Action Man (1995 TV series)

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Action Man
Genre Animation
Created by DIC Entertainment
Bohbot Entertainment
Developed by DIC Entertainment
Bohbot Entertainment
Written by Gildart Jackson
Jules Dennis
Bob Forward
Diane M. Fresco
Julie Fuller
Phil Harnage
Jeff Kwitny
Reed Shelly
Brooks Wachtel
Michael A. Medlock
Directed by Jeff Pruitt
Chris Bartleman
Creative director(s) Jeff Pruitt
Chris Bartleman
Voices of Mark Griffin
Rolf Leenders
Joely Collins
Dale Wilson
Composer(s) Stephen C. Marston
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Andy Heyward
Brad Kreisberg
Robby London
Michael Maliani
Producer(s) Kyle Solorio
Jim Weathers
Editor(s) Miriam L. Preissel
Cinematography Nick Woolfolk
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) DIC Entertainment
Bohbot Entertainment
Original network Nickelodeon (U.S./U.K.)
Original release 23 September 1995 – 15 December 1996
Related shows A.T.O.M.
Action Man (2000 TV series)

Action Man is an American children's animated television show, created by DIC Entertainment and Bohbot Entertainment. The cartoon is based on the Hasbro toy line of the same name. The show focuses on Action Man, a member of an elite multinational task force named Action Force who fight against the terrorist Dr.X and his 'Council of Doom'. Action Man is also portrayed as being an amnesiac who is trying to unlock the mystery of his past.

The show also featured live action segments before and after the main show.


Additional cast[edit]


Season 1[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
1 "Explosive Situation" September 23, 1995 (1995-09-23)
Dr. X orchestrates the explosion of a plane to steal a nuclear warhead. With a nuclear battleship about to fall in Dr. X's hands, Action Man makes haste to recover the warhead, aided by his team and Dr. X's former lackey Ursula.
2 "Fountain of Youth" September 30, 1995 (1995-09-30)
Dr. X captures the Fargo scientists to get hold of the regenerative Extract Herb to gain a fortune out of youth serum. Action Man liberates the scientists, but Dr. X has destroyed all their research.
3 "Cybersoldier" October 7, 1995 (1995-10-07)
Dr. X steals an experimental KGB cybernetic android. Action Man barely survives his encounter with the android, but uses this an advantage to beat Dr. X to his game at a robotics factory.
4 "You Can't Go Home Again" October 14, 1995 (1995-10-14)
Natalie helps Action Man recall some of his past memories, but realise they had followed a false trail to Haven Mount village that Dr. X is holding captive to ensure the destruction of the Xtreme Station. Action Man is able to destroy Dr. X's plasma cannon and save Haven Mount.
5 "Ancient History" October 21, 1995 (1995-10-21)
Dr. X has stolen a tunneling machine and kidnapped a team of miners for an excavation led by Natalie's uncle Ian, under blackmail from Dr. X. Thanks to Ian's mine planted on Dr. X's snowcruiser, Action Man manages to destroy Dr. X's acquired lethal PAX 39 gas canisters.
6 "The Red Plague" October 28, 1995 (1995-10-28)
Dr. X has taken a beaker of deadly Red Plague virus and kidnapped Dr. Pandemo who developed the cure. Action Man is lured to Dr. X's underground lab so Dr. X can steal the Jet Xtreme. Action Man liberates the jet and scientist and vanquishes the Red Plague virus for good.
7 "Peril at Perigee" November 4, 1996 (1996-11-04)
Dr. X has hijacked a stealth bomber. Dr. X takes the bomber's weapons to launch from the European Space Agency base. Dr. X takes Jacque as hostage, but Jacques turns the tables on Dr. X and puts his satellite out of operation.
8 "Rogue Moons" November 11, 1995 (1995-11-11)
Dr. X has a rogue moon launcher set to destroy Earth's cities. After Action Man braves the Gobi Desert hazards, Jacques seeds some precipitation to wash out Dr. X's camouflaged gun bunker and destroy the launcher.
9 "Hands Down" November 18, 1995 (1995-11-18)
Dr. X's kidnaps the American ambassador to brainwash him in order to set up the Action Team. Action Man goes vigilante to root out Dr. X and clear the Action Team's name.
10 "We Come in Peace" November 25, 1995 (1995-11-25)
Dr. X has stolen an anti-gravity device to stage an alien attack on Earth. With the aid of the scientist Professor Mackenzie who invented the device, Action destroys the fake alien battleship.
11 "R.A.I.D." December 2, 1995 (1995-12-02)
With his Catalyst Crystal plot thwarted, Dr. X sends a dog (which Jacque adopts under the name Raid) to attack Action Man. Jacque uses Raid to track down Dr. X and terminate his Catalyst Crystal missiles.
12 "Skynap" December 9, 1995 (1995-12-09)
Dr. X steals Jet Xtreme and kidnaps Secretary Norris and takes over the Action Space Station to start a major war around the world. Using his VR Suit, Action Man hacks into the Space Station to drive Dr. X out.
13 "The Outside Edge" December 16, 1995 (1995-12-16)
Dr. X and his infiltrator Domichi frame Secretary Norris of corruption and disband the Action Team. The Action Team liberate their equipment and Norris and thwart Dr. X's next shipment theft, thus clearing their names.

Season 2[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
14 "The X Factor" September 22, 1996 (1996-09-22)
15 "Ice Age" September 29, 1996 (1996-09-29)
16 "Soul of Evil" October 6, 1996 (1996-10-06)
17 "Deja Vu" October 13, 1996 (1996-10-13)
18 "Satellite Down" October 20, 1996 (1996-10-20)
19 "Space Walk" October 27, 1996 (1996-10-27)
20 "The Most Dangerous Prey" November 3, 1996 (1996-11-03)
21 "Points of Danger" November 10, 1996 (1996-11-10)
22 "Crack of Doom" November 17, 1996 (1996-11-17)
23 "Space Wars" November 24, 1996 (1996-11-24)
24 "Past Performance" December 1, 1996 (1996-12-01)
25 "A Time for Action: Part 1" December 8, 1996 (1996-12-08)
26 "A Time for Action: Part 2" December 15, 1996 (1996-12-15)


The show introduced several new team mates for Action Man which were then made into toys. The action figures of Natalie Poole and Knuck have become very rare collectors items. At Joecon 2010, a convention exclusive Q-Force action figure of Natalie Poole was released.

Media releases[edit]

The series was only available on VHS in the UK due to rules on advertising to children (a toy could follow a program but not the other way around). The series was later released on DVD but the episodes on the DVDs are in a random order and many episodes have been released numerous times while several have not been released at all. This has caused confusion amongst many fans. On 17 February 2015, Mill Creek Entertainment released Action Man- The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.[1] This marked the first time all episodes of the show had received a DVD release.

DVD Name Episodes Release Date Running Time Additional information
Explosive Situation Explosive Situation, Fountain of Youth, Cyber Soldier 2002 63:00 minutes
The Outside Edge The Outside Edge, Skynap, Crack of Doom 2004 63:00 minutes
Past Performance Soul of Evil, We Came in Peace, Past Performance 2004 63:00 minutes
A Time for Action A Time For Action - Part One, A Time For Action - Part Two, The Most Dangerous Prey 2005 63:00 minutes
Peril At Perigee Peril At Perigee, You Can't Go Home Again 2005 42:00 minutes
Rogue Moons Rogue Moons, Points of Danger, Deja Vu 2006 63:00 minutes
Space Wars We Came in Peace, Satellite Down, Skynap, Space Wars 2007 68:00 minutes
The Complete Series All episodes 2015 Complete series


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