Go, Go Gadget Arms: Cartoons That Kept Us Glued To The TV As Kids

April 12, 2013 ‐ By Kelly Franklin

Picture this: Saturday mornings, a big bowl of Cookie Crisps nestled in your lap as you sat cross-legged on the couch in front of the TV. It was cartoon time at its finest. You worked hard all week at school, and now it was time to relax, get your munch on, and absorb all the colorful, funny characters and storylines weekend cartoons had to offer. Sure the cartoons today are cute and entertaining with its sometimes adult humor, but there’s something nostalgic about the hilarious, goober-goofy toons we grew up on in the 80’s.


La, la – la, la, la, la. Papa smurf and the rest of the tiny, blue gang had us rooting for them in their mushroom-housed village and booing the hated Gargamel and his pesky pet cat, Azreal.

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  • Ladybug94

    Bugs Bunny will always be one of my favorites and Scooby Doo.

  • dee

    anybody remember Bonkers. Think it was a cartoon about a cat. And Good Troop, Tiny Toon Adventures was good too

    • Ladybug94

      I’m gonna tell my age here but I loved Mighty Mouse, Speed Racer, and Fat Albert.

  • Keisha Samoht

    A pup named scooby doo…

  • Although, Heman had alot of gay themes, pink shirt, tidy undies, and hugging his opponent to death

  • Lana

    I liked Inspector Gadget and Ninja Turtles but I was more into Japanese animes like Saint Seiya, Dragon Ball, Princess Sarah, Blue Seed and Top Striker. Man, I didn’t have a care in the world. All I needed to be happy was to watch animes the whole day!

    • Keisha Samoht

      I loved Dragon Ball Z!!!! Or were u referring to just Dragon Ball? Oh and Sailor Moon

  • ChiTown Princess

    Ah man, I was 4 in 1985 when Jem first debuted on TV and was 7 when they went off the air. I had Jem dolls and t-shirts back then. Then almost 2 years ago, after over 20 years of no Jem, they came back on The Hub network and I introduced my 3 daughters to the show and they liked it too. My oldest one said they need to remake the cartoon. I was also the fan of He-Man, Thundercats, Widget, and Gummi Bears, man, the cartoons from the 1980’s and 90’s were the best times!

    • bullheadedtaurus

      LOL!!!! What about Tailspin? Get-Along Gang? Cops (I had a brother)? Woody woodpecker? I have to admit the theme songs got me interested…I actually watch Jem on netflix today and STILL get p’ed off at the Misfits! Good times…

  • Mia

    What about Gummi Bears, dungeons and dragons, kid n play, ghost busters and muppet babies? I loved muppet babies and to this day I still think Animal and Gonzo were crack babies.

  • pickneychile

    Isn’t it Yosemite Sam, not Yo Sammity Sam…? Lol

    • Gigi

      Yes, yes it is.

  • rainydaze80

    wow i didn’t know he-man was that deep! lol