Godzilla: The Series

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Godzilla: The Series
Godzilla The Series.jpg
Opening Title
Genre Action
Science fiction
Format Animated series
Developed by Jeff Kline
Richard Raynis
Written by Jeff Kline
Richard Raynis
Steven Melching
Marty Isenberg
Robert N. Skir
Steve Perry
Neil Ruttenberg
Len Wein
Marv Wolfman
Baz Hawkins
Harry 'Doc' Kloor
Scott Lobdell
Gregory K. Pincus
Brooks Wachtel
Steve Cuden
Carl Ellsworth
Janna King
William Stout
Jeffrey Wynne
Angel Dean Lopez
Craig Miller
Directed by David Hartman
Sam Liu
Frank Squillace
Audu Paden
Alan Caldwell
Nathan Chew
Brad Rader
Christopher Berkeley
Sean Song
Voices of Ian Ziering
Brigitte Bako
Rino Romano
Charity James
Malcolm Danare
Tom Kenny
Theme music composer Jim Latham
Opening theme Godzilla: The Series theme song
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 40
Production
Executive producer(s) Dean Devlin
Roland Emmerich
Richard Raynis
Producer(s) Audu Paden
Editor(s) C.K. Horness
Adam Weiss
Richard C. Allen
Camera setup Myung Soo Song
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Adelaide Productions
Centropolis Entertainment
Columbia TriStar Television
Broadcast
Original channel Fox Kids (USA)
Direct TV (Japan)
Network Ten (Australia)
Original run September 12, 1998 – April 22, 2000
Chronology
Preceded by Godzilla (1998 film)

Godzilla: The Series is an American animated television series which originally aired on Fox Kids in the United States. The show premiered on September 12, 1998, and is a direct follow-up to the 1998 American Godzilla re-imagining.[1]

Notably, Malcolm Danare, Kevin Dunn and Michael Lerner reprise their roles from the film.

Plot[edit]

Using an art style similar to that of Adelaide's previous productions Men in Black: The Series, Jumanji and Extreme Ghostbusters, the series follows the Humanitarian Environmental (or Ecological, in "Area 51") Analysis Team (H.E.A.T.), a research team led by Dr. Nick Tatopoulos (voiced by Ian Ziering) as they battle giant monsters which frequently appear in the wake of the events depicted in the film. Godzilla, the only hatchling of its species to survive in the movie, imprints on Nick and becomes the chief weapon summoned against the other monsters encountered by the human characters.

The series also introduces two new characters: Monique Dupre, a French secret agent assigned by Philippe Roache to keep an eye on Godzilla and H.E.A.T., and Randy Hernandez, an intern of Nick's who specializes in computer hacking.

Characters[edit]

H.E.A.T.[edit]

Godzilla on the Empire State Building as depicted in the opening to Godzilla: The Series.
  • Godzilla (voiced by Frank Welker) – A giant mutant marine iguana (not a dinosaur) and the only surviving offspring of the first Godzilla that attacked New York City in 1998. Due to Nick's presence at his hatching, "Godzilla Jr." has imprinted on Nick as his parent, and as a result he is very protective of him. Nick also has the ability to control Godzilla to a certain extent, which allows the humans to use him as a weapon against other mutated monsters. He always seems able to sense when Nick is in trouble, and is quite willing to follow him and the rest of H.E.A.T. all over the world. Unlike his biological parent, he seems to be incapable of asexual reproduction (possibly because he is not yet fully mature), yet capable of breathing radioactive fire, much like Godzilla from the original Japanese franchise.
    • (This version exists in its own continuity, though Toho, the creators of the original Godzilla, later incorporated a lookalike into their own continuity under the name "Zilla".)
  • Dr. Niko "Nick" Tatopoulos (voiced by Ian Ziering) – Leader of H.E.A.T. and the "adoptive father" of Godzilla. Nick fiercely protects Godzilla and other mutants from both foreign and domestic governments.
  • Monique Dupre (voiced by Brigitte Bako) – A Vietnamese/French agent of the DGSE specializing in hand-to-hand combat and infiltration. She is originally sent to have Godzilla killed, but becomes one of his defenders.
  • Randy Hernandez (voiced by Rino Romano) – An intern working under Nick, and like him, is Godzilla's defender. He calls Godzilla "the big guy", and sometimes "the G-man", and he has referred to him as "Mr. G" and "the Lizard King", each on one occasion. Hugely talented in all fields of technology, but extremely lazy and somewhat laconic. He has a crush on Monique, but is always refused when he attempts to court her.
  • Dr. Elsie Chapman (voiced by Charity James) – One of the original members of Nick's team; often sarcastic for the sake of causing laughs, and partly interested in Mendel. She specializes in studying the behavior of Godzilla and the other monsters.
  • Dr. Mendel Craven (voiced by Malcolm Danare) – The team's engineer and chemist. He is slightly cowardly (as his last name implies) and prone to numerous strong allergies, but is often resourceful. He is also enamored by Elsie. Although initially fearful of Godzilla, over the course of the series he comes to trust the monster as an ally.
  • N.I.G.E.L. (voiced by Tom Kenny) – Short for "Next Millennium Intelligence Gathering Electronic Liaison". N.I.G.E.L. is an analysis robot created by Mendel and reprogrammed by Randy to have various quirky personalities, from Texas cowboy to Shakespearean. A running gag on the show is that he is damaged or destroyed in almost every episode (much like Kenny from South Park), presumably to be rebuilt or replaced later (evidenced by Craven's remark in the episode "End of the Line" that he should "just buy spare parts in bulk").

