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The Mysterious Cities Of Gold

Aired: 1982-1983

Until someone commissions Pol Potties, this has to be the only children’s telly show set in the middle of a genocide. Admittedly, the show doesn’t major on the Spanish conquistadors and their atrocities – this wasn’t Aguirre Babies – instead following the far more wholesome adventures of a Spanish boy called Esteban as he embarks on a perilous voyage to the Americas. When he gets there, there’s a quest for those mysterious cities to undertake, a giant mechanical condor to hang out with, and gold, loads of gold ("mwahahaha!" etc.). We’re not sure what lessons all that bling imparted on us, but it may explain why we came to work in golden shoes today.

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1 Star Fleet
a sort of next level Thunderbirds - with spooky puppets, giant robots and vader-esque villains. How dare you exclude this superb Sat morning fare (usually sandwiched inbetween number 73 I think or the Saturday Dustbin with Gaz Top) More

Posted by The Watcher on Wednesday December 11, 2013, 23:11

2 Visionaries!
Disappointed that Visionaries didn't make the list. Medieval Knights that could turn into animals knocking seven shades of shiiiiii out of each other. Classic. More

Posted by scar69 on Friday November 8, 2013, 20:14

3
Biker Mice From Mars has and always will be total shit it doesn't belong in this list More

Posted by hi charlie on Tuesday November 5, 2013, 16:28

4 Scary stuff!
Chorlton & The Wheelies used to scare the crap out of me, and it probably still would! Nobody ever knows what I'm on about when I mention it. Kudos Empire! (Ps Shame the Flumps wasn't on there) More

Posted by annie__hall on Monday November 4, 2013, 12:54

5 Missing A Few Goodies.
Like the list, but what about Johny Quest, The Flintstones and Scooby Doo: Where Are You?. Why aren't they on the list. More

Posted by Jericho117 on Monday November 4, 2013, 08:01

6 Great list but.
How about The Sentinals, Star trek cartoon, tarzan ,Ernie devlin, The land that time forgot, Fantastic voyage ,Hong kong phooey,The Arabian knights and The three musketeers. More

Posted by earnest on Saturday November 2, 2013, 15:33

7 Denver!
Denver The Last Dinosaur, also Rude Dog More

Posted by Nerps on Friday November 1, 2013, 00:56

8 Denver!
Denver The Last Dinosaur, also Rude Dog More

Posted by Nerps on Friday November 1, 2013, 00:54

9 Denver!
Denver The Last Dinosaur, also Rude Dog More

Posted by Nerps on Friday November 1, 2013, 00:52

10 Denver!
Denver The Last Dinosaur, also Rude Dog More

Posted by Nerps on Friday November 1, 2013, 00:51

11 Denver!
Denver The Last Dinosaur, also Rude Dog More

Posted by Nerps on Friday November 1, 2013, 00:50

12 Denver!
Denver The Last Dinosaur, also Rude Dog More

Posted by Nerps on Friday November 1, 2013, 00:49

13 RE: Star fleet
Danny I managed to get a copy of this a few years ago and watched it all. It certainly stood the test of time and is bloody brilliant. More

Posted by cra1gs on Thursday October 31, 2013, 18:03

14 Animaniacs
This cartoon was pure genius. WB were once going to make a movie out of it. Shame as this would have been brilliant. Certainly right up there with any of the classic Looney Tunes cartoons. More

Posted by cra1gs on Thursday October 31, 2013, 18:02

15 39 year old thanks
As a 39 yr old, I was just too old for He-Man. I have not seen the Centurions since I was a kid, and loved Spiderman & friends. That Godzilla trailer took me right back ! (Godzooki .... HA HA HA ! ! !). Chorlton & the Wheelies was my fave as a young kid. Just how messed up were the TV execs back in those days ? Probably still coming down from the 60's More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Thursday October 31, 2013, 16:25

16 Star fleet
How about mad Japanese puppet show Star Fleet,which Brian May loved so much that he got together with Eddie Van Halen & released a kick ass version of the theme tune? More

Posted by Darth Smiffy on Thursday October 31, 2013, 15:18

17 TMNT?
Think i loved nearly all of these except one or two that predate me. So many classics that its hard nay on impossible to pick a favorite! God damn love that Mask is there though, but what about those heroes in a half shell? Turtle power! More

Posted by fuzzy1659 on Thursday October 31, 2013, 00:40

18 RE:
L: lorn99 Around the World in Eighty Days ow many people remember sending off for the lyric sheet for the theme tune to that and singing along with Andy Crane in the Broom Cupboard with Edd The Duck? More

Posted by FranciscoScaramanga on Wednesday October 30, 2013, 17:37

19 Chorlton and the wheelies was banned
Honest! On the witches book, rather than a pentacle it had the star of David (the designer didn't know how to draw a pentacle) so it was thought to be antisemitic (hook nosed ugly witch clutching a book with the star of David on it- not good imagery). It was all an honest mistake, but it's actually more controversial than you'd think. More

Posted by twiddle on Wednesday October 30, 2013, 16:00

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Count Duckula and Around the World in Eighty Days More

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