Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TV Series 2012-2017, also commonly referred to as TMNT, and called Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for it's fifth and final season) is an American 3D-rendered computer-animated martial arts action-adventure comedy drama television animated series developed by the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in the franchise of the same name. A one hour sneak peek was released on September 28, 2012, while the official premiere aired and debuted on Nickelodeon and YTV (both in Canada and the USA) on September 29, 2012. The series premiered in the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 1, 2012[1] and in Australia along with New Zealand on October 8, 2012.[2] It is the third animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series and is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Composer Sebastian Evans provided the show's score. Nickelodeon acquired the global rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. and announced a new CGI-animated TMNT television series.[3][4][5]

The 2012 version is 3D rendered and characterized by anime-like iconography and emphasis on mutagen continuing to wreak havoc on the everyday lives of the Turtles and their enemies. The series ran for five years with five seasons from late September of 2012 until mid-November of 2017.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Also known as Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (season five title)
Genre Animation





Based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

by Kevin Eastman
Peter Laird

Developed by Ciro Nieli

Joshua Sternin
J. R. Ventimilia

Voices of
  • Jason Biggs as (Leonardo Seasons 1–2)
  • Dominic Catrambone (as Leonardo Season 2)
  • Seth Green (as Leonardo Seasons 3-5)
  • Rob Paulsen (as Donatello, 1987 Raphael)
  • Sean Astin (as Raphael)
  • Greg Cipes (as Michelangelo)
  • Hoon Lee (as Master Splinter/Hamato Yoshi)
  • Mae Whitman (as April O'Neil)
  • Kevin Michael Richardson (as Shredder/Oroku Saki)
  • Josh Peck (as Casey Jones)
  • Kelly Hu (as Karai/Hamato Miwa)
  • Nolan North (as The Kraang, Bishop, various)
  • Clancy Brown (as Chris Bradford/Dogpound/Rahzar)
  • Christian Lanz (as Xever Montes/Fishface)
  • Phil LaMarr (as Baxter Stockman)
  • Eric Bauza (Takeshi/Tiger Claw, various)
  • Fred Tatasciore (as Ivan Strenako/Rocksteady, various)
  • J.B. Smoove (as Anton Zeck/Bebop)
Opening theme "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Ending theme "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (instrumental)
Composer(s) Sebastian Evans II

Stanley Martinez

Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 124 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Joshua Sternin
  • J. R. Ventimilia
  • Ciro Nieli
  • Peter Hastings
  • Brandon Auman
  • MacGregor Middleton
  • Christopher Waters (supervising)
  • Ant Ward (supervising)
  • Patrick Krebs (supervising)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Lowbar Productions

Mirage Studios
Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Original network Nickelodeon
Picture format 480i NTSC

1080i HDTV

Original release September 29, 2012 – November 12, 2017
Preceded by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 TV series)
Followed by Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2018)
External links

The show proved to be popular with both audiences and critics, garnering 3.9 million viewers on its premiere night and hit a ratings high for Nickelodeon with boys 2-11, making it the network's top-rated premiere for an animated series since 2009. During its premiere weekend the series reached nearly 12 million total viewers.[6] The premiere's success prompted Nickelodeon to order a second season on October 2, 2012[7] and in February 2013, the network renewed the show for a third season.[8] On June 17, 2014, Nickelodeon ordered a fourth season of the show. On July 10, 2015, at San Diego Comic Con International, Nickelodeon announced a 20-episode pick-up for season five, as well as confirming that season four would also consist of 20 episodes.[9]

The series makes slight changes to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continuity, notably
TMNT 2012 Babies

(Left to Right) Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Donatello as baby mutant turtles.

Michelangelo's new catchphrase is "Booyakasha" (which Greg Cipes himself-plays Michelangelo- came up with) instead of "Cowabunga"[10] and his brother, Raphael, also has an un-mutated pet turtle named Spike. The series follows the four Ninja Turtles living in the underground sewers of Manhattan, where they're being trained in martial arts by the ratlike Master Splinter. Merchandise based on the series includes a new line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles consumer products and six LEGO sets.

Two video game adaptations were released in 2013 for the show, the abysmally reviewed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (with the Turtles' radically redesigned from their television likenesses), followed shortly by kid-friendly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2013 (this one with the series aesthetics), which was slightly better received. A game for mobile devices has also been released, as well as a LEGO racing game on the LEGO website.

In a unique touch, each season of the show features the Turtles watching a cheesy animated show (Space Heroes) that usually foreshadows events of an episode (which was outright lamp shaded on one occasion).

Before even finishing its first season, the series was renewed for a second and third season on October 2, 2012 and February 26, 2013 respectively. The first season concluded on August 8, 2013 with 26 episodes. Season 2 debuted on October 12, 2013 and concluded on September 26, 2014 with another 26 episodes. Season 3 was released on October 3, 2014 and concluded on September 27, 2015. Season 4 aired on October 25, 2015 and concluded on February 26, 2017, both seasons contained 26 episodes per season. The fourth season is the only season that has aired over a year, whereas the other seasons air less than a year. The fifth and final season, titled "Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", began airing on March 19, 2017, distributing a shorter, 20 episodes. 

After a five year run spanning five seasons and 124 episodes, the show concluded on November 12, 2017[11] and will be succeeded by a new 2D animated reboot series (which was revealed under the title Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), set to replace this series on Nickelodeon in September of 2018. 


Donatello: Booyakasha!  Michelangelo: Sounds weird when he says it.  Raphael: It sounds weird when you say it!

It's the turtles' fifteenth birthday and they're itching to venture up to the surface and showcase their ninja skills. Master Splinter reluctantly agrees. At first, they love the surface with its weird lights and even stranger food (like pizza). However, things go awry when they witness a girl and her father being abducted by men in a van. They try to intervene, but don't fare well during the fight, with the van getting away, only to discover that the kidnappers are really robots with living brain creatures in their chest and were carrying the ooze that made them into mutants.

Eager to learn more about this strange connection, they regroup and begin to practice fighting as a team with Master Splinter appointing Leonardo as The Leader. After storming the enemy fortress, they learn that these creatures are called "The Kraang" and have sinister plans in store. They manage to rescue the girl, April, but the Kraang still have her father. They vow not to rest until they rescue him.

Unfortunately, the Turtles' attack has not gone unnoticed by the media, which alerts The Shredder to come to New York to take on Hamato Yoshi's students himself. What ensues is the escalating war between the Foot and Hamato Clan, a Myth Arc that turns out to have been in the works for far longer than most of the cast knows, as well as the unraveling mystery of the Kraang's agenda for Earth and humankind. Booyakasha!


Season 1 (2012-13)

Ninjutsu master Hamato Yoshi (Splinter) is carrying his four pet turtles through the streets of Manhattan, New York City when he encounters members of an alien race called the Kraang. During an altercation with these aliens, Yoshi and the turtles are exposed to a mysterious radioactive alien chemical substance ooze called Mutagen and they undergo major physical transformations. Yoshi becomes a humanoid rat and the turtles become anthropomorphic. Taking upon the new name "Splinter", he retreats to the New York City sewers, where he raises the four turtles as his sons and imparts to them his knowledge of ninjutsu.

