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Hero Elementary
Hero Elementary Logo.png
Created byChristine Ferraro
Carol-Lynn Parente
Based on"Super Hero School"
by Aaron Reynolds
Directed byPaul Hunt
Theme music composer
  • Steve D'Angelo
  • Terry Tompkins
Opening theme"(You Belong at) Hero Elementary", performed by Divine Brown and Cal Dodd
Ending theme"(You Belong at) Hero Elementary" (instrumental) (End Credits Version)
ComposerLorenzo Castelli
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes40 (80 segments)
Executive producersCarol-Lynn Parente
Lisa Olfman
Joy Rosen
Joann Freese
Christine Ferraro
ProducerTrent Locke
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesPortfolio Entertainment
Twin Cities PBS
Original networkTVOKids (Canada)
PBS Kids (U.S.)
Picture formatHDTV 720p
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseJune 1, 2020 (2020-06-01) –

Hero Elementary is a children's animated television series created and produced by Portfolio Entertainment and Twin Cities PBS.[1] The series premiered on June 1, 2020, on PBS Kids. The series was created by co-creators Carol-Lynn Parente and Christine Ferraro, who previously worked on Sesame Street.[2] The series involves the students of "The Sparks' Crew"—Lucita Sky, AJ Gadgets, Sara Snap and Benny Bubbles—who are trained in superheroics by their quirky and enthusiastic teacher, Mr. Sparks. Together the students work as a team, using their own unique superpowers, as well as the "Superpowers of Science" to help people, solve problems, and try to make the world a better place. The series has 40 half-hour episodes, each of them containing two segments.[3]


The series involves "The Sparks' Crew", a group of students from Hero Elementary: AJ Gadgets, Lucita Sky, Benny Bubbles, & Sara Snap and their excited teacher, Mr. Sparks. and the class pet Fur Blur, Also Known as "Sparks' Crew Hamster".





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Season 1 (2020-22)

