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

April 12, 2013  |  
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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.

Bugs Bunny

What’s up, doc? This carrot snacking, gray rabbit with the quirky comebacks and sheepish grin kept us in stitches. He outsmarted short and black-boot wearing Yo Sammity Sam so many times it was shameless, and his red-faced angry response never ceased to be anything short of hilarious.

Jem And The Holograms

Jem! Truly outrageous! Remember the original haters – The Misfits? My goodness, they couldn’t get enough of dissing Jem, but she always prevailed! All she had to do was touch her star-shaped earring and say “Synergy”!

Tom & Jerry

This rivalry between cat and mouse never ends! Tom the cat devised countless ways to catch Jerry. Every time, he wound up in heaps of trouble, but we never got tired of his determination. Boy did we laugh at his frustration though.

Inspector Gadget

Go, go gadget arms! Inspector Gadget was way ahead of his time! The quirky cyborg detective  had so many tech gadgets built inside his body under that khaki-colored trench coat that always helped him out in a bind against his arch nemesis Dr. Claw.

He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe/She-Ra-Princess of Power

By the power of Grayskull, I HAVE THE POWER!!! Once he welded the Power Sword, Prince Adam morphed into the super-strong He-man, defender of the world Eternia, against evil Skeletor. She-Ra, his long-lost twin sister, discovers the secret behind her kidnapping as a baby and reunites with her brother and lives up to her new identity with her Sword of Protection.

The Flintstones

America’s favorite stone-age family included the boisterous Fred, dainty Wilma, and freckle-faced baby girl Pebbles. How could we forget their dog, Dino, a loyal purple dinosaur of a dog. Remember their besties –  Barney, Betty, and the club-carrying baby Bam Bam?

Alvin And The Chipmunks

Alvin – the troublemaker, Theodore-the chub rub, and Simon-the fuzzy nerd – these three chipmunks were managed by adoptive dad, Dave. They sang, danced and got in trouble all the time.


Thundercats, Hooo! This team of humanoid cats, including Lion-O, Tygra, and Snarf,  were always defending their adopted home from Mumm-Ra, the evil priest from first earth.

Duck Tales

When Donald Duck joins the navy and leaves his nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, in the care of Scrooge McDuck, they help their grandfather fight off criminals after his fortune or Number One Dime.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtle Power! These teenage turtles in a half shell loved pizza and their sensei Splinter. Named after four Renaissance artists, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo were trained in ninjutsu and battled petty crimes while keeping a low key in the city.


Based off the comic strip by George Gately, Heathcliff the cat is a witty kitty known for his scuffles with Billy-bad bulldog, Spike.


Autobots, roll out! It’s the Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, versus the Decepticons. We loved this cartoon so much, it’s become a blockbuster movie hit with Shia Labeouf.

Care Bears

What ya’ll know about the Care Bear Stare? Originally designed as American Greetings greeting card characters, the Care Bears eventually became favorite household cartoon characters.  Each bear had a belly badge that indicated its personality and duty. They were cute, cuddly and a force to be reckoned with in a group.

The Jetsons

This futuristic family lives in the year 2062. This cartoon is filled with holograms, aliens and awesome tech gadgets. The Jetsons are definitely inspiration behind tablets, e-readers,  smart phones and laptops we use today!


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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