Gerbert (TV series)

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Title card
Created byAndy Holmes
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes50
Running time20-35 minutes
Production companyHome Sweet Home Educational Media Company
Original release
NetworkThe Family Channel
ReleaseMay 1, 1988 (1988-05-01) –
December 25, 1991 (1991-12-25)
Whirligig! (1993)

Gerbert is an American Christian-themed children's television series produced by Brad Smith and created by Andy Holmes.[1]

The Gerbert series was co-produced by HSH Educational Media and CBN in 1987. HSH Educational Media was owned by Brad Smith and his brother Chris Christian. Chris Christian and Brad Smith were the executive producers of all the Gerbert TV shows. The Gerbert TV show first aired on the CBN Cable Network, which later changed its name to CBN Family Channel and The Family Channel. The first shows were taped in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the CBN studios and all other shows were taped in Irving, Texas, at the Studios at Las Colinas.[2]

A poster of Gerbert is seen in the Season 1 Helluva Boss episode "C.H.E.R.U.B".


Gerbert first aired in the mornings on the CBN Family Channel (now Freeform) from May 1, 1988, to December 25, 1991, and was also sold as a direct-to-video series in Wal-Mart and Christian book stores. It has aired on Christian television stations and networks continuously since its 1988 debut. A secular version, without religious content, was syndicated to public television stations from 1993 to 1997. The series aired in the late 2000s on KidMango.

The show aired reruns on the Smile network until the series was pulled off the air in 2019.

Internationally, it was also broadcast on the Australian Christian Channel in Australia.


Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotJune 7, 1987 (1987-06-07)
113May 1, 1988 (1988-05-01)July 23, 1988 (1988-07-23)
213April 3, 1989 (1989-04-03)May 31, 1989 (1989-05-31)
324May 6, 1991 (1991-05-06)December 25, 1991 (1991-12-25)

Pilot (1987)[edit]

TitleOriginal air date
"In the World Around Us"June 7, 1987 (1987-06-07)

Gerbert creates a whimsical musical adventure one night with his babysitter. A colorful, nostalgic set, warm music videos, and a lively script create an excellent environment encouraging imaginative play and healthy personal development. The World Around Us includes six music videos. A special guest appearance by Courtney makes this a truly unique and memorable experience.

Note: Gerbert's design is drastically different in the pilot, resembling a generic puppet. His design was changed prior to the production of the first season of the TV show, complete with his signature chicken-nugget-shaped head, smaller mouth, and slightly rounder eyes.