Others[edit]

  • Major Anthony Hicks (voiced by Kevin Dunn) – Major of the Sandy Point Military Base of New York, who played a key role in the first Godzilla's defeat. Though he is at first skeptical of the new Godzilla, over time he develops a soft spot for the creature, whom he views as a hero due to Nick's attachment to the creature that allows the humans to use him to fight against other mutant monsters.
  • Audrey Timmonds (voiced by Paget Brewster) – Nick's college sweetheart and current girlfriend, whose career as a reporter often leads to conflict with him.
  • Victor "Animal" Palotti (voiced by Joe Pantoliano) – New York's Channel 8 News cameraman and Audrey's working partner. He is always willing to help film Godzilla and other giant monsters, his only worry being how his wife Lucy (unseen in the show) will react.
  • Philippe Roache (voiced by Keith Szarabajka) – The leader of the French secret service. He led the team hunting down the first Godzilla and later sent Monique to kill the second, but relented when the creature saved lives.
  • Cameron Winter (voiced by David Newsom) – A former classmate of Nick in college. He is a devious technological mogul whose desire is to control Godzilla for the fulfillment of his ulterior motives.
  • Dale, Bill and Hank (voiced by Ronny Cox, Tom Kenny, and Bob Joles) – Game hunters that came to New York to hunt for Godzilla. They serve as villains in the series. Dale is the leader of the group, Bill is the middle man, and Hank is the idiot of the trio. The three of them would usually try to hunt Godzilla, which usually ends with them being thwarted by H.E.A.T. or ending up in legal trouble. Their names are a parody of the characters from King of the Hill.
  • Leviathan Aliens – An ancient race of psychically powerful extraterrestrials. One of their spaceships, called the Leviathan, crashed on Earth during the late Cretaceous Period, 65 million years ago, and remained hidden until the Cenozoic Era. They attempted to conquer Earth by mind-controlling several mutations - including Godzilla and their creation, Cyber-Godzilla - but were ultimately defeated by H.E.A.T and a freed Godzilla. Their invasion plan is similar to that of the Kilaaks in the 1968 Godzilla film Destroy All Monsters.

Monsters[edit]

