Garbage Pail Kids (TV series)

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Garbage Pail Kids
Developed byFlint Dille
Voices ofTara Strong
Cree Summer
Noam Zylberman
Michael Fantini
Alyson Court
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1 (UK)
2 (Canada)
No. of episodes13
Producer(s)Bob Hathcock
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original releaseSeptember 26, 1987 (1987-09-26) – October 29, 1988 (1988-10-29)

Garbage Pail Kids is a Canadian animated series which was produced in 1987, based on the popular Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, produced and directed by Bob Hathcock and co-written and developed by Flint Dille. Due to controversial themes, it never aired in the United States. However, it did air in most countries in Europe[citation needed].


The series stars the characters Split Kit, Elliot Mess, Terri Cloth, Patty Putty, and Clogged Duane as gross looking kids with abilities to help others. In the first two episodes, they have normal alter-egos, which transform into their "Garbage Pail" identities; later episodes show them exclusively in their Garbage Pail looks (it is never explained how their Garbage Pail personae became permanent).

The show also features parodies of Hollywood famous films like the Indiana Jones series, Superman, Conan the Barbarian, King Kong, and The Fly. It also has segments between stories, such as "Garbage Pail Groaners" (jokes) and "Would We Lie To You?" (facts).


CBS ordered an entire season, and heavily promoted it in the run-up to the 1987-88 season. However, it was abruptly pulled a few days before its debut, and was replaced with an extra half hour of Muppet Babies, which was expanded to 90 minutes in order to fill the time-slot after Garbage Pail Kids was pulled from the schedule.

CBS removed the series from their schedule, following protests from Action for Children's Television, the National Coalition on Television Violence, and the Christian Leaders for Responsible Television (a part of the American Family Association). The reasons given were that the series ridiculed the handicapped and glorified violence, along with the common issue eventually rectified by the Children's Television Act that the program was effectively program-length ads for the toys and cards of the Garbage Pail Kids franchise.

Some advertisers, such as Nabisco, McDonald's and Crayola also pulled out, either due to pressure from interest groups, or because they were unable to pre-screen the series from advanced tapes.

A few CBS affiliates, such as WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas; KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma and KREM-TV in Spokane, Washington made known they would not carry the series on their stations, notifying CBS of their pre-emptions weeks in advance of the debut.[1][2]

Despite never airing in the United States, it did air in several other countries, including Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Israel, Italy and the Philippines.


Episode # Segments
Episode 1
  • Open: Fun Busters Public Service Message
  • Junkoid Zone Aliens
  • Commercial: Friendly Al's Used Toy Store
  • "Would We Lie To You?": Toothie Ruthie/Nat Nerd
  • Batteries Not Included
  • "Garbage Pail Award": The Biggest Bully Around

September 26, 1987 (Canada)
June 7, 1988 (UK)

Episode 2
  • Open: Squishy
  • Pie Fight at the Okee Dokee Corral
  • Commercial: Anti-Kissing Creme
  • "Would We Lie To You?": Sherwood Forest/Hand Turns Green
  • Honest Abe Has A Close Shave
  • Wanted: The Cheater

October 3, 1987 (Canada)
June 9, 1988 (UK)

Episode 3
  • Open: Sturgeon General Warning
  • Idaho Spud and the Temple of Trash
  • Commercial: Automatic Tattler
  • Groaner: "Cows Can't Talk"
  • Justin Cleans Up
  • Wanted: Ivana Yakker

October 10, 1987 (Canada)
June 14, 1988 (UK)

Episode 4
  • Open: Cute Cartoon Characters Union's Protest
  • Oops! The Disaster Movie
  • Commercial: Clean Plate
  • Groaner: Eating the Whole Cake Will Make You Explode
  • The House That Dripped Crud
  • Wanted: The Borrower

October 17, 1987 (Canada)
June 16, 1988 (UK)

Episode 5
  • Open: Little Brother
  • Savage Stuart the Barbarian
  • Commercial: Homework Machine
  • Groaner: World's Most Powerful Glue
  • Green Dean Goes Out Of His Bean
  • Garbage Pail Award: Carly Cuts

October 24, 1987 (Canada)
June 21, 1988 (UK)

Episode 6
  • Open: Mice Like It Too
  • R.A.L.F.
  • Commercial: Bully Kicker
  • Groaner: 3000 year old Mummy
  • Elliot Messed Up
  • Wanted: The Party Pooper

October 31, 1987 (Canada)
June 23, 1988 (UK)

Episode 7
  • Open: Aliens Make Contact
  • Supernerd
  • Commercial: Sister Alarm
  • Groaner: Fish in the Bathtub
  • Mona Loser
  • Garbage Pail Award: The Babysitter

June 28, 1988 (UK)
September 17, 1988 (Canada)

Episode 8
  • Open: Do Not Adjust Your TV
  • Kinky Konk
  • Commercial: Volume Control for Noisy Brothers
  • Groaner: 3 minute Eggs
  • Chris Messin' August
  • Wanted: The Bathroom Hog

June 30, 1988 (UK)
September 24, 1988 (Canada)

Episode 9
  • Open: Couch Potatoes
  • Goldthumb
  • Commercial: Fake School Bell
  • Groaner: Good-for-Nothing Dog
  • An Egg-citing Adventure
  • Wanted: Teacher's Pet

July 5, 1988 (UK)
October 1, 1988 (Canada)

Episode 10
  • Open: Simon Says
  • The Unmentionables
  • Commercial: Fake Rubber Blow-Up Kid
  • Groaner: Red-Handed
  • Heartless Hal
  • Garbage Pail Award: The Neighborhood Grouch

July 7, 1988 (UK)
October 8, 1988 (Canada)

Episode 11
  • Open: Garbage Pail "Kiss"
  • The Pink Cat's Eye
  • Commercial: Cootie Detector
  • Groaner: You're Not Buying That
  • A Rhyme In Time
  • Garbage Pail Award: Mother of the Year

July 12, 1988 (UK)
October 15, 1988 (Canada)

Episode 12
  • Open: The Family Dog
  • Shirley Dimples
  • Commercial: Bird Brain
  • Groaner: Man in the Soup
  • The Land of Odd
  • Wanted: Nosy Neighbors

July 14, 1988 (UK)
October 22, 1988 (Canada)

Episode 13
  • Open: Kid's Drawing
  • The Fry
  • Commercial: Have a Nice Meal
  • Groaner: Mother Knows Best
  • A Fishy Story
  • Garbage Pail Award: Father of the Year

July 19, 1988 (UK)
October 29, 1988 (Canada)

DVD release[edit]

Paramount Home Entertainment released Garbage Pail Kids: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 on April 4, 2006.



  1. ^ "Spokane Chronicle - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  2. ^ "WebCite query result". Archived from the original on October 25, 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2014.

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