Now teenagers, the Turtles (Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo) venture to the surface for the first time in 15 years and learn that the Kraang are using the mutagen as part of their plan to take over all of New York City. The Turtles befriend the teenage April O'Neil after she and her scientist father, Kirby O'Neil, are abducted by the Kraang. Donatello develops a crush on April. While Kirby remains a prisoner of the Kraang, April becomes an ally of the Turtles, who try to help her locate her father. April is also trained by Splinter to be a kunoichi or female ninja.

The Turtles also learn that Splinter's long-time archenemy Oroku Saki (Shredder) has come to New York City and has ordered his Foot Clan to track down Splinter and his sons, and put an end to their clan. Learning about the Kraang's presence through his adopted daughter Karai, Shredder enters an alliance with the aliens to destroy their mutual enemies in the Hamato Clan.

The Turtles discover that the Kraang (led by Kraang Prime) have come to Earth from Dimension X and are plotting to use the mutagen to convert the Earth into a planet that will be suitable for their race. After the Turtles rescue Kirby, the Kraang invade New York, but the Turtles and April emerge triumphant when they are able to send the Technodrome crashing into the sea. Meanwhile, Splinter battles Shredder and learns that Karai is technically his own daughter, Miwa who was kidnapped by Shredder and who believes that Splinter killed her mother. The season ends with Turtles celebrating their victory over Kraang as Splinter hides this secret of Miwa from them.

Season 2 (2013-14)

The Turtles struggle to contain an outbreak of mutations that occurs thanks to the leftover mutagen from the thwarted Kraang invasion. Kirby is among the victims of the outbreak, and a misunderstanding leads April to hate the Turtles and break off their friendship. However, the Turtles are able to earn her forgiveness when they save her after Karai, (who has taken temporary command of the Foot while the Shredder is away in Japan) continues hunting her down. The Hamato Clan also gains a new member when April's new friend Casey Jones helps repel an assault on the Turtles' lair. Kirby is eventually restored to his human form when Donatello manages to concoct a Retro-Mutagen, which causes organic beings to reverse their major physical transformations, and help keep it away from former T.C.R.I inventor Baxter Stockman, who gets mutated into Stockman-Fly while under Shredder's employ.

Meanwhile, The Shredder returns from Japan with the mutated Japanese bounty hunter Tiger Claw, who becomes the Shredder's new second-in-command, much to Karai's rebellious chagrin. During a battle with the Turtles, Tiger Claw is later sent through a portal inside a worm to the 1987–1996 animated series reality. Additionally, Karai is informed of the truth about her life by Leonardo (who became secretly smitten with her since they first met), however, she flatly distrusts Leo and harshly rejects this, even goes as far as brutally slaying the tortoise for his repeated "lies". But she is later shown eavesdropping on them by hiding behind a billboard and overhears the group gossiping about her. Despite her initial disgruntled hatred facial expressions against them, she becomes intrigued by their conversation. After Tiger Claw, who later returns to the 2012 reality, enlists her in a devious scheme to find the Turtles' lair, she succeeds in deceiving Leo by pretending to trust her about Splinter. She is taken to the lair, much to Raphael's ire. As the brothers argue, Karai sneakily schemes an ambush by slyly activating her tracking device, leading Tiger Claw to the lair. However, after she finally (and genuinely) does realize the truth herself (thanks to Splinter showing her photographs of himself as a man with Tang-shen and Karai as an infant), her feelings towards Splinter and the Turtles (especially Leonardo) change. Realizing the enormity of her treacherous schemes and malevolent mistreatment towards the Turtles and Splinter, she joins forces with them and disowns Shredder and Tiger Claw (for real this time) by leading Tiger Claw to an old, underground meat processing factory. After the battle that ensues, she is captured by Tiger Claw, taken back to Shredder's lair where SHredder confesses the truth, and imprisoned. Repeated attempts to free Karai by Leonardo ultimately succeed, but the Shredder captures Karai again and uses her as bait to kill the Hamato Clan. However, despite the best efforts from the Turtles and Splinter to rescue her once more, Karai ends up mutated into a feral and predatory purple-and-white serpent after her cage falls into a pool of mutagen containing snake DNA (a trap that was meant for the Turtles), to everyone's horror.

This goes against Shredder's plan, so he approaches Kraang Prime to propose a risky alliance and a solution. After negotiating, the two come to an agreement: Shredder and his forces will help the Kraang capture April and conquer all of New York City in exchange for the Kraang robots helping Shredder destroying the Turtles and Splinter, as well as restoring Karai back to her normal human form.

Over the next few weeks, the Turtles, April and Casey scour the city in search of Serpent Karai in the hopes of mutating her back to normal, but their search turns up nothing. Afterwards, Donnie must put aside his differences with Casey when some Purple Dragon gangsters steal and open an ancient Chinese dagger unleashing an evil ghost which tries to sap April's psychic powers while Leo, Raph and Mikey undergo an evil posession becoming Ho Chan's henchmen.

When the Kraang perfect their previously unstable mutagen, the Turtles travel through a portal (artificially made by Donnie) into Dimension X and battle rock monsters to rescue Leatherhead. Meanwhile, The Kraang launch a second invasion of New York, starting by destroying the Turtles' lair (April mistakenly leads Irma there, and Irma reveals herself to be Kraang Sub-Prime). Although Splinter and the Turtles eventually fight off Kraang Sub-Prime, most of their lair is trashed, forcing them to abandon it. The Kraang begin mutating New York City's populace, including Kirby, despite the efforts of Earth's military and the Turtles. A falling-out between Leo and Donnie jeopardizes the mission when Leonardo is mistakenly separated from the rest of the team leading Donnie to lead. Leo is left to single-handedly battle Shredder, Tiger Clan, Dogpound, Fishface and the entire Foot Clan army (a hoard of Footbots) but despite his valiant efforts, Shredder and his thugs gang up on the tortoise. Leo is gravely injured and knocked unconscious, as is Splinter after a battle with the Shredder, who, after defeating Leatherhead, ruthlessly flushes the unconscious rat down a sewer drain. The Turtles, April, and Casey are forced to flee New York as the Kraang successfully conquer the whole city of Manhattan. Meanwhile, Splinter is rescued by Serpent Karai, who recognizes him and is left on a ledge underground in the sewer to recover.

Season 3 (2014-15)

The group takes refuge at the O'Neil family's summer home upstate in Northampton, New York in order to recuperate from their loss at the hands of the Kraang and the Foot Clan. Leonardo takes an extended amount of time to recover, but guided by an apparition of Splinter, is able to overcome his physical and mental wounds.

