Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 TV series) (season 5)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) Season 5
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 22
Original channel CBS
Original run March 28, 1991 (1991-03-28) – December 7, 1991 (1991-12-07)
Season chronology
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The fifth season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aired in 1991. First being located in Dimension X, for most of this season, the Technodrome is frozen at the North Pole. The transport modules from season 3 are reused, this time to drill underneath Canada and into New York City.

Episodes #125 and #126 originally ran as a 1-hour prime-time special titled "Planet Of The Turtleoids". When reran, it was split into two parts.


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date TV broadcast
105 1 "The Turtles and The Hare" Bill Wolf Misty Taggart March 28, 1991 S05E01

The Turtles travel to a FairyTale Dimension in an attempt to save the city from Shredder's Docilizer, while also making friends with a local citizen of that dimension, Hokum Hare (based on the Hare character from "The Tortoise and the Hare").

Note: Master Splinter is not in this episode.

Note: First Appearance of Hokum Hare.

Title Reference: The Tortoise and the Hare
106 2 "Once Upon a Time Machine" Bill Wolf Michael Maurer March 29, 1991 S05E02

Set up as a follow-up episode, Hokum Hare and the Turtles hitch a ride on a time-traveling train to 2036, where they discover that Shredder has plans for the future New York City. Ultimately, the Turtles of both the past and the future must team up to thwart Shredder before his actions cause all of time to be destroyed.

Note: Final Appearance of Hokum Hare.

Title Reference: Once upon a time
107 3 "My Brother, the Bad Guy" Bill Wolf Dennis O'Flaherty September 21, 1991 (1991-09-21) S05E03
A family secret is revealed when Lieutenant Kazou Saki arrives from Japan to arrest his brother Oroku Saki, who turns out to be the Turtles' greatest enemy. Shredder and Krang send the Technodrome from Dimension X to Earth, but Donatello re-programs it to crash in the Arctic.
108 4 "Michelangelo Meets Mondo Gecko" Bill Wolf Gary Greenfield September 21, 1991 (1991-09-21) S05E04

Michelangelo's strange dreams lead him to seek out Mondo Gecko, a lizard who was caught in the same ooze as the Turtles. Gecko eventually rebels against his boss, Mr. X, and his bombing campaign.

Note: First Appearance of Mondo Gecko.

Villian: Mr. X
109 5 "Enter: Mutagen Man" Bill Wolf David Wise September 28, 1991 (1991-09-28) S05E05
A delivery boy accidentally falls into Krang's new unstable Mutagen and becomes able to transform into anyone he chooses. Shredder tricks him into helping him launch the Mutagen into space and mutate the world, but this "Mutagen Man" has other ideas.
110 6 "Donatello's Badd Time" Bill Wolf Misty Taggart September 28, 1991 (1991-09-28) S05E06

Donatello has tricked out the Turtle Van, but while taking it for a test drive, it's stolen from him by a family of robbing hillbillies. Can Donatello get the Van back in time before his brothers find out?

Note: in this episode Master Splinter is voiced by Townsend Coleman instead of Peter Renaday.

Villains:The Badd Family
111 7 "Michelangelo Meets Bugman Again" Bill Wolf David Wise October 5, 1991 (1991-10-05) S05E07

When the city is hit with a sudden termite infestation, the only superhero who can help—Bugman—is too at peace with himself to aid the Turtles in defeating it.

Note: Final Appearance of Bugman.

Note: Final episode where both Master Splinter and Vernon are voiced by Townsend Coleman instead of Peter Renaday.

Villian: The Swatter
112 8 "Muckman Messes Up" Bill Wolf Francis Moss and Ted Pedersen October 5, 1991 (1991-10-05) S05E08
An accident causes two garbagemen to mutate into Muckman and Joe Eyeball. Muckman's slime is found to weaken the Turtles, and Shredder tricks him into working with him.
113 9 "Napoleon Bonafrog: Colossus of the Swamps" Bill Wolf Dennis O'Flaherty October 12, 1991 (1991-10-12) S05E09

While testing an experimental Muta-Shooter invented by Krang, Shredder unexpectedly turns Napoleon Bonafrog into a muscular, monstrous version of himself.

Note: In this episode Shredder is voiced by Jim Cummings instead of James Avery.
114 10 "Raphael Versus The Volcano" Bill Wolf Carole Mendelsohn October 12, 1991 (1991-10-12) S05E10

A malfunction of Donatello's latest invention ultimately results in Raphael believing he is about to die, and ultimately trying to save the world by himself.

Villain: Wilhelm Banelli

Title Reference: Joe Versus the Volcano
115 11 "Landlord of the Flies" Bill Wolf Gordon Bressack October 19, 1991 (1991-10-19) S05E11

Baxter Stockman leads a swarm of flies in an attempt to conquer New York and prove his worth to Shredder and Krang so he can become human again.

