Top 30 Children's TV shows of the 80's

by sholto.vaughan | created - 23 Nov 2012 | updated - 19 Dec 2013 | Public

A collection of memorable Children's TV shows, in no particular order

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1. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, goes against the evil forces of Skeletor to save the planet Eternia and to protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull.

Stars: John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary, Lou Scheimer

Votes: 14,985

2. King Rollo (1980– )

5 min | Animation, Family

Animated series produced by the BBC in the 80s following the exploits of the titular character and various advice-giving aquaintances.

Star: Ray Brooks

Votes: 35

3. Dungeons & Dragons (1983–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A group of kids are thrown into a fantasy world where they must search for a way home, armed with magic weapons that an evil tyrant wants.

Stars: Willie Aames, Don Most, Katie Leigh, Adam Rich

Votes: 4,065

4. The Flumps (1976– )

Animation, Family

The adventures of a family of cute, furry creatures - The Flumps. Grandpa Flump, Ma and Pa Flump, their eldest son Perkin, daughter Posie and youngest son Pootle. Each episode contains fun songs and a story from the 'Big Book'.

Star: Gay Soper

Votes: 179

5. Bananaman (1983–1986)

5 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Stupid, but well-meaning and super-strong super-hero, Bananaman gets his strength from eating bananas. Before he eats a banana, Bananaman is a young boy called Eric who is keen to keep his ... See full summary »

Stars: Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jill Shilling

Votes: 1,332

6. Bric-A-Brac (1980– )

Family

A children's TV series in which each episode is centred around a different letter of the alphabet.The old bloke who owns the shop rummages around to find things in the junk that start with that letter.

Star: Brian Cant

Votes: 18

7. SuperTed (1983–1986)

10 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

In a toy factory, a newly-made teddy bear is put in a storeroom after being found to be defective. The teddy bear is found by a cosmic being from outer space known as Spotty Man, and Spotty... See full summary »

Stars: Derek Griffiths, Peter Hawkins, Jon Pertwee, Melvyn Hayes

Votes: 1,158

8. Willo the Wisp (1981– )

5 min | Animation, Family

A series of 5 minute cartoons about a group of inhabitants of a forest. Willo the Wisp is a sprite formed from gas who narrates each story. Other characters included Evil Edna (a witch ... See full summary »

Star: Kenneth Williams

Votes: 303

9. Paddington Bear (1976–1993)

30 min | Animation, Family

The misadventures of a little Peruvian bear living in London, England.

Stars: Michael Hordern, Joel Grey

Votes: 1,010

10. Thundercats (1985–1989)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A team of humanoid cats fight evil in their adopted home world.

Stars: Bob McFadden, Larry Kenney, Earl Hammond, Lynne Lipton

Votes: 14,885

11. Terrahawks (1983–1986)

23 min | Family, Sci-Fi

The missions of a planetary defense organization dedicated to protecting Earth from a Martian menace.

Stars: Jeremy Hitchen, Denise Bryer, Anne Ridler, Windsor Davies

Votes: 566

12. Ulysses 31 (1981–1982)

25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

To return home and restore his cursed crew, a great hero of space and his child companions must find the Kingdom of Hades against all evil opposition.

Stars: Matt Birman, Jacques Ebner, Claude Giraud, Séverine Morisot

Votes: 1,684

13. Battle of the Planets (1978–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A five-member superhero team called G-Force fights to defend Earth and its space colonies from the threat of the planet Spectra.

Stars: Alan Young, Keye Luke, Ronnie Schell, Janet Waldo

Votes: 1,568

14. The Transformers (1984–1987)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Two opposing factions of transforming alien robots engage in a battle that has the fate of Earth in the balance.

Stars: Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Corey Burton, Christopher Collins

Votes: 19,139

15. Mr Benn (1971–2005)

15 min | Animation, Family

Mr Benn is the ordinary, bowler-hatted office worker who lives in the ordinary suburban street of Festive Road. However, when he tries on a costume in a mysterious costume shop, he steps ... See full summary »

Star: Ray Brooks

Votes: 606

16. King Rollo (1980– )

5 min | Animation, Family

Animated series produced by the BBC in the 80s following the exploits of the titular character and various advice-giving aquaintances.

