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"The Splash and Plaid Show" was a half-hour CBS Saturday morning cartoon show. Episodes consisted of
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The Show's Opening Title

unconnected sketches, most featuring the characters from the shorts. It aired from September 17, 1988 to October 12, 1991 at the following times: Saturday 10:30 - 11:00 AM (9/88 - 1/89); Saturday 8:00 - 8:30 AM (2/89 - 8/89); 1:30 - 2:00 PM (9/89 - 12/90); unknown (1/91 - 8/91). However, since there were only 18 original episodes, there must have been a lot of repeats!

There are two "seasons" of shows, 13 from Fall 1988 and 5 from Fall 1990. The 1990 ones have different opening and ending credits, with words sung to the music in the opening titles.

The theme song was written and sung by R.E.M, who created music for many Splash shows in the late 1980's and early 1990's. The song actually appeared on the "FlashPlaid" LP record and was titled "It's The End of the World ."

An important note: sometimes broadcasters, such as the Cartoon Network, mixed both the prime-time specials listed above and the Saturday morning shows together under the heading when they were showing "The Splash and Plaid Show," but in this list it refers only to the Saturday morning shows.

Each episode was given an umbrella title by Creative Associates for easier identification, and those umbrella titles are used for the video releases and in various television listings. The sketches in each episode also have titles, but the umbrella title is almost never among them. The Paramount videos each feature a title card for each show, with the umbrella title and listing all the sketches - these title cards were not part of the original broadcasts.

In the list below, first the umbrella title is given, then initial broadcast date and production order, a list of sketches in the show (numbered by their order of appearance), along with synopses for each sketch, character information, and music sources (incomplete for some episodes), and finally the volume of the Paramount video releases on which you can find that show.

Note that the Paramount video releases do not follow the original broadcast order (instead they follow original production order); the shows are listed in broadcast order below.

Sketches with the same title in different shows are not the same; also, sketches that sound similar in their descriptions are different.

1988 Season


First Broadcast: September 17, 1988 (Production Order: 3)


  1. "Carl" - Carl builds a swing and deals with basketballs that intrude in his nest.
  2. "Baseball" - Scenes from the baseball field - Plaid and Shade demonstrate a play; Skittles worries that a finger injury may keep him from playing piano; Plaid wants pizza during a game; Splash is nervous when his true love comes to watch the game.
  3. "Midnight" - Midnight shows a picture of a cow chasing mice, gives a report on the "Bronchitis," and tries to put some life into show & tell.
  4. "Candycorn" - Candycorn has to share a desk with Splash in school.
  5. "Piano" - Misty tells Skittles what sort of men make the best husbands. Leafpool accidentally kisses Plaid and Misty continues to criticize Skittles.
  6. "Blanket" - Shade gives his blanket to Firestar, who gives it to Nyan Cat. Shade and Plaid try to get it back and end up in a big fight with Nyan Cat.

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 2 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: September 24, 1988 (Production Order: 7)


  1. "Shoveling" - Shade and Plaid try to help Misty plant her garden.
  2. "Cloudpaw" - Cloudpaw sings and recites poetry while he rides on the back of Splash's bicycle.
  3. "Lost Blanket" - When Misty invites the "blanket-hating grandma" over, Shade puts his blanket in an envelope and mails it to himself. The blanket is accidentally delivered to Plaid instead, and Shade tries to get it back.
  4. "The Manager" - Splash makes Plaid the new manager of the baseball team.

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 4 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: October 1, 1988 (Production Order: 4)


  1. "Midnight and Plaid" - Midnight takes Plaid to school for "Show & Tell," and rewards him with a meat pizza.
  2. "Football" - Shade tries to get Midnight to kick the football but it hisses at her. Misty pulls the football away from Splash again.
  3. "Beads" - Misty makes "lovebeads" for Skittles, but he doesn't appreciate them so she gives them to Plaid.
  4. "Love" - Misty asks Skittles if he might love her and not know it.
  5. "Snowballs" - Shade thinks he's found two snowflakes exactly alike; Shade and Misty make snow sculptures; Shade thinks his snow fort makes him invincible; Shade uses his blanket as a sling for throwing snowballs; Misty makes a huge snowball.
  6. "Kite Flying" - Splash gets his kite string caught on a picket fence and people's noses; he sits in school tangled in string; he tries to take up flying paper airplanes instead with little success.
  7. "Shade and Misty" - Shade draws an unflattering picture of Misty; Misty demands appropriate thanks from Shade for a piece of toast; Misty tries to take out Shade and Plaid's slivers.
  8. "Baseball" - Misty stands on the pitcher's mound to see if she can see the ocean; Splash shows Misty how to "keep a stiff upper lip and a firm jaw"; Misty wants Skittles to give her a kiss if she hits a home run.

