Each episode of Rocky and Bullwinkle was actually a collection short cartoon segments. The Rocky and Bullwinkle segments followed Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle the Moose around the world, and the attempts of Russian spies Boris and Natasha as they tried to get “moose and skvirrel”.
Other segments on the show included Peabody’s Improbable History, where a boy named Sherman and an intelligent talking dog named Mr. Peabody travel back in time using their “Wayback Machine” to learn about history; Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties, a mock melodrama; Fractured Fairy Tales, where fairy tales were humorously modernized; and Aesop & Son, where Aesop’s fables get a similar treatment.
DuckTales follows the adventures of “Unca Scrooge” McDuck and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie as they go around the world looking for treasure and struggle to keep Magica DeSpell and the Beagle Boys from stealing Scrooge’s fortune. The series is based on the Uncle $crooge Adventures comics by Carl Barks. I remember coming home from school every day and enjoying the show immensely, and unlike some other cartoons I liked as a kid it seems to have aged well.
Each episode of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show had a live action introduction and ending hosted by the “Real life Mario Brothers” and a guest star who changed from week to week. Mario was played by wrestler “Captain Lou” Albano, who also sang and danced during the end credits.
The bulk of the show was a cartoon. On Monday through Thursday it was the Super Mario Brothers cartoon featuring Mario, Luigi, Princess and Toad. But on Friday it was The Legend of Zelda, which I loved. It wasn’t really true to the video games: Link and Zelda fought together, Zelda wore pants, Link would try to kiss Zelda and get slapped, and Link’s catchphrase was, “Excuuuuuse me, Princess!” But I enjoyed it.
How Jimmy Doohan, Star Trek‘s Scotty, saved a fan from committing suicide.