The group eventually returns to New York with the goal of finding Splinter, Karai, Kirby, and their other missing allies and liberate the city from the Kraang. They are successful in finding Splinter and set up a temporary base in the abandoned Antonio's Pizza. Donatello begins work on new samples of retro-mutagen as the search for Kirby and Karai continues. Shredder later mutates Anton Zeck and Ivan Steranko into his latest mutants Bebop and Rocksteady while the Purple Dragons gain Hun as their leader. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles even run into the The Mighty Mutanimals (consisting of Slash, Leatherhead, Tyler Rockwell, and Pete).

They manage to banish the Kraang back to Dimension X and free New York, but the effect of the invasion eventually earns Shredder cemented control of the city's criminal underworld for his efforts to create a mind-control serum meant for the turtles, Mutanimals and Karai.

The turtles are later offered by future time sorceress Renet to time travel to the past, where they meet up with a younger Hamato Yoshi and Oroku Saki, as well as Yoshi's late wife and Karai's mother, Teng Shen. During the battle between Yoshi and Saki inside the burning Hamato Clan dojo, Shen is accidentally killed by Saki, who meant to kill Yoshi instead. Saki leaves the dojo after his hair burns off from the fire and kidnaps Yoshi and Shen's baby daughter Miwa, vowing to raise her as Karai and leaving Yoshi to die. After his escape, the turtles save Yoshi, as they were "always destined to" before traveling back to the present with Renet.

When the Kraang return to Earth, the Turtles discover that the Kraang have another enemy from Dimension X in the form of the Triceraton Empire. Despite their best efforts and Shredder violating the Foot Clan's temporary truce with the Turtles by stabbing Splinter during the fight, the ruthless Triceratons activate the Heart of Darkness, a black hole-creating machine which annihilates both the Kraang, the Earth, and everyone on it. But just as it comes to the worst for the Turtles, April, and Casey, they are rescued by a friendly robot by the name of Professor Honeycutt (aka the Fugitoid) who uses a spacecraft to take the Turtles, April and Casey to a journey into outer space.

Season 4 (2015-17)

After the Turtles, April, and Casey are saved from the destruction of Earth, the Fugitoid uses his spacecraft the Ulixes to travel six months back in time in order for him and the Turtles to prevent the Triceraton Empire led by Emperor Zanmoran from again assembling the three components of the Heart of Darkness that are scattered throughout the universe before everything on Earth is lost. Besides fighting the Triceratons, the Turtles also face new enemies in outer space like Lord Vringath Dregg of the planet Sectoid and the bounty hunter Armaggon, and even have an adventure with their interuniversal 1987 counterparts and their enemy Krang who is an exiled relative of Kraang Subprime. Despite the efforts of the Turtles, the Triceratons are still able to collect all three pieces of the Black Hole Generator, only for the Turtles to return to Earth and join forces with their past selves to warn Splinter before he is killed by the Shredder, stop the detonator of the Heart of Darkness, and defeat the Triceratons. The Fugitoid destroys the Black Hole Generator near the Triceraton space-fleet, causing to explode, presumably killing the Triceratons. In the aftermath of the fight against the Triceratons, the past versions of the Turtles, April, and Casey leave Earth with the past Fugitoid in the Ulixes while the present Fugitoid's head reactivates in Earth's orbit.

Weeks later following the Triceraton Invasion being thwarted and the Foot Clan's disappearance, April is promoted to kunoichi at the time when the witch Shinigami arrives and is revealed that she is Karai's friend as they plot to rebuild the Hamato Clan and dispose of Shredder who is still recuperating from his last fight with Splinter. While Karai and Shinigami got some ninjas on their side, the Foot Clan strengthens the Footbot army by creating the Elite Footbots. Furthermore, some other crime organizations have been plotting to take over the Foot Clan's territory and a crystal shard of unimaginable power which April received from the alien Aeons during their space adventure is beginning to exert a baleful influence on her. Using a special mutagen formula made by Stockman-Fly, Oroku Saki recuperates and becomes Super-Shredder in order to take back control of the Foot Clan. Once a stable formula is made, Super-Shredder attacks the Turtles, the Mighty Mutanimals, Karai, and Shinigami which ends with Splinter falling in battle against Super-Shredder and is buried at the O'Neil family's summer home in North Hampton. This leads up to the final battle at Super-Shredder's hidden mansion where Leonardo manages to slay Super-Shredder and throw his mutated Kuro Kabuto to the other Turtles in victory.

Season 5: Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2017)

Also distributed as "Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". After the death of their father and master, and defeating the Shredder once and for all, the turtles try to adjust to the changes in their lives. With Splinter gone, Leonardo is given the responsibility of sensei, which adds more pressure onto him while Karai (who has now become the rightful heiress to the Foot Clan) decides to rework it. Meanwhile, Tiger Claw has been leading a gang of underground mutated bandits that follow Shredder (they all harbor thoughts and memories of the fallen Super Shredder), and summons a demodragon named Kavaxas to bring Rahzar, and Shredder back to life.

The Turtles are then joined by the arrival of Raphael's Salamandrian girlfriend, Mona Lisa, and her fellow Salamandrian, Sal Commander, to defeat the Newtralizer who possess an ability to travel through and absorb electricity. He is later backed up by his old ally, Lord Dregg. After the demise of the two extraterrestrial villains, the Turtles are whisked away to an alternate dimension, where they befriend Myiamoto Usagi and the pug child Kintaro from the evil wizard and wolf-demon Jei, a flashback to when Hamato Yoshi was first mutated into Splinter and began raising Leo, Donnie, Raph and Mikey as his adopted sons, an adventure featuring a possible and hypothetical future ruled by mutant animals, and another adventure involving the return of Savanti Romero where he collaborates with Count Dracula to make Earth more habitable for monsters.

The Turtles, April, Casey, Karai, Shinigami, and the Mighty Mutanimals soon teamed up with the 1987 counterparts of the Ninja Turtles where they face the return of the 2012 Bebop and Rocksteady where they are recruited by the 1987 counterparts of the Shredder and Krang to conquer Earth of both the 1987 and 2012 realities with a fully powered Technodrome after their versions of the 1987 Bebop and Rocksteady were accidentally left behind. While the Turtles and their allies fight off a horde of Foot Soldiers from the 1987–1996 series reality and the 2012 Rock Soldiers led by Traag and Granitor, Bebop and Rocksteady discovers Shredder and Krang's treacherous scheme to destroy the Earth and choose to become heroes in order to save the planet.


