The following is a list of episodes for Darkwing Duck, an American animated television series produced by The Walt Disney Company that first ran from 1991 to 1992 on both the syndicated programming block The Disney Afternoon and Saturday mornings on ABC. Reruns of the series continued to air on The Disney Afternoon until 1995 and again between 1996 and 1997. The series originally aired as a preview-run on The Disney Channel in the spring of 1991 before beginning its main runs in September of that year. Episode airdates for this preview-run are not currently available. The series featured an eponymous superhero anthropomorphic duck with the alter ego of Drake Mallard, voiced by Jim Cummings. It is the first of two spin-offs of DuckTales, the other being Quack Pack.
A total of 91 episodes were made. Of those, 65 aired in syndication on The Disney Afternoon in the 1991–1992 season (the first two episodes aired as a combined hour-long broadcast of the pilot episode "Darkly Dawns the Duck" the weekend before the series began its weekday run), with 13 more simultaneously airing on Saturdays on ABC in the fall of 1991. Another 13 episodes aired on Saturdays on ABC in the fall of 1992.
The pilot episode "Darkly Dawns the Duck" originally aired on the weekend of Friday, September 6, 1991 (the airdate varied by market) as part of a larger syndicated TV special called The Darkwing Duck Premiere / Back to School with the Mickey Mouse Club. Afterwards, "Darkly Dawns the Duck" was edited into a two-part version in which the two parts were treated as two distinct episodes. It is unknown when this two-part version first aired.
The Disney Afternoon episodes and the first 13 ABC episodes are listed separately. In fact, they constituted a single production season, but Disney originally kept the ABC episodes separate from the syndicated episodes for distribution purposes. The first ABC season was reaired on The Disney Afternoon in the fall of 1992. The second ABC season was not aired on The Disney Afternoon until the fall of 1993, after ABC removed the series from its schedule.
Since the syndicated and ABC episodes are separated here, episodes are not listed according to their broadcast chronology. In addition, even the broadcast order of the first 78 episodes does not reflect their in-universe chronology – for example, Liquidator's origin episode "Dry Hard" was aired after his appearances in "Just Us Justice Ducks" and "Life, the Negaverse and Everything". The series' production order (with the exception of "Darkly Dawns the Duck") most closely reflects the intended chronological episode order.
(NOTE: The specific airdates for ten of the final twelve Disney Afternoon episodes, broadcast between April and May 1992, are not currently available.)
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|DA||65||September 6, 1991||May 20, 1992||Syndicated (Disney Afternoon)|
|ABC1||13||September 7, 1991||November 30, 1991||ABC|
|ABC2||13||September 12, 1992||December 12, 1992||ABC|
Disney Afternoon (1991-1992)
|No.||No.||Title||Written by||Original airdate||Production code|
|1||1||"Darkly Dawns the Duck (Part 1)"|| Story by|
|September 6, 1991||4308-052|
|Darkwing Duck is a little known crime fighter of St. Canard, dying for a big break, and the publicity that goes with it. Yet when he gets on the trail of the infamous Taurus Bulba's latest scheme, he gets into more trouble than he expected, and ends up adopting a young girl, by the name of Gosalyn.|
|2||2||"Darkly Dawns the Duck (Part 2)"|| Story by|
|September 6, 1991||4308-053|
| Gosalyn is now under Darkwing's protection, but Taurus Bulba is still out to get her, believing she has the Waddlemeyer Ramrod arming code. But Gosalyn doesn't know anything about it.
Villains: Taurus Bulba, Hammerhead Hannigan, Hoof, Mouth, Clovis, and Tantalus
|3||3||"Beauty and the Beet"||John Behnke & Rob Humphrey & Jim Peterson|| September 9, 1991|
(Disney Channel: May 5, 1991)
| Reginald Bushroot, plant scientist, only wants to make the world a better place to live, but his colleagues mock his passion for plants. When he subjects himself to his own experiments, he becomes a half-plant, half-duck mutant, and it's time to get even with his tormentors, and its up to Drake Mallard in his Darkwing Duck persona.
