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    Ulysses 31

    Ulysses 31

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    (ended 1982)
    This animated sci-fi retelling of the Greek poet Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey", was a French-Japanese co-production originally produced in 1981, with animation from premier Japanese animation studio TMS (Tokyo Movie Shinsha). The series was originally envisaged as being 52 episodes long, but production difficulties cut back the number of episodes to 26. The show was written by the French writing team of Nina Wolmark and Jean Chalopin, before being animated by TMS in Japan. Many of the show's key Japanese staff came from the very popular (in France as well as Japan) anime, Rose Of Versailles (Lady Oscar), although the original director, Tadao Nagahama died after production of the first episode, leaving the remaining directors to carry on in a similar style. Some of the show's mechanical designs were also created by Shoji Kawamori and Studio Nue, the famed creators of Macross. Although the show's worldwide debut was on September 12 1981, on Luxembourg's RTL channel, France's FR 3 (the first 'official' home of the series) was not far behind in showing the series. In the mid-1980's the show was given a very respectable and mature English dub by DIC, courtesy of Jean Chalopin and the cast and crew at Multidub International in Montreal, Canada. In the USA, the show was shown in syndication from September 13 1986 as part of Kideo TV a DIC-produced package of animated series such as The Get-Along Gang, Popples and Rainbow Brite (which Ulysses later replaced). The show was also shown on the UK's BBC and Channel 4 networks. Ironically, for a show co-produced by the Japanese, Ulysses 31 wasn't shown on Japanese television until February 6 1988, when a run of twelve episodes was shown there under the title of Space Legend Ulysses 31.moreless
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    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

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    NBC (ended 1981)
    In the year 1987, NASA launched the last of America's deep space probes. Aboard this compact starship a lone astronaut, Captain William "Buck" Rogers, was to experience cosmic forces beyond all comprehension. In a freak mishap, his life-support systems were frozen by temperatures beyond imagination. Ranger III was blown out of its plan trajectory into an orbit 1,000 times more vast, an orbit which was to return Buck Rogers to earth 500 years later.moreless
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    Sherlock Hound

    Sherlock Hound

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    YouTube (ended 1985)
    Meitantei Holmes (Sherlock Hound) is, as of 12/31/04, the last TV series to be made by Hayao Miyazaki (Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away). The shows plot centers around Sherlock Holmes, along with the help of Doctor Watson, figuring out and stopping the evil schemes of Professor Moriarty and his henchmen Todd and Smiley. Miyazaki wrote the scripts for all 26 episodes, but he actually only directed 6 of them. The easiest way to tell these episode apart is to look at Professor Moriarty's henchman, Smiley; in a Miyazaki directed episode, he has green fur. Two of these episodes were theatrically released along with Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind in 1984. ("Blue Ruby" and "Treasure Under the Sea".) Opening Theme: "Sora kara koboreta Story" ("The Story That Fell From the Sky") by Da Capo Ending Theme: "Thames gawa no Dance" ("Dance of the River Thames") by Da Capo Show's Title in Other Countries: Sherlock Hound (English) Sherlock Holmes (French and Spanish) Die Abenteuer des Sherlock Holmes (German) Il fiuto di Sherlock Holmes (Italian)moreless
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    Pole Position