  • Crustaceous Rex – A mutant crustacean (with some cephalopod-like features) which feeds on tar. It also appeared later in the "Monster Wars" trilogy and "S.C.A.L.E." Currently on Monster Island.
  • Giant Squids – Giant squids of indeterminate origin, although it is believed they may have the same origin as Crustaceous Rex and the first Godzilla.
  • Nanotech Creature – An amorphous colony of nanobots designed to dissolve petroleum and other non-biodegradable forms of waste. Every meal made it grow larger and stronger, and it threatened to devour all of New York.
  • El Gusano Gigante – An earthworm that fed off of a rare poisonous plant; as a result, it mutated and grew to an enormous size, and developed other features such as spikes, claws and jaws full of teeth. At first Godzilla struggled to fight it, but when he used his fire-breath, it shrunk. It reappeared later in the "Monster Wars" trilogy.
  • Cyber-Flies – Insect-like robots created by Cameron Winter to implant his control device on Godzilla, only to be destroyed.
  • Huge Rat – A giant rat that appeared in New York, leading a group of several smaller rats. It later appeared in the "Monster Wars" trilogy.
  • Cryptocleidus – A Plesiosaurus-like creature mutated by the Leviathan aliens from its namesake species. One later appeared in the "Monster Wars" trilogy.
  • Reptilians – Guard-dogs created from the D.N.A. of dinosaurs by the Leviathan aliens.
  • Crackler – An electrokinetic creature created when an insomniac named Sidney Walker underwent a new sleep treatment which involved amplifying the Theta waves in his brain. The Crackler feeds on electricity and is essentially a manifestation of Walker's suppressed anger. When Walker was awakened and overcame his frustration on how he was treated, the Crackler was weakened enough for Godzilla to destroy it.
  • Queen Bee – The queen of a giant bee colony discovered on an island whose unnaturally large and healthy flora fed off the radioactive ashes of a local volcano. She later reappeared in the Monster Wars trilogy.
  • Ice Borers – Mole-like predators discovered in Antarctica whose high body heat allowed them to burrow through ice by melting it.
  • Loch Ness Monster – A mosasaur whose ancestors survived the extinction of the dinosaurs and entered stasis during the Ice Age, ultimately to live in the Loch. When her baby was captured by Dr. Hugh Trevor, she aggressively attacked his facility until Godzilla helped to reunite her with her offspring.
  • Giant Albino Yeti/Robo-Yeti– A huge, white-furred Yeti/gorilla-like beast. It was revealed to be a robot created by a Japanese scientist as a counter to the mutation epidemic. It was destroyed helping Godzilla defeat the King Cobra.
  • King Cobra – A gigantic mutant cobra that was found in Japan. Instead of venom, it secretes a gluey substance to trap its prey. It later appeared in the "Monster Wars" trilogy and "S.C.A.L.E." Currently on Monster Island.
  • Giant Bat – A giant bat that has the ability to emit powerful sonic waves from its mouth. It later appeared in "S.C.A.L.E." Currently on Monster Island.
  • Cyber-Godzilla – A cyborg created by the Leviathan aliens from the body of the first Godzilla. It appears in the "Monster Wars" trilogy. (Though the first Godzilla appears only in the pilot episode and two of the "Monster Wars" episodes, he is mentioned by H.E.A.T. and the military from time to time.) He was killed by Godzilla Jr., allowing his parent to rest in peace. Inspired by Mechagodzilla (and may have inspired the third rendition of that character, Kiryu).
  • Chameleon – A monster created by Cameron Winter from a combination of Godzilla's DNA and a chameleon's. Like a real chameleon, it can change its color to blend with the surroundings. Winter attempted to use this creature to frame Godzilla for rampages through New York.
  • Bacillus – A giant, mutant germ. It infected Godzilla with miniature replications of itself, which nearly killed him by attacking his brain stem. After Nick and Monique entered his body and eradicated the infection, Elsie developed a formula to weaken the giant Bacillus. Unable to produce a protective endospore, it was destroyed by Godzilla.
  • Giant Mutant Widow Spider - A black widow spider mutation of immense size, whose multitudinous offspring attacked military bases. It is possible that the Giant Mutant Widow Spider and her young were taken to Monster Island since they were just paralyzed, not killed. At one point, Elsie nicknames the creature "Mommy Longlegs".