No.Title [4]Written byOriginal air date [citation needed]Prod.
code [a]
1"Hatching a Plan"
"The Invisible Force"
Christine Ferraro
Jill Cozza-Turner
June 1, 2020 (2020-06-01)101
1a: Hatching a Plan: Sparks' Crew vow to reunite a baby bird with its parents.
1b: The Invisible Force: The crew tries to find out why the decorations for a young girl's birthday party have vanished.
2"Saved from the Bell"
"The Right Stuff"
Eric Peterson
Jorge Aguirre
June 2, 2020 (2020-06-02)102
2a: Saved from the Bell: When the bell on the school's Leaping Tower continually rings, Sparks' crew investigates.
2b: The Right Stuff: The crew decide to restyle their hero suits.
3"Tail of One Kitty"
"Movie Theater Meltdown"
Susan Kim
Belinda Arredondo
June 3, 2020 (2020-06-03)103
3a: Tail of One Kitty: The crew learns how animals use their tails when it tries to rescue a little girl's kitten.
3b: Movie Theater Meltdown: The team helps a teen with an out-of-control superpower.
4"The Lake Mistake"
"Plant Problem"
Melinda LaRose
Louie Lazar
June 4, 2020 (2020-06-04)104
4a: The Lake Mistake: The Sparks' Crew try to find a way to restore the lake back to its original state after a super student accidentally freezes it.
4b: Plant Problem: A plant grows out of control.
5"Where's Fur Blur?"
"The Blob"
Geri Cole
Adam Rudman
June 8, 2020 (2020-06-08)105
5a: Where's Fur Blur?: The Sparks' Crew use their five senses to track Fur Blur throughout the school.
5b: The Blob: A giant blob invades the hallways and classrooms, causing chaos.
6"Toadal Confusion"
"Hero Hideaway"
Karen Moonah
George Arthur Bloom
June 9, 2020 (2020-06-09)106
6a: Toadal Confusion: Toads take over a new skate park.
6b: Hero Hideaway: AJ tries to build a hero clubhouse out of cardboard boxes, but it keeps falling down.
7"All Over the Map"
"Lights Go Down in Citytown"
Christine Ferraro
James R. Backshall
June 10, 2020 (2020-06-10)107
7a: All Over the Map: A bird flies off with AJ's Twigcam.
7b: Lights Go Down in Citytown: The nighttime sky, lit up by the lights of the city, make it hard for Sparks' Crew to see a meteor shower.
8"Fair Weather"
"Home Sweet Home"
Patrick Granleese
Jorge Aguirre
June 15, 2020 (2020-06-15)108
8a: Fair Weather: Sparks' Crew learns about changing weather patterns.
8b: Home Sweet Home: The crew tries to find a home for a chipmunk after a tree falls in the schoolyard.
9"The Feed for Speed"
"An Uphill Task"
Eric Peterson
Karen Moonah
June 16, 2020 (2020-06-16)109
9a: The Feed for Speed: Fur Blur competes in the school's Super Pet Races.
9b: An Uphill Task: AJ invents a wheeled robot that can do everything but go up stairs.
10"With a Little Push"
"Track That Pack"
Adam Rudman
Karen Moonah
June 17, 2020 (2020-06-17)110
10a: With a Little Push: Sparks' Crew chases a giant ball through the city, learning that pushing an object can start or stop its movement.
10b: Track That Pack: Sparks' Crew searches for AJ's backpack after it floats away in a lake.
11"The Butterfly Chasers"
"Something Shady"
Sheila Rogerson
Syndi Shumer
June 22, 2020 (2020-06-22)111
11a: The Butterfly Chasers: Benny and the crew investigate why monarch butterflies are missing from the school garden.
11b: Something Shady: AJ's shady spot disappears.
12"Turtle Beach"
"Shine a Light on Me"
Patrick Granleese
Bernice Vanderlaan
June 23, 2020 (2020-06-23)112
12a: Turtle Beach: When the crew goes to Turtle Beach to see the hatching of baby turtles, they find the beach filled with litter.
12b: Shine a Light on Me: The crew gathers at night to search for a missing superdog.
13"Sound of Ice Cream"
"The Reflection Connection"
Bernice Vanderlaan
Louie Lazar
June 29, 2020 (2020-06-29)113
13a: Sound of Ice Cream: An ice cream truck is accidentally made invisible, so the crew must rely on its sounds to find it.
13b: The Reflection Connection: People everywhere get stuck when a flying super-glue gadget goes haywire.
14"Sparks' Crew Unplugged"
"Camp Catastrophe"
Karen Moonah
Jiro C. Okada
June 30, 2020 (2020-06-30)114
14a: Sparks' Crew Unplugged (Sparks' Unplugged; TV guides): Sparks' Crew tries to determine why muffins have gone missing from the school cafeteria.
14b: Camp Catastrophe: The crew helps a scout troop build a new shelter when their tent blows away.
15"Monster Hunters"
"A Soapy Situation"
Karen Moonah
Jorge Aguirre
July 1, 2020 (2020-07-01)115
15a: Monster Hunters: When the crew investigates a backyard monster, it discovers that it's actually a mother opossum and her babies.
15b: A Soapy Situation: A sudsy mess envelopes the Super-Duper Store.
16"Bugging Out"
"Eager Beavers"
Eric Peterson
Sheila Rogerson
July 6, 2020 (2020-07-06)[5]116
