The BEST Episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 4, 2020

Network: CBS

Distinctly different from the grim, violent, and dark MIRAGE comics from which the Turtles originated, this version of the franchise has remained the longest running, and most memorable, version of all. Four turtles fall into the sewers and are befriended by Hamato Yoshi a Japanese man sent to New York who was forced to live in the sewers. 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 arch enemy Shredder and Krang, an alien warlord from Dimension X.

The Starchild

#1 - The Starchild

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 18, 1993

(Synopsis credited to TMNT.COM) While rummaging through the local junkyard for parts that might be useful to Donatello's penchant for building whacky inventions, the Turtles witness the crash landing of an alien spacecraft. After a debate as to whether or not they should investigate, they go inside and encounter an alien kid named Quarx. Meanwhile, in another part of the junkyard, another alien spacecraft descends. Drako, a star trooper, emerges and reports to his employer that he has located the Starchild. His employer tells him that the ""fleet"" will be in position in two hours and to ""handle the situation"" until then. Back at Quarx's spacecraft, the Turtles try to learn why the little alien kid is all alone, but Quarx would rather play than talk. And while he begins to play in the garbage, Drako arrives on the scene blasting away. The Turtles successfully, but only temporarily, restrain him long enough for Drako to tell them that the Starchild is the ""most dangerous being"" in the

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3 votes
The Wrath of Medusa

#2 - The Wrath of Medusa

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 30, 1995

Believing that the Turtles are the only thing that stands between him and total domination of the planet, and unable to obtain him much needed Neutronium Ore, Dregg makes contact with an old ally: Medusa, a sinisterly beautiful alien. Dregg employees Medusa to eliminate the Turtles for him. So while Medusa lures the Turtles into a fight at the hydroelectric plant, Hi-Tech successfully leads the Technogangsters back to the Neutronium mine, where they are free to continue their work. Back at the plant, the mutant Carter nearly destroys the dam (which would have caused the loss of thousands of lives) and in the confusion, Medusa captures Leonardo. It seems that she intends to sell him and the other Turtles into slave labor in another part of the galaxy. Carter, now back to his normal self, blames himself for Leonardo's disappearance. He realizes he needs to spend more time training with Splinter to learn to control his mutation. The Turtles accept Medusa's ""invitation"" to meet her at the

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3 votes
Carter the Enforcer

#3 - Carter the Enforcer

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 28, 1995

Dregg announces to the world his latest project to benefit mankind - the STAR SHIELD. And once again, the Turtles can not believe the gullibility of the humans and have decided to take a new attitude - the heck with 'em! However, Splinter convinces the TMNT that it is their duty to fight evil, even when the whole world is against them. With that said, Carter and the Turtles team up with April to ""get the goods"" on Dregg. At the location of the Star Shield construction site, our heroes are amazed by the sight of this ""cross between a flying saucer and a battleship"". Convinced that no good can come from this, April successfully videotapes Dregg and Hi-Tech discussing the real purpose behind the Star Shield - to attack the people of Earth! But before April, Carter, and the Turtles can escape with the incriminating evidence, they are caught. After an obligatory fight scene, they narrowly escape. The Turtles return to the lair, while Carter escorts April to a local news station, where sh

star 9.33
3 votes
Bye, Bye Fly

#4 - Bye, Bye Fly

Season 3 - Episode 44 - Aired Nov 24, 1989

A team of archaeologists stumble upon a temple of unknown origin and culture buried near the Turtles' lair. However, before they can investigate further, they are frightened off by Baxter Fly, who explores the temple himself. The Turtles hear about the discovery courtesy of April, not wanting their security to be compromised, the TMNT decide to investigate themselves. Shredder also has an interest in the temple; it contains within it a rare energy crystal, which could potentially re-power the Technodrome! Baxter discovers the temple is actually a spacecraft with a sentient computer system at the helm, it is capable of accessing multiple dimensions, and Baxter plots a trap for Shredder and the Turtles. After The Turtles and Shredder meet up, Baxter springs his trap, using a muto-gun; he transforms Michelangelo into a baby turtle and Shredder into a fly (how ironic). The TMNT are forced to team with Rocksteady and Bebop to battle and outwit Baxter. They succeed and they restore Michelangelo

star 9.17
6 votes
Splinter No More

#5 - Splinter No More

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 3, 1988

Sensing Master Splinter's despair at his new life as a rat, the Turtles agree to use the small amount of mutagen that they have left to concoct a formula that will revert Splinter back into Yoshi. The experiment is a success and Yoshi decides to take a stroll, as a human, through the city. Meanwhile, April is reporting Public Service Announcements from the local library when spies Rocksteady and Bebop. She immediately contacts the Turtles who head straight for the library where they encounter Shredder. It seems that Shredder has stumbled onto a spell that will enable him to open a portal to any dimension he chooses.The Turtles find a reference to a temple in an old subway terminal somewhere under the city.

