The BEST Episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2021

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.

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The Starchild

#1 - The Starchild

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 25, 1993

A small alien being, named Quirx, crash-lands on Earth, with intergalactic stormtroopers in hot pursuit. The Turtles must figure out how to get Quirx back to his home planet, before Earth is destroyed.

star 9.67
3 votes
The Wrath of Medusa

#2 - The Wrath of Medusa

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 30, 1995

Dregg hires an alien bounty hunter named Medusa to help capture the Turtles. The Turtles must fight off this new threat. Meanwhile, Carter realises that he is more of a hindrance than a help. Meanwhile, an alien slug, called a Slorr, hatches & begins terrorising the city.

star 9.33
3 votes
Carter, the Enforcer

#3 - Carter, the Enforcer

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 28, 1995

Dregg plans to build a Star Shield, a device that Dregg claims will protect Earth from hostile alien invaders. Meanwhile, the Turtles, with the help of April & her mini-cam, hope to expose Dregg for the fraud that he is. The Turtles also find out that Dregg has built an android replica of Cater.

star 9.33
3 votes
Splinter No More

#4 - 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.

star 9.10
108 votes
Doomquest

#5 - Doomquest

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 4, 1995

An interdimensional being called Doomquest comes to Earth to try to get a powerful crystal from Lord Dregg. The turtles find that their unstable mutations are now starting to cause them to lose their intelligence whenever they mutate into their new forms. In the end, April is able to successfully expose Lord Dregg's true intentions to the world.

star 9.00
4 votes
Atlantis Awakes

#6 - Atlantis Awakes

Season 7 - Episode 23 - Aired Nov 20, 1993

The Turtles discover an Atlantean city, not in ancient Greece, but in modern times. After meeting Merdude, in reality is the true King of Atlantis, the Turtles must defeat Shredder & dethrone Bebop, who been set up as a puppet king.

star 9.00
2 votes
Bye, Bye Fly

#7 - Bye, Bye Fly

Season 3 - Episode 44 - Aired Nov 23, 1989

An interdimensional alien spacecraft leads Baxter Stockman to his latest vengeful plot to destroy the Turtles and Shredder.

star 8.88
8 votes
Leatherhead: Terror of the Swamp

#8 - Leatherhead: Terror of the Swamp

Season 3 - Episode 30 - Aired Nov 3, 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.

star 8.82
11 votes
The Fifth Turtle

#9 - The Fifth Turtle

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 4, 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.

star 8.80
120 votes
Slash - The Evil Turtle from Dimension X

#10 - Slash - The Evil Turtle from Dimension X

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 22, 1990

Bebop and Rocksteady use Krang's new Mutagen on Bebop's pet turtle Slash so he can do their housework for them. Slash runs away and is conned by an irritated entrepreneur into framing the TMNT.

star 8.80
5 votes
Raphael Versus the Volcano

#11 - Raphael Versus the Volcano

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 5, 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.

star 8.75
8 votes
Superhero for a Day

#12 - Superhero for a Day

Season 4 - Episode 35 - Aired Nov 24, 1990

Gadget Man comes out of retirement after 50 years but is tricked by Shredder into fighting against the Turtles.

star 8.67
3 votes
Enter: Krakus

#13 - Enter: Krakus

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 22, 1994

Still after the Flux Transformer, Titanus & his mutants track its unique electronic signals, in order to locate it & get it back. Meanwhile, the Turtles have their hands full, when an enforcer named Krakus shows up. The Turtles must find out who Krakus is & whether he is friend or foe.

star 8.67
3 votes
A Thing About Rats

#14 - A Thing About Rats

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 16, 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 8.60
393 votes
Writers: David Wise, Patti Howeth
Michelangelo's Birthday

#15 - Michelangelo's Birthday

Season 3 - Episode 31 - Aired Nov 6, 1989

It's Michelangelo's birthday, but none of his brothers seem to remember, and it frustrates him greatly. Meanwhile, Shredder and Krang discover what is possibly an 'anti-mutagen' that, after testing it on three rock soldiers, can undo mutations. Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady are sent to use it on the Turtles, and our heroes have a few close calls.

