The Smurfs

NBC (ended 1989)



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The Smurfs
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The Smurfs are a group of over 100 bluish, three-apple tall creatures who live in the mushroom homes of Smurf Village. They are led by 543-year-old Papa Smurf (who doesn't look a day over 530). Their lives would be perfect were it not for the villainous Gargamel, a wizard who spends his days trying to capture them to eat, turn into gold, or for some other evil reason. Gargamel's cat Azrael adds to the menace, always looking for a smurfalicious snack. The single-emotioned smurfs, including Brainy, Jokey, Vanity, Grouchy and Clumsy, and others, were later joined by Grandpa Smurf, five Smurflings (who went back in time to become youngsters), and even Nanny late in the series. Gargamel, too, got a friend in the form of the unscrupulous Scruple. In 1982, the Culliford characters Johan and his aide Peewit ("Peewee" to U.S. kids) were given their own segments during the expanded, 90-minute The Smurfs, but the two humans simply weren't as smurfy as their tiny friends, and thus did not last. Despite its incredible popularity, The Smurfs actually encountered some controversy. Some adults considered the show quite sexist in its use of the one original female character, Smurfette, who was created by Gargamel as a way to fool the other Smurfs. In reaction to the criticism, the siren was changed into a sweetie via some Papa Smurf magic, and later seasons brought further smurf femmes like Sassette and Nanny. Perhaps the most memorable feature of the show was the use of the word "smurf" in every possible tense and construction. For instance, it wouldn't be unusual to hear a Smurf remark something like, "It's such a smurfy day, I think I'll go smurfing in Lake Smurf." In any case, the show won two Emmys as Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series and, in 1987, actually did a message episode. In an anti-drug show, Poet Smurf became addicted after rubbing a witch's magic orb, requiring the help of Papa and the gang to overcome his problem. The Smurfs hit the silver screen in 1984 with The Smurfs and the Magic Flute. The film was actually a dubbed version of an older Belgian Schtroumpfs feature, and our teeny weeny heroes didn't even appear until a ways in. The film flopped, but the cartoon continued to rule Saturday morning for the better part of the decade. In 1989, in an attempt to save the nearly decade-old show, the producers had the Smurfs leaving Smurf Village to visit various times and locations. Fans were smurfed off. The show was cancelled after that season, surviving only in the syndicated package titled The Smurfs' Adventures. Catch an hour of The Smurfs every weekday morning on The Cartoon Network at 11AM - 12PM EST and on the Boomerang Network at 8AM, 4PM, and 12AM EST.

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  • Noelle North

    Noelle North

    Slouchy Smurfling

    Pat Musick

    Pat Musick

    Snappling Smurf

    Alan Young (I)

    Alan Young (I)

    (voice) Miner Smurf/Farmer Smurf/Scaredy Smurf

    Don Messick

    Don Messick

    Azrael/ Papa Smurf/ Barber Smurf/ Dreamy Smurf

    Frank Welker

    Frank Welker

    Hefty Smurf, Clockwork Smurf, Peewit, Poet Smurf, Puppy, Wild Smurf, Squeaky

    Paul Winchell

    Paul Winchell

    Gargamel / Nosey Smurf

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    • I watch thing show almost everyday

      I'm 14 years old. I started watching thing show the summer of 2011. I stopped watching in the summer or after of 2012. I just starting watching it again. I remember in 2011, I was looking though and saw the Smurfs on Kids on Demand. I watched a couple episodes and then, I started recording the episodes. I watched the last episode of season 9 and was confused. How do they get back to the village? They were in the movies but I don't understand how they got back home in season 9. And on this site: it is not in the right order at all. The Smurfette episode is definitely the first because how could she have appeared in the episodes before it? 20 minute episodes are paired with 10 minute episodes which is not right. It should be 10 and 10, and just 20. I understand with Smurf Quest. If you forgot, here are the smurfs that went on the time travel in season 9: Papa, Grandpa, Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty, Clumsy, Handy, Greedy, Vanity, Grouchy, Jokey, Painter, Lazy, Baby, Sassette, Snappy, Wild, and Smoogle (not a smurf). Main Smurfs that did not go on the time travel or even really appear in season 9: Farmer, Harmony, Tailor, Poet, Nat, and Slouchy.

    • Very Smurfy

      Hard to believe this great show jump the shark in season 5 when they decided to turn three full grown Smurfs into Smurflings and it get's worst with Season 9 Time traveling episodes.

      But Smurfs seasons 1-4 will always be the best.
    • Smurfity smurf smurf

      LOVE IT it is a Belgian comic and television franchise centered on a group of small blue fictional creatures called Smurfs, created and first introduced as a series of comic characters by the Belgian comics artist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford) in 1958. There are more than one hundred Smurfs, whose names are based on adjectives that emphasize their characteristics, e.g. 'Jokey Smurf', who likes to play practical jokes on his fellow smurfs, 'Clumsy Smurf', who has a habit of creating havoc unintentionally, and 'Smurfette' -- the first female Smurf to be introduced in the series.moreless

      Thank you so very very much for returning closed caption.I watch every single day but am so hard of hearing I miss a lot of the dialog. Thank you again you have made us old people happy.
    • What the smurf was this smurf?

      I was a cartoon addict when I was a kid but I hated these little blue mothersmurfers. Except for Smurfette of course, I would smurf her.

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    Animation, Comedy, Kids


    Classics, Saturday Morning, 80s, classical score, essence of youth