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The Smurfs cartoon show title used in the Season 1 intro sequence, and also for Seasons 2 and 3

An alternate version of the Season 1 title, as used for newer prints of international versions of The Smurfs

"Long, long ago, deep in a forest, there was a hidden village where tiny creatures lived. They called themselves Smurfs. They were good. Then there was Gargamel, the evil wizard. He was bad....Well, the forest is still there. And if you listen, you may hear Gargamel's rage. And if you are good, you may just catch a glimpse of the Smurfs."
- Narrator, Season 1 intro

Season 1, which aired from 1981 to 1982, introduced us to the main cast of characters commonly known as the Smurfs -- the village leader Papa Smurf, the beautiful Smurfette, the wisdom-spewing Brainy, the klutzy Clumsy, the muscleman Hefty, the mechanic Handy, the food-loving chef Greedy, the horn-playing Harmony, the narcissistic Vanity, the lackadaisical Lazy, the curmudgeon Grouchy, and various others -- plus their main adversaries, Gargamel the evil human wizard and his pet cat Azrael. It was during this season that a cartoon special, "The Smurfs Springtime Special" (April 8, 1982), was aired, introducing us to Gargamel's wicked godfather Lord Balthazar as well as to the Smurfs' constant ally Mother Nature.

Season 1 consisted of a lot of episodes that were adaptations to the comic book series. However, notable differences had to be made either because of social and cultural differences, or to fit them into 11-minute or 22-minute episodes, or to be consistent with the cartoon show universe. Some notable examples include:

It should also be noted that most of the comic adaptions from this season were based on the English translations published by Random House and Hodder & Stoughton at the time, as Hanna-Barbera had purchased a series of the books to aid in the show's development.

In its infancy stage, most of the episodes heavily rely on slapstick antics with very few hints of story. It hasn't been fully developed yet, as it is firmly rooted in the Rocky and Bullwinkle era (but without the fast-paced narration and the dialogue sometimes kept to a minimum). Given in fact that Gerard Baldwin previously worked with Jay Ward and Bill Scott, so the style of writing is almost noticeable. A few new villains and allies are added to the series, making it feel far from formulaic. The basic characterizations of the Smurfs are more or less the same as in Peyo's original comics, which would be developed or toned down in later seasons. The look of the series hasn't been nailed down because the animators of Hanna-Barbera are still learning how to draw in the Peyo style. Animation errors are more prominent in this season.

Intro Sequence

The intro narration takes place during a panning of the Smurf forest, which leads to the appearance of the Smurfs and a montage of shots featuring Smurfs doing their daily activities. Then comes a shot of Gargamel's castle, with Gargamel appearing in the window, saying, "Oooh, I hate Smurfs!" This is followed by Gargamel briefly chasing after a Smurf until he ends up trapped inside a log, with the Smurf watching as he rants and raves, bumping into the trees. The Smurf then runs through the forest and dives through a hollowed-out log before proceeding to go behind the SMURFS title logo and then appear sitting on top of a mushroom.

The Season 1 intro sequence is one of the most common of the nine season intro sequences due to its use in international versions of The Smurfs cartoon TV series, though by using the more modern version of THE SMURFS title logo. However, the international versions of this intro also uses two different theme songs; each of them would either be sung or have a spoken narration like the original US version. (For more information on one of the theme songs, see "The Smurfy Way".)

Episode Listings

The episodes that appeared in this season (in the order of their original air dates) include:

