The BEST Episodes of Captain Planet and the Planeteers
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Apr 1, 2020
Network: Cartoon Network
Seeing the Earth in its profound environmental peril, Gaia, goddess of the Earth, summons five kids from around the world to become the Planeteers, an opposing force to fight back and educate others in the need to be environmentally responsible. To accomplish that task, each kid is given a magic ring that each has a power of earth, wind, water, fire and heart. When the threat they face is too big for them to face, they can combine and amplify their powers to create Captain Planet, who has the power to stop catastrophic environmental disasters himself, while the Planeteers contribute with the things anyone can and should do to help.
#1 - Smog Hog
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 16, 1991
Hoggish Greedly gets his nephew a smog hog for his birthday. The locals see it, and decide they want one of their own, and Greedly suddenly sees dollar signs. He hijacks a factory, run by Dr. Goodair, the creator of a fuel-efficient automobile, so he can assemble more smog hogs to be sold. The only ones capable of stopping him in his tracks are the Planeteers.
#2 - Polluting by Computer
Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 23, 1991
Dr Blight and Sly Sludge hack into government computers and reclassify America's nature reserves as toxic waste dumps. And, as if that wasn't enough, they also make it look as though THEY are the eco-warriors and the Planeteers are the ones engaged in illegal pollution.
#3 - Ozone Hole
Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 13, 1991
Duke Nukem sets out to destroy the ozone layer over Antarctica so he can feast on the sun's dangerous ultra-violet rays. He plans on doing this by using a factory to rip open the freon containers on refrigerators in order to release the CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons) that eat away at the ozone. Captain Planet and the Planeteers battle to protect the Earth from Nukem's deadly radiation.
#4 - The Ultimate Pollution
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 20, 1991
Looten Plunder establishes himself as a notorious war-monger when he frightens two Middle Eastern villages into giving up every valuable thing they own to buy weapons to destroy each other. Will the Planeteers convince either side to give up the war before total destruction ensues?
#5 - Mission to Save Earth (1)
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 4, 1991
The Eco-Villains team-up and, united, steal the Planeteers rings, and with them, their powers. The teens are stranded on the island of Commander Clash, a cold calculating military mind. He is tricked into going after the Planeteers by Blight, and succeeds, capturing Ma-ti and Gi. Without their powers, Planeteers are soon overwhelmed. Elsewhere, Dr. Blight creates dark variants of the power rings, and together, the eco-villains summon a dark, evil version of Captain Planet, dedicated to laying waste [literately] to the earth: CAPTAIN POLLUTION!
#6 - Two Futures (1)
Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired May 18, 1991
In this odd "It's a Wonderful Life" take-off, Wheeler doubts his usefulness as a Planeteer. Making him wish he could go back and change things. When Dr. Blight and Hoggish Greedly scheme to use a time pool to dump toxic waste from the present into the unspoiled past, Wheeler sees his chance. He returns to the point in New York where he was chosen by Gaia to have the ring of fire to become an eco-warrior. He stops himself just as he getting the ring. In that instant, time is changed drastically. Without a fifth member, Captain Planet could not be summoned, and the Planeteers went their seperate ways rather than forge ahead as a team. With Gaia as his guide, Wheeler witnesses the results of his temporal tampering and finds that a world without Captain Planet is a sorry one indeed...
#7 - Send in the Clones
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 5, 1991
On the island of Mogahl, Looten Plunder and Dr. Blight have teamed up, and Blight's new cloning device will be used to clone workers for Plunder's flamethrower factory. They test it on the first living subject they find - a locust. But before they can capture the other one to test for side effects, it gets away. While searching for it, they come across Vico, a boy of a local village. He becomes the source for cloning workers for the factory. He becomes out of control with cloning when his appetite goes on a rampage, and threatens to wipe out the island. Now, the Planeteers (with the help of Captain Planet) must reverse the effects of the cloning ray, and also stop the locust(s) that have been cloned.
#8 - Hate Canal
Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 21, 1992
Verminous Skumm releases a virus into the Venice canal, turning the rats into more intelligent and more dangerous rodents. The Planeteers, with the help of a female pathologist, arrive to exterminate the vermin.
