The BEST Episodes of ThunderCats

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2020

Network: Syndication

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.

The Trouble with ThunderKittens

#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.

star 8.01
69 votes

#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.

star 7.92
593 votes
The Unholy Alliance

#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.

star 7.70
324 votes
Lion-O's Anointment Final Day: The Trial of Evil

#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.

star 7.60
78 votes

#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.

star 7.55
128 votes
The Slaves of Castle Plun-Darr

#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.

star 7.50
151 votes
The Terror of Hammerhand

#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.

star 7.50
170 votes
Fond Memories

#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.

star 7.35
75 votes

#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.

star 7.34
184 votes
Trouble with Time

#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.

star 7.30
112 votes
The Time Capsule

#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.

star 7.28
72 votes
The Telepathy Beam

#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.

star 7.19
73 votes
The Ghost Warrior

#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.

star 7.15
92 votes
Return of the ThunderCubs

#14 - 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

star 7.10
48 votes
Lion-O's Anointment Third Day: Trial of Cunning

#15 - 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.

star 7.09
53 votes
The Book of Omens

#16 - 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

star 7.09
55 votes
Dr. Dometone

#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.

star 7.08
61 votes
The Spaceship Beneath the Sands

#18 - 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.

star 7.07
81 votes
Key to Thundera

#19 - 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

star 7.04
47 votes
The Astral Prison

#20 - 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.

star 7.03
58 votes
The Doomgaze

#21 - The Doomgaze

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 24, 1985

Mumm-Ra and the Mutants plot to open the Time Warp Prison and release the evil Princess Ta-She in order to use her deadly Doomgaze against the Thundercats.

star 7.03
79 votes
The Tower of Traps

#22 - 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.

star 7.02
101 votes
Lion-O's Anointment First Day: Trial of Strength

#23 - 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.

star 7.02
54 votes
The Fireballs of Plun-Darr

#24 - The Fireballs of Plun-Darr

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 30, 1985

The Mutants, once again searching for a way to destroy the Thundercats, recover some more items from their spaceship. They take their ship's engine and convert it into a giant fireball-shooting machine. The mutants terrorize Third Earth with their fireballs, until the Thundercats go to castle Plunn-Darr and destroy their dangerous new weapon.

star 7.01
96 votes
All That Glitters

#25 - All That Glitters

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Oct 1, 1985

Mumm-Ra tricks Lion-O into using the Sword of Omens against Tygra, causing the blade to break in half and lose its powers. The only way Lion-O can restore the Sword is to venture into a volcano and have the Inflamer reforge it. But the Inflamer requires a payment of gold... Has Lion-O taken on more than he can handle?

star 6.99
68 votes