HISTORIC 1960’s and 1970’s CARTOON TV SHOWS!
Crusader Rabbit was the first animated series produced specifically for television back in 1952 and ran up through the ‘60s and the ‘70s.
Once animation became affordable via the clever use of “limited” animation pioneered by Clark Haas’ “Clutch Cargo” and then perfected by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, TV cartoon shows flourished.
This gave many shows the opportunity to literally explore the imagination’s limits while staying within a fun and entertaining delivery during the prolific peak of the Classic ’60’s and ’70’s cartoon series’ reign.
The Beatles cartoon debuted in 1965 and ran for two years signaling the Rock Pop Psychedelic Mod Culture influence which became obvious in the wild colors used, the wacky show titles, the psychedelic landscapes and environments, and the highly-stylized crazy characters that populated them.
00individual admits to many, many hours watching nearly all of these cartoons as a kid and as a pre-teen. And then as a late-teen early twenty’s Psychonaut cartoons took on a campy bit of colorful zeitgeist candy with gems of intelligence to be found by the discerning eye and ear. Back then, as now, cartoons were loaded with adult issues dressed in colorful costumes and crazy names skewed to the child in everyone. One learns of a great many important things through cartoons – not from the deliberately preached ones – but from the entertaining cause and effect ones.
This is a very condensed list that includes title, number of episodes, origin, and dates ran.
Titles in bold match the referenced images.
Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse 130 US 1960–1962
Popeye the Sailor 220 US 1960–1962
The Flintstones 166 US 1960–1965
Davey and Goliath 72 US 1960–1965, 1971–1973 Stop-motion
King Leonardo and His Short Subjects 203 US 1960–1963 Mister Magoo 26 (+1 TV special) US 1960
Q.T. Hush 100 US 1960–1961
The Bugs Bunny Show US 1960–2000 Compilation show
The Nutty Squirrels Present 30 US 1960–1961
Supercar 26 UK 1960
The Alvin Show 78 US 1961–1962
Clyde Crashcup US 1961 The Alvin Show segment
Dudley Do-Right 38 US 1961–1970 Rocky and Bullwinkle
Top Cat 30 US 1961–1962
Calvin and the Colonel 26 US 1961–1962
The Dick Tracy Show 130 US 1961–1962
The Yogi Bear Show 33 US 1961–1962
Deputy Dawg 34 US 1962–1963
The Jetsons 75 US 1962–1963; 1985; 1987
Beany and Cecil 26 US 1962–1969
Space Angel 45 US 1962–1964
Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har 52 US 1962–1963 Touché Turtle and Dum Dum 52 US 1962–1963
Wally Gator 52 US 1962–1963
Snuffy Smith & Barney Google 27 US 1962
Fireball XL5 27 UK 1962 US on NBC (1963–1965)
The Mighty Hercules 128 US/Canada/Japan 1963–66
Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales 70 US 1963–1966 Astro Boy 193 Japan 1963–1966
Hector Heathcote Show US 1963–1965
The New Casper Cartoon Show US 1963
Fractured Flickers US 1963–1964 Mixed live/cartoon
Space Patrol UK 1963
Bewitched 254 US 1964-1972
Jonny Quest 26 US 1964–1965
Hoppity Hooper 104 US 1964–1975
Underdog 124 US 1964–1967
Peter Potamus/Magic Balloon 27 US 1964-65
Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long 23 US 64-67
Punkin’ Puss & Mushmouse 23 US 1964–1967
The Porky Pig Show US 1964
Magilla Gorilla 31 US 1964–1967
Sugar Bear US 1964
Linus the Lionhearted US 1964–1969
Stingray UK 1964
Kimba the White Lion Japan 1965–1967
Space Ace Japan 1965–1966
Atom Ant 26 US 1965–1967
The Beatles UK/US/AUS 1965–1967
Milton the Monster US 1965–1967
Roger Ramjet 156 US 1965
Secret Squirrel 26 US 1965–1966
The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show 26 US 1965-66
The Hillbilly Bears 26 US 1965–1966
Squiddly Diddly 26 US 1965–1966
The New 3 Stooges 156 US 1965
Sinbad Jr. and his Magic Belt 86 US 1965–1966
Thunderbirds UK 1965
The King Kong Show 25 US/Canada/Japan 1966-69
Frankenstein Jr. 18 US 1966–1968
The Impossibles 18 US 1966–1968
Space Ghost 40 US 1966–1968
Dino Boy in the Lost Valley 20 US 1966–1968
Cool McCool 26 US 1966–1969
Batfink 100 US 1966–1967 The New Adventures of Superman 68 US 1966–1970
The Beagles US 1966
Space Kidettes 20 US 1966–1967
Laurel and Hardy 156 US 1966
The Road Runner Show US 1966
The Super 6 US 1966
The Lone Ranger US 1966
Mighty Heroes US 1966
Klondike Kat US 1966
Marvel Superheroes Show Canada 1966
Little Rascals Color Specials Japan 1966
George of the Jungle 17 US 1967
Journey to the Center of the Earth 17 US 1967–1969
Samson & Goliath 26 US 1967–1968
The Superman/Aquaman Hour 36 US 1967–1968