#9 - Bitter Waters
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 17, 1992
When visiting Skyrunner (from "Stardust"), the Planeteers come across a faulty irrigation project, engineered by Looten Plunder, who has manipulated the Tribe into allowing him to put the project into effect. Blinded by promises of riches, new jobs, and a good harvest, the Tribe must be convinced by the Planeteers that the project is more destructive than productive, before Plunder drains them of their water, and thier livelihood.
#10 - The Guinea Pigs
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 24, 1992
Dr. Blight, who is doing inhumane experiments for a makeup company, is troubled by the Planeteers and the makeup company's owner. Dr. Blight tries to use them as her guinea pigs.
#11 - Twilight Ozone
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 10, 1994
While studying the effects of ozone depletion, the Planeteers encounter scientists in the Australian Outback who are experimenting on new life forms that thrive on deadly levels of UV radiation. And when their prize specimen, Duke Nukem, goes on a radioactive rampage, the Planeteers are forced to give him the slip, slap, slop!
#12 - Hollywaste
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 17, 1994
The Planeteers go to Hollywood to appear in a environmental thriller, and find out that big-budgets can lead to big waste. With the Planeteers trying to clean up Hollywood's act, a series of strange accidents occur... and the #1 suspect is none other than movie star Bambi Blight, Dr. Blight's younger sister!
#13 - A World Below Us
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 26, 1991
Gi is knocked unconscious while investigating ocean pollution. She is rescued by an inhabitant of a secret underwater city called Oceanus. Since Sly Sludge's illegal toxic dumping operation is polluting the surrounding waters, both the sea life and the underwater city are in danger of being destroyed. The Planeteers must race against time to find Gi, and use teamwork to save the people of this underwater paradise.
#14 - One of the Gang
Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 27, 1996
When Captain Planet & the Planeteers save a ship from a storm, Senor Cisnernos offers the Planeteers a free vacation at his South American hotel. One of the employees mistakes Ma-Ti as a local riff-raff. But Ma-Ti decides to take a walk away from the good life. When a gang destroys a local restaurant, Captain Planet arrives & puts out the fire riding a surfboard!
#15 - Greed Is the Word
Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 24, 1996
Engines are revving up for a giant speedboat race through the Florida waterways. Unfortunately, the race threatens the endangered manatees who live in these backwaters. As usual, the Planeteers try putting to stop the eco-catastrophe. Only, this time they get some unlikely help from Wheeler's favorite TV stars, Danny Dazzleduff and Belinda Bubblebutt from Babe Watch, when they discover that Hoggish Greedly is behind a plan to get rid of the manatees.
#16 - Kwame's Crisis
Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 9, 1991
Kwame questions his usefullness as a Planeteer when he is unable to convince the people of a small village to stop Sly SLudge from burying garbage underneath their sacred grounds. A disillusioned Kwame's faith is restored however, after a young girl makes a brave effort to save his team mates from Sly's giant trash compactor. Kwame returns to the fold, and rescues all of them. Whilst Captain Planet is summoned to bury Sly's Sacred land spoiling for good..
#17 - Heat Wave
Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Jun 1, 1991
Dr. Blight attacks Hope Island, utilizing a smog-fueled barge. She creates a huge dome over the island and feeds her smog supply into the dome, creating a "greenhouse" effect which threatens Gaia's life and that of the Island. If things couldn't get any worse, the greenhouse effect prevents the Planeteers from activating their powers and calling on Captain Planet! Only with the aid of a giant whale can the Planeteers hope to escape their domed environment and summon earth's protector to stop Blight cold.
#18 - Volcano's Wrath
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 17, 1990
Sly Sludge thinks he has the answer to the world's trash problem: dump all the garbage into a Volcano on Laipuno Island, using it as an incinerator. Knowing the natives object to this, he pulls a phony trash shrinking scam as a cover. The volcano soon erupts, and the Planeteers and Captain Planet have to rescue the Island natives.
#19 - Tree of Life
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 10, 1990
Dr. Blight and her robojacks chop down the "Tree of Life" and she taps the trees extraordinary powers to become Super-Blight. With her new powers Blight will destroy the ancient redwood forests, unless Captain Planet and the Planeteers can stop her.
#20 - The Dead Seas
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 3, 1990
Hoggish Greedly has set up a super drift net in the sea, trapping all sea life. Gi sees this on Planet-Vision, and storms out of the crystal chamber, tripping over Kwame. He refuses to let her take Greedly alone, so they both go to stop him. Eventually, Captain Planet is needed, and this provides Greedly with the break he needs: capture the Planeteers and their rings, to prevent summoning him again.
