Buoyed by the success of Thundercats a year earlier, Rankin-Bass and Lorimar-Telepictures (now part of Warner Bros.) served up another weekday entry in 1986, Silverhawks. Set in the far future, this series chronicles the adventures of a team of cyborg warriors fighting the forces of Mon-Star, a galactic tyrant. The idea of humans grafted into robotic suits wasn't new, though. Marvel Comics used this to explain Rom: Spaceknight's origins a few years earlier, after acquiring a license for the character from Parker Brothers (now part of Hasbro). Coincidentally, Marvel would also obtain a license for a comic book version of Silverhawks, but, like the TV show, it lasted just one year.
Which begs to ask why the show failed in the first place. In my home district, one channel had all the key syndicated series (i.e. Silverhawks, Thundercats) airing together either in the morning or afternoon. In other cities, Silverhawks was likely being slotted opposite something like Ghostbusters, which bowed the same year. Sure, the 'Hawks had a kid-centric team member in Copper Kidd, who was being used to teach moral lessons at the end of each episode, tutored by Col. Bluegrass. By then, I think, kids were starting to be turned off by the constant end-of-show lessons that permeated most daytime cartoons, but not all.
Here's the open that everyone remembers:
As a result of buying Lorimar-Telepictures and having the rights to a large chunk of the Rankin-Bass library, WB owns the rights. Seeing as how Thundercats was revived last year, I'd not be surprised if they decided to bring back Silverhawks down the road......