List of The Little Mermaid episodes

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Disney's The Little Mermaid is a 1992–1994 American 2D hand-drawn animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, based on the 1989 Disney film of the same name and following the adventures of Ariel as a mermaid prior to the events of the film. Some of the voice actors of the film reprise their roles in the series, among them Jodi Benson as Ariel, Samuel E. Wright as Sebastian, Kenneth Mars as King Triton and Pat Carroll as Ursula. Other voice actors include Edan Gross and Bradley Pierce as Flounder, and Jeff Bennett as Prince Eric.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
First aired Last aired
1 14 September 11, 1992 (1992-09-11) December 5, 1992 (1992-12-05)
2 9 September 18, 1993 (1993-09-18) December 11, 1993 (1993-12-11)
3 8 September 17, 1994 (1994-09-17) November 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)


Season One (1992)[edit]

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1 1 "Whale of a Tale" Jamie Mitchell Peter S. Beagle September 11, 1992 (1992-09-11)

Ariel becomes friends with a baby Orca that was separated from his family because of human poachers, but Triton insists that he be sent away once he has been taught how to survive on his own. (Notes: This is the pilot episode. The title is a reference of A Whale of a Tale from the movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.)

Screenplay: Peter S. Beagle
Music: "Just a Little Love", performed by Jodi Benson and "You've Got to Be You", performed by Samuel E. Wright.
2 2 "The Great Sebastian" Jamie Mitchell & Mircea Mantta Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti September 12, 1992 (1992-09-12)
Sebastian tells Triton that he is capable of making a deal with the Sharkanians (a race of shark-like merfolk with an attitude that matches), but in truth, he is petrified of them and Ariel and Flounder must tag along to help him make the process go smoothly. (This episode is a parody of The Great Gatsby)
3 3 "Stormy" Jamie Mitchell & Mircea Mantta Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti September 19, 1992 (1992-09-19)

Ariel rides a wild seahorse named Stormy against her father's wishes and gets lost in the wilderness with Stormy.

Music: "Edge of the Edge of the Sea", performed by Jodi Benson
4 4 "Urchin" Jamie Mitchell & Mircea Mantta Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti September 26, 1992 (1992-09-26)

Ariel became friends with an orphaned merboy who has fallen in with the underwater gangster 'Lobster Mobster'. (Note: this is the first appearance of Urchin).

Music: "In the Lobster Mobster Mob", performed by Joe Alaskey and David Lander
5 5 "Double Bubble" Jamie Mitchell & Mircea Mantta Marie Sager & Laraine Arkow & David Schwartz October 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)

Ariel babysits two mischievous mertwins. As lively as the twins are, matters are complicated by the Lobster Mobster, who kidnaps the twins to gain their mother's pearl necklace.

Music: "The Beddy Bye Blues" Performed by Joe Alaskey and David Lander
6 6 "Message in a Bottle" Jamie Mitchell Lynn Lefler October 10, 1992 (1992-10-10)

Ariel befriends Simon, a lonely sea dragon after she, Sebastian and Flounder discover his message he sent in a bottle.

Music: "Sing a New Song", performed by Jodi Benson
7 7 "Charmed" Jamie Mitchell James A. Markovich & Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti October 17, 1992 (1992-10-17)
Ariel puts on a human bracelet but finds it hard to take it off afterwards. Afraid of how her father would react when he sees her wearing a human thing, she runs away from home and goes off to find the key to the lock of the bracelet. However, the moment she finds it, a giant whirlpool traps her in a horrible underwater cave.
8 8 "Marriage of Inconvenience" Jamie Mitchell Chris Weber & Karen Willson October 24, 1992 (1992-10-24)
Ariel believes her father King Triton is setting her up for an arranged marriage with a snobbish merman-prince of another sea kingdom of Olympia named Prince Thor, and her good friends go to great lengths to prevent this from happening.
9 9 "The Evil Manta" Jamie Mitchell Tony Marino & Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti October 31, 1992 (1992-10-31)

Ariel accidentally frees a dark figure known as the Evil Manta, who tries to take over Atlantica using deception and lies to turn its merfolk people against each other. To make things even worse, he even tries to turn Flounder against Ariel.