#21 - The Conqueror
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 20, 1990
A comet hurtles towards earth, crashing into a deep forest and creating a devastating fire. The Planeteers exstinguish the danger with the aid of Captain Planet, and then they investigate what caused such a thing. Stumbling across the asteroid, the Planeteers are shocked to discover it is in fact, a spaceship, and that it carries an occupant, Zarm. This "peaceful alien" has traveled from his home planet to provide the Planeteers with powers with which they could easily save the planet without constantly depending on Captain Planet to do it for them. Taking the form of Iron Gauntlets, these powers increase the Planeteer's original capabilities a hundred fold. But with such mighty gifts, there must always come a price, the heroes of earth soon become corrupted by this power, and Zarm, (in reality, the exiled predecessor to Gaia), takes advantage of their new-found lust for glory. He tells them to destroy a nuclear missle base, which will undoubtly lead to disaster. He also captures Captain Planet. The only people who can stop Zarm now are Mati, (the only Planeteer to refuse Zarm's offer), and Zarm's succesor Gaia, but is it too late for the Planeteers, and Captain Planet?
#22 - A Hero for Earth
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 15, 1990
In this first exciting episode, the nasty Hoggish Greedly and his sidekick, Rigger, use a devastating land-blaster oil rig to tap into an oil fieid under the sea bed. The distruption is enough to awaken Gaia, earth's spirit, from her long slumber. She soon learns to her horror that Greedly's merciless deeds are not uncommon in the world today, Earth is suffering terribly from all kinds of environmental damage every day. Refusing to sit back and do nothing again, Gaia calls forth five special young people from all five corners of the globe, and provides each of them with rings that control the four elments of the earth, plus the hearts of it's inhabitants. Kwame-From Africa, controls the power of Earth Wheeler-From North America, controls the power of Fire Linka-From Russia, controls the power of wind Gi-From Asia, controls the power of Water Mat-Ti-From South America, controls the power of Heart After a quick introduction to Gaia, their powers, and each other, the Planeteers race to stop Greedly's land blaster from doing further harm to the ocean, and to the wild life on shore. But the battle is not easy, and soon the planeteers find the situation is too much for them to handle alone, then Gaia instructs them to combine their powers as one. They do so, and earth's greatest champion is born..CAPTAIN PLANET! Planet immediately puts an end to Greedly's oil harvesting, but the villain and Rigger escapes to fight another day, Captain Planet tells the Planeteers that he will always be there should they need him. THE POWER IS YOURS!
#23 - Utopia
Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Apr 11, 1992
After watching too many B-rated cyborg and gang movies , Kwame falls asleep. Shortly after, the Planeteers are called to go on a mission, where they're sucked into a freak tornado. They are then attacked by robots and have to eject from the Geo-Cruiser, separating Kwame from the others. Kwame lands into a perfect world where trash is non-existent, and is camouflaged by garbage. Meanwhile, Blight and Skumm have taken over the world with vigilante robots and gangs, and have captured the other Planeteers. They are also turned into gang members, and threaten to reak havoc on the environment. Kwame, with the aid of a new friend, must come up with a way to convince his friends that violence is not in their hearts. Once everything is back on track, the tornado returns, and wakes Kwame from what was a nightmare. He turns on the news, only to discover that gangs and violence are not far from what happened in his dream if it continues....
#24 - A Perfect World
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 3, 1992
The Planeteers are given a tour of a new "Perfect World," a world with no pollution, clean farming and little potential for environmental backlash. All is created within a computer environment, but Dr. Blight and MAL infect this would-be "paradise" with a shot of viral pollution...
#25 - Rain of Terror
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 22, 1990
Verminous Skumm turns a shut down coal factory into an acid rain making station by using a special acid rain making chemical. This chemical speeds up the acid rain process. The Planeteers go to shut Skumm down, but without the help of Ma-Ti. Ma-Ti has developed a size complex, and is feeling down because he feels he is too small. When the Planeteers are trapped, Ma-Ti must find a way to get past his complex to save his friends. They use teamwork to summon Captain Planet, but Skumm still manages to get away.