TV I watched as a kid in the 80s and 90s

by Gwasgray | created - 22 Oct 2015 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

I grew up with 4-channel terrestrial British television. I usually chose CITV on school afternoons over CBBC though I must have watched some CBBC because I remember Andi Peters.

Throughout my primary school years, after school and on weekend mornings (sometimes I'd wake up so early the cartoons hadn't started and the only thing on was "Trans World Sport" or the famous girl & clown test card), I'd usually sit in front of the TV for a couple of hours and watch whatever kids programs were on, even some things that seemed a bit lame (I always thought Power Rangers was dumb and repetitive and me and my friends used to mock it, but I'd still watch it anyway). I was never a Blue Peter child.

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1. The Real Ghostbusters (1986–1991)

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

The continuing adventures of the staff of the ghost removal service.

Stars: Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker, Arsenio Hall

Votes: 7,852

I was obsessed with this when I was about 5 or 6.

2. Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl.

Stars: Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Bob Hastings

Votes: 77,867

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987–1996)

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

The adventures of a quartet of humanoid warrior turtles and their friends.

Stars: Cam Clarke, Barry Gordon, Rob Paulsen, Townsend Coleman

Votes: 28,418

4. Knightmare (1987–1994)

25 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Dungeons and Dragons-style show that lets contestants explore a computer-generated fantasy world, with wicked special effects and cunning puzzles.

Stars: Hugo Myatt, David Learner, John Woodnutt, Paul Valentine

Votes: 747

5. The Adventures of Tintin (1991–1992)

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

The adventures of the young reporter, his faithful dog and friends as they travel around the world on adventures.

Stars: Colin O'Meara, Thierry Wermuth, Christian Pellissier, Henri Labussière

Votes: 15,721

6. Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers (1988–1990)

TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Disney's fun-loving chipmunks are re-imagined as the leaders of a team of pint-sized crime-fighters, rounding out the team are two mice, Gadget Hackwrench and Monterey Jack and Zipper, a fly.

Stars: Peter Cullen, Corey Burton, Tress MacNeille, Jim Cummings

Votes: 15,554

7. DuckTales (1987–1990)

TV-G | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The globe-trotting treasure-hunting money-making adventures of billionaire Scrooge McDuck and his nephews.

Stars: Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern, Chuck McCann

Votes: 27,052

8. The Animals of Farthing Wood (1993–1995)

25 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

A group of wild animal friends are forced to move to a park after humans drive them away from their old home.

Stars: Rupert Farley, Stacey Gregg, Ron Moody, Jeremy Barrett

Votes: 2,976

9. Sharky & George (1990–1992)

26 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Two fish private detectives, big pink shark-like fedora-wearing Sharky as the muscles and small slick bluish-orange George as the brains, fight crime and mad villains in the noirish underwater city of Seacago, reminiscent of 30s Chicago.

Stars: Mark Camacho, Arthur Grosser, Dean Hagopian, Paul Hawkins

Votes: 347

10. 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: 17,016

11. Chockablock (1981– )

Family

Chockabloke and Chockagirl check in to help the Chocakblock computer learn songs and rhymes.

Stars: Fred Harris, Carol Leader

Votes: 27

12. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends (1984– )

TV-Y | 11 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

This popular series follows the adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine and all of his engine friends on the Island of Sodor.

Stars: Michael Angelis, Michael Brandon, Keith Wickham, Kerry Shale

Votes: 3,132

13. Postman Pat (1981–2006)

G | 15 min | Animation, Family

This classic children's series follows the adventures of everyone's favourite postman as he carries out his mail rounds in the village of Greendale.

Stars: Ken Barrie, Carole Boyd, Archie Panjabi, Melissa Sinden

Votes: 1,933

14. 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

15. Charlie Chalk (1988–1989)

15 min | Animation, Family

A clown named Charlie Chalk arrives on the island of Merrytwit after falling asleep on his boat. He befriends the inhabitants of the island and gets into many adventures.

