Saturday in the 80s

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Saturday in the 80s

Video games (Pac-Man), toys that became cartoons and other fads (Smurfs, G.I.Joe, Transformers), as well as a wave of “regressed” characters as children, or having children of their own.(Muppet Babies, Pink Panther and Sons) all pointed toward an uncertain future. The proliferation of weekday afternoon syndicated original programming coupled with the arrival of cable TV spelled imminent doom for a rapidly eroding Saturday morning.Then, we were Saved By the Bell.

ABC Afterschool Special
The ABC Weekend Special
The Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Andy
The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin
The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
The Adventures of the Little Koala
The Adventures of the Little Prince
Alf (animated)
The All New Popeye Hour
The All-New Mickey Mouse Club
Alvin and the Chipmunks (The Chipmunks)
The Amazing Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk
American Bandstand
Animals, Animals, Animals
Beany and Cecil
Belle and Sebastian
Benji, Zax, and The Alien Prince
The Berenstain Bears
Beverly Hills Teens
Big Blue Marble
The Bionic Six
The Biskitts
Bozo the Clown
The Bugs Bunny Show
The California Raisins Show
Camp Candy
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
Captain Harlock and the Queen of 1000 Years
Captain Kangaroo
Captain N: The Game Master
Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future
The Care Bear Family
The Care Bears
Casper and the Angels
CBS Storybreak
CBS Children’s Film Festival
The Centurions
Challenge of the GoBots
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers
Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos
The Comic Strip
The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley
Count Duckula
Danger Mouse
Defenders of the Earth
Degrassi Junior High
Dennis The Menace
Denver the Last Dinosaur
Dink, the Little Dinosaur
Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Doctor Snuggles
Double Dare
Dragon’s Lair
The Drak Pack
Drawing Power
Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO
The Dukes
Dungeons & Dragons
Dusty’s Treehouse
The Electric Company
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Finders Keepers
The Flintstone Kids
The Flintstones Comedy Show
The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang
Force Five
Fraggle Rock
Fraggle Rock (animated)
Fred and Barney Meet The Shmoo
The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera
The Further Adventures of Superted
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Galaxy High School
Garfield and Friends
The Gary Coleman Show
The Get-Along Gang
Gigglesnort Hotel
Gilligan’s Planet
The Godzilla Power Hour
Going Bananas
Goldie Gold and Action Jack
The Great Space Coaster
The Gumby Show
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Heathcliff and Dingbat
Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats
Heckle and Jeckle
Hello Kitty’s Furry Tale Theater
Hey Vern, It’s Ernest!
Hong Kong Phooey
Hot Fudge Show
Hot Hero Sandwich
Hulk Hogan’s Rock N’ Wrestling!
The Incredible Hulk and The Amazing Spider-Man
The Inhumanoids
Inspector Gadget
It’s Punky Brewster
Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors
The Jetsons
Joya’s Fun School
The Karate Kid
The Kid Super Power Hour With Shazam
Kidd Video
Kids Incorporated
The Kwicky Koala Show
Lady Lovelylocks and the Pixietales
Land of the Lost
Laverne and Shirley in the Army
Lazer Tag Academy
The Letter People
Little Clowns of Happytown
The Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show
The Little Wizards
The Littles
The Littlest Hobo
The Lone Ranger (50’s)
The Magic Garden
Maple Town
Marlo and the Magic Movie Machine
Meatballs and Spaghetti
The Mighty Hercules
Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures
The Mighty Orbots
Mister T
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
The Mork & Mindy / Laverne and Shirley / Fonz Hour
Muppet Babies
My Pet Monster
The Mysterious Cities of Gold
My Little Pony ‘n Friends
The New Adventures of Flash Gordon
The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The New Archies
The New Zoo Revue
Out of Control
The Pac-Man/Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show
The Patchwork Family
The Paw Paws
Pee-Wee’s Playhouse
Picture Pages
The Pink Panther and Sons
The Pink Panther Show
The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show
Pole Position
Popeye and Son
Popeye the Sailor
The Popples
Pound Puppies
Pryor’s Place
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
The Puppy’s Further Adventures
Rainbow Brite
Reading Rainbow
The Real Ghostbusters
The Richie Rich/Scooby Doo Show
Romper Room
Rubik the Amazing Cube
Rude Dog and the Dweebs
Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs
Saturday Supercade
Saved by the Bell
Schoolhouse Rock
Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics
Sesame Street
She-Ra: Princess of Power
Shirt Tales
The Smurfs
The Snorks
Space Stars
Speed Buggy
Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends
Starcom: The U.S. Space Force
Strawberry Shortcake
Super Friends
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians
The Sylvanian Families
Tarzan and the Super 7
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour
Teen Wolf
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Third Eye
Thundarr the Barbarian
Time for Timer
Today’s Special
Tom and Jerry
Tranzor Z
Turbo Teen
Ulysses 31
Villa Alegre
Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light
Voltron: Defender of the Universe
Watch Mr. Wizard
Welcome to Pooh Corner
Wolf Rock TV
The Woody Woodpecker Show
The World of David the Gnome
The Wuzzles
Yogi Bear
You Can’t Do That On Television
Zoobilee Zoo
2 Hip 4 TV
3-2-1 Contact

