List of The Berenstain Bears (1985 TV series) episodes

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The Berenstain Bears is an Australian-American animated comedy television series based on Stan and Jan Berenstain's Berenstain Bears children's book series, produced by Hanna-Barbera and Southern Star Productions. It aired on the United States from September 14, 1985 until March 7, 1987 on CBS with over 52 11-minute episodes in 26 half-hour shows produced.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126September 14, 1985 (1985-09-14)June 3, 1986 (1986-06-03)
226September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)March 7, 1987 (1987-03-07)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1985–86)[edit]

# Title Teleplay Original airdate
1"The Messy Room"[note 1]Stan and Jan BerenstainSeptember 14, 1985 (1985-09-14)
Mama tries to get the cubs to give their messy room a complete cleanup within a 15-minute time limit. Failing to do so, she tries to throw away their toy collection, until Papa finally comes up with a better solution.
2"The Terrible Termite"Stan and Jan BerenstainSeptember 21, 1985 (1985-09-21)
Raffish Ralph meets the Terrible Termite (who can eat wood in seconds) and decides to use him to start an insurance business, but Sister and Brother discover his swindle and the termite refuses to further serve Ralph.
3"Go Fly a Kite"[note 1][note 2]Stan and Jan BerenstainSeptember 28, 1985 (1985-09-28)
Brother and Sister want to enter the Kite Contest.
4"The Trojan Pumpkin"Stan and Jan BerenstainOctober 5, 1985 (1985-10-05)
Papa gets a magic pumpkin seed that grows into a mutant pumpkin.
5"The Spooky Old Mansion"Martin Pasko and Rebecca ParrOctober 12, 1985 (1985-10-12)
The whole Bear family is terrified of a spooky mansion down the road, but then Mama encourages them to face their fears.
6"The Fly Away Pizza"Stan and Jan BerenstainOctober 19, 1985 (1985-10-19)
Papa enters a pizza-twirling competition, but his pizza flies away.
7"The Giant Bat Cave"[note 2]Stan and Jan BerenstainOctober 26, 1985 (1985-10-26)
Raffish Ralph is planning to wreck Giant Bat Cave to build an amusement park, but the cubs, with the help of a smart bat, are able to scare him away with the usage of a giant, fake bat.
8"The Wild Wild Honey"[note 1][note 2]Stan and Jan BerenstainNovember 2, 1985 (1985-11-02)
Papa steals some of Queen Nectar's honey.
9"The Neighborly Skunk"[note 1]Stan and Jan BerenstainNovember 9, 1985 (1985-11-09)
A skunk moves in next door to the Bear family.
10"The Missing Pumpkin"Rowby GorenNovember 16, 1985 (1985-11-16)
Farmer Ben's prize pumpkin goes missing, so the cubs decide to search for it.
11"Too Much Birthday"[note 1]Stan and Jan BerenstainNovember 23, 1985 (1985-11-23)
Sister's sixth birthday is coming up. The preparations for the party are bigger than Mama expected, including ponies and a merry-go-round Papa hired. The party is pretty distressing for Sister, but by the end of the party she sees the advantage of growing up.
12"To the Rescue"[note 1]Earl KressNovember 30, 1985 (1985-11-30)
The Bear Scouts Brother, Sister, and Cousin Freddy try to earn their merit badges. Papa tries to help, but his reckless and clumsy antics make him the one in need of rescuing. Still, the scouts earn their badges eventually.
13"The Soccer Star"[note 1]Martin Pasko and Rebecca ParrDecember 7, 1985 (1985-12-07)
Brother Bear tries out for the soccer team.
14"Shoot the Rapids"[note 1]Rowby GorenDecember 14, 1985 (1985-12-14)
The Bear Scouts try to earn their whitewater merit badges.
15"Knight to Remember"[note 2]Stan and Jan BerenstainJanuary 18, 1986 (1986-01-18)
The cubs find a cursed suit of armor.
16"The Super Duper Bowl"Rowby GorenJanuary 25, 1986 (1986-01-25)
Raffish Ralph has a football scheme that involves holding a Super Duper Bowl.
17"The Not So Buried Treasure"[note 2]Bill ShinkaiFebruary 1, 1986 (1986-02-01)
The bears find a treasure map.
18"The Condemned Backscratcher"Linda WoolvertonFebruary 8, 1986 (1986-02-08)
A superhighway threatens a Bear Country landmark.
19"Kong For a Day"Bill ShinkaiFebruary 15, 1986 (1986-02-15)

Bigpaw is captured and exhibited.

