No post tonight

In the comments, please give me your favorite Saturday morning TV shows from the ’70s and ’80s.

For me it was that one where they drove around in a van in a post-apocalyptic America with a talking chimp.

How fricking boss would that be?

What the hell was the name of that show?


Well, then, of course, there’s always Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

68 thoughts on “No post tonight”

  1. Erm First! On no, that wasnt’ the name of a show….

    Mohammed Ali – “I aaam the grrreatest!” he was cool. Though what he was doing investigating Egyptian tombs was anyone’s guess.

  2. Or no wait – the globetrotters! They were funny too.

    It seems I was sucked in by sporting tie-ins at an early age. 🙁

  3. Bugs Bunny Cartoon hour.

    It was beautiful.

    I’m gonna visit England,
    I’m gonna be in France,
    Ya’ll get a week with no comments from Pants™®!

    moo (international Pants™®)

  4. We older folk watched Saturday morning TV in the ’50s and ’60s, when the cartoons were so spendiferous that our eyes would smart.

    So my vote is for early Popeye, and the Three Stooges.

  5. We asked 1000 pages the name of that show, and how fricking boss that would be. Top 5 answers on the board.
    Survey says:

    Ark II

    For a moment there, I thought you were talking about the other one with the talking chimp, Filmation’s Ghostbusters but that was nowhere near as boss. (And now, to see if the links made it through.)

  6. Oh, crap. Now you’ve got me up all night trying to remember the name, too. And, unless we are talking about two different shows, it was not a van so much as a kick-ass, high-tech (you could tell by the satellite dishes), super RV, which had extractable secondary vehicles, such as dirt bikes, dune buggies, etc., to help them on their various apoco-desert adventures. It was a silver lemay(sp?) extravaganza, and I liked it nearly as much as Electra Woman and Dyna Girl.

    Mmmm…. Dyna Girl…..

    Now that I think about it, weren’t both of them basically parts of Sid and Marty Croft’s Super Show? Ahh, the genius of HR Pufnstuf; the wacky musical fun of The Bugaloos; the manic threads in Lidsville. If only the conservatives ever got the drug humor, we’d’ve never seen any off it…

    Now, while I was trying to find enough alone time with the TV on Saturday mornings so I could, err, indulge my passion for spandex-clad female super heros, my friends were digging on Captain Caveman. I never quite got it, but we met on common ground with Scooby Doo. We parted again with Scrappy Doo.

    So, have you heard this crap that they are going to reedit all the old Tom & Jerry, et al, to do away with the “excessive violence’, and, *gasp*, scenes where cartoon characters *SMOKE*?

    PC-PuHHLeeeze. Is no one watching Anime? You want to talk inappropriate messages…

  7. Ark II. The best part was Noah’s jetpack (which was a real NASA prototype).

    It was heavily pro-environment, showing the devastation left after pollution devastated civilization. Surprised it never went into syndication.

  8. Oh, yeah. “Ark II” was made by Filmation, the people that brought you “He-Man” and James Doohan’s post-Trek epic, “Star Command.” It was not effluence from the Kroft Krap Factory.

  9. Wait! I got it…. ARK something… Ark…. OK, dammit, Google time.

    Ark II !!!

    I admit being partially wrong; it was a bit more “van”, not an RV (OK, we were both right; vans are RVs; but I was thinking Winebago-style), as long as you think a big aircraft-like body on a giant truck frame is a van, and I forgot about the jet packs.

    Oh, God. How I wish I hadn’t started this. I found a site that lists all the shows from 1969 through 1976 and beyond. There was a certain comfort in NOT remembering ‘Shazam’, ‘Isis’ not withstanding, ‘Sigmund and the Sea Monsters’, ‘Speed Buggy’ and (ack) ‘Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch’. On the other hand, “Star Trek: the Animated Series’, ‘Korg, 70.000 BC’, Valley of The Dinosaurs’ and ‘Land of The Lost’, not to mention Mr. Wizard, each had their geeky charms.

    I give the decade to Fat Albert and Super Friends.

  10. Well…
    From this side of the ocean
    we didn’t have all of these marvels…not all of them…such a shame.
    And, further more…
    we are too busy making banners and preparing crowds of welcoming people…
    At last we may see the
    You can’t imagine how happy we are.

    Non, mon fils, “US GO OM” n’est pas correct. And this pierre isn’t sharpened assez.

    (Can you believe this ? I’m trying Fake French ! Try Fake English, you’ll see…)

    (I know : I talk fake english)

  11. -The Mighty Hercules Cartoon Show
    “Herc, come quick!!!”

