maninoff. We see Tenessee’s schemings and Chumley loyally following behind. The show went on to air 4 seasons.
27. HOPPITY HOOPER
ABC’s Hoppity Hooper created by Jay Ward, shows a frog, a fox, and a bear who lived in Foggy Bog, Wisconsin. Living simple lives they go through everyday experiences such as finding a job and trying to make money. Without fail, they always end up with the short end of the stick.
26. TOM AND JERRY
Who forgets the cat and mouse tandem of Tom and Jerry? Oscar nominee short film released in 1940 depicts a friendship of a cat and mouse. Most of their scenes are scrambling and chases each other in the house. We always remember Tom always getting bruises and bumps from Jerry’s schemes.
25. THE JETSONS
Cue the spaceship! The Jetsons start their morning by bringing everybody to their destination. His boy, Elroy is dropped to the Little Dipper School, daughter—Daphne to Orbit High School, and wife—Jane to the shopping center. Finally, George goes to work in his office.
24. THE FLINSTONES
Yabadabadoo! Fred and Wilma Flintstones are good friends with Barney and Betty Rubble. Their children Pebbles and Bamm Bamm are always seen playing together. The two families go through problems of everyday life living in Bedrock. The show was created by Hanna and Barbera with 6 seasons. Oh, how we miss The Flinstones!
23. THE PINK PANTHER SHOW
With its groovy intro, The Pink Panther show has stolen our attention since its premiere. Always trying to break into people’s homes and stealing some loot, he gets into all sorts of trouble too. Since 1969, the show has since been running to this day and I bet it’s still very nostalgic to see an episode!
From 1973 to 1986 Superfriends became a household cartoon staple. They consist of superman, wonder woman, batman, and aqua man. As well as the junior friends: Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder dog. Their mission is to fight injustice and to serve all mankind!
21. JONNY QUEST
Having adventures all of the world, Jonny Quest accompanies his scientist father, Dr. Benton on discovering strange phenomena and exciting assignments. Also, coming with them in their adventures is John's adopted brother Hadji Singh. The show was created by Doug Wildey and was first released in 1964. Do you remember all the super-computers?
20. SPEED RACER
This show was originally a Japanese cartoon and was later franchised as an English show. The protagonist Speed Racer is a race-car driver who goes through challenges to make it to the top. The show centers on him and his family and on how they deal with their struggles. So if your watching don’t forget to bet on Speed Racer!
19. THE HARDY BOYS
The Hardy Boys, Joe, and Frank love to solve mysteries with their buddies Chubby Morton, Wanda Breckenridge, and Pete Jones. They tour the country as a rock band but have been quite the mystery-solvers. Released in 1969 by television channel CBS. These rock n roll kids know how to party and solve the crime!
Originally comic books, The Archie Show is set in a high school with Archie and his friends, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, and Jughead Jones. Created in 1968, the show revolves around these group of friends and their everyday lives in high school, encompasses love, friendship, and such. These characters might sound familiar too with the Netflix show, Riverdale.
17. SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH
The CBS show, Sabrina The Teenage Witch also became popular with kids. Sabrina Spellman who is a witch and still in high school lives a normal life with her aunties Hilda and Zelda. She balances her life as a witch as well as making sure her secret is well-kept from her friends. This show has also been revamped to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina made by Netflix.
16. JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS
Also from the universe of Archie, we have Josie and the Pussycats, a CBS show that aired in 1970. It was about an all-girl pop music band that toured the world with their other friends but also discovered strange mysteries. The band was made up of lead-singer Josie guitarist Valerie, and drummer Melody. Music and mystery may seem like a weird combination but these girls are up for anything!
15. YOGI BEAR
Created in 1961, The Yogi Bear Show is about the adventures of Yogi (voiced by Daws Butler) traveling around the Jellystone Park. With him is Boo-boo Bear, Ranger Smith, and Cindy Bear. The show ran for a couple of years although there have been remakes of Yogi Bear in 2010’s movie.
14. POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN
We honestly wanted to eat a lot of spinach when Popeye The Sailor Man first showed. The sailor often butt-heads with Brutus a big stocky guy but who better to calm him down than his girlfriend, Olive. The show has been convincing kids to eat spinach since 1963.
