- 16 Seasons
In a magical land where there is only one lady and tons of working little men, fairy tales do come true. The Smurfs first came into existence through a French cartoon. Though they never made it to television until the 1980s, they were love at first site for most people in the United States. Hasbro gave these creatures life and a new direction when they launched the televised cartoon series. On Saturday mornings, kids and adults alike would gather round the television to catch a glimpse of Smurfette or Brainy Smurf, along with the beloved Papa Smurf and to see what mysteries or mischief they would get into. With more than 100 little blue men running around, Gargamel had more than ample opportunities to catch and bottle the essence of the little creatures. The Smurfs were resourceful little people and did all of their own baking and building. There was Gardner Smurf who grew all their food and Baker Smurf who cooked for them. They all lived in a tiny village that had blue mushroom-style homes. The Smurfs spend most of their day loving and living off the land. They also had to prepare and make methods of escape from Gargamel. They never passed by the chance to be happy and spread sunshine to those they came in contact with. Everything is Smurfy, and most words start with Smurf at the beginning of them. This show was a huge hit and ran from 1981 to 1990 on NBC. The show was cancelled but has caught the popular attention of a new generation with reruns. There was even a movie that debuted in 2011 starring Neal Patrick Harris that did quite well at the box office. In 1983, the show took home the Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series and was also nominated for several other Daytime Emmy Awards. The little blue creatures may not be as popular as they were in the 80s, but there are still people that are in love with the little Smurfy creations and will line up at the first chance to see any movie or production they are in.