G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a half-hour American animated television series based on the toyline from Hasbroand the comic book series from Marvel Comics. The cartoon had its beginnings with two five-part mini-series in 1983 and 1984, then became a regular series that ran in syndication from 1985 to 1986. Ron Friedman created the G.I. Joe animated series for television, and wrote all four miniseries. IGN calls this the 19th best animated series.