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Western Animation / Super Sunday

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Let's only hope they made Terrific Tuesday...

Airing in the 1980s, Super Sunday (aka Super Saturday) was an half-hour block of cartoon shorts (akin to a Wheel Program) produced by Sunbow Entertainment and Marvel Productions as advertisement for four different Hasbro brands. It aired in syndication on assorted television stations from October 1985 to October of 1986.

The shorts featured in this block were as follows:

  • Jem: The adventures of Jerrica Benton, a case worker at a group home for troubled teens, who adopts her alter ego ("Jem") with the help of a special holographic computer bequeathed to her by her late father. The initial series which aired as part of Super Sunday centered on Jerrica learning about her alter ego, forming a band called the Holograms, and her first encounter with the rival band, The Misfits, and their corrupt manager, Eric Raymond, who want to put the Holograms out of business.
  • Robotix: A Transformers clone where two factions the peaceful Protectons and warmongering Terrakors battle on the alien world of Skalorr. Additional drama develops as a group of humans get caught in the battle. Based on the Milton Bradley/Hasbro line of Erector/K'nex motorized robot toys.
  • Bigfoot and the Muscle Machines: A young woman acquires a map leading to the Fountain of Youth, which a ruthless elderly billionaire is also trying to find. Yank Justice and his friends, who run a traveling monster truck show, get involved. Based on real monster trucks and a line of motorized equivalent toys from Hasbro (albeit from their Playskool subsidiary, oddly enough).
  • Inhumanoids: Named for the villains, the Inhumanoids are a group of mutated, subterranean beings who attempt to take over Earth and enslave the human population. The scientist-hero group, Earth Corps, is entrusted to stop the Inhumanoids and call upon a group of beings, the Mutores, to aid them.

Super Sunday is noted as being the starting point of Jem, which was only one of two shorts to be made into a full-fledged TV series. The other short to receive a full cartoon series was Inhumanoids, but it only lasted for 13 episodes.