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. YouTube has a “Popeye and Friends Official” channel for Hanna-Barbera’s Popeye cartoons; why not a “Little Rascals and Friends Official” channel (celebrity clearance issues notwithstanding)?
|Broadcast Date||Episode Summaries|
|1982 September 25||★ “Rascals’
Revenge”: Butch and Woim dare the Rascals to enter a
supposedly haunted house. (French
★ “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
★ “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
★ “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)
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 no episode by that title was ever broadcast in the United States. I have been told that “The Surgeon” may have been a pilot by Hanna-Barbera, later paired with “The Zero Hero” in international broadcasts. If “The Surgeon” was a pilot episode, then was Patty already cast as Darla?