I used to rush home after school everyday to watch a pretty impressive afternoon cartoon line-up. Transformers was part of this lineup. The cartoon was based on the Hasbro toy-line of giant robots that could change into vehicles. The characters were introduced in More Than Meets the Eye, a three part miniseries which aired in September 1984. After the success of the miniseries, thirteen more episodes were made for the first season. Season two followed with a massive number of episodes (49!).
Transformers: The Movie would follow in 1986. The movie featured many character deaths and introduced a new batch of heroes and villains. This is where the cartoon lost me. I was not a fan of the new characters and missed the ones from the first two seasons. I did continue watching season three despite my waning interest.
Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime was no Optimus Prime and fans were given what they wanted in March, 1987 with The Return of Optimus Prime. This made me keep watching for a little while longer. Season three introduced the Quintessons as the featured villains. They were pretty horrible villains. I just didn’t like them at all and abandoned ship before the fourth season.
Season four consisted of a mere three episode story called, The Rebirth. I never watched these as a kid and I still have never seen them. Truthfully, I’m not sure I know anyone who has seen them. At least, no one who remembers them. It was a decent cartoon to watch growing up, but the toys were so much cooler.