Power Rangers

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Power Rangers
PowerRangersSamuraiLogo.jpg
Premiere August 28, 1993
Finale
Airs Saturdays at 1PM
Creator Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Network FOX (Fox Kids) (season 1-10)
ABC (ABC Kids) (season 10-11; season 17)
ABC Family (season 12-13)
Toon Disney (season 13-16)
Nickelodeon (season 18)
Style 30-minute science fiction / action
Company Saban Capital Group
Seasons 19
Episodes 767 + unaired pilot + 5 specials + 2 films (through season 19)
Status Currently airing season 20
Origin USA

Power Rangers is a science fiction / fantasy program that currently airs on Nickelodeon. It is based on the long-running Japanese Super Sentai series of Tokusatsu programs. It is not simply an English dub, but rather a new production with American actors and footage spliced in with the original Japanese footage in varying ratios. Due to the very Japanese nature of the Sentai series, which often features inappopriate content, the series has to be adapted and/or altered to fit a Western audience. However, the action sequences featuring the characters in costume and mecha (called "Zords" in the American series), are typically dubbed.

The series focused on individuals who would "Morph" (that is, transform), into a powerful superhero usually wearing a brightly colored battle suit typically made of spandex featuring a helmet with a opaque visor. Once Morphed, the Ranger in question would gain superhuman strength, durability and hand-to-hand combat ability. The series is infamous for changing its name, cast and plot every year; following in the footsteps of its Japanese counterpart. Rangers usually operate in teams of five, with a sixth Ranger usually joining the team part way into the series. (Recently, however, a core team of three will later be joined by additional Rangers). The Rangers are also given specialized weapons and vehicles, as well as mechanical giant robots known as "Zords" (that can combine into the "Megazord"), to help combat they're enemies.

The series illustrated the continuing battle of Good vs. Evil, with Good winning most of the time. In a typical series, some sort of evil force would surface (either supernatural or alien in origin), and would either plot to conquer and rule the Earth, or destroy it. Each season, the Rangers have to fight this evil, with each villain possessing a horde of foot soldiers and a seemingly endless supply of monsters. The series also follows the "monster of the week" formula, whereas the villain sends down a new monster every week to fight the Rangers. Each episode typically follows this formula...

The Rangers would be presented with a dilemma;
The Villain uses this to his or her advangtage, creating a monster or summoning a monster from they're army;
The monster wreaks havoc until the Rangers are notified;
The Rangers are finally reached and head into battle;
The villain usually sends down foot soldiers to wear them down while the monster continues to cause destruction;
The foot soldiers are overcome and the Rangers start fighting the monster;
After some fighting, the monster finally show signs of weakness;
At this point, the Rangers usually combine they're weapons to form some sort of cannon or blaster, and are seemingly able to destroy the monster;
The villain is extremely angered, and revives the monster, making it grow to a gigantic size;
This is usually followed by a Megazord battle in true monster movie fashion, the Megazord and monster engage in hand-to-hand combat, the Megazord wears the monster down, summons a weapon and destroys the monster for good; the monster is destroyed in a huge explosion;
The Rangers are shown back in civilian mode, and have by this point usually overcome they're dilemma;

The original series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and its related merchandise proved to be quite popular, and saw overnight unbridled success, catapulting into pop culture in mere months. The series ran from 1993 to 1996 and spawned a feature film, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.

In 1996 after three seasons and 155 episodes, the Mighty Morphin label was retired as the series would follow in the footstep of Super Sentai, changing is name, cast and plot every year; thus the Power Rangers franchise was born.

The third season ended with a ten-episode miniseries entitled Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers, which in turn led to the next series via a cliffhanger.

The fourth season and second series, which was entitled Power Rangers: Zeo, proved to be just as popular as the original, running for 50 episodes.

The fifth season, which was titled Power Ranger: Turbo was launched with a theatrical film, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. The film however, was considered a box-office disaster, partially because it had a limited run in theaters.

By the time the fifth season premiered, problems were lurking on the horizon. The series that Turbo used footage from entitled Gekisou Sentai Carranger featured physical comedy and slapstick humor, effectively spoofing the Super Sentai formula. This presented problems for the producers, as they found themselves divided as to whether or not to utilize the comedy element or present the series in a serious manner. In the end, the comedy element won. This led the series to be plagued by low-ratings, and a bad reputation that would follow it for years to come. The series progressed for 18 episodes before longtime Power Rangers stars were replaced with new ones. And longtime writer Judd Lynn would be given the job of head writer.

Contents

Upcoming Cast (Power Rangers: Megaforce (Season 20: 2015-)

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Brennan Mejia Lucas / Red Dino Charge Ranger 20
James Davies Chase / Black Dino Charge Ranger 20
Yoshi Sudarso Koda / Blue Dino Charge Ranger 20
Michael Taber Ryan / Green Dino Charge Ranger 20
Camille Hyde Shelby / Pinki Dino Charge Ranger 20
Ivan / Gold Dino Charge Ranger 20
Matt / Gray Dino Charge Ranger 20
Claire Blackwelder Kiera / Purple Dino Charge Ranger 20
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Sledge 20
Fury 20

