List of Care Bears episodes

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The original Care Bears television series, based on the American Greetings franchise of the same name, first aired in the U.S. and Canada between 1985 and 1988 (with two specials broadcast prior to the regular run). Episodes aired on ABC in the U.S., on Global in Canada, and in syndication.

Atkinson Film-Arts specials[edit]

In 1983, Atkinson Film-Arts of Ottawa produced the first two Care Bears specials.[1]:57–60

# Title Original air date
Sp #1 "The Care Bears in the Land Without Feelings" April 22, 1983 (1983-04-22) (Los Angeles, California)[1]:58
Sp #2 "The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine" April 6, 1984 (Los Angeles, California)[1]:57

DiC episodes[edit]

DiC Entertainment produced an 11-episode series,[2] which aired in 1985.[3]

DiC # Series # Title Original air date
1 1 "Camp / Birthday" September 14, 1985 (1985-09-14)

Camp: During summertime, a group of children are preparing for summer camp along with their counselor, which the Care Bears join in on. Two boys, Samford and Murphy, have been assigned to the same tent, but they think so differently. With a little help from the Care Bears, the boys learn that two people who are so different can sometimes make the best friendships.

Birthday: Matthew Miller is upset when (to him) his parents forgot his birthday because of his new baby sister Lisa; out of anger (and a little persuasion from his friend Eddie), they plan on wrecking the house. With a little help from the Care Bears, Matthew learns the joy of having a baby sister.
2 2 "Braces / Split Decision" September 21, 1985 (1985-09-21)

Braces: Joey feels embarrassed about having braces; the Care Bears (along with his friend Missy) attempt to convince him otherwise.

Split Decision: Carl (a boy with eyeglasses) is teased by bullies because of his poor performance in soccer; the Care Bears (as well as his friend Mary) show support for Carl, and join his team in a soccer game.
3 3 "Lucky Charm / Soap Box Derby" September 28, 1985 (1985-09-28)

Lucky Charm: Proud Heart Cat is so upset that Playful Heart Monkey is messing around in her garden; she and the other Care Bear Family members rush to the aid of an unlucky girl named Mildred Jacobs (also known as "Jinx Jacobs"), who is so worried about her streak of bad luck.

Soap Box Derby: Bedtime Bear manages to pull the cloudy blanket off the telescope lens, so the Care Bears can see the view more easily; the Care Bears view a kart race where two boys (named Willis Carter and Benny) brag about their racecar to two girls named Cathy and Trisha (who are often teased); the girls build a car out of a crate and decorate it (with the help of the Care Bears), urging the boys to cheat.
4 4 "The Last Laugh / The Show Must Go On" October 5, 1985 (1985-10-05)

The Last Laugh: Cheer Bear is so depressed that she loses her "cheer" trying to cheer Grumpy Bear up because of his severe grump. When the other Care Bears and the Care Bear Cousins notice this, they try to cheer both of them up by making a comedy show called "Laugh Night". It has no effect on him, but it makes her feel better for a few tries and they leave the show. Swift Heart Rabbit convinces her that when anyone cares, nobody gives up, so in her final try, she makes Grumpy Bear feel better by giving him heart-shaped flowers which then helps him smile and make the clouds whiter.

The Show Must Go On: Patty Johnson, who is dressed up as a ballerina, is excited to perform in the school play, but can't do so without her dad, whom she expected to show up. While the Care Bears attempt to cheer her up, the Care Bear Cousins help her father cancel the work he's doing and manage to make his boss feel nicer.
5 5 "The Forest of Misfortune / Magic Mirror" October 12, 1985 (1985-10-12)

The Forest of Misfortune: The Care Bears and Care Bear Cousins are having a great time in the Forest of Feelings. The fun is spoiled when Professor Coldheart and Frostbite plan to freeze this place, but trying not to harm the Care Bear Family, they send the fortune telling machine into the forest. When they try it out, Love-a-lot Bear reads the fortunes that tell them something good. She also reads one that comes from a bottle. Bedtime Bear warns the other Care Bears and the Care Bear Cousins that the forest is almost frozen and they all save it and Treat Heart Pig as well by using their beams, which cause Professor Coldheart and Frostbite to leave.