    Pole Position

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    CBS (ended 1985)
    Pole Position was a Saturday-morning animated action/mystery series loosely based on a popular 1980s racecar video game. It followed the adventures of three children, teenagers Dan and Tess Darrett and their younger sister Daisy, who worked for a secret crimefighting organization called Pole Position, run by their uncle, Dr. Zachary Darrett. With their computerized talking cars Roadie and Wheels, and their squeaky mascot Kuma, the children travelled around the country on missions, using a racing stunt show as their cover. Picture Speed Racer crossed with Inspector Gadget, with a few elements of Knight Rider and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? thrown in for good measure. The show premiered on CBS in the fall of 1984 and ran for 13 episodes, which were rebroadcast until the end of August 1985, and again on other networks such as USA through the remainder of the decade. It was also on the Family Channel (now ABC Family) in 1991 - 1992. The Cast Tess Darrett: Tess is Dan's slightly older sister and definitely the more mature and levelheaded of the pair. She drives Wheels, the red Pole Position car. (Trivia: In the show's development, Tess was originally named "Tase" -- rhymes with "ace", short for Anastasia -- because the creators wanted a slightly unusual name for their female lead.) Dan Darrett: Dan is the middle child of the Darrett siblings. He tends to be a bit stubborn and arrogant, especially about his driving. He often says and does things without thinking. Often that gets him into hot water. Dan drives Roadie, the blue Pole Position car. Daisy Darrett: Daisy is the youngest of the three Darrett children, looking to be about ten. She dreams of being a racer like her big brother and sister, but has a tendency to sneak off and get herself nabbed by the bad guys. Daisy likes video games and playing with Kuma and the car computers. She seems to have a special bond with Wheels in particular. Roadie: Roadie is the computer module for the blue Pole Position car, a more modern 1980's hot-rod than Wheels (with some resemblance to a DeLorean, complete with gull-wing doors). Roadie loves to race and exchange banter with Dan, while trying to keep him out of trouble. Wheels: Wheels is the computer module for the red Pole Position car, based on the classic muscle cars of the 1960's (particularly a Mustang convertible). Wheels is something of a worry-wart, often voicing concerns that he's getting too old and run-down for crimefighting work. (Trivia: Wheels' voice was provided by Mel Franklin of the Temptations, who passed away in 1995.) Kuma: Kuma is the Pole Position team's squeaky-voiced mascot, a hybrid of several different kinds of animal. His antics provide much of the show's comic relief. (Trivia: "Kuma" is Japanese for "bear", and was the name of Michael Reaves' dog at the time he developed the show.) Dr. Zachary Darrett ("Uncle Zach"): Dr. Zachary is the head of Pole Position, gives the kids their missions, and serves as a source of information, though he rarely tells them the full story until it's over. Questions and Answers Q: Where can I get episodes of Pole Position on tape? A: In North America, four commercial Pole Position tapes were produced by Karl-Lorimar / Kideo Video. Two compilation tapes, Racing to Adventure (#138) and Road Fever (#190), were released in 1986/1987. Racing contains the episodes "The Code", "The Canine Vanishes", "The Chicken Who Knew Too Much", "Strangers on the Ice", and "The Race". Road Fever contains the episodes "The Thirty-Nine Stripes", "The Thirty-One Cent Mystery", "Dial M for Magic", "The Bear Affair", and "To Clutch a Thief". There is also a mislabelled copy of Road Fever that was packaged in the Racing to Adventure box, hence some possible confusion about both compilations being identical; they're not. In 1989 two single-episode tapes, "The Secret" (#485) and "The Trouble with Kuma" (#486), were released. All of these are relatively available online, though you may have to look a bit. Good places to start are eBay, Half, and Amazon, or you can search the web for used or out-of-print video dealers. Expect to pay around $15 - $25 apiece for the compilations, but the single-episode tapes can usually be had for about $5 - $8. If the condition of the outer packaging is important to you, be warned: A lot of video stores cut the oversized compilation boxes to fit a standard VHS plastic case. Uncut boxes can be difficult to find. Unfortunately only 12 of the 13 episodes were made commercially available. The only way to get "Shadow of a Trout" is to find someone who recorded and kept the shows when the networks aired them. (That's a shame, as this episode contains one of the best moments of the entire series.) Try a Google search on "Pole Position cartoon". There are plenty of