1 9 8 1 – 1 9 8 9 (Belgium/USA)
256 x 30 minute episodes
These lovable powder blue characters were the creation of Belgian cartoonist Peyo Culliford, who in the late 70s licensed Smurf toys in America.
NBC President Fred Silverman observed how much his own daughter cherished her Smurf doll and quickly devised a cartoon series.
The show chronicled the adventures of the little mushroom-dwelling humanoids and their nemesis, the evil wizard Gargamel.
It became the smash hit of the 1981 – 1982 Saturday morning season and has remained highly popular since.
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