The Best Episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Last Updated: May 31, 2019
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 - The Starchild
Season 7 - Episode 15
(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
#2 - 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...
#3 - Bye, Bye Fly
Season 3 - Episode 44
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
#4 - Dirk Savage: Mutant Hunter
Season 7 - Episode 24
After an unsuccessful attempt at capturing Razar and Toka, the Turtles return to the lair to see the eccentric billionaire, A. J. Howard, spouting his ideology and his hatred for mutants across the airwaves. He ends his missive by introducing Dirk Savage, a mutant hunter, and announcing an 800 number for viewers to call in their mutant sightings and order their DOWN WITH MUTANTS bracelets. Dirk Savage's first victims are Napolean Bonafrog and Ghengis Frog, the Turtles' buddies from the Everglades, and the hapless victims of bad vacation planning. Back at the lair, Splinter suggests that while Dirk Savage is their greatest enemy, he may well be their greatest ally. It is up to the Turtles to demonstrate that not all mutants are evil. After Leonardo and Michaelangelo are captured by Dirk Savage, Donatello and Raphael are contacted by April and Irma. It seems that A.J. Howard at one time owned a Genetics Lab and disappeared for one year after it was abruptly shut down. What does it mean?
#5 - The Wrath of Medusa
Season 9 - Episode 3
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
#6 - Carter the Enforcer
Season 9 - Episode 7
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
#7 - 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...
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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,...
#10 - Muckman Messes Up
Season 5 - Episode 8
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
#11 - Funny, They Shrunk Michelangelo
Season 4 - Episode 21
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
#12 - Rhino-Man
Season 4 - Episode 26
(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) J. Gordon Hungerdunger, a Texas millionaire, is holding a ""best super-hero"" contest. The winner of the contest will receive the humongous Malaprop Diamond. No one is aware of it, but Hungerdunger is using the contest as a diversion so that he can put a zombie-making chemical into the city's water supply. The malevolent millionaire figures that if he can get the citizens under his control, he can easily take over the city. Krang sees April's news report about the contest and gets an idea on how he can use the diamond to get out of Dimension X. He could use the diamond to focus a heat ray powerful enough to cut the Technodrome loose from the asteroid. Shredder decides to make super-heroes out of Bebop and Rocksteady so that they will win the diamond. The Turtles discover from April and Irma what is happening to the city. They all cannot figure out why Hungerdunger would hold a contest like that. The Turtles spot Bebop and Rocksteady (now calling t
#13 - 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.
#14 - The Dimension X Story
Season 4 - Episode 30
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
#15 - Pirate Radio
Season 5 - Episode 15
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
#16 - Leonardo, Renaissance Turtle
Season 5 - Episode 17
(Synopsis credited to Ninjaturtles.com) 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
#18 - 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.
#19 - Leatherhead: Terror of the Swamp
Season 3 - Episode 30
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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - Raphael Drives 'em Wild
Season 4 - Episode 35
On his way home from getting pizza, Raphael and a cab driver accidentally get exposed to rays from a Personality Transmogrifier. This device switches the minds of the two parties that get zapped by it. When the device goes off, Raphael's mind gets switched with the cab driver's. The Transmogrifier was accidentally left in the cab by Little Huey, one of Mr. Big's thugs. Mr. Big had Little Huey steal the device so he could use it on the Premier of Vadeem and Little Huey. Once their minds are switched, he is going to have the Premier sign over the valuable oil leases to him. When Mr. Big finds out that Little Huey lost the Transmogrifier, they both set out to find it. Meanwhile, the other Turtles are startled when a cab driver shows up with their pizzas insisting that he's Raphael. Since the man seems to know a lot about the Turtles, Michaelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo decide to have him stay for a while. While all of them are watching the news, they discover that a Transmogrifier was s
#22 - Raphael Versus The Volcano
Season 5 - Episode 10
Thanks to a malfunction in Donatello's ""Healthometer,"" an invention designed to diagnose one's health, Raphael is convinced that he is not long for this world. Raph decides to make the world a better place with what little time he has left. Meanwhile, Burne Thompson has assigned Vernon to cover the eruption of a volcano on the Island of Poppalua and April to cover the dedication of a new species of lily at the local Flower Society Club. Raphael, disguised in a Musketeer costume and calling himself ""The Green Defender"", risks his life by stopping crime all over the City. The ""terminal"" terrapin even rescues a cat off of a ledge of a high-rise apartment building. Back at the Turtles' Lair, Donatello repairs the ""Healthometer"" and searches for Raphael to tell him that he is okay and that the invention was broken, only to discover Raph's farewell note. The Turtles join April and scour The City for Raphael/The Green Defender. Meanwhile, a Professor Wilhelm Vanilli is angry that LaVerne Fors
#23 - Leonardo Cuts Loose
Season 5 - Episode 14
A series of baffling crimes are being committed by "brawny burglars" with thick Austrian/Schwarzeneggian accents and the Turtles are on the case. But so is Casey Jones and that could mean nothing but trouble for the Turtles.
#24 - Michelangelo, the Sacred Turtle
Season 5 - Episode 20
(synopsis credited to Ninjaturtles.com) While the other Turtles go off to the local Planetarium to see O'Malley's comet, Michaelangelo goes off to the Natural History Museum with April O'Neil for the unveiling of the mummy of Ahmed Turt-el. At the front door, April and Michaelangelo are warned of the ancient curse by an Egyptologist, Sir Percival and his man servant Casbah. April and Michaelangelo pay them no mind and enter the Museum. No sooner is the sarcophogus opened, when the lights go out. The ghost of Osiris is revealed and a precious ruby, the Turtle's Eye, is stolen from the tomb -- along with April. While Michaelangelo unsuccessfully tries to contact the other Turtles, April is delivered to Sir Percival's home, which is a replica of the Sphinx on the site of the old World's Fair. Here Percival details his plan to harness the power of O'Malley's Coment with the Turtle's Eye Ruby. He plans to use the gem as a ray magnifier, which he will use to ""rule the world"" and make April h
#25 - Attack of the Neutrinos
Season 7 - Episode 20
While investigating the most recent robbery perpetrated by the infamous Mole Squad, April and the Turtles stumbled upon a secret meeting between the Mole Squad and Dr. Floyd O'Toole, a scientist who has been missing for weeks. In their effort to capture the Mole Squad, the Turtles underestimated their abilities and allowed them to escape with Dr. O'Toole's Sonic Pulverizer, a device he developed as a tool not as a weapon. Frustrated that every criminal in town wants to use his inventions for evil purposes, Dr. O'Toole decides to give up the science life and become an insurance salesman. Until then, he has asked the Turtles to protect all of his research papers, and especially the video tape documenting his proudest achievement yet, the Hyper Thruster. Back at the lair, the Turtles lament the loss of Dr. O'Toole's genius while Donatello reminds them that not all inventions have to have an evil purpose, like his Transdimensional Communicator, a device he created to stay in touch with