Title Reference: Lord of the Flies
116 12 "Donatello's Duplicate" Bill Wolf Jack Mendelsohn & Carole Mendelsohn October 19, 1991 (1991-10-19) S05E12

Tired of fixing everything in the lair, Donatello decides to clone himself so he can work on his other inventions. However, Donatello's clone turns against him and joins the Rat King in an attempt to conquer the city with a rat infestation.

Note: In this episode Pinky McFingers is voiced by Cam Clarke instead of Peter Renaday.
117 13 "The Ice Creature Cometh" Bill Wolf David Wise November 2, 1991 (1991-11-02) S05E13

Bebop and Rocksteady botch another mutagen experiment, resulting in a giant ice creature who Bebop dubs "Frosty", and Shredder uses this monster to freeze New York solid, preoccupying the Turtles long enough for him to steal thermal explosives needed to melt the Technodrome free from the ice.

Note: Master Splinter is not in this episode. However, he was mentioned.
118 14 "Leonardo Cuts Loose" Bill Wolf David Wise November 2, 1991 (1991-11-02) S05E14

A nerd-turned-muscleman captures three of the Turtles, and a reluctant Leonardo must ask Casey Jones for help in rescuing them.

Villain: Wally Airhead
119 15 "Pirate Radio" Bill Wolf Misty Taggart November 9, 1991 (1991-11-09) S05E15

Using a hypnotic microphone and speaker, Shredder takes over a radio station and broadcasts a signal that sends the population of New York City sailing into a dimensional limbo dubbed "Krang's Chasm".

Note: Master Splinter is not in this episode.
120 16 "Raphael, Turtle of a Thousand Faces" Bill Wolf Dennis O'Flaherty November 9, 1991 (1991-11-09) S05E16

Raphael's latest study of disguises leads the Turtles to attempt a rescue when he is mistaken for a mobster named "Mad Dog McMutt".

Note: First Appearance of Mad Dog McMutt.
121 17 "Leonardo, the Renaissance Turtle" Bill Wolf Dennis O'Flaherty November 16, 1991 (1991-11-16) S05E17

A mad professor named Mindbender creates a law-enforcement robot named "LEX" to clean up crime in New York, but LEX ultimately starts arresting numerous innocent people for the smallest infraction. With the other Turtles unreachable, Leonardo must discover his own innate skills to stop this rogue robot before he and Mindbender declare themselves dictators of the city.

Villain: Dr. Mindbender

Note: Final appearance of Rex-1.
122 18 "Zach and the Alien Invaders" Bill Wolf Francis Moss and Ted Pedersen November 23, 1991 (1991-11-23) S05E18

Zach, the Turtles' young friend, is put into military camp by his parents after making numerous false reports of aliens, only to find two real aliens—Wingnut and Screwloose—brainwashing the cadets to be their army and must call in the Turtles to defeat them. Title Reference: Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders

Villains: Wingnut and Screwloose

Note: Final appearance of Zach's older brother Walt

Note: First and only appearance of Zach and Walt's parents.
123 19 "Welcome Back Polarisoids" Bill Wolf Misty Taggart November 30, 1991 (1991-11-30) S05E19

Frip the Polarisoid arrives back on Earth with his family for a visit, and must ultimately ask the Turtles for help in reclaiming his camera while helping them stop Krang's latest plan to conquer the city.

Note: Final appearance of Frip the Polarisoid.
124 20 "Michalangelo, the Sacred Turtle" Bill Wolf Dennis O'Flaherty December 7, 1991 (1991-12-07) S05E20

While on a visit to an Egyptian Exhibit, Michelangelo is mistaken for a Pharaoh named "Amun Turt-El", also known as "The Sacred Turtle".

Villain: Sir Percival

Note: Master Splinter is not in this episode.
125 21 "Planet of the Turtleoids: Part 1" Bill Wolf David Wise August 31, 1991 (1991-08-31) (prime-time)[1]
October 26, 1991 (Saturday)

After clashing with the mutant bull and mole duo Groundchuck and Dirtbag, the Turtles and their new enemies are taken to Shellri-La by an alien "Turtleoid" named Kerma, where our heroes must help defend his planet from a two-headed dragon named Herman the Horrible.

Note: First Appearances of Kerma, Groundchuck, Dirtbag, and Chrome Drome.
126 22 "Planet of the Turtleoids: Part 2" Bill Wolf David Wise August 31, 1991 (1991-08-31) (prime-time)[1]
October 26, 1991 (Saturday)
With Herman the Horrible defeated and exposed as two renegade Turtleoid delegates on Shell-Ri-La, the Turtles return to Earth, where they must destroy Shredder's new Technodrome Mark II and then defeat Chrome Dome.
  1. ^ a b TV Guide, August 31 – September 6, 1991

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