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14 thoughts on “Saturday in the 80s

  1. This is fantastic, thank you.

    There was an interstitial show in the early to mid 80’s that I can’t quite remember. The title sequence featured a man reciting a few lines from the Walrus and the Carpenter, “The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things”, etc. The sequence animation included the different objects (cabbages, kings, etc.) floating across the screen. It was not directly related to Alice in Wonderland. Any memory of what that show might have been called? Thanks.

  2. I am pretty sure it was ABC. Most of the shows I would typically watch were on that network. I started to wonder the other day if it was a segment on Captain Kangaroo but I don’t think it was. Thanks!

    • Bumping this question…I remember this but can’t find the answer either. Help! I grew up in the Cleveland area. Any chance this was a local production?

      • Found this question while researching the very same show. My friend and I both remember the same as you – we distinctly remember the recitation of the Walrus and the Carpenter and the animation of the objects to go along with it. We also grew up in the Cleveland area. Would love to know what this show was!

          • I believe it was called “Walrus Tales”, the only thing I’ve found was in an obituary for music composer Robert DeGaetano.

          • So something recently sparked my memory of watching these segments as well, and my Google search to find the title led me here. I do seem to remember it being called “Walrus Tales”. I also grew up in Cleveland. I don’t think it was a part of any other variety-type show, and I have no idea what network it was on. Has anyone found any further information on this?

  3. What was this show from the 80s where there was this guy in a yellow costume with pointy shoes.

    There was an episode where this kid walked in and said make me a banana. And the yellow costume character says zap you’re a banana and turned the kid into a banana.

  4. It wasn’t just Cleveland. I grew up in West Tennessee and remember this phrase and the video mentioned above from the late 70’s. It was always a short commercial length video that followed….

  5. A deep search will show it was on WSC (and cited in congressional testimony). Richard Glynn Hughes also had a role in its development

  6. Ok, so I know growing up there was a cartoon that took place underwater with a female hero who wore a red bathing suit and a headband with blond hair. I wanted to be her when I was little, even took a pic with my headband the same way she wore hers.
    Does anyone remember this cartoon? It would have been ‘78 – ‘83 cause I know I was living in GA. I found the cartoon once, but can’t find it again. Any help would be appreciated big time!!!!!

  7. Ok, so I know growing up there was a cartoon that took place underwater with a female hero who wore a red bathing suit and a headband with blond hair. I wanted to be her when I was little, even took a pic with my headband the same way she wore hers.
    Does anyone remember this cartoon? It would have been ‘78 – ‘83 cause I know I was living in GA. I found the cartoon once, but can’t find it again. Any help would be appreciated big time!!!!!

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