Season 1 (1988)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
11"Surprise Party"
"Love Your Neighbor as Yourself"
May 1, 1988 (1988-05-01)
Gerbert's friends decided to have a surprise party for his birthday. Believing his friends have forgotten his birthday, Gerbert is tempted to self-pity. Children will learn from several Bible stories that David, King Jehosaphat and others had to wrestle with these same feelings. In the end, Gerbert is surprised, and also learns a deeper meaning of God's command to "love your neighbor as yourself."
22"A Clean Sweep"
"Created for Good Works"
May 7, 1988 (1988-05-07)
Gerbert is asked to clean his room. Through a little soul-searching and some timely counsel from an unlikely source, Gerbert learns a creative way to turn a chore into a challenge. In the end, he learns the pleasure of choosing obedience.
33"The Lost Coin"
"Lost and Found"
May 14, 1988 (1988-05-14)
Gerbert learns the value of taking care of special things. Gerbert begins to understand that we are created to do good works for God's glory. Kids learn that doing a good work for someone is like giving them a beautiful gift. It doesn't prevent mistakes, though, as Gerbert discovers when he loses a gift from his grandmother and learns to retrace his steps. Through the pain of loss, Gerbert reminds us of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who seeks every lost sheep.
44"The Cat's Meow"May 21, 1988 (1988-05-21)
Gerbert is eagerly anticipating a new pet kitten, but is surprised at the outcome. Children experience Gerbert's sadness and disappointment, but learn that God's love is constant despite circumstances. Gerbert learns that even in failure that God's love and acceptance cannot be overcome.
55"Things Are Looking Up"
"Little Ones to Him Belong"
May 28, 1988 (1988-05-28)
Gerbert becomes frustrated. God's gift of self-esteem. In this big world of ours a child can feel pretty small and even unimportant sometimes. May Gerbert's experience kindle you and your child's hearts to discover afresh our loving Father's care for each of His "little ones". including you and me.
66"Hop to It"June 4, 1988 (1988-06-04)
Gerbert gets a pogo stick. Gerbert learns the value of perseverance and experiences the joy of achievement. Good friends are a source of joy, too, and through Gerbert's telling the story of the Good Samaritan, children are reminded that true love doesn't have narrow limits.
77"I'm All Right"
"The Doctor"
June 11, 1988 (1988-06-11)
Gerbert fears going to the doctor. Everyone has fears from time to time, and Gerbert talks with Roary (his stuffed lion) about how hard it is to be brave. In the Bible story of Jesus quieting the storm, children see that adults, too, can have fears. In telling the story of David and Goliath, Gerbert realizes that fear and courage go together. Discovering the promise that God will be our strength, Gerbert overcomes his fear of the doctor, teaching children to rely on the Lord.
88"Some Days Are Like That"
"God Knows My Feelings"
June 18, 1988 (1988-06-18)
Gerbert has a bad day. We all have bad or vicious thoughts from time to time. These can make us feel quite terrible about ourselves. May your child learn with Gerbert that God knows our feelings and still loves us.
99"Forever Friends"June 25, 1988 (1988-06-25)
Gerbert learns that his best friend has to move away. May this simple story help lift the pain of loss and settle the comforting reality that there is a Friend who will never leave us . . . Christ Jesus, our Lord.
1010"Gerbert Saves His Money"
"Saving Treasures"
July 2, 1988 (1988-07-02)
Gerbert learns the value of money. Gerbert learns the painfulness of deception. He first encounters the deceptiveness of riches, and then the Bible story of Samson teaches that sometimes people, even our friends, can be deceptive, too. Gerbert grows through this lesson and joyfully discovers that our heavenly Father never deceives us, and realizes our true treasure is in the Lord.'
1111"Look Before You Leap"
"Safe in His Arms"
July 9, 1988 (1988-07-09)
Gerbert learns the importance of safety gear. By nature, we resist the authority that is over us because we think our way is better. Children often test the limits and challenge authority figures in an effort to become independent. Gerbert chooses his own wisdom over that of his daddy when riding his scooter. And, it seems to first.
1212"Forgive and Forget"July 16, 1988 (1988-07-16)
Gerbert learns to forgive and forget when Stu accidentally ruins his kite. Through his experience, Gerbert learns that as he turns his angry feelings over to God, God grants him the gift of self-control.
1313"Miles Get Married"
"Wedding Bell Blues"
July 23, 1988 (1988-07-23)
Miles asks Gerbert to be in his wedding. Gerbert reads the story of creation and man's fall. Then Gerbert gets invited to participate in his friend Miles wedding, but gets confused and afraid. In the process he learns, like Adam at the fall, that fear causes us to hide, But then. as now, God's love actively reaches to us all.

