Danny’s Top 5/Bottom 5 Saturday Morning Cartoons

Growing up, we only had one television and that was in the living room.  Saturday morning was the one time I was allowed to have the TV all to myself and get to choose what I wanted to watch.  I lived out in the country, so I only had NBC, CBS & ABC to choose from and I’d watch cartoons from about 7am all the way until noon, when that animated choo-choo train would come across the screen and disco music would begin to play, I knew it was time for Soul Train to come on and that my morning cartoon time was over.  Off went the TV.   🙂


G.I. Joe (1985)

I loved this cartoon so much that I had many toys from it.  Duke & Lady Jane & Cobra Commander & Destro & Sepentor!  The blue and red laser beams!  The vehicles!  The people parachuting out of their planes once they blew up!  It was amazing!

Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985)

I still know all the words to the theme song of this show.  Kool-Aid had a flavor called Mountan Berry Splash that looked exactly like Gummi Berry Juice and I would carry some around when I was playing outside and pretend that it would give me super strength and allow me to bounce all-around.  This show had a huge influence on my imagination when I played outside.

Dungeons & Dragons (1983)

I loved all the characters (except Eric) and their unique abilities.  I was amazed at how powerful Dungeon Master was for such a little guy.  Venger and Tiamat the Dragon were such cool villians!  Even the music was cool and I loved the intro of the kids riding the roller coaster.

The Real Ghostbusters (1986)

I loved the Ghostbuster movie when it came out in 1984, so I was super excited to see a cartoon based on the same characters.  This show meant so much to me that it was the only time I sent off for something from an ad on the back of a cereal box.  I got a VHS copy of one of the episodes: The one where Egon’s father comes to visit.  I think I may still have it in a box somewhere…

Muppet Babies (1984)

I have loved everything that Jim Henson has ever done with the muppets.  Seeing them when there were babies somehow made them more relatable when I was a kid.  They had a “nanny” so it seemed like they were at daycare and using their imagination to have adventures, which is something I did a lot when I was a kid!


Ghostbusters (1986)

This was a knock-off and poor attempt to seize the “Ghostbusters” name.  It was based on a goofy movie made in 1975.  It was awful and NOT the Real Ghostbusters.

Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990)

Sure, I know the good message behind this show, but the hero had a green mullet and the teens were boring and their power rings were lame when used separately and so they always had to summon Captain Planet.

Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983)

I liked the Christmas movie that has become a classic.  However, the TV show and movie(s) were not my cup of tea.  I could only take those chipmunk voices so much.  Give me Chip ‘N’ Dale Rescue Rangers over Alvin, Simon, and Theodore anyday.

The Flintstone Kids (1986)

Shrink the Flintstone characters down into kid size and have them have adventures at school and around town.  Are Fred and Wilma elementary school sweethearts?   Barney and Betty too?  It was too weird for me.

A Pup named Scooby-Doo (1988)

Much like the Flintstone Kids, this show had Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby go around and have adventures as kids.  Fred kept blaming everything on someone called the “Red Herring”.  It was too silly and weird for me.