How Well Do You Remember Classic '80s Saturday Morning Cartoons?


By: Isadora Teich

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Think you have what it takes to take down Skeletor? Then gear up for battle with this quiz! The '80s was overflowing with iconic cartoons, many of which changed the face of pop culture forever. The influence of many of these shows can be seen even today, over 30 years later.

From "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," generations of people grew up watching and loving all sorts of wacky, colorful and memorable characters born in the 1980s. Whether you or maybe even your kids loved "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" or "Superfriends," the love of nostalgia never truly leaves us. 

The 1980s was a unique decade in many ways, and its TV shows were no exception. Many shows were wholly new, some taught moral lessons, some were continuations of popular characters from decades past, and others were based on toys, bringing marketing to a whole new level. Toys based on shows and shows based on toys were everywhere, tempting kids to make their parents buy them. If you've got your head and heart stuck in your favorite old-school cartoons, see if you can Smurf to higher grounds with this HowStuffWorks quiz! 

"Alvin and the __________" aired on NBC?

This American animated TV series aired on NBC from 1983 to 1990. It was during these years that franchise's first feature film, "The Chipmunk Adventure," was released.


Which of these was a recurring character on "Pee-wee's Playhouse"?

Jambi the Genie lived in a jeweled box in the Playhouse. He had numerous catchphrases, such as "Mecca lecca hi, mecca hiney ho," and appeared on many episodes to grant wishes for Pee-wee, which often turned out in unpredictable ways.


Which of these superheroes starred on "Super Friends"?

"Super Friends" ran from 1973-1986 as part of ABC's Saturday morning cartoon lineup. The core group of Super Friends was Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, and Robin.


"Pac-Man" was the first cartoon based on what?

"Pac-Man" ran from 1982 to 1984 on ABC. IT was the first cartoon ever to be based on a video game.


Most of the Smurfs are what?

Originally all of the Smurfs were men, until a few female Smurfs were added. The most famous of the female Smurfs is Smurfette.


Which cartoon icon has the catchphrase "Hey hey hey!"?

"Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" ran from 1972 to1985. It's based on Bill Cosby's memories of his childhood gang of friends.


Which show is about a lasagna-loving cat?

"Garfield and Friends" aired from 1988 to 1995 on CBS. It was based on the comic strip by Jim Davis.


Tim Burton directed a movie that inspired which of these shows?

This show ran on ABC and later FOX, from 1989 to 1991. It was based loosely on Tim Burton's film of the same name.


Which show is similar to "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe"?

"Blackstar" was produced in 1981 and only had 13 episodes. It's a fantasy epic similar to "He-Man," which came after it.


Which show starred Tyg Tiger and Pammy Panda?

Originally characters featured on popular Hallmark greeting cards, the Shirt Tales were adapted by Hanna-Barbera Productions into a Saturday morning cartoon on NBC. They featured a few animal characters wearing slogan T-shirts.


What were viewers of "Pee-wee's Playhouse" supposed to do whenever they heard the episode's secret word?

At the beginning of every episode, viewers were told a secret word and then told to scream whenever anyone on the show said it. Pee-wee would often end episodes by saying whatever the secret word was.


"___________ and His Amazing Friends" was a popular Saturday morning cartoon in the 1980s.

This Marvel show initially ran from 1981 to 1986. In it Spider-Man, Iceman and Firestar team up to fight different Marvel villains.


Which of theses does Pac-Man have in the TV show?

In the show, Pac-Man has a family. His wife is named Pepper Pac-Man and their child is named Pac-Baby.


The show "Meatballs & Spaghetti" centered around a husband and wife who do what?

This Saturday morning cartoon ran for one season on CBS in the early '80s. It centered on a married singing duo who roved the country with their bassist friend and dog drummer.


"The Berenstain _________" aired in the mid '80s.

This show was based on the children's book series and aired from 1985 to 1987 on CBS. It was nominated for a Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming.


Snorks are similar to Smurfs, only they live where?

