OK so Thuderbirds are actually from the 60s - I know, I just thought I'd write about them because of the new Thunderbirds film and because they repeated the show right through the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Basically Thunderbirds was an action puppet show featuring Scott, Virgil, John, Gordon and Alan who all live on Tracy island. Together they formed "International Rescue", a kind of freelance emergency service who helped anyone in need.
Whenever an emergency call came in they would jump in to one of the Thunderbirds (various types of flying / swimming vehicles) and dash off to save the day.
Sometimes the five puppets and their Thunderbirds needed the help of the agent in England, Lady Penelope who would drive around town in a Barbie-pink six-wheeler Rolls Royce (do Rolls Royce still make them I wonder?).