1. Punky Brewster
Original run: Sept. 14, 1985 – Dec. 6, 1986
Plot: A cartoon spin-off of the wildly popular television show Punky Brewster, the series revolved around the adventures of Punky (voiced by Soleil Moon Frye) and her pet Glomer, who was a magical leprechaun gopher; because of course every ’80s cartoon needed anthropomorphic sidekick.
Punky Brewster intro:
Original run: Sept. 14, 1985 – Dec. 7, 1985
Plot: The show revolved around the Wuzzles, a group of adorable (or possibly creepy) winged hybrid animals that lived in the Land of Wuz.
In retrospect, this show had some serious The Island of Doctor Moreau shit going on.
The Wuzzles was the first original animated series ever produced by Disney, and with only 13 episodes produced, it was also its shortest.
3. Shirt Tales
Original run: Sept. 18, 1982 – Jan. 21, 1984
Plot: Based on a line of Hallmark greeting cards, the Shirt Tales were a group of secret crime-fighting animals.
Seriously, what criminal would suspect that those cute faces could kick ass?
Shirt Tales intro:
4. Rubik, the Amazing Cube
Original run: Sept. 10, 1983 – Sept. 1, 1984
Plot: The series featured a creepy magical Rubik’s Cube (doesn’t get more ‘80s than that) named Rubik, who would come alive when the colored squares on his sides were matched up.
The cartoon has the distinction of being the first Saturday morning cartoon show to feature Latino children as the main characters.
Rubik, the Amazing Cube intro:
Fun fact: the theme song was song by Menudo.
Original run: Sept. 15, 1984 – May 13, 1989
Plot: A rip-off of The Smurfs; Snorks were a race of seahorse-like beings that lived underwater (in the ocean, to be exact) in the world of Snorkland.
Somehow, this show managed to be more annoying than The Smurfs.
6. Hello Kitty’s Furry Tale Theater
Original run: Sept. 19, 1987 – Dec. 12, 1987
Plot: Each episode featured Hello Kitty and her friends recreating their own versions of popular fairy tales, movies, and stories.
The show really should have been called “Catnip’s Furry Tale Theater,” cause as the series’ main villain, Catnip stole all the scenes from boring-ass Hello Kitty.
Hello Kitty’s Furry Tale Theater intro:
Original run: Sept. 13, 1987 – Aug. 25, 1990
Plot: Kissyfur and his father, Gus, are two escaped circus bears that move to the swamps of Paddlecab County and run a water taxi company (because what else is an escaped circus bear supposed to do; he has no job skills).
8. Kidd Video
Original run: Sept. 15, 1984 – Dec. 7, 1985
Plot: This MTV-esque mess of a show’s plot is best explained by Wiki:
“Kidd Video and his band of the same name (played by live-action performers in the first half of the title sequence) were kidnapped by a villain named Master Blaster, and transported to Master Blaster’s home dimension, a cartoon world called The Flipside. They were rescued by a fairy named Glitter [who rocked a very ‘80s Jennifer Beals in Flashdance inspired outfit] and subsequently spent each episode of the series either helping to free the denizens of the Flipside from Master Blaster’s rule, or trying to find a way back to the ‘real world.’ Master Blaster, who seemed to be a cartoonization of a corrupt rock manager or music executive, flew around the sky in his floating castle, which resembled a giant jukebox.”
Kidd Video intro:
9. The Berenstain Bears
Original run: Sept. 14, 1985 – March 7, 1987
Plot: An animated series based on the popular book series of the same name. Each episode featured two 11-minute episodes, the first being an adaptation of one of the books, and the second being an original story.
The Berenstain Bears intro:
10. Teen Wolf
Original run: Sept. 17, 1986 – Nov. 7, 1987
Plot: Based on the 1985 live-action film of the same name, this was the original Teen Wolf TV show. It was short-lived, though, lasting only 21 episodes.
Also, the cartoon was short on ab shots.
Teen Wolf intro:
11. Dink, the Little Dinosaur
Original run: Sept. 16, 1989 – Nov. 3, 1990
Plot: The series was a rip-off of the film Land Before Time (long before the direct-to-video sequels), and it followed the adventures of Dink (basically the character of Little Foot) and his friends.
Dink, the Little Dinosaur intro:
12. The Flintstone Kids
Original run: Sept. 6, 1986 – Sept. 3, 1988
Plot: A reboot of the longtime perennial favorite, The Flintstones, the series revolved around the adventures of Fred, Barney, Wilma, and Betty as annoying 8- to 10-year-olds.
Unfortunately, each episode also featured the rather horrendous segment of “Captain Caveman and Son.”