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Cartoons and Cereal | 7 Best Saturday Morning Cartoons of All Time


If you’re like me, one of your favorite childhood memories is waking up before your parents, making yourself a bowl of sugary cereal (with a prize inside the box), and basking in the warm glow of Saturday morning children’s programming. Four solid hours of programming just for kids. When Soul Train came on, you knew your time was over…until next week.

What happened to Saturday morning cartoons?

According to SlashFilm.com, Saturday morning cartoons are officially dead. The CW canceled their Saturday morning animation block, putting the final nail in the Saturday morning cartoon coffin. The old Saturday morning cartoons just don’t seem to hold  up against the constant barrage of children’s programming you can find today. My kids don’t even understand what a commercial is due to Netflix, Hulu, OnDemand, and DVDs. Who cares about four hours of kids’ shows when you can get 24 hours of kids shows?

To honor one of my favorite childhood memories, I’ve assembled a list of Saturday morning cartoons — not just any Saturday morning cartoons, but the seven best Saturday morning cartoons of all time.

List of 7 Best Cartoons Ever

#7. Mister T

I was a huge fan of The A-Team as a kid, so it only made sense to watch Mr. T’s animated show as well. In this series, Mr. T is a gymnastics coach to a bunch of kids and a dog. They also fight crime. Sounds legit.

#6. Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

Spider-Man and his friends Iceman and Firestar fight evil villains and hide their super-identities, all while being the coolest kids in school. If you’re feeling nostalgic, you can still find this one on Netflix.

#5. Super Friends

Yes, even as a child I was a superhero nerd. Super Friends had some of the best heroes working together to save the world from all kinds of evil. Aquaman may have been my first crush. Don’t judge me.

#4. Rubik the Amazing Cube

“Amazing” was apparently a popular adjective for 1980s Saturday morning cartoons. The thing I love about this show is not so much the plot or characters, but just that it existed at all. I mean, it’s a show about a Rubik’s cube: “Hey, this square with no personality is popular, let’s make a show about it!”

#3. The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang

When you think about it, the Fonz was about two steps away from being a cartoon character anyway, so this show made sense. I was obsessed with all things Happy Days as a kid (along with Aquaman, Potsie was an early crush. Shut up.), so this was a favorite for me. The Happy Days gang plus a talking dog and a girl from the future? I am so in. 

#2. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Hey, hey, hey! This is a show that I can happily say that I love, without a hint of irony. I used to laugh and laugh at Mushmouth and his voice, and I loved the end of the show, when the gang would play songs on their junkyard instruments. I am really tempted to buy the entire series on Amazon.

#1. Kidd Video

If you were a kid without cable, or a kid whose parents wouldn’t let you watch MTV, the only way you could see music videos was through Kidd Video. In this show, a teenage band (including Cousin Oliver from the Brady Bunch) is sucked into an animated universe to be the musical slaves of a guy named Master Blaster. I recently rewatched the first episode on YouTube, and Master Blaster has Lionel Ritchie trapped in a bubble. No really. This show really was pretty terrible, but when I was five, the blend of music videos, live action, and animation was like crack.

I’ll be the first to admit that this list is entirely subjective and firmly rooted in my own nostalgia. So tell me: what would make your list of Saturday morning cartoons greatest hits? Let me know in the comments.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Cherie Lowe

    October 22, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I don’t remember Rubik! I do remember Qbert which is pretty funny and kinda of geometrically similar. :)

  2. Liz @ Yes/No Films

    October 21, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I think I am too young for any of these, lol. But the Fonz one sounds awesome :).

  3. Jacqueline Wilson

    October 21, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Ahhhh THE FONZ. I miss that one!

    • Crystal

      October 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Wasn’t it great! Sadly, I haven’t been able to find it on DVD or YouTube.

  4. Shannon

    October 21, 2014 at 10:38 am

    We watched Hulk Hogan and his friends (no clue of name), Plastic Man, the Smurf’s and Scooby Doo. And who could forget the show on ABC that was like the “afterschool special”, but was on Saturday mornings! Oh and you knew the cartoons were over when American Bandstand came on…

    • Crystal

      October 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Yes! I watched the Hulk Hogan show, too. If a cheesy celebrity had a cartoon, I watched it.