Darkwing Duck is an American animated television series produced by The Walt Disney Company. It originally aired on the syndicated programming block The Disney Afternoon and later Saturday mornings on ABC from 1991 to 1992. Reruns of the series continued to air on The Disney Afternoon until 1995 and again between 1996 and 1997. The series originally aired as a preview-run on The Disney Channel in the spring of 1991 before beginning its main runs in September of that year.[1][2] Episode air dates for this preview-run are not currently available. The series featured an eponymous superhero anthropomorphic duck with the alter ego of Drake Mallard, voiced by Jim Cummings. It is the first of two spin-offs of DuckTales, the other being Quack Pack.

A total of 91 episodes were made. Of those, 65 aired in syndication on The Disney Afternoon in the 1991–1992 season (the first two episodes aired as a combined hour-long broadcast of the pilot episode "Darkly Dawns the Duck" the weekend before the series began its weekday run), with 13 more simultaneously airing on Saturdays on ABC in the fall of 1991. Another 13 episodes aired on Saturdays on ABC in the fall of 1992.

The pilot episode "Darkly Dawns the Duck" originally aired on the weekend of Friday, September 6, 1991 (the air date varied by market) as part of a larger syndicated TV special called The Darkwing Duck Premiere / Back to School with the Mickey Mouse Club.[3] Afterwards, "Darkly Dawns the Duck" was edited into a two-part version in which the two parts were treated as two distinct episodes. It is unknown when this two-part version first aired.

The Disney Afternoon episodes and the first 13 ABC episodes are listed separately. In fact, they constituted a single production season, but Disney originally kept the ABC episodes separate from the syndicated episodes for distribution purposes. The first ABC season was re-aired on The Disney Afternoon in the fall of 1992. The second ABC season was not aired on The Disney Afternoon until the fall of 1993, after ABC removed the series from its schedule.

Since the syndicated and ABC episodes are separated here, episodes are not listed according to their broadcast chronology. In addition, even the broadcast order of the first 78 episodes does not reflect their in-universe chronology – for example, Liquidator's origin episode "Dry Hard" was aired after his appearances in "Just Us Justice Ducks" and "Life, the Negaverse and Everything". The series' production order (with the exception of "Darkly Dawns the Duck") most closely reflects the intended chronological episode order.

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
165September 6, 1991 (1991-09-06)May 20, 1992 (1992-05-20)Syndicated (Disney Afternoon)
213September 7, 1991 (1991-09-07)November 30, 1991 (1991-11-30)ABC
313September 12, 1992 (1992-09-12)December 12, 1992 (1992-12-12)


Season 1 (1991–92)

No. in
TitleWritten byVillain(s)Original air dateProd.
11"Darkly Dawns the Duck: Part 1"Story by
Jan Strnad & Tad Stones
Written by
Jymn Magon & Tad Stones
Taurus Bulba, Hammerhead Hannigan, Hoof, Mouth, Clovis, and TantalusSeptember 6, 1991 (1991-09-06)[3]4308-052
Darkwing Duck is a little known crime fighter of St. Canard, dying for a big break, and the publicity that goes with it. Yet when he gets on the trail of the infamous Taurus Bulba's latest scheme, he gets into more trouble than he expected, and ends up adopting a young girl, by the name of Gosalyn.
22"Darkly Dawns the Duck: Part 2"Story by
Jan Strnad & Tad Stones
Written by
Jymn Magon & Tad Stones
Taurus Bulba, Hammerhead Hannigan, Hoof, Mouth, Clovis, and TantalusSeptember 6, 1991 (1991-09-06)[3]4308-053
Gosalyn is now under Darkwing's protection, but Taurus Bulba is still out to get her, believing she has the Waddlemeyer Ramrod arming code. But Gosalyn doesn't know anything about it.
33"Beauty and the Beet"John Behnke & Rob Humphrey & Jim PetersonBushrootSeptember 9, 1991 (1991-09-09)4308-018

Reginald Bushroot, plant scientist, only wants to make the world a better place to live, but his colleagues mock his passion for plants. When he subjects himself to his own experiments, he becomes a half-plant, half-duck mutant, and it's time to get even with his tormentors, and its up to Drake Mallard in his Darkwing Duck persona.

Title Reference: Beauty and the Beast

Absent: Gosalyn
44"Getting Antsy"Doug LangdaleLilliputSeptember 10, 1991 (1991-09-10)4308-008
The owner of the local miniature golf course, Lilliput, has invented a helmet that allows him to communicate with ants. He then uses a shrink ray to shrink the buildings and landmarks of St. Canard, using the ants to haul the now-shrunk buildings back to the miniature golf, where they become part of the course. Eventually Lilliput shrinks Darkwing down to an even tinier size.
55"Night of the Living Spud"Steve RobertsBushroot and PoseySeptember 11, 1991 (1991-09-11)4308-040

Dr. Bushroot tries to grow a wife for himself, but the result is not the flower that he expected.

Title Reference: Night of the Living Dead
66"Apes of Wrath"Dev RossMajor TrenchrotSeptember 12, 1991 (1991-09-12)4308-016

S.H.U.S.H. sends Darkwing, Launchpad and Gosalyn to Africa to find the missing Dr. Beatrice Bruté, the famous anthropologist. Darkwing discovers that Major Trenchrot is planning to open a vacation villa for villains.