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
FOX (Fox Kids)
Season One: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers August 28, 1993 May 23, 1994 60 + 1
Season Two: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers July 21, 1994 May 20, 1995 52 + 1
Season Three: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers / Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers September 2, 1995 February 17, 1996 43
Season Four: Power Rangers: Zeo April 20, 1996 November 27, 1996 50
Season Five: Power Rangers: Turbo April 19, 1997 November 24, 1997 45
Season Six: Power Rangers: In Space February 6, 1998 November 21, 1998 43 + 1
Season Seven: Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy February 6, 1999 December 18, 1999 45 + 1
Season Eight: Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue February 12, 2000 November 18, 2000 40
Season Nine: Power Rangers: Time Force February 3, 2001 November 17, 2001 40
FOX Kids (Fox Kids) / ABC (ABC Kids)
Season Ten: Power Rangers: Wild Force February 9, 2002 November 16, 2002 40
ABC (ABC Kids)
Season Eleven: Power Rangers: Ninja Storm February 15, 2003 November 15, 2003 38
ABC Family (Jetix)
Season Twelve: Power Rangers: Dino Thunder February 14, 2004 November 20, 2004 38
ABC Family (Jetix) / Toon Disney (Jetix)
Season Thirteen: Power Rangers: S.P.D. February 5, 2005 February 2, 2006 38 + 1
Toon Disney (Jetix)
Season Fourteen: Power Rangers: Mystic Force February 20, 2006 November 13, 2006 32
Season Fifteen: Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive February 26, 2007 November 12, 2007 32
Season Sixteen: Power Rangers: Jungle Fury February 18, 2008 November 3, 2008 32
ABC (ABC Kids)
Season Seventeen: Power Rangers: R.P.M. March 7, 2009 December 26, 2009 32
Nickelodeon
Season Eighteen: Power Rangers: Samurai / Super Samurai February 7, 2011 December 8, 2012 44
Season Nineteen: Power Rangers: Megaforce / Super Megaforce February 2, 2013 November 22, 2014 42
Season Twenty: Power Rangers: Dino Charge February 2015

Feature Films

Title Release Date
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie June 30, 1995
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie March 28, 1997

In-Depth

  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • Former Casts: Cast list from former seasons/incarnations of Power Rangers.
  • Weapons and Gear: A list of weapons, gear and vehicles from former seasons/incarnations of Power Rangers.

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Multiple Season Sets
Power Rangers - Seasons 1-7: From Mighty Morphin to Lost Galaxy August 6, 2012 40
Episode Collections
Ninja Storm, Volume 1: Prelude to a Storm June 3, 2003 1 purchase
Ninja Storm, Volume 2: Looming Thunder September 2, 2003 1 purchase
Ninja Storm, Volume 3: Lightning Strikers September 2, 2003 1 purchase
Ninja Storm, Volume 4: Samurai's Journey December 9, 2003 1 purchase
Ninja Storm, Volume 5: Cyber Clash December 9, 2003 1 purchase
Dino Thunder, Volume 1: Day of the Dino June 1, 2004 1 purchase
Dino Thunder, Volume 2: Legacy of Power September 7, 2004 1 purchase
Dino Thunder, Volume 3: White Thunder September 7, 2004 1 purchase
Dino Thunder, Volume 4: Collision Course December 7, 2004 1 purchase
Dino Thunder, Volume 5: Triassic Triumph December 7, 2004 1 purchase
SPD, Volume 1: Joining Forces June 7, 2005 1 purchase
SPD, Volume 2: Stakeout September 6, 2005 1 purchase
SPD, Volume 3: Wired September 6, 2005 1 purchase
SPD, Volume 4: Boom December 6, 2005 1 purchase
SPD, Volume 5: Zapped December 6, 2005 1 purchase
Mystic Force, Volume 1: Broken Spell June 6, 2006 1 purchase
Mystic Force, Volume 2: Dark Wish September 26, 2006 1 purchase
Mystic Force, Volume 3: Legendary Catastros November 28, 2006 1 purchase
Mystic Force, Volume 4: Fire Heart November 28, 2006 1 purchase
Partial Season Sets
Operation Overdrive, Volume 1: Brownbeard's Pearl September 18, 2007 1 purchase
Operation Overdrive, Volume 2: Toru Diamond September 18, 2007 1 purchase
Operation Overdrive, Volume 3: Blue Sapphire November 27, 2007 1 purchase
Operation Overdrive, Volume 4: Star of Isis February 12, 2008 1 purchase
Operation Overdrive, Volume 5: Pink Emerald February 12, 2008 1 purchase
Jungle Fury, Volume 1: Into the Jungle December 16, 2008 1 purchase
Jungle Fury, Volume 2: Way of the Master December 16, 2008 1 purchase
RPM, Volume 1: Start Your Engines July 7, 2009 1 purchase
RPM, Volume 2: Race for Corinth September 8, 2009 1 purchase
'Best Of' Collections
The Best of Power Rangers: The Ultimate Ranger April 1, 2003 1 purchase
Feature Film
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie September 2, 2003 1 purchase
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie September 2, 2003 1 purchase
Season Sets: Region 2
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Season One May 25, 2007 6

purchase

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Season Two September 28, 2007 6

purchase

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Season Three January 28, 2008 6

purchase

Power Rangers: Zeo: The Complete Season May 19, 2008 6

purchase

Power Rangers: Turbo: The Complete Season September 29, 2008 6

purchase

Power Rangers: In Space: The Complete Season April 3, 2009 5

purchase

Power Rangers: Time Force: The Complete Season October 13, 2006 4

purchase

Power Rangers: Ninja Storm: The Complete Season July 28, 2008 8 purchase
Power Rangers: Dino Thunder: The Complete Season July 14 2008 7 purchase
Power Rangers: S.P.D.: The Complete Season July 7, 2008 7 purchase
Power Rangers: Mystic Force: The Complete Season July 21, 2008 6 purchase
Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive: The Complete Season August 4, 2008 5 purchase
Episode Collections : Region 2
Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue: Volume 1 March 24, 2006 3

purchase

Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue: Volume 2 June 23, 2006 3

purchase

Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue: Volume 3 January 27, 2007 3

purchase

Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue: Volume 4 June 29, 2007 3

purchase

External Sites