No. in series No. in season Title card Title Air date Code
1 1 Astrosmurf Episode Title Card.jpg The Astrosmurf September 12, 1981 104
2 2 Jm.PNG Jokey's Medicine September 12, 1981 103b
3 3 Fare.jpg Vanity Fare September 12, 1981 102b
4 4 Ssatd.PNG St. Smurf And The Dragon September 19, 1981 105
5 5 The Sorcerer Smurf.png Sorcerer Smurf September 19, 1981 106a
6 6 Magical Meanie.jpeg The Magical Meanie September 19, 1981 106b
7 7 BBAB-S.png Bewitched, Bothered, And Be-Smurfed September 26, 1981 108
8 8 Ks.PNG King Smurf September 26, 1981 103a
9 9 Howlibird.jpeg The Smurfs And The Howlibird September 26, 1981 107
10 10 Sals.PNG Soup A La Smurf October 3, 1981 110
11 11 Isn't smurf.jpg All That Glitters Isn't Smurf October 3, 1981 111b
12 12 DreamyNightmare.jpeg Dreamy's Nightmare October 3, 1981 109b
13 13 Episode Title Card Sample.jpg Romeo And Smurfette October 10, 1981 112
14 14 Magic egg title card.PNG The Magic Egg October 10, 1981 114a
15 15 SmurphonyinC.jpg Smurphony In 'C" October 10, 1981 113b
16 16 Sideshow smurfs title card.PNG Sideshow Smurfs October 17, 1981 119
17 17 Supersmurf title card.PNG Supersmurf October 17, 1981 114b
18 18 Paradise smurfed title card.PNG Paradise Smurfed October 17, 1981 125a
19 19 Sir hefty title card.PNG Sir Hefty October 24, 1981 117
20 20 Fake.jpg The Fake Smurf October 24, 1981 116a
21 21 Baby smurf title card.PNG The Baby Smurf October 24, 1981 116b
22 22 And poet.jpg Painter And Poet October 31, 1981 121
23 23 Hs.PNG Haunted Smurfs October 31, 1981 118a
24 24 Purple smurfs title.jpg The Purple Smurfs October 31, 1981 118b
25 25 Fountain of smurf title card.PNG The Fountain Of Smurf November 7, 1981 126
26 26 Tmm.PNG The Magnifying Mixture November 7, 1981 120a
27 27 Foul weather smurf title card.PNG Foul Weather Smurf November 7, 1981 120b
28 28 Ths.PNG The Hundredth Smurf November 14, 1981 113a
29 29 Abominable snowbeast title card.PNG The Abominable Snowbeast November 14, 1981 125b
30 30 Gargamel the generous title card.PNG Gargamel The Generous November 14, 1981 123a
31 31 Tse.PNG The Smurfette November 21, 1981 101
32 32 Spelunking smurfs title card.PNG Spelunking Smurfs November 21, 1981 122a
33 33 Now you smurf em title card.PNG Now You Smurf 'Em, Now You Don't November 21, 1981 122b
34 34 The smurf's apprentice title card.png The Smurf's Apprentice November 28, 1981 102a
35 35 Smurf-Colored Glasses title card.jpg Smurf-Colored Glasses November 28, 1981 109a
36 36 Clockwork smurf title.jpg The Clockwork Smurf November 28, 1981 124
37 37 Ft (2).PNG Fuzzle Trouble December 5, 1981 111a
38 38 Sds (2).PNG Smurfette's Dancing Shoes December 5, 1981 115
39 39 Smurfs money tree title card.PNG The Smurfs And The Money Tree December 5, 1981 123b

Video Releases

  • Warner Home Video has released two volume sets of Season 1 episodes.
  • Amazon Instant Video and Zune have individual episodes available for download.
  • Apple iTunes has the volume sets available for download.
  • Google Play has the first volume of Season 1 available for download.
  • Fabulous Films released the complete first season DVD set with all 26 episodes, as well as The Smurfs Springtime Special for the UK in July 2010. The entire season is also available for download on UK iTunes from Arrow Films. (which is also in conjunction with Fabulous Films on the DVD distribution rights)
  • In August 2011, Magna Home Entertainment released the complete first season DVD set for Austraila and New Zealand as well. (as well as 'Ultimate Collection 1' box set)
  • Imavision released a Season 1 DVD set in French in Canada.
  • In August 2011, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have released the entire season with all the episodes, as well as The Smurfs Springtime Speical on a DVD set in Germany.
  • In May 2020, HBO Max released season 1 in a brand new HD remaster of the original uncut USA editions.

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