fans out there who will share their episodes. (Legality and quality cannot be verified) In the U.K., Pole Position was sold commercially on PAL-format tapes containing two episodes each. Not for certain which episodes were released, but one tape (#LR 2223) with "The Code" and "The Canine Vanishes" has been confirmed. In Australia, "Racing to Adventure" (Roadshow-Lorimar, #2668) was also released with 5 episodes, so it's possible "Road Fever" and the single-episode tapes were too. Others likely exist as well, including versions in other languages. The series was also aired in France and Brazil, and possibly Italy, Spain and Germany. If you would like to help petition DIC Enterprises to release the entire series on DVD, you can write to them at the address below. ATTN: K.R. Hartlove Home Entertainment Coordinator DIC Enterprises 4100 West Alameda Avenue Burbank, CA 91505 You can also vote online to express your interest in purchasing the series on DVD. Q: What are the lyrics to the theme song? A: (UNCLE ZACH: From now on, like your parents were, you are the secret force of Pole Position.) They're movin' real fast They're the only ones who can get there on time (TESS: Let's go, Dan!) (DAN: O-kay, sis!) And never too far behind They are always fighting crime (ROADIE: Step on it, Dan!) (DAN: Ready when you are, Roadie!) Round the turn they will face an adventure In the danger zone Pretty soon they'll be off on a mission Come and watch them go! (DAN: Hydrofoil mode, Roadie!) (ROADIE: Hydrofoil engaged, Dan.) Pole Position! What's behind their stunt show? (TESS: Wheels, hovercraft, quick!) (WHEELS: Anything you say, Tess.) Pole Position! What's behind their stunt show? (Kuma squeaks, Daisy giggles) Pole Position! Only their Uncle knows! Pole Position! Sit back and watch them go-ooo-oh! Hey-Oh! Hey-Oh! Hey-Oh! Hey-Oh! Hey-Oh! Q: How do you know the episode titles? A: Episode titles for Pole Position were never given in the actual shows. During the initial CBS run they were revealed in a brief "coming up next" snippet immediately prior to each episode. Reruns on other networks omitted these, so they are hard to come by nowadays, though a couple of the commercial tapes give the title of the episode on them. Q: What kind of creature is Kuma, exactly? A: Writer Marc Scott Zicree says that the original concept was for an "intelligent raccoon", but Kuma has also exhibited characteristics of a cat, a monkey, a dog, and possibly a koala. The show never says specifically. Q: What happened to the kids' parents? A: The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons by Jeff Lenburg states that the Darrett parents "disappear in an unexplained explosion during a stunt race", and the show never elaborates. Uncle Zachary seems to believe they're dead, or at least never hints otherwise to the kids. Co-developer and writer Michael Reaves tells me that the original plan was for the kids to eventually come across clues about their spy parents. Unfortunately the series didn't last past the first season, and no specific planning was ever done for a second. The episodes were written as stand-alones, with no extended formats or "mythology", to allow them to be run in any order and still make sense. Given the show's nature for surprise twists ("Shadow of a Trout"), it wouldn't be too surprising to learn that the Darrett parents were still alive (possibly in an episode titled "Mr. and Mrs. Darrett"?) Q: Who is the older sibling, Dan or Tess? A: The show never specifically says, but Michael Reaves tells me that Dan is older. Q: Why do so many Pole Position pages, including the Internet Movie Database, list Helen Minniear in the role of "Teacher"? A: Not sure - Jeff Lenburg's Encyclopedia has it too, but there is no teacher character in any of the episodes, and the name Helen Minniear does not appear anywhere in the show's credits. In fact, Pole Position is the only credit the IMDB gives for her! Michael Reaves had no idea either. Maybe it's an error, possibly a credit from another show, that got entered by mistake on one site and has propogated across the Net ever since. Q: I heard this show was actually a dubbing of a Japanese cartoon that was renamed Pole Position for the U.S. distribution. Is this true? A: This is a persistent rumor, but it is not correct. Itseems to stem from the fact that the show's animation style has a Japanese appearance to it, and the inevitable comparisons to Speed Racer. Head writers Marc Scott Zicree and Michael Reaves, the latter of whom co-developed the series with Jean Chalopin have stated that, although the animation was done by a Japanese studio known then as Anime International Company- in conjunction with studios KK C&D Asia and Visual 80 (hence the look and feel), the series itself was conceived and created in the good old U.S. of A.moreless
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    The Americans