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106 votes

#6 - Doomquest

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 4, 1995

Once again, Dregg broadcasts his message to the citizens of Earth about the evil mutant Turtles and, once again, the Turtles are ticked off. In fact, the TMNT are so ticked off that they mutate on the spot and, in broad daylight, attack a squad of TechnoGangsters, scaring the local citizenry. This of course confirms the citizens' worst fears about the Turtles as promoted by Dregg. Back at the lair, after the fight scene and the escape scene, the Turtles complain about their inability to control their mutations. Splinter suggests that it is because they are unable to control their ""deepest rage"" and that they may have to ""sacrifice more than they can possibly imagine"" in order to finally defeat Dregg. Meanwhile in outer space onboard the Dreggnaught, an ALIEN SCOUT delivers the Vortex Crystal(which has the power to warp space itself) to Dregg. The alien crimelord is pleased, for with the power of this crystal, he will be able to bring his entire armada (which has been scattered across

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4 votes
Atlantis Awakes

#7 - Atlantis Awakes

Season 7 - Episode 23 - Aired Dec 4, 1993

While surfing in the white water rapids of the sewer, Michaelangelo is rescued by Merdude, a half-man/half fish from the lost city of Atlantis. Merdude left Atlantis over 200 years ago in search of others of his kind - it seems that Merdude is the only mutant in the lost city. But now he has lost his way and the Turtles, using Donatello's Porta-Tracker, volunteer to help him find his way back home. Meanwhile, aboard the Technodrome, Krang's computers are picking up some low-level energy readings emanating nearby. With the Technodrome's power reserves at an all time low, Krang thinks it would be prudent to investigate. Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady, using a much faster Transport Module for the required reconnaissance work, quickly discovers the legendary lost city, and as luck would have it, the Atlanteans believe that Bebop (that's right, Bebop!) is their long lost King. It seems that the Atlanteans have been waiting generations for a strange creature to come from the sea to reclai

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2 votes
Muckman Messes Up

#8 - Muckman Messes Up

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 25, 1991

Attempting yet again to ""downsize"" the Turtles [AKA revert them back to their lives as baby turtles, and therefore render them a threat no longer], Krang sends Shredder, Rocksteady and Bebop to earth's surface to retrieve ""compound X-7"", a compound that will return the turtles to their pre-mutate state. The two arrive at the nearby Tropotron laboratory, but they are unable to find ""Compound X-7"", in frustration, the two mutants destroy the lab, accidentally knocking over a barrel contain an unknown substance onto two garbage men in the process. Tipped off by April, the turtles arrive at Tropotron to break up the rampage, after a skirmish, Shredder and his two underlings retreat. Meanwhile, the once-ordinary garbage men have now found themselves mutated into horrible apparitions, they are repelled by their appearance and go nuts. Whoever did this foul deed to them, after watching a misinterpreted channel six news broadcast blaming the turtles for the lab break-in, the new mutants come t

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7 votes
Raphael Versus the Volcano

#9 - Raphael Versus the Volcano

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 27, 1991

A malfunction of Donatello's latest invention ultimately results in Raphael believing he is about to die, and ultimately trying to save the world by himself.

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7 votes
Leatherhead: Terror of the Swamp

#10 - Leatherhead: Terror of the Swamp

Season 3 - Episode 30 - Aired Oct 14, 1989

While Raphael is reliving the past, via the Turtles' photo album, their Frog friends in the Florida Swamps (Napolean Bonafrog, Genghis Frog, and Rasputin) are being terrorized by a mutant alligator known as Leatherhead, who makes them his slaves. They decide to call the Turtles for help. Meanwhile, Krang's scanner picks up Leatherhead's activities and he sends Shredder, Rocksteady and Bebop to the same Florida Swamp to retrieve the mutant alligator and use him to help defeat the Turtles. But no sooner do the Turtles and April arrive when they are captured by Leatherhead. The Frogs turn the tables and help the Turtles capture Leatherhead. Shredder and company arrive in the Florida Swamp and stumble upon the Turtles and April, the Frogs and Leatherhead. They decide to track them for awhile before charging in and attacking. Sure enough he finds his golden opportunity when he rescues Leatherhead from the quicksand that the Turtles, the Frogs, and Leatherhead have fallen into.

