Fans of 80s cartoons looking for something to watch have reason to celebrate. Hasbro has released a selection of episodes from G.I. Joe on YouTube to stream for free. This was the original animated series based on the iconic line of action figures and, likely for many people of a certain age, it was their first exposure to the pop culture icons. Now, some of those nostalgic memories can be revisited rather conveniently.
Many of us are currently cooped up at home, which means streaming services are getting a lot of extra traffic, since people don't have much better to do for the time being. Hasbro decided to come to the rescue and put 15 classic episodes of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero on its YouTube channel to stream. While 15 episodes is but a relatively small smattering of the show's run, it is more than enough to make for a trip down memory lane. This was seemingly done in honor of National Joe Day, which takes place on March 27 and celebrates all things named Joe. G.I. Joe fits the bill quite perfectly.
G.I. Joe as a toy line, dates back to the 1960s, but it was when Hasbro re-launched the brand in 1982 as 3.75-inch action figures that the brand as we knew it took off. The creation of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, which hit the airwaves in 1983, truly helped cement the brand as a massive hit. The show ran for just two seasons, but aired 95 episodes through 1986. In the years since, there have been several other animated projects based on the toys. Marvel Comics also produced a line of books based on the toys in the 1980s that went on to be quite popular and ran for 155 issues.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero centers on an elite team of soldiers who are locked in an epic battle with the evil Cobra organization. These heroes are tasked with halting Cobra's plans for world domination. The animated series helped cement the brand as part of the public consciousness, ultimately making G.I. Joe one of the most successful toys of all time. Hundreds of millions of figures have been sold over the years with the characters appearing in virtually every medium. Two live-action movies have been produced, including 2009's G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra and 2013's G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Currently, Paramount Pictures is in post-production on Snake Eyes, an upcoming live-action G.I. Joe spin-off with Henry Golding playing the classic characters. The studio also has plans for further movies based on the toys as well. In the meantime, those who wish to check out some classic 80s animated action can stream G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero via the Hasbro Youtube channel right now.