13. THE BEAGLES
The Beagles TV series was produced by CBS. It got its inspiration from the rock band the Beatles. They were a band of dogs with Stringer played the guitar and Tubby played bass. It only aired after one season but was very famous with the viewers.
12. INSPECTOR GADGET
Inspector Gadget is about a half man half robot police officer that investigates and solves crimes. His nemesis Dr. Claw is the leader of the crime group M.A.D. Penny her niece and assistant helps her uncle by using high-tech devices to fast-track their mission. The show ran from 1983-1986.
11. LOONEY TUNES
Wh-whats up duck? We would say that this show has a reach over several generations. The Looney Tunes gang comprised of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, and so much more. The plots range from characters pranking each other to chasing each other cross country. You definitely won’t be bored with their so many episodes!
Ducktales is one of Disney’s classic adventure cartoons. It follows the misadventures of Millionaire Scrooge McDuck and his three grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. The popular cartoon originally ran from 1987-1990, then continued on in syndication thanks to Disney, and the show was even given a reboot in 2017.
9. G.I. JOE
Created to boost sales of Hasbro’s toyline of the same name, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero ran from 1983-1986. The show followed the elite international para-military force of the Joes. On task to thwart the plans of Cobra Commander and his forces evil, the joes saved the world from weapons of mass destruction and then some.
8. HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
Say it with me, “By the power of Greyskull, I have the power!!!” The ever-exciting cartoon made by Mattel was about Prince Adam, aka He-Man and his friends defending their homeworld of Eternia against the evil forces of Skeletor. Great news for fans of the show, He-Man and Skeletor are making their way back onto our screens thanks to Netflix.
7. THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS
Spinning off from the 1984 live-action smash hit “Ghostbusters” starring Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd was the animated show, The Real Ghostbusters. It was released two years after the movie, in 1986, ran till 1991. It followed the same premise of the film, wherein the four heroes go around saving people from ghosts, this time with the help of Slimer.
1985’s 85-episode Robotech was one of the first Japanese Animes to attempt to include the complexity of its original source material into its American release. The story follows the plight of ‘mecha pilots’ after an alien ship crash lands on Earth, and its technology moves that planet forward but also exposes to three destructive interplanetary wars.
5. THE SIMPSONS
“The Simpsons” is your relatively more mature cartoon. It follows the daily misadventures of a working-class family let by the simple-minded and sometimes alcoholic Homer, traditional mom figure Marge, bad boy Bart, brainy Lisa, and adorable Maggie. Apart from making us laugh at things we’d get in trouble for, the show also holds the record for the longest-running scripted tv show.
4. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
From 1987 to 1996, TNMT followed the blended crimefighting family of Master Splinter, a martial-arts master/mutated rat and his adopted mutant ninja turtle sons, Donatello, Michael Angelo, Leonardo, and Raphael. Along with their friends April O’Neil and Casey Jones, who are human by the way, the turtles fight of the evil secret organization known as the Foot, lead by the Shredder.
Taking us to an interspecies battle between mutants, denizens of Third Earth, and cat/man-like aliens are the stories of the Thundercats. Lead by Lion-O, the Thundercats seek to find a new home after their planet was destroyed. If you’ve seen the show then you know how exciting things get when Lion-O shouts “Hooooo!”. If you don’t, then reboot can fill you in.
You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t know a little about the Transformers these days. But before all the CGI and Michael Bay-ness of the movies, there was the animated show that ran from 1984-1987. The plot is pretty much the same, Decepticons want to save the fictional Cybertron at the cost of Earth’s resources. Thankfully, the Autobots are there to save us.
Finally, we have the show that taught us robots can always combine to become bigger. Yup, that’s Voltron. Originally, the show follows five robot lion pilots that come together to form Voltron, the legendary defender of the universe, and protect planet Arus from an evil empire. Later seasons expanded the team and number of robots.
So what was your favorite cartoon show when you were kids? I'm sure even the '90's babies, know some of these shows by heart. So there you have it! Our top 30 cartoons from before. Did we miss something that you're dying to share?