“Get me Rambo!”
The first R-rated film property to be made into a kid friendly cartoon just happened to be Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo. It was naturally based on the popular action movies First Blood (which was based on David Morrell’s novel) and Rambo: First Blood Part II. In 1986 Rambo and the Forces of Freedom hit TV screens. It ran for 65 episodes and spawned a line of lame looking action figures.
The show had Rambo fighting the evil General Warhawk and his equally evil organization S.A.V.A.G.E. Fortunately for the one man army – he had the Forces of Freedom at his disposal – a bunch of rejects who couldn’t make the G.I. Joe team. The show was toned down from the movies naturally – no killing, no blood, no disemboweling but it did feature plenty of explosions and gunfights where nobody dies.