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  • Starring: James Avery, Peter Renaday, Barry Gordon
  • Summary: 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. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Animation, Action & Adventure, Kids
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  1. May 23, 2014
    This is one of the shows that raised me to be the man I am today. Kids today would turn out to be better people if they were taught the morals and values in shows like this one. Truth, Honor, Chivalry, Protecting others even when you don't know them. Though based off the comics, I believe this is the show that started it all. Just look at all the attempts for more and more remakes! They KNOW there is money in this because the legacy of TMNT is SO GOOD! Order a 'Za with anchovies and butterfingers, because you can't stop with just three episodes! Expand
  2. Aug 30, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I watched this cartoon as much as I could growing up, and if it's on I'll still watch it today. The animation is the best and the worst parts of the series. Sometimes it is so good, especially during the fight scenes it may rival some shows on today. But during other scenes it can be really cheap, and it's riddled with errors. The humour for the most part isn't dated, for the most part, and it can still get a laugh out of me. The stories are diverse, from comic book style, to crime, to sci-fi. And when you think about it it's a miracle that this idea took such a following when it is in all reality is a silly one. And since no show has been able to copy it. And as of now, there have been two remake series, which are no where near as good in comparison, and three movies, which only the first one is arguably great. The cast of characters is so diverse and each has a good personality. So for me this show has passed the test of time, and in my opinion it's worth watching over and over, but hopefully that is not just me with nostalgia goggles on. Expand