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The Best Movies and Series in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Franchise, Ranked

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List RulesVote up the best movies and TV shows in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.

There is no doubt that all these movies are classics or at least memorable but one of them has to be the best of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. Will it be the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film that started it all back in 1990 or maybe one of the follow-ups in the series such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze or the animated TMNT will make it to the top of the list? You also have to consider the animated and live action television series as well.

If you've ever asked yourself, how many Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies are there? Look below to see all the films featuring your favorite heroes in a half shell listed with the year they were released so you can watch them chronologically or in order of best to worst.

Your votes will help determine the best movies in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle series. Vote up your favorites and vote down the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle films you didn't like to ensure the right movie or TV show makes it to the top of the list.

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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 - 2009)
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American animated television series, mainly set in New York City. It first aired on February 8, 2003 and ended on February 28, 2009. The series marked the revival of the franchise as a Saturday-morning cartoon on Fox's Fox Box programming block. The 2003 TMNT TV series was produced by 4Kids Entertainment, and Mirage Studios, which each owned half of the rights to the show, and animated by Dong Woo Animation. Reruns ran on Cartoon Network's Miguzi block in 2004. The series migrated to The CW4Kids in its final season after 4Kids's contract with Fox ended. However, all episodes aired on the Canadian channel Teletoon under the Kapow block. Nickelodeon now owns... more on Wikipedia
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 1990 American live-action film, and the first film adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. It was directed by Steve Barron and released on March 30, 1990. This film presents the origin story of Splinter and the Turtles, the initial meeting between them, April O'Neil and Casey Jones, and their first confrontation with The Shredder and his Foot Clan. The film stars Judith Hoag and Elias Koteas in supporting roles, along with the voices of Brian Tochi, Robbie Rist, Josh Pais and Corey Feldman.... more on Wikipedia
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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 - 1996)
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an animated television series produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and the French company IDDH. The pilot was shown during the week of December 14, 1987 in syndication as a five-part miniseries and the show began its official run on October 1, 1988. Since then the show and franchise has become a world-wide phenomenon. The series featured the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created in comic book form by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The property was changed considerably from the darker-toned comic, to make it more suitable for children and the family. The initial motivation behind the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series was that, upon being... more on Wikipedia
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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 - 2017)
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American 3D rendered computer animated television series that premiered on Nickelodeon September 29, 2012. It is the third animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series and is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio. On October 2, 2012 and February 26, 2013, Nickelodeon renewed the series for a second and third season, respectively. On June 17, 2014, Nickelodeon ordered a fourth season of the show.... more on Wikipedia
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