Title Reference: The Grapes of Wrath
77"Dirty Money"John Behnke & Rob Humphrey & Jim PetersonAmmonia PineSeptember 13, 1991 (1991-09-13)4308-004

Someone is stealing the money in Saint Canard by erasing all ink on the banknotes and leaving them nothing but worthless papers. S.H.U.S.H. Director J. Gander Hooter calls on Darkwing to help solve the mystery but chief Agent Gryzlikoff doesn't trust him. Darkwing discovers that the thief is Ammonia Pine, a woman, who used to be a maid until some dangerous chemicals caused her to be obsessed with cleaning.

Absent: Gosalyn
88"Duck Blind"Len UhleyMegavoltSeptember 16, 1991 (1991-09-16)4308-017
Darkwing Duck falls afoul of Megavolt and comes out blind. Undaunted, DW tries to keep going using a few inventive gadgets, but Gosalyn, Honker and Launchpad almost get killed because of his arrogance. Gosalyn and the gang plan to nab Megavolt themselves, but get caught by him instead.
99"Comic Book Capers"John Behnke & Rob Humphrey & Jim PetersonMegavoltSeptember 17, 1991 (1991-09-17)4308-036
Infuriated at how he's portrayed in his new comic book, Darkwing decides he can write the comic better himself. But he keeps getting interrupted by everyone, who then add their own little bits. Finally, even Megavolt joins in the writing of the story.
1010"Water Way to Go"Dev RossSteelbeakSeptember 18, 1991 (1991-09-18)4308-001

S.H.U.S.H. has given Darkwing Duck a case to travel to Oilrabia and stop Steelbeak. F.O.W.L.'s top agent is threatening to flood the country with a portable weather machine. The only problem is that Darkwing has agreed to let Launchpad assume the role as hero and be a sidekick himself for this mission.

Title Reference: What a Way to Go!

Absent: Gosalyn
1111"Paraducks"Doug LangdaleThe King and his gangSeptember 19, 1991 (1991-09-19)4308-033

Darkwing goes back in time with Gosalyn and he meets himself in grade school when he was known as "Drakey". He then sees a record shop being robbed by a gang of greasers. Due to Darkwing's inaction, Darkwing's present time world gets changed when the duo comes back to the present. Therefore, Darkwing and Gosalyn must again go back to the past to restore it.

Title Reference: Paradox (Dictionary definition: "a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.")

Absent: Launchpad
1212"Easy Come, Easy Grows"Marion WellsBushrootSeptember 20, 1991 (1991-09-20)4308-024

Darkwing investigates a case in which money is disappearing along with the bank vaults. Bushroot creates a tree covered with money.

Title Reference: Easy Come, Easy Go
1313"A Revolution in Home Appliances"Gary SperlingMegavolt and the appliancesSeptember 23, 1991 (1991-09-23)4308-050
Megavolt gets zapped with his new invention, which lets him turn regular home appliances into living things. He assembles a group consisting of a salon chair, a refrigerator, a guitar, and a TV. Darkwing Duck has to stop them before they take over St. Canard.
1414"Trading Faces"Julia Jane Lewald & Dev RossSteelbeakSeptember 24, 1991 (1991-09-24)4308-014

Darkwing's computer goes haywire causing him to trade bodies with Gosalyn as do Launchpad and Honker. Now Gosalyn must pose as Darkwing to stop F.O.W.L.'s latest scheme – stopping the Earth's rotation in an attempt to blackmail the planet.

Title Reference: Trading Places
1515"Hush, Hush Sweet Charlatan"Bruce TalkingtonTuskernini and "the phantom"September 25, 1991 (1991-09-25)4308-015

Darkwing Duck investigates the production of a movie, which is plagued by accidents and is being directed by none other than Tuskernini, who has abandoned his life of crime for the cinema.

Title Reference: Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte
1616"Can't Bayou Love"Bruce TalkingtonJambalaya Jake and GumboSeptember 26, 1991 (1991-09-26)4308-012

Jambalaya Jake and his Alligator Gumbo, both from the bayou, have moved to the city after hearing it was "easy pickings". By using Launchpad as bait, they try and catch Darkwing. But Darkwing shows them first hand that in the city it is in fact no "easy pickings". Debut of Jambalaya Jake and Gumbo.

Title Reference: Can't Buy Me Love

Absent: Gosalyn
1717"Bearskin Thug"Tad Stones & Pat CorcoranSteelbeakSeptember 27, 1991 (1991-09-27)4308-029

Drake takes Gosalyn on a camping trip in order to teach her about the great outdoors. The national park has been evacuated due to a monstrous bear that has been attacking both campers and wildlife alike. It was the idea of Steelbeak.

Title Reference: Bearskin Rug
1818"You Sweat Your Life"Julia Jane Lewald & Marion WellsJock Newbody, Slim and FlexSeptember 30, 1991 (1991-09-30)4308-013

Darkwing goes undercover at a health spa to root out a pair of workers responsible for a museum break in. To his dismay, Herb and Binkie Muddlefoot tag along. The health spa owner, Jock, has discovered the formula for a fountain of youth. The last ingredient he needs is a feather from a true hero: Darkwing Duck.

Title Reference: You Bet Your Life

Absent: Gosalyn
1919"Days of Blunder"Jan StrnadQuackerjackOctober 1, 1991 (1991-10-01)4308-044

Posing as a psychiatrist, Quackerjack convinces Darkwing that being a superhero isn't right for him. With Darkwing out of the picture, the criminal is free to go on a crime spree.