  • Techno-Sentient – A mysterious object from outer space that landed on Earth. It was able to fuse itself with any mechanical device it met.
  • Silver Hydra – A cnidarian-like creature which stalked an abandoned mining field. It could spray a liquid that would slowly encase its victims in silver.
  • DNA Mimic – A shapeshifting creature capable of turning into a facsimile of anything it touched, including humans and Godzilla.
  • Lizard Slayers – Anti-Godzilla weapons created by Cameron Winter and piloted by Dale, Bill and Hank.
  • Swamp Beast – A monster able to throw mud at an opponent, trapping it. Appears to have developed from a Surinam toad.
  • Fire Monster – An insect-like creature which had the power to surround itself with flames. This creature may be an allusion to Destoroyah, in which case it may also be an ancient arthropod from prehistoric times.
  • Norzzug – An ancient sphinx-like monster from Saudi Arabia, reawakened by archaeologists who were cleaning it with a rust-removing agent.
  • Giant Mutant Hummingbirds – Giant hummingbirds that attacked San Francisco, California, whose food supply was polluted by chlorofluorocarbons, enabling their immense size. Their feathers have a mirror-like effect, rendering them invisible to the naked eye when in flight. Possibly now kept on Monster Island, since Godzilla's victory against them left them merely stunned, not killed.
  • Sub-Zero Manta Ray – A mutated manta ray that could fly and breathe supercooled air. When Godzilla and H.E.A.T. encountered it, it was looking for a cold environment in which to enter hibernation.
  • Medusa – A mutant anemone who was the star attraction of Tobias Wilson's travelling mutant circus. She can turn herself into a liquid form and drain water sources and living creatures. After escaping, she threatened to drain away all the water on Earth until contained by H.E.A.T. with Godzilla's help. Her name may refer to the mythical monster or to a variety of jellyfish (which, like anemones, are cnidarians).
  • Scorpio - A mutant scorpion trained to perform at Tobias Wilson's mutant circus. It looks very similar to the Ts-Eh-Go scorpions H.E.A.T. would later encounter.
  • Giant Gila Monster – Another mutant creature owned by Tobias Wilson's mutant circus.
  • Megapede/Giant Cicada – A giant centipede/cicada hybrid that was destroying farms in Chicago, Illinois. Upon reaching its adult state, its mating calls interfered with radar signals. May have been inspired by Mothra and Battra.
  • Giant Centipede – A mutant centipede that battled the Shrewster in a monster arena.
  • Ts-eh-Go – A mutant scorpion created by the U.S. military, code-named the First Wave.
  • Nightmare Scorpion – A scorpion with a skull-like face that appears in a fever-induced dream Randy suffers from during the same episode as Ts-eh-Go.
  • Armillaria – A mutant fungus that could suck the amino acids from any living organism. Godzilla defeated it by throwing it into a range of sand dunes, where no sustenance was within reach.
  • Shrewster – A mutated masked shrew that was fused to a tornado. It later appeared in "Cash of the Titans" where it fought the Giant Centipede. Possibly on Monster Island.
  • Skeetera – A mutated mosquito that could absorb the powers from other creatures by drinking their blood. Currently on Monster Island.
  • D.R.A.G.M.A.s – Short for Democratic Resurgence Against a Global Mechanized Armageddon, the D.R.A.G.M.A.s were genetically-engineered creatures created to replace technology. In the future they were indestructible and had overrun the world, but the young born in the past were easily defeated by Godzilla.
  • Mutant Jellyfish – Despite its name, this was actually a bug-like mutation that had acidic saliva.
  • Komodithrax – A mutant komodo dragon that fell in love with Godzilla. She can breathe blue fire.
  • Thorny Devil – A mutated thorny devil located in Area 51. It can shoot poisonous spines. Its upper body was covered in armor that Godzilla's fiery breath could not penetrate, but its underside proved to be more vulnerable.
  • Giant Armadillo – An giant armadillo mutation located in Area 51.
  • Desert Lizard – A mutant lizard located in Area 51.
  • Desert Rat – A mutant rodent located in Area 51.
  • Deep-Dweller – A mutant frogfish who lived in total darkness.
  • Rhinosaurus – A mutant rhinoceros genetically engineered by Cameron Winter's company for Maximillian Spiel's shows.
  • Flying Gigan – A strange, flying creature that appears in the main titles. Named after the alien cyborg Gigan from Godzilla vs. Gigan.