Season 2 (1989)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
141"Rainy Day"April 3, 1989 (1989-04-03)
Gerbert learns to deal with disappointment.
152"The Crush"April 4, 1989 (1989-04-04)
Gerbert has a crush on his teacher.
163"Why Do People Quit Liking Each Other?"
"Loyalty Conflicts"
April 5, 1989 (1989-04-05)
Gerbert gets caught in the middle of his friends' fight. In Praise of Pursuing Love. Gerbert is caught in the middle when two of his best frioends stubbornly decide they both want to be "Editor-in-Chief" of the neighborhood newspaper. As Gerbert hurts over the dissolved friendship, they each secretly ask him to be their own cartoonist. Through some caring counsel from an older neighbor, they learn a meaningful and practical lesson in true love, namely, that true love never fails.
174"Broken Promises"April 6, 1989 (1989-04-06)
Gerbert learns to be understanding and forgiving.
185"Roary"April 7, 1989 (1989-04-07)
Roary disappears.
196"Overcoming Evil by Doing Good"
"Peer Pressure"
May 22, 1989 (1989-05-22)
Gerbert learns to do the right thing. Gerbert is forced to choose between deeply wanted acceptance and doing the right thing when two older kids from school put their "test of friendship" on him. Gerbert tells God all of his feelings, and in doing so finds the courage to choose the better way. His friends learn of his decision to do right, and through Gerberts's decision they, too, find encouragement and motivation to do the right thing as well. "Overcoming Evil by Doing Good"' was written out of a conviction that far too much is said about not associating with sinners, and far too little about our lights shining in the darkness. Gerbert's manner of prayer over this matter is candid and direct with 'heart-felt honesty.
207"Jealousy"May 23, 1989 (1989-05-23)
Gerbert and his friend compete in a contest.
218"Listening Is Loving"
"Listening Skills"
May 24, 1989 (1989-05-24)
Gerbert learns to be a good listener. Caring Enough To Be Quick To Listen. When Gerbert's poster wins the first prize at school he is ecstatic and can hardly wait to tell his friends all about it. However, no one wants to listen. Gerbert learns, both from his own experience and that of his friends it is not always easy to be a good listener. In the end, Gerbert gets to tell his friends all about his good news and, at last, things are made right again. Listening is Loving carries a message that is immediately clear. Few of us would claim perfection in the area of being a good listener. Yet, throughout the Bible we read verses which make it clear that true freedom is found and true love is expressed when our focus is off of ourselves and on another. This simple video displays the importance of not only being listened to by others. but, also being a good listener and hearing what others have to say, We will all do well to remember the proverb: "Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue."
229"Little White Lies"May 25, 1989 (1989-05-25)
Chicken pox teaches Gerbert to tell the truth.
2310"Boredom"May 26, 1989 (1989-05-26)
Gerbert and Roary pass the time constructively.
"Before My First Day Began"
May 29, 1989 (1989-05-29)
Gerbert's friend contemplates running away from home. God's Gracious Gift of Full and Rich Adoption Gerbert's friend, Patrick, is thinking of running away from home. He feels he does not fit in anywhere because he is an adopted child. Patrick learns that Gerbert is also adopted, and the two of them talk about their feelings. Gerbert talks about "famous"' people in the Bible who were adopted, such as Moses. Finally, Patrick discovers in a fresh and very personal way that God is his Father, and we are all His "adopted" children. "Before My First Day Began" was written primarily to offer forth insight to adopted children. However, it also addresses the reality that we are all adopted into God's family. This is a very honest, tender, and helpful video for children (and families) of adoption.
2512"Too Much Change"
May 30, 1989 (1989-05-30)
Gerbert receives too much change. Learning to Let Love Be Genuine in Our Lives. Gerbert suddenly has enough money to buy a much desired art easel when he is given back too much change at Mr. Kiser's store. Gerbert reasons that since he didn't steal the money, it is now his by an unfortunate mistake. Soon, he learns the consequences of taking that which wasn't rightfully his, and he returns the money and makes his wrong right. "Doing the Right Thing' illustrates just one of the many things that we can get away with, rationalize into approval, or simply "numb over" Perhaps you have faced this very situation. It's certainly a powerful enticement, but we must not quench the powerful voice of the Lord's Spirit. Sin, no matter how insignificant it appears, entangles us. It keeps us from doing the good we ought to do, thus making us its slave. Yet, our loving Father desires truth in our inward being, and love that stems from a pure heart.
2613"Wrongfully Blamed"May 31, 1989 (1989-05-31)
Gerbert is accused of cheating. Learning Obedience Through Our Sufferings. When Gerbert is wrongfully accused of cheating on his test in school, he learns to put on a face of love rather than anger and bitterness. In the end, justice is served. But more importantly, Gerbert learns an even deeper lesson: God sometimes allows us to be treated unfairly to train up our heart and mind in His most excellent way. "But, I Really Didn't Do it" was written to display an example of humility in action. Humility does not demand that it's needs or wants be met by another. Rather, it entrusts full repayment to the Lord, and seeks to imitate God's heart in difficult circumstances.

Season 3 (1991)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
271"Dreamboat"May 6, 1991 (1991-05-06)
The gang learns about miscommunication.
282"Starlight"May 7, 1991 (1991-05-07)
Gerbert feels fireflies can solve the energy problem.
293"Being Franklin"May 8, 1991 (1991-05-08)
Gerbert portrays Benjamin Franklin and discovers the past.
304"Word Is Worth a Thousand Pictures"May 9, 1991 (1991-05-09)
Gerbert pretends he is Marco Polo.
315"Big Dreams"May 10, 1991 (1991-05-10)
Gerbert wishes to become Roary's big brother.
326"Pranksters"May 13, 1991 (1991-05-13)
Gerbert learns that pranks sometimes backfire.
337"The Garden"May 14, 1991 (1991-05-14)
Gerbert and Roary take an imaginary trip.
348"Medicine Isn't Candy"May 15, 1991 (1991-05-15)
Gerbert learns to never treat medicine as candy.
359"Try It, You'll Like It"May 16, 1991 (1991-05-16)
3610"Giddy Up Pony"May 17, 1991 (1991-05-17)
Gerbert learns to set and reach goals.
3711"TV and Me"May 20, 1991 (1991-05-20)
The positive and negative influences on television.
3812"New Beginnings"June 10, 1991 (1991-06-10)
Gerbert deals with the death of a loved one.
3913"If E'er the Twain Should Meet"June 11, 1991 (1991-06-11)
A journey down the Mississippi River.
4014"The Little Star That Twinkled"June 12, 1991 (1991-06-12)
Gerbert finds out he must practice to be good.
4115"A Lesson Long Overdue"June 13, 1991 (1991-06-13)
Gerbert learns to obey rules and regulations.
4216"Bubble Trouble"June 14, 1991 (1991-06-14)
Gerbert learns to forgive and forget.
4317"Thanks, but No Thanks"July 8, 1991 (1991-07-08)
Gerbert learns about giving.
4418"Manners Manor"July 9, 1991 (1991-07-09)
Cassie learns to treat others nicely.
4519"Be Yourself"July 10, 1991 (1991-07-10)
Gerbert teaches others to be themselves.
4620"How Much Is That Froggie in the Window?"July 11, 1991 (1991-07-11)
Gerbert must decide whether to set his frog free.
4721"Fables on the Table"July 12, 1991 (1991-07-12)
Gerbert learns about reading improvement.
4822"Art From the Heart"September 18, 1991 (1991-09-18)
Gerbert learns his artistic talent is a gift.
4923"Fitness Follies"October 17, 1991 (1991-10-17)
The gang takes part in a fitness day.
5024"The Gift of Giving"December 25, 1991 (1991-12-25)
A special Christmas celebration of blessings when Gerbert gives rather than receives.