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11 votes
Splinter Vanishes

#11 - Splinter Vanishes

Season 4 - Episode 34 - Aired Dec 24, 1990

If the episode title alone doesn't give away this tale's synopsis, I'll gladly provide it: SPLINTER'S GONE! Returning from another mission, the TMNT are shocked to discover their mentor has left the lair, leaving behind only a video taped message. Playing the message, the TMNT are informed by their mentor that he has taught them all he knows, and it is time for him to leave them, and for the green machine to grasp their own destinies and go their OWN separate ways. (GASP!) The Turtles decide to take this final advice and dis-unite. Michangelo lands a job as a TV cook, Donatello works in a fix-it shop (But ""Tool Time"" he ain't), Leonardo works at a Fitness Centre, and Raphael sacrifices his self-respect to entertain kids at birthday parties. Back in the Sewers, his rodent majesty the Rat King decides to take advantage of the Turtle's separation and teams up with his one-time enemy Leatherhead to cause some mischief. The two rouges scheme to create an army of Robo Rats and Android Alliga

star 8.80
5 votes
The Fifth Turtle

#12 - The Fifth Turtle

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 3, 1989

Dressed in their human disguises, Donatello and Raphael venture out of their Turtle lair to buy supplies to make pizza. On their way back, via what they believe to be a shortcut, they are "intercepted" by a gang of young street Punks. Suddenly, a young boy wearing a Turtle costume, and who calls himself Zack: "Master Ninja Turtles and the Scourge of Evil Doers", drops in out of nowhere. As he prepares to defend Donatello and Raphael, he falls flat on his face, allowing the real Turtles to dispatch the punks with ease. Afterwords, Zack explains how he wants to help them fight crime -- but Raphael tells him that he is more of a menace than a crime fighter. The kid leaves in a huff, picking up Donatello's Turtle-Com -- which he had lost in the scuffle with the would-be attackers.

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118 votes
Leonardo Lightens Up

#13 - Leonardo Lightens Up

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Oct 4, 1990

(Synopsis credited to Splinter goes away and leaves Leonardo in charge. After a while, Donatello, Raphael and Michaelangelo get tired of being bossed around by Leo and decide to try one of Don's inventions on their hapless leader. The 3 scheming TMNT zap Leonardo with a ""Personality Modifying Ray"", turning him into a wise cracking jokester. It doesn't take long for the new Leonardo to annoy the Turtles once again. Meanwhile on the surface, the City is being destroyed by a criminal musician named G. Cleff. Cleff is using an ultrasonic sound system to shatter concrete and steel so that his goons can rob the buildings. April finds the Turtles and informs them of what is happening. Donatello, Raphael and Michaelangelo go searching for Leonardo to tell him, but discover that he has left the lair to go have fun. When they finally find him, he tells them he is too busy having fun to help them. Now the other 3 TMNT have no alternative but to try and stop G. Cleff without Leon

star 8.75
8 votes
The Dimension X Story

#14 - The Dimension X Story

Season 4 - Episode 30 - Aired Sep 1, 1990

Shredder sends out a message from Dimension X to the Turtles telling them to meet him at the Southside Dump so that he can kick their shells in. When the Green Team gets there, Shredder plans on using a dimensional teleporter to transport them back to the Technodrome. April and Vernon hear Shredder's proposition over the air and decide to go there to get the scoop. The teleporter only manages to get Michaelangelo and Raphael, but it also takes April, Irma and Vernon as well. After arriving in Dimension X, Michaelangelo, Raphael, April, Irma and Vernon manage to escape from the Technodrome, asking each other where they are going to go. Immediately after that, the Neutrinos show up to help them. Back on Earth, Donatello and Leonardo try to get their trans-dimensional portal running so that they can bring the gang home. In order to accomplish this, they have to sneak in the Channel Six Building and borrow a used transformer. In Dimension X, Michaelangelo and Raphael discover from the Neut

star 8.75
4 votes
Pirate Radio

#15 - Pirate Radio

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Oct 7, 1991

Krang's attempt to create ""Krang's Chasm,"" by splitting the Inter-Dimensional portal goes awry. But his hopes boudn when he discovers that everyone in The City listens to the ""pirate"" radio station WOOF. He figures that he can use the station to lure The City's populace into Krang's Chasm. Meanwhile, Michaelangelo has been ousted out of the Lair for listening to the head banging music of WOOF. Shredder, Rocksteady and Bebop travel to the Earth's surface via a Transport Module in an effort to locate the radio station. They find it anchored at sea in an old abandoned freighter and then The Shredder, as the new DJ: The Sliver, tells all of WOOF's listeners to come to the station. The first one affected by The Shredder's command is Michaelangelo, who walks zombie-like toward the harbor. Irma, another WOOF fan, is next, followed by April who inadvertently hears Shredder's voice when her favorite radio station changes to WOOF. Leonardo, Raphael, and Donatello rescue April but lose Michaelang

