|Country of origin
|No. of series
|No. of episodes
|September 14, 1987 –
February 24, 1988
BraveStarr is an American Space Western animated series that aired 65 episodes from September 1987 to February 1988 in syndication. The show was created a year after Mattel had released a line of action figures. BraveStarr was the last animated series produced by Filmation and Group W Productions before Filmation shut down in 1989. Reruns of the show aired on Qubo Night Owl from 2010 to 2013, and on the Retro Television Network from 2010 to 2015.
The idea for BraveStarr began with Tex Hex, his chief adversary. Tex Hex was created by Filmation's staff artists in 1984, during the development of Filmation's Ghostbusters. Lou Scheimer found the character fascinating and pulled Tex Hex from the Ghostbusters cast. He asked Arthur Nadel, Filmation's vice president for creative affairs, and art director John Grusd to develop a science-fiction Western around the character. As the concepts took shape, staff writer Bob Forward fleshed out the writer's guide and eventually co-wrote the feature film script for BraveStarr: The Legend with writer Steve Hayes.
The series cost $20 million.
The episodes combine elements of science fiction and western genres. It is set in the 23rd century on a multi-cultural desert planet called New Texas.
As on other Filmation series (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power, Shazam!, The Secret of Isis, and the animated Ghostbusters), a moral lesson is told at the end of each episode. One notable episode is "The Price", in which a boy buys a drug called "Spin", becomes addicted to it, and dies of an overdose.
The setting in most episodes is New Texas: a planetary system orbiting three suns, 600 parsecs (2,000 light-years) from Earth. Much of the food and water supply is imported. The majority of land is desert or prairie but there is one wetland area, which is the home of "apecats". Water is also found in cactus-like 'Aqua-Pod' plants. The chief export is Kerium, a red mineral used as a fuel source, and often therefore the prize of conflicts among characters. Implications exist that New Texas was colonized for Kerium, but will remain inhabited even after the mines are exhausted. The native civilization of New Texas are the Prairie People, who operate most of the Kerium mines.
The following locations are on New Texas:
Two episodes are set on Earth, where the city of London resembles a modernized Victorian England, including a time-traveling Sherlock Holmes.
|Original air date
|"The Disappearance of Thirty-Thirty"
|September 14, 1987
|After an argument with BraveStarr over the use of Sara Jane, Thirty/Thirty goes to the Equestroid Temple and travels to the past before he met BraveStarr. BraveStarr and Thirty/Thirty tell viewers even the best of friends may disagree, but fighting is not the right solution.
|September 15, 1987
|BraveStarr is horrified to learn that his hero and former mentor, Jingles Morgan, is now a wanted murderer and must apprehend him. BraveStarr tells viewers immoral behavior must not be copied regardless of who does it and there are plenty of good role models out there.
|"The Taking of Thistledown 123"
|September 16, 1987
|Tex Hex captures a space freighter for its kerium cargo and takes Mayor Derringer and an ambassador hostage. BraveStarr tells viewers teamwork is important, as often a job may be too big or dangerous for only one person to do.
|"Skuzz and Fuzz"
|September 17, 1987
|Skuzz breaks into the Prairie People kingdom to steal a batch of kerium for Tex Hex. After Skuzz sets off the self-destruct mechanism of the kerium's force dome and an accidental blast of kerium binds him and Fuzz together, the two are forced to cooperate as BraveStarr tries to prevent the destruction of the kingdom. BraveStarr and Fuzz tell viewers there may be a little good in even the worst of people.
|"A Day in the Life of a New Texas Judge"
|September 18, 1987
|Dogmatic judge Twangli checks up on J.B. on behalf of the galactic Court of Justice. Her overzealousness puts J.B. and BraveStarr at risk of losing their jobs, just as a conflict is brewing between ranchers and miners. J.B. tells viewers teamwork is important, as it often helps people solve problems which they otherwise would not be able to solve themselves.
|September 21, 1987
|While helping a young man named Altran rescue his people from Sand Storm, BraveStarr is unable to alert Thirty/Thirty. Believing his partner has been captured by Tex Hex, Thirty/Thirty goes berserk as he looks for BraveStarr. BraveStarr tells viewers it is very important to let their parents know where they will be whenever they are going to a place.
