The BEST Episodes of Captain Planet and the Planeteers

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Network: TBS

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.

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A World Below Us

#1 - 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.

star 8.50
4 votes
Twilight Ozone

#2 - 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!

star 8.40
5 votes
Bitter Waters

#3 - 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.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Stan Phillips

#4 - 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!

star 8.25
4 votes
A Hero for Earth

#5 - 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!

star 8.02
138 votes
Volcano's Wrath

#6 - 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.

star 8.00
8 votes
Old Ma River

#7 - Old Ma River

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 3, 1996

While visiting India to do research on pollution in the sacred Ganges River, the Planeteers and thousands of others come down with a mysterious illness. Only Wheeler, who has been off exploring the city on his own, is not sick. However, when he starts receiving mystical visions from the Hindu gods, Hanuman and Ganesha, his newfound friend Lita wonders how well he really is.

star 8.00
3 votes
101 Mutations

#8 - 101 Mutations

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired May 11, 1996

The Planeteers discover Dr. Blight has been experimenting with puppies at a dog pound she's secretly running. Unsuspecting people, including Wheeler's young cousin are adopting unhealthy dogs and it's up to Captain Planet and the Planeteers to put a stop to Blight.

star 8.00
3 votes
The Guinea Pigs

#9 - 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.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Stan Phillips
The Conqueror

#10 - 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?

star 7.90
10 votes
Rain of Terror

#11 - 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.

star 7.86
87 votes
Tree of Life

#12 - 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.

star 7.86
7 votes
The Dead Seas

#13 - 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.

star 7.67
9 votes
Plunder Dam

#14 - Plunder Dam

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 2, 1991

Looten Plunder cons an African village into thinking his installation of a dam and hydroelectric power plant will bring a more pleasant way of life to the villagers. The villagers don't realize that he has actually cut off the water supply, devastating their crops, killing water life, and leaving land animals thirsty. The Planeteers must stop Plunder and help the villagers return to a more familiar way of living.

star 7.60
5 votes
Deadly Ransom

#15 - Deadly Ransom

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 13, 1990

Dr. Blight and Duke Nukem stage a phony bomb threat to lure the Planeteers into the Arctic. After they summon Captain Planet, the villains are able to trap him and hold him for ransom, with the potentially critical cost to earth for his freedom is looming in the balance.....

star 7.47
15 votes
Polluting by Computer

#16 - 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.

star 7.33
3 votes
The Ultimate Pollution

#17 - 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?

star 7.33
3 votes
Mission to Save Earth (1)

#18 - 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!

star 7.33
3 votes
Two Futures (1)

#19 - 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...

star 7.33
3 votes
Kwame's Crisis

#20 - 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..

star 7.25
4 votes
Heat Wave

#21 - 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.

star 7.25
4 votes
A Perfect World

#22 - 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...

star 7.25
4 votes
Directors: Stan Phillips
One of the Gang

#23 - One of the Gang

Season 6 - Episode 8 - 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!

star 7.00
4 votes
Smog Hog

#24 - 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.

star 7.00
3 votes
Ozone Hole

#25 - 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.

star 7.00
3 votes