"Snorks" ran on NBC from 1984 to 1988 and is considered a sister cartoon of "The Smurfs." It never gained the popularity of "The Smurfs," but its colorful creatures did gain a worldwide fanbase.


In which animated show does a real-life comedian run a fictional summer camp?

"Camp Candy" originally aired on NBC from 1989-1992. In the show, John Candy played himself as the founder of Camp Candy.


"What is the name of the villain in "The Smurfs"?

Gargamel is an evil wizard and the primary enemy of the Smurfs. He wants to destroy them and turn them into gold.


Who is the main rival of Garfield the cat in "Garfield and Friends"?

Nermal the grey tabby cat is Garfield's main rival. He constantly brags about being cuter and out of jealously Garfield often tries to mail him to Abu Dhabi.


Alvin of "Alvin and the Chipmunks" has two brothers. What are their names?

Alvin is the oldest brother and a troublemaker. The middle brother is Simon, known for being intellectual and responsible, and the youngest is Theodore, who is innocent and gullible.


Which famous '80s figure had their own wacky Saturday morning cartoon?

"Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling" aired from 1985 to 1986, Saturday mornings on CBS. It pitted Hulk Hogan and a team of famous wrestlers against various wrestling villains in kooky situations.


Which show features a five-headed dragon as a villain?

This show ran from 1983 to 1985 on CBS. It featured six friends roaming through a magic realm accessed by a roller coaster, while a dark wizard named Venger and a five-headed dragon named Tiamat opposed them.


In the show "Mister T," Mr. T coached what kind of team?

This show aired on NBC from 1983 to 1985. Mr. T coaches a gymnastics team that travels the world solving mysteries.


Which of these shows has a cult following?

This show ran from 1986 to 1990 on CBS. This show was popular with kids and adults for its bright colors, quick pace, fun and ability to portray moral lessons without being condescending. This award-winning show is considered to be one of the most creative and fascinating children's shows of all time.


On which show do the main characters live in the land of Care-a-lot?

"The Care Bears" initially aired on ABC from 1985-1988. It follows a group of bears who live in the Kingdom of caring in the clouds and travel the world going on caring missions.


Which of these kids' cartoons was created by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis?

This cartoon ran from 1986 to 1991 on ABC. It follows the characters of the franchise as well as the Ghostbusters' mascot, Slimer.


Jim Henson worked on which long-running cartoon?

"Jim Henson's Muppet Babies" or "Muppet Babies" aired from 1984 to 1991 on CBS. The series starred Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Scooter and a host of other Muppets watched by a human woman called Nanny.


Finish the show title: "________ Puppies."

This cartoon aired on ABC from 1986 to 1988. It was based on the toy line by Tonka.


Which of these cartoons was a spin-off from the sitcom "ALF"?

This series ran on NBC from 1988 to 1989. It's a prequel to the popular sitcom that shows ALF's life on his home planet.


Which of these shows featured the adventures of Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore?

This show initially aired on Disney Channel in 1988 before airing on NBC and ABC. It had four seasons.


In which show does an average L.A. teenager have to become the savior of Videoland?

This show aired from 1989 to 1991 on NBC. It starred Kevin Keene, a teenager who is taken to another universe called Videoland with his dog, and is destined to become their hero.


Which of these shows featured Keisuke Miyagi?

"The Karate Kid" had one season in 1989 on NBC. It was based on the popular series of films.


Which of these shows was based on advertisements?

This show was based on musical raisins, the claymation characters used to advertise California Raisins. The show aired on CBS in 1989.


Which show followed the adventures of teen goth Lydia Deetz?

This show was loosely based on the 1988 film. This award-winning show followed Lydia and Beetlejuice as they explored the monster- and ghost-filled Neitherworld.


"The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries" featured friends and what other companion, solving supernatural mysteries?

Airing in 1984 on ABC, this show was one of the many "Scooby-Doo" incarnations that aired throughout the 1980s. They were all based on the original "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" which aired first on CBS in 1969.


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