Season 1 (2012–13)

The episodes aired with their working titles outside North America.[11]

Main article: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series) (season 1)



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"Rise of the Turtles" Michael Chang & Alan Wan Joshua Sternin & J.R. Ventimilia September 29, 2012 101


3 3 "Turtle Temper" Alan Wan Jeremy Shipp October 6, 2012 103 3.25[14]
4 4 "New Friend, Old Enemy" Juan Jose Meza-Leon Joshua Hamilton October 13, 2012 104 2.80[15]
5 5 "I Think His Name is Baxter Stockman" Michael Chang & Ciro Nieli Joshua Sternin & J.R. Ventimilia October 20, 2012 105 3.40[16]
6 6 "Metalhead" Juan Jose Meza-Leon Tom Alvarado October 27, 2012 106 3.61[17]
7 7 "Monkey Brains" Alan Wan Russ Carney & Ron Corcillo November 3, 2012 107 3.69[18]
8 8 "Never Say Xever" Michael Chang Kenny Byerly November 10, 2012 108 2.92[19]
9 9 "The Gauntlet" Juan Jose Meza-Leon Joshua Sternin & J.R. Ventimilia November 17, 2012 109 2.80[20]
10 10 "Panic in the Sewers" Alan Wan Jeremy Shipp November 24, 2012 110 2.92[21]
11 11 "Mousers Attack!" Michael Chang Kenny Byerly December 8, 2012 111 3.37[22]
12 12 "It Came From the Depths" Juan Jose Meza-Leon Russ Carney & Ron Corcillo December 15, 2012 112 3.46[23]
13 13 "I, Monster" Michael Chang Jase Ricci January 25, 2013 114 2.61[24]
14 14 "New Girl In Town" Alan Wan Jeremy Shipp February 1, 2013 113 2.33[25]
15 15 "The Alien Agenda" Juan Jose Meza-Leon Kenny Byerly February 8, 2013 115 2.42[26]
16 16 "The Pulverizer" Alan Wan Russ Carney & Ron Corcillo February 15, 2013 116 2.55[27]
17 17 "TCRI" Michael Chang Joshua Sternin & J.R. Ventimilia March 1, 2013 117 2.15[28]
18 18 "Cockroach Terminator" Juan Jose Meza-Leon Jeremy Shipp March 15, 2013 118 2.19[29]
19 19 "Baxter's Gambit" Alan Wan Jase Ricci April 5, 2013 119 2.30[30]
20 20 "Enemy of My Enemy" Michael Chang Kenny Byerly April 12, 2013 120 2.31[31]
21 21 "Karai's Vendetta" Juan Jose Meza-Leon

& Sebastian Montes

Russ Carney & Ron Corcillo April 27, 2013 121 3.05[32]
22 22 "The Pulverizer Returns!" Alan Wan Jeremy Shipp May 11, 2013 123 2.78[33]
23 23 "Parasitica" Michael Chang Pete Goldfinger July 20, 2013 122 2.19[34]
24 24 "Operation: Break Out" Michael Chang Jase Ricci July 27, 2013 124 2.15[35]




"Showdown" Juan Jose Meza-Leon &

Sebastian Montes & Alan Wan

Joshua Sternin & J.R. Ventimilia August 8, 2013 125



Season 2 (2013–14)

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27 1 "The Mutation Situation" Sebastian Montes & Ciro Nieli Brandon Auman October 12, 2013 201 2.68[38]
28 2 "Invasion of the Squirrelanoids" Michael Chang Todd Garfield October 19, 2013 203 2.61[39]
29 3 "Follow the Leader" Alan Wan Eugene Son November 2, 2013 202 2.49[40]
30 4 "Mutagen Man Unleashed" Sebastian Montes Kevin Burke & Chris "Doc" Wyatt November 9, 2013 204 2.67[41]
31 5 "Mikey Gets Shellacne" Alan Wan Thomas Krajewski November 16, 2013 205 2.67[42]
32 6 "Target: April O'Neil" Michael Chang Nicole Dubuc November 23, 2013 206 2.54[43]
33 7 "Slash and Destroy" Sebastian Montes Gavin Hignight November 30, 2013 207 2.51[44]
34 8 "The Good, the Bad, and Casey Jones" Michael Chang Johnny Hartmann February 2, 2014 209 2.69[45]
35 9 "The Kraang Conspiracy" Alan Wan Brandon Auman February 9, 2014 208 2.87[46]
36 10 "Fungus Humungous" Sebastian Montes Mark Henry February 16, 2014 210 2.81[47]
37 11 "Metalhead Rewired" Alan Wan Peter Di Cicco February 23, 2014 211 2.66[48]
38 12 "Of Rats and Men" Sebastian Montes Todd Garfield March 2, 2014 212 2.7[49]




"The Manhattan Project"[50]


Michael Chang & Alan Wan Brandon Auman & John Shirley March 14, 2014 213


41 15 "Mazes & Mutants" Michael Chang Eugene Son April 27, 2014 215 2.67[55]
42 16 "The Lonely Mutation of Baxter Stockman" Sebastian Montes Brandon Auman May 4, 2014 216 2.32[56]
43 17 "Newtralized!" Alan Wan Gavin Hignight May 11, 2014 217 2.03[57]
44 18 "Pizza Face" Sebastian Montes Kevin Burke & Chris "Doc" Wyatt May 18, 2014 219 2.29[58]
45 19 "The Wrath of Tiger Claw" Michael Chang Christopher Yost June 8, 2014 218 2.30[59]
46 20 "The Legend of the Kuro Kabuto" Alan Wan Doug Langdale June 15, 2014 220 1.87[60]
47 21 "Plan 10" Michael Chang Henry Gilroy June 22, 2014 221 2.13[61]
48 22 "Vengeance is Mine" Sebastian Montes Peter Di Cicco June 29, 2014 222 2.17[62]
49 23 "A Chinatown Ghost Story" Alan Wan Randolph Heard September 12, 2014 223 1.33[63]
50 24 "Into Dimension X!" Sebastian Montes Doug Langdale September 19, 2014 224 1.70[64]




"The Invasion" Michael Chang & Alan Wan Brandon Auman & John Shirley September 26, 2014 225



Season 3 (2014–15)

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53 1 "Within the Woods" Sebastian Montes Brandon Auman October 3, 2014 301 1.42[67]
54 2 "A Foot Too Big" Michael Chang Doug Langdale October 10, 2014 302 1.31[68]
55 3 "Buried Secrets" Alan Wan Mark Henry October 17, 2014 303 1.67[69]
56 4 "The Croaking" Michael Chang Kevin Burke & Chris "Doc" Wyatt November 7, 2014 304 1.47[70]
57 5 "In Dreams" Sebastian Montes Doug Langdale November 14, 2014 305 1.35[71]
58 6 "Race with the Demon!" Alan Wan Gavin Hignight November 21, 2014 306 1.74[72]
59 7 "Eyes of the Chimera" Michael Chang Greg Weisman January 11, 2015 307 1.85[73]
60 8 "Vision Quest" Sebastian Montes Todd Casey January 18, 2015 308 2.31[74]
61 9 "Return to New York" Alan Wan Brandon Auman January 25, 2015 309 1.85[75]
62 10 "Serpent Hunt" Michael Chang Randolph Heard February 1, 2015 310 1.57[76]
63 11 "The Pig and the Rhino" Alan Wan Brandon Auman March 8, 2015 311 1.81[77]




