Monday, August 25, 2008

Saturday Morning Cartoons

As a child, I loved getting up early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons. Back then, all 3 networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) had a full lineup of animated shows that aired from 7-11am. I usually got up a little before 7 and turned the TV to the local NBC affiliate. They didn't actually start programming until 7, so while I waited for the magic hour, they had a test card running.



Things would kick things off with "Laff-a-Lympics"



(which was basically a precursor to "The Amazing Race" :P)

Next it was "The Snorks", and then before you knew it, it was time to "Smurf". One of my favorites was "Pac-Man".



"Saturday Supercade" was also based on a videogame (several actually), but I didn't like it as much. I did get a kick out of "Rubik, the Amazing Cube", however. And one of my brothers sure liked "Mr. T". In the toon, Mr. T was a coach for the U.S. gymnastics team (I'm not kidding). And who can forget "The Littles"? One of the last shows on in the morning was "The Tarzan/Lone Ranger Adventure Hour".

By this time, I was ready to go outside. You can't spend your whole life in front of the TV.

9 comments:

silverneurotic said...

I remember when I was growing up I'd watch TGIF every Friday night on ABC-before the fall season started (I guess) one of those Friday nights would be dedicated to advertising the Saturday morning tv lineup. It was interesting to watch, especially as I dont think I watched too much Saturday morning tv.

Thomas said...

Ah yes, TGIF. I remember watching those shows as well, most notably Family Matters (I just found out a few moments ago that Matters was actually a spin-off of Perfect Strangers).

Sarah said...

a) snorks!
b) TGIF = full house and urkel, n'est-ce pas?

Thomas said...

You are correct, Sarah.

disestablishingpuritanism said...

Best cartoons and best sitcoms by far are 80s for me. Transformers, Smurfs, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Scooby Doo, Family Ties, Valerie's Family, Alf... The list goes on and on.

Thomas said...

I love the 80's as well, Dis. How much? Well, last night, while doing my treadmill walking, I was watching a collection of Huey Lewis videos. They were radical!

houstonmacbro said...

I was partial to the Superfriends.

Thomas said...

Houston, being a fan of Superfriends, I'm sure these next four words are music to your ears: "Wonder Twin Powers, Activate!"

Thomas said...
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