|Also known as||Smurfs' Adventures (in syndication)|
|Created by||Pierre "Peyo" Culliford|
|Based on||The Smurfs|
by Pierre "Peyo" Culliford
|Voices of||See Voices|
|Theme music composer|
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||258 (425 segments) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original release||12 September 1981 –|
2 December 1989
The Smurfs (syndicated as Smurfs' Adventures) is an animated fantasy-comedy children's television series that originally aired on NBC from 12 September 1981 to 2 December 1989. Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, it is based on the Belgian comic series by the same name, created by Belgian cartoonist Peyo (who also served as story supervisor of this adaptation) and aired for 258 episodes with a total of 419 stories, excluding three cliffhangers episodes and seven specials episodes.
In 1976, Stuart R. Ross, an American media and entertainment entrepreneur who saw the Smurfs while traveling in Belgium, entered into an agreement with Editions Dupuis and Peyo, acquiring North American and other rights to the characters, whose original name was "les Schtroumpfs". Subsequently, Ross launched the Smurfs in the United States in association with a California company, Wallace Berrie and Co., whose figurines, dolls and other Smurf merchandise became a hugely popular success. NBC President Fred Silverman's daughter, Melissa, had a Smurf doll of her own that he had bought for her at a toy shop while they were visiting Aspen, Colorado. Silverman thought that a series based on the Smurfs might make a good addition to his Saturday-morning lineup.
The Saturday morning cartoon The Smurfs, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in association with SEPP International S.A. (from 1981 to 1987) and Lafig S.A. (in the years 1988 and 1989), debuted on NBC at 8:30 AM in 1981. The series became a major success for the network (one of the few hits to emerge from the Fred Silverman era) and one of the most successful and longest running Saturday morning cartoons in television history, spawning seven spin-off television specials on an almost yearly basis. The characters included Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy Smurf, the evil Gargamel, his cat Azrael, and Johan and his friend Peewit. The Smurfs was nominated multiple times for Daytime Emmy Awards and won Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series in 1982–1983.
By 1989, the show was in its ninth season and had reached the 200-episode threshold, an extreme rarity when most cartoons were gone after two seasons and 22 episodes (it also far exceeded the typical 65-episode run of a first-run syndicated show of the era). In an effort to come up with new ideas to keep the show fresh, NBC changed the format of the show, taking some of the Smurfs out of the forest and omitting the Smurf Village. These changes were adopted to a lost-in-time format similar to The Time Tunnel (at the same time NBC had a hit with the prime time series Quantum Leap which also dealt with time travel). The show continued through the end of the season, airing the last original episode 2 December 1989 on NBC, after a decade of success, NBC later cancelled The Smurfs along with other Saturday-morning cartoons to make way for another block of live-action programming on 9 April 1990, The Smurfs had its last re-run on NBC on 25 August 1990. The total number of individual eleven minute and twenty-two minute cartoons in the entire series run came to 425.
Main article: List of The Smurfs episodes
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||39||26||September 12, 1981||December 5, 1981|
|2||46||35||September 18, 1982||March 5, 1983|
|3||55||33||September 17, 1983||November 26, 1983|
|4||48||28||September 15, 1984||December 15, 1984|
|5||40||24||September 14, 1985||December 7, 1985|
|6||61||36||September 13, 1986||November 29, 1986|
|7||65||36||September 19, 1987||December 5, 1987|
|8||24||16||September 10, 1988||October 29, 1988|
|9||41||24||September 9, 1989||December 2, 1989|
|Specials||N/A||7||1980||December 13, 1987|
Main article: List of The Smurfs characters
Outsourced production work was done by Wang Film Productions/Cuckoo's Nest Studios and, only for Season 7, by Toei Animation.
The background music for The Smurfs was composed by Hoyt Curtin, Hanna-Barbera's primary musical director, but Curtin's work on the series is noted for its frequent use of classical music as themes or leitmotifs. Notable classical works excerpted in The Smurfs include:
A half-hour version for syndication was broadcast under the title Smurfs' Adventures since 1986. Although each season had its own unique opening song during the original broadcast, syndicated airings usually use a shortened version of the season 4 opening. The series aired on Boomerang until April 7, 2023. On August 7, 2023, the series began airing on Discovery Family.
Warner Home Video (via Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and Warner Bros. Family Entertainment) released the complete first season on DVD in a two-volume set in 2008. Despite high sales of both sets, no further seasons have been released. Warner Home Video later released a series of three single-disc releases of The Smurfs in 2009, each containing five episodes from the second season. A two-disc DVD was set to be released in 2011 to tie into the theatrical film with 10 episodes which would be culled from the entire run of the series, instead, it included episodes from the second season. Another DVD with both Smurfs Christmas specials was released later that year. It is unknown if Warner Archive will release the rest of the show's complete seasons (under the Hanna-Barbera Classics Collection banner or not) on MOD DVD.