Episodes[edit]

Season One[edit]

# Title Air Date Summary
1 New Family, Part 1 9/12/98 While scouring the sewers of New York, Nick Tatopoulos discovers one of Godzilla's eggs has survived. The hatchling that emerges escapes and by the time the team find it again, has grown to a massive (but thankfully harmless) sub-adult. As the team try to study the new Godzilla, the U.S. military, responding to a series of disappearances in Jamaica, attack and seemingly kill Godzilla.
2 New Family, Part 2 9/19/98 With Godzilla seemingly dead, the team journey to Jamaica to help the U.S. military investigate the ongoing disappearances in Jamaica. The team discover that a group of giant squids and a hideously mutated crustacean — Crustaceous Rex — is responsible and Godzilla (who has survived the attack) arrives to fight the beast off. Nick must now battle to help Major Hicks destroy C-Rex, and then convince him Godzilla is more useful alive than dead.
3 D.O.A. 9/26/98 H.E.A.T. are called to help the Central America Republic of Costo Rojo deal with "El Gusano", a mutated worm that is devouring untold amounts of crops. The country's ruler, General Albondiga, uses an experimental bio-weapon against the worm and Godzilla, but the worm is only strengthened by the attack. Mendel must synthesise an antidote for the poisoned Godzilla, then find a way to defeat El Gusano without Albondiga interfering.
4 Talkin' Trash 10/3/98 In response to a sanitation workers' strike, a colony of petroleum-eating microbes, controlled by nanotechnology, are released to try to curb New York's garbage problem. Unfortunately, the microbes quickly grow out of control and now the team and Godzilla must find a way to stop the colony before it devours Manhattan.
5 The Winter of Our Discontent 10/10/98 After Godzilla battles robotic insects, the team encounter their creator: Cameron Winter, a powerful technology mogul, and an old rival of Nick's from college. He wants the team to work with him, but Nick refuses, suspecting his old enemy has ulterior motives. But can he find out what they are before Winter's schemes have fatal consequences for Godzilla?
6 Cat and Mouse 10/31/98 The team not only have to contend with a plague of mutated giant rats roaming the sewers of New York, but a trio of redneck hunters seeking to make Godzilla the ultimate hunting trophy.
7 What Dreams May Come 11/7/98 When a strange electrical creature known as the Crackler attacks seemingly random locations in Manhattan, the team investigate. But the Crackler isn't behaving like the mutations H.E.A.T. have fought before, and what is its connection to mild-mannered insomniac Sidney Walker?
8 Leviathan 11/14/98 The team are called to help a rescue mission for xenobiologist Alexander Preloran, who disappeared while on a mission to explore the Leviathan: an alien spacecraft buried at the bottom of the Pacific for 65 million years. But once they go down, the team discover the ship's alien crew are very much alive... and they have plans for Earth.
9 Hive 11/21/98 H.E.A.T. investigates the tropical island of Santa Marta in the wake of a devastating volcanic eruption. But what they find on the island is that, due to irradiated lava, a hideously mutated ecosystem has developed, including carnivorous plants and gigantic bees. As the volcano begins to erupt again and Godzilla confronts the bees' queen, the team must find a way to escape the island alive.
10 Bird of Paradise 12/5/98 When villages in Mexico are attacked by a strange winged creature, ornithologist and Elsie's old fiance Lawrence Cohen calls H.E.A.T. for help. They quickly discover the beast is Quetzalcoatl, an evolutionary hybrid of bird and dinosaur capable of breathing fire and protected by impenetrable feathers. The team must find a way to stop the creature, but matters worsen when Quetzalcoatl takes Elsie to feed its starving young.
11 DeadLoch 2/6/99 H.E.A.T. heads for Scotland after Dr. Hugh Trevor (voiced by Roddy McDowall) of the Pisces Marine Research Institute claims his facility was attacked by the Loch Ness Monster. Once Nick is convinced of Nessie's existence, he discovers that the facility is hiding a terrible secret: Trevor has captured Nessie's baby and plans to sell it on the black market. Now the team must convince Godzilla to work with Nessie if they are to save her young and ensure her safety in Loch Ness.
12 Monster Wars, Part 1 2/13/99 As tension threatens to break the H.E.A.T. team up for good, major problems arise: a giant bat is terrorizing the countryside of Nigeria, the U.S. military have dredged the Leviathan ship from the bottom of the Pacific, and worst of all, the aliens are back, with an army of monsters under their control and plans to conquer the Earth.
13 Monster Wars, Part 2 2/20/99 From their secret base on Isle Del Diablo, the aliens assemble their forces. H.E.A.T. desperately fights to resist, but are easily defeated. Once captured and brought to the Tachyons, they are told that the monster army — including a brainwashed Godzilla — will be used to attack major cities across the world in preparation for a full-scale invasion of Earth. At its head marches the aliens' ultimate weapon: Cyber-Godzilla.
14 Monster Wars, Part 3 2/27/99 As the aliens and their monster allies attack Earth, H.E.A.T. escapes captivity. They battle to defeat the alien onslaught and free the monsters from their control to help humanity fight back and save the planet from conquest.
15 Competition 3/6/99 A trip to Japan to investigate a number of mysterious disappearances leads to a battle of wills between H.E.A.T. and the Japanese military, who perceive Godzilla to be a threat. However, the real threat is revealed to be an ophidiaphobic's nightmare: the mutant King Cobra has escaped from Monster Island. Things lead to a climactic showdown in Tokyo between him and Godzilla.
16 Freeze 3/13/99 H.E.A.T. are dispatched to aid investigation into the disappearance of a search party looking for oil in Antarctica. The team must now not only battle against the monsters responsible — a pack of mutated moles — but also against the energy company who employed the men, who are determined to brush all record of the incident under the rug.
17 Bug Out 3/20/99 Godzilla is throwing infantile tantrums and H.E.A.T. are growing worried about their ability to control him. When Audrey lets this slip on live TV, despite being told in confidence by Nick, their relationship looks set to be torn apart. Meanwhile, when called in to investigate extensive deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest, they discover that a mutated termite colony is devouring the forest at an alarming rate. H.E.A.T. must find a way to destroy the voracious bugs before they devour the entire rainforest.
18 Web Site 5/1/99 H.E.A.T. is charged by the Pentagon to investigate the growing population of spiders near an Army base in the Canary Islands. The team quickly discover that a massive mutated female black widow spider has been laying millions of eggs. They must find a way to destroy the infant spiders and help Godzilla take care of the mother.
19 An Early Frost 5/8/99 When Godzilla is accused of attacking New York, the military call in H.E.A.T. to help contain him. But Phillipe Roache has returned from France... with orders to terminate Godzilla. However, H.E.A.T. discover the real culprit is a hideous mutation called the Chameleon, genetically engineered by Cameron Winter (who has escaped from jail) to frame Godzilla. Can they stop Winter and reveal the truth before it's too late?
20 Trust No One 7/31/99 Acting on confidential information from Phillipe, H.E.A.T. investigate an abandoned lab in the Amazon jungle, where 50 years before, French scientists succeeded in creating a creature made of pure DNA. The creature is capable of mimicking the shape of any living creature it touches, and soon the team are put on edge, uncertain who to trust. They must find a way to aid Godzilla and destroy the creature before it can reproduce and go on to create a new master race of monsters.
21 Juggernaut 8/14/99 The Techno-Sentient, an alien piece of technology, falls to Earth and begins to bond with all manner of human technology, growing to gargantuan proportions. Worst of all, it taps into the Internet and learns of the location of humanity's weapons of mass destruction. The team and Godzilla must find a way to stop the Techno-Sentient before it takes control of an arsenal of nuclear missiles.

