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Smurfs
Characters created byPeyo
Produced byHanna-Barbera
NetworkNBC
Years of original run1981-1990
Running length60 to 90 minutes
You may also be looking for the group of people called the Smurfs. For the comic strips that feature the characters, see Smurfs (comics). For the TV series that aired in the 1960s, see The Smurfs (1961 TV series).

The Smurfs (actual title of the show does not use "the" as part of it) was a Hanna-Barbera cartoon series which aired on NBC from 1981 until 1990. It was based on the Belgian comic series The Smurfs by Peyo which features the group of blue people called Smurfs. It originally aired for one hour of programming time in its first season, then it was expanded to 90 minutes for the following seasons until 1988, when it returned to its original one-hour show length. It spawned a 30-minute syndicated version of the show called Smurfs Adventures in 1986, when it first debuted on various independent stations, and is now being aired on the Boomerang cable network. Each season featured its own separate intro sequence, depicting various changes in the show for that season. This series is the second Smurfs television series, which was 20 years later than the airing of the first television series.

History

In 1976, Stuart R. Ross, an American media and entertainment entrepreneur who saw the Smurfs while travelling in Belgium, entered into an agreement with Editions Dupuis and Peyo, acquiring North American and other rights to the characters. Subsequently, Ross launched the Smurfs in the United States in association with a California company, Wallace Berrie and Co., whose figurines, dolls and other Smurf merchandise became a hugely popular success. NBC television executive Fred Silverman's daughter had a Smurf doll of her own, and Silverman thought that a series based on the Smurfs might make a good addition to his Saturday-morning lineup. The series was to be produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in association with SEPP International S.A., and its first producer was to be Gerard Baldwin, as decided in 1980.[1] Baldwin fought relentlessly with the network and studio over many things during the development of the series, including keeping it loyal to its creative roots and his idea for a soundtrack composed of classical music.[2]

When the cartoon show was in development, Peyo vetoed any extreme changes made to the setting and character designs of the Smurfs. He did not want his characters to be "Americanized", forbidding activities like chewing gum or drinking Coca-Cola. A notable example of a design he vetoed was Jokey Smurf wearing a Harpo Marx-esque wig and a bowtie. As Peyo could not understand English, Yvan Delporte served as his translator for the initial meetings between him and the studio. During said meetings, Peyo was told about basic changes that needed to be made for an American audience, such as toned down violence and the altering of concepts from the comics that could be interpreted as having racial connotations or a possible reference to drugs.

Multiple times during production, Peyo received drafts by the animators at Hanna-Barbera. He made corrections on tracing paper to send back to the studio, but by the time they received them, the episode in question would be practically finished due to an extremely tight production schedule. Due to these complications, Peyo's involvement with the series was usually limited to approving or vetoing production material, providing character designs or ideas, and having discussions with the studio in person or through letters.

Peyo and Hanna-Barbera's relationship became more and more rocky over time, coming to a standstill when he learned the anti-drug episode, "Lure Of The Orb", was made despite his disapproval. In retaliation, Peyo then refused to approve any further material he received, causing an abrupt pause in production and panic for the studio. It was only after Delporte spoke with Peyo that production resumed as normal. Struggling with health issues including fatigue, Peyo soon lessened his protective grip on the Smurfs and allowed Hanna-Barbera a bit more creative freedom, leading to the approval of Season 9, where the series' usual premise was switched to that of time travelling.

The Smurfs secured their place in North American pop culture on September 12th, 1981, when the Saturday-morning cartoon premiered on NBC and aired from 1981 to 1990. The show became a major success for the network, spawning television specials on an almost yearly basis. The Smurfs was nominated multiple times for Daytime Emmy awards, and won Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series in 1982–1983. The television show enjoyed continued success up until the ninth season, which brought about change that greatly displeased viewers. On April 9th, 1990, after a decade of success, NBC announced the cancellation of the show along with other Saturday-morning cartoons to make way for another block of live-action programming.

