The BEST Episodes of Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jul 5, 2020
The Next Mutation was a live-action spin-off of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Saban. The most famous (and most controversial) thing about this show was that it introduced a fifth mutant turtle called Venus de Milo, the TMNT's long lost sister. Set after the events of the three movies, it turns out there was five turtles originally, but after coming into contact with the mutagen they were separated; Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo were found by Splinter, Venus was found by a Shinobi master called Chung I. Chung I took Venus to China where he taught her the way of the Shinobi. Finally reunited after seventeen years, the turtles must face a new threat: The Dragon Lord, the brutal dictator of the notorious army of dragons known as The Rank.
#1 - Truce or Consequences
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 28, 1997
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) Mikey's ego is further inflated when Wick and the Rank start their own radio fan club. The dragons say they are tired of Dragon Lord's opressive regime, and want to help the Turtles send him back into the mirror. Are they serious or is it just another trick?
#2 - The Staff of Bu-Ki
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 17, 1997
(Synopsis credited to Fogu.com) Dragon Lord reaches back in time and grabs the Staff of Buki from an old man. The Staff is used to reflect a magic user's spell back, hence destroying the magician. Meanwhile in the Sewer Lair, Raphael's temper tantrum is quickly dissolved by Venus, who uses her Chi magic to trick him into defeat. Dragon Lord sends out the Rank with the Staff to track down Venus and destroy her. Instead the Rank run across Master Splinter and Raphael in the sewer, who were discussing Raphael's recent distraction (aka Venus). Splinter tells Raphael to get help and then defeats the Rank group, who run off to another part of the sewers. In the Lair, Donatello created some radio controlled airplanes and Venus surrounds them with Chi magic to create self-flying airplanes. The Rank set off Donatello's motion detectors and the Turtles go into the sewers and use their airplanes to attack the Rank, who run away from the ""mechanical birds"". The Rank take one of the airplanes back
#3 - Trusting Dr. Quease
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 11, 1998
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) When Dragon Lord and Dr. Quease have an argument, Quease contacts Donatello because, in his mind, they are the two most brilliant creators on the planet and he thinks they should work together. Don is naturally suspicious, but can't resist the opportunity to collaborate with the great, though deranged, scientist.
#4 - The Good Dragon
Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired May 12, 1998
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) When Venus' life is saved by one of the Dragon Lord's Rank warriors, the Turtles are forced to re-examine their views on the dragons. Now the ""good"" dragon is trying to escape the Dragonian Spirit Seeker that is stalking him. Venus wants to help him but Raph still thinks the only good dragon is a dead dragon.
#5 - Windfall
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 21, 1997
One night, Silver brakes into the apartment of a poor old man who just so happens to be in possession of a winning lottery ticket. Obessed with money Silver threatens the man to give him the ticket, but the old man bravely throughs it out the window where it disapears down the storm water drain. On his way back to the lair, Michelangelo accidently steps on the ticket and arrives home finding it stuck to his foot. Naturally Michelangelo plans to collect the winning, but the other turtles quickly become aware of what he has and quickly dream up of a million and one things to spend the cash on. Little do our green heroes know is that Silver is onto them and plans to get back his stolen ticket...
#6 - Mutant Reflections
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 6, 1998
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) The Turtles have a hard time sorting out who's who when their evil counterparts start popping up everywhere - and they look like just like our heroes!
#7 - Sewer Crash
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired May 13, 1998
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) As Don is scanning the Web for information, someone breaks into his computer and sends him a coded message - one that reprograms Don's brain! Now the Turtles' techno-savy teammate has been turned into a cyperpunk super thief!
#8 - The Guest
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired May 4, 1998
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) When Splinter's chess opponent is thrown out of his apartment, he moves in with the Turtles for a few days. It's bad enough that the reptilian roommates have to conceal their identities from the old blind man, but it's even harder putting up with the old fellow's idiosyncrasies!
#9 - Like Brothers
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 24, 1998
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) The continuing conflict between Raphael and Leonardo comes to a head, again. This time, however, Mike and Don get dragged into it. As the argument rages on, the Turtles reflect on past conflicts, and Raph decides to move out for good.
#10 - Unchain My Heart (1)
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 6, 1998
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) While the Turtles are busy evading Bonesteel, and old enemy of Chung I's arrives in New York to destroy Chung I's former student -- the Shinobi Shaman Mei Peih Chi -- also known as Venus!
#11 - Unchain My Heart (3)
Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Feb 20, 1998
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) Bonesteel is sick and tired of the immortal blood-suckers getting in the way of his efforts to capture the Turtles. He and Vam Mi strike a deadly bargain - deadly for the Turtles that is!
