Snorks was created to be a competitor to The Smurfs, although the titular characters never reached the same height of popularity as their blue-hued rivals. But to be fair, Snorks was hardly the only Smurfs knock-off around at the time. As we’ll see, small, silly creatures were very popular indeed during the ’80s.
57. Slim Goodbody’s Inside Story
Could a man in a weird anatomy suit really captivate children? Well, apparently so. Slim Goodbody, a.k.a. actor John Burstein, took his educational efforts to PBS in 1980 with Inside Story, where he taught kids about health, hospitals and the human body. And although that show is now virtually forgotten, Slim is still around today: he even featured in a 2014 Radio Shack Super Bowl commercial.
56. My Sister Sam
Unfortunately, the sitcom My Sister Sam is now forever associated with a real-life tragedy. The year after the show had ended in 1988, a stalker turned up at the home of Patti Russell actress Rebecca Schaeffer and shot her dead. Following the horrendous incident, some of the series’ surviving cast members got together and filmed a PSA on behalf of the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence.