The Best Episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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.
#1 - Case of the Hot Kimono
Season 3 - Episode 33
April's Aunt Agatha (Aggie) Marbles, a woman crime solver not unlike Agatha Christie's Miss Marples, pays her a visit at Channel Six News and suggests that she would like to meet the Turtles. Meanwhile, Michelangelo and Leonardo encounter two crooks, Bruce and Rodney, who are stealing kimonos from all over town -- including Master Splinter's favorite kimono which had been sent out to the Quick Kimono Cleaners. The Turtles team up with Aunt Aggie to solve this mysterious caper and to retrieve Master Splinter's kimono. April and Vernon, following a bogus tip, were kidnapped by the Big Boss, Don Tortellini, who is the mastermind behind the theft of the kimonos. Don Tortellini thinks that April knows something about the stolen kimonos and tortures her and Vernon with a feather in order to make them talk. Meanwhile, having had little success finding the crooks, Aunt Aggie concocts a scheme to bring the crooks to them. Donatello dresses up like the infamous Cal Worthington of Southern...
#2 - Leatherhead Meets the Rat King
Season 3 - Episode 36
Leatherhead has come to the city searching for the Turtles. While crawling through the sewers he encounters the Rat King who charges him with trespassing. Leatherhead unsuccessfully defends his right to go where he pleases and The Rat King takes him prisoner. Meanwhile, Splinter instructs the Turtles to practice their ninja skills against cardboard cut-outs of Krang, Shredder, Rocksteady and Bebop. But Michelangelo would rather fight the real thing -- until then he would rather catch some rays and pizza. Over at Channel Six News, Burne Thompson assigns April to cover a story of the hijacking of a truckload of rat poison. Along with Irma and Vernon, April discovers clues that lead her to believe that The Rat King is responsible for the hijacking. As they follow a trail that they hope will lead them to The Rat King's lair, Irma and Vernon are captured by The Rat King, who plans to use them as test subjects for his ultimate plan to "rule the world", while April escapes only to...
#3 - The Turtle Terminator
Season 3 - Episode 37
Rocksteady and Bebop, on Shredder's orders, kidnap Irma, who pleads with them to wait until tomorrow -- it seems that she has a date with a handsome weatherman from Channel Six News. As soon as April discovers Irma has been abducted, she contacts the Turtles. At his secret hideout, the Shredder activates his "Turtle Terminator" to replicate itself to look just like Irma. He then sends the Irma/Turtle Terminator out on its mission -- to destroy all turtles. Irma/Turtle Terminator returns to Channel Six News and professes that nothing has happened to her nor has she seen Rocksteady and Bebop. April reports to the Turtles that Irma is back and that everything is fine but the Turtles are doubtful. They continue to investigate. However, when Irma/Turtle Terminator overhears Burne Thompson refer to his girlfriend as a "turtle dove" she fires a laser blast out of her eyes, melting the telephone. April realizes that something is wrong.
#4 - The Gang's All Here
Season 3 - Episode 40
Shredder tries to trick the Turtles into eating cookies made with anti-mutagen. The mutagen is supposed to change the Turtles into human weaklings so Shredder can destroy them. Donatello discovers what the cookies are made of and throws them away warning the Turtles that the mutagen is unstable. Michelangelo wanting to be a human, tries one of the cookies and it mutates him into a teenager. As a human, he meets with April who is working undercover in a gang. This gang, lead by Lugnut, happens to be the one that Rocksteady and Bebop used to belong to. Bebop and Rocksteady ask them to steal electronic parts from an abandoned tanker for the Technodrome. Michelangelo is having problems with the mutagen being unstable. He keeps changing from human to Turtle at the most inopportune times. April sees him at one of those times and discovers who he really is.
#5 - The Maltese Hamster
Season 3 - Episode 4
It was a dark and rainy night. The Turtles, wearing their trench coats and fedoras investigate a reign of mob terror. Donatello, in his worst "Sam Spade" impersonation, narrates this pulp/film nor story of banks all over the city being ""taken down by the mob". But, as Donatello tells the viewer, the mob is using sophisticated weaponry -- the kind that could be only supplied by Shredder. And what mobster would be "gutsy" enough to deal with Shredder?
#6 - Green with Jealousy
Season 3 - Episode 21
Krang sets his sights on a powerful Nuclear-Powered Submarine, believing it's fuel will be more than enough to re-power the technodrome, and this time he's going to deal with the turtles himself, through something they could never hope to resist. LOVE. Creating a love potion, Krang tells Shredder to lace the potion on the next pizza the turtles chow down on. Upon consuming the pizza, The TMNT will fall madly in love with the first woman that comes into eye contact with them. They'll be so busy fighting each other over that woman, that the villains will be able to take all the fuel they require. Following the green machine to a local pizza eatery, Shredder accomplishes this task. All the turtles tuck in, except for Donatello, who is driving the turtle van at this time, The potion is as good as Krang predicted, as the three turtles infected with the love potion all fall in love with the same woman..who, unfortunately, turns out to be ERMA! The only hope now is for Donatello to come up...
#7 - Mr. Ogg Goes to Town
Season 3 - Episode 42
While searching for a device to transform crude oil into liquid hydrogen, which he needs to run the Technodrome, Krang accidentally brings Mr. Ogg from Dimension Z to earth. Mr. Ogg has the power to transform anything into anything he wishes. While Mr. Ogg is in the Technodrome he discovers Shredder's quarters. Shredder has a collection of antique vases. Ogg has a taste for old porcelain and eats all of Shredder's collection. By the time Shredder finds him it is too late. Ogg wants to know where he can get more porcelain and that gives Krang an idea on how to get the Turtles back and get his formula for the oil. He tells Ogg that he would go get more porcelain for him, but they have been cast out by the Turtles. They are doomed to stay underground. Ogg feels bad for them and says he'll get whoever it is that did that to them. Krang tells Ogg that if he can get a formula to trasnform oil into liquid hyrogren, Krang will tell him where he can get all the porcelain he has ever wanted...
#8 - Return of the Fly
Season 3 - Episode 22
Noticing that the Technodrome's ballast tanks are low, Krang decides to take the Technodrome closer to the surface so that it can siphon off water from an underground reservoir. Meanwhile, Donatello has built a device that will track the Technodrome's movements. No sooner is he done, then the Technodrome is on the move. Observing the action of both the Turtles and Shredder and company is none other than Baxter Stockman/The Fly, who has recently returned to the current dimension and is desperate to enact his revenge on both Shredder and the Turtles. The Turtles, along with April, arrive at the underground water tank before Shredder, and while they prepare for him, April is kidnapped by Baxter Stockman/The Fly.
#9 - The Missing Map
Season 3 - Episode 39
Zach, the "fifth Turtle" and his brother Walt visit the Turtles. As they leave, Walt takes a map that could guide Shredder to the lair... if it happens to fall into the wrong hands. Bebop and Rocksteady find out about the map by eavesdropping on Zach and Walt. Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady pursue Zach and Walt through a Science Fair. Walt tries to look for a place to hide the map. Meanwhile, Zach gets captured by Shredder and gets taken to the Technodrome. Walt tries to find the Turtles to inform them of what has happened to his brother. April is broadcasting from the Science Fair and notifies the Turtles that Walt was seen being chased by Shredder through the Fair. The Turtles set out to find them and on the way they run into Walt who is fleeing from Shredder. Back at the Technodrome, Zach is driving Krang crazy. He is playing with all the buttons on the console. The Turtles find out where Zach is and rescue him, making Krang very happy.
#10 - Blast from the Past
Season 3 - Episode 29
Krang and Shredder are going stir crazy. They have been defeated once too often by the Turtles, so Shredder has decided to do something about it. He takes Rocksteady and Bebop up to the Earth's surface and to the Asian-American Cultural Center where the burial urn of an ancient noble warrior and founder of the Foot Clan, Shibana-Sama, is on display. Meanwhile, April is doing a live broadcast from the same Asian-American Cultural Center. Splinter suggests that he and the Turtles should hurry there at once for fear that Shredder may be on his way. But they are too late. Shredder knocks the Turtles out with a ninja smoke bomb and releases the spirit of Shibana-Sama. Shredder requests that the Warrior Spirit teach Rocksteady and Bebop the secret ways of the ninja and make them invincible. Shibana-Sama replies that only the true leader of the Foot Clan can make such a request.
