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Thunderbirds

Aired: 1965-1966

Gerry Anderson’s fanbase is huge and global, with his devotees fanatical to the point of obsessive – by the way, if you’ve got a Thunderbirds 2 collectable at home, Nicolas Winding Refn will pay top dollar for it – and most of that passion is for this, his most famous ‘supermarionation’. In it, the Tracys, essentially a whole family of Tony Starks, fight to prevent terrorist atrocities by supervillains with large eyebrows. Since it first aired, there’s been a live-action movie, a Busted song, a hilarious Pete and Dud piss-take called Superthunderstingcar, a stage show and Team America: World Police to continue its legacy. And with that telly remake in prospect, a whole new generation will soon discover International Rescue. F... A... B!

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41 If you want weird, what about Ludwig
A silver egg and some link with Beethoven, I seem to remember...and what about Issy Noho, magic panda...those 70s really were trippy! Good choices elsewhere though, even if I'm a bit too old to remember some of them (the early 90s were post student days, so I missed most of the ones from then...) More

Posted by jonesyboy on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 14:43

42 Star Fleet
Does anyone else remember this classic? My main memories of it was that the ship (X-Bomber) seemed to spend most of it's time either crashed on planets or not working, and the incredible Dai-X robot that was created by combining three smaller ships together. Brian May even covered the theme tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7GFU5ncKhU Apologies , that cannot be un-watched, and incidentally featured Eddie Van Halen on guitar... More

Posted by FranciscoScaramanga on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 14:03

43 Spiral Zone
No love for Spiral Zone? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvHxhUyPiq4 More

Posted by ronniem on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 14:00

44 The Real Ghostbusters
One Episode Of The Real Ghostbusters completely spoiled Citizen Kane for me, even though I was too young to have seen Citizen Kane... One episode had a ghost obsessing about "Rosebud"... Which was revealed to be the same as in Kane, I don't know why that episode stuck with me, but when I saw Kane for the first time in my 30's, I immediately knew what Rosebud probably was. Incidentally - geeky trivia: In The Real Ghostbusters, Venkman was voiced by Lorenzo Music. Music also voiced Garfield in the cartoon series, and Bill Murray then provided the voice for Garfield in the live action films... More

Posted by FranciscoScaramanga on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 13:58

45 Re: Visionaries
I've always thought Visionaries was ripe for a film adaptation...I loved it More

Posted by ronniem on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 13:50

46 Terrahawks
Zelda used to scare the absolute shit outta me as a kid...still gives me the heeby geebys now!! More

Posted by waltham1979 on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 13:39

47 Have this conversation about 3 times a month!
Honourable mention must go to the (mostly unheard of) Galaxy Rangers (seriously give it a try!!) My most fondly remembered is easily the Mysterious Cities of Gold (the intro music brought a tear to my eye) Also loved the early 90s cartoon interpretation of Tintin which closely followed the books (not to be confused with the silly 60s Tintin cartoon) More

Posted by Jaysan on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 13:21

48 Wheeled Warriors!
Just can't get enough of the Wheeled Warriors intro. It was my favourite as a kid. Don't actually remember much about half the shows beyond their intro sequences. We did feature of the best cartoon intros over at - maskedheroes.co.uk/tag/classic-cartoon-intros/ More

Posted by Redrock2057 on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 13:13

49 RE: Some old favourites here
It really depends on how old you are, but my favourite will always be Battle of the Planets More

Posted by Jasper123 on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 13:10

50 Some old favourites here
But why Gerry Anderson (or anyone else) never brought back Joe 90 (okay maybe Doll House tried) is something i think of when i seen these sorts of quizzes. Guess we all have our favourites and the list is not long enough More

Posted by oscarwantstowork on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 12:57

51
What? No Samurai Jack? Still can't believe they haven't made D&D into a movie based on the premise of the classic cartoon. Sure as hell couldn't be worse than the one they actually made (or it's slightly better sequels). More

Posted by sirvolkar on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 12:20

52 Seriously....
....no love for The Mysterious Cities Of Gold!?!?!? More

Posted by AquaDragon2K on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 11:47

53 Visionaries & Centurions
@ gambit21 - totally remember those cartoons and yes I wanted to be a Knight of Magical Light! More

Posted by AquaDragon2K on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 11:46

54 Bucky O'Hare
I can't actually believe there were only 13 episodes of Bucky O'Hare - I used to have a load of action figures related to it too! How short lived! And another I just remembered thats missing - The Hair Bear Bunch and Wacky Races! More

Posted by TPM007 on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 11:16

55 RE: Visionaries
Visionaries was one of my favourite shows growing up. Bought the series on DVD a couple of years back and it still holds up: great entertainment. More

Posted by fredrico2k on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 11:03

56 Visionaries
I remember a show called Visionaries - Knights of the Magical Light. A world where technology had failed and magic had returned - to me the characters look extremely like Centurions. Anyone else remember that? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_fLZLdvwI4 More

Posted by gambit21 on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 10:22

57
I can't believe I still know all the words to the Animaniacs theme tune. Love It! More

Posted by CaleGiles on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 10:19

58 TMHT
Surely Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles should be there??? Or was it too obvious a choice? More

Posted by TPM007 on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 08:45

59
Lets croak us some toads! Couldn't key this list go by without mentioning Superted... More

Posted by tango_charlie on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 01:04

60
90's Nick, such as All That, Rugrats, Salute Your Shorts, Ren and Stimpy, Doug, Hey Arnold!, and countless other classics from the (used to be) one and only network for kids, Anyone? More

Posted by Darren47 on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 00:55

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