Magic Mirror: Professor Coldheart invents a magic mirror that turns things into the opposite of what they normally are (i.e, Brave Heart would become cowardly, Grumpy Bear would be happy). Meanwhile, a member of a volleyball team is convinced that there are monsters in her closet, and the Care Bears must convince her otherwise.
6 6 "Daydreams / Runaway" October 19, 1985 (1985-10-19)

Daydream: The Care Bear Cousins visit Melanie, a young girl who likes to daydream.

Runaway: Cara doesn't want to go to her Aunt Helen's house, and says to her mother, "If you try to make me, I'll run away". The Care Bears go to convince Cara that running away isn't right, and while they fail initially, Cara apologizes for her actions, and says they shouldn't worry. This turns out to be a lie, as she wanders the streets and comes across a carnival, where Professor Coldheart is kidnapping other runaway children.
7 7 "Mayor for a Day / The Night the Stars Went Out" October 26, 1985 (1985-10-26)

Mayor for a Day: It is a special day for the children to decide who is the mayor. Professor Coldheart wants to be mayor of the earth, so he and Frostbite cheat and rig the votes so that he becomes mayor, and can wreak havoc upon Abbottsville.

The Night the Stars Went Out: It is a glorious night for the Care Bears to look at the stars in Care-a-Lot. As Wish Bear is trying to make a wish, one of the talking stars is stolen along with the others by a cloud with a violin player inside.
8 8 "The Magic Shop / Concrete Rain" November 2, 1985 (1985-11-02)

The Magic Shop: The Bears help Wendy, a blond-haired girl who meets Professor Coldheart at a magic shop with the power of caring.

Concrete Rain: Professor Coldheart plans to cover the world with cold, hard cement, and Suzy, who wishes there were more concrete on which to skate, becomes his unwitting helper.
9 9 "Dry Spell / Drab City" November 9, 1985 (1985-11-09)

Dry Spell: Two children, Elaine and Joey, are so depressed because there is no water. Share Bear, with a lighting helmet on her head, meets them inside a cavern. She and the other Care Bears help these kids escape by using the Care Bear Stare; outside, Proud Heart Cat and Swift Heart Rabbit help the others with the Cousin Call.

Drab City: When some of the Care Bears and Care Bear Cousins see a city turn colorless, they try to care for the people who feel the same thing and refuse to say what is good. However, a girl named Jill, so colorful unlike other people, asks the Care Bear Family if they can make the city colorful again before they all turn colorless. It fails as the other Care Bears and the other Care Bear Cousins reach to the same place, so they use the beams to make them friends again and to put the rainbow crystal into the pit to make the entire city completely colorful.
10 10 "Wedding Bells / The Old Man and the Lighthouse" November 16, 1985 (1985-11-16)

Wedding Bells: Professor Coldheart is trying to make a plan how to wreck Care-a-Lot by thinking that he would be so pleased that he and Auntie Freeze would be married with courtesy of the Care Bears.

The Old Man and the Lighthouse: Amy and two boys think that Captain McDougal who owns the lighthouse is odd compared to them, but the Care Bears and Care Cousins convince them that he is nice.
11 11 "The Cloud Worm / The Girl Who Called Wolf" November 23, 1985 (1985-11-23)

The Cloud Worm: Love-a-lot Bear plans with the other Care Bears to "spread out" and "search Care-a-lot" when they all hear a mysterious noise. In their search, she discovers a giant worm that eats clouds, and tries to beg him not to damage Care-a-lot. After her first attempt, she brings the other Care Bears with her as her allies and together, they try to beg the Cloud Worm to stop eating the clouds. When he refuses, Care-a-lot is ambushed and the Care Bears who drive their cloud mobiles save the victims of the ambush. Altogether, they use a Care Bear Stare to form a rainbow that can punish the Cloud Worm until he confesses. As he complains that he is hungry, they bring him back into his own area where he can eat his own clouds in case the day gets cloudy.

The Girl Who Called Wolf: Jill has been sent to her bedroom for making a prank call to the fire department, claiming there is a cat in a tree. She sneaks out and meets up with her friends, making up a story that she found a hidden treasure in the old Palmer Mansion. Her friends believe her, and go to find the treasure. Along with the Care Bears and Cousins, she must save her friends from the old, spooky house.