Music: "In Harmony", performed by Jodi Benson
10 10 "Thingamajigger" Jamie Mitchell Chuck Menville November 7, 1992 (1992-11-07)

When a pirate's boot falls into the sea, Ariel, Sebastian and Flounder try to figure out what it is, culminating in the Lobster Mobster and the Evil Manta mistaking it for a weapon.

Note: This marks the very first appearances of Ariel's romantic interest and human lover, Prince Eric, and his dog Max in the TV series.
11 11 "Red" Jamie Mitchell Emily Swass November 14, 1992 (1992-11-14)

A magic spell turns King Triton into a young and energetic merboy, and Ariel has to play "the mother" to him.

Music: "This is the Life", performed by Samuel E. Wright
12 12 "Beached" Jamie Mitchell Alicia Marie Schudt November 21, 1992 (1992-11-21)
Before a family trip to the Carnival of Tides on the tide, Ariel and Arista get into a fight and are 'beached' (grounded); and Sebastian had to stay and look after them. Two gators attempt to steal the royal treasure. Ariel and Arista not only learn more about each other and have an adventure together, but they also learn to work together and to get along.
13 13 "Trident True" Jamie Mitchell Tony Marino November 28, 1992 (1992-11-28)
Ariel looks for the perfect Father's Day gift to give King Triton, but it leads her to misfortune when a giant octopus traps them in a cave, forcing Urchin to try and steal the trident so he can save the day.
14 14 "Eel-Ectric City" Jamie Mitchell Chuck Menville December 5, 1992 (1992-12-05)
Pearl, a mermaid who is obsessed with partying, takes Ariel and her sixth eldest sister, Alana, to Eel-Ectric City instead of to her house, while Sebastian and Flounder follow. In the end Ariel and Alana are beached. This is Ariel's second time getting beached.

Season Two (1993)[edit]

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15 1 "Resigned to It" Jamie Mitchell Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti September 18, 1993 (1993-09-18)

Sebastian quits his job as King Triton's royal confidant and advisor and tries to make a new life for himself. At the same time, the dreaded Red Tide returns and threatens to consume all of Atlantica.

Music: "You Know I Know!", performed by Samuel E. Wright and "Never Give Up", performed by Jodi Benson and Samuel E. Wright
16 2 "Calliope Dreams" Jamie Mitchell Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti September 25, 1993 (1993-09-25)
King Triton wants Ariel to play the sea calliope: an instrument resembling a organ. However she instead wants to play the new harp she found. The music from the calliope awakens the Seaclops. It is up to Ariel and friends to find a way to put the Seaclops to sleep again (in this episode, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has a cameo appearance). King Triton's paternal grandfather (Ariel's great-grandfather) also appears for the first time and Pearl makes her third appearance.
17 3 "Save the Whale!" Jamie Mitchell Dev Ross & Laraine Arkow October 2, 1993 (1993-10-02)
Spot, the killer whale from the pilot episode, returns. Spot and Sebastian get captured by a crazed circus owner, and Ariel has to save them.
18 4 "Against the Tide" Jamie Mitchell Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti October 9, 1993 (1993-10-09)

Ariel rescues a Bad-Luck Creature named Lucky, putting all of Atlantica in a panic, and must make her own luck when Ursula comes after the creature.

Music: "Don't Mess with Me", performed by Pat Carroll
19 5 "Giggles" Jamie Mitchell Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti October 16, 1993 (1993-10-16)

A grumpy sorcerer blowfish's magic spell causes Ariel to create sea quakes whenever she laughs, then Flounder and Sebastian turn into a Shark, a Killer whale, a Giant squid, a Humpback whale and then swap bodies.

