Smurfs was a
popular Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon that ran
from 1981 to 1989 on NBC. The show basically revolved
around of a group of little characters, called the
Smurfs, who lived in mushrooms in the forest. It was
based on a Belgian comic book series from the mid
1970’s. The series became widely popular in a hurry,
and coupled with a smart merchandising campaign, it
quickly rooted itself in popular culture. There were
also tons of TV specials nearly every year until 1987.
lives of the little blue Smurf’s would have been fine if
it wasn't for the evil wizard, Gargamel, and his evil
cat, Azrael, who wanted to see the Smurfs wiped out.
The Smurfs were constantly trying to outwit Gargamel,
which really wasn’t too difficult. With the exception
of patriarch Papa Smurf, and the only female Smurfette,
the Smurfs were given names based on their
personalities, such as Brainy Smurf, Sloppy Smurf,
Clumsy Smurf, Hefty Smurf, Grouchy Smurf, Jokey Smurf,
etc. There were a few named after their expertise, such
as Chef Smurf, Tracker Smurf, and Handy Smurf.