1980s British Kids TV

by Jonathan-28 | created - 29 Jul 2016 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

Shows I watched when I was a kid!

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1. Hong Kong Phooey (1974–1975)

TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Short, Action

A kung-fu-fighting pup and his snickering cat sidekick battle crime.

Stars: Scatman Crothers, Joe E. Ross, Don Messick, Jean Vander Pyl

Votes: 2,827

2. Bagpuss (1974)

15 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Bagpuss and his friends are toys in a turn of the century shop for 'found things'. When young Emily brings them a new object, the toys come to life to work out what the strange new thing ... See full summary »

Stars: Oliver Postgate, Sandra Kerr, John Faulkner, Emily Firmin

Votes: 742

3. Vicky the Viking (1974– )

23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Long ago, in a little Viking Village called Flake, young Wickie lives a happy life. His father, Halvar, is the chief of the Vikings, and would have liked a son a little more courageous. So,... See full summary »

Stars: Wolf Ackva, Harald Baerow, Ivar Combrinck, Gustl Datz

Votes: 1,478

4. Tiswas (1974–1982)

Family

Anarchic Saturday morning children's fare which starred Chris Tarrant, Sally James, Lenny Henry and Sylvester McCoy.

Stars: Chris Tarrant, Sally James, Sylvester McCoy, John Gorman

Votes: 145

5. Mr. Men (1974–1983)

7 min | Animation, Short, Family

The Mr Men are a whole host of brightly colored characters that live in Misterland. All of them have names like Mr Happy, Mr Clumsy and Mr Greedy and their appearance and personality match their name. Narrated by Arthur Lowe.

Star: Arthur Lowe

Votes: 288

6. Roobarb (1974– )

5 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Roobarb the green dog's enthusiasm for inventions and harebrained schemes to liven up life in the garden know no bounds. It's up to Custard the indolent, grinning purple cat, and the rest ... See full summary »

Star: Richard Briers

Votes: 196

7. The Muppet Show (1976–1981)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Kermit the Frog and his fellow Muppets put on a vaudeville show at their theatre, bringing in a famous celebrity to help out for each episode.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz

Votes: 21,351

8. Rentaghost (1976–1984)

25 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Harold and Ethel Meaker live in South Ealing and run 'Rentaghost' where they rent ghosts out to the public. Over the years many ghosts came and went but the main Rentaghost crew consisted ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Staniforth, Edward Brayshaw, Ann Emery, William Perrie

Votes: 410

9. Paddington Bear (1976–1993)

30 min | Animation, Family

The misadventures of a little Peruvian bear living in London, England.

Stars: Michael Hordern, Joel Grey

Votes: 1,014

10. Just William (1976– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

William Brown is the story concentrate of an English boy. No matter what trouble his elders, and worse, the insufferable "good girl" Violet Elizabeth Bott, who manages to enforce her ... See full summary »

Stars: Adrian Dannatt, Diana Fairfax, Michael McVey, Hugh Cross

Votes: 47

11. Jamie and the Magic Torch (1976–1979)

10 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

When Jamie shines his Magic Torch on the floor of his bedroom a hole appears, leading Jamie and Wordsworth the sheepdog to the psychedelic fantasy world of Cuckooland.

Stars: Brian Trueman, Kate Murray-Henderson

Votes: 288

12. Dynomutt Dog Wonder (1976–1977)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

The adventures of a robotic dog superhero who proves as much a hindrance as asset to his master, the Blue Falcon.

Stars: Gary Owens, Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Don Messick

Votes: 314

13. Bod (1975– )

TV-Y | 15 min | Animation, Family, Music

The adventures of a little boy called Bod, who lives in a town with his friends Aunt Flo, P.C. Copper, Frank the Postman and Farmer Barleymow. Each episode also featured Alberto Frog and his Amazing Animal Band.

Stars: John Le Mesurier, Maggie Henderson

Votes: 116

14. Ivor the Engine (1976–1977)

5 min | Animation, Family

In the 'top, left hand corner of Wales' runs an archaic railway line staffed by such characters as Jones the Steam and Dai Station. Their pride is Ivor, the steam engine with a will of his ... See full summary »

Stars: Olwen Griffiths, Anthony Jackson, Oliver Postgate, David Edwards

Votes: 285

15. The Flumps (1976– )

Animation, Family

The adventures of a family of cute, furry creatures - The Flumps. Grandpa Flump, Ma and Pa Flump, their eldest son Perkin, daughter Posie and youngest son Pootle. Each episode contains fun songs and a story from the 'Big Book'.

Star: Gay Soper

Votes: 181

16. Chorlton and the Wheelies (1976– )

12 min | Animation, Family

A wonderfully eccentric series about Chorlton, a happy-go-lucky dragon (named after a suburb of Manchester) who unintentionally foils the evil schemes of a mad Welsh 'Kettle Witch' who tries to stop wheelie people having fun.