Season Two[edit]

# Title Air Date Summary
1 Future Shock 9/18/99 While pursuing a mutated jellyfish, a mysterious storm propels the H.E.A.T. team into the year 2022. There, they discover a post-apocalyptic future where Godzilla and the other monsters are all dead, humanity is all but extinct, and the world is overrun by terrifying creatures known as Dragmas. As the team battle for survival alongside future versions of Craven and Hicks, they discover that the Dragmas were created by the scientist Johnathan Insley. After narrowly making their way back to the past, they decide to stop him before he can create the monster race. But Insley's Democratic Resurgence Against Global Mechanized Armageddon (D.R.A.G.M.A.) project is ready to be activated, and now the team must battle to destroy Insley's work before the Dragmas are unleashed and the bleak future they saw becomes reality.
2 Cash of the Titans 9/25/99 In the middle of an attack on H.E.A.T. headquarters by a giant water beetle, the team is shocked to find Godzilla is not responding to their distress call. After fending off the beetle, the team discovers that the billionaire Maximillian Speil (voiced by Clancy Brown) is hosting a monster fighting ring - with Godzilla as his new main attraction. Now with Audrey and Animal in tow, the team must save Godzilla from a brutal fight to the death against other mutations.
3 S.C.A.L.E. 10/2/99 Told in a documentary style, the H.E.A.T team are called to Miami to deal with Skeetera, a giant mutated female mosquito, when they come under attack from S.C.A.L.E. (Servants of Creatures Arriving Late to Earth), an eco-terrorist group - led by Alexandra Springer (voiced by Linda Blair) - who believe mutations are the next stage of evolution. After narrowly capturing the rampaging insect, H.E.A.T transport Skeetera to Monster Island so she can be studied by the U.S. military. But unknown to them, they have unwanted guests: Animal and Audrey have stowed away on board the 'Heat-Seeker', hoping for a good story, and S.C.A.L.E. has tracked them to Monster Island. When the terrorists take over Monster Island with plans to release the monsters held there, the only hope lies in the combined forces of H.E.A.T, Major Hicks and his troops, Audrey and Animal.
4 Protector 10/9/99 Archaeologists in Saudi Arabia accidentally reawaken Norrzug the Iron Lion, a gargantuan sphinx-like monster that once served as the guardian of the ancient city of Amon-Ra. H.E.A.T. discover from ancient texts that the people of the city deliberately rusted the creature to stop its rampage after it turned on them. Now the team must find a way to repeat the feat before this mythological terror devours every last drop of oil in the Middle East.
5 Freak Show 12/11/99 When circus master Tobias Wilson brings his 'Mutant Mania' circus to Manhattan, things go badly wrong when a mutated sea anemone, called Medusa, escapes her tank and goes on the rampage. When the team discover the creature is sucking water out of her victims, as she needs the electrolytes found in water to survive, the race is on to stop Medusa before she drinks every drop of water on the planet.
6 End of the Line 12/18/99 While on a romantic cruise to Alaska, Nick and Audrey's ship is attacked by a mutated turtle, but they are saved - not by Godzilla, but by Komodithrax, a mutated Komodo dragon. When Godzilla heads for Alaska to find Nick and H.E.A.T. follow, they make a shocking discovery: Godzilla and Komodithrax are in love, and Godzilla has become surrogate father to an egg laid by Komodithrax. But with the menacing turtle still nearby, and the U.S. military ordered to destroy all monsters in the area, can Nick and the team protect the two gargantuan reptilian lovers?
7 What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been 1/15/00 While fighting a giant mutant germ named Bacillus, Godzilla is infected by the bacteria and left fighting for his life. While Elsie, Randy and Mendel create an antibiotic to weaken the bacteria, Nick and Monique must enter Godzilla's body and destroy the infection at its source before Godzilla dies.
8 Wedding Bells Blew 1/22/00 When Elsie's estranged parents come to New York for her spoiled sister's wedding, she is forced to attend as maid of honour instead of helping H.E.A.T capture a mutated manta ray. When the military's battle with the creature ends up interrupting the wedding, Elsie is determined not only to catch the creature, but to prove to her parents she is not the screw-up they think she is.
9 Metamorphosis 1/29/00 Shortly after receiving an anonymous check for $5 million, H.E.A.T. are called to Illinois, where a gigantic mutated chilopod, Megapede, is devouring thousands of dollars worth of crops. The team are unable to stop the creature when they first encounter it, and upon finding it again, they discover it has metamorphosed into a gigantic cicada. The insect's mating call is disrupting all radar in Chicago, and now H.E.A.T must find a way to silence the creature long enough to launch a counterattack.