|"To Walk a Mile"
|J. Larry Carroll
|September 22, 1987
|Lucas Conway has abandoned the use of guns ever since he caused an accident. But when his son Mark is kidnapped by Two-Face, Lucas must pick up his gun again to save him with BraveStarr. BraveStarr tells viewers sometimes they have to walk a mile in another person's shoes to understand them better.
|"Big Thirty and Little Wimble"
|September 23, 1987
|Thirty/Thirty becomes the temporary foster father of young Prairie Person Wimble and enrolls him in a school as BraveStarr doubts his abilities to take care of Wimble. A Dingo named Howler wants to kidnap Wimble and attacks the class to set a trap for BraveStarr.
|"BraveStarr and the Law"
|September 24, 1987
|Tex Hex decides to legally claim Starr Peak for its rich source of kerium and evict the Shaman from his home. BraveStarr and J.B. tell viewers the law must be respected even if one does not agree with it and there are legal ways to change a law.
|September 25, 1987
|Human prospectors become jealous of the Prairie People due to their accessibility of kerium. Taking advantage of the conflict, Tex Hex frames the Prairie People for kidnapping J.B. McBride to instigate war between the two parties. Shaman tells viewers to accept responsibility if they do something wrong, instead of blaming others.
|September 28, 1987
|The Krang arrive on New Texas and capture Angus. BraveStarr and J.B. team up with Commander Kane, whom Angus has known for a long time. BraveStarr, J.B. and Thirty/Thirty tell viewers being afraid of something may make it seem scarier than it really is and is nothing to be ashamed of.
|September 29, 1987
|Two alien schoolboys wish to join the Carrion Bunch. Tex Hex uses them in a plot to capture the Shaman. Thirty/Thirty and BraveStarr tell viewers crime does not pay.
|September 30, 1987
|Borka takes the law into his own hands and rallies the town against Tex Hex. BraveStarr tells viewers to respect the law for the good of everybody.
|October 1, 1987
|While venturing into the Badlands in search of a wild boy who was raised by Dingoes, BraveStarr, Thirty/Thirty and J.B. find him as well as the Lost City, where Zarko seeks to hunt them. BraveStarr tells viewers love is the best way to solve problems and includes willingness to talk to the other person and listen to their side.
|"Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here"
|October 2, 1987
|When the Space Pirates arrive on New Texas to exact revenge on Handlebar, a former comrade, he must help BraveStarr stop them. BraveStarr and Thirty/Thirty tell viewers trust is about believing in somebody and is one of the best parts about human nature.
|"Eye of the Beholder"
|October 5, 1987
|Blind woman Ally Kingston comes to New Texas for a shipment of kerium which she plans to make blind children see again. While trying to steal the kerium, Tex Hex shows a soft side when she reminds him of his love from the past. J.B. and BraveStarr tell viewers blindness does not mean a person is incapable of a job and there are some jobs which blind people can do better than people with sight.
|"The Wrong Hands"
|October 6, 1987
|The Krang create a powerful laser cannon for them to take over the galaxy, starting from New Texas. BraveStarr tells viewers power must be used carefully and for the good of everyone.
|"An Older Hand"
|J. Larry Carroll
|October 7, 1987
|Skuzz has taken over Fuzz's uncle Mern's village as the High Wizard and as a result Fort Kerium's supply of X-kerium is running short. BraveStarr tells viewers old and young people can be successful when they work together.
|"Showdown at Sawtooth"
|October 8, 1987
|Tex Hex provokes unrest among the miners and demands the population of Sawtooth to leave. The miners must gather the courage to fight back, as BraveStarr challenges him to a duel. BraveStarr tells viewers even when they are frightened, if they reach deep down inside themselves they will still find courage.
|October 12, 1987
|Impressed by BraveStarr's heroics, the son of a pod farmer is disappointed his father is not a fighter. When Thirty/Thirty is captured by Dingoes, BraveStarr sends the farmer to rescue him and must help the son learn the true meaning of being a hero. BraveStarr tells viewers there are many types of heroes, including ones who fight for law and order and to keep everyone safe as well as ones who work hard to make life better for everyone.