#11 - Turtles At the Earth's Core
Season 3 - Episode 10
The Turtles receive a blast from the past when Dinosaurs invade the Big Apple. The TMNT attempt to coral the beasts, and more or less succeed. Befriending a young diplodocus they dub "Dippy", the Turtles trace the invading dinos to their source, and they are shocked by what they find there: a "lost world", hidden deep beneath the earth's core, where the ferocious creatures of yesterday still thrive. The TMNT find out that the reason for the Dinosaur's continued preservation is the radiation sent off by a mystical energy crystal. Before the turtles can relax and explore this "new world", they find out Shredder and Krang are after the crystal, intending to use it in another diabolical scheme to re-power the Technodrome. The Turtles join forces with Dippy to stop the villains, they are able to drive Shredder back at first, but their actions provoke Krang to take a trip to the savage land himself. Upon arriving, he builds a hi-tech titanium plated battle fortress, from where he can harness
#12 - Mobster from Dimension X
Season 10 - Episode 6
Dr. Alvin Huxley has demonstrated his breakthrough invention: The Protein Computer, a computer that thinks as fast as a human mind and can be linked to one. When some gangsters break into the Professor's lecture and try to kidnap him, the Turtles arrive and drive the gangsters away. But these are not ordinary gangsters as their boss is is the Globfather, a large slimy green amoeba in a pinstripe suit and fedora. The Globfather is on Earth and wants to get the protein computer for someone who is willing to pay a lot for it.
#13 - The Day the Earth Disappeared
Season 10 - Episode 7
With the city breaking apart, the Turtles head to the street to investigate and see the Dreggnaut appear in the sky. They are attacked by bat-men and Dregg himself, but manage to escape. But Dregg already has a plan and, with Mung's help, reprograms the transporter to open a warp in space. According to Donatello, this warp will grow large enough to swallow Earth in two hours, sending the planet to Dimension X. The Turtles and Splinter try to put a stop to Dregg's plan, but get sucked in and separated: Leonardo and Donatello land on a planetoid and Michelangelo and Raphael on another world. Splinter, however, arrives onto the Dreggnaut and tries to override the transporter controls, but has to battle the bat-men. Back at the Lair, April tries using the computer to stop the portal, but it continues swallowing the planet. When the Turtles appear on the Dreggnaut, however, Splinter transports the warp within the ship and causes it to be destroyed. The Turtles and Splinter escape,...
#14 - The Fifth Turtle
Season 3 - Episode 8
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.
#15 - The Big Rip-Off
Season 3 - Episode 45
In a last ditch attempt to gain power for the Technodrome, Krang Sends Rocksteady and Bebop to steal a newly created set of energy modules from a hi-tech science lab located at Fort Charles. But the bungling duo are halted by a super-computer, CY-CLOMPS, which is protecting the modules. Not one to be denied his spoils, Shredder re-programs CY-CLOMPS from the technodrome, and commands it to trap April (present at the lab to do a live broadcast) in an airtight vault! When the Turtles arrive at the scene, they find themselves locked in combat with various robots and defences activated by CY-CLOMPS to prevent them from reaching April. The turtles eventually succeed however in pulling CY-CLOMP'S plug , and they rescue the reporter. However, whilst the turtles were locking horns with CY-CLOMPS at Fort Charles, Shredder was able to locate another lab, which contained a similar set of energy modules, and quickly aqquired them, The Technodrome is re-energized and now has enough power to rise...
#16 - Sky Turtles
Season 3 - Episode 5
Krang and Shredders' scheming has The Turtles and New York afloat in confusion: Literately! Shredder is using a new anti-gravity magnet to throw everyone in the city into the sky, and keep them there, with none, not even the TMNT, earthbound any more, Shredder and his hoods can do as they please, and using state-of-the-art anti-gravity boots to stay grounded. Krang informs Shredder of the instability of the magnet, and warns him not to overload it, but he is all but ignored by his partner. The Turtles soon learn of Shredder's scheme, and, after managing to acquire a pair of gravity boots, are able to fend off the invading foot soldiers. Donatello notices that the birds are still flying, since they aren't bound by the laws of gravity, the magnet's power doesn't affect them, Donatello suggests to his bros that they head for the Turtle Blimp. Angered by the Turtle's defiance, Shredder vows that if he can't own the city, he'll destroy it, by thrusting it completely off the planet! Travell
#17 - Shredder & Splintered
Season 1 - Episode 5
Shredder lures Splinter into The Technodrome, this time with the promise that a weapon in his possession can restore the sensei to human form. The Turtles confront a giant-sized Krang, now in a new body, in the heart of New York City. The five then battle the invading Dimension X troops inside The Technodrome, resulting in the banishment of the fortress, and it's insidious occupants, into Dimension X itself.