Roughly two weeks after the cartoon's cancellation, the animated versions of Papa Smurf and Brainy Smurf were featured in the "non-canonical" anti-drug special Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue along with Hefty Smurf, who had one speaking line in the beginning which was "Who smurfed the bell?." Though Smurfette is present on the cover of the poster and VHS release, she is the only cartoon character and Smurf to not have appeared at all in the special. Harmony Smurf made a small cameo as the Smurfs comic book was flipping through pages.

The series currently airs in reruns on Boomerang, and 26 selected episodes were aired in DiC Entertainment's syndicated programming blocks. The series is still being shown regularly on many channels throughout the world. The cartoon was formerly distributed by Television Program Enterprises (later Rysher Entertainment), Tribune Entertainment (for DiC) and Worldvision Enterprises. The cartoon is now distributed direct from Warner Bros. Television; Time Warner is the current owner of all Hanna-Barbera properties (now known as Cartoon Network Studios), having inherited them in their 1996 merger with Turner Broadcasting.

Warner Bros. has released Season 1 of Smurfs cartoon series on two DVD volumes in the United States in 2008, with the original intention of later seasons following the same trend. However, only five episodes from Season 2 were released on three single-disk sets each in 2009 and in the following years. At present, most of the episodes from Seasons 3 to 9 are available for download and streaming by Amazon Instant Video, Apple iTunes, and the Zune media service.

The Season 2 introduction's lyrics for the Smurf song are used in the 2011 Smurfs movie and also in the Smurfs Dance Party video game.

In October 2014, IMPS (International Merchandising, Promotion & Services) has made a deal with ODMedia and Expoza to digitalise and remaster the entire series in full HD and also cropped in widescreen for the official Smurfs YouTube channel. The "remastered" episodes presented are actually cropped into widescreen and sourced from the 1990s international restoration, as used on non-USA DVD releases, whereas the original American editions are still currently under restoration process.

Episode Listings

Season 1

1. The Astro Smurf (9/12/1981)
2. Jokey's Medicine (9/12/1981)
3. Vanity Fare (9/12/1981)
4. St. Smurf And The Dragon (9/19/1981)
5. Sorcerer Smurf (9/19/1981)
6. The Magical Meanie (9/19/1981)
7. Bewitched, Bothered, And Be-Smurfed (9/26/1981)
8. King Smurf (9/26/1981)
9. The Smurfs And The Howlibird (9/26/1981)
10. Soup A La Smurf (10/3/1981)
11. All That Glitters Isn't Smurf (10/3/1981)
12. Dreamy's Nightmare (10/3/1981)
13. Romeo and Smurfette (10/10/1981)
14. The Magic Egg (10/10/1981)
15. Smurphony in 'C' (10/10/1981)
16. Sideshow Smurfs (10/17/1981)
17. Supersmurf (10/17/1981)
18. Paradise Smurfed (10/17/1981)
19. Sir Hefty (10/24/1981)
20. The Fake Smurf (10/24/1981)
21. The Baby Smurf (10/24/1981)
22. Painter And Poet (10/31/1981)
23. Haunted Smurfs (10/31/1981)
24. The Purple Smurfs (10/31/1981)
25. The Fountain Of Smurf (11/7/1981)
26. The Magnifying Mixture (11/7/1981)
27. Foul Weather Smurf (11/7/1981)
28. The Hundredth Smurf (11/14/1981)
29. The Abominable Snowbeast (11/14/1981)
30. Gargamel The Generous (11/14/1981)
31. The Smurfette (11/21/1981)
32. Spelunking Smurfs (11/21/1981)
33. Now You Smurf 'Em, Now You Don't (11/21/1981)
34. The Smurf's Apprentice (11/28/1981)
35. Smurf-Colored Glasses (11/28/1981)
36. The Clockwork Smurf (11/28/1981)
37. Fuzzle Trouble (12/5/1981)
38. Smurfette's Dancing Shoes (10/31/1981)
39. The Smurfs And The Money Tree (12/5/1981)