|October 13, 1987
|During a reconnaissance mission, BraveStarr and Fuzz lose control of their shuttle due to a magnetic field and crash-land on Lost Mountain. While BraveStarr takes care of an injured Fuzz, Tex Hex learns about the crash and sets off to capture him. BraveStarr tells viewers everyone should know what to do in an emergency.
|"Trouble Wears a Badge"
|October 15, 1987
|BraveStarr must train a student Marshal, Carson, whose arrogance and hatred of aliens creates dangerous problems when an alien spacecraft also comes to town. BraveStarr tells viewers people should not be judged by their appearances or differences in culture.
|"Who Am I?"
|October 16, 1987
|Vipra steals the Lost Book of the Ancients, and overthrows Tex Hex and blocks BraveStarr's memory using its evil magic. BraveStarr tells viewers love and friendship are stronger than almost anything.
|"BraveStarr and the Treaty"
|October 20, 1987
|The intergalactic senate decides to have a spaceship base built on New Texas, giving Tex Hex the chance to steal a battleship so he could take over the planet. BraveStarr and Shaman tell viewers it is all right to want something, but greed may lead a person to act unwisely.
|"Thoren the Slavemaster"
|October 21, 1987
|Thoren, an alien slaver, enlists the aid of Tex Hex to capture the Prairie People for him in return for a powerful weapon. But when he double crosses Tex, BraveStarr and Tex Hex must join forces to defeat him. BraveStarr tells viewers what goes around often comes around.
|October 22, 1987
|BraveStarr and Thirty/Thirty must stop a peddler that is selling a drug called Spin in New Texas. Among those addicted is a young boy, whose best friend wants to help but has also promised not to tell. BraveStarr tells viewers to not mess with drugs as they are dangerous and can kill.
|"Revolt of the Prairie People"
|October 23, 1987
|The Galaxy Council decides to establish a force field around the territory of the Prairie People to protect them. Seeing this as a threat to their freedom, the Prairie People start a rebellion against the council. BraveStarr tells viewers to stick up for what they know is right.
|Egidio Dal Chele
|October 26, 1987
|Shaman is seriously ill and is kidnapped by Tex Hex while healing, who uses him to extort from BraveStarr. J.B. must rescue Shaman. BraveStarr tells viewers promises are meant to be kept.
|"Tunnel of Terror"
|Steven J. Fisher
|October 27, 1987
|An old miner named Digger Knox discovers a load of kerium in his mine and shows it to BraveStarr and J.B. However, a poor and desperate miner named Togg Salter tries to steal some, accidentally trapping them in a cave-in as a result. BraveStarr, Thirty/Thirty and J.B. tell viewers stealing is wrong, regardless of the reason.
|"The Good, the Bad, and the Clumsy"
|October 28, 1987
|Billy the Droid and his gang rob the Fort Kerium bank and manage to escape due to Fuzz's clumsiness. Losing his confidence, Fuzz sets out to prove himself by capturing Billy the Droid, but backfires. BraveStarr and Thirty/Thirty must rescue Fuzz and help him regain his confidence. BraveStarr tells viewers making a mistake is the best way to learn from it.
|"Balance of Power"
|October 29, 1987
|With help from Skuzz and Thunder Stick, Stampede steals Shaman's staff and uses it to create a monster to attack Fort Kerium. BraveStarr and Thirty/Thirty must retrieve the staff before Fort Kerium is destroyed. BraveStarr tells viewers everybody makes mistakes, but learning from them will benefit one in the end.
|"Call to Arms"
|October 30, 1987
|The Krang take Shaman prisoner and demand a huge ransom of kerium. BraveStarr, J.B. and Thirty/Thirty tell viewers no one should inappropriately touch their body and to tell a trusted adult if they have been touched in such a way.
|"BraveStarr and the Three Suns"
|November 2, 1987
|Stampede dismisses Tex Hex for his failures and calls in Moribund, who removes two of the three New Texas suns using a magic arrow created by Stampede to drive out the citizens of the planet. BraveStarr, J.B. and Thirty/Thirty tell viewers to appreciate the good things in their life instead of complaining about them.
