G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

The WORST episodes of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

G.I. Joe is the code name for America's daring highly trained special mission force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world. G.I. Joe was a successful cartoon based on the popular toy line created by Hasbro. The show ended in the 1980s, but the toy line continued until much later.

Last Updated: 3/22/2022Network: Syndication
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A Real American Hero (1): The Cobra Strikes
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#1 - A Real American Hero (1): The Cobra Strikes

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/12/1983

Cobra seizes control of a new satellite for use with a new transportation device, and Duke is captured in the attempt. The G.I. Joe team learns that they must build their own device to defeat Cobra.

Directors: Dan Thompson
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The Revenge of Cobra (1): In the Cobra's Pit
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#2 - The Revenge of Cobra (1): In the Cobra's Pit

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/10/1984

A Cobra attack on a Joe convoy results in the capture of Duke and Snake Eyes and the theft of a laser core which Destro uses to power his new weapon, the Weather Dominator. Meanwhile, Cobra Commander is briefly captured but rescued by Zartan.

The Revenge of Cobra (2): The Vines of Evil
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#3 - The Revenge of Cobra (2): The Vines of Evil

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 9/11/1984

Flint and Mutt, stranded by the weather dominator, hire Shipwreck to ferry them out of Cobra territory. Meanwhile, the Joes develop an energy mirror to fight the dominator's attacks, but Destro smashes them with a hailstorm. During the battle, Destro's weapon breaks, and the three pieces scatter over the globe.

The Revenge of Cobra (4): Battle on the Roof of the World
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#4 - The Revenge of Cobra (4): Battle on the Roof of the World

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/13/1984

As G.I. Joe and Cobra race to retrieve the three parts, Zartan ensures that each side acquires one piece, and then steals the laser core at the Roof of the World.

The Revenge of Cobra (5): Amusement Park of Terror
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#5 - The Revenge of Cobra (5): Amusement Park of Terror

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/14/1984

Cobra steals the Joes' piece of the dominator and assaults Zartan's base. Now in possession of all three pieces, Destro seeks to rebuild the weather dominator. The Joes locate the Cobra Temple and attack it.

The Pyramid of Darkness (1): The Further Adventures of G.I. Joe
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#6 - The Pyramid of Darkness (1): The Further Adventures of G.I. Joe

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 9/16/1985

Cobra briefly attacks a Joe shuttle launch long enough to load it with its own forces. Shipwreck and Snake Eyes are lost in Cobra territory, and Zartan uses the shuttle to commandeer a space station and destroy Joe Headquarters from space. Meanwhile, Cobra Commander reveals a plan to deprive most of the world of electricity.

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The Pyramid of Darkness (2): Rendezvous in the City of the Dead
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#7 - The Pyramid of Darkness (2): Rendezvous in the City of the Dead

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 9/17/1985

With G.I. Joe headquarters nearly destroyed, the Joes establish a temporary base on the USS Flagg. Joes on the space station try to warn the team of Cobra's plan to plant cubes at strategic locations to create an electricity-inhibiting pyramid over the northern hemisphere.

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The Pyramid of Darkness (4): Chaos in the Sea of Lost Souls
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#8 - The Pyramid of Darkness (4): Chaos in the Sea of Lost Souls

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 9/19/1985

Quick Kick joins Alpine and Bazooka, and the Crimson Twins turn the tables on Cobra Commander by taking control of the space station and the Pyramid of Darkness.

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The Pyramid of Darkness (5): Knotting Cobra's Coils
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#9 - The Pyramid of Darkness (5): Knotting Cobra's Coils

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 9/20/1985

As the Cobra leaders struggle for control of their organization, Quick Kick and Shipwreck lead the Joes in an assault on Cobra forces to destroy their pyramid-creating abilities.

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Countdown for Zartan
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#10 - Countdown for Zartan

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 9/23/1985

Cobra kidnaps a French scientist named Dr. Emil Mettier, and Zartan replaces him before he arrives at the World Wide Defense Center to complete their database on terrorism. Spirit is suspicious of the doctor, and when he investigates, he is confronted, then captured by Storm Shadow. Freedom escapes, and leads Lady Jaye, Recondo, Doc, Gung-Ho and Stalker back to the Defense Center, only to discover that Zartan has replaced the doctor and has set up a bomb. While the Joes search for the bomb, Gung-Ho locks Zartan in a prison cell in plain view of Zartan's countdown watch, which unbeknownst to Zartan, Gung-Ho has set it two minutes ahead. Zartan is fooled, and reveals the location in time for the bomb to be disarmed. Zartan escapes, and Spirit and the real Dr. Mettier are saved from death by laughing gas by Storm Shadow. Cobra launches one more futile attack, the Joes counter it, and all's right with the world.

