By the time the weekend rolls around, the last thing we probably want to do early on a Saturday morning is wake up and plop ourselves in front of the television. But back in the 1960s and '70s, part of the anticipation for Saturday mornings was exactly that, because that was the era of the Saturday morning Classic TV cartoon line-ups on ABC, CBS and NBC. When we were kids, anticipation for the new seasons of cartoons undoubtedly rivaled our parents' who were awaiting the new prime time shows. And when they'd run Friday specials heralded the following morning's premieres, nothing was better.
Before the mid-1960s, those Saturday mornings consisted largely of theatrical animated shorts compiled as TV shows, animated shows that originally ran in prime time, and repurposed old Westerns and sci-fi shows. Then someone had the idea to start producing original programming, and the toy companies loved that. It meant these companies would have a captive audience watching the commercials, who in turn would drive their parents crazy to buy their products. A genius system.
What follows are highlights of some of the shows we grew up with on those Saturday mornings broken down into categories. And honestly, who doesn't love a good trip down memory lane, back to those simpler days?