Star: Joe Lynch

Votes: 157

17. Multi-Coloured Swap Shop (1976–1982)

120 min | Family, Talk-Show

Saturday morning children's show which as well as having music and guests also had kids phone in and swap toys with each other.

Stars: Noel Edmonds, Keith Chegwin, John Craven, Maggie Philbin

Votes: 72

18. The Amazing Spider-Man (1977–1979)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

With the powers given by the bite of a radioactive spider, a young man fights crime as a wall-crawling superhero.

Stars: Nicholas Hammond, Robert F. Simon, Chip Fields, Ellen Bry

Votes: 1,808

19. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels (1977–1980)

TV-G | Animation, Comedy, Family

The adventures of a superhero caveman and a trio of female amateur detectives.

Stars: Mel Blanc, Gary Owens, Laurel Page, Marilyn Schreffler

Votes: 2,747

20. The Red Hand Gang (1977– )

30 min | Adventure, Family

70s TV show about a gang of kids called "The Red Hand Gang". Each episode was an exciting tale about various adventures and escapades that the gang encountered. Everything from Cops 'n ... See full summary »

Stars: Matthew Labyorteaux, J.R. Miller, Jolie Newman, Johnny Brogna

Votes: 76

21. Grange Hill (1978–2008)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The long running television series of the Grange Hill Comprehensive School, and the children's everyday lives.

Stars: Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell, Lee Cornes, Sally Geoghegan

Votes: 1,025

22. Battle of the Planets (1978–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A five-member superhero team called G-Force fights to defend Earth and its space colonies from the threat of the planet Spectra.

Stars: Alan Young, Keye Luke, Ronnie Schell, Janet Waldo

Votes: 1,575

23. The Famous Five (1978–1979)

25 min | Adventure, Crime, Family

Modern adaptation of Enid Blyton's adventure stories about Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog.

Stars: Marcus Harris, Gary Russell, Jennifer Thanisch, Michele Galagher

Votes: 382

24. Godzilla (1978–1980)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

The crew of the research vessel, The Calico, investigate strange phenomena and often meet menaces that force them to summon Godzilla to help.

Stars: Ted Cassidy, Jeff David, Al Eisenmann, Hilly Hicks

Votes: 492

25. Fangface (1978– )

G | 30 min | Action, Animation, Family

A teenage werewolf and his friends investigate mysteries.

Stars: Frank Welker, Bart Braverman, Susan Blu, Jerry Dexter

Votes: 104

26. Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1979–1982)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo travel from town to town in their van, The Mystery Machine, solving cases of hauntings, monsters and unexplained occurrences. Joining the gang is ... See full summary »

Stars: Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North, Frank Welker

Votes: 3,099

27. The Moomins (1977–1982)

9 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

A stop-motion animated children's television series, often referred to as the Fuzzy Felt Moomins, based on the stories and illustrations by the Finnish author Tove Jansson.

Stars: Hans Clarin, Stanislaw Kwasniak, Stanislaw Wyszynski, Richard Murdoch

Votes: 437

28. Worzel Gummidge (1979–1981)

60 min | Family, Comedy, Drama

Children's series about the adventures of Worzel Gummidge, a scarecrow who comes to life.

Stars: Jon Pertwee, Jeremy Austin, Charlotte Coleman, Mike Berry

Votes: 604

29. The Littlest Hobo (1979–1985)

Adventure, Drama, Family

The wandering adventures of an intelligent German shepherd dog.

Stars: London, Allan Royal, Harvey Atkin, Ted Follows

Votes: 943

30. Metal Mickey (1980–1983)

30 min | Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Metal Mickey was a robot built by young Ken to do chores around the house. Ken was the eldest child of a typical British family--well, almost typical. Metal Mickey was endowed with a number... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Stainton, Georgina Melville, Ashley Knight, Lucinda Bateson

Votes: 139

31. Button Moon (1980– )

11 min | Family

Mr Spoon and his family live on Junk Planet. He travels in his baked bean tin spaceship across blanket sky to Button Moon. There he meets many strange characters and watches stories unfold on other planets using his telescope.

Star: Robin Parkinson

Votes: 543

32. The Smurfs (1981–1990)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The Smurfs are little blue creatures that live in mushroom houses in a forest inhabited mainly by their own kind. The smurfs average daily routine is attempting to avoid Gargomel, an evil man who wants to kill our little blue friends.

Stars: Don Messick, Danny Goldman, Lucille Bliss, Frank Welker

Votes: 14,211

33. Danger Mouse (1981–1992)

TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Danger Mouse, the greatest secret agent in the world, must follow Colonel K's orders (and try not to break Professor Squawkencluck's inventions) to foil Baron Greenback's and his henchman Stiletto's plans.