Star: Ray Brooks

Votes: 35

17. The Wuzzles (1985)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

This cartoon series followed the adventure of the Wuzzles, colorful and playful creatures that were part one animal, part another.

Stars: Stan Freberg, Brian Cummings, Henry Gibson, Kathleen Helppie-Shipley

Votes: 439

18. Bod (1975– )

TV-Y | 15 min | Animation, Family, Music

The adventures of a little boy called Bod, who lives in a town with his friends Aunt Flo, P.C. Copper, Frank the Postman and Farmer Barleymow. Each episode also featured Alberto Frog and his Amazing Animal Band.

Stars: John Le Mesurier, Maggie Henderson

Votes: 116

19. Fraggle Rock (1983–1987)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The adventures of the various inhabitants of an underground civilization.

Stars: Karen Prell, Gerard Parkes, Kathryn Mullen, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 6,400

20. Button Moon (1980– )

11 min | Family

Mr Spoon and his family live on Junk Planet. He travels in his baked bean tin spaceship across blanket sky to Button Moon. There he meets many strange characters and watches stories unfold on other planets using his telescope.

Star: Robin Parkinson

Votes: 542

21. Pigeon Street (1981– )

15 min | Animation, Family

Much loved British animated series telling the stories of a recurring cast of characters such as a trucker called Long Distance Clara and Mr Baskerville the Detective who all live on Pigeon Street in an unnamed British city.

Stars: George Layton, John Telfer

Votes: 81

22. Rainbow (1978 TV Movie)

97 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The early life and struggles of Judy Garland (portrayed by Andrea McArdle), and of the film star's trials as a youngster in dealing with the Movie Studio system that held her back while her... See full summary »

Director: Jackie Cooper | Stars: Andrea McArdle, Don Murray, Michael Parks, Rue McClanahan

Votes: 190

23. Rentaghost (1976–1984)

25 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Harold and Ethel Meaker live in South Ealing and run 'Rentaghost' where they rent ghosts out to the public. Over the years many ghosts came and went but the main Rentaghost crew consisted ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Staniforth, Edward Brayshaw, Ann Emery, William Perrie

Votes: 407

24. Danger Mouse (1981–1992)

TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Danger Mouse, the greatest secret agent in the world, must follow Colonel K's orders (and try not to break Professor Squawkencluck's inventions) to foil Baron Greenback's and his henchman Stiletto's plans.

Stars: David Jason, Terry Scott, Edward Kelsey, Brian Trueman

Votes: 2,887

25. Inspector Gadget (1983–1986)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A bumbling bionic police inspector stumbles about on his cases, while his niece and dog secretly do the real investigative work.

Stars: Don Adams, Holly Berger, Frank Welker, Luc Durand

Votes: 17,028

26. Super Gran (1985–1987)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

The adventures of a super-powered granny who fights crime in her community.

Stars: Gudrun Ure, Iain Cuthbertson, Bill Shine, Alan Snell

Votes: 378

28. The Littlest Hobo (1979–1985)

Adventure, Drama, Family

The wandering adventures of an intelligent German shepherd dog.

Stars: London, Allan Royal, Harvey Atkin, Ted Follows

Votes: 937

29. Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (1981– )

24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

In 17th century France, young Dogtanian travels to Paris to fulfill his ambition to become one of the King's Musketeers. He befriends Athos, Porthos and Aramis and falls in love with Juliette. A doggy version of the tale.

Stars: Eduardo Jover, Gloria Cámara, Manuel Peiró, Jesús Nieto

Votes: 2,001

30. Trumpton (1967– )

15 min | Animation, Family

A sequel, of sorts, to Camberwick Green but set in the larger, nearby town of Trumpton. Each episode opens with the town hall clock and ends with the fire brigade band playing. Every show tells the story of one of the townsfolk.

Star: Brian Cant

Votes: 290



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