Note: Arch Weasel had a gruffier voice in this episode.
20"Blaze a Trail"[note 1]Linda WoolvertonFebruary 22, 1986 (1986-02-22)
Papa interferes with the cubs' scouting efforts.
21"No Girls Allowed"[note 1]Stan and Jan BerenstainMay 13, 1986 (1986-05-13)
While viewing family memories, Sister gets angry that Brother outdid her. But today, Sister turns the tide on her fellows. In response, they exclude her from their clubhouse, so Papa decides to start a new clubhouse for celebration.
22"The Missing Dinosaur Bone"[note 1]Rowby GorenMay 13, 1986 (1986-05-13)
In the Bearsonian Institute dinosaur exhibit, the skeleton is missing a right thigh bone. Sister, Brother, Cousin Freddy and Snuff are on the case with Papa's not so helpful assistance. Snuff turned out to be the thief to get a lick at the bone.
23"The Spookiest Pumpkin"Rowby GorenMay 13, 1986 (1986-05-13)
Papa is ambitious to win a pumpkin carving contest and Brother and Sister are also joining in. Papa is extremely secretive with his own pumpkin and guards it closely. Papa then has nightmares and he chooses to miss out on the contest.
24"The Dancing Bees"Linda WoolvertonMay 20, 1986 (1986-05-20)
Papa buys from Raffish Ralph "The Secret of the Dancing Bees" book and dons on a bee costume in hopes of extracting Queen Nectar's honey. His plan works and humours the bees but when Ralph tries it, the bees are not impressed.
25"Learn About Strangers"[note 1]Stan and Jan BerenstainMay 27, 1986 (1986-05-27)
During their outdoor playtime, Sister is in the habit of talking to people she doesn't know. Papa's warnings about stranger danger scare her, but Mama coaxes her that this isn't all true.
26"The Disappearing Honey"[note 1]Rowby GorenJune 3, 1986 (1986-06-03)
With Papa's honey supply missing, Brother, Sister, Cousin Freddy and his dog Snuff do detective work, while Papa does his ineffective searching. It turns out Papa took and ate the honey in his sleep.

Season 2 (1986–87)[edit]

# Title Teleplay Original airdate
27"In the Dark"[note 1]Stan and Jan BerenstainSeptember 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)
Brother reads a scary book to Sister. Sister gets the creeps in bed. Mama tries to help leaving the light on for Sister, which causes inconvenience for Brother. Papa shows Sister how to overcome her fear in the attic.
28"Ring the Bell"Stan and Jan BerenstainSeptember 20, 1986 (1986-09-20)
The Bear family are entering contests at the fair. When faced by Too Tall Grizzly, Brother's quarrel leads Papa into a challenge against Two-Ton. Meanwhile, Queen Nectar has a vendetta against Papa for honey theft, but they unwittingly help Papa win the strength competition.
29"Forget their Manners"[note 1]Rowby GorenSeptember 27, 1986 (1986-09-27)
After being pushed around at Cousin Freddy's party by Too Tall, Brother and Sister develop their own bad habits. Mama puts some discipline on the family to improve their manners, which are put to practice even outside the house.
30"The Wicked Weasel Spell"Stan and Jan BerenstainOctober 4, 1986 (1986-10-04)
Brother, Sister and Freddy have a hunch the weasels are up to something. Sure enough Weasel McGreed intends to hypnotise Bigpaw to turn against Bear Country, but Brother, Sister and Freddy thwart their plan.
31"The Truth"[note 1]Stan and Jan BerenstainOctober 11, 1986 (1986-10-11)
Brother has quite a passion for soccer and won't join in other activities with Sister. When they begin to fight, they accidentally break Mama's favorite lamp. They tell fibs about how it broke, but Mama tells them that the truth has great value.
32"Save the Bees"Stan and Jan BerenstainOctober 18, 1986 (1986-10-18)
Weasel McGreed creates a new flower which traps bees to cut off Bear Country's honey supply. Raffish Ralph tricks Mama into planting the flowers. Brother and Sister catch wind of the plot and a meeting to save the bees ensues. Only a skunk's stink gas can wilt the flowers.
33"Get in a Fight"[note 1]Stan and Jan BerenstainOctober 25, 1986 (1986-10-25)
Papa is not in a good mood this morning. The next day, Brother is in a rotten mood with Sister and they both refuse to play with each other and bicker. The fight intensifies until Mama shows them the pointlessness of quarrelling.
34"The Bigpaw Problem"Bill ShinkaiNovember 1, 1986 (1986-11-01)
Bigpaw comes to Beartown, but his uncontrollable strength causes major tremors. Raffish Ralph is on the verge of getting rid of Bigpaw, so Weasel McGreed can trigger the biggest earthquake in Bear Country, but Bigpaw repels the quake in Beartown.
35"Get Stage Fright"[note 1]Stan and Jan BerenstainNovember 8, 1986 (1986-11-08)
Sister is going to take part in the school play, Grizzlystiltskin, but she is nervous about being the main role especially on stage. With a little encouragement from Mama, she overcomes her problems and performs well and also takes pity on Brother who forgets his lines.
36"Go Bonkers over Honkers"Rowby GorenNovember 15, 1986 (1986-11-15)
Raffish Ralph seizes an opportunity to trade Bigpaw some pet geese for a gold rock. After the geese cause trouble and good help, Bigpaw shortly has to return them to their mother.
37"The Great Honey Pipeline"Linda WoolvertonNovember 22, 1986 (1986-11-22)
After some convincing from Brother and Sister, Papa promises not to go after Wild Wild Honey anymore. But when Queen Nectar's honey supply goes missing, the Bear Detectives find Papa broke his word, so they recover the honey and give Papa a lesson he'll never forget.
38"The Great Grizzly Comet"Stan and Jan BerenstainNovember 29, 1986 (1986-11-29)
The Great Grizzly Comet is passing. Some aliens arrive with a warning that the comet is on a collision course with Bear Country. The whole scenario is actually a big hoax managed by Raffish Ralph and Weasel McGreed to swindle the bears out of their homes, so Bigpaw drives them away.
39"The Sure-Fire Bait"Stan and Jan BerenstainDecember 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)
Papa is determined to catch Old Jake the catfish.
40"The Cat's Meow"Rowby GorenDecember 13, 1986 (1986-12-13)

