Picture this: it's Saturday morning, you hop out of bed, pour yourself a bowl of cereal, and plop down in front of the TV. What was the most popular cartoon? No matter what that answer is, all is right with the world as your favorite characters scurry across the screen. But unfortunately, Saturday morning cartoons are a thing of the past.
Oftentimes, the shows we watched as kids help guide the way we view the world, and more often than not, those television shows are cartoons. Scooby-Doo helped viewers think critically; Schoolhouse Rock! taught grammar, politics, and math; and Rugrats reminded kids to keep using their imagination.
Considering the huge role cartoons have the potential to play in young minds, seeing the cartoon that was most popular the year you were born can be eye-opening. Perhaps that cartoon was one of your favorites years later; maybe not. But one thing is for sure - these cartoons put a stamp on pop culture.
- Photo: ABCThe Bugs Bunny Show is an animated television anthology series hosted by Bugs Bunny, that was mainly composed of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons released by Warner Bros. between August 1, 1948 and the end of 1969. The show originally debuted as a primetime half-hour program on ABC in 1960, featuring three theatrical Warner Bros. Cartoons with new linking sequences produced by the Warner Bros. Cartoons staff. After two seasons, The Bugs Bunny Show moved to Saturday mornings, where it remained in one format or another for nearly four decades. The show's title and length changed regularly over the years, as did the network: both ABC and CBS broadcast versions of The Bugs Bunny Show.... more
- Actors: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Jim Backus
- Premiered: October 11, 1960
- Photo: NBCUnderdog is an American animated television series that debuted October 3, 1964, on the NBC network under the primary sponsorship of General Mills and continued in syndication until 1973, for a run of 124 episodes. Underdog, Shoeshine Boy's heroic alter ego, appears whenever love interest Sweet Polly Purebred is being victimized by such villains as Simon Bar Sinister or Riff Raff. Underdog nearly always speaks in rhyme, as in "There's no need to fear, Underdog is here!" His voice was supplied by Wally Cox.... more
- Actors: George S. Irving, Wally Cox, Allen Swift
- Premiered: October 3, 1964
- Photo: United Artists TelevisionThe Pink Panther Show is a showcase of cartoon shorts produced by David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng between 1969 and 1979, starring the animated Pink Panther character from the opening credits of the live-action films. The series was produced by Mirisch Films and DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, and was broadcast on two American television networks: from September 6, 1969 — September 2, 1978 on NBC; and from September 9, 1978 — September 1, 1980 on ABC.... more
- Actors: Paul Frees, Rich Little, Dave Barry
- Premiered: September 6, 1969
1973 - The Yogi Bear ShowPhoto: Screen GemsThe Yogi Bear Show is an animated television series and the first incarnation produced by Hanna-Barbera about a picnic basket stealing bear named Yogi. The show debuted in syndication on January 30, 1961 and ran for 33 episodes until January 6, 1962 and included two segments, Snagglepuss and Yakky Doodle. The show had a two year production run.... more
- Actors: Daws Butler, Don Messick, Jimmy Weldon
- Premiered: 1961