Title Reference: Beauty and the Beast
|4||4||"Getting Antsy"||Doug Langdale|| September 10, 1991|
(Disney Channel: April 14, 1991)
| The owner of the local miniature golf course, Lilliput Gooney, has invented a helmet that allows him to communicate with ants. He then uses a shrink ray to shrink the buildings and landmarks of St. Canard, using the ants to haul the now-shrunk buildings back to the miniature golf, where they become part of the course. Eventually Lilliput shrinks Darkwing down to an even tinier size.
|5||5||"Night of the Living Spud"||Steve Roberts|| September 11, 1991|
(Disney Channel: June 15, 1991)
| Dr. Bushroot tries to grow a wife for himself, but the result is not the flower that he expected.
Villains: Bushroot and Posey
Title Reference: Night of the Living Dead
|6||6||"Apes of Wrath"||Dev Ross|| September 12, 1991|
(Disney Channel: May 19, 1991)
| S.H.U.S.H. sends Darkwing, Launchpad and Gosalyn to Africa to find the missing Dr. Beatrice Bruté, the famous anthropologist. Darkwing discovers that Major Trenchrot is planning to open a vacation villa for villains.
Villain: Major Trenchrot
Title Reference: The Grapes of Wrath
|7||7||"Dirty Money"||John Behnke & Rob Humphrey & Jim Peterson|| September 13, 1991|
(Disney Channel: April 28, 1991)
| Someone is stealing the money in Saint Canard by erasing all ink on the banknotes and leaving them nothing but worthless papers. S.H.U.S.H. Director J. Gander Hooter calls on Darkwing to help solve the mystery but chief Agent Gryzlikoff doesn't trust him. Darkwing discovers that the thief is Ammonia Pine, a woman, who used to be a maid until some dangerous chemicals caused her to be obsessed with cleaning.
Villain: Ammonia Pine
|8||8||"Duck Blind"||Len Uhley||September 16, 1991||4308-017|
| Darkwing Duck falls afoul of Megavolt and comes out blind. Undaunted, DW tries to keep going using a few inventive gadgets, but Gosalyn, Honker and Launchpad almost get killed because of his arrogance. Gosalyn and the gang plan to nab Megavolt themselves, but get caught by him instead.
|9||9||"Comic Book Capers"||John Behnke & Rob Humphrey & Jim Peterson||September 17, 1991||4308-036|
| Infuriated at how he's portrayed in his new comic book, Darkwing decides he can write the comic better himself. But he keeps getting interrupted by everyone, who then add their own little bits. Finally, even Megavolt joins in the writing of the story.
|10||10||"Water Way to Go"||Dev Ross||September 18, 1991||4308-001|
| S.H.U.S.H. has given Darkwing Duck a case to travel to Oilrabia and stop Steelbeak. F.O.W.L.'s top agent is threatening to flood the country with a portable weather machine. The only problem is that Darkwing has agreed to let Launchpad assume the role as hero and be a sidekick himself for this mission.
Title Reference: What a Way to Go!
|11||11||"Paraducks"||Doug Langdale||September 19, 1991||4308-033|
| Darkwing goes back in time with Gosalyn and he meets himself in grade school when he was known as "Drakey". He then sees a record shop being robbed by a gang of greasers. Due to Darkwing's inaction, Darkwing's present time world gets changed when the duo comes back to the present. Therefore, Darkwing and Gosalyn must again go back to the past to restore it.
Villains: The King and his gang
|12||12||"Easy Come, Easy Grows"||Marion Wells||September 20, 1991||4308-024|
| Darkwing investigates a case in which money is disappearing along with the bank vaults. Bushroot creates a tree covered with money.
|13||13||"A Revolution in Home Appliances"||Gary Sperling||September 23, 1991||4308-050|
| Megavolt gets zapped with his new invention, which lets him turn regular home appliances into living things. He assembles a group consisting of a salon chair, a refrigerator, a guitar, and a TV. Darkwing Duck has to stop them before they take over St. Canard.
