As Battle of the Planets faded into memory in the early 80's, Japan provided American audiences with brand new anime adventures. On the one hand, you had Star Blazers, which we'll review somewhere down the road. On the other, a relatively new name in American cartoons, World Events Productions, entered the fray by acquiring a license to import to America Voltron, Defender of the Universe.
Voltron made its American debut in 1984, and its serial format gave kids something of an alternative to the soap operas their mothers were watching at the time. Granted, the success of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" prompted one soap, General Hospital, to venture into action-adventure territory around this time, which might have drawn teenagers, not just girls but boys, mind you, away from toons. Diesalbboy uploaded the first season open, featuring the Voltron that most of us are very familiar with:
After the first story arc ended, a 2nd Voltron emerged, this time using vehicles instead of robot lions, and I think eventually the two teams would meet and team up.
Currently, there is a new incarnation of the franchise, but it airs on Nicktoons, which is not as readily available as its sister networks, Nickelodeon or TeenNick.