    The Americans

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    NBC
    The Americans feature the lives of brothers Ben and Jeff Canfield during the Civil War. Each supports the opposite side. Ben went to the North while Jeff went South.
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    Around the World in 80 Days

    Around the World in 80 Days

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    Fireworks International
    Based on the Jules Verne novel, aristocrat Phileas Fogg wagers all his wealth that he can beat the world record for traveling around the world.
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    Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers

    Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers

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    Disney Channel (ended 1990)
    Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers was mainly about Chip and Dale's adventures in fighting crimes that the police think are too small to handle. Together, with the help of Gadget Hackwrench, the inventive and industrious girl mouse, a blue fly named Zipper, and Monterey Jack, a husky, strong mouse with a killer addiction for cheese, they match wits with evil scientists like Professor Nimbul and crooked cat underworld leader Fat Cat and his gang. This series first began on the Disney Channel in the spring of 1989, and then it had a long life on The Disney Afternoon block of shows. Main Characters Chip: The brave leader of the Rescue Rangers, resembles a pint-sized Indiana Jones. He is by far the most practical member of the team and his loyalty to the others never wavers, even if Dale does try his patience at times. Dale: He is much more excitable than Chip, a fact reflected in his fondness for garish red-and-yellow Hawaiian shirts. Has a fondness for comic books, science fiction and tall stories in general. Gadget Hackwrench: The only female Rescue Ranger is a brilliant inventor and created all the teams vehicles. The daughter of one of Monty's old friends, she is more than just a pretty face. Monteray Jack: Known to his friends as Monty, he is the eldest of the Rescue Rangers and was an explorer before he joined up with Chip and Dale. Has an addiction to cheese, which sometimes lands himself and the others in trouble. Zipper: A fly who hung round with Monty on his travels, he is the smallest Rescue Ranger. But what he lacks in size he more than makes up for in courage. Fatcat: As his name suggests, he is an overweight cat who used to belong to the first human villain the Rangers ever put behind bars. He is greedy, arrogant and short-tempered and is forever looking for some means of dominating the world. Meps, Wart, Mole and Snout: These are Fatcat's stooges. Meps is also a cat, while Wart, Mole and Snout are a lizard, a mole and a rat respectively. Professor Nimnul: A crazed human professor who is forever coming up with new devices with which to dominate the world.moreless
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    Robin of Sherwood

    Robin of Sherwood

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    ITV (ended 1986)
    Robin of Loxley is charged by Herne the Hunter, horned god of the forests, to become his son and champion. As "The Hooded Man," Robin must forge a band of outlaws and renegades into a force which will defy the Norman rulers who oppress the population of the region, especially Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham.

    This adaptation of the Robin Hood legend leans heavily on mysticism and magic. This mood was reinforced by the soundtrack by the Irish band Clannad.moreless
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    The Mysterious Cities of Gold

    The Mysterious Cities of Gold

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    A&E
    In the year 1532, Mendoza, a Spanish Navigator, Estaban, a young orphan, Zia, a young Incan girl, and a band of Spanish sailors set sail from Barcelona in search of El Dorado, the Mysterious City of Gold. Each is on a personal quest of discovery, heritage, and wealth.moreless
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    Transformers: The Headmasters

    Transformers: The Headmasters

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    (ended 1988)

    Episodes: 35 colored episodes

    Age rating: Older Children (May contain mild bad language, bloodless violence)

    Genres: Adventure, Mecha, Science Fiction, Shounen

    Headmasters starts with Galvatron leading a new batch of Destrons to wage war on Seibertron, the Destron Headmasters. The Cybertrons are rescued by the arrival of the Cybertron Headmasters, led by Fortress (Cerebros, the head of Fortress Maximus). It is revealed that Fortress left Seibertron millions of years ago in search of energy, and have finally managed to come home. He explains that the Headmasters are from a planet called Master; the human-heighted robots who live there built themselves Transformers-heighted bodies. They can then transform themselves into the heads of the robots, and have now joined the Cybertron-Destron war.

    Opening Song: "The Headmasters" by Hironobu Kageyama Ending Song: "You are a Transformer" by Hironobu Kageyama

    Transformers: The Headmasters was the first Japanese Transformers series and picked up after the 3rd season of the original cartoon, taking place in 2011. However, the producers disregarded the story told in the 3-part "Rebirth" from the original series and retold the origin of the Headmasters from scratch.

    Although considered the weakest of all the Japanese shows, Headmasters paved the way for other Japanese Transformer shows like Super God Masterforce and Victory.moreless
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    V: The Series (1984)

    V: The Series (1984)

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    NBC (ended 1985)
    They came to Earth, disguised as friends. But instead, they took the planet's water and eat people for food. But there's a resistance... to save the people and the planet.

