Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

Distinctly different from the grim, violent, and dark MIRAGE comics from which the Turtles originated, this version of the franchise has remained the longest running, and most memorable, version of all.

Four turtles fall into the sewers and are befriended by Hamato Yoshi, a Japanese ninja master framed and disgraced in his home soil of Japan, forcing him to flee to America, and live in the sewers. One day he notices a strange green glow which transforms the four turtles into human-like creatures. Hamato also mutates , taking on the form of a rat. Renaming himself Splinter, he teaches the Turtles the skills of the ninja arts as they team up with Channel 6 news reporter April O'Neil to battle against Yoshi's nemesis Shredder , who has his sights on conquering Earth. Shredder is assisted by the resources of Krang, an alien warlord from Dimension X.

The series lasted ten seasons, an unprecedented number for an animated series at the time (the record has since been broken by The Simpsons). 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.

In the final seasons in an attempt to improve the ratings, the TMNT battled alien warlord Lord Dregg and his Technogangsters for the safety of the human race, whilst battling strange and dangerous mutation powers they had attained.

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Episode Info

Final: Movie -- Turtles Forever (Nov/21/2009)

The Turtles of three realities confront Shredder, Krang, and the might of an upgraded and more dangerous Technodrome in a bid to prevent the renegade Utrom Ch'rell from destroying Turtle Prime and unraveling the multiverse as they know it...
Barry GordonBarry Gordon
voiced Donatello, Bebop
Cam ClarkeCam Clarke
voiced Leonardo, Rocksteady
James AveryJames Avery
voiced Shredder (S1-S7)
Jennifer DarlingJennifer Darling
voiced Irma
Jim CummingsJim Cummings
voiced Leatherhead, The Shredder (IV)
Michael Gough (2)Michael Gough (2)
voiced Raphael (S9-S10)
Pat FraleyPat Fraley
voiced Krang, Burne Thompson, Baxter Stockman, Casey Jones, Slash
Rob PaulsenRob Paulsen
voiced Raphael (S01-S08)
Tony JayTony Jay
voiced Dregg
Townsend ColemanTownsend Coleman
voiced Michelangelo


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1x1: Turtle Tracks (1) recap: April is doing a report on mysterious break-ins which are supposedly done by ninjas, since the ropes left behind at the crime scene have a large tag that says "made in Japan." The items stolen are all high-tech. After finishing up her report, April decides to wait for robbery to occur so she can get the story, while Vernon is concerned about the million-dollar equipment in the van which will attract thieves. No sooner does a gang show up, threatening April to stick to covering "fashion shows"; April accepts, but the thugs don't believe her, and try to kill her. April escapes into the sewer, where they follow her. About to kill April, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arrive, where they stop the thugs. When April goes to thank them, she realizes that they aren't human, but rather turtles. She faints. She comes to in the Turtles' lair, where she sees Splinter. Almost fainting again, Donatello wakes her up. April asks where they came from, so Splinter explains their origin. When he is finished, April believes they committed the robberies, and wants to do a story on them; the turtles forbid it... read more.

Creator: Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird
Executive Producer: Sung Chul Ha, Mark Freedman (1)
Supervising Producer: Fred Wolf, Rick Hinson
Producer: Kara Vallow, Glen Murakami, Walt Kubiak
Script Coordinator: Tom Way
Other: Richard Ory

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Recurring Guests

Townsend Coleman as Bugman (11 eps)
Pat Fraley as Vernon Fenwick (7 eps)
Rob Paulsen as Zach, Sgt. Sean O'Tharity (6 eps)
Jim Cummings as Dirtbag (5 eps)
Jennifer Darling as Receptionist (4 eps)
Peter Renaday as Pinky McFingers (4 eps)
Tress MacNeille as Tribble (3 eps)
Cam Clarke as Dr. Fishfind (3 eps)
Thom Pinto as Dask the Neutrino (3 eps)
Renae Jacobs as Lotus Blossom (3 eps)

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Classification: Animation
Genre: Animation General | Action | Adventure
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: CBS ( USA)
Airs: Saturdays
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: October 01, 1988
Ended: November, 1996
• Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (Used In United Kingdom)
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