Villains: Megavolt and the appliances
|14||14||"Trading Faces"||Julia Jane Lewald & Dev Ross|| September 24, 1991|
(Disney Channel: June 1, 1991)
| Darkwing's computer goes haywire causing him to trade bodies with Gosalyn as do Launchpad and Honker. Now Gosalyn must pose as Darkwing to stop F.O.W.L.'s latest scheme - stopping the Earth's rotation in an attempt to blackmail the planet.
Title Reference: Trading Places
|15||15||"Hush, Hush Sweet Charlatan"||Bruce Talkington|| September 25, 1991|
(Disney Channel: April 21, 1991)
| Darkwing Duck investigates the production of a movie, which is plagued by accidents and is being directed by none other than Tuskernini, who has abandoned his life of crime for the cinema.
Villains: Tuskernini and "the phantom"
Title Reference: Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
|16||16||"Can't Bayou Love"||Bruce Talkington|| September 26, 1991|
(Disney Channel: May 12, 1991)
| Jambalaya Jake and his alligator Gumbo, both from the bayou, have moved to the city after hearing it was "easy pickings". By using Launchpad as bait, they try and catch Darkwing. But Darkwing shows them first hand that in the city it is in fact no "easy pickings".
|17||17||"Bearskin Thug"||Tad Stones & Pat Corcoran||September 27, 1991||4308-029|
| Drake takes Gosalyn on a camping trip in order to teach her about the great outdoors. The national park has been evacuated due to a monstrous bear that has been attacking both campers and wildlife alike. It was the idea of Steelbeak.
|18||18||"You Sweat Your Life"||Julia Jane Lewald & Marion Wells|| September 30, 1991|
(Disney Channel: May 25, 1991)
| Darkwing goes undercover at a health spa to root out a pair of workers responsible for a museum break in. To his dismay, Herb and Binkie Muddlefoot tag along. The health spa owner, Jock, has discovered the formula for a fountain of youth. The last ingredient he needs is a feather from a true hero: Darkwing Duck.
Villains: Jock Newbody, Slim, and Flex
|19||19||"Days of Blunder"||Jan Strnad||October 1, 1991||4308-044|
| Posing as a psychiatrist Quackerjack convinces Darkwing that being a superhero isn't right for him. With Darkwing out of the picture, the criminal is free to go on a crime spree.
Title Reference: Days of Thunder
|20||20||"Just Us Justice Ducks (Part 1)"||Kevin Campbell & Brian Swenlin||October 2, 1991||4308-047|
|Negaduck, Bushroot, Quackerjack, Megavolt, and Liquidator all join together as the Fearsome Five to defeat Darkwing Duck and take over St. Canard. When the other superheroes (Neptunia, Gizmoduck, Morgana, and Stegmutt) hear about this, they band together to form the Justice Ducks. Darkwing, who wants all the credit for the Fearsome Five's defeat, is less than thrilled -- but when he faces the Fearsome Five, he soon finds out the job is more than he can handle.|
|21||21||"Just Us Justice Ducks (Part 2)"||Kevin Campbell & Brian Swenlin||October 3, 1991||4308-048|
| The Justice Ducks are each defeated and captured by the Fearsome Five. Darkwing soon becomes their only hope, and the five heroes join in battle against the five villains, with the ultimate victors deciding the fate of the whole city.
Villains: Negaduck, Quackerjack, Megavolt, Bushroot, and the Liquidator
- ↑ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 9, no. 2, March/April 1991: pp. 2, 38, 43.
- ↑ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 9, no. 3, May/June 1991: pp. 28, 46.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Kokomo Tribune TV Update: Friday Sept. 6 – Evening". Kokomo Tribune. September 6, 1991. p. 7. Retrieved September 20, 2014 – via NewspaperArchive.com. "Darkwing Duck Premiere / Back to School with the Mickey Mouse Club previews a new Disney cartoon starring crime-fighting detective Darkwing Duck. Also, a Mickey Mouse Club special featuring comedy sketches and music performances."