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Classic Kids' TV Shows That Still Rock Our World
Telly triumphs from your childhood

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The news that Weta is rebooting Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds for the small screen, with Rosamund Pike joining International Rescue as Lady Penelope and the original Parker busy MOTing that pink limo, sent a thrill through the big kid in us. It also got us thinking about other kids’ old TV animations that still stand up in the era of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Max Steel and Rocket Monkeys. Here are 30 childhood favourites we still cherish.

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61 Good list, but............
........no Brave Star or Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. Bad omissions. Oh and how about Trap Door and Garfield? More

Posted by guysalisbury on Monday October 28, 2013, 23:33

62 Thundercats: The 'A-Team' of Kids' TV
Much like The A-team, 'Thundercats' has a phenomenal opening title sequence and theme - still sends shivers down my spine to this day... alas that's where the brilliance ends. I picked up a few old 'Thundercats' VHS tapes from a charity shop years ago in an attempt to relive the joy of my Primary School days... the show really is shit. Some nostalgia is best left where it was; as a glorious, rose-tinted memory. On the other-hand though, 'Mysterious Cities of Gold' is worth seeking out - aged well, with good serialised storytelling and decent animation. More

Posted by tommypocket on Monday October 28, 2013, 23:01

63 Reboot!
Seriously, no love for Reboot? I was watching that when I stopped watching all other cartoons, it was that good... More

Posted by Rack157 on Monday October 28, 2013, 21:49

64 Preferred Gobots myself...
A nice nostalgia-inducing list. And yes I could say "Hey! What about this!?" In fact I reckon you could make up another list of 37 shows and it feel just as valid. BUT I will say that Mr Benn was clearly a Quantum Leap for the under-10s not Stargate. And although the inclusion of Johnny Bravo at first seemed WAY too recent - he is the last cartoon character I think I associate with childhood/young adulthood. AND there were so many awesome theme tunes in the 80s but I think ULYSSES 31 wins. Also...wot no Wuzzles? More

Posted by JediBobster on Monday October 28, 2013, 21:38

65 But you forgot...
Every time I see a list like this, there's always a bunch of people piping up about how you forgot X, Y and Z. And usually I just think jeez, get over it BUT I felt compelled to point out that Voltron and BraveStarr are sorely missing from an otherwise awesome list. More

Posted by GFoley83 on Monday October 28, 2013, 20:46

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Ohh.. or for that matter... Bravestar. Galaxy Rangers, Defenders of the Earth, Duck Tales, Inspector Gadget, Gargoyles, Gummi Bears, Silverhawks... I could go on. But heck, not to mention Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles... More

Posted by GrizBe on Monday October 28, 2013, 19:42

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Was just about to mention the wrong video for Godzilla being the much later 1998 series. Couple more mistakes though... You refer to The Tick as The Flea in your blurb about him. Also, The Biker Mice aren't Cyborgs... The only machine parts any of them have are Modo's arm. Vinnie metal face is just a mask. But yeah... Where are the likes of Trapdoor? Or even Captain Planet which you mention... Or the good 94 Spiderman series? And TerraHawks over Captain Scarlet, or even Stingray? Are you guys nuts? And Chorlton and the Wheelies..? I remember The Clangers way more then I remember that load of junk. More

Posted by GrizBe on Monday October 28, 2013, 19:25

68 Wrongzilla..
What you have there is the shit Roland Emmerich movie spin-off from 1998. What you really want is -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTItRfN-LO8 More

Posted by Robble3676 on Monday October 28, 2013, 19:01

69 Flumps?
Seriously where are they? Or Roobarb and Custard? Or Jamie and The Magic Torch? Or The Trapdoor? Serious Omissions. More

Posted by Scruffybobby on Monday October 28, 2013, 18:47

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