Brother and Sister Bear are going to babysit Honey Bear's cat, Puff, while she's away on a trip with her family. Puff's unique meow leads the Berenstain Bears on a quest to figure out why it is the cat meows.

Note: Grizzly Gramps was voiced by Brian Cummings instead of Frank Welker in this episode.
41"The Trouble with Friends"[note 1]Stan and Jan BerenstainDecember 20, 1986 (1986-12-20)

Sister wants some friends her age just like Brother. Just then, the Bruin family move in next door and Sister befriends Lizzy Bruin. Lizzy's bossy behaviour soon makes the two of them split, but they quickly get together since there are more things they can't do by themselves.

Note: This is the only appearance of Lizzy Bruin in this series.
42"The Coughing Catfish"[note 1]Bill ShinkaiDecember 27, 1986 (1986-12-27)
Jake the giant Catfish, among other animals are affected by garbage dumping in the lake. Brother and Sister get help from Professor Actual Factual to scan the extensive garbage pollution. Their solution is to use a sunken pirate ship as an attraction to fund cleanup projects.
43"The Substitute Teacher"[note 1]Rowby GorenJanuary 3, 1987 (1987-01-03)
Brother, Cousin Freddy, and Too-Tall and his gang set up practical jokes for a substitute teacher, but they learn to like her when they realize what she is like.
44"The Mansion Mystery"Rowby GorenJanuary 10, 1987 (1987-01-10)
The cubs investigate a mysterious mansion.
45"Bust a Ghost"[note 1]Linda WoolvertonJanuary 17, 1987 (1987-01-17)
The Bear Scouts have ghost troubles.
46"The Ice Monster"Rowby GorenJanuary 24, 1987 (1987-01-24)
The ice carnival is starting soon. Suddenly Raffish Ralph spots an ice monster. The ice monster is revealed to be a sleepwalking Bigpaw, who decides to skip his hibernation and join in the fun.
47"The Crystal Ball Caper"Stan and Jan BerenstainJanuary 31, 1987 (1987-01-31)
Gran's future-predicting crystal ball goes missing.
48"The Raid on Fort Grizzly"Stan and Jan BerenstainFebruary 7, 1987 (1987-02-07)
Raffish Ralph and Weasel McGreed plan to steal from the Fort Grizzly treasury.
49"The Forbidden Cave"Bill ShinkaiFebruary 14, 1987 (1987-02-14) (Valentine's Day)
The Bear Scouts are trapped in Forbidden Cave.
50"The Hot Air Election"Linda WoolvertonFebruary 21, 1987 (1987-02-21)
Raffish Ralph convinces Papa to run for public office, sparking a fiery election.
51"Life with Papa"[note 1]Rowby GorenFebruary 28, 1987 (1987-02-28)
Mama entrusts Papa to look after the cubs and the house while she goes to visit Cousin Min. Brother and Sister do their best to keep Papa out of trouble, but he manages to make a combined mess in the house, but Mr. Skunk comes to help out and tidy up before Mama comes back.
52"Save the Farm"Bill ShinkaiMarch 7, 1987 (1987-03-07)

Weasel McGreed is planning to buy Farmer Ben's farm to make it his new headquarters, but he refuses to sell.

Note: This was the only episode where neither Mama or Papa Bear appeared on-screen.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w This episode was adapted from the book series.
  2. ^ a b c d e This episode was part of the TV Teddy range where the titular teddy bear interacted with scenes and presenter in the video.