Season 1[edit]

  • Milton Clarke - Miles (Episodes: Surprise Party, The Lost Coin, Things Are Looking Up, Hop To It, I'm All Right & Miles Get Married)
  • Chris Frederick - Gerbert's Father (Episode: Look Before You Leap)
  • Molly Goodrich - Miss Deegan (Episodes: Surprise Party, The Cat's Meow, Things Are Looking Up, Gerbert Saves His Money & Forgive and Forget)
  • Andy Holmes - Gerbert
  • David Norris - Stu (Episodes: Surprise Party, A Clean Sweep, Things Are Looking Up, Some Days Are Like That, Forgive and Forget, Gerbert Saves His Money & Miles Gets Married)
  • Sharon Round - Gerbert's Mother (Episodes: Surprise Party, A Clean Sweep, The Lost Coin, Things Are Looking Up, Some Days Are Like That & I'm All Right)
  • Chris Christian (Episodes: Things Are Looking Up (cameo - recording studio segment) & Some Days Are Like That)
  • Shawn Dennsteadt (Episode: Forever Friends - credited as a 'Special Thanks to')
  • Luke Garrett (Episodes: Things Are Looking Up (cameo - recording studio segment) & Forever Friends) (uncredited)

Season 2[edit]

  • Brad Arrington - Mr. Kramer, the School Principal (Episodes: The Crush, Jealously & Listening Is Loving)
  • John Berry - Phil Alpha (Episodes: Broken Promises & Listening Is Loving)
  • C. Teague Bodley - Hatley (Episodes: Overcoming Evil by Doing Good & Adoption)
  • Tyler Chamberlain - Tyler (Episodes: Rainy Day, Why Do People Quit Liking Each Other?, Broken Promises, Too Much Change & Wrongfully Blamed)
  • Chris Christian (Episode: Boredom - a flashback episode from 'Some Days Are Like That' singing "God Knows My Feelings")
  • Stefani Crabtree - Donna (Episodes: The Crush (uncredited), Little White Lies (uncredited) & Wrongfully Blamed)
  • Adam Faraizl - Patrick (Episodes: Adoption & Why Do People Quit Liking Each Other?)
  • Maria Gracia - Mrs. Tollman (Episodes: The Crush, Jealousy, Listening Is Loving, Little White Lies & Wrongfully Blamed)
  • Jaki Green - Ms. Taylor (Episode: Too Much Change)
  • Patrick Guzman - Boy #1 (Episode: Adoption)
  • Mark Holmes - Man lining up at the concert (Episode: Broken Promises)
  • Wendy Holmes - Mrs. Holmes, 5th and 6th grade girls Track & Field Coach (Episode: Listening Is Loving)
  • Robert Kramer - Dr. Biden (Episode: Little White Lies - only appeared on the film about Chickenpox)
  • George Latchford - Mr. Earl Kiser (Episodes: The Crush, Listening Is Loving, Overcoming Evil by Doing Good, Too Much Change & Wrongfully Blamed)
  • Abby Newman - Ashley (Episodes: Jealously, Listening Is Loving, Little White Lies (uncredited) & Wrongfully Blamed)
  • J.R. Nutt - Max (Episode: Overcoming Evil by Doing Good)
  • Sage Parker - Mrs. Baber (Episode: The Crush)
  • Mikael Powell - Mr. Balman, the Milkman (Episode: Broken Promises)
  • Nathan Roberts - Boy #2 (Episode: Adoption)
  • Gena Sleete - Mrs. Kiser (Episodes: Rainy Day, Why Do People Quit Liking Each Other?, Roary Disappears, Adoption & Too Much Change)
  • Brad Smith - Customer (Episode: Too Much Change)
  • Agustin Solis - Mr. Street (Episode: Listening Is Loving)
  • Melissa Townsend - Melissa (Episodes: Broken Promises, Little White Lies, Listening Is Loving & Overcoming Evil by Doing Good)