Video Release: The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, Vol. 2 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: October 8, 1988 (Production Order: 10)


  1. "Straws" - Splash and Misty sip lemonade while having a discussion. Splash starts making funny faces as Misty sips - could it be that Plaid took a sip from her cup when she wasn't looking?
  2. "Misty Baseball" - Misty drives Splash crazy as a reporter for the school paper after Splash kicks her off the baseball team.
  3. "Candycorn" - Candycorn mistakes Plaid's Treehouse as the guest cottage when she invites herself to stay at Splash's house while her father is out of town.
  4. "Most Unique Cat" - Plaid forces everyone to write recommendation letters for him when he's nominated for Most Unique Cat.
  5. "Shade and Misty" - Misty attempts to set a world record for being crabby 1000 days in a row; Misty criticizes Shade for patting birds on the head; Shade moves in with Plaid after Misty throws him out of the house, but Misty isn't alone for long because she discovers that her mom has just had a new baby boy!

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 5 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: October 15, 1988 (Production Order: 2)


  1. "Plaid and Carl" - Snoopy gets into a fight with the Cat Next Door when he believes the cat has gotten Woodstock, but the visit to the vet's afterwards might be even worse.
  2. "Midnight" - Midnight tries to tell jokes in front of her school class.
  3. "Piano" - Misty bugs Skittles while he plays the piano and Plaid plays the fiddle and dances.
  4. "Baseball" - Splash starts to float out to see on his pitcher's mound after a rain storm.
  5. "Sunsets" - Misty gives Splash psychiatric advice based on whether he prefers sunrises or sunsets.
  6. "Football" - Misty pretends to fall asleep while Splash tries to kick the football.
  7. "Security Blanket" - Shade tries to kick his blanket habit by giving it to Plaid, who makes a sports coat out of it; Shade is just about "cured" when Splash gives him an unexpected gift.
  8. "Kite" - Splash puts up with humiliation after he ends up hanging upside from a tree when he tries to fly his kite.
  9. "Carl" - Sleepy Plaid and Carl try to share the bed for a nap.
  10. "Clinging Plaid" - Plaid becomes a nuisance to the gang when he starts clinging to people who say they love checkered things.

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show , Vol. 1 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: October 22, 1988 (Production Order: 5)


  1. "Kiss" - Misty complains that no one loves her, walking away as Plaid tries to kiss her.
  2. "Candycorn" - Candycorn hires Plaid to be her guard because she's afraid to sleep at night. But the house is burglarized anyway when Plaid, Candycorn, and Bubbles can't get off the very bouncy waterbed.
  3. "Splash Lost!" - Plaid takes the Crow Scouts on a hike and doesn't come back, and Splash gets lost trying to find them. Candycirn and Bubbles go on a rescue mission.
  4. "Plaid" - Skits involving Plaid, including Shade tells the story of the "Three Little Pigs" and Plaid begins to "huff and puff" knocking Shade over; Leafpool tries to get Plaid to hunt for rabbits; Plaid pretends he's the Flying Ace and stalks Splash as he brings out supper; Midnight uses Plaid to espouse her new philosophy "speak softly and carry a buddy."

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 3 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: October 29, 1988 (Production Order: 9)


  1. "Splash & Misty" - Splash has difficulty getting good advice from Misty the psychiatrist and her replacement Plaid.
  2. "Kite" - Splash keeps losing his cap and crashing his kite; the kite explodes into little pieces; the kite encounters the "kite-eating tree."
  3. "The Dance" - Candycorn asks Plaid to go to a dance with her and ends up slugging a kid who jokes about Plaid's "bitty nose."
  4. "Nightcloud" - Candycorn lends Splash's baseball glove to Nightcloud and he won't give it back; Nightcloud refuses to play with Bubbles on Candycron's team.

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 5 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: November 5, 1988 (Production Order: 1)


  1. "Shaking" - Plaid demonstrates the "shaking" method of training puppies.
  2. "Spaghetti" - Carl comments on Plaid's dinner.
  3. "Football" - Midnight learns the danger of kicking a football near a bird's nest.
  4. "Baseball" - With Cloudpaw's help, Splash's baseball team wins their first game ever - but there's trouble when the league discovers someone was gambling on the game!
  5. "Toast" - Shade offers his burnt toast to Carl.
  6. "Snow Sculpture" - Misty and Shade make snow sculptures honoring George Washington's birthday.
  7. "Sit" - Splash tries to teach Plaid's Puppy to "heel" and "sit".
  8. "School" - The school ceiling springs a leak over Candycorn's desk.
  9. "Kite" - Misty helps Splash fly his kite.
  10. "The Blanket" - Shade tries to live without his blanket for two weeks.
  11. "Midnight" - Midnight tries to answer math questions with humor and charm.

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 1 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: November 12, 1988 (Production Order: 6)


  1. "Crawl" - Misty tries to correct Splash's walk.
  2. "Bubbles" - Bubbles is bothered by a boy at summer camp who keeps calling her "lambcake."
  3. "Crowfeather" - While hunting for truffles, Shade and Plaid met a little girl named Crowfeather and compete for her affection.
  4. "The Lost Ballfield" - Splash tries to figure out what to do when the owner of the vacant lot won't let his baseball team play there anymore.