Season 2

1. The Smurf Who Couldn't Say No (9/18/1982)
2. The Adventures Of Robin Smurf (9/18/1982)
3. The Cursed Country (9/18/1982)
4. S-Shivering S-Smurfs (9/25/1982)
5. Sister Smurf (9/25/1982)
6. The Black Hellebore (9/25/1982)
7. Revenge Of The Smurfs (9/25/1982)
8. The Three Smurfketeers (10/2/1982)
9. Heavenly Smurfs (10/2/1982)
10. It Came From Outer Smurf (10/2/1982)
11. The Sorcery Of Maltrochu (10/2/1982)
12. Squeaky (10/9/1982)
13. The Kaplowey Scroll (10/9/1982)
14. The Goblin Of Boulder Wood (10/9/1982)
15. Gormandizing Greedy (10/9/1982)
16. Waste Not, Smurf Not (10/9/1982)
17. Johan's Army (10/16/1982)
18. The Lost City Of Yore (10/16/1982)
19. Magic Fountain (10/16/1982)
20. The Imposter King (10/23/1982)
21. For The Love Of Gargamel (10/23/1982)
22. The A-Maze-Ing Smurfs (10/23/1982)
23. The Haunted Castle (10/23/1982)
24. Smurfs At Sea (10/30/1982)
25. One Good Smurf Deserves Another (10/30/1982)
26. The Blue Plague (10/30/1982)
27. The Last Laugh (10/30/1982)
28. The Raven Wizard (11/6/1982)
29. The Ring Of Castellac (11/6/1982)
30. The Sky Is Smurfing! The Sky Is Smurfing! (11/6/1982)
31. Turncoat Smurf (11/6/1982)
32. Return Of The Clockwork Smurf (11/13/1982)
33. The Littlest Giant (11/13/1982)
34. Bubble, Bubble, Smurfs In Trouble (11/13/1982)
35. Smurf Van Winkle (11/13/1982)
36. The Prince And The Peewit (11/20/1982)
37. The Enchanted Baby (11/20/1982)
38. Clumsy Smurfs The Future (11/20/1982)
39. Sleepwalking Smurfs (11/27/1982)
40. Smurf Me No Flowers (11/27/1982)
41. The Good, The Bad, And The Smurfy (11/27/1982)
42. A Mere Truffle (11/27/1982)
43. The Stuff Dreams Are Smurfed Of (12/4/1982)
44. The Box Of Dirty Tricks (12/4/1982)
45. Papa's Wedding Day (12/4/1982)
46. All's Smurfy That Ends Smurfy (12/4/1982)

Season 3

1. Once In A Blue Moon 9/17/1983
2. All Creatures Great And Smurf 9/17/1983
3. The Smurf Fire Brigade 9/17/1983
4. The Winged Wizard 9/17/1983
5. Every Picture Smurfs A Story 9/17/1983
6. The First Telesmurf 9/24/1983
7. Handy's Kite 9/24/1983
8. The Magic Earrings 9/24/1983
9. The Last Smurfberry 9/24/1983
10. A Little Smurf Confidence 10/1/1983
11. Hogatha's Heart Throb 10/1/1983
12. Born Rotten 10/1/1983
13. The Tear Of A Smurf 10/1/1983
14. The Miracle Smurfer 10/1/1983
15. The Smurf Who Would Be King 10/8/1983
16. How To Smurf A Rainbow 10/8/1983
17. Smurfette For A Day 10/8/1983
18. Peewit Meets Bigmouth 10/8/1983
19. Lumbering Smurfs 10/8/1983
20. Handy's Sweetheart 10/15/1983
21. Speak For Yourself, Farmer Smurf 10/15/1983
22. A Hovel Is Not A Home 10/15/1983
23. Forget Me Smurfs 10/15/1983
24. The Grumpy Gremlin 10/15/1983
25. Clumsy Luck 10/22/1983
26. Willpower Smurfs 10/22/1983
27. Baby Smurf Is Missing 10/22/1983
28. The Smurfs' Time Capsule 10/22/1983
29. Wedding Bells For Gargamel 10/29/1983
30. To Smurf A Thief 10/29/1983
31. Greedy And The Porridge Pot 10/29/1983
32. Harmony Steals The Show 10/29/1983
33. The Golden Smurf Award 10/29/1983
34. The Moor's Baby 11/5/1983
35. Hefty's Heart 11/5/1983
36. A Hug For Grouchy 11/5/1983
37. The Magic Rattle 11/5/1983
38. All Hallows' Eve 11/5/1983
39. The Littlest Witch 11/5/1983
40. April Smurf's Day 11/12/1983
41. The Magic Stick 11/12/1983
42. Baby's First Christmas 11/12/1983
43. Beauty Is Only Smurf Deep 11/12/1983
44. Wolf In Peewit's Clothing 11/12/1983
45. A Bell For Azrael 11/12/1983
46. The Chief Record Smurf 11/19/1983
47. Smurfing In Sign Language 11/19/1983
48. Chip Off The Old Smurfs 11/19/1983
49. A Gift For Papa's Day 11/19/1983
50. Good Neighbor Smurf 11/26/1983
51. The Smurfstone Quest 11/26/1983
52. Hats Off To Smurfs 11/26/1983
53. The Noble Stag 11/26/1983
54. Smurfy Acres 11/26/1983
55. No Time For Smurfs 11/26/1983

