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Nostalgia: 80s Cartoons

Pragya T

There were some really great cartoon TV series made during the 80s. Let us look at the best 80s cartoons.
80s toons were funny and entertaining for example Walt Disney series of Duck Tales and Winnie the Pooh, which had great storyline and characters. Such TV series were cute, funny, and for light watching.
There were the action-loaded cartoon TV series of G.I. Joe and Transformers with awesome characters. These cartoons are so famous and have such great plots, that their movies have been made in these 2000's.
Looking from an artistic point of view, we find today's cartoon TV series to be quite limited in the use of animation, also the characters are not so detailed. The storyline also seems to be quite repetitive, but cartoons in 80s were very unique and entertaining, here is a list of such cartoons....

Duck Tales

This is one of the most popular 80s cartoon. In this comedy of 80s cartoon, Donald Duck decides to join Navy and leaves his 3 naughty nephews Hewey, Dewey, and Louie with Uncle Scrooge. Uncle Scrooge is a billionaire who goes on swimming in his money and is a miserly person. They go on various adventures and more interesting characters keep joining them.

G.I. Joe

This is an awesome series about a special unit of people called the 'G.I. Joe' whose leader was Duke and General Hawk. The Joe's are highly trained army which has various amazing people who are fighting Cobra, the evil organization.

Rescue Rangers

This is a quite funny cartoon series, but a bit irritating too. It is about Chip and Dale who work as detectives with a team of two mice and a fly. The series is funny, and full of adventures, but a bit irritating because many times one can predict who is the criminal, and the characters go on a roundabout way to find the criminal.

Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons is about five children who are at an amusement park and enter into a portal that leads them to another dimension while they are on a roller coaster ride. This new world consists of dangerous dragons and other strange characters. Watch how these children face the situations with these strange creatures.


This is an awesome cartoon series, which is about four unique and famous cartoon characters who fight with weird ghosts, goblins, and other mythical figures that are spread out through the New York city. A must watch.


Transformers has a complex plot, which goes like two fractions of robots, good and evil, who continue to fight on Earth. To understand the whole storyline you will need to watch the whole series. The most interesting thing to watch in this 80s cartoon is the reshaping of Transformers from various gadgets to the full form of their original robotic body.

Scooby Doo

Some episodes in it are really great and it used to play all the time on cartoon network and still does, so is a good series to pass the time. It is about different people and a dog called Scooby Doo who together are always trying to solve a mystery.

The Smurfs

This Hanna-Barbera cartoon series is about a large village of mythical blue colored townspeople who live in a mushroom village. It has interesting Smurfs characters and a great sound score.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

There are toys, movies, comic books, and cartoon series on the famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It is about four turtles who get mutated in some freak accident are then discovered by Hamato Yoshi, who trains them. These four turtles then fight the evil forces.

Inspector Gadget

This is a funny series about the Inspector Gadget who battles the forces of M.A.D, using various weird but interesting gadgets that keep popping all over his bodies. Though, all the gadgets don't work the way they are intended to do and Inspector Gadget keeps bumbling around, he still manages to save the day.


This is about the Thundercats who are a hybrid, cool feline human race who are living on the Third Earth and have fled from their home Thundera due to magical destruction. This is a great action series, which any action cartoon series fan will enjoy.
These were the cartoons which were most popular in 80s and little description about the different series. So, watch the series which you haven't watched yet and enjoy!