The BEST Episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2019

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

(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

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

star 9.33
3 votes
Carter the Enforcer

#3 - 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

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3 votes
Bye, Bye Fly

#4 - 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

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6 votes
Doomquest

#5 - Doomquest

Season 9 - Episode 8

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

#6 - Atlantis Awakes

Season 7 - Episode 23

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
Mobster from Dimension X

#7 - 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.

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7 votes
The Day the Earth Disappeared

#8 - 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,...

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7 votes
Case of the Hot Kimono

#9 - 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...

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9 votes
Muckman Messes Up

#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

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7 votes
Raphael Versus The Volcano

#11 - 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

star 8.86
7 votes
Leatherhead: Terror of the Swamp

#12 - 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.

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11 votes
Splinter Vanishes

#13 - Splinter Vanishes

Season 4 - Episode 34

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
Leonardo Lightens Up

#14 - Leonardo Lightens Up

Season 4 - Episode 19

(Synopsis credited to Ninjaturtles.com) 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 Gang's All Here

#15 - 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.

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8 votes
The Dimension X Story

#16 - 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

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4 votes
Pirate Radio

#17 - 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

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4 votes
Leonardo, Renaissance Turtle

#18 - 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

star 8.75
4 votes
Planet of the Turtleoids (2)

#19 - Planet of the Turtleoids (2)

Season 5 - Episode 22

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star 8.75
4 votes
Slash - The Evil Turtle from Dimension X

#20 - Slash - The Evil Turtle from Dimension X

Season 4 - Episode 18

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

star 8.67
6 votes
Funny, They Shrunk Michelangelo

#21 - 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

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6 votes
Enter: Krakus (3)

#22 - Enter: Krakus (3)

Season 8 - Episode 6

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
The Missing Map

#23 - 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.

star 8.63
8 votes
Farewell, Lotus Blossom

#24 - Farewell, Lotus Blossom

Season 4 - Episode 24

(Synopsis credited to Ninja Turtles.com) 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

#25 - The Ice Creature Cometh

Season 5 - Episode 13

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