13. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (Syndicated, CBS, 1987-1996)
In an attempt to make the ultra-violent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comics more palatable for the mainstream audience, CBS launched a cartoon based on the characters that was designed to be soft and cuddly, rather than crude and bloody. The result was one of the best children’s cartoons of all time, and the beginning of the property’s stranglehold on pop-culture during the early '90s.
Despite separating itself from the source material considerably, the show succeeded by introducing memorable characters, catchphrases, and eye candy to impressionable youths everywhere.