Abbott & Costello Cartoon Show 156 US 1967-68
The Herculoids 18 US 1967–1969
Shazzan 36 US 1967–1969
Birdman 40 US 1967–1969
Galaxy Trio 20 US 1967–1969
Spider-Man 52 US 1967-1970
Fantastic Four 20 US 1967–1968 Tom Slick US 1967
Mightor 36 US 1967–1968
Yakky Doodle US 1967
Moby Dick 18 US 1967–1968
Super Chicken 26 US 1967
Snagglepuss US 1967
Super President US 1967
Justice League of America US 1967 Superman US 1967
Teen Titans US 1967
The Atom US 1967 The Flash US 1967
Johnny Cypher/Dimension Zero US Japan 1967
Off To See The Wizard US 1967
Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons UK 1967
Mach Go Go Go/Japan Speed Racer/U.S. 1967 Fantastic Voyage 17 US 1968
The Batman/Superman Hr. 34 US 1968–69
Aquaman 36 US 1968–1970
The Archie Show 34 US 1968–1970
GeGeGe no Kitaro 65 Japan 1968–1969
The Adventures of Gulliver US 1968
Wacky Races 34 US 1968–1969
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour 31 US 1968–1970 Also live action
The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 20 US 1968–1969 Also live action
Go Go Gophers US 1968
Joe 90 UK 1968
Hot Wheels (TV series) 17 US 1969–1971
Sesame Street 4384 US 1969–present
Skyhawks 17 US 1969–1971 The Adventures of Batman 34 US 1969–1970
Dastardly & Muttley/Their Flying Machines 34 US 1969–1970
The Hardy Boys 34 US 1969–1971
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop 17 US 1969–1970
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! 25 US 1969-70
Cattanooga Cats 9 US 1969–1971
Around the World in 79 Days 17 US 1969-71
Motormouse and Autocat 34 US 1969–1971
Sabrina, The Teenage Witch US 1969
Heckle and Jeckle US 1969
The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse US 1969
The Pink Panther Show US 1969
Groovie Goolies 16 US 1970–1971
Harlem Globetrotters 22 US 1970–1971
Josie and the Pussycats 16 US 1970–1972
Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies US 1970
Family Classic Tales US 1970
Help!… It’s the Hair Bear Bunch! 16 US 1971–1973
The Funky Phantom 17 US 1971–1972
The Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm Show 20 US 1971–1976
The Jackson 5ive US, UK, Spain, Japan 1971–1973
Archie’s TV Funnies 16 US 1971–1973
The Brady Kids 22 US 1972–1973
The ABC Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids 109 US 1972-84
Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space 16 US 1972–74
The New Scooby-Doo Movies 24 US 1972–1974
The Osmonds 17 US 1972-1973
Sealab 2020 13 US 1972
Wait Till Your Father Gets Home 48 US 1972–1974
Lassie’s Rescue Rangers 15 US 1972–1973
Kid Power US 1972
The Addams Family 16 US 1973
Butch Cassidy 13 US 1973
Goober and the Ghost Chasers 16 US 1973
Inch High, Private Eye 13 US 1973
Jeannie 16 US 1973
My Favorite Martians 16 US 1973
Schoolhouse Rock! 78 US 1973–1985
Speed Buggy 16 US 1973-1973
Star Trek: The Animated Series 22 US 1973–1974
Super Friends 109 US 1973–1985
Yogi’s Gang 17 US 1973
Hong Kong Phooey 16 US 1974-1977
The New Adventures of Gilligan 24 US 1974–1975
Partridge Family 2200 A.D. 16 US 1974
Valley of the Dinosaurs 16 US 1974-1975
Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch 13 US 1974
Undersea Adventures/Captain Nemo 78 Canada, US 1975–78
Fraidy Cat 18 US 1975–1976
The Great Grape Ape Show 16 US 1975–1978
The Oddball Couple 16 US 1975
Return to the Planet of the Apes 13 US 1975
The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty 13 US 1975
The Tom and Jerry Show 48 US 1975
Paddington 56 UK 1975–1986
Clue Club 16 US 1976-1979
Dynomutt, Dog Wonder 20 US 1976–1977
Jabberjaw 16 US 1976-1978
The Scooby-Doo Show 40 US 1976–1978 The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour 16 US 1976
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle 36 US 1976–1984
The Mumbly Cartoon Show 16 US 1976-1977
Captain Caveman & Teen Angels 40 US 1977-80
CB Bears 13 US 1977
Fred Flintstone and Friends 16 US 1977–1978 Block consisting of The Flintstone Comedy Hour, Goober and the Ghost Chasers, Jeannie, The Partridge Family in Outer Space, The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, & Yogi’s Gang I Am the Greatest: Adventures/Muhammad Ali 13 US 1977
Laff-A-Lympics 24 US 1977–1978
The New Adventures of Batman 16 US 1977
The New Archie and Sabrina Hour 13 US 1977
The Robonic Stooges 32 US 1977–1978
Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics 16 US 1977-78
Block consisting of Laff-A-Lympics, The Scooby-Doo Show, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Captain Caveman & the Teen Angels, and The Blue Falcon & Dynomutt.