    V: The Series is preceded by two miniseries, V and V: The Final Battle.moreless
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    The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

    The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

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    (ended 1989)
    Welcome to The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! guide at TV.com. Cartoon Summary The Mario Bros.; Mario and Luigi, were two plumbers from Brooklyn. On one of their plumbing jobs, they were in the middle of unclogging a bathtub drainpipe. Without any warning, the drain suddenly pulled the brothers in, and warped them to the Mushroom Kingdom. Upon their arrival, they rescued Princess Peach Toadstool and Toad from King Bowser Koopa and his army. Although Princess Toadstool and Toad are now safe, the Koopas are still at large. On top of that, the warp zone leading to Brooklyn had closed. It's up to Mario and Luigi to not only liberate the Mushroom World from King Koopa, but to find a way back to Brooklyn. Live Action Summary Set after the events of the Donkey Kong games, but prior to the events of the cartoon, this portion of the show shows us how Mario and Luigi used to live, running their plumbing shop in Brooklyn. Their friends include Radigator and Edison the Electrician, not to mention the many guest stars that come to visit. The Theme Song: Plumber's Rap Hey paisanos! It's the Super Mario Brothers Super Show! We're the Mario Brothers, and plumbing's our game We're not like the others who get all the fame If your sink is in trouble, you can call us on the double We're faster than the others, you'll be hooked on the Brothers Unh! H-hooked on the Brothers Gimme gimme, gimme gimme Yo, you're in for a treat, so hang on to your seat Get ready for adventure and remarkable feats You'll meet Koopas, the Troopas, the Princess, and the others Hangin' with the plumbers, you'll be hooked on the brothers To the brink! Unh! Unh! I say a h-h-h-h-hooked on the brothers! [echo and fade out] Plumber's Rap Part 2 Yo, yo! It's the Mario Brothers And plumbin's their game Found the secret warp zone While working on the drain Lend the princess a hand In the Mushroom Land Comin' atcha with the plumbers, You'll be hooked on the brothers! Nowww Evil Koopa and his Troopas Are up to misbehavin' They kidnapped the princess; Mushroom Land needs savin' Abusin' and confusin' Everybody he discovers They can't help but Be hooked on the brothers! Unh! Do the Mario Do the Mario! Swing your arms from side to side Come on it's time to go Do the Mario! Take one step And then again Let's do the Mario All together now! You got it! It's the Mario! Do the Mario! Swing your arms from side to side Come on it's time to go Do the Mario! Take one step And then again Let's do the Mario All together now! Come on now! Just like that! Character Guide Mario Mario The main character, and unofficial leader of the heroes. Being a plumber, he can can do just about anything that involves plumbing, and he can use plumbing tools for a lot more than just plumbing! Mario also has a huge taste for Italian food. On this show, he and Luigi got sucked down a drain in Brookyln which took them to the Mushroom Kingdom, and now they have to find their way home. Luigi Mario Mario's younger brother. Although he tends to have a more cowardly attitude towards danger than Mario, he's probably the saner of the two. Unfortunately for Luigi, the others tend to treat him like a fall boy, causing him to end up doing a lot of dirty work. Like his bro, he's a plumbing pro, and he has a fondness for Italian cuisine. Princess Peach Toadstool She's the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, which has been taken over by the Koopas. She's also the most reasonable thinker of the group. She and the Marios have to find a way to stop the Koopas so she can reclaim her kingdom. NOTE: On the cartoons, she was never called Peach, so the guide will usually refer to her as Princess or sometimes Princess Toadstool for continuity's sake. Please refer to her as Princess in your submissions. Toad Princess' assistant. Toad often has a lot to say, and usually cracks jokes here and there. Though he doesn't look like he's capable of much, he's proven he can pull through when things get tough, and is often fairly resourceful. King Bowser Koopa The leader of the Koopa Troop is big, bad, and proud of it. He's friends with no one, and even his henchmen are treated poorly by him. However, he does have a sense of humor, and it shows. His goal in life is to conquer the Mushroom World, one land at a time. He usually hangs out with either Mouser, Triclyde, a Troopa, or sometimes all three of them. In many episodes, he will don a costume and go by a different name, usually just for the heck of it. NOTE: On this show, he was never called Bowser, so the guide will usually refer to him as Koopa for continuity's sake. Please refer to him as Koopa in your submissions. Important Notes for Submitting information: Episode Recap: An episode recap should be VERY detailed, almost narrating the episode. One should be able to read a recap and have as much knowledge of the episode as someone who saw the episode. We encourage you to submit an episode recap if you able to watch any episode. Episode Notes: Notes should provide key information in little bullet points. But I still want all notes in complete sentences. Goofs: Goofs should follow the same format as Notes. Please make sure that when you submit a goof, the REASON it is a goof is clearly mentioned or understood. Quotes: Quotes need to follow a specific format or they will not be accepted. For single-line quotes: Hello, I'm Mario! For conversations: Mario: Hello, I'm Mario! Luigi: Hi. I am Luigi! Koopa: Hello! I'm your king, Koopa! For simultaneous speaking: Mario: Hello, I'm Mario! Luigi: Hi. I am Luigi! Mario/Luigi: And we're the Mario Brothers!!! To add actions: Mario: Hello, I'm Mario! Luigi: Hi. I am Luigi! Koopa: Hello! I'm your king, Koopa! [Koopa jumps on Mario and Luigi] To add short character descriptions: Mario: Hello, I'm Mario! Luigi: Hi. I am Luigi! Koopa: Hello! I'm your king, Koopa! [Koopa jumps on Mario and Luigi] Mario/Luigi [flattened]: Ow! You will need to use good grammar when submitting entries at this guide. Capitalize and punctuate correctly. Unless mistakes are minimal, I will not be able to accept your entry. Related Shows Captain N & the Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 Captain N & the New Super Mario World The Legend of Zelda Captain N: The Game Mastermoreless
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    Rainbow Brite