#18 - Burne's Blues
Season 3 - Episode 7
In the middle of a summer heat wave, the Turtles cool down by having pizza at Plink's, home to the world famous chef: Wolfgang Plink. Suddenly, three Punks storm into the restaurant and try to hold the place up. Only they did not count on the Turtles, who dispatch them with ease. Back at Channel Six News, April, Vernon, Irma, and Mr. Thompson finish watching a tape of April's broadcast. Mr. Thompson is upset because there was no footage of the Turtles. April tries to explain that she promised not to include it in her report. Mr. Thompson is furious. In his day, he goes on to explain, a good reporter let nothing stand in his way of getting the news. Vernon chimes in by suggesting that if Mr. Thompson were not so old and fat, he would be out on the streets now searching for the Turtles. The insulted Mr. Thompson thinks that this is a great idea and volunteers Vernon to go with him, leaving April to cover a story on why the air conditioners all over the city are on the blink.
#19 - Splinter No More
Season 2 - Episode 9
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.
#20 - Enter the Rat King
Season 3 - Episode 9
After an unpleasant encounter with a rat, Mr. Thompson assigns April to research the growing rat infestation. April heads for the sewers and after turning up nothing returns to Channel Six News to meet her deadline. However, she and Irma are forced to return to work on foot after all four tires of the Channel Six News van have been chewed by rats. Suddenly, they are being pursued by an army of rats and escape on a passing city bus. Back at Channel Six News, in the middle of April's editorial, the lights go out. When they come back on April is gone. The Turtles, who were watching April on TV in their secret lair, spring into action to locate their missing friend.
#21 - Turtles on Trial
Season 3 - Episode 2
Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael are enjoying an episode of professional wrestling when Michelangelo enters the room and turns the channel to ""ON TRIAL"" hosted by Clayton Kellerman, a Morton Downey-like rabble rouser who suggests that a clear and present danger is lurking in the sewers: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles are aghast and can't understand why people would hate them. April has her make-up department make human masks so the Turtles could move more freely in the streets. Meanwhile, Shredder is sweating from the heat, as Krang "chews him out" for his failure to retrieve the necessary components to repair the refrigeration units. Shredder has had enough and suggests that Krang go up on the Earth's surface and get what he needs and eliminate the Turtles himself. Krang considers this a good idea.
#22 - Teenagers From Dimension X
Season 2 - Episode 11
While cruising around Dimension X, the Nutrinos decide to "buzz" the Technodrome. However, when they fly by, they notice that a cargo bay door is open and can't resist the temptation. Inside, they tap into a transmission between Krang and Shredder on Earth. Through this transmission, the Nutrinos learn of Krang/Shredder's latest plan to destroy the Turtles. The Nutrinos decide that they can't sit idly by and watch, so they open their own portal and arrive on Earth to warn the Turtles.
#23 - Raphael Knocks 'em Dead
Season 4 - Episode 15
Raphael sees a comedian myseriously disappear while doing a show at the House of Ha Ha. Just then, April calls to ask him to go check out the disapperance of the comedian at the club. Raphael goes to investigate and is put in the spotlight when the club's owner mistakes him for a comedian wearing a costume. Donatello, Michaelangelo and Leonardo are watching Raphael on TV and see him suddenly disappear. They decide to go to the House of Ha Ha to see if they can find out what happened to Raphael. Meanwhile, Raphael finds himself at Pinky Mcfingers house along with the other comedians. Once he has Raphael strapped down, McFingers tells him of his brilliant plan. Barney Stockman, Baxter Stockman's brother, has invented a gag-a-magnifier for McFingers. This machine increases the comedy power of jokes. They are going to hook up the funniest comedian to it and transmit the joke waves all over the city, making everyone hysterically helpless. This will enable McFingers and his two goons to go o
#24 - April Fool
Season 3 - Episode 11
After April reports live, from the Malicurian Embassy, of the Malicurian Emperor's decision to sell mining rights to the vast deposit of Lydiam 90 that was recently discovered in his country, she prepares herself for the big party that is being held at the Embassy later that night. Irma, however, persuades her to trade in her news journalist "uniform" for a fancy party gown so that she might attract an eligible bachelor. Meanwhile, far below the Earth's surface, Shredder complains to Krang that the Technodrome is falling apart and that they need more power to properly maintain life support systems. Krang suggests that a small piece of Lydium 90 would supply more than enough power to bring the Technodrome back up to speed.
#25 - The Incredible Shrinking Turtles
Season 2 - Episode 2
While practicing their martial arts in Central Park the Turtles witness an alien spaceship crash into a small pond. They dive in and rescue the pilot, he warns them that they must find the "Three Fragments of the Eye of Zarnof". The alien tells the Turtles that when the three pieces are joined together, they will bestow power unknown to any earthling. He gives them a Crystal Converger to help them locate the Three Fragments before they fall into the wrong hands.