Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV Series
Beginning in December of 1987 children watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as cartoons on TV. What started as a mini-series with only 5 parts turned into a nationally syndicated Saturday morning cartoon the very next year. The year after that it became a show that was coming on daily. It began being shown on the USA network as reruns in 1993.
It wasn’t until 1996 that there was an anime version made. This was only two episodes and aired only in Japan. It was called Mutant Turtles: Choujin Densetsu-hen.
If you wanted to see a television show that featured live action heroes on the half shell, you would have to wait until 1997. This show was called Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation. If you were going to watch this series, which only had 26 episodes in its single season, then it would help if you had watched the first three movies because it featured events that took place after those.
There was a second animated series for the turtles. It ran from 2003 – 2009 and was called simply Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The series ending was highlighted by the final episode which was actually a full length made for TV movie called Turtles Forever.
The third and current animated series began in 2012 and like the previous one is called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It is aired on Nickelodeon and is CGI animated. Although there are small differences in this incarnation, the story and characters are basically the same…two of the turtles just have different weapons. This show is a half hour one and as of the time when this is being written there are a total of 26 episodes in this series.
You can also view some of each of these incarnations of the turtles online at various sites.