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15 of the Very Best ’80s Cartoons and Where to Stream Them

Watch episodes of 'Inspector Gadget' and 'G.I. Joe' right now.

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The ’90s may be credited as the decade where animation really took off but, let’s be serious. The ’80s walked very fast so the ’90s could run. From He-Man to Ducktales to Inspector Gadget, to the Smurfs and G.I. Joe, this was a big era for all of us. It was the decade where studios first began to realize that animation could be treated as more than just an afterthought and several foundational shows helped pave the way for the cartoon explosion in the ’90s.

Here are 15 of the best and most beloved cartoons of the ’80s that you can watch online right now.

Inspector Gadget

Inspector GadgetParamount+



Adventures of the Gummi Bears

Gummi BearsGummi BearsAdventures of the Gummi BearsDisney+

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

He-Man and the Masters of the UniverseAmazon Prime Video





The Smurfs

The SmurfsHBO Max

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

G.I. Joe: A Real American HeroTubi


VoltronVoltronAmazon Prime Video.

Garfield and Friends

U.S. AcresGarfieldGarfield and FriendsPeacock.

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue RangersDisney+

Jem and the Holograms

Jem and the HologramsTubi

Denver: The Last Dinosaur

Jurassic ParkDenver: The Last DinosaurTubi

She-Ra: Princess of Power

He-ManShe-RaShe-Ra: Princess of Power Amazon Prime Video

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

Spider-Man and His Amazing FriendsDisney+