|November 3, 1987
|BraveStarr must protect two alien stowaways from a space outlaw looking for them. BraveStarr and Thirty/Thirty tell viewers size does not determine one's courage.
|"Handlebar and Rampage"
|November 4, 1987
|The Krang invade New Texas to take villagers as slaves. Meanwhile, Handlebar meets a mechanical bull named Rampage. Handlebar tells viewers kindness helps people make friends.
|November 5, 1987
|A planet has broken away from its solar system and is about to crash into New Texas. BraveStarr and Doc Clayton must save the life forms on the planet and destroy it with a Magnamite bomb on time. Doc Clayton tells viewers the life of any living thing is important.
|"The Bounty Hunter"
|November 6, 1987
|Bounty hunter Luke Jones arrives on New Texas to arrest Doc Clayton for a crime he did not commit. Clayton must prove his innocence. BraveStarr and Thirty/Thirty tell viewers running away from a problem will not make it disappear and the only way to solve the problem is to face it.
|November 9, 1987
|BraveStarr's old friend Dallas Dodson and his handicapped son Buddy move to New Texas. BraveStarr makes Buddy an honorary undercover deputy, which the boy uses as an opportunity to prove to his father he is capable of doing things. BraveStarr and J.B. tell viewers talking is important in forming good relationships.
|"The Day the Town Was Taken"
|November 10, 1987
|While BraveStarr, Thirty/Thirty and Fuzz help J.B. and Handlebar fend off a group of Dingoes in the desert, Tex Hex closes up Fort Kerium, trapping them outside. BraveStarr and Thirty/Thirty tell viewers to never judge somebody by their size.
|"BraveStarr and the Medallion"
|November 11, 1987
|BraveStarr meets a stranger who appears to be a harmless man wearing the same medallion as his but is secretly conspiring with Tex Hex. Thirty/Thirty and Fuzz tell viewers things are not always what they seem.
|"Legend of a Pretty Lady"
|November 12, 1987
|J.B. is transported to one million years into the past due to a heat lightning accident. BraveStarr travels back in time to rescue her through a magic portal which Thirty/Thirty and Fuzz must protect from outlaws. Shaman and BraveStarr tell viewers to respect the beliefs of others.
|November 13, 1987
|A good man named Dorn Traymond joins a group of outlaws and they try to rob a bank. After nine months in hiding, by the time when his wife is pregnant and his father is dying, he sends a message to his family about his whereabouts and asks them to visit him, which BraveStarr finds out. BraveStarr tells viewers running away from trouble will not make it disappear.
|"Call of the Wild"
|November 16, 1987
|Wild Child has trouble adjusting to life in school due to classmates teasing him for being raised by Dingoes. When a disease infects the entire population of Fort Kerium except him and BraveStarr, the two must get the cure from the Dingo Llama. Wild Child tells viewers two wrongs don't make a right.
|"Tex But No Hex"
|November 17, 1987
|Stampede punishes Tex Hex for his failures by taking away his powers. Tex is thus easily arrested and put on trial. BraveStarr and J.B. tell viewers being smart means obeying the law, not breaking it.
|November 18, 1987
|A strange, space warp portal has opened up on New Texas and Fuzz is asked to investigate. When Fuzz disappears into it, BraveStarr goes to rescue him and finds out an alien has been collecting creatures for himself. BraveStarr and Thirty/Thirty tell viewers friends are made through the golden rule.
|"Tex's Terrible Night"
|December 14, 1987
When Tex Hex learns BraveStarr will be going away for Christmas, he plans to attack Fort Kerium. However, Shaman takes him on a journey to his past, present and future, and reveals his old girlfriend is coming to town on the day of the planned attack. BraveStarr and Shaman tell viewers there can be good even in the worst people and if one looks for it in people, they might find a friend.Note: This episode is based on A Christmas Carol.
|January 29, 1988
|Angus and BraveStarr investigate the damage on the water pod trees in New Cheyenne. The town blames it on a girl's pet ape cat and forms a mob. BraveStarr tells viewers wild creatures don't make good pets.