    Rainbow Brite

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    (ended 1985)
    The story of a young girl who tries her best to bring beauty and happiness to the Earth. She wears a magic belt known as the Color Belt which is activated by a handful of Star Sprinkles brings forth a powerful rainbow. She is assisted by her faithful talking horse Starlite, 'the most magnificent horse in the entire universe' and her personal sprite Twink. She lives with the Color Kids in the wonderful Rainbowland. But not everything is always peaceful, they occasionally get opposition from Murky Dismal and Lurky from the gloomy Pits. Try as they might, these two bumbleheads can't seem to succeed. At least they never give up. The fun never ends in Rainbowland thanks to other colorful visitors.moreless
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    Dungeons & Dragons

    Dungeons & Dragons

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    CBS (ended 1985)
    (NEW SHOW SUMMARY COMING SOON) Based on the board game of same title. Hank, Presto, Eric, Diana, Sheila, and her younger brother Bobby all go to an amusement park one night. While there, they go on a ride called 'Dungeons and Dragons.' But while on that ride, they get sucked into the world of Dungeons and Dragons. There they are attacked by various monsters and entities. When all seems lost, they're greeted by a short, mysterious man known as Dungeon Master. He gives each one of them a magical item that they can use to fight monsters and defend themselves. Hank (the Ranger) is given a bow that creates arrows of energy. Presto (the Magician) is given a hat of magic spells. Eric (the Cavalier) is given a shield that can deflect any attack against it. Diana (the Acrobat) is given a extendable javelin that allows her to do feats of acrobatics. Sheila (the Thief) is given a cloak that when the hood is pulled up, makes her invisible. And Bobby (the Barbarian) is given a club that can crush anything it is struck against. They're all being pursued by the evil Venger, a man who's history is somehow tied with the Dungeon Master. His ultimate goal is to acquire all six magical items the kids possess. He has a sub-servant known as the shadow demon who spies on the kids and gives reports on their goings-on. Venger has a mortal enemy, a five-headed dragon named Tiamat. The kids are constantly looking for a way back to their home, but also go where the Dungeon Master tells them their presence is required. The show was briefly shown on Fox Kids in the summer of 2000.moreless
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    Takeshi's Castle

