The BEST Episodes of ThunderCats
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 26, 2020
Network: Cartoon Network
The inhabitants of the planet Thundera evacuate just before it is destroyed. They were pursued by a band of mutants. All but one of their escape ships was destroyed. Only a small group of Thunderans (Thundercats) remained. With only half engine power, the group, which was led by Jaga, had to set a course for the nearest planet. Jaga commanded their ship while the other seven were in their stasis tubes. Jaga died on their journey to Third Earth and their ship crashed there. Soon they made friends with various groups in the area and they designed a fortress. Mumm-Ra the centuries-old embodiment of evil, along with the mutants that destroyed the rest of the Thunderans are a constant threat. But Lion-O, the new leader of the Thundercats, with his weapon the "Sword of Omens" will help the Thundercats to have a standing chance.
#1 - The Trouble with ThunderKittens
Season 1 - Episode 62 - Aired Dec 17, 1985
The Thunderkittens steal the Thundercats' weapons so they can prove they can use them, but the Mutants steal the weapons! Lion-O and the kittens must get the weapons back from the Mutants.
#2 - Exodus
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 23, 1985
With their home planet, Thundera, about to explode, the Thunderians flee to a distant galaxy. Before they can make the long journey the Mutants sweep in and destroy most of the fleet in an attempt to capture the Eye of Thundera. Due to the attack, the Thundercats find themselves on a distant planet. A grown-up Lion-O must save his Thundercats from the Mutants on Third Earth.
#3 - The Unholy Alliance
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 23, 1985
The Mutants, who have also reached Third Earth, encounter an old pyramid. It turns out to be the home of Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living, and they join forces to capture the Sword of Omens. Both the Mutants and Mumm-Ra attempt to attack Lion-O to possess the Sword, but miserably fail.
#4 - Lion-O's Anointment Final Day: The Trial of Evil
Season 1 - Episode 61 - Aired Dec 16, 1985
Finally, to prove that Lion-O is worthy to be the Lord of the Thundercats, he must defeat his worst enemy. Mumm-Ra. He manages to find a way into Mumm-Ra's tomb, and defeats him by throwing his coffin into the evil cauldrum. This is the first time that Lion-O really defeats Mumm-Ra.
#5 - Pumm-Ra
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 13, 1985
Mumm-Ra uses his shapeshifting abilities to pass himself off as a Thunderian so he can stage the "rescue" of Cheetara and infiltrate Cats' Lair.
#6 - The Slaves of Castle Plun-Darr
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 12, 1985
The homeless Mutants also make plans to build their home. They enslave a primitive race of beings called Brute-Men to do their work for them. The Thundercats go to Castle Plunn-Darr to free the Brute-Men from the Mutants.
#7 - The Terror of Hammerhand
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 16, 1985
When Snarf and a young unicorn are captured by the pirate Hammerhand and his crew of Berserkers, Lion-O goes to rescue them.
#8 - Fond Memories
Season 1 - Episode 65 - Aired Dec 20, 1985
Mumm-Ra pretending to be one of the ThunderCats friends takes Lion-O to a gallery of the ThunderCats accomplishments. However, the pictures can come to life and Lion-O must battle Rataro, Safari Joe, and others. ONce the other ThunderCats arrive they end up in trouble and Lion-O is confronted by Mumm-Ra who has made himself into a carbon copy of Lion-O. It's Lion-O VS Lion-O and is a draw, until Lion-O shows Mumm-Ra his reflection.
#9 - Berbils
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 11, 1985
The Ro-Bear Berbils are a friendly group of robot bears that live on Third Earth. Lion-O and Snarf don't know this, and end up getting caught in a Ro-Bear trap. The Berbils free them however, and they form an alliance. Mumm-ra attacks the Berbil village, but the Thundercats save it. In return, the Ro-Bears help the Thundercats to build Cats' Lair, a new base for the Thundercats.
#10 - Trouble with Time
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 17, 1985
With their supply of Thundrillium running low, the Thundercats set off in search of a fresh supply. Tygra detects a large deposit in a cave and goes to investigate - unfortunately, he has entered the Cave of Time and anyone who ventures in there will age rapidly until they die. His only hope is that Cheetara's speed will be fast enough to allow her to escape the Cave's effects.
#11 - The Time Capsule
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 27, 1985
Lion-O becomes homesick, and his memories of Thundera are almost nonexistent. Jaga appears to Lion-O and tells him that on their spaceship, they brought with them a time capsule which contained a recording of Thundera and its history up to the time it was destroyed. The Thundercats set out to search for their time capsule.