|"Thirty-Thirty Goes Camping"
|Shawn Elizabeth Lamb
|February 1, 1988
|Moribund and Dingo Dan escape from prison and return to New Texas to find buried treasure that happens to be located in the same spot where Thirty/Thirty and a group of children are camping. BraveStarr tells viewers it is important to let their parents know where they are going.
|"The Haunted Shield"
|February 2, 1988
|After raiding a weapons department, Skuzz and Thunder Stick find the Haunted Shield of Specterius, which Stampede uses to defeat Shaman and leave the Prairie People to defend themselves. BraveStarr and Shaman tell viewers people don't always have to depend on someone else to do something difficult and may not realize what they can do until they try.
|"Ship of No Return"
|February 3, 1988
|J.B.'s brother Kevin is the captain of a Kerium freighter that arrives on New Texas. BraveStarr, Thirty/Thirty, Fuzz, J.B. and Angus must help him find the crew when the computer that runs the ship decides to trap them. BraveStarr tells viewers love is powerful when given to people.
|"The Little Lie That Grew"
|February 4, 1988
|After their home is destroyed by Dingo Dan and the Rustlers, a family is invited to stay at Fort Kerium and agree to help out in the jail. Dan blackmails their young daughter, Posey, into helping him free his gang and then kidnaps her. BraveStarr and Thirty/Thirty tell viewers stealing always hurts somebody else.
|"Brothers in Crime"
|February 5, 1988
|Orville, a shy boy with a stutter, learns that outlaws Craver and Grumble have been robbing miners at South Bend. He is captured by them, but befriends the latter, who is just looking for a friend like Orville is. BraveStarr, Grumble and Thirty/Thirty tell viewers a real friend doesn't get their friends in trouble, but helps them.
|"Sherlock Holmes in the 23rd Century: Part 1"
|February 8, 1988
|After falling down the Reichenbach Falls, Sherlock Holmes is transported to the year 2249 through a natural time warp. Meanwhile, BraveStarr travels to New London in search of a runaway alien boy named Fleeder and soon teams up with the detective.
|"Sherlock Holmes in the 23rd Century: Part 2"
|February 9, 1988
|BraveStarr, Mycroft and Fleeder are captured by Professor Moriarty, who has survived as a result of suspended animation and now plots to take over Earth using Fleeder's special power of hypnotic singing.
|"New Texas Blues"
|February 10, 1988
|A galactic battle of the bands is held on New Texas. Stampede has Tex Hex give a guitar called the Black Widow, which when strummed will cause people to riot, to a contestant. BraveStarr tells viewers to not give in to temptation, no matter what is offered in return.
|"Jeremiah and the Prairie People"
|J. Larry Carroll
|February 11, 1988
|An old miner named Jeremiah has a map to a lost kerium treasure, which Sand Storm and Thunder Stick intend to steal. After he is attacked by one of the former's land crabs and saved by BraveStarr, Jeremiah is taken to recover in the Prairie People kingdom, where he learns about friendship. BraveStarr tells viewers friendship is more valuable than anything and works both ways.
|"The Ballad of Sara Jane"
|February 12, 1988
|Thirty/Thirty attaches a turbo booster to Sara Jane that increases her firepower and later loses her. An innocent Fuufta child finds Sara Jane and uses it as a toy, unaware that it may explode due to the booster. BraveStarr tells viewers a real gun is not a toy.
|February 15, 1988
|BraveStarr must prove the guilt of two crooks that have been robbing Stratostages. One of them wants to become good and must help BraveStarr obtain a rare serum that was stolen by the other and could save a sick man's life. BraveStarr tells viewers to listen to advice from family as they are the most loving and caring.
|"BraveStarr and the Empress"
|February 16, 1988
|BraveStarr is assigned to protect alien Empress Nadia, who is on the way to a peace conference with the leader of the Krang. He and Fuzz must stop her two aides who are trying to prevent her from making it to the summit. BraveStarr tells viewers the best way to make friends to find the ways they are alike.
|"Night of the Bronco-Tank"
|February 17, 1988
|Stampede creates a gigantic robot called the Bronco-Tank, a combination of a brontosaurus and a tank, to destroy Fort Kerium. BraveStarr tells viewers sometimes cooperation is the best way to get something done.
