Season 5, which aired from 1985 to 1986, spelled the end of one existing Smurf character as we knew him -- the adult version of Nat Smurf who appeared in Seasons 3 and 4 -- and the beginning of three other Smurf characters who would collectively become the Smurflings, thanks to the de-aging of three adult Smurfs through Father Time's magical clock and the creation of yet another female Smurf by those same three former adult Smurfs. With their character introductions came yet another shift in story-telling, as the remaining adult Smurfs now had to deal with three young Smurfs having to go through childhood again with a young female Smurf thrown into the mix. Another character that was added was their new pet Puppy, who would balance out the inequity that existed between the Smurfs and their main adversary Gargamel. However, in the eyes of certain viewers, Season 5 with its major character introductions was the point when the cartoon show had "jumped the shark" and would continue its downward slide from then on, culminating with the proverbial "final nail in the coffin" with Season 9's time-traveling episodes.
At the beginning of the opening, we see the Smurflings riding Puppy and a horse passes them. We then see Smurfette and Sassette being chased by Azrael, who is then chased by Puppy. Next, Papa Smurf and some other Smurfs ride on Feathers and save Brainy, Clumsy, and Vanity from a hungry dragon. We then see a bunch of Smurfs rushing out of the castle of Gargamel, who walks out and opens one of Jokey's explosive giftboxes. We then see Dreamy sailing his boat through an extreme storm and a bunch of his friends are about to be eaten by a shark. It turns out to be a book cover that Papa is reading to Baby Smurf, who gurgles something in his ear. Next, the Wartmongers chase Papa Smurf and the Smurflings through the forest. At the end of the intro, Slouchy slides down the log and rushes to keep up with the others who get behind the SMURFS logo and then Puppy with Baby Smurf appears over the mushroom.
The episodes that appeared in this season (in no particular order, except for the season premiere) include:
1. The Smurflings (Season Premiere)
2. Sassette (Season Premiere)
4. Alarming Smurfs
5. All Work And No Smurf
6. Baby's First Word
7. Bigmouth's Friend
8. Brainy Smurf, Friend To All The Animals
9. Brainy's Smarty Party
10. The Comet Is Coming
11. The Dark Ness Monster
12. Dreamy's Pen Pals
13. Educating Bigmouth
14. Gargamel's Time Trip
15. The Great Slime Crop Failure
16. The Grouchiest Game In Town
17. Happy Unhappiness Day To You
18. Have You Smurfed Your Pet Today?
19. He Who Smurfs Last
20. Kow-Tow, We Won't Bow
21. Love Those Smurfs
22. Marco Smurf And The Pepper Pirates
23. The Masked Pie Smurfer
24. The Mr. Smurf Contest
25. Mud Wrestling Smurfs
26. Mutiny On The Smurf
27. Papa's Day Off
28. Papa's Family Album
29. Papa's Flying Bed
30. Papa's Puppy Prescription
31. Poet's Writers' Block
32. Queen Smurfette
33. The Sand Witch
34. Smurf A Mile In My Shoes
35. Smurfette's Rose
36. Stuck On Smurfs
37. They're Smurfing Our Song
38. Things That Go Smurf In The Night
39. Unsound Smurfs
40. Wild And Wooly
- Amazon Instant Video has individual episodes available for download
- iTunes and Zune have individual episodes available for download. Several episodes in the iTunes edition carry the syndicated Smurfs Adventures repackaging, as opposed to the rest of the season, which remain uncut and use the original intro sequence and credits.
- In December 2011, Magna Home Entertainment released the entire season on DVD set for Australia and New Zealand. All the episodes are included, along with the Season 4 special, Smurfily Ever After.
- In August 2012, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released the entire season on DVD set for Germany, featuring all the episodes and the German version of the Smurfily Ever After special.
- Fabulous Films released the entire season on 4-disc DVD set for the United Kingdom from July 2013, which also included Smurfily Ever After.
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