10 Area 51 2/5/00 Just as H.E.A.T has had it with Randy, Elsie convinces the rest of the team to investigate a possible mutation sighting at Area 51, where they discover the real secret of Area 51 is not aliens, but mutations, created by underground nuclear testing. When one of the captive mutations - a mutant thorny devil lizard - breaks out of its cage, the team and Godzilla must stop the creature from escaping the base and destroying nearby Las Vegas.
11 The Twister 2/12/00 During a nice relaxing day at the beach, the team is caught off-guard by a twister. They trace its origins to an experimental energy experiment at a local power plant, as well as discovering strange tracks near the plant. When the twister strikes again, H.E.A.T. discover that a giant mutant shrew has been bonded to the twister, creating a 'Shrewster', and now the race is on to defeat it before its ravenous metabolism drives it to eat all of New York.
12 Shafted 2/19/00 On their way to an expo in an attempt to win a research patent, the team meets a lost young girl named Meg. She asks the team to rescue her two brothers Steven and Kevin, who went into a silver mine where a gang of miners disappeared without trace fifty years before. While Monique is left babysitting Meg (much to her displeasure), the rest of the team encounters the Silver Hydra: a monster capable of encasing anyone unfortunate to meet it in silver, and able to regenerate itself every time it is harmed. Now the race is on to defeat the Hydra before Kevin, Steven, Elsie and Godzilla end up as lifeless silver statues.
13 Where Is Thy Sting? 2/26/00 While tracking Godzilla to Fort Armstrong, New Mexico the team discover that a gigantic mutated scorpion, called Ts-eh-go by the locals, is on the rampage. But when they try to contain the monster, they come under fire from U.S. military under the command of Colonel William Tarrington, an old friend of Hicks, who is out to destroy both Ts-eh-go and Godzilla. When H.E.A.T discover Ts-eh-go was created by the army's 'First Wave' program, and that Tarrington is planning to use the creature's offspring - codenamed 'Second Wave' - as bioweapons, H.E.A.T and Hicks must convince Tarrington to stop when the scorpions get out of control.
14 Lizard Season 3/11/00 Cameron Winter springs the redneck hunters from "Cat And Mouse" from jail and uses them to pilot the 'Lizard Slayers': three extremely well-armed battle robots with one mission: to destroy Godzilla. When Cameron takes control of H.E.A.T.'s computer systems to stop them intervening, Nick and the others must get rid of Cameron, then find a way to save Godzilla from the attackers.
15 Vision 3/18/00 The team are called to San Francisco, where a group of giant mutated hummingbirds are attacking aircraft. The creatures move too fast for the naked eye to see them, making them impossible for Godzilla to fight. Now Mendel must rig up a special set of goggles that will allow Godzilla to see the birds, giving him a chance to fight back.
16 Underground Movement 4/1/00 The team is split up due to a lawsuit by the state of Miami (over damages caused by a giant vampire bat). While Nick, Monique, and Elsie deal with the lawsuit, Randy and Mendel decide to deal with a mutant (without Nick's permission) in Michigan. The mutant in question is Armillaria, a mutant fungus with the ability to suck the amino acids out of any living thing. It swiftly proves too much for the duo, who end up trapped in the wilderness with nothing but their wits and the clothes on their backs. Once the others hear of their antics, the race is on to rescue the duo and defeat Armillaria before it sucks Godzilla dry.
17 Ring of Fire 4/22/00 A strange creature made of living flame attacks an oil platform in New Mexico. When H.E.A.T. and Godzilla arrive to stop it, Randy and Craven sense a chance to make a lot of money if they can exploit the monster's ability to regenerate energy. Once H.E.A.T has taken the creature out, Randy and Mendel sneak it back to headquarters for study, but things go badly wrong when the Fire Monster regains consciousness and starts burning down everything in its path.
18 The Ballad of Gens Du Marais unaired While in New Orleans covering Mardi Gras, Audrey hears rumours of a strange 'Swamp Beast' and decides to call in H.E.A.T.. The creature swiftly proves itself a match for Godzilla, and the team begin to suspect something is afoot when the locals claim the beast is the swamp's revenge against corrupt local politician, Paul Dimanche, who wants to mine oil in the bayou. But can they prove it before the Swamp Beast destroys New Orleans?
19 Tourist Trap unaired The Deep-Dweller, a huge mutated frog fish, begins to attack boats and fishing ships off the coast of New Jersey. H.E.A.T. must help Godzilla drive the creature back to deeper waters, and also deal with the interference of the sleazy and obnoxious tour promoter Milo Sanders, who hopes to make money by getting good footage of Godzilla.

