"Why are the episodes not in airdate order, but production code order?"
That's the way the episodes were produced, that's the order they belong in. The production code reflects the episode lifetime number, so it's in that position. And the airdate reflects the season number. The main reason why so many of the episodes' season numbers are thrown around is because they were aired out of order when syndicated. The official TMNT site and imdb.com put them in this order, but the actual production orders are not correct. Even CBS started to show episodes out of production order, especially between 1990 and 1993.In "syndication," a business owns a show and sells it out to whoever will show it. This was what happened to TMNT until CBS started to permanently air it on Saturdays in 1990.
Whoever decided to by TMNT from the syndicate showed the episodes in whatever order they felt suited the show. But this doesn't do anything to the episode's continuity (in most cases), alright? For example, Leatherhead: Terror of the Swamp and Enter the Rat King were produced and aired before Leatherhead Meets the Rat King. If you want to see the episode season number, like "3-3" for example, (if you don't already), go to your prefs and make it so. That way, it shows the airdate order. And the DVD order isn't correct either. That's most likely the way the episodes would have been shown in if they weren't aired all wacko.
But the episodes won't be put in airdate order, because then they'd technically be out of order. That's basically it. And any forums asking about it will be locked, I've explained this about four times so far in the past month.
"I don't understand. Is the Volume number Season number?"
NO. Regardless ofwhat manyInternet DVD retailers that I've visitedand what some verynefarious people on E-Bay think, no. I 'm tired of seeing the Volume 4, 5, and 6 covers claiming to be called "seasons." And people who on E-Bay say "Volume 6 features all 12 episodes from Season 6!" Everyone be careful. I know some of you may be, "Well, duh." But I've even seen official catalogs that are incorrect on the whole volume/season debate.
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