    -The wonderful world of Oz
    “(Oh, the Land of Oz is a funny funny place / where everyone has a funny funny face / and the streets are paved with gold / and no one ever gets old…)”

    And last and definitely best..
    -Rocket Robin Hood!!!
    “Band of brothers, marching together.
    Heads held high in all kinds of weather.
    With fiery blasts, our roaring rockets rise,
    Beyond the air, beyond the skies!
    At the sight of Robin, take your stand,
    With the gallant leader of our band.
    Send a joyous shout throughout the land
    For Rocket… Robin… Hood!”

    That is all. Now back to the real world. It’s not Saturday yet.


  12. The Galaxy Rangers?

    Space became the new old west and 4 cops are fighting bad guys.
    One was a mutant that could shape shift and was a complete badass.
    They touched their badges to activate their abilities.

    Was a completely cool animated series to a kid.

    That and Robotech. Cause anime wasn’t called anime, it was Japanimation!
    Get offa my lawn ya damn kids!

  13. Let’s not forget the Jackson 5ive animated series, back when Michael was all cute and cuddly…and had a pet rat named Ben.

    Um, on the other hand, let’s go ahead and forget it. The animation on the show was crap anyway.

  14. come on

    the “The Jem and the Holograms, Bigfoot and the Muscle Machines, Robitics” 90min Extravaganza toy/saturday morning cartoon was the best in seeing you toys come to life

    and since i am on it don’t for get Pac-Man, Rubik, The Amazing Cube and M.A.S.K. some of the best toy ever made had there own Cartoon show in the 80s

    i knew what i wnted for my birthday based on the TV that went with the toy

    i am such a sucker for marketing

    and no i am not forgetting G.I.Joe and Transformers they did and still do have the toy and cartoon tie ins and form what i can tell will for ever

  15. Ark II, the complete series, is being released on DVD this month. I’ve already pre-ordered it. Hope it doesn’t suck, 20-some years later…

    Gotta also cast my vote for the WB cartoons back when they actually put effort into them.

  16. Winky Dink and You — The only TV show that encouraged you to, nay, demanded that you, crayon on your TV screen!

  17. Well, duh.

    Space Ghost. Followed closely by Scooby-Doo — but only the early stuff, before they got hip, witty and cool. That ruined it.

  18. Scooby Doo (pre-Scrappy, of course).

    Super Friends. The JLA before it was cool. 🙂

    And, while it may not have been a strictly Saturday morning show, who could ever forget “Hong Kong Phooey, Number-One Super Guy!”

    And, I have to vote for the Banana Splits for “most stick-in-your-head catchy theme song.”

  19. Oh pinocchio was a happy lad since the day he lost his strings.
    He can walk and talk and fly “Do anything I try!”
    He can dance, sing a tune, play a flute “Do anything I try!”
    But never ever ever ever ever, Never ever ever ever ever ever should he ever tell a lie!

    Ok who took my Peanut Butter Bomb!

  20. Asking for recall of saturday morning television is akin to requesting a list of what you drank that one night that made you so talkative; if you can remember, you weren’t there. Mind-numbing SAT AM TV was an eight-year-old’s opium den. But out of Chicago at 5:00 in the afternoon we had Garfield Goose…now that was something worth coming home to.

    Honk. Honk. (Actually, I think he was mute…)

  21. Clutch Cargo!

    No, not really. The animation totally sucked. Besides, it was from the ’60s.

    The music was pretty cool though (bomp, badda, bomp-bomp, bomp bomp bomp).

  22. The Sleestacks (spelling?) on Land of the Lost couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn with those wimpy crossbows. Man, I wish they had been a little more deadly…now THAT would be the first Survivor…”Carney didn’t have to be voted out, sleestacks cut her down while looking for food…”

  23. For what it’s worth, the “van” from Ark II was left over from the movie, “Damnation Alley.”

    In the early 80’s a friend and I saw it in the lot of a Hollywood movie vehicle company along with cars from the Logans Run TV series and others.

    My favorite show? Hmm. I remember my brother loved Hong Kon Fuey, but I hated it. Does that count?

  24. I used to love to watch the AD&D cartoon. I also remember that our independent station WXON (which eventually became a WB and now a CW). They had great japanese monster movies, kung-fu movies and it is where I got my first taste of Anime. I used to watch Kimba the white lion and this anime about a goat looking unicorn who when things got tough morphed into a big horse looking unicorn.

  25. Thundarr the Barbarian!

    The sun-sword was really cool. (and it wasn’t a lightsaber rip off at all. not at all.)

  26. Oh I can’t believe none of you remembered these two:

    * Speed Racer
    * Star Blazers

    Both excellent Japanimations, err, now Anime of course. And
    just what *Stuff* did Sid and Marty *Puff*!!?? You had to be
    totally freaking high to watch that crap, because I tell you
    they were totally freaking high when they made that crap!

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