Yes, my parents let me watch a lot of TV as a kid. And it made me into the awesome Man I am today!
There are so many great Cartoons from my childhood to choose from, but here are 5 of my favorites:
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: (1983-85)
Nearest and dearest to my heart- I grew up loving this cartoon. Granted, it all started as a ploy to sell toys, but it has developed into a cult classic that has produced Comics, multiple toy lines, Clothing, lunch boxes, magazines, and a Movie. I did my best as a kid to own it all,too. I even have my old original toys in a box around my house somewhere. The lingering popularity even produced a re-boot in 2002. It was good, but short lived.
He-Man, Man at Arms, Skeletor, Teela and even Orco were all fun characters. Many times it was He-Man cleaning up messes started by Orco or some other characters, but I could not wait to tune into this show.
Now, 30 years later, I play the DVDs for my nephews and kids. It has aged well, and is still popular enough to produce talk of another movie, even though it seems to never get off the ground.
Batman: The Animated Series: (1992-95)
Dark, serious and a damn great series. Influenced from the Burton/Keaton Batman movies, I love this cartoon. I always enjoyed the episodes with Robin a little bit more, and I loved the updated Robin costume. Due to the popularity of this show, Superman: TAS, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited were created in the following years.
The Batman animated universe was so cool, I also purchased a lot of tie-in stuff like paperback books and video games. Some where decent, some were not.
This was an awesome cartoon and a huge reason why the X-Men are my favorite Marvel property! Very faithful to comic book tales and very serious in story telling. Story lines dealt with racism, hate, and many other social issues. Characters were great and loyal to their comic book origins.
This show introduced me to Gambit, the smooth talking, card throwing Badass! Along with Wolverine, he was my favorite character.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: (1987-1996)
Hard to find a kid that didn't love this cartoon. This show was much more humorous than the comics, and was the first to give each turtle their own colored mask.
This show is probably the reason there have been several movies and several more television shows (both live action and animated). Again, I had to have the toys to go along with the series. And I mostly enjoyed the movies...at the time.
The Super Friends: (1973-1986)
Being a younger kid when I watched this, it was goofy and fun. This cartoon firmly planted me as a life-long DC fan. The quality of some episodes were poor, but I didn't care. I remember many times watching Batmans symbol on his chest change colors. Kinda funny.
But a great cartoon for the younger kids, and it is a Classic today.
So there you go guys, above are some of the best (and my favorite) Cartoons from the 1980s and early 90's in my humble opinion.
Honorable mentions go to: Thundercats, GI Joe, and Spiderman & His Amazing Friends.
Agree? Disagree? What were your favortite Cartoons? Soundoff below---