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If you grew up in the 1970s or ’80s, chances are you woke up before the sun every Saturday morning, poured a giant bowl of Cap’n Crunch, and settled in for some hours of cartoon madness. The orgy of Josie and the Pussycats, Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny, and Superfriends was exactly the product-placement brain rot the doctor ordered.
But because we care about your mental and musical health (and because network Saturday-morning cartoons are now officially a thing of the past), we can’t wait for you to watch this. Though only 39 episodes were produced, the four-year (1965-1969) U.S. run of The Beatles cartoon was an experiment in multimedia harmonic convergence, not to mention the first weekly TV series based on living pop culture figures. Every show was centered around and named after a Fab lyric and featured a sing-along section, not to mention archly drawn near-caricatures of each moptop: John (acid-tongued leader), Paul (loveable second-in-command), George (concerned slacker) and Ringo (dopey jokester).
Season 3’s opening episode, “Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever,” floated on a paper-thin premise: in this case, the Fabs’ jealousy of ladies man and superspy James Blonde, which, somehow, lands them back in Liverpool, where they shower some orphans with good vibes. But mostly the whole thing is an excuse to set up the trippy performance of the title song and spread a bit more love on a Saturday morning.