- 4 Seasons
Duck Tales is an animated series centered around three young ducks, Huey, Duey, and Louie, as they live with their great uncle, Scrooge McDuck. The series is based on the Uncle Scrooge comic books by Carl Barks. The initial premise for the series stems from the boys being left by their uncle Donald Duck with his great uncle Scrooge when the former goes off to join the Navy. A typical story line involves the boys going off on a treasure hunt of some sort with any of the secondary characters, and realizing in the end that real treasure is not always gold, much to the chagrin of their miserly uncle. Uncle Scrooge is often plagued by villains and arch-enemies who try to steal his fortune, most importantly his "Number One Dime," the first thing he ever earned, which he keeps in a glass jar inside his vault. The main villains are Magica de Spell, the Beagle Boys, and Scrooge's most hate nemesis, Flintheart Glomgold. Although Scrooge is already wealthy, he is constantly trying to grow his wealth, all the while attempting to keep his title of "Richest Duck in the World" from being stolen by Flintheart. Secondary characters include the pilot, Launchpad McQuack, the butler, Duckworth, the inventor, Gyro Gearloose, and the nanny, Mrs. Beakley, as well as her granddaughter, Webby. Throughout the series more secondary characters were added, generally drawn from the "Duck Universe," such as Gladstone Gander, with extremely good luck, and the lovable but often bumbling, Bubba Duck. While much of the first season centered around world travelling and far-reaching adventures, the later episodes were based mainly in the town of Duckburg. While some of these characters were originally seen in the comic book, many of them were created exclusively for Duck Tales. Along with their globetrotting story lines, their were also many pop culture references, with stories that involved everyone from Sherlock Holmes to Shakespeare and everything in between. The show originally aired from September 18, 1987 through November 28, 1990, with a total of 100 episodes. It was the first Disney cartoon created for syndication.