Red Rocket's Glare
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#11 - Red Rocket's Glare

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 9/24/1985

Extensive Enterprises uses biker gangs to terrorize Red Rocket diners, then buys them back at a lower price and replaces the diners' rocket props with real rockets. But Roadblock's family, unaware of EE's connections to Cobra, refuses to sell their restaurant.

Satellite Down
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#12 - Satellite Down

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 9/25/1985

When Cobra uses a tractor beam to steal a spy satellite recently placed in space by the Joes, Breaker forces the satellite to crash in the jungles of Africa, but a tribe of hominid Primords complicates Joe and Cobra's efforts to recover the technology.

Cobra Stops the World
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#13 - Cobra Stops the World

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 9/26/1985

Cobra attacks crucial oil derricks, pipelines, and tankers, seeking to control the world's fuel supplies. But G.I. Joe use Cobra Commander's remote-control attacks to pinpoint his location.

Cobra's Creatures
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#14 - Cobra's Creatures

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 9/30/1985

Mutt, Junkyard, & Ripcord are kidnapped by Cobra, so that the evil scientist, Dr. Lucifer, can test his new invention, High Freq, a device which controls the minds of animals and insects, on Junkyard. Cobra use it to gain control of an army of animals to take over the world, and send Junkyard hunting after Mutt. In exchange for High Freq, Cobra agrees to break Dr. Lucifer's love, Dr. Attilla, out of jail. GI Joe learns of this, and has Scarlett pose as Attilla, but it's obvious to Lucifer she is not Attilla, and Scarlett is captured. Snake-Eyes and Spirit come to the rescue, using Timber and Freedom to sneak into Cobra's jungle castle and rescue Ripcord and Scarlet, and stop High Freq.

The Funhouse
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#15 - The Funhouse

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 10/1/1985

Flint, Dusty, Bazooka, Alpine, and others have to break into a temple to stop Cobra from its next plan to take over the world. When the temple turns out to be a fun house with obstacles of death, the Joes have to find their way to Cobra Commander and save the day!

Twenty Questions
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#16 - Twenty Questions

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 10/2/1985

Investigative reporter Hector Ramirez believes that Cobra is not a real threat and that G.I. Joe is a drain on taxpayers' money. But Shipwreck takes him on an unauthorized mission into Cobra territory to prove their danger.

The Greenhouse Effect
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#17 - The Greenhouse Effect

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired 10/3/1985

A Crimson Guard steals a container filled with experimental rocket fuel, causing plants to grow to gargantuan sizes. Destro convinces Cobra Commander that the plants could be used in combat. Harvey 15 Bullock 6

Haul Down the Heavens
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#18 - Haul Down the Heavens

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired 10/4/1985

The Joes travel to the arctic regions at the top of the world in order to stop Cobra from using the Aurora Borealis to melt the ice and flood coastal cities around the world.

Synthoid Conspiracy (1)
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#19 - Synthoid Conspiracy (1)

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired 10/7/1985

Cobra attempts to cripple the Joes from within by replacing leaders and committee members with artificial beings known as synthoids. The synthoids cut G. I. Joe's budget and eventually order the team to disband.

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Synthoid Conspiracy (2)
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#20 - Synthoid Conspiracy (2)

Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired 10/8/1985

When Destro discovers a synthoid of himself, he aids the Joes in defeating Cobra's synthoid plot.

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The Phantom Brigade
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#21 - The Phantom Brigade

Season 1 - Episode 28 - Aired 10/9/1985

Cobra Commander recruits an elderly Gypsy woman to use three small artifacts, which allow them to command three ghosts to attack the Joes. The Baroness and a phantom World War One pilot help the Joes recover the artifacts.

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Lights! Camera! Cobra!
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#22 - Lights! Camera! Cobra!

Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired 10/10/1985

Movie producer wants the real G.I. Joes to star in his movie about them after finding actors to be too unrealistic.

Cobra's Candidate
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#23 - Cobra's Candidate

Season 1 - Episode 30 - Aired 10/11/1985

Cobra backs a candidate for mayor and uses street thugs to intimidate voters and drum up public sympathy for Cobra's would-be mayor. The gang turns on Cobra when a brother of one of the youths is nearly burned in a fire.

Money to Burn
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#24 - Money to Burn

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired 10/14/1985

Cobra creates a machine that destroys all the money in the country leaving all its citizens vitually penniless.

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Battle for the Train of Gold
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#25 - Battle for the Train of Gold

Season 1 - Episode 33 - Aired 10/16/1985

Cobra steals the gold stored at Fort Knox and begins moving it out with a bullet train. When the Joes' equipment is destroyed in a surprise attack, they must use horses to stop the train.