9 television shows every ’80s kid was obsessed with

Super Ted

If you were a child of the ’80s, you’re going to love these. 

We’re taking a trip down memory lane, remembering all those shows that held us captivated for hours, taught us important life lessons, and got their jingles glued into our brains forever.

1. Bananaman (released 1983)

What a genius ploy to get kids eating bananas, amiright? Bananaman was pretty much a parody jumble of every superhero stereotype that ever existed … and us littlies lapped it all up!

2. Punky Brewster (released 1984)

Every young girl loved Penelope ‘Punky’ Brewster – an orphan who finds a new, loving home (though with plenty of hurdles on the way). It was good enough to spawn an animated spin-off and good enough to make us all want to wear our hair in Punky-esque pigtails.

3. Super Ted (released 1983)

A superhero teddy bear with a spotty sidekick from outer space? This show had all the makings of ’80s TV gold!

4. The Raggy Dolls (released 1986)

This show had arguably some of the most solid morals of all ’80s offerings – reminding kids that you don’t need to strive to be perfect because you’re great just the way you are. As the intro song goes, “It isn’t much of a life when you’re just a pretty face!”

5. DuckTales (released 1987)

Attach the ‘Disney’ name to any TV show and there’s a 99 percent chance it’s going to be a winner – but even without that, it was hard not to be charmed by Scrooge McDuck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. (Not to mention it had a really rad intro song!)

6. The Trap Door (released 1984)

I’m still not sure what the “something down there” in the trap door was … but this short show (which was like 25 percent intro song) was a staple of our afternoon TV viewing for many, many years!

7. Inspector Gadget (released 1983)

Who didn’t want a go-go gadget car and go-go-gadget powers after watching Inspector Gadget in action?

8. Danger Mouse (released 1981)

Much like Super Ted, this show put a charismatic hero alongside a bumbling sidekick – with copious ‘BOOM’ sound effects thrown in for good measure. A-Grade television right there, folks.

9. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (released 1983)

For those who liked their heroes less fluffy, more muscular – there was He-Man. The show was a winning cocktail of magical powers, evil forces (did anyone else get nightmares from Skeletor?) and a good dose of general kick-arsery.

This post was originally published on Kinderling Kids Radio. Download the Kinderling app for more great stories. 

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