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The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons 

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Get ready to feel some serious nostalgia after reading through this list of the top 80s cartoons. Let's face it. The best cartoons of the 1980s helped to shape an entire generation. Whether we were dreaming of hanging out with chipmunk brothers or becoming a stealthy turtle who loves eating pizza in gutters, the 80s made for some pretty amazing television. This list contains funny 80s cartoons and action-packed 80s animations. 

Was there ever a better cartoon than The Simpsons? This show chronicles the lives of The Simpsons, a family from Springfield, IL., who always seem to make life a little more interesting (thanks, Homer). Created by Matt Groening in 1989, this classic timepiece is still on the air today, and it's the one 80s animation that holds the record for the longest running American animation of all time.

Other good 80s shows like DuckTales and The Gummi Bears also appear on this list of 1980s cartoon shows. The Transformers was a favorite 1980s TV show and it eventually became a series of blockbuster films. The Transformers aired from 1984-1987.

Where does your favorite 1980s show fall on this list? You can even vote on this list of the best cartoons of the 1980s to make sure your favorite 80s cartoon ends up in the No. 1 spot! Woohoo! GO 80s. 

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ThunderCats is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring Bob McFadden, Larry Kenney & Earl Hammond (Stöð 2)
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The Transformers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring Frank Welker, Chris Latta & Peter Cullen (Sky1)
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring Sean Astin, Greg Cipes & Rob Paulsen (CBS)
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He-Man and the Masters o... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
SteveFerrara added Starring John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer & Linda Gary (USA Network)
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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring Alan Young, Russi Taylor & Terence McGovern (Toon Disney)
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Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Marci Dotson added Starring Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff & Gary Cole (CBS)
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The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring Don Messick, Danny Goldman & Lucille Bliss (Global Television Network)
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Inspector Gadget is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring Don Adams, Holly Berger & Frank Welker (Jetix)
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G.I. Joe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
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Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Marci Dotson added
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Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rang... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
SteveFerrara added Starring Corey Burton, Peter Cullen & Jim Cummings (Rede Globo)
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright & Julie Kavner (Fox)
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The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier & Frank Welker (American Broadcasting Company)
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Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge & Gregg Berger (CBS)
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Alvin and the Chipmunks ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman & Frank Welker (NBC)
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Voltron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
SteveFerrara added Starring Jack Angel, Michael Bell & Peter Cullen (Radio Philippines Network)
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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Marci Dotson added Starring George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo & Mel Blanc (American Broadcasting Company)
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Spider-Man and His Amazi... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring Dan Gilvezan, Kathy Garver & Frank Welker (NBC)
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Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring Greg Berg, Katie Leigh & Laurie O'Brien (CBS)
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The Care Bears is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring Mickey Rooney, Tara Strong & Melleny Brown (Global Television Network)
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Super Friends is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring Sherry Alberoni, Norman Alden & Danny Dark (American Broadcasting Company)
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Disney's Adventures of t... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring June Foray, Noelle North & Lorenzo Music (Disney Channel)
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The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Marci Dotson added Starring Mel Blanc, June Foray & Jim Backus (Nicktoons)
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She-Ra: Princess of Powe... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
Starring Melendy Britt, George DiCenzo & John Erwin (USA Network)
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Heathcliff & the Cat... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Unforgettable '80s Cartoons
SteveFerrara added Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats Starring Mel Blanc, Donna Christie & Roger Carel (NBC)