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Pryor's Place (1984, 11:30 on CBS) is generally believed to be one of the more ill-conceived Saturday Morning programs of the 80's that looked great on Paper. In 1984, traditionally adult-themed comedian Richard Pryor was riding a wave of popularity with kids thanks to movies such as "The Toy" and "Superman III", and so a bunch of Hollywood-types started offering him kid-friendly projects, most of them being just terrible (one pitch I heard of was a kind of revamp of the Super Globetrotters theme, only with Pryor providing all the voices for an "Ethnic Super Team" - he walked out of the meeting, insulted).

Sid and Marty Krofft (makers of H.R. Puffinstuff, Land Of The Lost, etc) were the only ones who pitched him a show that wasn't racially insulting; a cross between Sesame Street and Mister Rogers Neighborhood, where Pryor could populate the entire street with characters of his creation. Partially inspired by the recent trend in those noted programs to touch on more "serious" issues such as Death, Pryor was inspired to take the offer.

Unfortunately, there were the censors at Standards & Practices. Perhaps because of Pryor's reputation as a controversial and profane comedian, the censors seemed to to keep an extra-harsh judgmental eye towards the rough drafts, scripts and even finished episodes of the show before they even hit the air. As a result, the aired episodes came off as being extremely dark and moody. A combination of mixed reactions, poor ratings and lengthy delays from the S&P Censors resulted in the show being cancelled before the end of the year.

The show had potential... it even had Ray Parker Jr doing the theme song and in the opening credits!
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In the wake of 1982's very profitable Pac-Man Cartoon advertising shenanigans, the folks at Ruby-Spears started snapping up the rights to pretty much every and any video game they could get. They didn't have a network, they didn't have a promise... they just realized that this was how it's going to work and so they did it knowing that the advertisers and the networks would come.

And so at 8:30 on saturday morning in 1983, CBS premiered "Saturday Supercade", a conglomeration of 11-minute videogame-based cartoon segments that weren't strong enough to carry their own half-hour series yet somehow, when lumped together, proved to be quite a ratings powerhouse!

The first season included segments on Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Pitfall Harry, Frogger and Qbert. Summaries:

DONKEY KONG escaped from the zoo and is chased around by Mario and Pauline (seems legit).
DONKEY KONG JR is looking for his dad and teams up with a teenager on a motorcycle to find him (Aww sweet).
PITFALL HARRY, his niece Rhonda, and a cowardly Mountain Lion(!?!) search for treasure
FROGGER is an investigative reporter(?!?)
QBERT is a 1950's teenager(???)

The second season dropped Pitfall Harry, Donkey Kong Jr and Frogger so they could ad "Kangaroo" and "Space Ace", which were both SO MUCH more like what they sound like than any of the previous season's cartoons had been.

Also aired at 9:30 and 11:30 in the 1984/1985 season
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I know so very little about this series! Looks like "Tenacious D: The Animated Series" to me. Yet another of the Marvel Productions attempts at a traditional Hanna-Barbera / Filmation action/comedy, The series centered on Meatballs & Spaghetti, a husband-and-wife singing duo who roamed the country in a mobile home with their friend Clyde (who was the bassist), and their dog Woofer (who was their drummer).

I have never seen an episode of this show... anybody care to share any thoughts about it?

Debuted in the 11:30 time slot of 1982, moved to 9am in the Spring of 1983, and then was *gone*.
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In 1981 at 11:30 in the morning on ABC, you would see Heathcliff ANd Marmaduke (along with a very catchy theme song). Officially considered to be the second season of the 1980 Heathcliff and Dingbat Show only with Marmaduke instead of Dingbat (obviously), they made 25 episodes of this version ( as opposed to just 13 "Dingbat" episode) which is why you probably remember the Marmaduke titles better than the Dingbat ones, if you remember them at all. Also note that this is a Ruby-Spears joint, NOT the DiC "Heathcliff and The Catilac Cats" version that was syndicated a few years later.
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The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour from Filmation has been mentioned here before, but for continuity sake let's bring it up again.

Filmation had a ton of 15-minute adventure cartoons featuring Tarzan that they kept running and re-running with various new cartoons all through the 1970's and well into the early 1980's. This show was officially called an "Adventure Hour", although it rarely went hast 30 minutes per scheduled episode. For 1980 and 1981, the Tarzan cartoons were packaged with brand new Lone Ranger and Zorro cartoons as part of a bait-n-switch scam that I've never ever forgiven them for; I'd tune in hoping to see a new Lone Ranger cartoon and ALWAYS get an episode of either Tarzan and Zorro, or just a double-dose of Tarzan re-runs :(

They are why I have trust issues.
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Drak Pack was an action/comedy cartoon that aired on CBS Saturday Morning between September 6, 1980 and September 12, 1982. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera for a total of 16 episodes before it was mercilessly cancelled.

The series centers around three young men: Drak, Frankie and Howler, descendants of Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, and a werewolf. To atone for their ancestors' wrongdoings, the three are recruited by the REAL DRACULA (who they call "Big D") to be a kind of under-cover super hero team that saves the world from Doctor Dred and his assorted henchmen who go under the collective name of "OGRE" which may have stood for something but I forget. The Drak Pack look like regular young folks (college age maybe?) until they do a three-person high-five ("High Fifteen?") known as the "Drak Whack", which allows them to transform in to their monstrous forms.

This, more than any other show, is the one I am afraid to revisit because I loved it so much as a child. Part of my love for it was because I only ever got to see ONE EPISODE, and then never saw it again because of stupid College Football (aka "Saturday Morning's Arch Enemy"). But this show stayed with me all my life as the motivation for getting in to animation history and whatnot.

Do you hav any memories of this show? Was it really as epic as my memories seem to think it was? Leave a comment below!
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The Plastic Man & Baby Plas Super Comedy Show was a continuation of the Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show that had debuted in 1979 in the time slot directly after The Super Friends. I am very sad to say that this version, with the baby version of Plastic Man (a very stereotypical Scrappy-Doo if ever there was one), was a BIG let-down from the 1979 version and yes I'm gonna gripe about it here.

Y'know what? NO. Looking back at the multitude of shows that made up the Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show, I've decided on YET ANOTHER WEEK-LONG EXPLORATION of the individual elements that made that show great, even if it was 1979. EVERY PART OF THAT SHOW WAS A FAVORITE OF MINE. So brace yourselves.

The Plastic Man & Baby Plas Comedy Show was a half-hour show comprised two parts, usually both of them being the Scrappy-esque adventures of Baby Plas. It mercifully died off in 1981.

However, the one *good* part of this show is that they made NEW episodes in 1984 that got first-run syndication along with a LIVE-ACTION PLASTIC MAN:

As you can see, this syndicated version of the show was kind of asweome not only because of the live-action, but because they packaged it with all the shows I used to love from 1979 and in to the early 80s! This is probably how most of us in this community became familliar with any of these shows...


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