Season 4

1. Symbols Of Wisdom 9/15/1984
2. Blue Eyes Returns 9/15/1984
3. The Secret Of The Village Well 9/15/1984
4. Stop And Smurf The Roses 9/15/1984
5. The Gingerbread Smurfs 9/15/1984
6. Jokey's Shadow 9/15/1984
7. Jokey's Funny Bone 9/22/1984
8. Tick Tock Smurfs 9/22/1984
9. The Master Smurf 9/22/1984
10. Tailor's Magic Needle 9/22/1984
11. The Traveler 9/22/1984
12. A Pet For Baby Smurf 9/22/1984
13. The Incredible Shrinking Wizard 9/29/1984
14. Breakfast At Greedy's 9/29/1984
15. The Secret Of Shadow Swamp 9/29/1984
16. The Trojan Smurf 9/29/1984
17. Smurf The Other Cheek 9/29/1984
18. A Float Full Of Smurfs 10/6/1984
19. Smurfette's Sweet Tooth 10/6/1984
20. Smurf On Wood 10/6/1984
21. The Smurfomatic Smurfolator 10/6/1984
22. Petrified Smurfs 10/6/1984
23. Papa's Worry Warts 10/13/1984
24. Lazy's Slumber Party 10/13/1984
25. The Pussywillow Pixies 10/13/1984
26. The Bignose Dilemma 10/13/1984
27. The Smurfbox Derby 10/13/1984
28. A Circus For Baby 10/20/1984
29. Babes In Wartland 10/20/1984
30. The Smurfwalk Cafe 10/20/1984
31. The Smurfiest Of Friends 10/20/1984
32. Never Smurf Off 'Til Tomorrow 10/20/1984
33. Bigmouth Smurf 10/27/1984
34. Baby's Enchanted Didey 10/27/1984
35. The Man In The Moon 10/27/1984
36. Smurfette's Golden Tresses 10/27/1984
37. The Whole Smurf And Nothing But The Smurf 10/27/1984
38. Gargamel's Giant 10/27/1984
39. The Patchwork Bear 11/10/1984
40. Hefty And The Wheelsmurfer 11/10/1984
41. Hopping Cough Smurfs 11/10/1984
42. The Little Orange Horse With The Gold Shoes 11/10/1984
43. Monster Smurfs 11/10/1984
44. The Bad Place 11/10/1984
45. Smurfing For Ghosts 11/17/1984
46. The Gargoyle Of Quarrel Castle 11/17/1984
47. Smurfiplication 11/17/1984
48. Gargamel's Miss-Fortune 11/17/1984