"Battle for New York" Michael Chang & Sebastian Montes Brandon Auman & Mark Henry March 15, 2015 312


66 14 "Casey Jones vs the Underworld" Sebastian Montes Andrew Robinson March 22, 2015 314 1.85[79]
67 15 "The Noxious Avenger" Alan Wan Todd Casey April 26, 2015 315 1.74[80]
68 16 "Clash of the Mutanimals" Michael Chang Henry Gilroy May 3, 2015 316 1.57[81]
69 17 "Meet Mondo Gecko" Sebastian Montes Kevin Burke & Chris "Doc" Wyatt May 10, 2015 317 1.80[82]
70 18 "The Deadly Venom" Alan Wan Eugene Son May 17, 2015 318 1.70[83]
71 19 "Turtles in Time" Michael Chang Randolph Heard August 2, 2015 319 1.65[84]
72 20 "Tale of the Yokai" Sebastian Montes Brandon Auman August 9, 2015 320 1.37[85]
73 21 "Attack of the Mega Shredder!" Alan Wan Gavin Hignight August 16, 2015 321 1.78[86]
74 22 "The Creeping Doom" Michael Chang Peter Di Cicco August 23, 2015 322 1.77[87]
75 23 "The Fourfold Trap" Sebastian Montes Mark Henry September 13, 2015 323 1.60[88]
76 24 "Dinosaur Seen in Sewers!" Michael Chang Todd Casey September 20, 2015 324 1.82[89]




"Annihilation: Earth!" Sebastian Montes & Alan Wan Brandon Auman September 27, 2015 325



Season 4 (2015–17)

Main article: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series) (season 4)



No. in


Title Directed by Written by Original air date [91] [nb 1] Prod.

code [91]

U.S. viewers


79 1 "Beyond the Known Universe" Alan Wan Brandon Auman October 25, 2015 401 1.62[92]
80 2 "The Moons of Thalos 3" Michael Chang John Shirley November 1, 2015 402 1.66[93]
81 3 "The Weird World of Wyrm" Sebastian Montes Randolph Heard November 8, 2015 403 1.60[94]
82 4 "The Outlaw Armaggon!" Alan Wan Gavin Hignight November 15, 2015 404 1.41[95]
83 5 "Riddle of the Ancient Aeons" Michael Chang Brandon Auman January 10, 2016 405 1.62[96]
84 6 "Journey to the Center of Mikey's Mind"[97] Sebastian Montes Todd Casey January 17, 2016 406 1.58[98]
85 7 "The Arena of Carnage"[99] Alan Wan Peter Di Cicco January 24, 2016 407 1.58[100]
86 8 "The War for Dimension X"[101] Michael Chang Kevin Burke & Chris "Doc" Wyatt January 31, 2016 408 1.60[102]
87 9 "The Cosmic Ocean" Sebastian Montes Mark Henry March 13, 2016 409 1.52[103]
88 10 "Trans-Dimensional Turtles" Alan Wan Brandon Auman March 27, 2016 410 1.53[104]
89 11 "Revenge of the Triceratons" Michael Chang & Ben Jones Randolph Heard April 3, 2016 411 1.45[105]
90 12 "The Evil of Dregg" Sebastian Montes Gavin Hignight April 10, 2016 412 1.70[106]
91 13 "The Ever-Burning Fire" Alan Wan John Shirley April 17, 2016 413 1.40[107]
92 14 "Earth's Last Stand" Michael Chang & Ben Jones Brandon Auman April 24, 2016 414 1.64[108]
93 15 "City at War"[109] Sebastian Montes Brandon Auman August 14, 2016 415 1.51[110]
94 16 "Broken Foot" Alan Wan Peter Di Cicco August 21, 2016 416 1.46[111]
95 17 "The Insecta Trifecta" Michael Chang & Ben Jones Kevin Burke & Chris "Doc" Wyatt August 28, 2016 417 1.40[112]
96 18 "Mutant Gangland" Sebastian Montes Todd Casey September 4, 2016 418 1.21[113]
97 19 "Bat in the Belfry" Alan Wan Eugene Son September 11, 2016 419 1.47[114]
98 20 "The Super Shredder" Rie Koga Brandon Auman November 6, 2016 420 1.47[115]
99 21 "Darkest Plight" Sebastian Montes Randolph Heard November 13, 2016 421 1.26[116]
100 22 "The Power Inside Her" Alan Wan Peter Di Cicco November 20, 2016 422 1.21[117]
101 23 "Tokka vs. the World" Rie Koga Gavin Hignight February 5, 2017 423 1.23[118]
102 24 "Tale of Tiger Claw" Sebastian Montes Mark Henry February 12, 2017 424 1.17[119]
103 25 "Requiem" Alan Wan Brandon Auman February 19, 2017 425 1.01[120]
104 26 "Owari" Rie Koga Brandon Auman February 26, 2017 426 1.23[121]

Season 5: Tales of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2017)

Main article: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series) (season 5)



No. in


Title Directed by Written by Original air date [nb 2] Prod.

code [91]

USA viewers


105 1 "Scroll of the Demodragon" Sebastian Montes Randolph Heard March 19, 2017 501 1.01[122]
106 2 "The Forgotten Swordsman" Alan Wan Peter Di Cicco March 26, 2017 502 0.99[123]
107 3 "Heart of Evil" Rie Koga Gavin Hignight April 2, 2017 503 1.12[124]
108 4 "End Times" Sebastian Montes Brandon Auman April 9, 2017 504 1.14[125]




"When Worlds Collide" Sebastian Montes

Alan Wan

Todd Casey & Elliott Casey

Eugene Son

June 18, 2017 510


111 7 "Yojimbo" Rie Koga Stan Sakai July 23, 2017 515 0.99[127]
112 8 "Osoroshi no Tabi" Sebastian Montes Brandon Auman July 30, 2017 516 0.93[128]
113 9 "Kagayake! Kintaro" Alan Wan Henry Gilroy August 6, 2017 517 0.97[129]
114 10 "Lone Rat and Cubs" Alan Wan Kevin Eastman August 13, 2017 505 1.06[130]
115 11 "The Wasteland Warrior" Rie Koga Brandon Auman September 22, 2017 (Nicktoons) 518 N/A
116 12 "The Impossible Desert" Sebastian Montes Peter Di Cicco September 22, 2017 (Nicktoons) 519 N/A
117 13 "Carmageddon!" Alan Wan Gavin Hignight September 22, 2017 (Nicktoons) 520 N/A
118 14 "The Curse of Savanti Romero" Rie Koga Peter Di Cicco September 27, 2017 (Nicktoons) 506 N/A
119 15 "The Crypt of Dracula" Sebastian Montes John Shirley September 27, 2017 (Nicktoons) 507 N/A
120 16 "The Frankenstein Experiment" Alan Wan Brandon Auman October 4, 2017[131]


