On a regular basis, I melodramatically say, “You, alright! I learned it by watching you!” Public Service Announcements like that one were sprinkled through Saturday morning cartoons and burned in my memory.
Because you may have forgotten or you’re a millennial and you didn’t have the joy of watching these growing up, here are 10 great PSAs from the 1980s.
The lesson here is have some drug using friends drop you off out in the country, so you can fly with Superman.
Here’s Pee Wee Herman getting really serious about crack. Yes, you read that right.
In case, you were ever tempted to pick up a downed power line, here’s GI Joe guys to talk you out of it.
Do you remember Mr. Bill? You probably don’t remember Mr. Bill warning of the dangers of drugs.
No. Words. Just. Frightened.
If you ever wanted to know what made Mr. T angry, now you know.
Wait, how are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles talking to the kids through the screen?
Is anyone else creeped out by the way she says we haven’t learned to hear the trees talk … yet?
Oh the irony of a professional wrestler in the 80s warning you of the harmful effects of cigarettes.
This might be the most well-known anti-drug PSA of all time. Any questions?
Every kid who grew up then (and even some who came along later) knew so many of these lines. “Now, you know and knowing is half the battle.” “This is your brain on drugs.”
These were the quotes of our childhood. Yes, some of the most memorable lines to 1980s kids came from public service announcements. But I don’t think we would have it any other way.
Do you remember any other classic PSA from the 1980s? What was your favorite?