Stars: David Jason, Terry Scott, Edward Kelsey, Brian Trueman

Votes: 2,897

34. Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981–1986)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Spider-Man battles crime in New York City with the help of Iceman and Firestar.

Stars: Dan Gilvezan, Kathy Garver, Frank Welker, Stan Lee

Votes: 2,586

35. Postman Pat (1981–2006)

G | 15 min | Animation, Family

This classic children's series follows the adventures of everyone's favourite postman as he carries out his mail rounds in the village of Greendale.

Stars: Ken Barrie, Carole Boyd, Archie Panjabi, Melissa Sinden

Votes: 1,943

36. Ulysses 31 (1981–1982)

25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

To return home and restore his cursed crew, a great hero of space and his child companions must find the Kingdom of Hades against all evil opposition.

Stars: Matt Birman, Jacques Ebner, Claude Giraud, Séverine Morisot

Votes: 1,691

37. Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (1981– )

24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

In 17th century France, young Dogtanian travels to Paris to fulfill his ambition to become one of the King's Musketeers. He befriends Athos, Porthos and Aramis and falls in love with Juliette. A doggy version of the tale.

Stars: Eduardo Jover, Gloria Cámara, Manuel Peiró, Jesús Nieto

Votes: 2,013

38. Willo the Wisp (1981– )

5 min | Animation, Family

A series of 5 minute cartoons about a group of inhabitants of a forest. Willo the Wisp is a sprite formed from gas who narrates each story. Other characters included Evil Edna (a witch ... See full summary »

Star: Kenneth Williams

Votes: 306

39. Around the World with Willy Fog (1981– )

TV-G | 24 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A furry version of Jules Verne's classic adventure story of a British gentleman's challenge to circumnavigate the world in 80 days.

Stars: Banjô Ginga, Ichirô Nagai, Ken'ichi Ogata, Gregory Snegoff

Votes: 2,507

40. Educating Marmalade (1981– )

15 min | Comedy

Marmalade Atkins is the naughtiest girl in the world. In fact, she's so wicked that her parents and social worker decide that the only thing to do with her is to blast her into space. But, ... See full summary »

Stars: Charlotte Coleman, John Bird, Lynda La Plante, Gillian Raine

Votes: 41

41. The Mysterious Cities of Gold (1982–1983)

TV-Y7 | 28 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A trio of kids must search throughout 16th Century South America for personal answers linked to the legendary El Dorado.

Stars: Janice Chaikelson, Adrian Knight, Michael Rudder, Terrence Labrosse

Votes: 3,231

42. No 73 (1982–1988)

Family

The team moved from the house "No 73" to a Wild West theme park for the last 2 series and welcomed a host of new presenters including Rob Debenham as the out of work actor turned builder. ... See full summary »

Stars: Andrea Arnold, Nick Staverson, Neil Buchanan, Sandi Toksvig

Votes: 95

43. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, goes against the evil forces of Skeletor to save the planet Eternia and to protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull.

Stars: John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary, Lou Scheimer

Votes: 15,038

44. Inspector Gadget (1983–1986)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A bumbling bionic police inspector stumbles about on his cases, while his niece and dog secretly do the real investigative work.

Stars: Don Adams, Holly Berger, Frank Welker, Luc Durand

Votes: 17,125

45. Fraggle Rock (1983–1987)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The adventures of the various inhabitants of an underground civilization.

Stars: Karen Prell, Gerard Parkes, Kathryn Mullen, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 6,422

46. Dungeons & Dragons (1983–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A group of kids are thrown into a fantasy world where they must search for a way home, armed with magic weapons that an evil tyrant wants.

Stars: Willie Aames, Don Most, Katie Leigh, Adam Rich

Votes: 4,088

47. Alvin & the Chipmunks (1983–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Three chipmunk brothers, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore. The trio have been adopted by and are living with Dave (human). Each show finds the boys getting into trouble and new and unusual situations.

Stars: Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Frank Welker, Dody Goodman

Votes: 2,649

48. Terrahawks (1983–1986)

23 min | Family, Sci-Fi

The missions of a planetary defense organization dedicated to protecting Earth from a Martian menace.

Stars: Jeremy Hitchen, Denise Bryer, Anne Ridler, Windsor Davies

Votes: 567

49. SuperTed (1983–1986)

10 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

In a toy factory, a newly-made teddy bear is put in a storeroom after being found to be defective. The teddy bear is found by a cosmic being from outer space known as Spotty Man, and Spotty... See full summary »

Stars: Derek Griffiths, Peter Hawkins, Jon Pertwee, Melvyn Hayes

Votes: 1,163

50. Bananaman (1983–1986)

5 min | Animation, Comedy, Family