The Smurfs (TV series)

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The Smurfs
The Smurfs (1981 TV series) title card.jpg
The Smurfs international title card
Genre Adventure
Created by Peyo (characters)[1]
Directed by Various
Voices of Don Messick
Frank Welker
Lucille Bliss
Danny Goldman
Michael Bell
Hamilton Camp
William Callaway
June Foray
Alan Oppenheimer
Paul Winchell
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 256 (418 segments)[2] (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Freddy Monnickendam (Season 6–7)
Producer(s) Gerard Baldwin (Season 1–3; supervising producer, 4–5)
Bob Hathcock (Season 4–6)
Don Jurwich (Season 7)
Walt Kubiak (Season 7)
Paul Sabella (Season 8–9)
Editor(s) Gil Iverson
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions[3]
SEPP International S.A. (Season 1–7)
Lafig S.A. (Season 8–9)
Distributor Taft Broadcasting (1981–1987)
Worldvision Enterprises (1981–1991)
Original channel NBC
Audio format Mono (1981–1983)
Stereo (1984–1989)
Original run September 12, 1981 (1981-09-12) – December 2, 1989 (1989-12-02)
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The Smurfs (also known as simply Smurfs and syndicated as Smurfs' Adventures) is an American-Belgian animated fantasy-comedy television series that aired on NBC from September 12, 1981, to December 2, 1989. Made by Hanna-Barbera Productions, it is based on the Belgian comic series by the same name, created by Belgian cartoonist Peyo (who also served as Story Supervisor of this adaptation) and aired for 256 episodes with a total of 418 stories, excluding three cliffhanger episodes and six specials.


In 1976, Stuart R. Ross, an American media and entertainment entrepreneur who saw the Smurfs while traveling in Belgium, entered into an agreement with Editions Dupuis and Peyo, acquiring North American and other rights to the characters, whose original name was "les Schtroumpfs". 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 President Fred Silverman's daughter, Melissa, had a Smurf doll of her own that he had bought for her at a toy shop while they were visiting Aspen, Colorado. Silverman thought that a series based on the Smurfs might make a good addition to his Saturday-morning lineup.[4]

The Smurfs secured their place in American pop culture in 1981, when the Saturday morning cartoon The Smurfs, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in association with SEPP International S.A. (from 1981 to 1987) and Lafig S.A. (in the years 1988 and 1989), aired on NBC. The series became a major success for the network and one of the most successful and longest running Saturday morning cartoons in television history, spawning spin-off television specials on an almost yearly basis. The characters included Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy Smurf, the evil Gargamel, his cat Azrael, and Johan and his friend Peewit. The Smurfs was nominated multiple times for Daytime Emmy Awards, and won Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series in 1982–1983.[5]

The show enjoyed continued success until 1989, when NBC changed the format of the show and removed the Smurfs from the forest and the Smurf village and adopted a lost in time format similar to The Time Tunnel, and then cancelled it due to decreasing ratings. In addition. NBC executives prepared a Today weekend program for Saturdays as well as programmings for teenagers such as Saved by the Bell, which came later on and led to the elimination of Saturday morning animated children's shows. The show continued through December 2, 1989 on the NBC network. The show continued to air on reruns the USA Network until 1993, followed by the Cartoon Network until 2003. Smurfs is still broadcast on Cartoon Network's sister station Boomerang throughout the United States.



TV specials[edit]

The popularity of The Smurfs was such that NBC aired several prime-time Smurfs specials over the years:

