The Definitive List Of Great '80s Cartoons That You've Completely Forgotten About

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.

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