21 Cereals Inspired by TV Shows

Isn’t it fun when breakfast is a little piece of something you love? Take, for instance, these 21 breakfast cereals (most of them now discontinued). Looking through the list is a like a little reminder of days gone by. It’s hard to not click through the slideshow and imagine yourself, wrapped up in a blanket on Saturday mornings, catching the Smurfs. Or, getting permission from your mom to watch a midafternoon episode of The Jetsons.

Take a walk down memory lane with these 21 discontinued cereals, then make your own memory by baking up a breakfast batch of Gingerbread Oatmeal, courtesy our favorite vegan blogger, Kathy Patalsky. You’ll feel like you’ve been dropped right into the middle of Goldilocks, and might even just make a few new memories of your own!

  • Get Nostalgic! 1 of 23

    Whether you're a child of the 80's, 90's, or 2000's, you're gonna love taking a walk down memory lane with these 21 fun cereal kickbacks!

  • Gingerbread Swirl Oatmeal 2 of 23

    Okay, so it's from a Fairy Tale, not a TV show, but this beautiful homemade, vegan Gingerbread Swirl Oatmeal is a divine way to start any day. Recall the fun of Hansel & Gretel, and the 3 Bears when you serve this scrumptious dish to your tots!

    Get the recipe for Gingerbread Swirl Oatmeal

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Rainbow Brite 3 of 23

    This colorful and fruity cereal was inspired from the Rainbow Brite 1985 television series

    Find out more about Rainbow Brite cereal from Wharble

  • Yabba Dabba Cereal 4 of 23

    Although the Flintstones television series was cancelled in 1966, the chocolatey cereal it inspired is still popular on today's breakfast table! 

    Check out more on the history of Cocoa Pebbles from Mr Breakfast

  • Spongebob Squarecereal 5 of 23

    Introduced in 2004, SpongeBob Squarepants cereal with marshmallow shapes is still found in the cereal aisle!

    Click here to get your own box from Lowes Foods

  • Simpson Sunrise 6 of 23

    Inspired by The Simpsons television series, the 2001 limited edition Bart Simpson cereal was flavored with peanut butter and chocolate.

    Click here for more about Bart Simpson cereal from Mr. Breakfast

  • I Pity The Cereal! 7 of 23

    Mr. T's famous line "pity the fool" was much tougher than his sweet corn and oats cereal that debuted in 1984.

    Click here for more about Mr. T Cereal from Mr. Breakfast

  • Snap Snap 8 of 23

    This creepy cereal featuring the Addams Family was introduced in 1991, but was soon discontinued.

    Click here for more cereal insights from SydLexia

  • The Incredible Edible Bowl 9 of 23

    Remember the Incredible Hulk?  A limited edition Hulk cereal was sold in 2003, but you won't find it in the cereal aisle today.

    Check out the history of Hulk cereal from Mr. Breakfast

  • M-I-C-K-E-Y Mouse 10 of 23

    Mickey Mouse had a cereal named after him in 2002- Mickey's Magix turned white milk purple, but the cereal's run ended in 2005.

    Want the down and dirty from someone who's been there, tasted that? Check out Sixth Seal for a cereal review!

  • Smurfylicious 11 of 23

    Smurfberry Crunch cereal debuted in 1983, inspired by the cute blue Smurfs who have made a recent comeback.

    Check out more about the history of Smurfberry Crunch cereal from Mr. Breakfast

  • TMNT 12 of 23

    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series lasted for ten seasons, and a 1989 cereal with Chex-like pieces and marshmallows was introduced at the peak of the show's popularity. 

    Can't get enough of those mighty green guys? Check out the commercial for this cereal over at YouTube

    Photo courtesy X-Entertainment

  • Fruity Flinstones 13 of 23

    Fruity Pebbles, a cereal inspired by The Flintstones television series, was first introduced to consumers in 1969, and is still sold in supermarkets today!

    Nowadays, boxes look a little different. Check out Cartoon Brew for all the details on the new Fruity Pebbles mascot!

  • The Amazing Spidercereal 14 of 23

    Spider-Man limited edition cereal was introduced in 1995 in conjunction with the Spider-Man TV series.

    Visit Grub Gunaxin' for a tribute to discontinued cereals, including this one!

  • The Great American Cereal 15 of 23

    G.I. Joe Action Stars cereal debuted the same year the G.I. Joe television series was introduced, and tasted like Lucky Charms without the marshmallows.

    Check out more about G. I. Joe cereal from Mr. Breakfast


  • Homer Loves Donuts 16 of 23

    Homer's Cinnamon Donut cereal was created after the Simpson's character Homer, the bumbling dad on the longest running television series The Simpsons.   

    Visit Simpson Wiki for more details about this Simpson cereal!

  • The Modern Breakfast 17 of 23

    The Jetsons, a futuristic cartoon, first aired from 1962-1963, then again from 1985-1987.  The cereal was introduced in 1990 in conjunction with a movie release, but the cereal never caught on.

    Click here for more about Jetsons cereal from Mr. Breakfast

  • Pink Panther 18 of 23

    The Pink Panther show aired on Saturday mornings in 1972, and the sweet, pink corn Pink Panther cereal debuted soon after in 1973. 

    Check out more about Pink Panther cereal (and all the memories people have to go along with it!) from Grub Gunaxin'

  • Did I Eat That? 19 of 23

    Steve Urkel, a nerdy character on the television series Family Matters, had a strawberry banana cereal, Urkel-Os, named in his honor in 1991.

    Check out the Urkel-O's classic commercial over at YouTube

    Then read up on Whitney Jefferson's memories of the cereal over at Buzzfeed

  • We’re All In This Together 20 of 23

    Disney's High School Musical, produced as a television movie in 2006, came out with a vanilla-flavored corn cereal in 2008.

    Check out a review of High School Musical Cereal over at The Impulsive Buy 

  • Yu-Gi-CerealOh! 21 of 23

    Yu-Gi-Oh! was a Japanese animated television series that aired between 2000 and 2004, and a honey-sweetened corn puff cereal inspired by this series made a 2003 debut.

    Click for more about Yu-Gi-Oh! cereal from Mr. Breakfast

  • The Swedish Chef Does Breakfast 22 of 23

    In 1988, the zany Swedish Muppets chef from the Muppets Show got his own cinnamon toast cereal.

    Check out the Croonchy Stars commercial over at YouTube

    Read more about Croonchy Stars cereal over at the Muppets Wiki

  • Xena Cereal 23 of 23

    The television series Xena: Warrior Princess aired from 1995 to 2001, and a limited edition honey-flavored cereal was available exclusively in comic and collectible shops in 2001.

    Check out more about Xena Warrior Princess cereal from Mr. Breakfast

Tell us your cereal stories! We’d love to hear your memories of nostalgic cereals in the comments section below!

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