Nelvana episodes[edit]

The Care Bears Family, produced by Toronto's Nelvana studio, premiered on September 13, 1986 on ABC in the U.S. and Global in Canada.[4]

Season 1[edit]

Nelvana # Series # Title Original air date
1 12 "Care-a-lot's Birthday" September 13, 1986
Care-a-Lot's birthday celebrations are interrupted when No Heart's apprentice, Beastly, kidnaps Baby Hugs and Baby Tugs, while both Cubs practice acrobatic stunts for the festivities.
2 13 "Grumpy's Three Wishes" September 20, 1986
Grumpy helps an African American boy named Alvin gain confidence and must build up his own as he accepts the challenge to fight No Heart and save Care-A-Lot.
3 14 "The Great Race" September 27, 1986
Beastly tricks his way in the annual Care Bear Obstacle Race in hopes of being crowned King of Care-A-Lot for one day.
4 15 "Home Sweet Homeless" October 4, 1986
Proud Heart gets a present unknowingly from No Heart which floods the Care Bear Cousins out of house and home.
5 16 "Lost at Sea / The Sleeping Giant" October 11, 1986

Lost at Sea: When Hugs and Tugs accidentally set the Cloud Clipper adrift, Beastly tries to make sure the cubs get lost forever.

The Sleeping Giant: Hugs and Tugs are out playing when they stumble upon a giant who befriends them.
6 17 "The Big Star Round-up" October 18, 1986
No Heart unleashes a terrible demon to try and destroy the Care Bears as they drive a herd of helpless little stars to Big Star Point.
7 18 "The Camp Out / I, Robot Heart" October 25, 1986

The Camp-Out: The Care Bears and Cousins go camping and find themselves in big trouble when they run into a Swamp Monster, which they have to outwit before their trip is ruined.

I, Robot Heart: Bright Heart and Grumpy try to help a "heartless" robot, not realizing that Beastly is trying to capture him as a gift for No Heart.
8 19 "Bravest of the Brave" November 1, 1986
Tender Heart, Cheer, Grumpy, and Swift Heart try to stop Dr. Fright from taking over a carnival as Brave Heart and a boy named Adam try to overcome their fear of the dark.
9 20 "The Long Lost Care Bears" November 8, 1986
One day, Tender Heart Bear, Good Luck Bear, Lotsa Heart Elephant, Grumpy Bear, and Swift Heart Rabbit are cleaning out the attic when they come across an old photo album, where they see two pandas. As they ponder who these pandas might be, the Caring Meter notifies them. They initially wind up in a "winter wasteland", but wind up in a beautiful valley with two pandas, "Perfect" and "Polite," who always speak in rhyme.
10 21 "Birthday Bear's Blues" November 15, 1986
Birthday Bear thinks the others have forgotten his birthday, and is sent to help a rich boy named Charles celebrate his birthday. They try inviting Charles' schoolmates, which doesn't work as planned. The duo celebrates the birthday together, but it's not quite as fun. The rest of the family comes down to Earth, and they celebrate together, eventually winding up in a maze of thorns. Charles and Birthday Bear must save them; No Heart might have "divided and conquered" them for good.
11 22 "Grams Bear's Thanksgiving Surprise" November 22, 1986
The evil Sour Sam is out to ruin Thanksgiving with his Crabby Apple Pies and only the Care Bears can stop him.
12 23 "Order on the Court / The All-Powerful Mr. Beastly" November 29, 1986

Order on the Court: The Care Bear Cousins finally have a chance to win the annual basketball game--but try to make sure Lotsa Heart doesn't blow it.

The All-Powerful Mr. Beastly: Beastly uses No Heart's broken amulet to try to capture Tenderheart and Brave Heart while they are on a caring call.
13 24 "The Cloud of Uncaring" December 6, 1986
Dale is upset because his mother, a nurse, is unable to take him swimming, even though she promised she would take him. Secret Bear, Grumpy Bear, Cozy Heart Penguin and Wish Bear come down to help him, and succeed.

