Captain Planet and the Planeteers

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Captain Planet and the Planeteers
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Season 1-3's title card.
Created by Ted Turner
Barbara Pyle
Robert Larkin III
Thom Beers
Nicholas Boxer
Bob Forward
Phil Harnage
Andy Heyward
Robby London
Barbara Pyle
Cassandra Schafhausen
Network TBS
Production company DIC
Distributor Turner Program Services
Original release September 15, 1990May 11, 1996
Run time 23 minutes
Starring David Coburn
LeVar Burton
Joey Dedio
Janice Kawaye
Scott Menville
Kath Soucie
Whoopi Goldberg
Frank Welker
Margot Kidder
Executive producer(s) Andy Heyward
Robby London
Barbara Pyle
Nicholas Boxer
Producer(s) Nicholas Boxer
Will Meugniot
Cassandra Schafhausen
Larry Houston
Thom Beers
Lisa A. Salamone
Cos Anzilotti
Dan Gottlieb
Music composed by Tom Worrall
Murray McFadden
Timothy Mulholland
Thomas Chase
Steve Rucker
Writer(s) Bruce Reed
Shelly Reed
Sean Catherine Derek
Laren Bright
Director(s) Will Meugniot
Stan Phillips
Jim Duffy
Vince Davis
Marsha Goodman (voices)
Gordon Hunt (voices)
Ginny McSwain (voices)
Kris Zimmerman (voices)
Second title card
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Season 4-6's title card.

Captain Planet and the Planeteers, and later known as The New Adventures of Captain Planet, is an American animated environmentalist superhero television series produced by DIC (seasons 1-3) and Hanna-Barbera (seasons 4-6) for TBS. It ran from 1990 to 1996, airing 113 episodes that spanned six seasons.

The plot was explained in an opening narration for the first five seasons: Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, can no longer stand the terrible destruction plaguing our planet. She sends five magic rings to five special young people: Kwame, from Africa, with the power of Earth... From North America, Wheeler, with the power of Fire... From Eastern Europe, Linka, with the power of Wind. From Asia, Gi, with the power of Water... and from South America, Ma-Ti, with the power of Heart. When the five powers combine, they summon Earth's greatest champion, Captain Planet.




The casting director for the DIC episodes was Ginny McSwain and Marsha Goodman, while Kris Zimmerman was the casting director of the Hanna-Barbera episodes.


In 2001, the Captain Planet Foundation became a non-profit organization after the merger between Time Warner and AOL. For Earth Day 2006, Boomerang advertised the last thirteen as new, even though TBS had aired those years ago.


The main title and score were composed by Tom Worrall, while Murray McFadden and Timothy Mulholland composed the end title music, with end title lyrics written by Nicholas Boxer. When production of the series moved from DIC to Hanna-Barbera, Thomas Chase and Steve Rucker composed the main title and score, while McFadden and Mulhollan continued to compose the end title music.

The main title music was completely changed for the sixth and final season, which had Pat Irwin compose music set to a wretched rap by Fred Schneider, but your opinion might be different.

The music supervisor was Joanne Miller at DIC, while Bodie Chandler was the director of the music production at Hanna-Barbera.