    Takeshi's Castle

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    Tokyo Broadcasting System (ended 1990)
    A Japanese game show featuring the famous and well respected Japanese actor Takeshi Kitano, or should I say "Beat Takeshi". The show began with 142 contestants, many were challenged with games and challenges, all who failed were eliminated. The remaining players faced Count Takeshi, those who won the challenge he presented them, received 1 million yen. The show also contained many colorful characters such as the Takeshi, his advisers, and costume "foes". A comedic show, which challenges the reflexes and luck of contestants. The show originally aired on Japanese TV in 1986, and was later shown in other countries in later years.moreless
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    Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs

    Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs

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    (ended 1988)
    Welcome to the Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs guide at TV.com. Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs was an animated TV series that aired from 1986 to 1989. The writer, Marc Handler, was also behind Voltron: Defender of the Universe. The series is set in the late 21st or early 22nd century, when humankind has reached the stars. There are many outposts and settlement worlds in the galaxy with Old West influenced names, such as "Planet Uma" and "Planet Durango". There are also outlaws, bounty hunters... and sheriffs. Saber Rider is the leader of the Star Sheriffs. The Star Sheriffs are the special operatives of Cavalry Command, they are the law enforcement arm and defense patrol organization out in space, and along the New Frontier. Their main assignment is to protect the Galaxy from the growing threat of the Outriders. The Outriders are beings from the Vapor Zone Dimension, led by the powerful Nemisis, who have the ability to travel between dimensions. The growing threat of giant enemy Renegade Units forced the Cavalry Command to create RAMROD, designed and constructed by Commander Eagle, and his daughter, April Eagle. Ramrod Equalizer Unit is mostly used as a large spaceship (Vehicle Mode), but it can transform into a shape of 250' high robot (Challenge Phase). Each episode of Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs begins with the title being displayed, and Saber Rider doing an opening monologue, talking about their whereabouts and the assignments given to them from Cavalry Command. In the conclusion of each episode, Saber summarizes the lesson from the danger they just faced. The show is a significantly edited and altered version of the Japanese anime series "Bismark" which aired in Japan in 1984.moreless
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    Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors

    Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors

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    (ended 1986)
    "Thundering across the stars to save the universe from the Monster Minds, Jayce searches for his father to unite the magic root and lead his Lightning League to victory over the changing form of Saw Boss. Wheeled Warriors explode into battle - Lightning Strikes!"Audric is a scientist working to create a plant which can grow in any environment when a radiation flare causes the plants to mutate into Saw Boss and the Monster Minds.The Monster Minds can transform into vehicles and travel via roots between planets. With Saw Boss as leader, they set out to conquer the galaxy. Audric creates a magic root which can stop them but the two halves of the root are separated during a Monster Minds attack. Audric escapes with one half, the other goes with his son, Jayce.Jayce and the other members of the Lightning League set out to locate Audric, unite the two halves of the root and defeat the Monster Minds.moreless
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    The Legend of Zelda

    The Legend of Zelda

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    DiC Entertainment (ended 1989)
    The Legend of Zelda is based on the Nintendo game of the same name. Link, the hero of Hyrule, along with Princess Zelda protect the Triforce of Wisdom from the evil forces of Ganon.moreless
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    Astro Boy (1980)

    Astro Boy (1980)

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    Nippon Television Network Corporation (ended 1981)
    It is the year 2030. A brilliant robotics engineer creates a robotic boy with robotic powers in the image of his own dead son. The show examines the robotic boy's adventures as he comes to terms with living among humans.moreless
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    The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo

    The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo

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    ABC (ended 1985)
    The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo is about the adventures of Scooby Doo, Shaggy Rogers, Daphne Blake, and Scrappy-Doo chasing after more mysteries. Now they are joined by a magnificent warlock called Vincent Van Ghoul, who is a cartoon caricature of Vincent Price (who also provides the voice), and a mischievous boy named Flim-Flam. Together they have to catch 13 ghosts and put them in a magical "Chest of Demons" that Scooby and Shaggy were tricked into opening by two sneaky ghosts named Weerd and Bogel. This was the last cartoon series that the original Scooby-Doo gang (minus Fred and Velma) appeared in for nearly 20 years. In 1988, the entire gang returned to TV as children in A Pup Named Scooby Doo, but they wouldn't resurface again weekly in their adult form until 2002 in What's New Scooby-Doo?.moreless
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