Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or TMNT for short) is a computer-animated Nickelodeon series based on the long-running franchise of the same name, which Nickelodeon purchased ownership of in 2009. It ran from September 29, 2012 to November 12, 2017. It was succeeded by Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2018.
When ninjutsu master Hamato Yoshi and his four pet turtles are exposed to mutagen, they undergo major physical transformations: Hamato Yoshi becomes a humanoid rat under the name of Splinter and the turtles become teenage human/turtle hybrids. Splinter retreats to the New York City sewers, where he raises the four turtles as his adopted sons and imparts to them his knowledge of ninjutsu.
After venturing to the surface for the first time, the teenage Turtles discover an alien race called the Kraang is planning to take over New York City with their plans involving the same mutagen that created the Ninja Turtles. The Ninja Turtles befriend sixteen-year-old April O'Neil when she and her father Kirby have been abducted by the Kraang.
While Kirby remains a prisoner of the Kraang, April becomes an ally of the Ninja Turtles as they help her to find out where the Kraang have taken her father, while discovering that she is not all human but, in fact, a Kraang/human mutant possessing a various array of the Kraang's powerful extrasensory/psychic abilities as a result of her late mother being experimented on before April was born. The Ninja Turtles also learn that Splinter's adopted brother and old enemy, the Shredder, is leading the Foot Clan into tracking down Splinter and his sons to put an end to their clan.
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|Season||Episodes||Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||26||September 29, 2012||August 8, 2013|
|2||26||October 12, 2013||September 26, 2014|
|3||26||October 3, 2014||September 27, 2015|
|4||26||October 25, 2015||February 26, 2017|
|5||20||March 19, 2017||November 12, 2017|
Home video releases
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- Jason Biggs as Leonardo (seasons 1–2)
- Seth Green as Leonardo (seasons 3–5)
- Rob Paulsen as Donatello
- Sean Astin as Raphael
- Greg Cipes as Michelangelo
- Mae Whitman as April O'Neil
- Josh Peck as Casey Jones
- Hoon Lee as Hamato Yoshi/Master Splinter
- Kelly Hu as Hamato Miwa/Karai
The series has received largely positive reviews from critics and fans of the 80's and 2003 series. It has been praised for combining the elements of the 87 and 03 shows, and for its good animation and stories.
- Rob Paulsen, who voices Donatello, previously voiced Raphael in the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series. These two series cross paths in the episodes "Trans-Dimensional Turtles" , "Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady", "The Foot Walks Again" and "The Big Blowout."
- Unlike her previous counterparts, April O'Neil is a teenager who is naturally gifted with powerful psionic/extrasensory abilities in addition to her ninjitsu skills.
- Turtlepedia: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series)
- Nickstory Archives: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
- NickToons: G.L.O.B.E. Archives: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) at Behind the Voice Actors