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15 Classic Cartoons From The ‘80s That You May Have Forgotten

It is hard to imagine that there was a time when kids did not have access to channels of cartoon programming. In the ‘80s, if you wanted to watch cartoons, you had to wake up early on Saturday.

Throughout the ‘80s, networks would throw their shows on Saturday mornings to see what works. While some became hits and spawned franchises, most of them went away too soon. Here are 15 cartoons from the ‘80s that you would have forgotten about:

15. M.A.S.K. (1985-86)

Developed in partnership with DIC and Kenner, M.A.S.K. is a show about a task force called the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand who fought an evil group known as V.E.N.O.M.

The masks were themed after each person’s appearance, and they wore their masks while piloting vehicles that had limited transforming abilities. The show was a blatant cash grab that lasted for two seasons from 1985 to 1986.

14. SILVERHAWKS (1986)

The series follows a group from the far future, who battle enemies in space. The characters are “partly metal, partly real” and fight an escaped alien boss who turns into an armored character named Mon*Star. “Silverhawks” lasted just one season but produced 65 episodes.


This Animated Series” is how much of the movie makes its way into the cartoon. The show begins with a catchy song and a 30-second recap of the movie, complete with explaining to young children how Alex Murphy is “mortally wounded” by some criminals. The show delved into a few political commentaries like racial issues, environmental issues, and peace.

12. DINO-RIDERS (1988)

This series is about a group of people, Valorians who are engaged in a war with the Rulons. They are humans who are fleeing from the Rulons, a group of aliens. When they use their “S.T.E.P. crystal”, they are taken back 65 million years to pre-historic Earth.

11. BRAVESTARR (1987-88)

The series is a story of New Texas, a planet which is 2000 light-years from Earth, where BraveStarr and his horse, Thirty/Thirty, protect citizens from Stampede and his sidekick, Tex Hex.  After the series was canceled, a movie, “BraveStarr: The Movie” was made. It was released in 1988, with a limited, matinee release, the movie flopped.


“Defenders of the Earth” featured the super-team of Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, The Phantom, and Lothar as they fought Ming the Merciless. The series lasted one season, but the combination of heroes spawned a toy line, books, comics and a video game.

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