Stars: Michael Williams, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, John Wells

Votes: 163

16. Tugs (1989–1990)

20 min | Adventure, Family

Tugs follows the adventures and mishaps of two rival tugboat fleets: the Star Tugs and the Z-Stacks.

Stars: Patrick Allen, Simon Nash, Shaun Prendergast, Nigel Anthony

Votes: 139

17. Victor & Hugo: Bunglers in Crime (1991– )

22 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

The misadventures of two bumbling burglar brothers, tall and thin leader Victor, who's vain and selfish, and short and chubby Hugo, who's silly and fun-loving. They have cockney parrot Interpol and a front firm, Naughtiness International.

Stars: Jimmy Hibbert, David Jason, Brian Trueman, Edward Kelsey

Votes: 71

18. Tiny Toon Adventures (1990–1995)

TV-G | 21 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The wacky adventures of the new young hip generation of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters, most of them descendants of the original classic toon cast.

Stars: Charlie Adler, John Kassir, Tress MacNeille, Joe Alaskey

Votes: 10,793

19. Beetlejuice (1989–1991)

TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Adventures of the ghostly con-artist and his 12-year-old pal, Lydia.

Stars: Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court, Tabitha St. Germain, Elizabeth Hanna

Votes: 6,266

20. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1990–1991)

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

The further time travelling adventures of those two most excellent dudes.

Stars: Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Evan Richards

Votes: 1,507

21. Woof! (1989–1997)

30 min | Family

A young boy becomes a dog from time to time.

Stars: Liza Goddard, Adam Roper, Punch, Edward Fidoe

Votes: 210

22. Animaniacs (1993–1998)

TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Ensemble cast of off-the-wall Warner Brothers characters, appearing in a wide variety of roles. Mainly staring the Warner Siblings Wakko, Yakko, and Dot, who were created by the WB Studios ... See full summary »

Stars: Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Frank Welker

Votes: 19,610

23. Aladdin (1994–1995)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Short, Action

Aladdin, the clever hero of Agrabah, continues his adventures with the help of his fiancee Princess Jasmine, his pet monkey Abu, Magic Carpet, Iago the greedy parrot, and of course his best friend the semi-cosmic Genie.

Stars: Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Dan Castellaneta, Frank Welker

Votes: 8,888

24. Alvin & the Chipmunks (1983–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Three chipmunk brothers, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore. The trio have been adopted by and are living with Dave (human). Each show finds the boys getting into trouble and new and unusual situations.

Stars: Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Frank Welker, Dody Goodman

Votes: 2,642

25. The Flintstones (1960–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The misadventures of two modern-day Stone Age families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles.

Stars: Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Bea Benaderet

Votes: 30,311

26. The Yogi Bear Show (1961–1988)

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

Yogi, a smooth, talkative forest bear looks to raid park goers picnic baskets, while Park Ranger Smith tries to stop him.

Stars: Daws Butler, Don Messick, Jimmy Weldon, Vance Colvig Jr.

Votes: 8,412

27. Muppet Babies (1984–1991)

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

The Muppets, as babies, have adventures with their imaginations inside their nursery.

Stars: Greg Berg, Katie Leigh, Laurie O'Brien, Russi Taylor

Votes: 3,976

28. Stingray (1964–1965)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The missions of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol, particularly the crew of its most advanced combat submarine, the Stingray.

Stars: Ray Barrett, Robert Easton, David Graham, Don Mason

Votes: 939

29. Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967–1968)

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Action, Family

A literally unkillable agent leads an international intelligence agency's fight against an extra-terrestrial terror campaign.

Stars: Ed Bishop, Donald Gray, Francis Matthews, Sylvia Anderson

Votes: 1,296

30. The Jetsons (1962–1963)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The misadventures of a futuristic family.

Stars: George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc, Penny Singleton

Votes: 16,870

31. Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines (1969–1970)

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Dick Dastardly leads a fighter plane group to try ineffectualy to stop a carrier pigeon.

