Ugh, you know you're getting old when you realize that it has been >25 years since you watched the original Transformers after school as a child of the 80's. While I've owned season one on DVD for years, I hadn't really taken the time to seriously watch the old cartoon until I noticed that they were playing episodes on the Hub and I could set my DVR to record them. Now, my boys and I can sit down and enjoy the old-school transformers that I loved and that they have never known. As much as I've romanticized the G1 cartoon and figures, the original cartoon simply wasn't that well-done. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love the show, but it really hasn't held up well given the love for it that I held in my heart/mind. The story lines are often pretty brutal. Many mistakes in animation. Most of the time, it seems like the only reason for the "stories" are to simply introduce new toys. Don't get me wrong, I totally get that, but I'm glad I was 8 or so when I was originally watching or it wouldn't have been nearly as good. People like to bag on Animated and, unfortunately, I didn't really get into it until it was just about too late. BUT, animated was much better in terms of plot and animation. New episodes still existed to introduce a new toy, but they also fit within the over-arching story lines and often paid homage to the 1984 original. The original was great, but Animated was simply that much better; hopefully, Prime will again raise the bar.