Little Rascals Episode Guide

Although Patty Maloney is well known for her work with the Krofft brothers (Far Out Space Nuts, Bay City Rollers and others), her first credited animation role was Darla Hood in the 1982–84 Little Rascals series, produced jointly by Hanna-Barbera and King World for ABC-TV. The Little Rascals cartoon was never part of USA Network’s Cartoon Express, presumably due to parental disapproval and low Saturday-morning ratings. To my knowledge, it has not been shown on Cartoon Network in the United States, despite the fact that TBS and TNT have for years shown Our Gang shorts from the 1930s and 1940s. The animated Little Rascals series was shown on Cartoon Network UK & Ireland, on Telefís Éireann in Ireland, on CTV Two Atlantic in Canada, on the Seven Network in Australia, on France 2 (formerly Antenne 2) in France, on Boomerang in Germany, on TVNZ 2 in New Zealand, and on Mediacorp Channel 5 in Singapore.

Here are plot summaries for the Little Rascals cartoon episodes. This episode list is edited from those at Wikipedia and the Toonarific Cartoon Archive. I thank Jimmy MacDonald for helping me to correct the broadcast order, and Matthew Lydick for providing the episode summaries I was missing. Episode titles in blue link to video files on Daily⁠Motion.

Broadcast Date Episode Summaries
1982 September 25 “Rascals’ Revenge”: Butch and Woim dare the Rascals to enter a supposedly haunted house. (French dub)
“Yachtsa’ Luck”: Waldo invites Darla and the boys aboard his yacht, unaware that two pirates have robbed the yacht’s treasure chest. (French dub)
★ “Fish Fright”
1982 October 02 “Grin and Bear It”: During the Rascals’ camping trip, Porky is abducted by the Phantom Lumberjack.
“Beauty Queen for a Day”: After the boys fall for the new girl in town, Darla enters the Little Miss Greenpoint pageant. This short was included in the ABC Pac-Preview Party special, preserved by the YouTube user “duke⁠of⁠cry⁠dee”.
★ “The Serenade”
1982 October 09 ★ “Big City Rascals”: The Rascals try to escape household chores by visiting Darla’s uncle on his farm.
★ “Alfalfakazam!”: The Rascals put on a magic show. (French dub)
★ “Scoop Dupes”
1982 October 16 ★ “Showdown at the Rascal Corral”: Alfalfa plays cowboy; two outlaws “arrest” him for singing in a no-singing zone.
★ “Poached Pooch”: Butch and Woim steal Pete’s dog license.
★ “Ice Escapades”
1982 October 23 ★ “Porky-O and Julie-Et”: Porky falls for the daughter of an ice cream magnate.
★ “Just Desserts”: The boys enter Darla’s cake in a baking contest. Unfortunately, when the day of the contest arrives, Darla is ill and the recipe card becomes illegible.
★ “No Hit Wit”
1982 October 30 ★ “Alfalfa for President”: Alfalfa and Waldo compete for class president.
★ “Rock & Roll Rascals”: Darla wants an autograph from a rock musician.
★ “A Swimming We Will Go”
1982 November 06 ★ “The Irate Pirates”: On the beach, the Rascals find a treasure map and meet two adult male bullies dressed as pirates. As viewers might expect, Darla wears a bikini.
★ “All the Loot That’s Fit to Print”: The Rascals start a newspaper; Alfalfa unwittingly spends counterfeit money.
★ “The Spare”
1982 November 13 ★ “Alfalfa’s Athlete’s Feat”: Butch challenges Alfalfa to a pentathlon, and then tries to win by cheating.
★ “Darla’s Dream Dance”: Darla organizes the school dance.
★ “Fiscal Fitness”
1982 November 20 “Cap’n Spanky’s Showboat”: The Rascals help their friend Captain Smokey by cleaning up a steamboat. At one point Darla and Buckwheat have brushes and sponges strapped to their respective bare feet.
“The Case of the Puzzled Pals”: Alfalfa plays detective to help Darla find her doll. Spanky is the prime suspect.
★ “Go Cart Go”
1982 November 27 ★ “Falling Heir”: Spanky inherits a castle that is said to be haunted.
★ “Flim Flam Film Fans”: A movie director comes to Greenpoint; Darla gets tied to a railroad gate—indoors—à la Penelope Pitstop.
★ “Do or Diet”
1982 December 04 ★ “Trash Can Treasures”: The Rascals find an Aladdin-type lamp; Darla adopts a stray horse.
★ “King of the Hobos”: After eating the other Rascals’ food, Porky runs away and meets an old hobo.
★ “Out on a Limb”
1982 December 11 “Tiny Terror”: Butch leaves his baby brother with the Rascals.
“Science Fair and Foul”: Buckwheat builds a robot for a science fair.
★ “Sea Song”
1982 December 18 ★ “Big Top Rascals”: Denied entry to a real circus, the Rascals put on their own circus; Butch and Woim take unfair advantage of their free admission.
★ “Class Act”: The Rascals enter Pete in a dog show, but Waldo doesn’t think Pete has a chance against the show’s pedigree dogs. Things get hectic when somebody kidnaps Pete. This is the last first-run Little Rascals short of the first season.
★ “He Who Runs Away”
1983/84 Episodes (from The Monchhichis/Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show)
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  • September 10: “Wash and Werewolf”: After seeing a 3D horror movie, Alfalfa thinks he is a werewolf.
  • September 17: “Save Our Treehouse!”: A used car dealer wants to destroy the Rascals’ treehouse.
  • September 24: “Horse Sense”: Alfalfa and Waldo are fighting for Darla’s affections again. This time, Waldo challenges Alfalfa to a horse race. There’s just one problem: Alfalfa doesn’t know how to ride.
  • October 1: “After Hours”: The Rascals get jobs in a department store warehouse.
  • October 8: “Tiny Terror” (repeat from first season)
  • October 15: “A Not So Buenos Días”: Alfalfa is suspicious of Darla’s Latina friend.
  • October 22: “Class Act” (repeat from first season)
  • October 29: “Fright Night”: The Rascals go trick-or-treating. Darla dresses so as to resemble Alfalfa.
  • November 5: “Porky-O and Julie-Et” (repeat from first season)
  • November 12: “The Big Sneeze”: The Rascals meet up with a goat, to which Alfalfa is allergic.
  • November 19: “Pete’s Big Break”: The Rascals act in a dog food commercial. Unfortunately, Pete eats so much dog food during rehearsal that Alfalfa must substitute for him.
  • November 26: “Cap’n Spanky’s Showboat” (repeat from first season)
  • December 2: “The Zero Hero”: Darla wins a date with a TV superhero; Alfalfa assumes the identity of Alpha-Man. This is the last first-run episode of the Hanna-Barbera Little Rascals series, and the second appearance of the Latina girl.

I am seeking a clean Web site (meaning both honest and without hidden fees or malware) that has Little Rascals cartoon episodes other than those at Daily⁠Motion. Videos should be playable in either QuickTime Player or VLC. YouTube has a “Popeye and Friends Official” channel for Popeye cartoons of the 1960s through the 1980s; why not a “Little Rascals and Friends Official” channel (celebrity clearance issues notwithstanding)?

I am told that The Little Rascals has fallen victim to values dissonance since its Saturday-morning run ended in 1984, hence its absence from U.S. cable reruns and home video.

Some animation history books, as well as the Our Gang Wikia Wiki, list “The Surgeon” as a Little Rascals animated episode, even though (to my knowledge) no episode by that title was ever produced.

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