In the 80s we weren’t afraid to say that some things were made for girls and some were made for boys. Whether it was toys or cartoons they were definitely marketed to one sex or the other. Thats not to say that the boys didn’t play with girls toys and vice versa, it was just the girls found it a lot easier to admit! So here are 8 cartoons that were marketed towards boys, but we bet that loads of girls watched them too? So Having said all that here is a list of classic 80s cartoons we all watched
1. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is an American animated television series produced by Filmation based on Mattel’s toy line Masters of the Universe. The show, often referred to as simply He-Man, was one of the most popular animated children’s shows of the 1980s, and has retained a heavy cult following to this day. It made its television debut in 1983 and ran until 1985, consisting of two seasons of 65 episodes each. Reruns continued to air in syndication until 1988, at which point USA Network bought the rights to the series. USA aired He-Man until September 1990. Reruns of the show are no longer being broadcast on the Qubo Night Owl nor on Retro Television Network in the US, but the show is now available on Netflix.
The show takes place on the fictional planet of Eternia, a planet of magic, myth and fantasy. Its lead character is Prince Adam, the young son of Eternia’s rulers, King Randor and Queen Marlena. Whenever Prince Adam holds the Sword of Power aloft and proclaims “By the Power of Grayskull!” he is endowed with “fabulous secret powers” and transformed into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe. Together with his close allies, Battle Cat (who undergoes a similar transformation from being Adam’s cowardly pet tiger Cringer), The Sorceress, Teela, Man-At-Arms and Orko, He-Man uses his powers to defend Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor. Skeletor’s main goal is to conquer the mysterious fortress of Castle Grayskull, from which He-Man draws his powers. If successful, Skeletor would have enough power to rule Eternia and possibly the entire universe.
The Real Ghostbusters is an American animated television series, a spinoff of the 1984 comedy movie Ghostbusters. The series ran from September 13, 1986 to October 5, 1991, and was produced by Columbia Pictures Television, DiC Enterprises, and Coca-Cola Telecommunications. J. Michael Straczynski was story editor, and wrote episodes for every season except four and seven. “The Real” was added to the title after a dispute with Filmation and its Ghost Busters properties. The series continues the adventures of paranormal investigators Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore, their secretary Janine Melnitz and their mascot ghost Slimer. There also were two ongoing Real Ghostbusters comics, one published monthly by Now Comics in the United States and the other published weekly (originally biweekly) by Marvel Comics in the United Kingdom, and a popular toy line manufactured by Kenner.
The show originally aired on ABC for its full run, except for the second season which ran on syndication at the same time as the third season ran on ABC. Later, reruns of the show appeared on the USA Network’s USA Cartoon Express from September 16, 1991 to September 11, 1994. Fox Family Channel also reran the series from August 17, 1998 to October 1, 1999. Fox included the series as part of their Fox Kids block on Saturday mornings in 2001–02. In August 2012, reruns began airing on Fearnet during the weekends, part of their “Funhouse” block, and on April 1, 2017 the show began to stream on Netflix.
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja (Hero ) Turtles
Originally created by Kevin Eastmen and Peter Laird, but it was Fred Wolf who turned the TMNTs nto the TV friendly characters we saw burst onto our screens in 1987. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (initially known as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in some European countries due to controversy at the time, and also known as TMNT 1987) is an American animated television series produced by the studio Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and the French company IDDH. The pilot was shown during the week of December 28, 1987 in syndication as a five-part miniseries and the show began its official run on October 1, 1988. Since then the show and franchise has become a worldwide phenomenon. The series featured the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created in comic book form by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The property was changed considerably from the darker-toned comic, to make it more suitable for children and the family.
The show was in Saturday morning syndication from October 1, 1988 to September 9, 1989, and became an instant hit. The show was expanded to five days a week and aired weekday afternoons in syndication in most markets from September 25, 1989 to September 17, 1993. Starting on September 8, 1990 (with a different opening sequence), the show began its secondary run on CBS’s Saturday morning lineup, beginning as a 60-minute block from 1990 to 1993, initially airing a couple of Saturday exclusive episodes back to back. There would also be a brief “Turtle Tips” segment in between the two episodes which served as PSA about the environment or other issues. There were a total of 20 “Turtle Tips” segments produced and aired. Beginning in 1994, the show began airing as a 30-minute block until the series ended. The series ran until November 2, 1996, when it aired its final episode.
Mobile Armoured Strike Kommand or MASK for short, was a toy line developed in 1985 by Kenner. Of course the model in those days was to also develop an animated series to help sell the toys. The series brought us the adventures of the MASK squad and their fight against the evil VENOM (Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem). M.A.S.K. (short for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) is an animated television series produced by the French-American DIC Enterprises, Inc and Kenner. The series was based on the M.A.S.K. action figures. It was animated in Asia by studios; KK DIC Asia (later known as KK C&D Asia), Studio Juno, Studio World, and Ashi Production.