|"Nomad Is an Island"
|February 18, 1988
|The evil Queen Singlish has her two minions capture Prairie People as slaves and Thirty/Thirty as her birthday present. BraveStarr, Thirty/Thirty and Fuzz tell viewers everyone has freedom and rights that cannot be taken away.
|February 19, 1988
|Stampede uses his magic and a magnetic comet to create a blockade of asteroids surrounding New Texas. While BraveStarr goes into space to destroy it, the others must supply food for Fort Kerium and stop a Krang wizard. Handlebar tells viewers sharing is very important.
|"No Drums, No Trumpets"
|February 22, 1988
|A retired marshal named Paco moves to New Texas to start a new life as a farmer. His daughter Michelle views him as a coward because he refuses to fight. But when Sand Storm claims their valley as his and kidnaps her, Paco must team up with BraveStarr to rescue her, even if it means using his gun. Skuzz tells viewers smoking is addictive and dangerous.
|"Shake Hands with Long Arm John"
|February 23, 1988
|Newcomer Long Arm John is deputized by Mayor Derringer after helping to save him when the Dune Buggy Gang attacks the Stratocoach. Fuzz is worried he will be replaced, but finds a chance to prove himself when Dingo Dan wreaks havoc in Fort Kerium. Long Arm John and BraveStarr tell viewers to always be careful where and what they touch.
|"Strength of the Bear"
|February 24, 1988
|BraveStarr has lost his Spirit Animal powers. In order to regain them, he must renew his bond with the animal spirits. To this end, Shaman sends him alone and unarmed to the wilderness to face a trial of courage. BraveStarr and Shaman tell viewers their most important powers are the ones deep inside themselves.
In 1986, a year before the TV series premiered, Mattel released an action figure line based on the Filmation cartoon series. These figures were large for the time at nearly eight inches (20 cm) tall and came in a windowed box with artwork similar to that of their Masters of the Universe contemporaries. Each figure had a unique action feature and was packaged with one or more Kerium nuggets. Marshal BraveStarr and Tex Hex were also packaged with a Laser Fire Backpack which shot infrared beams and had "space-age" sound effects. Such backpacks were individually available—blue for heroes and black for villains. Other figures available were Handlebar, Sand Storm, Thirty/Thirty, Skuzz, Fuzz, Col. Borobot and Thunder Stick. The Neutra-Laser weapon, which worked with the infrared technology, and Fort Kerium playset also made their way to toy shelves. A second series of figures was designed but never produced. This included Dingo Dan, Judge J. B., Long Arm John, Rampage, and the Starr Hawk vehicle.
Lou Scheimer stated that Mattel hindered Bravestarr's success by releasing the toys before the pilot movie or TV series were released, leading viewers to think the show was based on the toy line.
Various other forms of BraveStarr merchandise made their way to the market including a Colorforms adventure set, View-Master reels, Ladybird storybook, pillow case, sticker album, and water gun, among others. A comic book series, BraveStarr in 3-D, also began under Blackthorne Publishing in January 1987.
A BraveStarr video game was released for Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum in 1987. It is a side-scrolling shooter game.
BraveStarr made its way to VHS in compilations such as Filmation All-Star Theatre and Sampler Collection. Individual episodes of the series found their way to shelves as late as 1989.
BCI Eclipse Entertainment (under its Ink & Paint classic animation entertainment label) (under license from Entertainment Rights) released the entire series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time in 2007/2008. Each episode on BCI Ink & Paint's DVD releases of BraveStarr was uncut, digitally remastered and fully restored for optimum audio and video quality and presented in its original broadcast presentation and story continuity order. The series was released in two single-volume sets, with the first volume featuring several bonus features. As of 2009[update], these releases have been discontinued and are out of print as BCI Eclipse ceased operations.
On December 10, 2010, Mill Creek Entertainment announced that it had acquired the rights from Classic Media to re-release the series on DVD in North America. They subsequently released a complete series set as well as two single-volume releases on May 10, 2011.
|BraveStarr – Volume One
|May 10, 2011
|BraveStarr – Volume Two
|May 10, 2011
|BraveStarr – Volume Three
|BraveStarr – Complete Series
|May 10, 2011