  • Here Comes the Smurfs (1981) – an hour-long special that aired the episodes "The Smurfette", "Super Smurf" and "The Baby Smurf" with new wrap-arounds featuring Papa Smurf telling the stories.
  • The Smurfs' Springtime Special (April 8, 1982) – Gargamel plots to capture six Smurfs for making gold by putting a spell on Mother Nature, freezing their forest. The Smurfs enlist the aid of the woodland animals to bring an end to Gargamel's evil plans and to bring spring back into the forest. This special is available on The Smurfs Season One Vol. 1 DVD set.
  • The Smurfs' Christmas Special (December 12, 1982) – The Smurfs come to the rescue of two children and their grandfather when an evil mysterious stranger shows up and causes their sleigh to turn over, forcing them to seek help and inadvertently bring Gargamel in on the action.
  • My Smurfy Valentine (February 13, 1983) – Smurfette wishes for a Prince Smurfing of her own on Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, she gets into trouble when she is captured by Gargamel and the Smurfs set out to rescue her. But Gargamel is the least of their worries for Chlorhydris plans to create a world without love. With the help of Cupid, the Smurfs must rescue Smurfette and foil Chlorhydris' evil plot.
  • The Smurfs Halloween (November 5, 1983) – This Halloween special finds Gargamel using a spell to make things scary for the Smurfs on Halloween. First aired as "Smurfs Halloween Special" in prime-time, then later renamed "All Hallows Eve" for its second airing.
  • Smurfily Ever After (February 13, 1984) – Smurfette contemplates over who she would like to marry someday while the Smurfs help prepare for the wedding of Laconia and Woody. But Gargamel shows up to ruin this joyous occasion with his ghoulish calliope and Smurfette and Laconia foil his evil plot against the Smurfs.
  • The Smurfic Games (May 20, 1984) – The Smurfs engage in athletic competition to settle a dispute between both ends of the village over misquoted compound words, which turns deadly when the medal Clumsy is awarded actually causes an earthquake.
  • Smurfquest (1986) – Grandpa Smurf returns to the village from a 500-year voyage around the world to restore the power of the Long Life Force Stone. Papa Smurf and a few other Smurfs help Grandpa Smurf find the purest sources of the four primal elements from around the world while the remaining Smurfs stay behind to search for the Long Life Force Stone. Smurfquest was going to get a big-screen release, but ended up airing as a two-hour TV movie. It was later split into 4 episodes, but was edited for commercials. It has never re-aired in its complete form.[citation needed]
  • 'Tis the Season to Be Smurfy (December 13, 1987) – Grandpa Smurf and Sassette visit a human village to witness how they celebrate the holidays and end up helping an old couple by having their fellow Smurfs bring some Christmas cheer into the old couple's lives while tracking down a thief in the process.



Outsourced production work was done by Toei Animation.

Use of classical music[edit]

The Smurfs was noted for its frequent use of classical music as background music or themes for particular events. Notable works found in the Smurfs include:[6][7]


The show was formerly distributed by Worldvision Enterprises (now CBS Television Distribution). It is now distributed by Warner Bros. Television Distribution, as Time Warner is the current owner of all Hanna-Barbera properties, having inherited them in their 1996 merger with Turner Broadcasting. Some episodes are available through the online video service In2TV.

Home Media releases[edit]

Region 1[edit]

Warner Home Video released the complete first season on DVD in two volume sets in 2008.[9][10] Despite high sales of both sets,[11] no further seasons have yet been released. Warner Home Video later released a series of three single disc releases of The Smurfs in 2009, each containing 5 episodes from the second season.[12][13][14] A two-disc DVD was set to be released in 2011 to tie into the theatrical film with 10 episodes culled from the entire run of the series,[15] but included episodes from the second season instead. Another DVD with both Smurfs Christmas specials was released later that year.[16] It is unknown when Warner Archive will release the rest of the seasons.

DVD Name Ep # Release date Notes
Season One, Volume One 19 February 26, 2008 Re-released on July 24, 2012 as part of Cartoon Network's 20th anniversary.
Season One, Volume Two 20 October 7, 2008
True Blue Friends 5 March 3, 2009
Smurfy Tales 5 August 18, 2009
World of Wonders 5 November 17, 2009
A Magical Smurf Adventure 10 July 19, 2011
Holiday Celebration 2 specials October 11, 2011
The Best of Seasons 1 & 2 16 March 12, 2013 Repackage contain the first discs from the Season One, Volume One, Season One, Volume Two and A Magical Smurf Adventure sets
Smurfs to the Rescue! 6 July 16, 2013
Smurftastic Journey 4 October 15, 2013 All Episodes are On The Season One Sets
A Magical Smurf Adventure 2 [17] 6 November 8, 2013 All Episodes are on The Season One Sets

Region 2[edit]

Fabulous Films and Arrow Films have released the first five seasons on DVD in the UK.[18][19][20][21][22] The company has also released the film The Smurfs and the Magic Flute on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as several compilation DVDs, containing themed specials from the show.