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4 votes
Leonardo, Renaissance Turtle

#16 - Leonardo, Renaissance Turtle

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Oct 9, 1991

(Synopsis credited to The City Mayor announces an end to crime when he introduces Professor Mindbender and his latest invention: LEX, a robotic police officer. In no time, LEX rids the streets of crime. So much so, that the Turtles decide to take a vacation and leave The City, all save for Leonardo who fears that there may be some things that LEX can not handle. Now with all the major criminals behind bars, Professor Mindbender makes some adjustments to LEX so that he can now pursue small time petty criminals. And his first arrest is of Leonardo and April -- their crime: jaywalking! However, when LEX is called away for another arrest, April and Leonardo take flight and become wanted fugitives. Back at the Turtles' Lair, Leonardo unsuccessfully attempts to contact the other Turtles. But he finds a piece of Donatello's equipment that gives him an idea: find REX-1, their old friend the robotic cop. However, REX-1 is malfunctioning and can not remember who he is. Thanks t

star 8.75
4 votes
Planet of the Turtleoids (2)

#17 - Planet of the Turtleoids (2)

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired Sep 7, 1990

With Herman the Horrible defeated and exposed as two renegade Turtleoid delegates on Shell-Ri-La, the Turtles return to Earth, where they must destroy Shredder's new Technodrome Mark II and then defeat Chrome Dome.

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4 votes
Slash - The Evil Turtle from Dimension X

#18 - Slash - The Evil Turtle from Dimension X

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Oct 3, 1990

Krang and Shredder are working on some super mutagen which they plan on using to create an army of super mutants that will take over the world. Bebop and Rocksteady decide to try the mutagen out on Bebop's pet turtle. The mutagen turns him into an evil Mutant Ninja Turtle, named Slash. When Slash starts destroying the place, Bebop and Rocksteady send him to Earth. Fenton Q. Hackenbush, a developer for Donald J. Lofty, has a plan to do away with the sewer system and build condominiums. The Turtles find out what Fenton is planning and try to stop him. They phone April and make arrangements to meet and talk about Fenton's plans. Meanwhile, Slash is looking for the palm tree from his water bowl on Earth, which is where Bebop and Rocksteady have told him it is. While looking for it, he meets Hackenbush. Hackenbush tricks him by saying he will show him where there are lots of palm trees if Slash will do something for him. Hackenbush tells him that he has to smash the Freedom Bell and everyth

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6 votes
Funny, They Shrunk Michelangelo

#19 - Funny, They Shrunk Michelangelo

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Oct 8, 1990

While Michaelangelo is testing out a sailboard in the sewers, he accidentally gets swept out into the city harbor. At the same time, a captain named Talbot Breech is testing his miniaturizing ray on a ship. His plan is to shrink all the naval ships and put them in bottles for his collection in order to get even with those who turned him down for the Naval Academy. The ray gun accidentally shrinks Michaelangelo and he winds up in a bottle along with the other ships in the captain's lab. Breech's cat, Claude, knocks Michaelangelo off the shelf, breaking the bottle and freeing him. He does not realize how small he really is until he comes nose to nose with Claude. Michaelangelo manages to outwit Calude and run away from a huge rat. Meanwhile, in the harbor, April and Vernon are covering a story on one of the Navy's aircraft carrier. While April is in the middle of her story, the carrier begins to shrink and disappears right on TV. Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo happen to be watching Apri

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6 votes
Enter: Krakus (3)

#20 - Enter: Krakus (3)

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 15, 1994

While surveying the military Base where the FLUX TRANSFORMER is being housed, knowing that it can warp time and space, the Turtles ponder as to what Titanus would want with it. Suddenly, they notice assorted military personnel loading it onto a truck and leaving the base. The Turtles need to know where it is going in order to prevent Titanus from getting his hands on it, so April elects to follow it while the Turtles opt to rid the streets of the H.A.V.O.C. mutants. That is until KRAKUS, a cop from the future, arrives and thinking that the Turtles are in league with Titanus, shakes them down for information. Meanwhile, April continues to track the Flux Transformer as it is off-loaded from the military Truck onto a train, and then in the ""middle of nowhere"", it is air-lifted onto a helicopter. After April contacts them with the bad news, the TMNT decide to break into the Government Computer Center and access the files pertaining to the Flux Transmitter -- maybe they will learn where