16a: Bugging Out: The crew must find their way out of an overgrown, weedy area after being accidentally shrunk to the size of bugs.
16b: Eager Beavers: The crew helps Lucita's grandmother when her favorite scenic spot is flooded.
17"A Leg Up"
"Sneezitis Solution"
George Arthur Bloom
Patrick Granleese
July 13, 2020 (2020-07-13)117
17a: A Leg Up: A baby porcupine needs help, but the crew has trouble getting close to it.
17b: Sneezitis Solution: Fur Blur comes down with a hamster cold and the only cure is to sniff the flower of a certain plant.
18"What You Don't See"
"Super Purple Pop-Up Plants"
Kate Barris
Adam Rudman
July 20, 2020 (2020-07-20)118
18a: What You Don't See: The crew tries to help catch a frightened horse on the loose in Citytown.
18b: Super Purple Pop-Up Plants: Mysterious purple plants keep popping up all over Citytown.
19"Dog in the Fog"
"Bye, Bye Dragonfly"
Diana Moore
Bob Ardiel
July 27, 2020 (2020-07-27)119
19a: Dog in the Fog: The crew searches for a little dog that gets lost in the fog.
19b: Bye, Bye Dragonfly: The crew uses clues from nature to catch a runaway drone.
20"Rough Sledding"
"Hungry Hungry Hoppers"
Karen Moonah
Patrick Granleese
August 17, 2020 (2020-08-17)120
20a: Rough Sledding: AJ accidentally ruins a schoolmate's box sled, so the crew helps him find the materials he needs to repair it.
20b: Hungry Hungry Hoppers: The crew takes care of someone else's class pet, a super frog, until it gets out and hops through town.
21"Hero Hit Parade"
"Trouble at the Pet Wash"
Eric Peterson
Jeff Sweeney
August 18, 2020 (2020-08-18)121
21a: Hero Hit Parade: Sparks' Crew tries to retrieve a big parade balloon that gets loose.
21b: Trouble at the Pet Wash: The crew helps a boy search for his missing dog.
22"Bouncing Ideas"
"Leaning Tower, No Pizza"
Betty Quan
John Slama
August 19, 2020 (2020-08-19)122
22a: Bouncing Ideas: Sparks' Crew tries to figure out how to stop Rubberband Robbie from bouncing all over the school.
22b: Leaning Tower, No Pizza: The Sparks' Crew tests out low-tech ways to communicate after phone service is knocked out.
23"Kite Delight"
"Little Lost Horse"
Patrick Granleese
Bob Ardiel
August 20, 2020 (2020-08-20)123
23a: Kite Delight: The crew learns about how wind moves things when they help a boy make a new kite.
23b: Little Lost Horse:The crew helps a little girl find her toy horse that she lost on the beach.
24"The Crew Who SNOWS What to Do"
"Keep Your Eye on the Ball"
James R. Backshall
Carol-Lynn Parente
January 4, 2021 (2021-01-04)124
24a:The Crew Who SNOWS What to Do: Turbo Tina is excited to see her first snowfall, but some of the snow melts quickly.
24b: Keep Your Eye on the Ball: A T-ball championship game is jeopardized when the balls go missing.
25"Going to Pieces"
"Forces of Nature"
Karen Moonah
Betty Quan
January 5, 2021 (2021-01-05)125
25a: Going to Pieces: When a piece of a statue breaks off, Sparks' Crew must find it before the statue's unveiling ceremony.
25b: Forces of Nature: The crew searches for an invention that Dr. Inventorman buried underground.
26"Knot So Fast"
"Made in the Shade"
Eric Peterson
Christine Ferraro
January 6, 2021 (2021-01-06)126
26a: Knot So Fast: AJ's shoe-tying car gets out of control, tying Citytown into knots.
26b: Made in the Shade: The crew tries to determine why the ice cream in Stevie Heat's ice cream cart melted.
27"Snowy Journey"
"Super Summertime"
Jeff Sweeney
Patrick Granleese
January 7, 2021 (2021-01-07)127
27a: Snowy Journey: The crew treks through the snow to get Fur Blur to the veterinarian.
27b: Super Summertime: AJ wants to do all the activities on his super fun list -- but they are for the winter.
28"Hall Caesar"
"Picture Perfect"
Patrick Granleese
Carol-Lynn Parente and Maryelizabeth Pfund
March 29, 2021 (2021-03-29)128
28a: Hall Caesar: Hail Caesar helps the crew understand more about hail after a hailstorm causes damage around Citytown.
28b: Picture Perfect: The crew tries to stay clean for Picture Day at school.
29"Monumental Problem"
"Super Lift"
Jiro C. Okada
Betty Quan
March 30, 2021 (2021-03-30)129
29a: Monumental Problem: The crew must figure out how to repair a monument on Hero Hill.
29b: Super Lift: The crew tries to change a broken wheel on a hot dog cart.
30"Looking Super"
"Schmubble Trouble"
Eric Peterson
Jiro C. Okada
March 31, 2021 (2021-03-31)130
30a: Looking Super: Hail Caesar helps the crew search for a self-flying cape that took off from the store.
30b: Schmubble Trouble: AJ, Lucita and Sara get caught inside Schmubble Bubbles.
31"Sara Loses Her Snap"
"A Soupie Mystery"
John Slama
Karen Moonah
April 1, 2021 (2021-04-01)131
31a: Sara Loses Her Snap: Sara loses her super strength on the same day the crew has to move a giant, heavy burger.