Season 2[edit]

Nelvana # Series # Title Original air date
14 25 "The Wrath of Shreeky" September 26, 1987
No Heart receives a visit from his niece Shreeky, who is as evil as he is.
15 26 "Bright Heart's Bad Day / The Magic Lamp" October 3, 1987

Bright Heart's Bad Day: The Care Bear Family's Annual Picnic turns into a disaster for Bright Heart when he tries to become someone he's not.

The Magic Lamp: Grams tells the exciting Arabian adventure of how Champ must find a magic lamp in the city of Baghdad.
16 27 "Desert Gold / The Gift of Caring" October 10, 1987

Desert Gold: The bears look for a map that will lead them to a valley of gold.

The Gift of Caring: A girl in an electronic wheelchair named Carol is so tired of making the Care Baskets for her friends in the hospital, but Cheer Bear approaches the earth in time to help her finish the task.
17 28 "The Two Princessess / The Cloud Monster" October 17, 1987

The Two Princesses: Treat Heart and Cheer learn to appreciate each other and work together when they are confronted by an evil Two Headed Monster.

The Cloud Monster: When Beastly ruins No-Heart's experiment to create a creature that would stop the Care Bears, Beastly creates a cloud monster. Shreeky uses the monster to eat the clouds of Care-A-Lot.
18 29 "Grumpy the Clumsy / The Purple Chariot" October 24, 1987

Grumpy the Clumsy: Viking Grumpy persists in overcoming his clumsiness when he tries to become someone he's not.

The Purple Chariot: Grams tells the story of ancient Rome where Champ tries to turn Brave Heart back into the champion chariot racer he once was.
19 30 "The Caring Crystals / The Best Way to Make Friends" October 31, 1987

Caring Crystals: Grumpy is the only one who can save the day when No Heart unleashes his evil bubbles of uncaring on a village.

The Best Way to Make Friends: Treat Heart sets out to make a video about how to make friends, but ends up losing her friends by constantly laughing at them.

Season 3[edit]

Nelvana # Series # Title Original air date
20 31 "Care Bear Town Parade" April 30, 1988
Beastly tricks Cheer into buying a car that he built for the specific purpose of destroying the Parade and Care Bear Town.
21 32 "Hearts at Sea" May 7, 1988
Grams tells a story of an adventurous young girl aboard a sailing ship who sets out to prove that girls can do things as well as boys can.
22 33 "No Business Like Snow Business" May 14, 1988
Champ helps a young skier regain his confidence after an accident, but Beastly and Shreeky do their best to stop him. Meanwhile, Hugs, Tugs and Grumpy go siking.
23 34 "The Factory of Uncaring" May 21, 1988
Champ shirks his duty of guarding the Caring Meter giving No Heart a perfect opportunity to cover a town with uncaring smoke.
24 35 "The Lost Gift / Lotsa Heart's Wish" May 28, 1988

The Lost Gift: Grams tells Hugs and Tugs how a magical apple tree fed an entire village until greed destroyed it.

Lotsa Heart's Wish: When Lotsa Heart helps a unicorn, he is granted three wishes with unexpected results.
25 36 "The Showdown" June 4, 1988
The Care Bears try to help a young rodeo boy learn that how you feel about yourself is what really counts.
26 37 "Caring for Spring" June 11, 1988
Mother Nature is captured by the witch of winter, and if Hugs ("Jill") and Tugs ("Jack") don't rescue her by sunset, it will be winter forever.
27 38 "The Turnabout / Cheer of the Jungle" June 18, 1988

The Turnabout: When No Heart creates a fog to keep the Care Bears from helping people, Brave Heart puts the Care Bear team in charge of putting the Caring Beacon in the tower and watching Hugs and Tugs. Champ tells Cheer and Treat Heart to watch the cubs, but Cheer dares him and Bright Heart to watch them instead; as a result, the girls keep watch over the beacon and the boys watch the cubs.

Cheer of the Jungle: Cheer, a city girl, visits Champ in the jungle, but soon learns not to judge something by looks alone.
28 39 "Beautiful Dreamer/ The Care Bears Carneys" June 25, 1988

Beautiful Dreamer: Grams tells a story of a Broadway star who gives a young washer woman the confidence to go onstage and perform in a show.