Season 3[edit]

  • Carlis Belson - Will (Episodes: Starlight, Being Franklin, Pranksters & Be Yourself)
  • Christy Berry - One Little Indian (Episode: Giddy Up Pony)
  • John Berry - Mr. Taylor (Episode: The Gift of Giving)
  • John Cadenhead - Mr. Wigglesworth, the ice cream man (Episodes: Starlight, Bubble Trouble, Thanks, but No Thanks, Art From the Heart, Be Yourself & Fitness Follies)
  • Gary Carter - Sly Fox (Episode: Giddy Up Pony)
  • Tyler Chamberlain - Billy (Episode: If E'er the Twain Should Meet) / Tyler (Episode: Be Yourself)
  • Darryl Cox (credited as Darrell Cox) - Malcolm, Mr. Kiser's brother (Episode: New Beginnings)
  • Brian Eppes - Ricky (Episodes: Being Franklin (uncredited), Pranksters, Medicine Isn't Candy & Bubble Trouble) / Joe Bob (Episode: Giddy Up Pony) / Ned (Episode: If E'er the Twain Should Meet) / Bradley Smith (Episode: A Lesson Long Overdue)
  • Chamblee Ferguson - Mr. Riley Retail (Episodes: Dreamboat, The Garden & If E'er the Twain Should Meet) / G.T. Gardener/The Giant (Episode: The Garden) / Twain (Episode: If E'er the Twain Should Meet)
  • Jaki Green - Ms. Betsy Purcell, the mail carrier (Episodes: Starlight, Being Franklin, Try It, You'll Like It, Pranksters, Bubble Trouble, Manners Manor & Art From the Heart)
  • Hillary Hickam - Hillary (Episode: TV and Me)
  • Bryant Konnerman - Bryan (Episodes: Dreamboat, Medicine Isn't Candy, Big Dreams & Manners Manor) / Moe Bob (Episode: Giddy Up Pony) / Ben (Episode: If E'er the Twain Should Meet)
  • George Latchford - Mr. Earl Kiser (Episodes: Dreamboat, Being Franklin, Medicine Isn't Candy, Try It, You'll Like It, New Beginnings, Thanks, but No Thanks, Manners Manor, How Much Is That Froggie in the Window?, Fables on the Table, Art From the Heart & Fitness Follies) / The Great Khan (Episode: A Word Is Worth a Thousand Pictures) / Maestro (Episode: The Little Star That Twinkled)
  • Suzi McLaughlin - Artist (Episode: Art From the Heart)
  • Lou Michaels - Mrs. Lawrence (Episode: The Gift of Giving)
  • Greta Muller - Ms. Lenore (Episodes: A Word Is Worth a Thousand Pictures, Thanks, but No Thanks, A Lesson Long Overdue, Manners Manor, Be Yourself, Fables on the Table, Fitness Follies & The Gift of Giving) / Aunt Polly (Episode: If E'er the Twain Should Meet)
  • Abby Newman - Cassie (Episodes: Dreamboat, Starlight, Being Franklin, Manners Manor & Be Yourself) / Becky (Episode: If E'er the Twain Should Meet) / ? (Episode: A Lesson Long Overdue)
  • Stephanie Oakes - Jennifer (Episode: Fitness Follies)
  • David Price - Matthew Lawrence (Episode: The Gift of Giving)
  • H. Lee Rimmer - Sports Announcer (voice only) (Episode: Fitness Follies)
  • Jon Rivers - Radio Announcer (voice only) (Episode: Giddy Up Pony)
  • Courtney Smith - Lisa Taylor (Episode: The Gift of Giving)
  • Robert Tekampe - Mr. Lawrence (Episode: The Gift of Giving)
  • Nikki Tilroe - Roary / Puppeteer / Alfred (Episode: How Much Is That Froggie in the Window?)
  • Jenny Turner - Jenny (Episode: How Much Is That Froggie in the Window?)
  • Jacqueline York - Nurse (Episode: New Beginnings)


  1. ^ "Gerbert Series | Dove Family Friendly Movie Reviews".
  2. ^ "OVGuide | Online Video Guide".

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