#12 - Unchain My Heart (4)
Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Feb 27, 1998
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) With the Turtles being held hostage by Bonesteel, it's up to Splinter and Venus to defeat the vampires once and for all. They'd better hurry though, because in an act of despiration, Vam Mi summons the ancient Prince of the First Blood - the Elemental Vampire!
#13 - East Meets West (2)
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 19, 1997
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) As the four Turtles stand helpless over the comatose body of Splinter, a shadowy figure enters their sewer headquarters and deftly strikes down each of the mutant ninjas... before introducing herself as Mei Pieh Chi, student of Chung I. Quickly making herself an ally of our heroes, Mei is given the nickname Venus de Milo. After recounting her origin and Shinobi training, Venus explains the dire threat posed by the insidious Dragons and their plan to enter our world through the Realm of Dreams. It is in this realm that the Dragon Lord is holding Master Splinter's life essence prisoner! After an etheral dream-walk into the Realm of Dreams and a physical workout battling a group of Foot soldiers, Venus learns that Shredder and the entire Foot Clan plan an all-out attack on the TMNT headquarters. The Turtles decide on a pre-emptive strike against Shredder as the villain gathers his army -- five against tremendous odds! Just as the Shredder has defea
#14 - East Meets West (3)
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 26, 1997
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) Through the twin techniques of Shinobi meditation and ninja exercise, the five Turtles are able to project their astral forms (dream-selves) into the Realm of Dreams in search of Master Splinter. Finding their Master a prisoner of the nefarious Dragon Lord along with his toady assitant Wick and the Rank Dragons, the Turtles expect a fight - but are surprised (and pleased) to find the Dragon Lord allowing them to return safely to the physical world with Splinter. But why? Why, indeed? Because, unbeknownst to the TMNT and Splinter, the Dragon Lord and his minions have followed the Turtles from the Realm of Dreams to our world! The TMNT and Splinter find much to celebrate; Splinter's freedom and return to health, the final defeat of the Shredder and the Foot, and the arrival of Venus into their lives. During the celebration, while the six picnic in Central Park, the Dragon Lord attacks! During the battle, the leader of the Dragons explains his inte
#15 - Turtles' Night Out
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 7, 1997
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) After a late-night encounter with Bonesteel, Mikey comes up with a novel idea, an all-night rave for animal rights where everybody has to come dressed as their favorite beast. But the Turtles, who are lounging about in the human world, are no where to be found when a gang of no-good villains crash the party.
#16 - Meet Dr. Quease
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 14, 1997
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) Donatello has dragged Michaelangelo to a scientific convention so that Don can hear the mutant-related theories of the eccentric Dr. Quease (Donny thinks the Doc is brilliant, Mikey thinks that he's a quack). Quease, ever on the edge of scientific discovery, wears a direct nueral (brain) implant that jacks him directly into the internet, as well as giving him the ability to jack into any computerized machine. Suddenly, a group of the Dragon Lord's Rank warriors burst into the lecture hall and abduct Dr. Quease, escaping before the TMNT have a chance to react. The Dragon Lord has captured Dr. Quease in order to combine the doctor's scientific expertise with DL's vast occult knowledge. The Dragon Lord attempts to entice Dr. Quease to work for him by giving him a lab full of state-of-the-art equipment. Amongst the apparatus in this lab is a stolen classified device called the Heliumcooled Cyber 600, the most powerful dissection machine ever buil
#17 - East Meets West (5)
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 10, 1997
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) Realizing that the Turtles somehow know his warriors' every move, the Dragon Lord decides to set a trap for the TMNT by sending his five strongest Rank to the Bronx Zoo for an ambush. The vile reptile augments his soldiers' formidable strength with the last five doses of the Serum of Invincibility. The Turtles, meanwhile, having analyzed a sample of the serum taken from the previous battle with the Rank, are righteously angered when they discover that the substance is composed of powdered rhino horn, tiger bone and turtle shell! With both sides fired up, the next confrontation at the Zoo is long and furious, a true-life death struggle. As the battle progresses, the TMNT discover that the serum is but a placebo, having no real invincibility power other than to make the user think that he is invulnerable and thus overcome his fears. With this knowledge, the Turtles hand the Dragon Lord and his minions a most crippling defeat! Also, the simmering d
#18 - East Meets West (1)
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 12, 1997
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) From the darkened sewers of New York to the mysterious splendor of China and beyond our world to the shadowy realm of the evil Dragon Lord, this is the initial episode that reignites the blazing glory of the Ninja Turtles universe! Things have changed quite a bit since we've last visited the Turtles: approaching age eighteen, each Turtle has grown more individualistic. Michaelangelo is still a fun-loving dude and Donatello is still (if not more of) a techno-whiz, Leonardo has become a more serious leader, while Raphael has grown wilder and seemingly less disciplined. Tension exists between Leo and Raph where it didn't before. And Master Splinter, ever the wise mentor, seems to have aged greatly. Shredder and the Foot Clan still plague our heroes, more desperate than ever to defeat Splinter and the Turtles. Meanwhile, far more dangerous adversaries begin to emerge from the shadows. In China, the Shinobi master Chung I, whose role is to keep the d
#19 - King Wick
Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 23, 1998
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) When an alchemy accident gives the evil Wick telekinetic powers, he not only uses it over the Dragon Lord, but he puts the Ninja Turtles to the test, too!
