The Care Bears got their television start with two specials in 1983 and 1984 produced by Atkinson Film-Arts, however they also had two cartoon
series that aired on ABC in the 1980s. The two shows were combined for syndication and ran as The Care Bear Family. The shows ran on the
Disney Channel from 1990 until 1998. In some parts of the world, the show continued to run on Toon Disney until 2002.
Following the two tv specials, The Care Bears, was made by DiC Entertainment in 1985. The show featured a father-like character, the Cloud Keeper, who also served as the narrator. The villian, Professor Cold Heart, remained from the tv specials and the show centered around the idea of the Care Bears and the Cousins keeping watch over the children of Earth and traveling down when needed.
In 1986, Canadian company Nelvana gained the rights to the cartoon and produced the show until 1988. As the show continued, the focus switched from traveling to Earth to help children to simply teaching the lessons through the story lines. The show also had on-going story lines, including a Star-Trek like theme. The show also reduced down the members of the family that were in the episodes and many revolved around Grams, Hugs, and Tugs telling stories. During the two year run, No Heart, Shrieky, and Beastly were the main villians.