Yes, the ‘90s had some great cartoons, but to get back to the really good stuff, we need to travel back a decade earlier, back to a time where shell suits ruled the high street and mullets were the hair style du jour.
Back to a time when Ferris Bueller and Indiana Jones ruled cinemas. Back to a time when Michael Jackson was just “eccentric”. Back to a time when moustaches were as strong as Ivan Drago’s right hook.
Join us, if you will in a time when Saturday morning cartoons were at their peak...
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987-1996)
The O.G ‘80s cartoon, everything about the TMNT is memorable, from the theme song to that Raphael figure you found at a car boot sale, aged 8.
2. He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe (1983-85)
In the ‘80s everyone was muscle-bound, from Arnie and Sly in the cinema to He-Man on our TV screens. The story of a posh kid guy gaining superpowers, He-Man was the zenith of Thatcherism self-improvement.
3. DuckTales (1987-1990)
Memorable for Scrooge McDuck’s swimming-pool-esque vault of gold coins, if nothing else.
4. ThunderCats (1985 – 1989)
Another show to jump on the anthropomorphism band wagon, ThunderCats were the toys every kid wanted for Christmas.
5. The Real Ghostbusters (1986 -1991)
There might have been that new Ghostbusters film that came out this summer, but it could never, ever top this cartoon and the grim, ‘80s style monsters.
6. Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers (1989 - 1990)
The last creatures you’d actually want to rescue you, Chip N Dale were nonetheless always fun.
7. Alvin And The Chipmunks (1983 – 1990)
Another ‘80s cartoon with a great opening, full of hair-metal licks, a re-watch of this will help you forget about those abominations of movies.
8. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1983 - 86)
A cartoon all about the length of America’s penis, this otherwise classic show is let down by a theme song your dad recorded half-cut at 2am.
9. Voltron (1984 – 1985)
To be honest, we can’t remember this, but they’re making a film with Clive Owen in it, so it seems as good a time as any to give it a re-watch.
10. She-Ra: Princess of Power (1985 – 1986)
A companion piece to He-Man. Worth a re-watch.
11. M.A.S.K (1985 – 1988)
Mobile Armored Strike Kommand was definitely in no way a rip-off of Transformers.
12. SilverHawks (1986)
In a post-Star Wars world, SilverHawks was the shit.
13. C.O.P.S (1988 – 1989)
Just cops, doing their thing.
14. Dino-Riders (1988)
Alien time-travel has resulted in people riding dinosaurs. Don’t ask questions, just watch.
15. BraveStarr (1987 – 1988)
A space-age Lone Rider, BraveStarr was definitely the inspiration for Muse’s Knights of Cydonia.
16. Blackstar (1981)
A 1970s hangover, this one has it all: space travel, big swords and freedom fighting.
17. Defenders of the Earth (1986 – 1987)
A super force featuring Flash Gordon, The Phantom and Mandrake The Magician fighting crime in the keraaazy futuristic world of 2015…
18. G-Force Guardians Of Space (1986)
A remake of a Japanese show, this was a hard one to find on terrestrial TV. Luckily, Daniel Coleman was always happy to lend us his copy on VHS. Excellent stuff.