The Great Saturday Morning Experience

What might you have been watching on Saturday morning in 1985?

This year was big on small. What’s that you say, an oxymoron? Well the thing is, the smaller the better. Little was a trend in the 80s for cartoon characters as you’ll soon see.

Note: Due to overlapping information on some shows as well as possible differences between affiliate programming, and mid-season lineup changes, your exact schedule may differ in some ways. I try to make them as accurate as possible for the general national audiences.

8:00 – The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes Comedy Hour
More classic reruns

9:00 – Ewoks
Animated version of the furry little natives of the forest moon of Endor by Nelvana for Lucasfilms. Their adventures take place before the events of Return of the Jedi.

9:30 – Droids – The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3P0
A sister program to Ewoks from Nelvana. This series tells stories of the droids in between Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope.

10:00 – Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians
Hanna Barbera’s amazing 12 year run with the Super Friends comes to an end with this final iteration. This version features Firestorm and Cyborg, does away with narration, and relies more heavily on the DC style guide to make the characters look more like their comic book counterparts.

10:30 – 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
In this new Scooby iteration they actually take on supernatural villains for the first time as opposed to humans in disguise.  This time the gang consists of Scooby, Scrappy, Shaggy, and Daphne along with new characters Flim Flam and Vincent Van Ghoul.

11:00 – Scooby’s Mystery Funhouse
This show packaged reruns of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo from three different shows from the previous three seasons.  

11:30 – Littles
The third and final season of all new episodes of the little family based on characters from the books.

12:00 ABC Weekend Special
This program was an anthology series similar to the ABC After school Special, but aimed at a younger audience. This series had both live action and animation and its main purpose was to encourage children to read.

8:00 – Berenstain Bears
This new show was a joint Australian-American production and brought the storybook creations of Stan and Jan Berenstains’ to animated life.

8:30 – The Wuzzles
The second year of the hybrid animals which was made up of first season reruns.

9:00 – Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies
Season two of the series that kicked off the trend of making kid versions of older characters. This season had an all new 13 episode run and lasted for a total of 8 seasons.

10:00 – Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n Wrestling
This new show was produced by DIC and was based on then WWF stars like Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Andre the Giant et al.

11:00 – CBS Storybreak
This new show was hosted by Bob (Captain Kangaroo) Keeshan and featured half-hour adaptations of children’s books. The show lasted for three seasons.

11:30 – Dungeons and Dragons
The third and final season of the cartoon based on TSR’s famous role playing game.

12:00 – Land of the Lost
Reruns of the classic Sid and Marty Krofft show with Marshall, Will, and Holly lost in a strange world.

12:30 – The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
The second and final season with five new episodes.

1:00 – Get Along Gang
The second season of the animated series based on American Greetings’ animal characters. All rerun from season one.

8:00 – Snorks
The first of four seasons of this Hanna-Barbera produced show featuring funny little underwater characters designed to compete with the popular Smurfs.

8:30 – Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears
This brand new show was inspired by the candy when Disney CEO Michael Eisner’s son requested some one day. The Disney team created characters that were able to bounce away from trouble after drinking their magic guimmiberry juice.

9:00 – The Smurfs
Season 5 of 9 of those smurfy little blue people with 24 new episodes.

10:30 – Punky Brewster
This brand new show was a spinoff of the prime time show on NBC and was made by Ruby-Spears Productions. The cast of the live action show provides their voices and a magic sprite named Glomer is added for more kid appeal.

11:00 – Alvin and the Chipmunks
This is the third of eight seasons of the second iteration of the famous singing Chipmunks. This season had 8 new episodes.

11:30 – Kidd Video
Season 2 of the series that features both live action humans and their animated counterparts with 13 new episodes.

12:00 – Mr. T
The third and final season of the animated version of Mr. T and his cartoon pals. This season added 6 new episodes.  

12:30 – Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Reruns of the Spider Friends; Spider-Man, Firestar, and Iceman.

The new cereals in 1985:

Cabbage Patch Kids Cereal
Ralston was always a kid friendly cereal company and this year they went all out. This was actually a low sugar cereal with little smiley faces made from rice flour. Thankfully cabbage was not an ingredient. The main marketing for this one was that they had multiple boxes featuring the cabbage patch kids in different activities.

G.I. Joe Action Stars Cereal
The was a tie-in to the “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” TV show. Like the Cabbage Patch Kids, they had multiple boxes featuring different characters in action poses. The cereal was made from oats and shaped like stars with holes.

Ghostbusters
Another movie tie-in, this cereal had fruit-flavored O’s and marshmallow ghosts based on Slimer. This cereal lasted a bit longer than most though it changed its name over the years to tie in with variations of the movies and TV cartoon shows.

Nerds
Ralston’s version of Nerds cereal was much like the candy in that it came in a couple of paired flavors: orange/cherry and strawberry/grape. The box says tiny tangy crunchy sweetened cereal. The ad asked which side are you going to eat first?

Rainbow Brite
This cereal was one of those movie tie-ins as the character made the leap from the small to the big screen that year. It was a sweetened cereal with natural fruit flavors.

Kellogs’ K-O’s
K-O’s seemed to be Kellogs’ attempt at Cheerios. They were big on naming cereals with letters at Kellogs.

Just Right
From Kellogs, this was originally produced for healthy minded Australians. It’s made of whole wheat, corn, and rice flakes, wioth raisins, bits of dates and sliced almonds. This one was not aimed at kids.

Kellogs O J’s
Kellogg’s brought us OJ Joe, a cowboy mascot who took the sweet taste of orange juice and put in a vitamin C packed cereal. Unfortunately orange flavored cereals never last that long no matter how delicious the commercials said they were and this one was no exception.

Bran Muffin Crisp
From  General Mills, the ad said “now you can have the good things you get in a bran muffin in a crispy, good tasting high-fiber cereal with the taste you’ll want more of”. Another one definitely not marketed toward kids.

Post Natural Raisin Bran
This was just a rebranding of Post’s own raisin bran to get in on the ‘natural’ craze. They even went so far as to enlist John Denver for their advertising.

Honey Nut Toasty O’s
From Malt-O-Meal,  this was basically a knock off of Honey Nut Cheerios.

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