508 N/A
121 17 "Monsters Among Us" Rie Koga Kevin Burke & Chris "Doc" Wyatt October 11, 2017


509 N/A
122 18 "Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady"[132] Rie Koga Peter Di Cicco November 12, 2017[133] 512 0.96[134]
123 19 "The Foot Walks Again!"[132] Sebastian Montes Mark Henry November 12, 2017[133] 513 0.96[134]
124 20 "The Big Blowout"[132] Alan Wan Jed MacKay November 12, 2017[133] 514 0.96[134]


Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past" Glen Murakami Brandon Auman November 22, 2015
"Kicking Shell and Taking Names" Ciro Nieli Brandon Auman November 25, 2015


Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"Don vs. Raph" Sung Jin Ahn Jhonen Vasquez July 22, 2016
"Turtles Take Time (and Space)" Rie Koga Brandon Auman July 22, 2016
"Pizza Friday" Paul Jenkins Kevin Eastman & Paul Jenkins July 22, 2016
"Teenage Mecha Ninja Turtles" Matt Youngberg Matt Youngberg June 4, 2017
"TMNT Team Up! #1 'No Fly Zone'" Gary Doodles & Tommy Sica Gary Doodles & Tommy Sica June 11, 2017
"'Boulangerie'" TBA TBA June 18, 2017
"TMNT Team Up! #2 'Flora the Fedora'" Gary Doodles & Tommy Sica Gary Doodles & Tommy Sica June 25, 2017
"We Strike Hard and Fade Away into the Night" Kevin R. Adams & Joe Ksander Kevin R. Adams & Joe Ksander June 18, 2017 (Nicktoons) July 9, 2017 (YouTube)
"TMNT Team Up! Comic-Con Exclusive" Gary Doodles & Tommy Sica Gary Doodles & Tommy Sica July 18, 2017
"TMNT Team Up! #3 'Turtle: Impossible'" Gary Doodles & Tommy Sica Gary Doodles & Tommy Sica July 30, 2017
"TMNT Team Up! #4 'Big Daddy’s TV'" Gary Doodles & Tommy Sica Gary Doodles & Tommy Sica August 13, 2017

Notes: Tokka vs. the World" and "Tale of Tiger Claw" first aired on December 17, 2016 in South Korea. Requiem and Owari first aired on December 30, 2016 in South Korea.

"Raphael: Mutant Apocalypse" (The Wasteland Warrior, The Impossible Desert and Carmageddon) along with the 4-episode Monsters and Mutants story arc ("The Curse of Savanti Romero", "The Crypt of Dracula", "The Frankenstein Experiment", and "Monsters Among Us")all aired on Nicktoons instead of Nickelodeon.


Tmnt place holder

The teaser image from the official TMNT website during the transition from Mirage to Nickelodeon.

Viacom purchase

After Viacom purchased the rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise in October 2009, a press release was issued unveiling that Nickelodeon would be developing a new CGI-animated television series slated to air in 2012. Though the franchise was brought out from Mirage Studios, the company is still able to publish up to 18, 48 paged black and white TMNT comics a year. Additionally, toy products would continue to be made through Playmates and the rumors of a new live-action TMNT movie were put to rest as the company also revealed that they'd be making a film for 2012 with Paramount Pictures, though the date has seen been pushed back.[12][13]


At the time, details on the series were scarce. From March 2011, new details about the show were released to the public. Ciro Nieli, executive producer, cited that the series would be slightly different than past incarnations. The turtles will now have "more individual attributes" that will tell them apart, were as previously they could only be distinguished by the color of their masks, the color of their skin and their weapons. Also, Michelangelo's traditional nunchaku would be replaced by kusarigama. Along with this wealth of new information, a first glimpse of the show was released alongside an initial promotional image.[14]

2011 Nickelodeon cartoon promotional image

The initial promotional image.

More information was unveiled at an invite-only fan event in March 2010. These details, however, were from a work-in-progress version of the series, and have the opportunity to change in the final product. Some details that have been made known, however, including a teenage April O'Neil, Hamato Yoshi becoming Splinter, and The Kraang, an homage to many different entities in TMNT lore (Kraang/Utroms/Foot Soldiers ). The series is said to have the dark elements and intense action of the 2003 TV series, but still have the jokes of the 1987 series while still being something of its own.


A later promotional image showing the finalized computer models.

Images of the Ninja Turtles, Master Splinter, April, Shredder and the Kraang have all been revealed. Some confirmed changes to the series are |Donnie having a crush on April, Master Splinter being younger and having a more active role in the series, and Splinter training April to be a ninja so she can go out and battle enemies with the turtles. Mikey and Don can also extend their weapons into blades. Leo will also still be the skilled leader, albeit younger than Don and Raph, who will still be a hot-head.

Sometime in March 2011, a micro site for the new series was leaked on Nickelodeon's website. The micro site revealed pictures of April, Shredder, the Kraang, and Splinter with bios for all of them. The site was shut down for some time, but as of June 2011, it is back up and features a personality quiz, bios for the turtles, a newsletter, a new game called Dark Horizons, and the new trailer for the series. Merchandise for the series is already starting to get made, including action figures from playmates which will be released in August 2011, a set of stickers, Halloween costumes, and books based on the series.

An official trailer was released on June 23, 2011 and aired on Nickelodeon the following Saturday. The trailer revealed the turtle's new voices, the animation, and that the theme song of the series would be a remixed/remade version of the original theme song from the 1987 series. A new trailer was revealed on June 21, 2012, on Nickelodeon USA.[15]


TMNT 2012 The Turtles

The Turtles

Jason Biggs originally voiced Leonardo during the series premiere. However, due to unspecified reasons, Biggs departed from the show after the 19th episode of Season 2 and was temporarily recasted by Dominic Catrambone for the rest of Season 2 (nontheless, Leo's voice still sounds very similar). In June 2014, it was announced that Seth Green would replace Jason Biggs and Dominic Catrambone as the voice of Leonardo from Season 3 onward until the fifth and final season. The change of voice is explained by the character wounding his vocal chords.[16]

Rob Paulsen, who voiced Raphael in the 1987 series, portrays Donatello. In June 2011, it was confirmed that Sean Astin would be playing Raphael and Greg Cipes would be playing Michelangelo. In August 2011, it was revealed that Mae Whitman would be the voice for April O'Neil. In April 2012, it was announced that Phil LaMarr would be playing the role of Baxter Stockman and Nolan North would be playing the race of aliens known as the Kraang. Actress Kelly Hu confirmed her role as Karai in May 2012.






Nickelodeon has ordered five seasons, all of which will have 26 episodes (except Season 5 which has only 20 episodes). Season 1 premiered on September 29, 2012. The premiere of season 2 was on October 12, 2013. Season 3 has been announced on February 26, 2013, premiered on October 3, 2014 and concluded on September 27, 2015. Season 4, which was announced on June 17, 2014, had premiered on October 25, 2015 and concluded on February 26, 2017. Season 4 is the only season to air over a year, whereas the other seasons have aired for less than a year.

