Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)
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This version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the most distinctive from its MIRAGE comic origins. It thrived more on humor instead of a dark attitude, especially in earlier seasons. Its creativity and bizarre humor made it something in the late '80s and early '90s something that had never been done before, so it drew in fans and grew to syndication on USA's Cartoon Express and new episodes would be aired weekends on CBS in late 1990.

Four turtles fall into the sewers and are befriended by Hamato Yoshi, a Japanese man who fled from New York and had nowhere to live but in the sewers. He was framed by his enemy, Oroku Saki, in a plot to kill the sensei. 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 archenemy Shredder and Krang, an alien warlord from Dimension X. There would be other enemies as well. Season 3 gave new opportunities outside the Shredder storyline, such as Don Turtelli, the Rat King, and Leatherhead. Especially in later CBS episodes, where there were many episodes without the Turtles battling Shredder, enemies such as Pinky McFingers and other minor recurring villains would fight the Turtles as well.

After Season 7, the show took a dark turn towards the action storyline that made it more of a mainstream American adventure cartoon as Dregg and other characters were created and gave the Turtles quite a zealous collection of adventures before they finally faded out in 1996.

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.

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Tony Jay

Tony Jay

Dregg

Townsend Coleman

Townsend Coleman

Michaelangelo

Cam Clarke

Cam Clarke

Leonardo/Rocksteady

James Avery (I)

James Avery (I)

Shredder (Oroku Saki)

Pat Fraley

Pat Fraley

Krang/Burne Thompson

Barry Gordon

Barry Gordon

Donatello/Bebop

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I Want to remember it better

    8.0
    Various ep (96)
  • The classic turtles were the best!

    10
    In japan,a ninja master named hamato yoshi is banished to new york because of a huge misunderstanding.With no money,he is forced to live in the sewers of new york where his only friends were the sewer rats.One day,a boy carrying 4 pet turtles in a glass bowl dropped the bowl and his turtles landed in the sewers with yoshi.Yoshi lived peacefully with his turtles and rats until a mutagen fell down the drain.The mutagen transformed the yoshi into a rat and his 4 turtles human-like.Yoshi took on a new name,splinter.Splinter taught the turtles the art of ninjitsu and named each of them.Together,the turtles battle their arch-enemy,the shredder.This show was great!This teenage mutant ninja turtles show was truly the best!moreless
  • Grew up watching

    9.5
    Really good.
  • Cowabunga! Funny and cool, nuff said!

    10
    Alright, everyone says that the 2003 Turtles are awesome, but way before they were created, these Turtles were kings of New York City! I do admit that although this series is somehow childish in certain aspects, and it does not follow exactly what happened in the comics, it was still one of the greatest series ever produced. Not only it went on for nine seasons (although the ninth season was pretty much a waste of time), but it also paved the way for other series of the Turtles, including the 2003 remake. It also had great supporting characters, like Irma, Vernon, not mention Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady, just name a few. Got to love also the way they did Baxter Stockman, Leatherhead and the Rat King. The voice cast was also one of the best I've heard. All in all, it deserves a very big 10!moreless
  • How I compare this classic version to the new.

    10
    I really think it might be the time period that you were born into. My younger cousin (born over a decade after me) loves the newer version, but I prefer this classic one.



    This was one of my fave shows as a kid. The animation was superb (the newer animation is not too bad, but I loved the 80s look!), it had a classic theme tune (I think more original than the new one), I prefer the original voice actors (the 80s cast was superb), I enjoyed the original's humour (as a kid that is - looking back, some of the puns used are kind of bad today) and in this version the turtles also seemed more down to earth.



    I guess if you grow up accustomed to a show and many years later they change the formula, the reason why you liked that show in the first place may also be the same thing that they have changed.

    Personally, the 80s and 90s were my time period.



    However, now as an adult, the 80s version does seem rather goofy, you can spot erroneous mistakes in the animation and the show also looks like it was especially made for 8 year olds - perhaps that is why people are taking a shine to the newer version. Back when I was a kid though, I thought this show was one of the best things ever. Maybe as an adult I'm just not into cartoons as much as when I was a kid. I can see why my younger cousin prefers the newer version, but personally and like I said, I still have the heart of an 80s / early 90s kid.



    I give this version a 10 (one of the main reasons being just for childhood memories alone). However, if today I was to see it for the first time, my rating could probably be slightly lower (but don't call me Judas).moreless
  • HEROES IN A HALF-SHELL

    Cowabunga, Dude! Watch the Trailer for Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie (VIDEO)

    Just be warned, it might ruin your fond childhood memories.

  • FANS OF 24 WILL BE ABLE TO WATCH JACK BAUER EXPLODE INTO ACTION WITH THE SEASON ONE SPECIAL EDITION OUT THIS WEEK. YOU'LL ALSO BE ABLE TO DISCOVER ALL KINDS OF THINGS ABOUT ANIMAL SPECIES THAT INTEREST YOU IN SEASON TWO OF THE JEFF CORWIN EXPERIENCE. FURTHER, YOU CAN WATCH SCOTT BAIO IN HIS PRIME WITH CHARLES IN CHARGE - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON.

    May 20, 2008 DVD Releases

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