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3 votes
A Thing About Rats

#21 - A Thing About Rats

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 12, 1987

Baxter Stockman, a mad scientist, is showing an exterminator his new invention a rat catching robot called Mousers. The exterminator rejects Stockman's offer, however Shredder decides to buy his inventions. He unleashes a dozen mousers into the sewers they are easily defeated by Splinter. The Turtles track the one responsible for the mechanical rats to his hide where they encounter Krang.

star 8.65
378 votes
Writers: David Wise, Patti Howeth
Farewell, Lotus Blossom

#22 - Farewell, Lotus Blossom

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired Oct 11, 1990

(Synopsis credited to Ninja While on their way to a movie, the Turtles rescue the Urn of Chakahachi from two thieves. The thieves pry off a pearl from the Urn before the Turtles get their hands on it. The owner of the Urn asks the Turtles if they would be able to guard it until he can get a security system installed in his store. The Turtles agree and bring the Urn to their lair. Meanwhile, Shredder is watching the news and sees April's broadcast about the Urn. He wants the Urn because he thinks that he can use its great powers for his benefit. Shredder, disguising himself as the ghost of Chakahachi, appears to Lotus Bloosom (a friend of the Turtles) and tells her that she is a descendent of the Chakahachi clan. He also tells her that the Urn belongs to the clan and that the Turtles have stolen it. Being part of the clan it is her duty to retrieve it and return it to its rightful owner. She goes out to find the Turtles and the Urn. When Lotus meets up with the TMNT, Leonar

star 8.60
5 votes
The Ice Creature Cometh

#23 - The Ice Creature Cometh

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 2, 1991

While the Turtles do battle with a refrigerator that has not been defrosted lately, Rocksteady and Bebop decide that they want to be the ""top mutants"" at the Technodrome and throw out a vat of mutagen onto the frozen tundra, creating a giant Ice Creature. The Ice Creature goes wild and starts to destroy the Technodrome. The Shredder fires a series of missiles at the Ice Creature and one embeds itself into the Ice Creature's hand. Bebop ""pulls a thorn from the lion's paw"" and the Ice Creature follows Bebop's orders. Shredder suggests that Bebop order the Ice Creature to dislodge the Technodrome -- when that fails he decides that Bebop should take his new friend to The City and retrieve a new thermo explosive device being developed at a nearby Defense Base. Rocksteady, Bebop and the Ice Creature arrive in The City and are greeted by the waiting Turtles. However, they are no match for the creature that Bebop calls ""Frosty"". While Rocksteady and Bebop take a break (they are busy building s

star 8.60
5 votes
Michaelangelo's Birthday

#24 - Michaelangelo's Birthday

Season 3 - Episode 31 - Aired Oct 17, 1989

It's a very special day for Michelangelo..Only his bro's seem to have forgotten all about it. Unknown to Mickey, the other Turtles are only PRETENDING they have no idea it's his birthday in order to launch a surprise party on him later. As the day progress, and Michelangelo gets more and more irritated and upset, Leonardo begins to feel as if he, Raphael and Donatello are stretching the joke just a little too far. But his concerns are ignored by the others, who believe Mickey's present state will make his surprise party even better. But Michelangelo, depressed, and frustrated, surprises them all before they can surprise him…by running away! Before they can go after him, the remaining TMNT hear reports of Shredder, Rock steady and Bebop, embarking on a rampage through New York. Splinter volunteers to locate Michelangelo whilst the remaining turtles do battle with "tin-grin". Shredder has armed himself, however, with an offshoot of the same mutagen that once transformed the Turtles from tiny...

star 8.58
12 votes
Cowabunga Shredhead

#25 - Cowabunga Shredhead

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Sep 28, 1989

Michelangelo's pizza-craving appetite gets the better of him once again, driving him to empty his brother's entire supply! The other turtles, having tolerated all they can of thier brother's highly obsessive eating habits, use Hypnosis to "persuade" Michelangelo to do the unthinkable: CRAVE PIZZA NO MORE! Meanwhile, Shredder hatches a diabolical scheme using a new device, a holo-emiter capable of creating exact duplicates of anyone whose biological information is stored in the machine's database. The villain hopes to use this technique to control the world's prime movers and shakers. Giving him undisputed mastery of the planet. To test the device, Shredder creates a copy of Michelangelo, but during the experiment, Rocksteady and Bebop's usual incompetence manages to cause the device to malfunction. In the chaos that follows, a blast from the device hits Shredder , and the villain soon starts acting not quite himself...but more like Michelangelo! When Shredder waltzes into their lair acting...

star 8.58
19 votes