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

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Season 5
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 14 (1991-09-14) –
November 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)
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The fifth season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aired in 1991. First being located on the Volcanic Asteroid in Dimension X where it remained throughout season 4, for most of this season, the Technodrome is frozen at the North Pole.[1] 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.


  • All twenty fifth-season episodes were directed by Fred Wolf.
No. in
TitleWritten byOriginal air dateTV
1071"My Brother, the Bad Guy"Dennis O'FlahertySeptember 14, 1991 (1991-09-14)S05E01
A family secret is revealed when Lieutenant Kazou Saki of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police 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.
1082"Michaelangelo Meets Mondo Gecko"Gary GreenfieldSeptember 14, 1991 (1991-09-14)S05E02

Michaelangelo'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.
1093"Enter: Mutagen Man"David WiseSeptember 21, 1991 (1991-09-21)S05E03
A delivery man accidentally falls into Krangs 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.
1104"Donatello's Badd Time"Misty TaggartSeptember 21, 1991 (1991-09-21)S05E04
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?
1115"Michaelangelo Meets Bugman Again"David WiseSeptember 28, 1991 (1991-09-28)S05E05
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.
1126"Muckman Messes Up"Francis Moss and Ted PedersenSeptember 28, 1991 (1991-09-28)S05E06
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.
1137"Napoleon Bonafrog: Colossus of the Swamps"Dennis O'FlahertyOctober 5, 1991 (1991-10-05)S05E07
While testing an experimental Muta-Shooter invented by Krang, Shredder unexpectedly turns Napoleon Bonafrog into a muscular, monstrous version of himself.
1148"Raphael Versus The Volcano"Carole MendelsohnOctober 5, 1991 (1991-10-05)S05E08
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.
1159"Landlord of the Flies"Gordon BressackOctober 12, 1991 (1991-10-12)S05E09

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
11610"Donatello's Duplicate"Jack Mendelsohn & Carole MendelsohnOctober 12, 1991 (1991-10-12)S05E10
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.
11711"The Ice Creature Cometh"David WiseOctober 19, 1991 (1991-10-19)S05E11
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.
11812"Leonardo Cuts Loose"David WiseOctober 19, 1991 (1991-10-19)S05E12
A nerd-turned-muscleman captures three of the Turtles, and a reluctant Leonardo must ask Casey Jones for help in rescuing them.
11913"Planet of the Turtleoids: Episode 1"David WiseAugust 31, 1991 (1991-08-31) (prime-time)[2]
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:Used in the frame in 2 series (parts) of Planet of the Turtleoids, starting from season 5
12014"Planet of the Turtleoids: Episode 2"David WiseAugust 31, 1991 (1991-08-31) (prime-time)[2]
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.
12115"Pirate Radio"Misty TaggartNovember 2, 1991 (1991-11-02)S05E13
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".
12216"Raphael, Turtle of a Thousand Faces"Dennis O'FlahertyNovember 2, 1991 (1991-11-02)S05E14
Raphael's latest study of disguises leads the Turtles to attempt a rescue when he is mistaken for a mobster named "Mad Dog McMutt".
12317"Leonardo, the Renaissance Turtle"Dennis O'FlahertyNovember 9, 1991 (1991-11-09)S05E15
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.
12418"Zach and the Alien Invaders"Francis Moss and Ted PedersenNovember 9, 1991 (1991-11-09)S05E16

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
12519"Welcome Back Polarisoids"Misty TaggartNovember 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)S05E17
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.
12620"Michalangelo, the Sacred Turtle"Dennis O'FlahertyNovember 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)S05E18
While on a visit to an Egyptian Exhibit, Michaelangelo is mistaken for a Pharaoh named "Amun Turt-El", also known as "The Sacred Turtle".


"Planet Of The Turtleoids" is included in the season 10 DVD as a bonus episode uncut as well as "Once Upon A Time Machine"


  1. ^ Mark Pellegrini (29 April 2014). "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) Season 5, Part 1 Review". Adventures in Poor Taste. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b TV Guide, August 31 – September 6, 1991

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