Season 5

1. The Smurflings (Season Premiere)
2. Sassette (Season Premiere)
3. Puppy
4. Alarming Smurfs
5. All Work And No Smurf
6. Baby's First Word
7. Bigmouth's Friend
8. Brainy Smurf, Friend To All The Animals
9. Brainy's Smarty Party
10. The Comet Is Coming
11. The Dark Ness Monster
12. Dreamy's Pen Pals
13. Educating Bigmouth
14. Gargamel's Time Trip
15. The Great Slime Crop Failure
16. The Grouchiest Game In Town
17. Happy Unhappiness Day To You
18. Have You Smurfed Your Pet, Today?
19. He Who Smurfs Last
20. Kow-Tow, We Won't Bow
21. Love Those Smurfs
22. Marco Smurf And The Pepper Pirates
23. The Masked Pie Smurfer
24. The Mr. Smurf Contest
25. Mud Wrestling Smurfs
26. Mutiny On The Smurf
27. Papa's Day Off
28. Papa's Family Album
29. Papa's Flying Bed
30. Papa's Puppy Prescription
31. Poet's Writers' Block
32. Queen Smurfette
33. The Sand Witch (Beach Blanket Smurfs)
34. Smurf A Mile In My Shoes
35. Smurfette's Rose
36. Stuck On Smurfs
37. They're Smurfing Our Song
38. Things That Go Smurf In The Night
39. Unsound Smurfs
40. Wild And Wooly

Season 6

1. Smurfquest (Parts 1 to 4) (Season Premiere)
2. All The Smurf's A Stage
3. Baby's New Toy
4. Bookworm Smurf
5. Bringing Up Bigfeet
6. Can't Smurf The Music
7. Calling Dr. Smurf
8. Clumsy's Cloud
9. The Color Smurfy
10. Crying Smurfs
11. Dr. Evil And Mr. Nice
12. Don Smurfo
13. The Enchanted Quill
14. Essence Of Brainy
15. Farmer's Genie
16. Fire-Fighting Smurfs
17. Future Smurfed
18. The Gallant Smurf
19. Gargamel's Dummy
20. Gargamel's New Job
21. Greedy Goes On Strike
22. Grouchy Makes A Splash
23. Handy's Window Vision
24. Head Over Hogatha
25. Heart Of Gold
26. The Horn Of Plenty
27. I Smurf To The Trees
28. It's A Puppy's Life
29. Jokey's Cloak
30. Journey To The Center Of The Smurf
31. The Last Whippoorwill
32. Lazy's Nightmare
33. The Littlest Viking
34. A Loss Of Smurf
35. Lure Of The Orb
36. Master Scruple
37. The Most Popular Smurf
38. The Most Unsmurfy Game
39. A Myna Problem
40. No Smurf Is An Island
41. Papa's Last Spell
42. Papa Smurf, Papa Smurf
43. The Prince And The Hopper
44. Put Upon Puppy
45. Reckless Smurfs
46. The Root Of Evil
47. The Royal Drum
48. Sassette's Tooth
49. The Scarlet Croaker
50. Scruple's Sweetheart
51. Smurfette's Flower
52. Smurfette's Gift
53. Smurf On The Run
54. Smurfs On Wheels
55. Snappy's Way
56. Sweepy Smurf
57. The Tallest Smurf
58. Tattle-Tail Smurfs
59. The Village Vandal
60. The World According To Smurflings