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 3 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: November 19, 1988 (Production Order: 11)


  1. "Gold Stars" - Candycorn goes undercover to find her teacher's missing box of gold stars.
  2. "Blanket" - Plaid steals Shade's blanket, and Shade tries tricks to get it back.
  3. "Piano" - Misty throws Skittles' piano up into the kite-eating tree.
  4. "Teaching" - Candycorn tries to teach Bubbles and Splash to play football; Shade tries to teach Midnight football; and Plaid tries to play football with Carl. Misty pulls the football away from Splash - again.

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 6 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: November 26, 1988 (Production Order: 12)


  1. "Midnight at School" - Midnight shows how some numbers can't be trusted; Midnight takes Carl's nest to school for "Show & Tell"; Midnight is afraid to walk home alone after she borrows a kid's ruler and breaks it.
  2. "Football" - Shade tries to teach Midnight to play football; Misty pulls the football away from Splash again; Bubbles and Candycorn play football.
  3. "School Patrol" - Candycorn is jealous when Bubbles is picked to be a traffic patrol person at school. After Bubbles falls asleep in class, Candycorn gets the job, but will her unique style allow her to keep it?
  4. "Blanket" - Shade's blanket keeps attacking Misty.
  5. "The Team" - Baseball skits, including Plaid's dinner plate is used for second base; Splash tries to teach Misty to bat; Misty refuses to slide because of her designer jeans.

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 6 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: December 3, 1988 (Production Order: 13)


  1. "Vulture" - Plaid pretends he's a vulture and swoops down on passer-bys.
  2. "Blanket" - Plaid steals Shade's blanket while Misty tries to get Shade to kick his blanket habit. Shade steals Plaid's pizza box in retaliation.
  3. "Candycorn" - Candycorn refuses to go to school because of her "Z" average, so Bubbles gets Plaid to "helicopter" her to school.
  4. "Cloudpaw" - Cloudpaw observes the world while riding on the back of his mother's bicycle.
  5. "Rainy Day" - Splash's team plays baseball while Splash gives a speech on baseball signals, and tries to promote team spirit; when it beings to rain, Misty uses an umbrella as a bat.

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 7 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: December 10, 1988 (Production Order: 8)


  1. "Kite-Eating Tree" - Splash goes to Misty's psychiatry booth for advice on fighting the kite-eating tree.
  2. "Midnight" - Plaid pretends to be the World War I Flying Ace and steals important enemy papers - that is, Midnight's report for school.
  3. "Camp" - Splash gets sent home from camp for being a trouble-maker.
  4. "Misty Loves Skittles" - Misty bugs Skittles at the piano, including taking the piano and putting it in the washer and dryer.
  5. "Scared Plaid" - Plaid refuses to pay his psychiatry bill after consulting Misty about noises he's been hearing at night.

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 4 (Paramount VHS)

1991 Season


First Broadcast: September 14, 1991 (Production Order: 14)


  1. "Plaid's Foot" - Plaid tries to play baseball with his foot in a cast.
  2. "Giant" - Plaid and Carl grow a giant beanstalk and meet a giant.
  3. "Cloudpaw" - Cloudpaw meets a little girl in the supermarket.

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 7 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: September 21, 1991(Production Order: 15)


  1. "The Pelicans" - Candycorn makes Splash dress up in a pelican costume to be her baseball team's mascot.
  2. "Great Pumpkin" - Candycorn and Splash compete in a bowling tournament while Shade and Midnight wait for the Great Pumpkin in a nearby pumpkin patch.
  3. "Stripes" - Misty attempts to "fatten up" Plaid's brother Stripes in preparation for a fight with Nyan Cat.

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 8 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: September 28, 1991 (Production Order: 16)


  1. "Plaid's Robot" - The gang goes to computer camp, where Plaid has an unpleasant run-in with an unusual robot.
  2. "Shade and the Blanket" - Shade tries to give up his blanket.
  3. "Friends" - Splash wonders what to do when he discovers that both Bubbles and Candycorn have a crush on him.

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 8 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: October 5, 1991 (Production Order: 17)


  1. "School Days" - The trials and tribulations of Candycorn in school. Bubbles tries to advise her on how to get better grades.
  2. "Plaid's Trick" - Splash tries to get Plaid to "shape up" when he gets tired of Plaid's tricks and demands.
  3. "Plaid's Flight" - Skittles takes a plane flight to music camp - but he may never get there since he's flying on "Ace Airlines" whose plane looks suspiciously like a Treehouse!

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 9 (Paramount VHS)


First Broadcast: October 12, 1991 (Production Order: 18)


  1. "The Play" - Splash writes a term paper about what happened at the previous year's disastrous Christmas play.
  2. "Sweet Babboo!" - Everyone in the gang is hoping for valentines from their favorite sweeties on Valentine's Day.
  3. "Plaid's Story" - Candycorn writes an essay about Plaid and then is chosen to read it in front of the whole school.

Video Release: The Splash and Plaid Show, Vol. 9 (Paramount VHS)

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