In 2020, HBO Max released seasons one to four on its online streaming platform. The available seasons are presented in 1080p high definition.
|DVD title||Season(s)||Episode count||Release date||Description|
|Season 1 Volume 1||1||13||26 February 2008||This two-disc release contained the first 19 season one episodes, uncut and digitally remastered, and presented in their original broadcast presentation and order. Special features included a bonus episode "The Smurfs Springtime Special", and the Smurfs music video.|
|Season 1 Volume 2||7 October 2008||This two-disc release contained the remaining 20 season one episodes, plus one special feature, "I Smurf The Smurfs".|
|True Blue Friends||2||5||3 March 2009||Contains five season two episodes: "S-Shivering S-Smurfs", "Turncoat Smurf", "The Smurf Who Couldn't Say No", "The Haunted Castle", and "The Black Hellebore". Special features include a storyboard of "Gormandizing Greedy".|
|Smurfy Tales||18 August 2009||Contains five season two episodes: "The Last Laugh", "The A-maze-ing Smurfs", "The Lost City of Yore", "Johan's Army", and "The Good, The Bad, and the Smurfy". Special features include bios of Handy Smurf, Clumsy Smurf, Smurfette, and Vanity Smurf.|
|World of Wonders||17 November 2009||Contains five season two episodes "All's Smurfy That Ends Smurfy", "The Littlest Giant", "Sleepwalking Smurfs", "Squeaky", and "The Sorcery of Maltrochu". Special features include the Meet The Smurfs feature, which shows Jokey, Brainy, and Greedy, plus an Easter egg: if the viewer clicks on the telescope, it shows something that is "rated S for Smurfy", presented as if it was a science-fiction movie. It starts out with Dreamy asking if there is life in "outer smurf", and shows Hefty saying, "There is no life in outer smurf", ending with the announcer saying "It Came from Outer Smurf. Coming Soon." Also of note is that Greedy's image is actually Cook Smurf's image, which is what the cartoon version of Greedy is based on.|
|A Magical Smurf Adventure||10||19 July 2011||Contains 10 season two episodes "Smurf Van Winkle", "Revenge of the Smurfs", "Magic Fountain", "Smurf Me No Flowers", "The Cursed Country", "The Blue Plague", "The Ring of Castellac", "A Mere Truffle", "Gormandizing Greedy", and "Sister Smurf". Special features include Smurf Speak.|
|Holiday Celebration||—||2||11 October 2011||Contains both Christmas specials "'Tis the Season to Be Smurfy" and "The Smurfs Christmas Special"|
|The Best of Seasons 1 and 2||1, 2||24||12 March 2013||Repackage contains the first discs from the Season 1 Volumes 1 and 2 and A Magical Smurf Adventure sets.|
|Smurfs to the Rescue!||6||16 July 2013||Contains one season one episode, and five season two episodes "The Goblin of Boulder Wood", "Sideshow Smurfs", "The Three Smurfketeers", "It Came from Outer Smurf", "One Good Smurf Deserves Another", and "The Sky is Smurfing! The Sky is Smurfing!"|
|Smurftastic Journey||1||15 October 2013||Contains six cartoons (equal to four episodes worth) from season one, "The Astrosmurf", "Painter and Poet", "Paradise Smurfed", "Supersmurf", "Dreamy's Nightmare", and "All That Glitters Isn't Smurf"|
|The Smurfs Springtime Specials||3 TV specials||21 February 2023||Contains three TV Specials "The Smurfs Springtime Special", "My Smurfy Valentine", & "Smurfily Ever After"|
Fabulous Films and Arrow Films have released the first five seasons on DVD in the UK. The company has also released the film The Smurfs and the Magic Flute on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as several compilation DVDs, containing themed specials from the show.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release date|
|Complete 1st Season||27||5 July 2010|
|Complete 2nd Season||24||6 September 2010|
|Complete 3rd Season||31||1 July 2013|
|Complete 4th Season||28||1 July 2013|
|Complete 5th Season||25||1 July 2013|
|The Complete Seasons 1–5||135||1 December 2014|
|The Smurfs – Four Smurf-tastic Episodes||4||30 July 2011|
|The Smurfs and the Magic Flute (Blu-ray + DVD)||0||11 October 2011|
|The Smurfs: 'Tis the Season to Be Smurfy||4||5 November 2011|
|The Smurfs: My Smurfy Valentine||4||8 January 2012|
|The Smurfs Springtime Special||6||17 March 2012|
|The Smurfs: The Smurfic Games||7||4 June 2012|
|The Smurfs Halloween Special||6||1 October 2012|
|The Smurfs: Love, Smurfette||6||1 July 2013|
|The Smurfs: Papa Smurf Rocks!||6||1 July 2013|
|The Smurfs: World Cup Carnival||5||23 June 2014|
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the release of the full Series in 9 Season Sets on DVD in Germany, with German sound only, beginning in August 2011.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release date|
|Die komplette erste Staffel||27||4 August 2011|
|Die komplette zweite Staffel||24||4 August 2011|
|Die komplette dritte Staffel||31||14 October 2011|
|Die komplette vierte Staffel||28||14 October 2011|
|Die komplette fünfte Staffel||25||16 August 2012|
|Die komplette sechste Staffel||39||16 August 2012|
|Die komplette siebte Staffel||40||25 July 2013|
|Die komplette achte Staffel||16 (including 16 additional episodes of Johan and Peewit)||25 July 2013|
|Die komplette neunte Staffel||26||25 July 2013|
|Collector's Edition (Amazon.de exclusive)||272||4 July 2013|
Magna Home Entertainment has released various best-of volume collections on DVD.
In 2017, the Belgian companies IMPS and Dupuis Audiovisuel began production on an updated Smurfs series with CG animation, similar to Smurfs: The Lost Village. The series made its world premiere, on RTBF's OUFtivi channel in Belgium, on 18 April 2021. It premiered on Nickelodeon & Nicktoons in September 2021 in the U.S