Let's not forget, all our favorites of the '80s (He-man, Care Bears, yes, even Transformers) were just half-hour toy commercials and sooo cheesy. Regardless of when they appear, most cartoons in America are going to be aimed at children. We just look back on the shows of our day with nostalgia because they belonged to us and our generation.
Nothing will ever hold a candle to the Looney Toons franchise. "The Three Little Bops" (a jazz version of "The Three Little Pigs") will always be my favorite cartoon of all time, and I say that as an avid anime lover.