Stars: Paul Winchell, Don Messick

Votes: 2,825

32. 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

33. Chigley (1969– )

15 min | Animation, Family

The third and final part of the 'Trumptonshire Trilogy' is set in the industrial hamlet of Chigley near Camberwick Green. Each episode tells the story of a local but also feature characters from the previous two series.

Star: Brian Cant

Votes: 108

34. Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling (1985–1986)

TV-Y7 | 60 min | Animation, Comedy, Action

Saturday-morning cartoon series featuring the stars of the World Wrestling Federation.

Stars: Charlie Adler, Lewis Arquette, James Avery, Jodi Carlisle

Votes: 262

35. Fireman Sam (1987–2020)

TV-Y7 | 10 min | Animation, Crime, Family

The adventures of a community fireman, Sam.

Stars: Steven Kynman, David Carling, Tegwen Tucker, Andrew Hodwitz

Votes: 1,213

36. Dennis the Menace (1986–1988)

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

Good-natured, 6 y.o. Dennis is a menace to his parents and especially to his neighbor, Mr. Wilson. He has adventures with his friends and dog, Ruff. Each episode has 3 6-10 min. stories.

Stars: Brennan Thicke, Jeannie Elias, Marilyn Lightstone, Sharon Noble

Votes: 4,508

37. The Perils of Penelope Pitstop (1969–1971)

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

The Ant Hill Mob has to protect Penelope Pitstop from a murderous lawyer who is after her inheritance.

Stars: Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc, Paul Winchell, Don Messick

Votes: 1,426

38. 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

39. The Sooty Show (1968–1992)

30 min | Family

Children's slapstick show with the little bear glove puppet and his friends.

Stars: Matthew Corbett, Marjorie Corbett, Harry Corbett, Brenda Longman

Votes: 355

40. The Bluffers (1986–1987)

25 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A group of animal friends inhabits the last forest in the barren land of Bluffoonia, but now Clandestino, Bluffoonia's tyrant obsessed with machinery and industry, plans to exploit their home as well.

Stars: Kees ter Bruggen, Joke Bruijs, Gene Deitch, Richard Felgate

Votes: 112

41. Garfield and Friends (1988–1995)

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

Stories about Garfield the cat, Odie the dog, their owner Jon and the trouble they get into, and Orson the Pig and his adventures on a farm with fellow farm animals.

Stars: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, Howard Morris

Votes: 9,529

42. Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1970)

TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

A group of teenage friends and their Great Dane (Scooby-Doo) travel in a bright green van solving strange and hilarious mysteries, while returning from or going to a regular teenage function.

Stars: Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe, Vic Perrin

Votes: 27,232

43. 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

44. Doctor Snuggles (1979– )

25 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

The fantastic adventures of a friendly doctor and his friends.

Stars: Peter Ustinov, Lambert Hamel, Walter Jokisch, Ulli Philipp

Votes: 927

45. Hong Kong Phooey (1974–1975)

TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

A kung-fu-fighting pup and his snickering cat sidekick battle crime.

Stars: Scatman Crothers, Joe E. Ross, Don Messick, Jean Vander Pyl

Votes: 2,803

46. 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

47. Around the World with Willy Fog (1981– )

TV-G | 24 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A furry version of Jules Verne's classic adventure story of a British gentleman's challenge to circumnavigate the world in 80 days.

Stars: Banjô Ginga, Ichirô Nagai, Ken'ichi Ogata, Gregory Snegoff

Votes: 2,495

48. The Clangers (1969–1974)

10 min | Animation, Family, Sci-Fi

The series chronicled the melancholically funny lives of the Clangers, a flutey-voiced family of woolen, knitted aliens living below the surface of a knobbly little planet far out in space.... See full summary »

Star: Oliver Postgate

Votes: 557

49. Sesame Street (1969– )

TV-Y | 55 min | Animation, Short, Adventure