The Care Bear Carneys: Beastly and Shreeky trick the Care Bears away from their work and into a carnival they set up as a trap to capture them.
29 40 "The Pirate Treasure / Grin and Bear It" July 2, 1988

The Pirate Treasure: Beastly takes Champ and Treat Heart prisoner on the high seas and Hugs and Tugs try to save them with the help of a pirate.

Grin and Bear It: When No Heart banishes Beastly, he tries to join the Care Bears, but discovers being a good guy is more than he can stand.
30 41 "The Perils of the Pyramid / Bedtime for Care-a-lot" July 9, 1988

The Perils of the Pyramid: Hugs and Tugs teach gung-ho archeologist Brave Heart to look before you leap as they enter a booby-trapped pyramid.

Bedtime for Care-a-Lot: Bedtime Bear is the only one who can save the other Care Bears who have been put to sleep by No Heart's magical sleeping sand.
31 42 "The Fountain of Youth / Treat Heart Baba and the Two Thieves" July 16, 1988

Fountain of Youth: Champ Bear, with help from Braveheart Lion, goes on a quest to find a fountain whose water makes everyone younger--but Beastly and Shrieky will stop at nothing to find it, too.

Treat Heart Baba and the Two Thieves: Treat Heart Pig plays the role of Ali Baba in this episode with Beastly and Shriekly playing the roles of the thieving villains. Treat Heart must outwit the two villains in order to rescue the other Care Bears' missing stuff.
32 43 "Doctor Brightenstein's Monster / The Care Fair Scare" July 23, 1988

Brightenstein's Monster: Bright Heart plays the role of Dr. Frankenstein in this episode, with Grumpy Bear playing his assistant. The duo don't have any friends in the village of Carenberg (they scare people due to the fact that they live by themselves in a creepy castle), until they "make" a friend, with a candy heart made out of sugar. He meets Hugs and Tugs and plays "tag" with them, which the villagers presume to be the monster attacking.

The Care Fair Scare: The Care Bears organize a fair to cheer children up and make them happy, but Shreeky and Beastly are determined to destroy it.
33 44 "Mystery of the Phantom / Under the Bigtop" July 30, 1988

Mystery of the Phantom: Grams recounts how a group of Care Bears overcome their fears to fix up an old theatre haunted by a mysterious phantom.

Under the Bigtop: Brave Heart and Grumpy help a small boy be part of the circus, unaware that the evil duo Beastly and Shreeky are out to trap them.
34 45 "The Most Ancient Gift / Ski Trouble" August 6, 1988

The Most Ancient Gift: Grams tells a story of ancient Egypt, Beastly and Shreeky try to break the friendship between two neighboring countries by stealing a precious gift.

Ski Trouble: Bright Heart goes skiing by himself, and is nearly captured by Beastly and Shreeky.
35 46 "The Care Bear Exercise Show / The Care-a-lot Games" August 13, 1988

The Care Bear Exercise Show: Champ Bear hosts an exercise show complete with warm up aerobics, and many helpful fitness tips.

The Care-a-Lot Games: Brave Heart hosts a lighthearted look at a variety of children's games, with cheating duo Beastly and Shreeky competing as well.
36 47 "Grams' Cooking Corner / A Care Bear's Look at Food Facts and Fables" August 20, 1988

Gram's Cooking Corner: Grams bear produces a new cooking show and bakes cookies. Even Beastly watches it and tries to make cookies as good as hers.

The Care Bears' Book of Facts and Fables: The Care Bears host a fascinating potpourri of cooking trivia and yummy recipes that children can do themselves.
37 48 "The Thing That Came to Stay / Space Bubbles" August 27, 1988

The Thing That Came to Stay: A wild animal Cheer brings on board the S.S. Friendship creates so much trouble that she soon learns animals should remain in the wild.

Space Bubbles: When the Care Bears help a marooned Space Clown, Grumpy, unfortunately, gets the brunt of the Clown's practical jokes.
38 49 "Cheer Bear's Chance / A Hungry Little Guy" September 3, 1988

Cheer's Chance: Cheer must prove herself to the rest of the crew when Beastly and Shreeky attack the SS Friendship.

A Hungry Little Guy: Beastly and Shreeky place an alien on board the SS Friendship to create havoc among the crew members so they can take over.
39 50 "King of the Moon / On Duty" September 10, 1988

King of the Moon: Brave Heart believes he's not needed by his crew and becomes the King of the Moon but soon learns that they need him after all.