31b: A Soupie Mystery: The crew sets out to find Soupy, a mysterious creature that has been spotted in Super Superior Lake.
32"AJ's Extra Superpower, Part 1"
"AJ's Extra Superpower, Part 2"
Christine FerraroApril 2, 2021 (2021-04-02)132
Part 1: The crew discovers that a dog is stealing a little girl's toys from her backyard.
Part 2: AJ tries to find his Jetman Jones, at Citytown Hero Con.
33"Search and Rescue"
"Secret Lives of Teachers"
Patrick Granleese
Adam Rudman
May 3, 2021 (2021-05-03)133
33a: Search and Rescue: Sparks' Crew searches for two schoolmates who are hiding somewhere in Citytown.
33b: Secret Lives of Teachers: The kids are surprised to see their teacher on the weekend outside of school.
34"Heroes in Space, Part 1"
"Heroes in Space, Part 2"
Karen MoonahJuly 12, 2021 (2021-07-12)134
Part 1: Sara and friends are excited to view the full moon, but they notice that half of the moon is missing.
Part 2: The crew flies to the moon to investigate.
35"Back on Track"
Eric Peterson
Christine Ferraro
July 13, 2021 (2021-07-13)135
35a: Back on Track: When a toy train is ruined, the crew sets out to learn more about the landforms that make up City Town so they can build a replica.
35b: Switcheroo-er: AJ's new gadget switches everyone's powers.
36"Squeak to Me"
"Team Song's Theme Song"
Bernice Vanderlaan
Christine Ferraro
July 14, 2021 (2021-07-14)136
36a: Squeak to Me: AJ builds a gadget to help people understand Fur Blur's squeaks, but it misfires and makes people squeak.
36b: Team Song's Theme Song: Sparks' Crew wants a theme song.
37"First Day of School, Part 1"
"First Day of School, Part 2"
Eric PetersonSeptember 6, 2021 (2021-09-06)137
Part 1: Everyone meets everyone on the first day of Hero Elementary.
Part 2: Sparks' Crew goes on its first mission to catch a baby hamster.
38"When Fur Flies"
"Pumpkin Palooza"
Christine FerraroOctober 11, 2021 (2021-10-11)138
38a: When Fur Flies: Something high in the sky is causing a trail of trouble across Citytown, but is it a bird, a plane, or something else? Sparks’ Crew observes the properties of things gone wrong downtown, which leads them to understand what the problem is.
38b: Pumpkin Palooza: It’s the day of Pumpkin Palooza and a little girl’s decorated pumpkin has been ruined. It’s Sparks’ Crew to the rescue! Learning that the culprit is a hungry squirrel, they work together to design and build a solution to protect all the decorated pumpkins in City Town.
39"Friends of the Forest"
"Chicken Hero"
Christine Ferraro
Eric Peterson
January 3, 2022 (2022-01-03)139
39a: Friends of the Forest: The heroes embark on a mission with Branchman to plan a solution to use less paper.
39b: Chicken Hero: The crew tries to track down a chicken on the loose.
40"Teacher of the Year"
"The Sweet Smell of Success"
Christine Ferraro
Eric Peterson
January 4, 2022 (2022-01-04)140
40a: Teacher of the Year: There's a big surprise in store for Mr. Sparks: He will be receiving the "Hero Teacher of the Year" award! His heroic students want to make everything special for the big celebration, and that includes making a cake. But, will Sparks’ Crew be able to keep the party a surprise while they figure out the right mixture for the cake batter?
40b: The Sweet Smell of Success: Invisigirl (a former student) likes to use her invisibility to play jokes, but a joke has unintended consequences when she makes a cake invisible, and then can't find it! The team tries to track it down via their sense of smell, but will it be enough to find the cake?


The series first premiered on PBS Kids in the United States on June 1, 2020, then it premiered on TVOKids in Canada on July 7, 2020,[6] and premiered on Discovery Kids in Latin America and IRIB TV2 and IRIB Pooya Persian in 2021.[7]


  1. ^ Twin Cities PBS files the copyright for the episodes under groups, rather than separate episodes, as seen here: *"Public Catalog". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved September 27, 2020.


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  2. ^ "PBS KIDS Suits Up with 'Hero Elementary' Premiering June 1". Animation Magazine. January 29, 2020.
  3. ^ "Hero Elementary".
  4. ^ "Episode Descriptions & Curriculum" (DOC). March 31, 2020. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "Hero Elementary on Alabama Public Television". Alabama Public Television. Archived from the original on June 29, 2020. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  6. ^ "Hero Elementary (@HeroElementary) | Twitter". Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  7. ^ "Deals of the Week: Portfolio, Genius, Babyfirst". March 5, 2021.