Title Original air date
1x01 September 15, 1990
1x02 September 22, 1990
1x03 September 29, 1990
1x04 October 6, 1990
1x05 October 13, 1990
1x06 October 20, 1990
1x07 October 27, 1990
1x08 November 3, 1990
1x09 November 10, 1990
1x10 November 17, 1990
1x11 November 24, 1990
1x12 January 26, 1991
1x13 February 2, 1991
1x14 February 9, 1991
1x15 February 16, 1991
1x16 February 23, 1991
1x17 March 2, 1991
1x18 March 9, 1991
1x19 April 13, 1991
1x20 April 20, 1991
1x21 April 27, 1991
1x22 May 4, 1991
1x23 May 11, 1991
1x24 May 18, 1991
1x25 May 25, 1991
1x26 June 1, 1991
2x01 September 14, 1991
2x02 September 21, 1991
2x03 September 28, 1991
2x04 October 5, 1991
2x05 October 12, 1991
2x06 October 19, 1991
2x07 October 26, 1991
2x08 November 2, 1991
2x09 November 9, 1991
2x10 November 16, 1991
2x11 November 23, 1991
2x12 November 30, 1991
2x13 December 7, 1991
2x14 January 18, 1992
2x15 January 25, 1992
2x16 February 1, 1992
2x17 February 8, 1992
2x18 February 15, 1992
2x19 February 22, 1992
2x20 February 29, 1992
2x21 March 7, 1992
2x22 March 14, 1992
2x23 March 21, 1992
2x24 March 28, 1992
2x25 April 4, 1992
2x26 April 11, 1992
3x01 September 12, 1992
3x02 September 19, 1992
3x03 September 26, 1992
3x04 October 3, 1992
3x05 October 10, 1992
3x06 October 17, 1992
3x07 October 24, 1992
3x08 October 31, 1992
3x09 November 7, 1992
3x10 November 14, 1992
3x11 November 21, 1992
3x12 November 28, 1992
3x13 December 5, 1992
4x01 September 11, 1993
4x02 September 18, 1993
4x03 September 25, 1993
4x04 October 2, 1993
4x05 October 9, 1993
4x06 October 16, 1993
4x07 October 23, 1993
4x08 October 30, 1993
4x09 November 6, 1993
4x10 November 13, 1993
4x11 November 20, 1993
4x12 November 27, 1993
4x13 February 5, 1994
4x14 February 19, 1994
4x15 February 26, 1994
4x16 March 5, 1994
4x17 March 26, 1994
4x18 April 2, 1994
4x19 April 23, 1994
4x20 April 30, 1994
4x21 May 7, 1994
4x22 May 14, 1994
5x01 September 10, 1994
5x02 September 17, 1994
5x03 September 24, 1994
5x04 October 1, 1994
5x05 November 5, 1994
5x06 November 12, 1994
5x07 November 19, 1994
5x08 November 26, 1994
5x09 February 4, 1995
5x10 February 11, 1995
5x11 February 18, 1995
5x12 February 25, 1995
5x13 May 13, 1995
6x01 September 9, 1995
6x02 September 23, 1995
6x03 October 7, 1995
6x04 November 4, 1995
6x05 November 11, 1995
6x06 November 11, 1995
6x07 November 25, 1995
6x08 January 27, 1996
6x09 February 3, 1996
6x10 February 10, 1996
6x11 February 17, 1996
6x12 February 24, 1996
6x13 May 11, 1996



In 2017, there was a OK K.O.: Let's Be Heroes! crossover episode called "The Power Is Yours!", with David Coburn and Levar Burton reprising their roles.

In popular culture

  • In the Sister, Sister episode "Out Alone," Tia and Tamera sit a bus that advertises the series.
  • In 2011, Funny or Die released a four-part live-action sketch called Captain Planet with Don Cheadle (also known as Don Cheadle is Captain Planet).
  • In the Ben 10: Ultimate Alien episode "The Widening Gyre," Kevin makes a reference to the series about kids fighting polluters.

Robot Chicken

Main article: Robot Chicken
  • "1987:" At the Turner HQ, Ted Turner hears about Pan-Global dumping sludge into the Atlantic Ocean, which enrages Turner so much that he dresses up as Captain Planet and goes about the streets on a lunatic crusade against injustice shouting "Captain Planet!" He kicks down a man who discards a cup into a regular bin instead of recycling it, before ziplining to Pan-Global HQ, where executives are already planning on dumping more sludge into the Grand Canyon. Ted holds one of them out of the window to force him into signing a document that they'll stop dumping sludge. He then drops the guy anyway, who falls into a recycling dumpster. He then ends the skit with a PSA-like announcement that he will kill you if don't protect the environment.
    • The next segment called "Best Robot Chicken Ever," has Hal Sparks proclaim the biggest catchphrase of the new millennium will be shouting "Captain Planet!" before doing something lurid, like kicking people in the testicles, like Hal Sparks and his friends do.
  • "Hurtled from a Helicopter Into a Speeding Train:"
  • "Garbage Sushi:"
  • "Gimme That Chocolate Milk:"