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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe


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Produced by Filmation and based on Mattel's successful toy line Masters of the Universe; this show, one of the most popular animated shows of the 80s, aired originally from September 5, 1983 to December 8, 1985, for 2 seasons and 130 episodes of 22 minutes each.

In the planet of Eternia, the kingdom must fight and be defended against the villains led by the evil Skeletor.

Prince Adam secretly uses the powers granted him to transform himself into He-Man and his scaredy-cat Cringer into the armored Battlecat. A magic sword gives him the power of the mysterious Castle Greyskull and transforms the prince into He-Man. His famous battleshout is, "By the power of Greyskull, I Have The Power!" His friends and allies include Man-At-Arms and his daughter Teela, The Sorceress, and red-cloaked magician Orko.

He-Man has a sister, Princess Adora, who just like Adam, using the magic of the sword can be converted into She-ra who had her own show in 1985, She-Ra, Princess of Power, after an appearance with He-Man in the movie The Secret of the Sword.

Orko provided the comic relief of the story. Prince Adam's sister, Princess Adora, starred in the spin-off series She-Ra, Princess of Power.

There was some controversy generated because it was produced in connection with marketing a line of toys; advertising to children was itself controversial during this period. In the United Kingdom, some regulations forbade commercials for He-Man toys to be aired during the program; so in an attempt to mitigate the negative publicity a "life lesson" or "moral of the story" was included at the end of each episode. The moral was usually directly connected to the main story of that episode.

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