Season 7

1. Smurf On The Wild Side (Parts 1 to 2) (Season Premiere)
2. All The News That's Fit To Smurf
3. The Answer Smurf
4. Azrael's Brain
5. Baby's Marvelous Toy
6. Bad Luck Smurfs
7. Bouncing Smurf
8. Castaway Smurfs
9. Chlorhydris' Lost Love
10. Clockwork Smurfette
11. To Coin A Smurf
12. Crooner Smurf
13. Cut-Up Smurfs
14. Dancing Bear
15. The Fastest Wizard In The World
16. Flighty's Plight
17. Foul Feather Fiend
18. Gargamel's Last Will
19. Gargamel's Quest
20. Gargamel's Second Childhood
21. Gargamel's Sweetheart
22. Hefty's Rival
23. A Hole In Smurf
24. I Was A Brainy Weresmurf
25. Jokey's Joke Book
26. Legendary Smurfs
27. Little Big Smurf
28. Locomotive Smurfs
29. A Long Tale For Grandpa
30. The Magic Sack Of Mr. Nicholas
31. Nobody Smurf
32. Papa For A Day
33. Peewit's Unscrupulous Adventure
34. Poet The Know-It-All
35. Poet's Storybook
36. Poltersmurf
37. Predictable Smurfs
38. Prince Smurf
39. The Return Of Don Smurfo
40. Sassette's Bewitching Friendship
41. Sassette's Hive
42. Scruple And The Great Book Of Spells
43. Sing A Song Of Smurflings
44. Skyscraper Smurfs
45. Sleepless Smurfs
46. Smurfette's Lucky Star
47. Smurfette Unmade
48. Smurfing For Gold
49. Smurfing Out Of Time
50. Smurfing The Unicorns
51. The Smurflings' Unsmurfy Friend
52. Smurf Pet
53. The Smurfstalker
54. The Smurf Who Could Do No Wrong
55. The Smurfy Verdict
56. Snappy's Puppet
57. Soothsayer Smurfette
58. Stop And Go Smurfs
59. Swapping Smurfs
60. Timber Smurf
61. Vanity's Closest Friend
62. Vanity's Wild Adventure
63. Where The Wild Smurfs Are
64. Wild About Smurfette

Season 8

1. Lost Smurf (Season Premiere)
2. Archives Of Evil
3. Bigmouth's Roommate
4. Bungling Babysitters
5. Clockwork's Powerplay
6. Clumsy In Command
7. Don Smurfo's Uninvited Guests
8. Denisa's Greedy Doll
9. Denisa's Slumber Party
10. Grandpa's Nemesis
11. Grandpa's Walking Stick
12. A House For Nanny
13. It's A Smurfy Life
14. Land Of Lost And Found
15. Long Live Brainy
16. A Maze Of Mirrors
17. Memory Melons
18. Nanny's Way
19. Pappy's Puppy
20. Shutterbug Smurfs
21. Smoogle Sings The Blues
22. A Smurf For Denisa
23. Smurf The Presses
24. Stealing Grandpa's Thunder

Season 9

1. The Smurfs That Time Forgot (Parts 1 to 3) (Season Premiere)
2. Cave Smurfs
3. Hogapatra's Beauty Sleep
4. Mummy Dearest
5. Shamrock Smurfs
6. Karate Clumsy
7. Like It Or Smurf It
8. Papa's Big Snooze
9. A Fish Called Snappy
10. The Smurf Odyssey
11. Trojan Smurfs
12. Fortune Cookie
13. Imperial Panda-Monium
14. Smurfette's Green Thumb
15. Hefty Sees A Serpent
16. Phantom Bagpiper
17. Jungle Jitterbugs
18. The Clumsy Genie
19. Scary Smurfs
20. Sky High Surprise
21. Gnoman Holiday
22. Greedy's Master Pizza
23. The Monumental Grouch
24. Curried Smurfs
25. G'Day Smoogle
26. Grandpa's Fountain Of Youth
27. Big Shot Smurfs
28. No Reflection On Vanity
29. Papa Loses His Patience
30. Swashbuckling Smurfs
31. Painter's Egg-Cellent Adventure
32. Small Minded Smurfs
33. Bananas Over Hefty
34. The Smurfs Of The Round Table
35. Wild Goes Cuckoo
36. Brainy's Beastly Boo-Boo
37. The Golden Rhino
38. Hearts 'N' Smurfs

Cartoon Specials

See Also

External links

References

  1. Baldwin's Bullwinkle, Smurfs, other characters had had long-lasting impact on American culture
  2. Hanna-Barbera Veteran Gerard Baldwin Dies at 89
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