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
  • Completely disrespects the source material

    1.0
    Ok the completely changed it and only turtles III and that Michale Bay abortion have disrespected the source material more. First of all, the comic was for adults, ok. So it had things like moral ambiguity. Hamato Yoshi kills the Shredder's older brother Oroku Nagi because Oroku Nagi beat up his woman. Oroku Saki hunts Hamato Yoshi down and avenges his brother. Yoshi's pet rat splinter mimick's Yoshi from his cage and learns ninjitsu. He leaves and becomes a stray rat after Yoshi is slain. Splinter is NOT Hamato Yoshi. The 2003 version respected the source but you know adult things like avenging your woman aren't in the 2003 series, but that's fine with me. Oh lets, see. Baxter Stockman is Doctor Baxter Stockman in the comic and the 2003 series. He's smart, crazy, a genius and oh he's black. He's not some whiney crybaby. The turtles in this series are basically stupid surfers instead. I understand Mikey is the surfer in the new series but they do it right. He's actually funny but none of the turtles are distinguishable. Let's see Shredder is completely incompetent. I am jealous of the kids who got the 2003 series. I watched this series (1987) and read the comics and I was like WTF? It was like when those whiney p#*@( tried to censor Mortal Kombat.moreless
  • 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
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    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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