Season 5 has been announced on July 10, 2015. It was also the final season, titled "Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles".

Season Number of episodes First aired Last aired
1 26 September 29, 2012 August 8, 2013[17][18]
2[19] 26[20] October 12, 2013[21] September 26, 2014
3[22][23] 26[24][25] October 3, 2014 September 27, 2015
4 26[26] October 25, 2015 February 26, 2017
5[27] 20 March 19, 2017 November 12, 2017

Related animation

Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past

On November 22, 2015, Nickelodeon aired a 2D animated special, Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past. In the special, the Ninja Turtles are accidentally transported back to the Cretaceous period by an ancient meteorite and must work together with Rocksteady and Bebop (along with some newly befriended dinosaur allies) to get back to their own time, while simultaneously fending off would-be predators and a faction of the Triceraton Army led by General Zera (voiced by Kate Mulgrew), coming to prehistoric Earth. Random House also released a book based on the special while Playmates released new dinosaur toys in the fall to coincide with the program.[28] The special was seen by 1.41 million viewers. It was released on DVD, through Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Media Distribution, on March 15, 2016.

Short films

A series of short films were released during the course of the series, including: Turtles in Time, Teenage Mecha Ninja Turtles, TMNT Team Up: The Short Series.

Teenage Mecha Ninja Turtles focuses on the eponymous group, four human teen mecha pilots trained by an aged Michelangelo (with Greg Cipes reprising his role from the series) set in a futuristic New York City (circa 2090) inhabited both by humans and anthropormorphic animals, including a Scruff McGruff-like police chief. The four children each pilot colored turtle like mechs, and consist of the following: team leader Frida (voiced by America Young) pilots the red, Raphael-like mech; the blue mech with cloaking abilities that resembles Leonardo is piloted by Frida's antagonistic teammate Jackson (Eric Artel); the battle happy Kusama (Tania Gunadi) pilots the Michelangelo-like orange mech; and the purple mech, which is heavily armored and wields a bo staff that can transform into a hammer, is piloted by the nerdy and somewhat anxious Basque (Khary Payton). The short features the Mecha Turtles subduing a group of anthropomorphic thieves resembling Hyenas and other canines, consisting of wolf-like leader Grimm, spotted hyena-like members Jester Joe (both voiced by Eric Bauza) and Jester Jim (voiced by David Kaye, who also voices the armored police officer Sgt. Swat), and several other silent members.

Home video

The series has also been released to home video, mainly DVD. Nickelodeon's typical Region 1 DVD release schedule is to release each season across three volumes, consisting of four DVDs totally, with each disc containing about 6-7 sequential episodes.

Season Episodes DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 26 Volume 1: Rise of the Turtles: February 26, 2013[37]

Volume 2: Enter Shredder: July 16, 2013[38]
Volume 3: Ultimate Showdown: October 1, 2013[39]
The Complete 1st Season: October 7, 2014[40]
Pulverizer Power: June 9, 2015[41]
The Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons: October 6, 2015[42]

Complete Season: November 18, 2013[43] Volume 1: March 6, 2013[44]

Volume 2: June 26, 2013[45]
Volume 3: September 4, 2013 [46]
Volume 4: October 23, 2013[47]

2 26 Volume 4: Mutagen Mayhem: March 18, 2014[48]

Volume 5: The Good, The Bad and Casey Jones: July 1, 2014[49]
Volume 6: Showdown in Dimension X: December 2, 2014[50]
The Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons: October 6, 2015[42]

Complete Season: March 30, 2015[51] Volume 1: June 25, 2014[52]
3 26 Volume 7: Retreat: March 10, 2015[53]

Volume 8: Return to NYC: July 14, 2015[54]
Volume 9: Revenge: December 1, 2015[55]

Complete Season: September 5, 2016[56] TBA
4 26 Volume 10: Beyond the Known Universe: May 24, 2016[57]

Volume 11: Earth's Last Stand: December 13, 2016[58]
Volume 12: Super Shredder (episodes 20-26): March 21, 2017[59]

5 20 Volume 12: Super Shredder (episodes 1-4): March 21, 2017[60]

Volume 13: Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady: September 12, 2017[61]
Volume 14: The Final Chapters: December 12, 2017[62]




Similar to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures series from Archie Comics, which spanoff from the original TV series, IDW Publishing released a spin-off comic title named New Animated Adventures featuring original adventures, starting July 2013. The series was cancelled after 24 issues, and was succeeded by a revised story program entitled Amazing Adventures, which was launched in August 2015. One of the main reasons for this revision was the inclusion of the Shredder as a vital character into the comic stories, which had been neglected in New Animated Adventures.[63][64] Amazing Adventures was published until September 2017, with a total of fourteen regular issues, one special story guest-starring Carmelo Anthony, a three-issue story arch titled Robotanimals, and the crossover miniseries Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures.


Playmates Toys created a new line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles consumer products to go along with the show.[65]

In mid-2012, Playmates Toys released their first wave of basic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures which consisted of "hero figures" Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Splinter and April O'Neil as well as "villain characters" Shredder, Kraang, and a Foot Soldier. In early 2013, Playmates released series 2 which consisted of the new "hero" character Metalhead as well as new villains Dogpound and Fishface. In April 2013, the third wave appeared which included the "hero" character Leatherhead as well as villains Snakeweed and Baxter Stockman.[66] Wave four was released in early August and it featured the villains Rat King and Spyroach as well as new "Stealth Tech" versions of the four turtles. Wave 5 was released in October with a 7 pack of Mousers as well as four baby versions of the Turtles (Turtles in training) October saw the final release of 2013 with wave six which included two new villains: Spider Bytez and a newly sculpted Shredder figure featuring a removable helmet and cape.[67] Wave seven first appeared in February 2014 with figures for Kirby Bat, Squirrelanoid, Casey Jones, and Mutagen Man.[68]

The Lego Group released a Lego theme of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles between 2012 and 2014.[69]

In July 2014, Build-A-Bear Workshop released a series of plush versions of the Turtles, as well as other TMNT themed apparel including an outfit of Shredder, along with items such as the Turtles' signature weapons.[citation needed]

In April 2014, Diamond Select Toys unveiled the first series of Minimates mini-figures based on the Nickelodeon series.[70] Two unpainted promotional figures were given away at Comic-Con International 2014, and Series 1 was released in fall 2014 as blind bags at Kmart and comic shops, and in 2-packs at Toys "R" Us. Each location had one or two exclusive characters in addition to their shared characters. Series 2 was released in comic shops in early-2015 and at Toys "R" Us in mid-2015, again with both shared and exclusive figures. Series 3 is scheduled for both locations for the fall of 2015. A Series 4 has been confirmed.

