Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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Premiere February 8, 2003
Finale February 28, 2009
Airs Saturdays at 9:30AM
Creator Peter A. Laird,
Kevin B. Eastman
developed for TV by:
Lloyd Goldfine
Network FOX (Fox Box, 4Kids TV) (seasons 1–6)
The CW (CW4Kids) (season 7)
Style 30-minute children's animated action
Company 4 Kids Entertainment,
Dong Woo Animation Co. Ltd.,
Mirage Studios
Seasons 7
Episodes 155 (1 unaired) + telefilm
Origin USA

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the third show (and second animated show) featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This incarnation is far closer to its MIRAGE comics roots. It also offers its own original twists and turns, leaving new possibilities, and drawing in new and original audiences.

It all started with four pet turtles and a canister of ooze. When the turtles are bathed in the ooze, they begin to grow, to change, to mutate! Raised in the New York City sewers by Master Splinter, who teaches them how to be experts at martial arts, now the Turtles have risen from their dwellings into the city itself, inhabiting it at night, they wage war against crime and evil in its many forms, be it ruthless gangs, lowlife crooks, mutated abominations, deranged cyborgs, or even the crime syndicate The Foot, led by their armoured nemesis, The Shredder.

For the most part, the series has been aired in production order, but one episode in season three was aired out of order (New Blood should have aired before The Lesson|) and many episodes were aired out of order in the fourth season. Also, the fourth season included one episode that was never aired, and wasn't seen until it was released on DVD.

Some confusion over the series has come as a result of seasons five and six. Season five was originally supposed to run after season four, and it takes place that way chronologically. But instead, the sixth season was ran as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward. The fifth season initially had only shown a few episodes via Comcast On-Demand in Summer 2006 and one episode, billed 'The Lost Episode' in March 2007 before finally airing the complete season on FOX as 'The Lost Season' from February through May in 2008.

After the series ended, a telefilm, Turtles Forever, aired which featured characters from both this version and the 1987 version together.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Billed Cast
Michael Sinterniklaas Leonardo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Wayne Grayson Michaelangelo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Sam Regal Donatello 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Frank Frankson Raphael 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Darren Dunstan Splinter 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Scottie Ray The Shredder (Oroku Saki) 1 2 3 4 5
Veronica Taylor April O'Neil 1 2 3 4 5 7
Marc Thompson Casey Jones 1 2 3 4 5 7
Scott Williams Dr. Baxter Stockman 1 2 3 4 5

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
FOX
Season One February 8, 2003 November 1, 2003 26
Season Two November 8, 2003 October 2, 2004 26
Season Three October 9, 2004 April 23, 2005 26
Season Four September 10, 2005 April 15, 2006 26 (1 unaired)
Season Five: Ninja Tribunal / The Lost Season August 7, 2006 May 3, 2008 12
Season Six: Fast Forward July 29, 2006 October 27, 2007 26
The CW
Season Seven: TMNT: Back to the Sewer September 13, 2008 February 28, 2009 13 + 1

Telefilm

Title Network Airdate
Turtles Forever The CW November 21, 2009

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Summary

TMNT started out as volume releases featuring 3-5 episodes in chronological order. This lasted for the first 10 volumes, with the first 8 volumes containing the complete first season and 9 and 10 including about a third of the second season. The next four volumes, 11–14, included all of the remaining episodes from season 2, but in a seemingly random order, with each release having 4 or 5 episodes. Then, the volumes started being released as 3.x, which indicated the start of the third season episodes. There were seven of these releases (3.1–3.7) which each included 5 episodes, except for 3.7 which included 6, which were again in a seemingly random order. Together they included all but one episode of season three (the missing episode was released on Michelangelo's Christmas Rescue) and first 11 episodes of season four.

After Volume 3.7, they started releasing season sets. They started with Season 4, which only included the season 4 episodes not already released in volumes (except one, which was later included on the Ninja Tribunal set). Afterwards, they flip-flopped between releasing later seasons, new to DVD (season 5 as Ninja Tribunal and season 6 as Fast Forward) and earlier seasons, previously released through the volumes, in sets.

Other releases came, mainly in cheap releases including one or two episodes, with the episodes featured on these also available on volume releases.

For a complete listing of what episodes appear on what DVD, see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Episodes on DVD.


Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Season 1, Part 1 May 22, 2007 2 purchase
Season 1, Part 2 September 18, 2007 2 purchase
Season 2, Part 1 February 19, 2008 2 purchase
Season 2, Part 2 October 21, 2008 2 purchase
Season 4
Second half of Season 4
September 12, 2006 2 purchase
Ninja Tribunal
Season 5
May 20, 2008 2 purchase
Fast Forward, Volume 1: Future Shellshock!
First half of Season 6
February 6, 2007 2 purchase
Fast Forward, Volume 2: The Day of Awakening
Second half of Season 6
September 11, 2007 2 purchase
Individual Episodes
Turtles Forever August 24, 2010 1 purchase
Episode Collections - Volumes
Volume 1: Attack of the Mousers September 2, 2003 1
Volume 2: Meet Casey Jones September 2, 2003 1
Volume 3: The Way of Invisibility October 14, 2003 1
Volume 4: The Shredder Strikes October 14, 2003 1
Volume 5: Notes from the Underground January 13, 2004 1
Volume 6: Shredder Strikes Back January 13, 2004 1
Volume 7: Return to New York March 16, 2004 1
Volume 8: Search for Splinter March 16, 2004 1
Volume 9: Turtles in Space May 4, 2004 1
Volume 10: Secret Origins June 8, 2004 1
Volume 11: The Ultimate Ninja August 17, 2004 1
Volume 12: Croc Attack! October 5, 2004 1
Michelangelo's Christmas Rescue October 19, 2004 1
Volume 13: Battle Nexus November 9, 2004 1
Volume 14: City at War January 18, 2005 1
Volume 3.1: Ways of the Warrior: Alien Invasion March 15, 2005 1
Volume 3.2: Ways of the Warrior: Worlds Collide April 26, 2005 1
Volume 3.3: Ways of the Warrior: Return of the Ultimate Ninja June 14, 2005 1
Volume 3.4: Ways of the Warrior: Shredder's Final Countdown August 30, 2005 1
Volume 3.5: Mutants and Monsters October 4, 2005 1
Volume 3.6: Turtles Against H.A.T.E. January 31, 2006 1
Volume 3.7: Hun on the Run May 16, 2006 1
Episode Collections - Other
Shell Shock Collection: The Unconvincing Turtle Titan June 15, 2005 1
Shell Shock Collection: Lone Raph & Cub June 15, 2005 1
Shell Shock Collection: The King June 15, 2005 1
Shell Shock Collection: Tales of Leo June 15, 2005 1
DVDouble Shot: In the Beginning November 15, 2005 1
DVDouble Shot: Introducing...the Shredder November 15, 2005 1
DVDouble Shot: Superhero Turtle Titan November 15, 2005 1

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