Title Reference: Days of Thunder
2020"Just Us Justice Ducks: Part 1"Kevin Campbell & Brian SwenlinThe Fearsome FiveOctober 2, 1991 (1991-10-02)4308-047
NegaDuck, Bushroot, Quackerjack, Megavolt, and Liquidator all join together as the Fearsome Five to defeat Darkwing Duck and take over St. Canard. When the other superheroes (Neptunia, Gizmoduck, Morgana, and Stegmutt) hear about this, they band together to form the Justice Ducks. Darkwing, who wants all the credit for the Fearsome Five's defeat, is less than thrilled – but when he faces the Fearsome Five, he soon finds out the job is more than he can handle.
2121"Just Us Justice Ducks: Part 2"Kevin Campbell & Brian SwenlinThe Fearsome FiveOctober 3, 1991 (1991-10-03)4308-048
The Justice Ducks are each defeated and captured by the Fearsome Five. Darkwing soon becomes their only hope, and the five heroes join in battle against the five villains, with the ultimate victors deciding the fate of the whole city.
2222"Double Darkwings"Dean StefanJambalaya Jake and GumboOctober 4, 1991 (1991-10-04)4308-019

To get revenge on Darkwing, Jambalaya Jake has Granny Whammy mix him up a hex. He mistakes Launchpad for Darkwing (while he is posing as Darkwing Decoy) and targets him with the curse. Now Jamabalya is using Launchpad as a partner in crime, and Darkwing is getting all the blame for it.

Note: There are two versions of this episode, in one Jambalaya Jake lures Darkwing to a tower by having Gumbo bite a power line, in the other, Jamablaya Jake lures Darkwing to the power company by causing a black out by pouring hot sauce into a telephone. Otherwise the episodes are identical.

Absent: Gosalyn
2323"Aduckyphobia"Doug LangdaleProfessor MoliartyOctober 7, 1991 (1991-10-07)4308-021

In this parody of Spider-Man, A mutated spider bite causes Darkwing to grow four extra arms. When this creates the hero trouble while trying to catch Moliarty, Darkwing adopts a new super-hero identity – Arachno-Duck.

Title Reference: The 1990 movie Arachnophobia
2424"When Aliens Collide"Jeremy CushnerWackoOctober 8, 1991 (1991-10-08)4308-056

Gosalyn comes upon a space ship that has crashed in the park. A cute alien emerges, wearing a rather restrictive collar which he doesn’t seem to be fond of. However, it turns out, that the extraterrestrial is actually a wanted space criminal and Darkwing has to stop him.

Title Reference: When Worlds Collide
2525"Jurassic Jumble"Marlowe Shawn WeismanDr. FossilOctober 10, 1991 (1991-10-10)4308-031
Honker and Gosalyn track down a set of dinosaur footprints, and are led to the nefarious Dr. Fossil, duck turned dinosaur. With his de-evolution ray and the aid of a passing comet, Fossil plans to end the current life on the planet to give dinosaurs a second chance.
2626"Cleanliness is Next to Badliness"Steven Hibbert & Gary SperlingSteelbeak and Ammonia PineOctober 15, 1991 (1991-10-15)4308-039

Steelbeak teams up with agent Ammonia Pine to clean out banks for F.O.W.L. Gosalyn starts a Darkwing fan club.

Title Reference: Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
2727"Smarter Than a Speeding Bullet"Doug LangdaleSteelbeakOctober 17, 1991 (1991-10-17)4308-045

As Steelbeak is stealing rubber duckies, Darkwing's attempt to stop him is interrupted by Comet Guy, a superhero from another planet who is looking for a hero renowned throughout the galaxy to train him.

Title Reference: Faster than a speeding bullet

Absent: Gosalyn
2828"All's Fahrenheit in Love and War"Eric Lewald & Dev RossIsis VanderchillOctober 21, 1991 (1991-10-21)4308-027

Darkwing becomes fed up with the cold, so he decides to go on a vacation. But before he can, he finds out that banks are being robbed, with no forced entry.

Title Reference: All's Fair in Love and War

Absent: Gosalyn
2929"Whiffle While You Work"Ellen Svaco & Collen TaberQuackerjackOctober 23, 1991 (1991-10-23)4308-023

Gosalyn and Darkwing are hyped over a video game competition involving the popular Whiffle Boy. However, a toy maker gone insane, Quackerjack, is out to get revenge on the video game industry that put him out of business. Both Darkwing and Quackerjack end up trapped in Whiffle Boy video game.

Song: Whistle While You Work

Absent: Launchpad
3030"Ghoul of My Dreams"John Behnke & Rob Humphrey & Jim PetersonNodoff and Morgana MacCawberOctober 31, 1991 (1991-10-31)4308-041

Morgana is using sleep sand to rob the citizens of St. Canard while they sleepwalk. When Darkwing steps in to set things right, he ends up in dreamland. Nodoff, controller of dreamland and supplier of Morgana's sleep sand wants the entire city to snooze, and will see to it that no one gets in his way.

Absent: Gosalyn
3131"Adopt-a-Con"Steve RobertsTuskerniniNovember 7, 1991 (1991-11-07)4308-046
In this case, Adopt-a-Con means the Adopt A Convict Program. The program has sent Tuskernini to Drake's house. DW is sure that Tusker won't reform, even though he acts as if he has. Posing as Bushroot, he takes Launchpad, Gosalyn, and Drake hostages in order to fish out Darkwing. But Drake's already a hostage himself.
3232"Toys Czar Us"Ellen Svaco & Colleen TaberQuackerjackNovember 11, 1991 (1991-11-11)4308-043

When Quackerjack learns that parents won't buy his dangerous toys, he decides to create a toy utopia for children, with him as the ruler. Gosalyn gets into trouble at school, causing the principal to suggest Drake take a better look at his parenting. Drake gives up Darkwing to become the perfect parent just as Quackerjack executes his insane plot.

