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...

Kid Power

Kid Power

In 1965, cartoonist Morrie Turner introduced his popular newspaper comic strip, Wee Pals, which focused on a collection of multicultural kids called “The Rainbow Club.” And, although a portion of society was a wee bit uncomfortable with the socially conscious subject matter at the time, it was hard to deny that the cartoon was, above all, funny – funny enough, in fact, to lead ABC to base a Saturday morning animated series on the comic strip called Kid Power. 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...

Laverne and Shirley

Laverne and Shirley

Any successful television series is likely to have a spin-off or two, and the enormously popular Happy Days was no exception. But, while most spin-offs are lucky if they last a full season, this time lightning struck twice. Following the lives of two lovable brewery workers who lived in 1950s-era Milwaukee, Laverne and Shirley won the hearts of television viewers almost immediately and enjoyed a longevity that few spin-offs have ever managed to achieve. Continue reading...

The Groovie Goolies

The Groovie Goolies

With the overwhelming success of The Archies on Saturday mornings, Filmation decided to offer a similar show with monstrous results. The Groovie Goolies, an animated collection of decidedly hipper versions of the famous movie monsters of yesteryear were paired with some new friends. Featured alongside Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies debuted in 1970 and a year later, finally got their own show, The Groovie Goolies. Continue reading...

Land of the Lost

Land of the Lost

Perhaps one of the most fondly remembered live-action series to ever grace the Saturday morning airwaves, Land of the Lost stranded a family of modern humans in a prehistoric setting where they had to contend with underdeveloped technology, strange people and of course, a few hungry dinosaurs. The brainchild of iconic children’s show producers, Sid and Marty Krofft, Land of the Lost was far from being just typical campy and kooky Saturday morning fare; it was a well-written and ambitious offering and its continued popularity is a testament to its quality. Continue reading...

Garfield and Friends

Garfield and Friends

Garfield, role model for lazy cats everywhere, started out as a syndicated newspaper comic strip created by Jim Davis. And, as one might expect, the character proved popular enough to made the transition to TV commercials, which eventually led to his own Saturday morning show in 1988, Garfield and Friends. The kitty with an attitude endeared himself to many a young viewer, enough to stick around for a respectable 121 episodes. Continue reading...

Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling

Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling

In the 80s, popularity of the oft-maligned “sport” of professional wrestling soared to staggering new heights, thanks in no small part to Vince McMahon and his World Wrestling Federation. Perhaps the biggest star of the WWF was Terry Bollea, better known by his stage name – Hulk Hogan. He made a memorable appearance in the 1982 film Rocky III, where his character “Thunderlips” threw Rocky around the ring a few times and his popularity only grew from there. With the combined success of Hulk Hogan and the WWF, especially with youngsters, it was only natural that the big guy be given his very own Saturday morning cartoon series, Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling. Continue reading...