If you’re as old as I am you’re old enough to remember waking up at 6 AM on Saturdays to watch Nickelodeon’s Mysterious Cities of Gold / Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea power hour.
Well MCG has gotten cleaned up, special-featured, deleted-scened, and all dressed up for its DVD box set debut. It’s been 25 years since this show was last seen on TV in America.
Spartakus is a little harder to track down. It was originally produced in French; the English translation that appeared on Nick has never been made commercially available. A French DVD came out in France ten years ago, but that’s been it.
A guy on YouTube has uploaded a few English episodes that he’s been able to salvage from old VHS recordings, but that’s no way to watch a classic!
UK publisher Fabulous Films has had Spartakus on its “coming soon” page for about two years, so maybe something will happen there someday.
A lot of cartoons in the 80s had such grown-up writing. I miss them. Spongebob is a far cry from Danger Mouse.