On Duty: Treat Heart learns there is a time to work and a time to play because of her, Shreeky captures Hugs and Tugs.
40 51 "The Secret of the Box / The Frozen Forest" September 17, 1988

The Secret of the Box: Trouble abounds when the crew of the S.S. Friendship become obsessed with opening a box to be delivered to an alien planet.

The Frozen Forest: The crew of the SS Friendship is in big trouble when Beastly and Shreeky plan to use a freezing ray and turn them to ice.
41 52 "Grumpy's Little Friend / One Million C.B." September 24, 1988

Grumpy's Little Friend: Grumpy wants to see his little dinosaur friend again, but has more to contend with when Shreeky and Beastly attack Cavetown and only he can defend it.

One Million C.B.: To avoid doing their chores, Hugs and Tugs pretend to come down with a terrible sickness. Only one thing will "cure" the two baby Care Bears: a tear from No-Heartsaurus, and he has never cried before. With Grams and Brave Heart willing to risk life and limb for the cubs, Hugs and Tugs' guilty consciences attempt to let them reveal their secret.
42 53 "Tugs the Brave / Coconut Crazy" October 1, 1988

Tugs the Brave: Little Tugs tries to be like his hero Brave Heart, but realizes he would rather be himself when he confronts a dangerous dinosaur.

Coconut Crazy: Brave Heart doesn't think much of Bright Heart's zany inventions but soon changes his tune when one of them saves Cavetown.
43 54 "Bad Luck Friday / Food Frolics" October 8, 1988

Bad Luck Friday: Brave Heart must overcome his superstitions on Friday the 13th and save the other Care Bears who are lost in the jungle.

Food Frolics: The Care Bears are baffled when a usually friendly dinosaur turns mysteriously hostile and starts wrecking their garden.
44 55 "It's Raining, It's Boring / A Day Without Tugs" October 15, 1988

It's Raining, It's Boring: On a rainy day, Hugs and Tugs overcome the Beast of Boredom by finding lots of exciting things to do.

A Day Without Tugs: With Tugs sick in bed, Hugs spends a fun filled day doing many activities with her newfound friend - her own shadow.
45 56 "The Fabulous Safety Game / A Rhyme in Time" October 22, 1988

The Fabulous Safety Game: The Care Bears explain what you should and shouldn't do when it comes to being safe around the house with Beastly providing the wrong answers and Brave Heart Lion providing the right answers. However, one pound on the contestant station could give Beastly not only a big upset victory, but also a new job.

A Rhyme in Time: While Grams reads the Cubs safety rhymes, Hugs and Tugs daydream and act out they have heard.
46 57 "Songfellow Strum and His Magic Train / Music Video" October 29, 1988

Songfellow Strum and His Magic Train: The Care Bears visit a singing minstrel in the enchanting town of Musicland.

Music Video: Excitement runs high as the Care Bears attend a music concert with the singing minstrel.
47-49 58-60 "Care Bears Nutcracker Suite" December 10, 1988 (1988-12-10) (U.S.)[5]
December 25, 1988 (1988-12-25) (Canada)[6]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "A DIC Directory: 16 years of company's smallscreen creations". Variety (Reed Business Information): A30. July 12, 1999. 
  3. ^ Tate, Marsha Ann (2007). Canadian Television Programming Made for the United States Market: A History with Production and Broadcast Data. McFarland & Company. p. 147. ISBN 978-0-7864-2745-1. "Production Partners: Global; DIC Enterprises (1985 season); Nelvana Ltd." 
  4. ^ "The new season children's shows". The Globe and Mail (CTVglobemedia). September 9, 1986. p. 15. 
  5. ^ The TV Listing Group Inc. (December 9, 1988). "This week on television". The Union Democrat. Saturday. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ MacVicar, Neil (December 24, 1988). "Holiday viewing". The Globe and Mail (CTVglobemedia). "SUNDAY: THE CARE BEARS FAMILY / If the tots are getting restless, this hour-long special featuring the loving and loveable critters may be the ticket. It will be shown without commercials (Global at 10:30 a.m.)."