Space Sentinels 13 US 1977
The All-New Super Friends Hour 15 US 1977
The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour US 1977
Wonder Wheels 16 US 1977
Godzilla Power Hour 26 US, Japan 1978-81
Battle of the Planets 85 US, Japan 1978-85
The All-New Popeye Hour 35 US 1978–1983
Challenge of the Super Friends 16 US 1978
Fabulous Funnies 13 US 1978
Fangface 32 US 1978–1980
Jason of Star Command 28 US 1978–1981
The New Fantastic Four 13 US 1978
Tarzan and the Super 7 33 US 1978–1980 Also live-action.
Buford and the Galloping Ghost 13 US 1979
Casper and the Angels 13 US 1979
The New Adventures of Flash Gordon 32 US 1979–1980
The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse & Heckle & Jeckle
32 US 1979–1982
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo 16 US 1979–1980
Spider-Woman 16 US 1979–1980
The Super Globetrotters 13 US 1979
The Plastic Man Comedy-Adventure Show 130 US 1979
The World’s Greatest Super Friends 8 US 1979
The New Fat Albert Show US 1979
HISTORIC ’80’S CARTOON LICENSED TOYLINE UPROAR
The 1980’s made cartoon history on two fronts: 1) The licensing of TV cartoon characters to be made into toys exploded to incredible heights with cartoon properties filling up the aisles of toy stores everywhere. 2) Complaints by the Action for Children’s Television (ACT), an out-of-touch and unofficial “spokesgroup” for the supposed protection of children from TV shows that they felt were actually half hour advertisements for licensed toys.
He-Man & the Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, ThunderCats, Care Bears, The Real Ghostbusters, Transformers, Inspector Gadget, Rainbow Brite, My Little Pony, Rubix Cube, Pac Man, and others were on their hit list.
In reality what they demonized was actually Heaven for any kid or anyone who appreciated current cartoon / animation art culture. This was something that 00individual wanted to see in 3D during his whole formative years. He was so frustrated in the dearth of tangible cartoon characters in action figure form that he made his own out of classic Pink Erasers. (H-B’s Baba Louie and Quick Draw McGraw).
The toys and action figures of favorite characters collected, and the hours of fun experienced, is appreciated even now by grown up children of the ’80s who overwhelmingly look back upon those times with the fondest of memories.
Eventually, ACT’s “act” fell apart at the seams and fun continued on without their interference.
Many animated series were very well done and delivered the goods; Inspector Gadget (great shadowing and depth blurring plus a really fun concept and a funny main character, and the 12″ Bandai toy figure is amazing), He-Man Masters of the Universe (an iconic heroic fantasy with great characters and a great toyline), and The Real Ghostbusters; a show that was actually very witty and funny. The Ghostbusters “powers that be” should have expanded on any one of the excellent cartoon scripts for the so eagerly awaited Ghostbusters 3, but alas . . . this will never be.
And while on the subject:
GHOSTBUSTERS 3 / BILL MURRAY RANT
Ghostbusters 3 with the original cast could have been filmed at any time up to Harold Ramis’ death, they had the scripts, but it didn’t happen, and 00individual blames this “disappointment of a generation” squarely on Bill Murray. The “Oscar nominated star” was above it all – it had to be the perfect script for the “star”. Any Ghostbusters 3 would have been better than nothing – it wouldn’t have been horrible – unless it was an unfunny all female cast.
To extinguish the sour ecto-plasm that is Bill Murray, let’s enjoy a few streams from the proton pack of movie-worthy random quotes from The Real Ghostbusters cartoon show:
Egon Spengler: Notice the vacant stare, the completely mindless look. That could only mean one thing.
Winston Zeddemore: She’s from California?
Egon Spengler: No. She’s been hypnotized.
Peter Venkman: This is not fun! I’ve had fun! This isn’t it!
Man: Would you be Mr. Raymond Stantz?
Egon Spengler: No, not by choice.
[Peter and Egon are going to search for a troll in the Holland Tunnel]
Ray Stantz: [shouting] Remember there could be giant ants, like in Santa Clara, in 1950!
[Egon backs the car up and Peter rolls down the window]
Peter Venkman: Not funny.
Peter Venkman: It’s times like this that I wish I’d listened to what my dad used to tell me.
Winston Zeddemore: Yeah? What was that?
Peter Venkman: I don’t know. I never listened.
Man: I’d like to welcome you to the studio.
Ray Stantz: Wow! This is really fantastic! It looks just like the real thing!
Man: That’s why we wanted you here to advise us, make sure we’re doing it right. After-all, this is your life story.
Peter Venkman: No problem. As long as you got the right people to play us. Admit it, Redford was dying to play me, right?
Man: Not exactly. Here’s the cast list.
Winston Zeddemore: Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis? What’s that – a law firm?
“THAT’S ALL FOLKS!”
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