DVD Name Ep # Release date
Complete 1st Season 27 July 5, 2010
Complete 2nd Season 24 September 6, 2010
Complete 3rd Season 31 July 1, 2013
Complete 4th Season 28 July 1, 2013
Complete 5th Season 25 July 1, 2013
The Complete Seasons 1-5 135 December 1, 2014
The Smurfs – Four Smurf Tastic Episodes 4 July 30, 2011
The Smurfs and the Magic Flute (Blu-ray + DVD) 0 October 11, 2011
The Smurfs: Tis the Season to Be Smurfy 4 November 5, 2011
The Smurfs: My Smurfy Valentine 4 January 8, 2012
The Smurfs Springtime Special 6 March 17, 2012
The Smurfs: The Smurfic Games 7 June 4, 2012
The Smurfs Halloween Special 6 October 1, 2012
The Smurfs: Love Smurfette 6 July 1, 2013
The Smurfs: Papa Smurf Rocks! 6 July 1, 2013
The Smurfs: World Cup Carnival 5 June 23, 2014

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the release of the full Series in 9 Season Sets on DVD in Germany, with German sound only, beginning in August 2011.[23]

DVD Name Ep # Release date
Die komplette erste Staffel 27 August 4, 2011
Die komplette zweite Staffel 24 August 4, 2011
Die komplette dritte Staffel 31 October 14, 2011
Die komplette vierte Staffel 28 October 14, 2011
Die komplette fünfte Staffel 25 August 16, 2012
Die komplette sechste Staffel 38 August 16, 2012
Die komplette siebte Staffel 39 July 25, 2013
Die komplette achte Staffel 16 (including 16 additional episodes of Johan and Peewit) July 25, 2013
Die komplette neunte Staffel 26 July 25, 2013
Collector's Edition ( exclusive) 272 July 4, 2013

Region 4[edit]

Magna Home Entertainment has released various best-of volume collections on DVD.

  • The Smurfs and the Magic Flute has been released, but a new 'Original Collector's Edition'[24] with new packaging released on 2 September 2011.
  • The Smurfs – Time Travellers (3 Disc Set)[25] was released on 5 November 2008.
  • The Smurfs – Smurfette Collection (3 Disc Set)[26] was released on 1 September 2009.
  • The Smurfs – Papa Smurf Collection (3 Disc Set)[27] was released on 4 November 2009.
  • The Smurfs – Favourites Collection (6 Disc Box Set)[28] was released on 29 June 2010.
  • The Smurfs – Just Smurfy 1 (Box Set) (BONUS Figurine)[29] was released on 3 November 2010.
  • The Smurfs – Just Smurfy 2 (Box Set) (BONUS Figurine)[30] was released on 3 November 2010.
  • The Smurfs – Just Smurfy 3 (Box Set) (BONUS Figurine)[31] was released on 1 December 2010.
  • The Smurfs – Just Smurfy 4 (Box Set) (BONUS Figurine)[32] was released on 2 March 2011.
  • The Smurfs – Complete Season 1 (3 Disc Digipak)[33] and The Smurfs – Complete Season 2 (3 Disc Digipak)[34] were released on 24 August 2011.
  • The Smurfs – Complete Season 3 (4 Disc Digipak)[35] and The Smurfs – Complete Season 4 (4 Disc Digipak)[36] were released on 5 October 2011.
  • The Smurfs – Complete Season 5 (3 Disc Digipak)[37] was released on 1 December 2011.
  • The Smurfs – Complete Season 6 (5 Disc Digipak)[38] was released on 4 January 2012.
  • The Smurfs – Complete Season 7 (5 Disc Digipak),[39] The Smurfs – Complete Season 8 (2 Disc Digipak)[40] were released on 1 August 2013.
  • The Smurfs – Complete Season 9 (3 Disc Digipak)[41] was released on 14 August 2013.
  • The Smurfs – Ultimate Collection 1: Limited Edition – Seasons 1–5 (18 Disc Box Set)[42] released on 24 August 2011.
  • The Smurfs – Ultimate Collection 2: Limited Edition – Seasons 6–9 (16 Disc Box Set)[43] released on 2 November 2011.

Popular culture[edit]

  • The animated versions of Papa Smurf and Brainy Smurf were featured in Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue. Hefty Smurf also makes a brief cameo in the beginning of the movie with the other Smurfs, his only line being, "Who Smurfed the bell?". Smurfette is shown on the promotional poster and VHS cover artwork, but was not seen in the special. Harmony Smurf made a small cameo as the Smurfs comic book was flipping through pages.
  • Gargamel and Azrael made guest appearances on Family Guy in 2009.


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