#20 - Unchain My Heart (2)
Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Feb 13, 1998
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) Reasoning that since vampires drink human blood, they're a human problem, Raph and the Turtles decide to go against the wishes of Venus and Splinter and return Vam Mi's heart. It's a great plan except for one thing - the vampires are determined to destroy Venus!
#21 - Silver and Gold
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 31, 1997
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) New York City is sweating it out beneath the twin hot spots of a record breaking heat wave and a brazen bank-busting crime wave! When it becomes clear that the bank robbers are using the City's sewer system to make their getaways -- and are being chased through the labyrinths by the police -- the Ninja Turtles find themselves and their headquarters at risk of being discovered! To make matters worse, the bank robbers aren't your common everyday criminals, they're the infamous Monkey Thieves. This gang is lead by the villainous, gold-grubbing, tough-talking intelligent Himalayan ape known as Silver! Fearing eventual discovery by either the police or the thieves, and hoping to bring an end to both the heat and crime waves, the Turtles go into action. Seeing a pattern behind Silver's bank robberies, the green team determines that the next heist to be carried out by the Monkey Thieves is the New Federal Reserve Gold Repository, located almost dire
#22 - East Meets West (4)
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 3, 1997
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) Seeking a means to gain an advantage over the Turtles, the Dragon Lord sends Wick and some Rank Dragons out into the city to gather the rare ingredients needed to make the ancient Serum of Invincibility. Once ingested by the Rank, the now-invincible warriors are sure to triumph over the TMNT... Using his ""turtlefied"" eye-in-the-sky satellite, Donatello traces a group of Dragons into Chinatown. Splinter believes that the Turtles should be defensive rather than offensive, so the TMNT merely watch the actions of their enemies rather than engaging them in battle. In doing this, the sensei hopes to spot a weakness in the powerful foes. Raphael, however, disagrees and sets out by himself to Chinatown in order to kick Wick and Dragon butt... but instead ends up having to be rescued by his friends. Meanwhile, the Dragon Lord was only able to gather enough ingredients to make Serum for six warriors --- far short of his goal to turn all of his minions
#23 - Enemy of my Enemy
Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired May 14, 1998
(Synopsis credited to Fogu.com) Splinter is returning to the lair when he spots a man being beaten up by a gang of kids. After he saves the man, he realizes that the man is the Shredder! Splinter takes him back to the lair to try and help him. Dragon Lord finds out that the Shredder has a magic relic called the Golden Shuriken and he sends out the Rank to find him. The Shredder awakens and agrees to help the Turtles in their ""way of the green"" (like picking up garbage, racking leaves), but just for that night. They go into the sewers to pick up garbage but the Rank and Wick arrive to capture the Shredder. Shredder runs away, leaving the Turtles to take on the Rank. Splinter follows him back up to the street and asks him about the Golden Shuriken that belonged to his Master Yoshi. Shredder denies owning it and leaves, but he actually does have the Golden Shuriken. Splinter explains to the Turtles that the Gold Shuriken is a very powerful relic and it is very important to him that he has
#24 - Going Ape
Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 27, 1998
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) Raphael is enjoying one of his favorite past times (harassing crazed poacher Simon Bonesteel), when a platoon of Rank warriors decide to join the game. Still, evading one Bonehead and six dragons in an old Victorian house is no problem for Raph - until an escaped Gorilla shows up!
#25 - All in the Family
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 24, 1997
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) While jogging through the city's sewers, the five Turtles find an animal cage holding a live endangered baby hawksbill sea turtle. The TMNT discover the man responsible for capturing the little terrapin -- Simon Bonesteel -- just as the poacher is about to sell the baby turtle to a dealer in illegal wildlife trade. After a brief introductory skirmish with Bonesteel and his overcoat's seemingly endless arsenal of weaponry, the Turtles manage to escape with the young hawksbill. Bonesteel, however, is far from beaten and vows to take up the hunt--- the hunt for Ninja Turtles! The TMNT are barely a few sewer blocks away when Bonesteel attacks anew. The fight is fast and furious as Bonesteel proves to be as much a physically powerful street brawler as he is adept at using bull whips, crossbows and steel net snares. Seeing that they appear to be evenly matched, the TMNT and Bonesteel agree to a truce of sorts. Each side going their respective ways;