#12 - The Telepathy Beam
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 15, 1988
Vultureman creates a device that plays around with Cheetara's sixth sense. She begins to see images that aren't real, and she soon begins to lose faith in herself. Meanwhile, the Lunataks enslave Panthro with a mind control device, and tell him to make the Sky-Tomb able to fly to Thundera. When the Thundercats are looking for Panthro, Vultureman makes Cheetara see images of him being captured by Mumm-Ra, being stuck on Hook Mt., and being held at Castle Plundarr. Lion-O goes to Mumm-Ra's pyramid, and is ambushed by Luna and Amok, who capture him. Tygra goes to Plundarr and is captured by Red Eye. The Thunderkittens also get captured on Hook Mountain. Cheetara is about to go crazy, but Lynx-O tells her to listen to her heart instead of her mind. She turns into a huge ball of energy that shoots out and destroys Vultureman's device and frees Panthro and the other Thundercats.
#13 - The Ghost Warrior
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 23, 1985
Two Bolkins (sheep-like beings from Third Earth) unleash the ghost of Grune the Destroyer, a renegade Thundercat who once terrorised Third Earth and now turns his attention to the Thundercats.
#14 - The Book of Omens
Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Sep 29, 1989
New Thundera is being torn apart and the Thundercats must present certain artifacts at various dangerous locations that used to be beautiful places, then Lion-O must go into the book and give the Key of Thundera to the guardian of the book ""at the 24th hour,"" or the Thundercats will be frozen in time and New Thundera will be destroyed. But Mumm-Ra steals the book and key and journeys into the book himself. He wants to save New Thundera BUT wants the Thundercats frozen in time. The Ancient Spirits of Evil try to stop Mumm-Ra because they fear if Mumm-Ra goes into the book, their powers will cease to exist. The other Thundercats run into problems also at the locations they are supposed to be at. Lion-O goes into the book using the Sword of Omens and battles Mumm-Ra one on one, neither of them using any magic. Even when Mumm-Ra cheats, Lion-O still wins. The ASOE summon their ""champion,"" Pyron, to then fight Lion-O, but Lion-O gets the dragons in the book to fry him... He presents the key
#15 - Return of the ThunderCubs
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 20, 1988
Panthro, Tygra, and Cheetara return to New Thundera in the Feliner to find more of the Treasure of Thundera, but Mumm-Ra shoots the Feliner down and, as the Fog of Despair, sends them to the Canyons of Youth, which changes them back into Thundercubs. Then Mumm-Ra disguises himself as Lion-O and tells the Thundercubs to find the treasure for him. Meanwhile, back on Third Earth, Lion-O and Snarf decide to go rescue the Thundercats on New Thundera, but they must ask the Mutants to take them to New Thundera in the Rat-Star. The Mutants agree, secretly planning to attack Lion-O once they're in space. They do attack and imprison him and Snarf on the way to Thundera, but they manage to break out. Cheetara meanwhile, using her sixth sense, locates part of the treasure, the Mirror of Truth. The real Lion-O shows up, and uses the Sword of Omens with the Mirror of Truth to restore the cubs to their proper age, and Mumm-Ra reveals himself and turns into Mumm-Ra the everliving. Cheetara uses the mi
#16 - The Spaceship Beneath the Sands
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Sep 26, 1985
Tired of constantly being bested by the Thundercats, the Mutants have Mumm-Ra raise their spaceship and salvage their vehicles.
#17 - Dr. Dometone
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Oct 7, 1985
In old scientist seeks the Thundercats to help him save the oceans of Third Earth. Long ago, a crack was made in the bottom of the ocean which caused the water to drain into the earth's core. Dr. Dometone created a plug which sealed the hole in the ocean, and saved Third Earth from destruction. Now, an evil miner, Scrape, has come to remove the plug and mine the rock that is found on the bottom of the ocean. The Thundercats join Dr. Dometone and his frog-like robot, Herkie, to save the planet from total destruction.