Title Reference: Toys "R" Us
3333"The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck"Jan StrnadNegaduckNovember 13, 1991 (1991-11-13)4308-055
In the distant future, Gosaloid (a futuristic version of Gosalyn) and her friend get trapped in the Darkwing Duck Museum after it closes, and hear the alleged story of the "secret origins" of Darkwing Duck (a combined spoof the Superman origin story and the TV series Kung Fu (TV series) from a suspiciously familiar janitor.
3434"Up, Up and Awry"Dev RossMegavoltNovember 14, 1991 (1991-11-14)4308-042

Gizmoduck comes to St. Canard in order to help stop Megavolt's latest scheme; stealing horseshoes and cable to build a giant electromagnet. Darkwing is hardly receptive and wallows in self-pity as the super-suited superhero Gizmoduck takes the spotlight.

Title Reference: Up, Up and Away
3535"Life, the Negaverse and Everything"Kevin Campbell & Brian SwenlinNegaduck, Nega-Launchpad, and the Nega-MuddlefootsNovember 18, 1991 (1991-11-18)4308-049

While pursuing the Fearsome Five (and therefore escaping the Muddlefoots and their boring "Pelican's Island" birthday party for Honker) Darkwing is thrown into a giant cake – which serves as the universal portal between his world and the Negaverse. In the Negaverse, everything is the extreme opposite of his world and Negaduck is supreme ruler, so Darkwing decides to use his new friends (The "Friendly Four") to change things a bit, which Negaduck does not like.

Title Reference: Douglas Adams' science fiction novel Life, the Universe and Everything
3636"Dry Hard"Kevin Campbell & Brian SwenlinThe LiquidatorNovember 20, 1991 (1991-11-20)4308-026

Bud Flood, the crooked owner of a bottled water company, has been sabotaging his competitors' drinking water in order to promote his own. Darkwing moves to stop him, but Flood falls into a vat of contaminated water, only to survive and become a hydrokinetic mutant known as "The Liquidator". Now, Liquidator proceeds to turn all of St. Canard's water hard and DW must stop him.

Title Reference: Die Hard
3737"Heavy Mental"Kevin Campbell & Brian SwenlinMajor Synapse, Hotshot and FlygirlNovember 21, 1991 (1991-11-21)4308-020

Launchpad gains psychic powers, but has trouble controlling them. F.O.W.L. agent, Major Synapse, steals S.H.U.S.H.'s Nora Ray, and uses it on his underlings to give them super brain powers.

Title Reference: Heavy Metal
3838"Disguise the Limit"Doug LangdaleNegaduckNovember 26, 1991 (1991-11-26)4308-063

Negaduck, disguised, frames Darkwing for a series of crimes. Thanks to S.H.U.S.H. director J. Gander Hooter knowing that Darkwing is innocent (as Darkwing was with him when the crime spree began), he arranges for the hero to use an experimental S.H.U.S.H. design, to go into hiding, which ends up causing him to spontaneously change into whomever he looks at.

Title Reference: The Sky's the Limit
3939"Planet of the Capes"Ellen Svaco & Colleen TaberOrdinary GuyNovember 27, 1991 (1991-11-27)4308-061

When Comet Guy returns, he tells Darkwing he needs him back on his planet. Darkwing thinks that he's going to have to save the planet, until he finds out that everyone on the planet is a hero, and they need him as their "ordinary guy," since the last one left. They want Darkwing to be their 'damsel in distress,' so that they'll have someone to rescue. But Darkwing gets fed up, so he tries to turn Comet Guy into a villain.

Title Reference: Planet of the Apes

Absent: Launchpad and Gosalyn
4040"Darkwing Doubloon"Bruce Reid SchaeferThe Fearsome FiveDecember 16, 1991 (1991-12-16)4308-051
Set in the past, this episode recounts the story of Darkwing Doubloon's adventures against the evil pirate Negaduck and his (four-man-strong) crew of villainous miscreants on the high seas.
4141"It's a Wonderful Leaf"John Behnke & Rob Humphrey & Jim PetersonBushrootDecember 23, 1991 (1991-12-23)4308-060

A crowd of pushy holiday shoppers rub Bushroot the wrong way. He decides to ruin Christmas by taking control of all of St. Canard's Christmas trees.

Title Reference: It's a Wonderful Life
4242"Twitching Channels"John Behnke & Rob Humphrey & Jim PetersonMegavoltFebruary 5, 1992 (1992-02-05)4308-065

Megavolt's latest device accidentally transports him and Darkwing into a universe of "hideous beakless mutants" (i.e: the real world), where Darkwing Duck is only a cartoon.

Title Reference: Switching Channels

Absent: Launchpad and Gosalyn
4343"Dances with Bigfoot"Ellen Svaco & Colleen TaberBigfoot TribeFebruary 6, 1992 (1992-02-06)4308-069

Drake Mallard disappears and it’s up to the Crimson Quackette to find him.

Title Reference: Dances with Wolves

Absent: Launchpad
4444"Twin Beaks"Tad Stones & Jan StrnadBushroot, Mutant Alien CabbagesFebruary 10, 1992 (1992-02-10)4308-067

In a parody of the TV series Twin Peaks, Honker's parents go missing and all clues point to the mysterious town of Twin Beaks where a mutated alien race of cabbages have begun their conquest of Earth from this unseemly town.

