Original run: 1988–1989
Plot: This kick-ass series revolved around Baldwin P. “Bulletproof” Vess, a Federal Agent from the FBI, who forms and leads a special police task force, C.O.P.S. (Central Organization of Police Specialists), in charge with protecting Empire City from mob leader Big Boss and his gang of cronies.
2. Beverly Hills Teens
Original run: Sept. 21–Dec. 18, 1987
Plot: The show revolved around the ridiculous and exaggerated lives of a group of spoiled, rich teenagers in Beverly Hills. Like all great ‘80s TV shows, it even had an awesome villain, the raven-haired Bianca Dupree, who, of course, was the real star of the show.
Beverly Hills Teens intro:
Original run: Sept. 13, 1986–June 27, 1987
Plot: Based on the popular, yet weird, toy line of the same name. The Popples lived with brother and sister Billy and Bonnie Wagner, who naturally were the only ones that could see them. And, of course, like all magical anthropomorphic sidekicks, they caused trouble whenever they could.
4. The Raccoons
Network: The Disney Channel/ CBC
Original run: Oct. 21, 1985–1991
Plot: Bert Raccoon and his boring married couple friends, Ralph and Melissa Raccoon, fight against an evil greedy businessman, Cyril Sneer, who is out to destroy the forest for some unknown reason.
The Raccoons intro:
6. Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series
Original run: Sept. 12–Dec. 5, 1987
Plot: At the height of their popularity, the Fraggles were given a cartoon spin-off, based on the live-action HBO show. Unfortunately this adaptation of the Fraggles failed to catch on and was quickly canceled.
Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series intro:
Mister T intro:
Paw Paws intro:
Potato Head Kids intro:
11. Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats
Original run: Sept. 5, 1984–1986
Plot: OK, so Heathcliff was basically the Cyndi Lauper to Garfield’s Madonna; while his segments were funny, the real stars of this show were the Catillac Cats — mainly because they lived in a junkyard and created all sorts of cool contraptions.
Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats intro:
12. The Legend of Zelda
Original run: Sept. 8–Dec. 1, 1989
Plot: Loosely based on the very popular NES game, the series followed the adventures of Link and Princess Zelda as they defended the kingdom of Hyrule.
Unlike the game, the series portrayed Link as less of hero and more as a snarky teenager. He even had an annoying catchphrase: “Well! Excuuuse me, Princess!”
13. Galaxy High School
Original run: Sept. 13–Dec. 6, 1986
Plot: The series revolved around Doyle Cleverlobe and Aimee Brightower, two teenagers from Earth who transfer to Galaxy High, an intergalactic high school that is populated by aliens from all over the galaxy.
Interesting fact: The series was actually created by director Chris Columbus.
Galaxy High School intro:
Original run: Sept. 8 – Dec. 5, 1986
Plot: Jake Kong and Eddie Spencer, along with their gorilla Tracy, are a team of paranormal investigators who must fight against the villainous ghost Prime Evil and his minions.
Most everyone assumed that the series was a rip-off of the film Ghostbusters, but it was actually based on a short-lived live-action TV show from 1975 titled The Ghost Busters.
In 1986, following the success of the Ghostbusters film, Filmation, the production company behind He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, decided to adapt the TV show as a cartoon series.
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