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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Genre Action/Adventure
Science fiction
Martial arts
Based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
by Kevin Eastman
Peter Laird
Developed by David Wise
Directed by Yoshikatsu Kasai (season 1)
Bill Wolf (seasons 2–7)
Tony Love (seasons 8–10)
Voices of Cam Clarke
Townsend Coleman
Barry Gordon
Rob Paulsen
Peter Renaday
Renae Jacobs
Pat Fraley
James Avery
Jim Cummings
Tony Jay
Theme music composer Chuck Lorre
Dennis C. Brown
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 10
No. of episodes 193
Executive producer(s) Kevin Eastman
Peter Laird
Producer(s) Rudy Zamora (season 1)
Walt Kubiak
Andy Luckey (seasons 2–7)
Bill Wolf
Kara Vallow (seasons 8–10)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Murakami Wolf Swenson (1987–92)
IDDH (1987–92)
Fred Wolf Films (1992–96)
Mirage Studios
Surge Licensing
Distributor Group W Productions (1987–95)
Eyemark Entertainment (1995–96)
Original network Syndication (1988-1993)
CBS (1990-1997)
Picture format 480i SDTV
Audio format MTS Stereo
Original release December 14, 1987 – November 2, 1996
Followed by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 TV series)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (earlier known as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in some European countries because of controversy at the time) is an American animated television series that was made by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and French company IDDH. The show ran from December 14, 1987 until November 2, 1996 when it aired its final episode. The pilot for the show was shown during the week of December 14, 1987 and was in syndication as a five-part miniseries. The show featured the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and they were created in the comic book form by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

The show was able to help launch the characters into more mainstream popularity and it became one of the most popular animated series in television history. Due to its popularity, there were breakfast cereal, plush toys, and all kinds of different products that featured the characters appeared on the market during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The show was named as the 55th best show in the Top 100 Best Animated TV Shows by IGN. At the time, the show was criticized for its violent content and commercialism.

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