Title Reference: Twin Peaks

Story Reference: Invasion of the Body Snatchers
4545"The Incredible Bulk"Gary SperlingBushroot and DaisyFebruary 12, 1992 (1992-02-12)4308-062

Bushroot creates a new experimental fertilizer that causes plants to grow large and strong.

Title Reference: The Incredible Hulk
4646"My Valentine Ghoul"Doug LangdaleNegaduckFebruary 14, 1992 (1992-02-14)4308-068

Darkwing's refusal of Morgana's suggestion of help, makes her very angry, which Negaduck sees as an opportunity.

Absent: Launchpad
4747"Dead Duck"Carter CrockerMegavolt, Beelzebub, DeathFebruary 17, 1992 (1992-02-17)4308-058
Darkwing is killed and Megavolt gets the fame for it. DW won't believe that he is dead until the Grim Reaper is after him.
4848"A Duck by Any Other Name"Pat CorcoranTuskerniniFebruary 18, 1992 (1992-02-18)4308-006

A news program reveals Darkwing Duck's identity as Launchpad. Tuskernini decides to use the revelation to his own advantage, but fails when the real Darkwing Duck gets in the way.

Story Reference: Ducktales Episode A Case of Mistaken Secret Identity has a similar plot where Launchpad is identified as Gizmoduck.
4949"Let's Get Respectable"Bruce Reid SchaeferNegaduckFebruary 20, 1992 (1992-02-20)4308-064
After a television program shows that Darkwing has a poor reputation with the public, Gosalyn decides that Darkwing needs an image change. Meanwhile, Negaduck plans to use this to his own advantage.
5050"In Like Blunt"Kevin Campbell & Brian SwenlinPhineas SharpFebruary 24, 1992 (1992-02-24)4308-002

A nefarious criminal from the past returns, to profit by auctioning off a complete list of all of S.H.U.S.H.'s secret agents. J. Gander teams up Darkwing with the legendary Derek Blunt to intercept the documents before they fall into the wrong hands.

Title Reference: In Like Flint Note: Magica De Spell, the Beagle Boys, and Flintheart Glomgold from DuckTales make non-speaking cameo appearances.

Absent: Gosalyn
5151"Quack of Ages"Joe OlsonQuackerjackFebruary 26, 1992 (1992-02-26)4308-059

To prevent the invention of the yo-yo, Quackerjack travels back to the medieval land of Canardia. Darkwing and Launchpad follow Quackerjack and find Herb and Binkie as King and Queen of Canardia. Posing as the king's advisor, the demented toymaker convicts Darkwing as a warlock.

Title Reference: "Rock of Ages"

Absent: Gosalyn
5252"Time and Punishment"Dev RossDarkwarrior Duck, Megavolt and QuackerjackFebruary 27, 1992 (1992-02-27)4308-070

During a battle between Darkwing, Megavolt and Quackerjack, Gosalyn ends up aboard the villains' Time Top, just before it starts up and takes them to the future. There, Gosalyn finds out that Darkwing has become Darkwarrior Duck, who enforces the law with an iron fist.

Title Reference: Crime and Punishment
5353"Stressed to Kill"Doug LangdaleMegavolt and QuackerjackMarch 3, 1992 (1992-03-03)4308-066

Darkwing is constantly getting stressed, so he goes to a stress-free clinic (which is being run by Megavolt and QuackerJack), and they brainwash him. Now he is too calm (not even Gosalyn destroying the house can get him mad) when Megavolt and QuackerJack start a fire that soon starts to spread throughout the whole city, Launchpad and Gosalyn have to try to get DW out of his repressed state.

Title Reference: Dressed to Kill
5454"The Darkwing Squad"Dev RossSteelbeakApril 1992 (1992-04)4308-071

J. Gander asks DW to train some of S.H.U.S.H.'s agents. That does not go over well with Agent Gryzlikoff, who joins F.O.W.L. as a double agent. Steelbeak sets a trap for the newly titled "Darkwing Squad" while Gryzlikoff faces off against Darkwing.

Absent: Gosalyn
5555"Inside Binkie's Brain"Doug LangdaleMegavoltApril 1992 (1992-04)4308-072

When Binkie Muddlefoot gets hit on the head by a bowling ball, her inner "little hero" escapes and causes her to become the Canardian Guardian. Her endless quest for safety endangers the life of Darkwing as he tries once again to capture Megavolt.

Absent: Gosalyn
5656"The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain"Dev RossQuackerjack and PaddywhackApril 29, 1992 (1992-04-29)[4][5]4308-073
When Gosalyn gets into mischief, a spirit named Paddywhack is unleashed from a jack-in-the-box and possesses Quackerjack's doll, Mr. Banana Brain. As he causes trouble alongside the demented toymaker, he grows, feeding from the negative emotions around himself.
5757"Slime Okay, You're Okay"Gordon BressackBushroot and HedgyMay 1992 (1992-05)4308-074

Bushroot creates a formula, intending to create an intelligent plant friend, and Gosalyn ends up sampling it. Now Darkwing has a limited amount of time to find a cure before Gosalyn, half-slime, half-duck, melts into a pile of goo.

