Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)-Logo.jpg
Premiere December 28, 1987
Finale November 2, 1996
Creator Peter A. Laird (characters),
Kevin B. Eastman (characters)
Network Syndication (season 1-4)
CBS (seasons 4-10)
Style 30-minute animated children's
Company Murakami-Wolf-Swenson Film Productions, Inc. (seasons 1-6),
Fred Wolf Films (seasons 7-10)
Distributor Group W Productions (1987–1996)
Eyemark Entertainment (1996–2000)
King World (2000–2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007– )
Seasons 10
Episodes 193
Origin USA

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an animated children's program. It started in syndication before being picked up by CBS. The show was based on the Mirage comic, although the show was much less grim, violent and dark then it's source material.

The origin of the title characters started when four turtles fell into the sewers and are befriended by Hamato Yoshi, a Japanese man sent to New York who was forced to live in the sewers. One day he sees a strange green glow which transforms the four turtles into human-like creatures. Hamato (now Master Splinter) changes into a giant rat from the green glow and teaches the turtles the skills of the ninja as they team up with Channel 6 news reporter April O'Neil to battle against Yoshi's arch enemy Shredder and Krang, an alien warlord from Dimension X.

In the U.K, TMNT was broadcast under the name Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles due to fears that the "ninja" part of the logo was too extreme a word to use on British television at the time.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Cam Clarke Leonardo * * * * * * * * * *
Rocksteady * * * * * * * *
Barry Gordon Donatello * * * * * * * * * *
Bebop * * * * * * * *
Rob Paulsen Raphael * * * * * * * * *
Michael Gough   *
Townsend Coleman Michealangelo * * * * * * * * * *
Peter Renaday Master Splinter * * * * * * * * * *
Renae Jacobs April O'Neil * * * * * * * * * *
James Avery Shredder * * * * * * *
William Martin   * *
Pat Fraley Krang * * * * * * * * *
Baxter Stockman * * * * * * *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
Syndication
Season One December 28, 1987 January 1, 1988 5
Season Two October 1, 1988 December 24, 1988 13
Season Three September 25, 1989 July 24, 1990 47
Syndication/CBS
Season Four September 8, 1990 1991 41
CBS
Season Five August 31, 1991 November 16, 1991 20
Season Six September 19, 1992 November 7, 1992 16
Season Seven September 18, 1993 October 30, 1993 27
Season Eight September 17, 1994 November 5, 1994 8
Season Nine September 16, 1995 November 4, 1995 8
Season Ten September 14, 1996 November 2, 1996 8

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Summary

TMNT was initially released in volumes featuring episodes in chronological order, with the exception of bonus episodes from season 10 on volume 1. The first two volumes each included the respective complete first and second seasons, but volumes 3–6 each included 12 episodes from season three. Volumes were then stopped in favor of season sets starting with season four. There have been a couple oddities in the way of the first episode of season 4 being included in both the Volume 6 and Season 4 sets, and three season five episodes have not been released.


Title Release Date #
Episode Collections
The Complete Classic Series Collection November 13, 2012 23


Episode Collections
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Season 1
April 20, 2004 1

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Volume 2
Season 2
April 26, 2005 1

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Volume 3
Season 3, Part 1
December 6, 2005 1

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Volume 4
Season 3, Part 2
April 4, 2006 1

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Volume 5
Season 3, Part 3
August 29, 2006 1

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Volume 6
Season 3, Part 4
December 5, 2006 1

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Season Sets
Season 4 March 13, 2007 5

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Season 5 August 7, 2007 3

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Season 6 April 8, 2008 2

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Season 7 November 3, 2009 4

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Season 8 September 1, 2009 1

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Season 9 August 16, 2011 1

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The Complete Final Season August 14, 2012 1

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Partial Season Sets
Season 7, Part 1 May 12, 2009 1

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Season 7, Part 2 May 12, 2009 1

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Season 7, Part 3 May 12, 2009 1

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Season 7, Part 4 May 12, 2009 1

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