Reception[edit]

The series did well during Fox Kids' Saturday morning line-up. Ultimately, however, it was overshadowed by the late 1990s Pokémon/Digimon war between Kids WB and Fox Kids during the 1999-2000 season. As a result, Godzilla: The Series was placed in different timeslots on Saturdays to accommodate many of the Digimon marathons and back-to-back episodes (this would also affect other Fox Kids shows as well). For a brief period of time, episodes of Godzilla: The Series were either never repeated, or skipped over and rescheduled. There was a brief period where the show was taken off the schedule to accommodate new shows for mid-season, resulting in two episodes that were never broadcast in the US.

Home video and DVD[edit]

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released two separate episode collections on VHS: "Trouble Hatches", composed of the two-part pilot, and "Monster Wars" featuring the three-part story arc of the same name. [2] Columbia TriStar Home Video has also released nine episodes on DVD, spread out onto three separate volumes: "The Monster Wars Trilogy", consisting of the same three episodes previously released on the VHS of the same name, "Monster Mayhem", which included "What Dreams May Come", "Bird of Paradise", and "Deadloch", and "Mutant Madness", which contained "S.C.A.L.E.", "The Twister" and "Where Is Thy Sting?".

Also, the special edition DVD of the film titled "Godzilla: Monster Edition" also contains three episodes of the TV series: "What Dreams May Come", "Monster Wars Part 1" and "Where Is Thy Sting?".[3]

As of July 2008, Minisodes of Godzilla: The Series can be streamed on Sony owned Crackle. In addition, Kabillion syndicates the series on Comcast's On Demand service as well as online.

As of October 2010, the entire series is available on the Netflix Instant Streaming service.[4]

On April 29, 2014, Mill Creek Entertainment released Godzilla: The Series - The Complete Animated Series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[5] The 4-disc set features all 40 episodes of the series, including the ones never officially aired in the US.

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