Title Reference: I'm Okay, You're Okay
5858"Whirled History"Doug LangdaleMegavoltMay 1992 (1992-05)4308-077
Forced to work on her boring history assignment, Gosalyn dozes off, and begins sleepwalking. She dreams herself with AstroDuck, a television show character, trying to find "The Fountain Of Knowledge". While she is learning about famous explorers in her dreams, Megavolt uses her as bait to trap and kill Darkwing in the real world.
5959"U.F. Foe"Dev RossBleebMay 1992 (1992-05)4308-076
Aliens kidnap Launchpad to make him ruler of the universe.
6060"A Star is Scorned"Haskell Barkin & Tad StonesE. Thaddeus Rockwell and BushrootMay 1992 (1992-05)4308-081

Darkwing's TV producer feels that Darkwing's TV show needs a new gimmick in the form of a spin-off character, which might really be Darkwing's replacement by Dr. Reginald Bushroot! This scheme is actually a scam by the TV producer to steal money from the show with an over-inflated Expense account—since it is much cheaper to have a plant such as Bushroot as the main star than an actor such as Darkwing! Herb and Binke Muddlefoot are actors who have act of out characther ruthless business tycoons due to a hidden clause in their acting contract that "The Studio is always Right". The Muddlefoots and Bushroot get to ride in a limousine which Darkwing and Gosalyn have to sneak in the studio disguised as Donald Duck and Louie Duck! Only appearance of the Darkwing Duck fan club who recognize Gosalyn but not Darkwing!

Title Reference: A Star Is Born

Absent: Launchpad
6161"The Quiverwing Quack"Dev RossNegaduckMay 16, 1992 (1992-05-16)4308-078
Gosalyn takes up archery, and bests Negaduck with it. Against Darkwing's wishes, she creates her alter-ego – the Quiverwing Quack – and causes a stir of publicity. She also becomes Negaduck's new target – so he can regain his position as Public Enemy #1.
6262"Jail Bird"Doug Langdale & Michael MaurerThe Fearsome FiveMay 17, 1992 (1992-05-17)4308-080

Negaduck steals a diamond that can steal other people's powers. After he steals the powers from Bushroot, Megavolt, the Liquidator and Quackerjack, they have to use their weaknesses to stop Mega-Negaduck.

Note: Gosalyn appears but does not speak.
6363"Dirtysomething"Katie Kuch & Cheryl ScarboroughAmmonia Pine and Ample GrimeMay 18, 1992 (1992-05-18)4308-082

It's Ammonia Pine's worst nightmare! FOWL has teamed her with her polar opposite, her filth-loving sister, Ample Grime. It would be easy for Darkwing Duck to stop them. But Gosalyn, not having enough allowance to buy a video game, has discovered that she can cash in whatever she recycles… including the Thunderquack's engine, the Ratcatcher, a few gas guns, etc.

Title Reference: Thirtysomething
6464"Kung Fooled"Victor Cook & George JohnstonMoliarty and Goose LeeMay 19, 1992 (1992-05-19)4308-075
Darkwing chases Moliarty to the city Kung Pow where he meets up with his old martial arts instructor, Master Lee.
6565"Bad Luck Duck"Michael MaurerNegaduckMay 20, 1992 (1992-05-20)4308-079
Darkwing Duck is accused of stealing a tribe's jewel and the leader puts a curse on him. Now they have to get it back from Negaduck and stop him from using it. But where is the leader to get the curse off? This episode also features the infamous Darkwing Club, never to be seen again.

Season 2 (1991)

No. in
TitleAnimation Timing directed byWritten byVillain(s)Original air dateProd.
661"That Sinking Feeling"John Kimball, Bob Zamboni & Rick LeonWritten by : Tad Stones
Storyboard by : Kurt Anderson & Hank Tucker
MoliartySeptember 14, 1991 (1991-09-14)4308-007
Moliarty, the fiendish genius marketer and mole from the deep underground, has rallied his fellow race for an attack to take over the surface city of St. Canard. Stealing buildings, he creates a beam to lock the moon in an eternal eclipse – to plunge everything in darkness.
672"Film Flam"Carole Beers, David Brain, Vincente Bassols & Rick LeonWritten by : Bruce Reid Schaefer
Storyboard by : Victor Cook, Larry Eikleberry & David Schwartz
TuskerniniSeptember 21, 1991 (1991-09-21)4308-034
Tuskernini utilizes a special camera gun to pull characters directly out of the movies and into the real world. As director of a specially crafted criminal force, he takes them out on the town to do his bidding.
683"Negaduck"Carole Beers, Tom Ray, Terence Harrison & Kathrin VictorWritten by : Steve Roberts
Storyboard by : Ryan Anthony, Rich Chidlaw, James McLean & David Prince
Megavolt, Negaduck (negatron version)September 28, 1991 (1991-09-28)4308-025
Darkwing Duck has been zapped with Megavolt's tronsplitter, separating his good side from his bad. Another zap with the two sides will restore him to normal, but his negative side is certain not to let that happen. Debut of the original "negatron version" of Negaduck.
694"Fungus Amongus"Marsh Lamore & Rick LeonWritten by : Dev Ross
Storyboard by : Lonnie Thompson, Kurt Anderson & Viki Anderson
Morgana MacCawber and the board of directors for MacCawber's Mushrooms UnlimitedOctober 5, 1991 (1991-10-05)4308-010

While investigating pizza topping crimes, Darkwing falls for a beautiful, creepy villainess called Morgana MacCawber.

