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The Most Painfully '80s Cartoon Shows

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List RulesVote up the most dated cartoons of the 1980s.

The glitz. The glam. The hair. In a nutshell, the '80s were a confused time. A decade completely oblivious to how absurd its fashion trends were. And the cartoons were no different. Prepare to be amazed by some of the most dated '80s cartoons ever. 

From sitcom spinoffs to glorified toy commercials to out-of-this-world premises, the 1980s has you covered. So grab yourself a can of New Coke and envelop yourself in some of the most heinous '80s cartoon shows you totally forgot about. Vote up the most dated '80s animated series.
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  • Saturday Supercade
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    A veritable bukkake of '80s arcade characters (including Donkey Kong, Mario, Frogger, Pitfall Harry, and Q*Bert), Saturday Supercade had no qualms about brainwashing kids into unloading their piggy banks into any arcade machine they could. And on top of it all, Donkey Kong Jr. is simply a ripoff of Scrappy Doo. Can it get any lower?
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  • Denver, The Last Dinosaur
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    In the world of '80s cartoons, the best way to identify the "cool" character was if they played guitar, rode a skateboard, and wore a sweet pair of shades. Naturally, Denver does all those things (and a whole lot more). The show's opening has everything you could possibly want in an '80s theme song - neon colors, extreme stunts, lava pits, and lots and lots of prehistoric reptiles roaring to the heavens.
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  • The Gary Coleman Show
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    As Arnold Jackson on DIff'rent Strokes, the diminutive Gary Coleman was one of television's most promising young child stars, so it came as no surprise when he received his very own cartoon show. What was surprising, however, was the show's absurd, high-concept premise: Coleman voices an apprentice angel who can only earn his angel wings by helping others.
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  • Rubik, The Amazing Cube
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    Now an iconic piece of pop culture history, no puzzle toy is more famous than the Rubik's Cube. This six-sided wonder created by Hungarian sculptor and architect Ernõ Rubik took the '80s by storm, fascinating toy lovers and mathematicians alike. In 1983, Warner Bros. Television took it one step too far: they granted the inanimate plaything its very own animated series. With a theme song performed by Puerto Rican boy band Menudo, Rubik was no longer a mere cube but an adorably personified thing of nightmares.
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