The 5 Creepiest Episodes of The Smurfs

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by Jason Gross @SockofFleagulls on July 30, 2013

in television, The 80s

I was a huge fan of The Smurfs as a kid. I have many happy memories of watching the cartoon on Saturday mornings in the early 80s and collecting the small rubber figurines in toy stores. From 1981-90, the animated series produced a whopping 256 episodes. As they increased in popularity, NBC would broadcast The Smurfs during 90-minute blocks on Saturday morning for 5 straight years.

I recently purchased some $5 DVD collections at Target. The Smurfs was an impulse buy, as I had not watched an episode in years. I wanted to see what my boys thought of the show, having watched the recent feature film. After I got through a few episodes, I realized…man, there were some jacked-up storylines!

I decided I had to find an episode guide and if nothing else, see what insane criminal acts and torture happened in the name of children’s entertainment. What did I find? Smurfs making fun of the afterlife, becoming mutated beasts, and wearing drag. No joke.

Check out these 5 super-creepy episodes of The Smurfs:


“The Purple Smurfs” aka the Hopping Biters

The smurfs begin their day as usual, hard at work on a suspension bridge. After being warned by overbearing foreman Papa Smurf for leaning too much on his shovel, Lazy decides to help by cutting down some trees. After a few minutes, he is tormented by a purple fly with vampire-like fangs.

purple smurf zombies gnap

In a fit of rage, he chases after the fly like an axe murderer, but the fly manages to escape and bites Lazy on his tail. Lazy then turns into a purple, zombie-like “biter” and begins terrorizes the village yelling “G-Nap! G-Nap!”  Several smurfs scramble to capture Lazy, tying him up in his house. But Lazy breaks free and begins biting more smurfs, slowing spreading the purple epidemic in the village.


After several failed attempts by Papa Smurf to find an antidote, the purple Smurfs surround his lab. Papa realizes it’s too late as he finds himself as the final blue smurf. All hope is lost as Hefty sets Papa’s lab ablaze and then bites Papa. His lab explodes, luckily mixing the right ingredients to make an antidote smog which covers the village and cures all the smurfs.


 “The Heavenly Smurfs” aka Go To Hell, Gargamel!

As Gargamel and Azriel feel today is the day that they’ll finally catch some Smurfs, they stumble upon several who are gathering firewood in the forest and give chase. Gargamel tangles his large net on a limb and falls on top of Azriel, knocking them both unconscious.

Jokey enjoys seeing them in this state and decides to play a joke on them. He shares a plan with the other Smurfs to make Gargamel believe he is six feet under. The smurfs spring into action by making fluffy smoke and heavenly costumes before Gargamel wakes up from his fall. When Gargamel comes to, he asks the heavenly smurfs if he has “passed away.” They affirm his greatest fear and inform him he will be headed to the hot place unless he agrees to start being kind to the Smurfs.


After seeing a couple deviled Smurfs with horns and pitchforks, Gargamel agrees to become a slave laborer to the Smurfs back on “earth.”  After a few Smurf angels visit Gargamel that night with a list of chores for the next day, he discovers the whole thing is a trick when some fake wings are left behind.

dead gargamel

He keeps up the rouse until the next day at the village and unleashes his own hell. Papa Smurf then uses a floating cloud trick to get Gargamel to leave the village and teach the jokester Smurfs a lesson in the process.  Let’s see…tricking people into thinking they are going to Hell so they can work while you live in the lap of luxury… did Jim and Tammy Faye write this episode?


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  • Lamar the Revenger

    Yes!! Love it! The Purple Smurf was the best!!

  • OldSchool80s

    I noticed some of the same things when I tried showing some episodes to my daughter. I did not recall the odd storylines much at all from when I watched them as a kid, but now each one seemed to make me cringe a little. It didn’t damage me at all (that I know of), so they can’t be all that bad.

  • Bianchi79

    The Smurfs really were odd in a lot of ways. I didn’t remember specifics like this but I know when my kid wanted to watch it a while back I suggested something else. I loved them growing up though!

  • ClarenceRHM

    Ah, Smurfs. I thought it was just a humble adventure until I read this. Thanks, Jason!

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