Top 10 Kids’ Shows of the 80s

Thanks to great websites like Buzzfeed and our friends’ willingness to post “Throwback Thursday” pictures on the Internet, we can easily reminisce about growing up in the 1980s. Who would want to forget eating Mr. T breakfast cereal before school, playing The Oregon Trail on your school’s first computers, trading scratch and sniff stickers with your friends or trying to get your hair its maximum volume?
While we certainly have come a long way in regard to hair height and computers, cartoons and kid-friendly television shows will never be the same. Take a look at our picks for the Top 10 Kids’ Shows of the 1980s.
1. Sesame Street. The famous educational television show first aired on PBS in 1969 and will be in its 46th season in 2015. Generations of children have grown up learning how to count and sing the alphabet along with Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar and Grover!
2. Garfield and Friends. Based on the comic strip by Jim Davis, the animated TV show featuring the antics of Garfield, Jon, Odie and their friends aired in 1988 and ran until 1994.
3. Fraggle Rock. Created by Jim Henson, Fraggle Rock was about a society of Muppets called Fraggles. The show ran from 1983-1987 and is well known for being an internationally co-produced show, with inserts filmed in Canada, Britain and the United States.
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Originally called the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, this hit TV show spawned a successful line of toys, movies and a cult following that is still alive and well almost 20 years later.
5. The Smurfs. This Hanna-Barbera cartoon aired from 1981-1989 and was based on a Belgium comic series of the same name. Today’s Smurf merchandise and hit real-life movies still follow the original characters, including Papa Smurf, Smurfette and Gargamel.
6. My Little Pony. The My Little Pony TV show was inspired by the successful line of toys released by Hasbro in the early 80s. The series aired in 1986, and although it was short-lived, it continues to be a successful brand.
7. Growing Pains. Everyone remembers sitting down to watch the Seaver family in the evenings! The show that made Kirk Cameron famous and introduced the world to a young Leonardo DiCaprio had to make the top 10 list of the 80s!
8. Alf. Alf (1986-1990) was the first TV show to be presented in Dolby surround sound. The title character Alf (Alien Life Form) is an extraterrestrial that crashed into the garage of the Tanner family. The show spawned a lot of spin off media, including an animated series, Marvel comic, Alf’s Hit Talk Show, a film and merchandise.
9. Looney Tunes. Even though Looney Tunes was produced well before the 1980s (1930-1969), it truly stood the test of time as an American favorite, and it continues to be shown on television more than 80 years later.
10. Alvin and the Chipmunks. A follow up to the original 1960s series The Alvin Show, Alvin and the Chipmunks aired from 1983-1990 and followed talented, mischievous chipmunks Alvin, Simon, Theodore and their caretaker Dave Seville.