The Banana Splits

Banana Splits Adventure Hour

Just about every former kid who grew up in the late 60s has fond recollections of The Banana Splits. With a format loosely based upon the popular prime-time show, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, The Banana Splits combined live-action, psychedelic rock music and classic animation, all offered up with a generous helping of both short comedic sketches and lengthier episodic features. Continue reading...

Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo

Don't ever let them tell you that your personal challenges will keep you from reaching your dreams. We of Generation TV know better, because we've watched a dog with a truly brutal speech impediment become the longest-running cartoon star in network TV history. If Scooby-Doo can do it, then by golly so can you. Continue reading...

My Pet Monster

My Pet Monster

The considerable plush toy market, for better or worse, tends to market their wares towards the female youngsters. One of the few exceptions was My Pet Monster, released in 1986, which aimed to pick up the slack in the boy's market. It didn't really matter though - kids of both genders couldn’t help but take a liking to this furry and fanged friend, simply because he was too cool to ignore. Continue reading...

The Skatebirds

The Skatebirds

Roller-skating was all the rage in the 70s, and it didn’t take Saturday morning cartoons long to latch on to the fad. The result wasThe Skatebirds, a mixture of live action and animation produced by Hanna-Barbera and first broadcast on CBS in 1977. Continue reading...

Inch High Private Eye

Inch High Private Eye

Don Adams, who brought Maxwell Smart to life in Get Smart, would later give voice to a trenchcoat-wearing crime fighter named Inspector Gadget. But a decade earlier, there was another diminutive cartoon detective whose voice also bore an uncanny resemblance. Only this time, it wasn’t Adams, it was someone doing an impersonation of Maxwell Smart. Proving yet again that size isn’t everything, this little guy was known as Inch High Private Eye. Continue reading...

Speed Buggy

Speed Buggy

The public has always shown affection towards cars that have the ability to converse. As a result, sitcoms, action shows and family films have repeatedly used some form of chatty chassis to delight viewers. It was only a matter of time before kids had some talking transportation on Saturday mornings to look up to, thanks to the creative minds at Hanna-Barbera and the animated Speed Buggy. Continue reading...

The Jetsons

The Jetsons

After Hanna-Barbera proved that a prime-time cartoon sitcom set in the Stone Age could be successful, they set their sites on the faraway mid-21st century. In the middle of a futuristic world where flying cars buzzed the skies and robotic maids tended to the chores, they plopped down a typical family, The Jetsons. Continue reading...

Jonny Quest

Jonny Quest

Just about every kid of the 70s, at least those who had access to a TV on Saturday morning, remembers Jonny Quest. The reason is simple: there was hardly a time that the Hanna-Barbera produced series wasn’t on TV. From 1967 through most of the 70s, and even into the 80s, kids have been following the adventures of Johnny and his pals. That’s some surprising longevity considering that only 26 episodes of the original animated series were ever produced. Continue reading...

Jabberjaw

Jabberjaw

A pinch of Curly from The Three Stooges, a dash of Rodney Dangerfield throw in for good measure. Mix the ingredients and stuff them into a Great White shark and you have the makings for Jabberjaw – a fondly-remembered aquatic creature animated by Hanna-Barbera. Jabberjaw debuted on Saturday mornings in 1976, and although his stay [...] Continue reading...

Dynomutt, Dog Wonder

Dynomutt, Dog Wonder

Any regular watcher of television will tell you that a dog is man’s best friend. They will also attest that nifty gadgets are a crime-fighter’s best friend. So, what if we had a dog who was a loyal pet and sidekick to a crime fighting millionaire? Logic suggests that he would be equipped with plenty of high-tech sophistication. Such was the case with Dynomutt, a lovable but ever-clumsy canine robot, equipped with an array of gear that would make the future Inspector Gadget a tad jealous. Continue reading...