Absent: Gosalyn
705"Slaves to Fashion"Carole Beers & Terence HarrisonWritten by : Gary Sperling
Storyboard by : Rich Chidlaw, Victor Cook, Larry Eikleberry & Roy Wilson
TuskerniniOctober 12, 1991 (1991-10-12)4308-037
Under Binkie Muddlefoot's advice, Drake decides Gosalyn should act more like a "lady". Meanwhile, Tuskernini has developed a spray that makes people act the way they are dressed and targets the rich citizens attending the school masquerade party.
716"Something Fishy"Marsh Lamore & Rick LeonWritten by : Steve Sustarsic
Storyboard by : Jan Green & Steve Gordon
NeptuniaOctober 19, 1991 (1991-10-19)4308-028
A day at the beach gets turned upside down when the gang has to deal with attacks from sea creatures. In comes Neptunia, who is sick of the pollution that is dumped in the sea and caused her to mutate. She plans revenge by flooding the city of St. Canard!
727"Tiff of the Titans"John Kimball & Bob ZamboniWritten by : Len Uhley
Storyboard by : Kurt Anderson, Viki Anderson & Lonnie Thompson
SteelbeakOctober 26, 1991 (1991-10-26)4308-032
Fenton Crackshell, alias the crime-fighting Gizmoduck, heads to St. Canard in pursuit of Steelbeak. The F.O.W.L. agent soon finds out and frames Darkwing so Gizmoduck will think he's evil. The two fight it out, while Steelbeak tries to steal a new, top-secret weapon, the EGRT (the Experimental General Retalitory Transport).
738"Calm a Chameleon"Marsh Lamore & Rick LeonWritten by : Dean Stefan
Storyboard by : Viki Anderson, Thom Enriquez & Lonnie Thompson
Camille ChameleonNovember 2, 1991 (1991-11-02)4308-030
The shape-changing villainess known as the Chameleon plots to take control of the Howl publishing empire so she can print her own money. Honker undergoes a personality transformation when he is bullied at school.
749"Battle of the Brainteasers"Carole Beers & Terence HarrisonWritten by : Kevin Campbell & Brian Swenlin
Storyboard by : Ryan Anthony, Larry Eikleberry & Dale Schott
The BrainteasersNovember 9, 1991 (1991-11-09)4308-009

Alien hats from outer space invade earth, take control of a slew of nuclear weapons, and demand to be made rulers of the universe. Debut of Flarg, Barada and Nikto.

Story Reference: King Klaatu and 2 of the villains are named after The Day The Earth Stood Still's Klaatu Barada Nikto
7510"Bad Tidings"Vincente Bassols, Carole Beers, Bob Treat, David Brain, Terence Harrison & Mitch RochonWritten by : Gary Klein & Dean Stefan
Storyboard by : Jill Colbert, Victor Cook, Sharon Forward & David Schwartz
F.O.W.L.November 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)4308-038

F.O.W.L. is at it again! This time, the fiendish organization is in control of the tides themselves. J. Gander Hooter teams up Darkwing and Gryzlikoff to foil the plot, and they end up fighting amongst themselves rather than getting to the bottom of things.

Absent: Launchpad and Gosalyn
7611"Going Nowhere Fast"Carole Beers, David Brain, Bob Shellhorn & Brian RayWritten by : Gary Sperling
Storyboard by : Sharon Forward & David Schwartz
NegaduckNovember 23, 1991 (1991-11-23)4308-057
Negaduck zaps Darkwing with a particle accelerator, unknowingly giving him super speed. Unfortunately, DW soon learns the major side effect – increased aging. With Darkwing old and decrepit, Negaduck easily takes control of the city.
7712"A Brush with Oblivion"Carole Beers, Terence Harrison, Mitch Rochon & Vincente BassolsWritten by : Mirith Schilder
Storyboard by : Rich Chidlaw, Jim McLean & David Prince
Splatter PhoenixNovember 30, 1991 (1991-11-30)4308-022

Honker notices a villainess named Splatter Phoenix making her way through the museum by way of the paintings. When Honker tries to tell people about it, no one believes him. Mostly his parents punish him for going crazy. Gosalyn gets involved and ends up stuck in a painting. At the end Honker was telling the truth about Splatter Phoenix and Splatter has been arrested and Honker punishment has been overturned by his parents.

Note: Splatter Phoenix's name is never spoken by herself (not that anyone would have the patience to listen to her); however, Honker knows it.
7813"The Merchant of Menace"Carole Beers, Terence Harrison & Vincente BassolsWritten by : Peter Hastings
Storyboard by : Ryan Anthony, Sharon Forward & Roy Shishido
Weasel LowmanDecember 7, 1991 (1991-12-07)4308-035

When Quackerware comes to life, S.H.U.S.H. thinks Herb Muddlefoot is behind it!! Drake investigates by joining in on Herb's Quackerware sales route.

Absent: Gosalyn

Season 3 (1992)

No. in
TitleWritten byVillain(s)Original air dateProd.
791"Monsters R Us"Michael MaurerMonoculo MacCawber and the villagersSeptember 12, 1992 (1992-09-12)4308-085
Morgana introduces Darkwing to her relatives – who are upset to find out that she is dating a "normal" (or as normal as Darkwing can be in comparison).
802"Inherit the Wimp"Gordon BressackMegavoltSeptember 19, 1992 (1992-09-19)4308-084
Helping with Gosalyn's homework, Darkwing shows her famous Mallards from history. She sneaks back into time with Quackerjack's timetop and brings them to the present. None of them seem to be as great as they were thought to be. When Megavolt steals Darkwing and Launchpad's nervous energy, the failures have a chance to prove they are heroes at heart.
813"The Revenge of the Return of the Brainteasers, Too!"Charlie HowellThe BrainteasersSeptember 26, 1992 (1992-09-26)4308-083
Honker has become a galactic hero after foiling Flog and his companions from ruling the galaxy (in Battle of the Brainteasers). The body-stealing hats from outer space break free from captivity, bent once again to rule or destroy the universe – this time with a grudge against the young genius.
824"Star Crossed Circuits"Bill Motz & Robert RothThe D-2000 supercomputerOctober 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)4308-086
D.W. gets the D-2000 supercomputer. While it seems to be perfect, Launchpad feels it's replacing him as sidekick, and Gosalyn is fed up with not getting away with anything, and introduces it to Launchpad's soap-operas. Soon, even Darkwing wants the machine gone when it falls in love with him. Darkwing finally tells the computer system it's getting unplugged when he gets to the tower, at which point it goes berserk and decides that if it can't have D.W. no one else will.
835"Steerminator"Tad Stones & Dev RossTaurus Bulba, Steelbeak and F.O.W.L.October 10, 1992 (1992-10-10)4308-089

