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Season 1 of The Lion Guard is the first season of the show. It is set in the wet season of the Pride Lands.

Development

Ford Riley was tasked with inventing a new TV series for Disney. When he heard about how they wanted to expand The Lion King following a successful rerelease of the film in 3-D in theaters and on Blu-ray, he came up with the idea for The Lion Guard. Since Disney specifically told him that it should have a universal appeal but be skewed a little more towards boys, he came up with the concept of The Lion Guard while looking to his son's games for inspiration.[1]

Episode list

The following is a list of episodes featured in Season 1 of The Lion Guard TV series.

# Title Airdate Synopsis
1 "Never Judge a Hyena by Its Spots" January 15, 2016 When Kion gets separated from the rest of the Lion Guard, he finds himself lost in the Outlands where he meets Jasiri, a friendly female hyena, who rescues him and helps face off against Janja and the other hyenas.
2 "The Rise of Makuu" January 15, 2016 When a crocodile named Makuu takes over as leader of the crocodiles and his aggressive antics send the Pride Landsinto chaos, Kion questions whether to intervene or respect animal traditions. 
3 "Bunga the Wise" January 22, 2016 After floodwaters threaten the Pride Lands and Bunga comes up with a quick fix, Kion and the other members of the Lion Guard learn that the quick and easy solution to a problem is not always the best.
4 "Can't Wait to be Queen" January 29, 2016 When Simba leaves Kiara in charge of Pride Rock for the first time, Kion reluctantly agrees to obey her which proves difficult when Janja tries to take advantage of Kiara's inexperience and hatches a plot to take over the Pride Lands.
5 "Eye of the Beholder" February 5, 2016 Ono temporarily loses vision in one eye and questions his value to the Lion Guard as the "keenest of sight.
6 "The Kupatana Celebration" February 12, 2016 Kion inadvertently leads a pack of jackals into the Pride Lands, where they wreak havoc during a highly regarded Pride Lands ceremony. 
7 "Fuli's New Family" February 19, 2016 The Lion Guard worries that Fuli spends too much time on her own, so they start including her in their own family activities, which leads to repeated comic disaster.
8 "The Search for Utamu" February 26, 2016 Fuli learns a lesson in teamwork when she takes on a mission alone and overexerts herself, leaving her defenseless against attacking vultures.
9 "Follow That Hippo!" March 18, 2016 Beshte rescues a young elephant that idolizes him after he wanders into danger.
10 "The Call of the Drongo" March 25, 2016 The Lion Guard steps in when they encounter a deceptive drongo bird named Tamaa who mimics predators to scare off smaller animals.
11 "Paintings and Predictions" April 1, 2016 Believing that Rafiki's paintings predict the future, Bunga enlists the rest of the Lion Guard to save Kion from danger.
12 "The Mbali Fields Migration" April 22, 2016 Kion and the Guard must lead a large herd through the Outlands to find a less crowded grazing ground.
13 "Bunga and the King" April 29, 2016 When Bunga and Simba are trapped underground, they discover a shared family background – they were both raised by Timon and Pumbaa.
14 "The Imaginary Okapi" July 8, 2016 When Beshte befriends a shy okapi, the Lion Guard thinks Beshte has an imaginary friend.
15 "Too Many Termites" July 15, 2016 The Lion Guard mistakenly chase off aardwolves instead of hyenas and the Pride Lands become overrun with termites.
16 "The Trouble With Galagos" August 5, 2016 The Lion Guard helps a leopard named Badili stand up to a bully who is challenging his territory.
17 "Janja's New Crew" August 26, 2016 Janja replaces Cheezi and Chungu with two new hyenas in an attempt to sideline the Lion Guard.
18 "Baboons!" September 23, 2016 After the Lion Guard rescue a baby baboon, Fuli is charged with returning the baboon to its mother.
19 "Beware the Zimwi" October 14, 2016 When tales of a mysterious creature plague the Pride Lands, the Guard must conquer their fears and track down the elusive beast.
20 "Lions of the Outlands" November 11, 2016 When Jasiri asks the Lion Guard for help, they must choose whether to side with the hyenas or the lions.
21 "Never Roar Again" November 19, 2016 While trying to save his mother from a group of hyenas, Kion fears that he has lost control of his Roar and vows to never use it again.
22 "The Lost Gorillas" December 2, 2016 The Guard must help two zany gorilla princes return to their home in the snowy Rwenzori Mountains.
23 "The Trail to Udugu" January 6, 2017 While Nala takes Kion and Kiara on a trip to teach them the importance of working together, Simba is left in charge of the Lion Guard.
24 "Ono's Idol" February 24, 2017 When Ono meets his idol, the legendary eagle Hadithi, he learns that his hero isn’t what he expected.
25 "Beshte and the Hippo Lanes" March 17, 2017 When Beshte's dad is injured while creating the hippo lanes, Beshte must step in and take over the job.
26 "Ono the Tickbird" April 21, 2017 Ono must fill in for a rhino's tickbird while the Guard helps the rhino and his usual tickbird resolve their differences.

Special

Title Airdate Synopsis
"The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar" November 22, 2015

The Lion Guard begins as Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a group of the bravest and brightest tasked with preserving the Pride Lands

Characters Debut

References

  1. Interview