#18 - Key to Thundera
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 19, 1988
While trying to figure out a way to read the Book of Omens, Lion-O tries looking through the sword at the book. He is immediately drawn into the book, where a voice asks him if he has ""the key."" Lion-O says he doesn't, and four dragon heads appear and shoot fire at him. Snarf, who saw Lion-O get sucked into the book, tries to show Cheetara what happened, and he too gets sucked in. Mumm-Ra, who also watched Lion-O get sucked in, goes to cats lair and takes the book so he can destroy it with Lion-O inside. Meanwhile, just by coincidence, Panthro finds an odd looking key on Thundera. He and Tygra head back to Third Earth with the key, not knowing what it's for. Back on Third Earth, Mumm-Ra is just about to boil the book when Lion-O calls for the sword, and it brings him and Snarf back outside. Mumm-Ra takes the sword and looks through it at the book, and he gets sucked in! But Lion-O has to save him because of the code of Thundera, and Lion-O does save him. Panthro and Tygra arrive with t
#19 - Lion-O's Anointment Third Day: Trial of Cunning
Season 1 - Episode 46 - Aired Nov 25, 1985
Wily Kit and Kat stand in Lion-O's way on the third day of his trials. Lion-O must beat them through the maze of infinity. Attempting to stop Lion-O and slow him down, the kids set traps in the maze. He manages however to avoid their traps. In order to beat them through the maze, Lion-O plays their own tricks on them, and tricks them into losing the race through the maze.
#20 - Lion-O's Anointment First Day: Trial of Strength
Season 1 - Episode 37 - Aired Nov 12, 1985
On Lion-O's 20th birthday, he must pass a set of trials to become the true Lord of the ThunderCats. Even though he is the hereditary Lord of the ThunderCats, he must prove himself to be worthy of that title. His first test is to beat Panthro in a duel to test his strength.
#21 - The Astral Prison
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Oct 8, 1985
Jaga is captured by Nemex, an evil being in the Astral World, and Lion-O tries to find a way to rescue him. Third Earth legend says that the only person who can transport anyone to the Astral world is the evil Nether-Witch. Little do the Thundercats know that Mumm-Ra and the Nether-Witch are one and the same. Mumm-Ra traps Lion-O in the Astral world, and Lion-O sets out to save Jaga. While escaping the Astral prison, Lion-O and Jaga save an old sorcerer named Brodo who has been imprisoned in the Astral Prison for centuries. As thanks, Brodo sends Lion-O back to his own dimension.
#22 - Mumm-Ra Lives (1)
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 7, 1987
The Thundercats think that they have destroyed Mumm-Ra for good. Little do they know that he survived. He returns to his tomb with the help of Ma-Mutt, and is to weak to do anything. So he transforms Ma-Mutt into an image of himself, and sends this image to order the mutants to release the Luna-tacks.
#23 - Feliner (2)
Season 1 - Episode 30 - Aired Nov 1, 1985
Vultureman summons Ratar-O to take him to the planet of the Snarfs to capture one of them and use it as ransom with the Thundercats. Snarf, thinking his entire race was wiped out when Thundera blew up, finds out that they have captured Snarfer, his little nephew. The Thundercats set out to find the Mutants and save Snarfer. After successfully saving Snarfer, the Thundercats are faced with the problem of returning Snarfer to his planet. Panthro cleverly invents the Feliner, a spaceship. In order for it to work, though, the machine need a hyperspace mega-condenser. Snarf reminds him that there is one on Ratar-O's Ratstar. The Thundercats once again pursue the Mutants to the wreckage site of the Ratstar to take their mega-condenser.
#24 - ThunderCubs (1)
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 5, 1988
Mumm-Ra learns about the Treasure of Thundera and the Sword of Plundarr (Jaga had beaten Ratilla, who owned the Sword, and then buried the sword deep underground), and he and Ma-Mutt ""travel back in time and space"" to explore the debris of Thundera and look for the sword, which causes the planet to reform. The Thundercats find out about this and must make the journey to New Thundera to stop Mumm-Ra. Lynx-O and the Thunderkittens are left at the tower while the other Thundercats at the Lair are preparing the Feliner for the trip to New Thundera. Vultureman notices that the tower is only guarded by 3 Thundercats and goes to Sky Tomb and tells Luna. Luna then sends Red Eye and Tug Mug to attack the Tower, and they capture Lynx-O and the Thunderkittens.
#25 - The Tower of Traps
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 18, 1985
Wilykit and Wilykat try to stop a band of living gargoyles from robbing a Wollo but fail to do so and trail the gargoyles to a nearby Tower. Wilykat is trying force the door open when he suddenly disappears, leaving Wilykit - who was looking for another way in - close to panic. She and Lion-O (alerted by the Sword of Omens) must now brave the Tower's potentially lethal traps in order to rescue Wilykat.