On this day in 1984 – Celebrating 28 years of Transformers Generation 1 the Cartoon

TransformersAnimatedG1Ep10013 Many millions of years ago, on the planet Cybertron, life existed.
But not life as we know it today. Intelligent robots that could think and feel inhabited the cities. They were called Autobots and Decepticons. But the brutal Decepticons were driven by a single goal – total domination. They set out to destroy the peace-loving Autobots – and a war between good and evil raged across Cybertron; devastating all in its path, draining the planet’s once rich sources of energy. The Autobots, on the verge of extinction, battled valiantly to survive…

With these words on this day in 1984, the first-ever episode of Transformers Generation 1 was broadcast. While Transformers itself had already launched with the first issue of the comic book from Marvel comics on May 8 1984, for many of us it was the cartoon that truly cemented the Transformers into our imagination. In this first episode we were introduced to the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons and their war that had led them to leave their homeworld of Cybertron and crashland on Earth. It was the beginning of a legend that would span 98 episodes and a theatrical released movie, not to mention countless series that spun off from the mythology on both sides of the Pacific. This original three-part story arc even now stands the test of time and stands strong and proud as the beginning of all Transformers cartoons.

If you were a fan from the beginning who remembers watching More than Meets the Eye Part 1 on the original broadcast or one of the members of our fandom who perhaps joined later, I hope that today you will join me in raising a glass and celebrating the 28th birthday of the first airing of the cartoon that started it all.

Happy 28th birthday, More than Meets the Eye! Happy 28th birthday, Transformers cartoons!

Pictured at left, Wheeljack, the first Transformer to appear on screen in More than Meets the Eye Part 1.

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  1. Sol Fury's Avatar Sol Fury says

    So, on this day in 1984, we had the first-ever episode of Transformers broadcast on TV. From that first episode we've clocked up over 500 episodes of cartoons, and even with all of that More than Meets the Eye the three part pilot still holds up very well as the one that started it all.

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  2. Omnius's Avatar Omnius says

    Being in the UK, most of my memories are of waiting until July 1985 for Season One, getting it in 4 minute portions (Timmy Mallett was my childhood animated crack dealer, damn that man), and never seeing anything after that series until we got Sky in the early 90s.

  3. Shlockwave's Avatar Shlockwave says

    This, among many things, helped 1984 to be one of if not THE best years of my adolescence.

  4. hailstarscream's Avatar hailstarscream says

    i remember thinking "Wait. a robot AND a car? my G.I. Joes are so getting killed". absolutely the great concept ever. two toys in one. and a cartoon series. what more can you ask for?

  5. Matty's Avatar Matty says

    Even if I wasn't around for the original 1984 release, I feel like I lived it through those awful G2 re-runs and my recorded VHS tape Happy birthday to one of the biggest passions of my life!

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