Music: "The Sound of Laughter", performed by Samuel E. Wright
20 6 "Wish Upon a Starfish" Jamie Mitchell Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti October 23, 1993 (1993-10-23)

A big wave grabs a ballerina music box during a thunderstorm, and Ariel, Flounder, and Sebastian tried to get it, but it was unable to reach. Ariel befriends a deaf mermaid named Gabriela, and both of them decide to seek out the magical Wishing Starfish to make their dreams come true. (Note: This is the first appearance of Gabriela. Also, the title is a play on When You Wish upon a Star from the animated film Pinocchio).

Music: "Daring to Dance", performed by Jodi Benson
21 7 "Tail of Two Crabs" Jamie Mitchell Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti October 30, 1993 (1993-10-30)
Sebastian feels threatened by Zeus, an old arch-rival who is better than him at everything, while Ursula works on a plan to turn Triton, Ariel, and others into sea polyps by using a magic stone. This episode is a parody of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
22 8 "Metal Fish" Jamie Mitchell Patsy Cameron & Tedd Anasti November 6, 1993 (1993-11-06)

A human explorer-known in the episode as the author of original The Little Mermaid story-Hans Christian Andersen, boards a primitive submarine to explore the undersea realm, and crosses paths with Ariel when his submarine is damaged and starts to leak.

Note: this episode ends with Kenneth Mars, the voice of King Triton, telling us a message that Hans Christan Anderson wrote the original story and to find his books at your local library.
23 9 "T'ank You for Dat, Ariel!" Jamie Mitchell Tedd Anasti & Patsy Cameron December 11, 1993 (1993-12-11)
Ariel enters a magic cave to become a sea witch and uses her newfound magical abilities to make Sebastian a great big crab. Unfortunately, she is not quite specific about the size she wishes Sebastian to attain, causing quite a commotion wherever he goes.

Season Three (1994)[edit]

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24 1 "Scuttle" September 17, 1994 (1994-09-17)

Ariel meets Scuttle for the first time and must use his help to rescue Sebastian from a gang of pirates.

Note: This marks the second appearance of Prince Eric, and Scuttle's original name is said to be Scuttlebutt but he changed it.

Music: "Just Give Me a Chance", performed by Maurice LaMarche
25 2 "King Crab" September 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)
Sebastian realizes that his parents are coming to visit and must try to create a huge scheme to make it appear that he is the king of Atlantica like he wrote in his letters to them.
26 3 "Island of Fear" October 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)
A mad scientist captures Sebastian and tries to use him for sinister experiments, while Sebastian bonds with his young apprentice, and it's up to Ariel, Flounder and Scuttle to rescue him.
27 4 "Land of the Dinosaurs" October 8, 1994 (1994-10-08)
During a trip to the north pole, Ariel finds frozen dinosaurs and thaws them with her father's trident. Somehow they are aquatic and cause chaos before King Triton makes a refuge for them on land.
28 5 "Heroes" October 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)
Apollo, a great Atlantican hero, comes to visit, and Ariel wants to go on an adventure with him, only to learn that he isn't all he's cracked up to be.
29 6 "The Beast Within" October 22, 1994 (1994-10-22)
Flounder gets bitten by a howling hairfish and starts to turn into one, and Sebastian and Urchin get into a fight because Urchin broke Sebastian's trophy that King Triton gave to him for his anniversary by the howling hairfish that bit Flounder.
30 7 "Ariel's Treasures" Jamie Mitchell Emily Dwass October 29, 1994 (1994-10-29)

Gabriella returns to visit Ariel as she shows her all of her new human things. However, Ursula's spell causes her treasures to go crazy and begin attacking innocent fish and merpeople.

Note: Prince Eric makes his third appearance.
31 8 "A Little Evil" November 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)

The Evil Manta returns and introduces his son, who he wants to be just as evil as he is. Unfortunately, when his son befriends Ariel and goes to merpeople school and spends time with her, he starts to get other "good" ideas in his head.

Music: "Just Like Me!", performed by Tim Curry