Video games

In 2013, Nickelodeon released Rooftop Run for iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

On August 28, 2013, Activision released Out of the Shadows, a downloadable 3D beat 'em up game, for Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows.[71] On April 15, 2014, a version was released for the PlayStation 3.[72] The game features an online multiplayer co-op for up to four players.[73]

Activision also released a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game based on the series for Wii, Xbox 360, and Nintendo 3DS on October 22, 2013.[74]

On September 4, 2014. Activision announced there being a second game based on the show called Danger of the Ooze. The game was released on October 28, 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS and Xbox 360, and the PlayStation 3. The game was developed by Wayforward.[75]


Main Characters

Recurring Characters

Supporting Characters

Mentioned Characters

Production Crew


On October 21, 2009, a press release was made indicating that Viacom had bought the complete rights of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise from Peter Laird for $60 million, and would be developing a CGI animated TV series for its Nickelodeon family of channels for broadcast in 2012. A feature film, released by Paramount Pictures (also a division of Viacom), debuted in 2014.

Jason Biggs originally voiced Leonardo and Rob Paulsen voices Donatello. In June 2011, it was confirmed that Sean Astin is playing Raphael and Greg Cipes is Michelangelo. In August 2011, it was revealed that Mae Whitman would be the voice for April O'Neil. In April 2012, it was announced that Phil LaMarr would be playing the role of Baxter Stockman and Nolan North would be playing a race of aliens known as the Kraang, while Roseanne Barr was confirmed to voice their leader, Kraang Prime. Actress Kelly Hu confirmed her role as Karai in May 2012. Corey Feldman has been confirmed to play the role of Slash. Recurring TMNT character Casey Jones began appearing in the second season, and is voiced by former Nickelodeon star Josh Peck.

Production art was leaked on the Nickelodeon website before it was taken down. The images showed the designs of all four Turtles, Shredder, Splinter, a teenage April O'Neil and the Kraang, an alien race that combines elements of both Krang and the Utroms. A trailer for the series was released on June 21, 2012, on Nickelodeon USA. In June 2014, it was announced that Seth Green would replace Jason Biggs as the voice of Leonardo in season 3.


Playmates Toys created a new line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles consumer products to go along with the show.

In mid 2012, Playmates Toys released their first wave of basic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures which consisted of "hero figures" Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Splinter and April O'Neil as well as "villain characters" Shredder, Kraang, and a Foot Soldier. In later 2012, Playmates released series 2 which consisted of the new "hero" character Metalhead as well as new villains Dogpound and Fishface. In April 2013, the third wave appeared which included the "hero" character Leatherhead as well as villains Snakeweed and Baxter Stockman. Wave four was released in early August and it featured the villains Rat King and Cockroach Terminator as well as new "Stealth Tech" versions of the four turtles. Wave 5 was released in October with a 7 pack of Mousers as well as four baby versions of the Turtles (Turtles in training) October saw the final release of 2013 with wave six which included two new villains: Spider Bytez and a newly sculpted Shredder figure featuring a removable helmet and cape. Wave seven first appeared in February 2014 with figures for Kirby Bat, Squirrelanoid , Casey Jones, and Mutagen Man.

The Lego Group released a Lego theme of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2013.

in July 2014, Build-A-Bear Workshop released a series of plush versions of the Turtles, as well as other TMNT themed apparel including an outfit of Shredder, along with items such as the Turtles' signature weapons

Video games

In 2013, Nickelodeon released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run for iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

On August 28, 2013, Activision released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, a downloadable 3D beat 'em up game, for Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. On April 15, 2014 a version was released for the Playstation 3. The game features an online multiplayer co-op for up to four players.

Activision also released a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game based on the series for Wii, Xbox 360, and Nintendo 3DS on October 22, 2013.[45]

On September 4, 2014. Activision announced a second game based on the show called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze. The game was released on Nintendo 3DS and Xbox 360, and was also released on the PlayStation 3 instead of the Wii. The game was developed by WayForward.


The series debuted on Canadian channel YTV on September 29, 2012. It also premiered on Nickelodeon (UK and Ireland) on October 1, 2012. Then Nickelodeon (Australia and New Zealand) debuted the show on October 8, 2012. It aired on Nickelodeon (Canada) on September 2, 2013.


IGN has given the show positive reviews, with many episodes reviewed being given the "Editor's Choice" title. "Invasion" has received the highest rating of 10/10. The series premiered in the U.S. to 3.9 million viewers.

Variety has praised the show, saying "...handsomely produced effort, with a strong vocal cast, considerable humor and scads of high-spirited action. If the goal was to introduce the Turtles to a new generation — amphibious mission accomplished.


  • This is the first series in which each turtle has a definitive spotting detail, beyond the colored masks, skin color, and weapons
    • Michelangelo has freckles, a childlike face, and is the shortest.
    • Donatello has diastema (a gap between the front teeth), and is the tallest and leanest of the brothers.
    • Raphael has a lightning bolt chip broken off on the top right of his plastron. He is also the 2nd shortest.
    • Leonardo has, for the most part, been unchanged, but if you look closely, you can see that his skin is a darker shade of green from the others, and he's also the second tallest.
    • They all have different mask lengths, in order from longest to shortest: Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. 
    • The turtles all have distinct eye colors. Raphael has green, Donatello has red/brown, and Michelangelo and Leonardo have blue eyes, though Mikey's are a lighter blue.
    • On another note, they all have pupils except when they become serious in some segments, to when they have white, empty eyes.
    • Each turtle's head is distinctly shaped.
  • All the Turtles have their own skateboard, which was shown in a trailer.
  • The Turtles are 15 years old in this series, though it is obvious Leonardo is the oldest, with Raphael and Donatello in the middle and Michelangelo being the youngest.
  • They have three toes on each foot instead of two as in previous incarnations.
  • They don't have visible tails unlike in some previous incarnations.
  • They have different color wraps on their feet and wrists with Leonardo having light peach, Donatello having golden brown, Michelangelo having light brown, and Raphael having dark brown.
  • Leonardo's favorite television series, Space Heroes, has similar art and story to the Filmation Star Trek animated series. However, it was replaced in the second season by SRMFF.
  • The romantic element of the story is more emphasized in this series, where Donatello develops a crush on April, Leonardo develops feelings for Karai, Michelangelo forges a relationship with Renet and Raphael falls for Mona Lisa.
  • This is the second incarnation of Shredder to be voiced by an African-American actor. James Avery was the villain for most of the 1987 series' run, along with Dorian Harewood, who voiced him for several Season 3 episodes. This Shredder is played by Kevin Michael Richardson.
  • The show tends to shift into 3 different styles, mainly the mouth movement.
  • The show's opening ends with the turtles in the same poses as the original turtles on the cover of the first issue of the Mirage comic book.
  • In the 1987 series and the 2003 series a young boy purchased the Ninja Turtles, but in this version, it's Hamato Yoshi who bought them.
  • This is the first TMNT series that uses anime-style expressions.
  • Except for the IDW comics, this new series uses elements from all incarnations of TMNT.
  • This is the third TV series to show the Ninja Turtles as kids.




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