star 8.58
12 votes
Beware the Lotus

#16 - Beware the Lotus

Season 3 - Episode 28 - Aired Nov 1, 1989

Krang hires a female Ninja, Lotus, to replace Shredder. It seems that Lotus has agreed to help Krang locate the Turtles in exchange for 100 pounds of gold. To prove her worthiness, and Shredder's unworthiness, Lotus defeats him with her Ninja skills. Shredder, Rocksteady and Bebop leave the Technodrome with their tails between their legs vowing that Krang will someday beg to have them back. Meanwhile, Burne assigns April and Vernon to do a special story on romance. At the Olaf Perfume Factory, April interviews a Monsieur Olaf, who reveals that he has a 'Scent Analyzer' that can 'sniff out' any fragrance. But, while protected by three armed guards, is suddenly stolen by Lotus and in its place, she leaves a lotus flower. A short time later, Lotus visits Aqua Land and steals from Dr Gilman, a marine biologist, his complete file on his study of genetic codes of turtles. Once again she leaves a lotus flower in its place.

star 8.56
9 votes
The Case of the Killer Pizzas

#17 - The Case of the Killer Pizzas

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 5, 1988

Krang finally relents and provides Shredder with help in defeating the Turtles. Only his request this time is for some 'eggs' from Dimension X that look like meatballs. Back on Earth, Shredder learns of a Pizza Bake-Off and decides to use this event to snare the Turtles. Thanks to Shredder, the Turtles learn of the same Pizza Bake-Off and make plans to attend. Splinter suggests that Shredder may be nearby and warns them to be careful. April and Irma attend the Pizza Bake-Off as well. And, while Irma tries to avoid an old boyfriend, April discovers the Turtles presence and agrees to enter their names in the raffles for the Three Prize Pizzas.

star 8.53
159 votes
Donatello Makes Time

#18 - Donatello Makes Time

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Oct 6, 1990

Donatello invents a machine that can freeze time, which a deranged professor steals as part of a plan to conquer the world.

star 8.50
4 votes
Farewell, Lotus Blossom

#19 - Farewell, Lotus Blossom

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired Oct 13, 1990

Ninja Lotus Blossom's nightmares draw her to a strange artifact in the Turtles' possession. The artifact contains an angry spirit, whose wife's soul is within Lotus.

star 8.50
6 votes
Leonardo is Missing

#20 - Leonardo is Missing

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 28, 1992

Leonardo gets lost following a distress signal while Krang invents a 'Hyper-Thruster'. Krang tries to blow the Earth off its axis and melt the ice. The Technodrome is not at the bottom of the sea, but is at the North Pole.

star 8.50
6 votes
Dirk Savage: Mutant Hunter

#21 - Dirk Savage: Mutant Hunter

Season 7 - Episode 24 - Aired Nov 27, 1993

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?

star 8.50
2 votes
The Maltese Hamster

#22 - The Maltese Hamster

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 28, 1989

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?

star 8.47
94 votes
Cowabunga Shredhead

#23 - Cowabunga Shredhead

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Oct 18, 1989

Shredder has an accident and ends up acting like Michelangelo. The episode has the Turtles dealing with him switching between his evil personality and Michelangelo, to hilarious consequences.

star 8.45
20 votes
Mutagen Monster

#24 - Mutagen Monster

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Oct 26, 1989

A train accident produces gallons of mutagen that drench nearby cattle. The result is a super bull with a temper!

star 8.42
12 votes
Leonardo, the Renaissance Turtle

#25 - Leonardo, the Renaissance Turtle

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Nov 9, 1991

A mad professor named Mindbender creates a law-enforcement robot named "LEX" to clean up crime in New York, but LEX ultimately starts arresting numerous innocent people for the smallest infraction. With the other Turtles unreachable, Leonardo must discover his own innate skills to stop this rogue robot before he and Mindbender declare themselves dictators of the city.

star 8.40
5 votes