F.O.W.L. rebuilds Taurus Bulba into a death machine, hoping to create a new agent from him. Bulba refuses their offer and burns only with the desire to have revenge on Darkwing, which includes kidnapping Gosalyn and Honker. To make matters worse, a recent accident has Darkwing in a wheelchair. Can he defeat a new and improved Terminator machine and rescue the kids in his condition?

Title Reference: Terminator
846"The Frequency Fiends"Bill Motz & Robert RothMegavolt, Heatwave, Lightwave and RadiowaveOctober 17, 1992 (1992-10-17)4308-091
Darkwing's new weapon hits Gosalyn. Although she's perfectly fine, 3 new beings are created, all of which look like Gosalyn, but have powers based on different frequencies: Heatwave (Red), Lightwave (Yellow), and Radiowave (Green). D.W. enlists Megavolt help, but an untrusting Darkwing messes things up ("Positive, Positive, POSITIVE!"). Now the 3 Frequency Fiends are combined into 1 super-being, and it's up to the combined efforts of D.W., Launchpad, Goz, and Megavolt to stop them!
857"Paint Misbehavin' "Matt UitzSplatter PhoenixOctober 24, 1992 (1992-10-24)4308-090

Darkwing is to appear as the guest of honor at a comic book convention, while Splatter Phoenix terrorizes the town by "improving" boring art.

Title Reference: "Ain't Misbehavin'"
868"Hot Spells"John Behnke & Rob Humphrey & Jim PetersonBeelzebubOctober 31, 1992 (1992-10-31)4308-092

Darkwing and Gosalyn go with Morgana to her old magic school, where she is to present her thesis paper. Gosalyn tries to find a shortcut to learning magic.

Notes: This episode was banned to air again after its initial broadcast because of its religiously sensitive subject matter, and the only episode not re-released on home media in the US, as it is unavailable for purchase on the iTunes Store and Google TV, and is unavailable to stream on Disney+. The Magic Brooms from Fantasia's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" make a cameo.

Absent: Launchpad
879"Fraudcast News"Bill Motz & Robert RothThe Bugmaster (Bianca Beakley)November 7, 1992 (1992-11-07)4308-095

A news reporter wants to film Darkwing Duck on his cases. But she thinks what Darkwing is doing is too boring. So she becomes a villain for DW to fight to boost her ratings. Will DW be canceled permanently?

Title Reference: Broadcast News
8810"Clash Reunion"Bill Motz & Robert RothMegavoltNovember 14, 1992 (1992-11-14)4308-094
Drake attends his high school reunion, but it turns out that Megavolt was also a member of Drake's class and is looking for revenge.
8911"Mutantcy on the Bouncy"Michael MaurerCement HeadNovember 21, 1992 (1992-11-21)4308-093

Gosalyn, working for her school newspaper, covers the three way battle between the Rubber Chicken, Cement-head and Darkwing Duck.

Title Reference: Mutiny on the Bounty
9012"Malice's Restaurant"Matt UitzNegaduckDecember 5, 1992 (1992-12-05)4308-097

Morgana opens up a new restaurant, but Darkwing forgets to cancel the guests coming there: The Cute Little Lost Bunnies! Meanwhile, Negaduck plans to turn the C.L.L.B. evil.

Title Reference: "Alice's Restaurant"
9113"Extinct Possibility"Tad Stones & Dev RossJohnny T. Rex, Throttle and MudflapDecember 12, 1992 (1992-12-12)4308-096
Darkwing is asked to investigate a mysterious museum discovery – Darkwing himself encased in amber! In order to solve the mystery of this unusual paleontological specimen, Darkwing uses Quackerjack's timetop to travel to the prehistoric past.

See also


  1. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 9, no. 2, March/April 1991: pp. 2, 38, 43.
  2. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 9, no. 3, May/June 1991: pp. 28, 46.
  3. ^ a b c "Kokomo Tribune TV Update: Friday Sept. 6 – Evening". Kokomo Tribune. September 6, 1991. p. 7. Retrieved September 20, 2014 – via NewspaperArchive.com. Darkwing Duck Premiere / Back to School with the Mickey Mouse Club previews a new Disney cartoon starring crime-fighting detective Darkwing Duck. Also, a Mickey Mouse Club special featuring comedy sketches and music performances.
  4. ^ Marilyn Beck; Stacy Jenel Smith (April 29, 1992). "Richard Lewis, Lee Grant team for NBC sitcom". The Orange County Register. p. F2. Retrieved September 19, 2014 – via NewspaperArchive.com. Hartman plays the voice of the evil Paddywhack on the syndicated series 'Darkwing Duck' airing today.
  5. ^ Marilyn Beck; Stacy Jenel Smith (April 30, 1992). "Disney Pushing Richard Lewis – Lee Grant Sitcom". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved October 15, 2011 – via NewsLibrary.com. Hartman, who plays the voice of the evil Paddywhack on the syndicated series Darkwing Duck, which aired yesterday.