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Cartoon Action Heroes Based on Movies of the Late '80s

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Action hero-inspired cartoons of the late '80s and early '90s were extremely popular. Production companies greenlighted animated series based on heroes from books and films. Everyone from Rambo to Conan the Barbarian had their own animated series. Here, six of our favorites.

Karate Kid cartoon

Only around for a short 13 episodes in 1989, this show was created in hopes of capitalizing on the film's success.

Conan the Adventurer cartoon

This two-season series ran for just over a year and spawned a small toy line.

James Bond Jr. cartoon

The nephew of the world's most famous spy had his own show in 1991.

Rambo cartoon

This series, inspired by the books and Sylvester Stallone films, debuted on April 14, 1986 as a five-part miniseries. It was renewed as a daily cartoon but canceled after only a few months.

RoboCop cartoon

Based on the original movie, the first RoboCop animated series features cyborg cop Alex Murphy. The series was created by Marvel Productions.

Police Academy cartoon

Like many other shows on this list, this series lasted two seasons for a total of 65 episodes in 1988 and 1989.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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