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The Care Bear Family
Created by Linda Denham
Elena Kucharik
Written by John de Klein
Directed by Joseph Sherman
Laura Shepherd
Starring Jim Henshaw
Chris Wiggins
John Stocker
Terri Hawkes
Sunny Besen Thrasher
Noam Zylberman
Tracey Moore
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 49 (78 segments + 1 three-part special)
(list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Lenora Hume
Producer(s) Michael Hirsh
Patrick Loubert
Clive A. Smith
Production company(s) Nelvana
C.B.I.S. Productions
Those Characters From Cleveland
Distributor SFM Entertainment
Original network Global (Canada)
ABC (United States)
Audio format Mono
Original release September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13) – December 25, 1988 (1988-12-25)
Preceded by Care Bears (1985)
Followed by Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-lot (2007)

The Care Bears Family is a Canadian animated series produced by Nelvana based on the franchise of the same name, and is the successor series to the series produced by DIC Entertainment. It was originally broadcast from September 13, 1986 to January 23, 1988 on the Global Television Network in Canada. In the United States, the first two seasons were broadcast on ABC and third was ran in syndication.


The Care Bears live in a faraway place up in the clouds called Care-a-Lot, which constitutes a part of the Kingdom of Caring. With the help of the Cousins and their Buddies, they go all around the world on Missions in Caring thwarting the evil plans of Lord No Heart.


List of Care Bears episodes

Voice cast

See also: List of Care Bear characters

Season 1

  • Jim Henshaw – Tenderheart Bear
  • Bob Dermer – Grumpy Bear
  • Dan Hennessey – Brave Heart Lion
  • Chris Wiggins – No Heart
  • John Stocker – Beastly
  • Eva Almos – Friend Bear
  • Patrice Black – Share Bear
  • Melleny Brown – Cheer Bear, Baby Tugs Bear
  • Jayne Eastwood – Birthday Bear
  • Anni Evans – Champ Bear
  • Paulina Gillis – Swift Heart Rabbit
  • Luba Goy – Gentle Heart Lamb, Lotsa Heart Elephant
  • Janet Laine-Green – Wish Bear
  • Nonnie Griffin – Funshine Bear
  • Terri Hawkes – Baby Hugs Bear
  • Ellen Ray Hennessey – Proud Heart Cat, Bedtime Bear
  • Marla Lukofsky – Good Luck Bear, Playful Heart Monkey
  • Eric Peterson – Noble Heart Horse
  • Pauline Rennie – Cozy Heart Penguin, Grams Bear
  • Billie Mae Richards – Bright Heart Raccoon
  • Carolyn Scott – True Heart Bear

Additional voices

  • Laurie Waller Benson – Polite Panda
  • Alyson Court
  • Victor Erdos
  • Michael Fantini
  • Don Francks – Dr. Fright
  • Donald McManus - Sour Sam
  • Ray Jafelice
  • Keram Malicki-Sanchez
  • Barbara Redpath
  • Eric Richards
  • Cree Summer
  • Greg Swanson – Perfect Panda
  • Tina Teggart
  • Sunny Thrasher
  • Lee-Max Walton
  • Jason Whitebread
  • Noam Zylberman

Season 2

  • Dan Hennessey – Brave Heart Lion
  • John Stocker – Beastly
  • Eva Almos – Champ Bear
  • Billie Mae Richards – Bright Heart Raccoon
  • Luba Goy – Treat Heart Pig
  • Tracey Moore – Cheer Bear
  • Bob Dermer – Grumpy Bear
  • Pauline Rennie – Grams Bear
  • Chris Wiggins – No Heart
  • Terri Hawkes – Baby Hugs Bear, Shreeky
  • Melleny Brown – Baby Tugs Bear

Additional voices

Season 3

  • Melleny Brown – Cheer Bear, Baby Tugs Bear
  • Tara Charendoff – Swift Heart Rabbit
  • Bob Dermer – Grumpy Bear
  • Luba Goy – Lotsa Heart Elephant, Treat Heart Pig
  • Dan Hennessey – Brave Heart Lion
  • Jim Henshaw – Tenderheart Bear
  • Tracey Moore – Baby Hugs Bear, Shreeky
  • Pauline Rennie – Grams Bear
  • Billie Mae Richards – Bright Heart Raccoon
  • Susan Roman – Champ Bear
  • Adam Simpson
  • John Stocker – Beastly
  • Sunny Thrasher
  • Chris Wiggins – No Heart

Additional voices

  • Eva Almos
  • Jayne Eastwood – Bedtime Bear
  • Keith Hampshire – Songfellow Strum
  • Dan Hennessey – Announcer, Additional Voices
  • Keith Knight
  • Terri Hawkes
  • Noam Zylberman

Home media

Select episodes of the Nelvana series were released on VHS in the 1980s by Lorimar Home Video and Fries Home Video in the United States.

In Region 1, Lionsgate Home Entertainment has released many episodes on DVD in various single-disc collections from 2004 to 2008. In total, 12 collections have been released, each featuring random episodes from the series.

On October 9, 2012, Lionsgate released Care Bears: The Original Series Collection on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time. The 6-disc set features the majority of episodes from the series (from the previously released discs excluding King of the Moon and Give Thanks) as well as the bonus feature Care Bears Nutcracker Suite.

In Region 4, Magna Entertainment released all 52 episodes (in chronological order) on DVD in Australia in 2004 in 12 separate volumes.

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