The Smurfs
Genre Animation
Created by Peyo (characters)
Creative director(s) Various
Starring Don Messick
Frank Welker
Lucille Bliss
Danny Goldman
Michael Bell
Hamilton Camp
William Callaway
June Foray
Alan Oppenheimer
Paul Winchell
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 256 (418 segments) (List of The Smurfs episodes)
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Freddy Monnickendam
Running time 22 minutes
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
SEPP International S.A.
Lafig S.A.
Original channel NBC
First shown September 12, 1981
Original run September 12, 1981 – December 2, 1989
The Smurfs, also known simply as Smurfs and syndicated as Smurfs' Adventures, is an American-Belgian animated fantasy-comedy television series based on the characters created by Peyo from the comic series, Les Schtroumpfs.[1]

The Smurfs aired on Boomerang from April 1, 2000, until February 5, 2017. However, it returned on July 30, 2018.

Premise Edit

The storylines tend to be simple tales of bold adventure. The cast has a simple structure as well: almost all the characters look essentially alike—mostly male (a few female Smurfs have appeared: Smurfette, Sassette, and Nanny Smurf), short (three apples high), with blue skin, white trousers with a hole for their short tails, white hat in the style of a Phrygian cap, and sometimes some additional accessory that identifies a personality (for example, "Handy Smurf" wears overalls instead of the standard trousers, a brimmed hat, and a pencil above his ear). Smurfs can walk and run, but often move by skipping on both feet. They love to eat sarsaparilla (a species of Smilax) leaves, whose berries the Smurfs naturally call "smurfberries" (the smurfberries appear only in the cartoon; in the original comics, the Smurfs only eat the leaves from the sarsaparilla).

The Smurfs fulfill simple archetypes of everyday people: "Lazy Smurf", "Grouchy Smurf", "Brainy Smurf", and so on. All Smurfs, with the exception of Papa, Baby, Smurfette, Nanny and Grandpa, are said to be 100 years old. There were originally 99 Smurfs, but this number increased as new Smurf characters appeared, such as Sassette and Nanny. All of the original Smurfs were male; later female additions are Smurfette and Sassette—Smurfette being Gargamel's creation, while Sassette was created by the Smurflings.


  1. The Smurfs (TV series). Wikipedia. Retrieved April 5, 2015.