1 9 6 5 - 1 9 6 7 (USA) 26 x episodes Atom Ant was originally aired as part of The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show series on NBC, which featured Secret Squirrel, Precious Pupp (who hid his antics from the kindly Granny Sweets), Squiddly Diddly, Winsome Witch, and the Hillbilly Bears - the most ridiculous bears to ever come(...)
1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 0 (USA) 23 x 30 minute episodes A spin-off from the 1976 film of the same name concerning itself with the life of one-time baseball player Morris Buttermaker who has to take over the coaching of a little league baseball team after getting in trouble with the law.(...)
1 9 7 7 - 1 9 7 8 (USA) 13 x 30 minute episodes Baggy Pants was a cartoon cat based on Charlie Chaplin. Like The Pink Panther, Baggy Pants was presented in silent pantomime. The Nitwits appeared in a separate section of the show and were based on characters from Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. The voices(...)
1 9 7 4 (UK) 13 x 20 minute episodes "Bagpuss, dear Bagpuss, Old fat furry cat-puss, Wake up, and look at this thing that I bring, Wake up, be bright, be golden and light, Bagpuss, oh hear what I sing" Bagpuss - which first aired on 12 February 1974 - was written and narrated by Oliver(...)
1 9 7 7 (Australia) 26 x 25 minute episodes This Australian-made family adventure series was filmed in Penang and starred Hu Pryce as a retired RAAF fighter pilot who operated a small charter flying boat - his "bird" - from a fictitious tropical island in south-east Asia. He was joined by his 14-year-old son, Nick (played(...)
1 9 7 3 (USA) The Yo Ho Ho's were a pirate-centric team competing against Barnaby Bailey and his crew in this animated series about teen roller skaters in a global search for a $1 million treasure, encountering nefarious types along the way. Premiered on 8 September 1973.
1 9 8 3 (UK) 8 x 30 minute episodes Against a Victorian backdrop of horse-drawn hansom cabs and gas-lit streets, a gang of young London street urchins halted devilish deeds and cunning crookery from their headquarters in a disused basement near Baker Street. The waifs were based on the 'Baker Street Irregulars' in Conan Doyle's(...)
1 9 6 8 - 1 9 7 0 (USA) Few shows are remembered as fondly as The Banana Splits. Combining live action, costumed hijinks, classical animation, and rock music with pre-teen psychedelic imagery at a break-neck pace, this show spoke to a new generation of TV babies, and they listened . . . The Banana Splits(...)
1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 6 (UK) 40 x 5 minute episodes There once was an ordinary young boy called Eric (who just happened to sound like Bill Oddie from The Goodies) who lived at 29 Acacia Avenue. Whenever Eric bit into a banana, an amazing transformation took place and Eric became Bananaman(...)
1 9 7 5 (Netherlands) 45 x 5 minute episodes Were there ever more unlikely cartoon stars than those shape-shifting, multicoloured blobs called the Barbapapas? A French children's book series turned into a Dutch cartoon, Barbapapa was the creation of Annette Tison and Talus Taylor, who derived their characters' names from the French word for candy floss ('cotton(...)
1 9 5 5 (UK) 7 x 30 minute episodes This short black & white series starred Marcia Manolescue as Barbie, the daughter of a famous conductor who is away on a world tour. Barbie goes to temporarily live with her cousins, Laurel (Kika Markham) and Simon (Jonathan Swift), and her uncle (David Markham) at their(...)
1 9 7 0 - 1 9 7 2 (France/UK) 13 x 14 minute episodes "Barnaby the bear's my name Never call me Jack or James I will sing my way to fame Barnaby the bear's my name" The thing is, "Barnaby" wasn't actually the little bear's name. He was originally called "Colargol" when he was 'born' in(...)
1 9 6 8 - 1 9 8 0 (UK) 152 x 30 minute episodes Basil Brush - a mischievous upper-class fox, created and voiced by Ivan Owen (formerly the operator of Yoo-Hoo the Cuckoo in the 1950s' Billy Bean and His Funny Machine and dog Fred Barker in Tuesday Rendezvous and Five O'Clock Club) - started off on the telly(...)
1 9 6 6 - 1 9 6 7 (USA) His wings were "like a shield of steel". Assisted by Kung Fu side kick Karate, Batfink used his "Super Sonic Radar" to catch the baddies (usually Hugo Agogo).
1 9 6 6 - 1 9 6 8 (USA) 120 x 30 minute episodes Parents never seemed bothered that our childhood was spent fixated on a man who wore his underpants on the outside, a mask and hung around with a young boy. When trouble brewed in Gotham City, Police Commissioner Gordon would light the(...)