My Top 5 : Saturday Morning Cartoons

I’m willing to bet that most young adults and all kids today will not know any of my selections. And that’s a crying shame. I don’t mean to say that they don’t make ’em like they used to (I’m not that old or pretentious) or that today’s animators don’t produce any quality shows. It’s just that I bemoan the fact that they seem to have been discarded and forgotten.

In my idea of a perfect world, a cable channel specializing in vintage cartoons would be introducing these gems and their ilk to today’s youths. If this is already the case, please enlighten me so that I can expose my kids to these wonders of animation.

So without further ado, here are five of my favorite nostalgia picks for Saturday morning cartoons :

5. Jonny Quest

Adventure with a capital “A”. This is a first rate offering from the Hanna Barbera studios. It’s the exciting life every boy could wish for (from the comfort of home, of course).


4. Space Ghost

Another classic cartoon from the prodigious minds of Hanna Barbera studios. I so wanted those arm bands, but Santa never delivered.Sigh.

3. Captain Scarlet

Jerry Anderson produced many great Supermarionation adventure series in the 1960s. This dark sci-fi saga pits Earth against the Mysterons of Mars.


2. The Herculoids

Wow! What a shock. Another animated Hanna Barbera goody. I swear to you that they are not paying me to advertise. I just remember loving these cartoons as a kid.

1. Thunderbirds

I could list many more of the great marionnette-based series produced by this creative team in the ’60s, but I can’t remember one that had such great toys.


I would like to add a caveat to this post. I haven’t watched any of these shows since I was a child, so I don’t know how well they hold up. All I can say is that they made such an impression that I still remember them fondly to this day. Will today’s kids be able to say the same of their Saturday morning fare? One can only hope.

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