I grew up watching cartoons from the 80s. Here are my top picks:
Alvin and the Chipmunks: 1983-1990
David Seville and the boys come back in all-new adventures, based on the original 60s series. This series dealt with modern issues and introduced us to the Chipettes (Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor). The series was renamed The Chipmunks in 1988.
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids/The Fat Albert Show: 1972-1984.
In 1969, a TV special was aired named “Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert.” Bill’s adventures in Philadelphia in his youth were the main focus of the series. The TV show folowed the same premise and covered light and serious topics, including family issues and drugs. Bill voiced several of the characters. He was also the host of the show in brief live-action bits. In 1979, the show was renamed from “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” to “The New Fat Albert Show.” and a segment was added featuring the black superhero, the Brown Hornet.
Who didn’t grow up watching the Flinstones? The original ran from 1960 to 1966 but various spin-offs were done in the 80s; Flintstone Kids (1986-1988), Flintstone Funnies (1986-1988); The Flintstones Comedy Show (1980-1981); The Flintstone Family Adventures (1980-1981) and The Flintstone Family Adventures Hour (1981).
There have been variations of Scooby shows including Scooby and Scrappy Doo (1979-80), The Scooby, Scrappy and Yabba Doo Show (1982-83), The Scary Scooby Funnies (1984-85) and Scooby’s Mystery Funhouse (1985-86).
This popular show is about small blue fictional creatures called Smurfs. Who could get the theme song out of their head? Poor Smurfette was the only female in the village.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 1987-1996.
Pizza-eating, fun-loving, mutant turtles Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Raphael use the art of ninja to fight crime under their teacher Splinter (a mutated rat). Other characters include Shredder, Krang, April O’Neil, and Irma.