|Created by||Peyo (characters)|
|Starring|| Don Messick|
|Country of origin|| United States|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||256 (418 segments) (List of The Smurfs episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)|| William Hanna|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)|| Hanna-Barbera Productions|
SEPP International S.A.
|First shown||September 12, 1981|
|Original run||September 12, 1981 – December 2, 1989|
Reruns not currently aired
The Smurfs aired on Boomerang ever since the channel's premiere, April 1, 2000, until it was removed from the schedule on June 27, 2016. It is returning to the schedule on August 1, 2016, replacing The Jetsons. On January 2, 2017, it received a new timeslot on the network's line-up (weekdays from 11 am to 12 noon), with Captain Planet and the Planeteers taking the place of its original timeslot, It was removed on February 5, 2017, with What's New, Scooby-Doo? taking its place.
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.