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Gerbert
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Created byAndy Holmes
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes50
Production
Running time20-25 minutes
Release
Original networkCBN
Original releaseFebruary 15, 1988 (1988-02-15) –
December 25, 1991 (1991-12-25)

Gerbert is an American Christian-themed children's television series produced by Brad Smith and created by Andy Holmes.[1] The Gerbert series was developed for preschoolers between the ages of 3 to 7. Gerbert teaches children about kindness and friendship, making good choices, the importance of loving your neighbor and learning a valuable lesson in life.[2]

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 (1981-1988), which later changed its name to CBN Family Channel (1988-1990) and then to the Family Channel (1990-1998). The Family Channel was sold to Disney in 2001 and eventually became Freeform. 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.[3]

Telecast

Gerbert first aired in the mornings on the CBN Family Channel (now Freeform) from February 15, 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 seen on many PBS stations in the early 1990s. 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.

Cast

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Episodes

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113February 15, 1988 (1988-02-15)March 23, 1988 (1988-03-23)
213April 3, 1989 (1989-04-03)May 31, 1989 (1989-05-31)
324May 6, 1991 (1991-05-06)December 25, 1991 (1991-12-25)

Season 1 (1988)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
11"Surprise Party"February 15, 1988 (1988-02-15)
Gerbert's friends decided to have a surprise party for his birthday.
22"A Clean Sweep"February 16, 1988 (1988-02-16)
Gerbert turns a chore into a game.
33"The Lost Coin"February 17, 1988 (1988-02-17)
Gerbert learns the value of taking care of special things.
44"The Cat's Meow"February 18, 1988 (1988-02-18)
Gerbert learns the responsibilities of owning a pet.
55"Things Are Looking Up"February 19, 1988 (1988-02-19)
Gerbert becomes frustrated.
66"Hop to It"March 14, 1988 (1988-03-14)
Gerbert gets a pogo stick.
77"I'm All Right"March 15, 1988 (1988-03-15)
Gerbert fears going to the doctor.
88"Some Days Are Like That"March 16, 1988 (1988-03-16)
Gerbert has a bad day.
99"Forever Friends"March 17, 1988 (1988-03-17)
Gerbert's friend moves away.
1010"Gerbert Saves His Money"March 18, 1988 (1988-03-18)
Gerbert learns the value of money.
1111"Look Before You Leap"March 21, 1988 (1988-03-21)
Gerbert learns the importance of safety gear.
1212"Forgive and Forget"March 22, 1988 (1988-03-22)
Gerbert learns to forgive and forget when Stu accidentally ruins his kite.
1313"Miles Get Married"March 23, 1988 (1988-03-23)
Miles asks Gerbert to be in his wedding.

Season 2 (1989)

No.
overall
No. in
season
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?"April 5, 1989 (1989-04-05)
Gerbert gets caught in the middle of his friends' fight.
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"May 22, 1989 (1989-05-22)
Gerbert learns to do the right thing.
207"Jealousy"May 23, 1989 (1989-05-23)
Gerbert and his friend compete in a contest.
218"Listening Is Loving"May 24, 1989 (1989-05-24)
Gerbert learns to be a good listener.
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.
2411"Adoption"May 29, 1989 (1989-05-29)
Gerbert's friend contemplates running away from home.
2512"Too Much Change"May 30, 1989 (1989-05-30)
Gerbert receives too much change.
2613"Wrongfully Blamed"May 31, 1989 (1989-05-31)
Gerbert is accused of cheating.

Season 3 (1991)

No.
overall
No. in
season
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 then receives.

References

  1. ^ "Gerbert Series | Dove Family Friendly Movie Reviews". Dove.org.
  2. ^ "Gerbert". TV.com.
  3. ^ "OVGuide | Online Video Guide". ovguide.com.