Turbo Teen

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Genre Cartoon series, Children's television series, Superheroes, Adventure
Created by Ruby-Spears Productions
Voices of T. K. Carter
Pat Fraley
Pamela Hayden
Michael Mish
Frank Welker
Composer(s) Udi Harpaz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Running time 20 mins (excluding commercials)
Production company(s) Ruby-Spears Productions
Distributor Worldvision Enterprises (original)
Warner Bros. Television (current)
Original network ABC
Original release September 15, 1984 (1984-09-15) – August 31, 1985 (1985-08-31)

Turbo-Teen was an animated series about a teenager with the ability to transform into a sports car. It aired on Saturday morning on the ABC Network for thirteen episodes during the 1984–85 season. The series was once a rerun on the USA Network's USA Cartoon Express programming block.


Turbo Teen is about a teenager named Brett Matthews who swerves off a road during a thunderstorm and crashes into a secret government laboratory. There, he and his red sports car are accidentally exposed to a molecular beam invented by a scientist named Dr. Chase for a government agent named Cardwell. As a result, Brett and his car become fused together. Brett gains the ability to morph into the car when exposed to extreme heat and revert into his human form when exposed to extreme cold. With this new superhero power, Brett and his girlfriend, Pattie (a freelance reporter) and his best friend, Alex (a mechanic who calls Brett "TT"), and Brett's dog Rusty go on crime-fighting adventures together and solve other mysteries.

A recurring subplot involves Brett, Cardwell, and Dr. Chase's search for a way to return Brett to normal. Also, a recurring villain is the mysterious, unseen "Dark Rider" who drives a monster truck and seeks to capture Brett Matthews in order to find the secret behind his abilities. Dark Rider is voiced by Frank Welker and is similar to how he performs the voice of Dr. Claw in the Inspector Gadget series.


The show was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions with animation supplied by Toei Animation and Hanho Heung-Up. It was broadcast during the growing popularity of the Knight Rider television series and mirrors much of it, even down to very similar-sounding theme music. The car that Brett turns into looks like an amalgam of a Third Generation Chevrolet Camaro and its sister car, the Pontiac Trans Am; the later model Knight Rider's KITT is based on.[clarification needed] Neither of those, though, have turbochargers.


Title Original air date
1"Turbo Thieves"TBA
2"Dark Rider"September 8, 1984 (1984-09-08)
3"Mystery of Fantasy Park"September 15, 1984 (1984-09-15)
4"No Show UFO"September 22, 1984 (1984-09-22)
5"Micro-Teen"October 6, 1984 (1984-10-06)
6"The Sinister Souped-Up Seven"October 13, 1984 (1984-10-13)
7"Video Venger"October 20, 1984 (1984-10-20)
Various war machines from an arcade game come to life when Brett and his friends discover the game is a training program for a real planned invasion of Washington D.C.
8"Dark Rider and the Wolves of Doom"October 27, 1984 (1984-10-27)
Dark Rider captures Monique's father Dr. Fabro and his formula that can cause dogs to regress to their primitive state in his latest plan to capture Brett Matthews.
9"The Curse of the Twisted Claw"November 3, 1984 (1984-11-03)
10"Daredevil Run"November 10, 1984 (1984-11-10)
Brett, Alex, and Pattie enter a cross-country race as cover while escorting a girl named Paula to court so that she can testify against a jewel thief called "The Dragon."
11"The Amazon Adventure"November 17, 1984 (1984-11-17)
12"Fright Friday"November 24, 1984 (1984-11-24)
13"The Mystery of Dark Rider"December 1, 1984 (1984-12-01)




  • Turbo Teen was parodied in the Robot Chicken episode "Rabbits on a Roller Coaster" with Brett Matthews voiced by Seth Green, Alex voiced by Tom Root and Pattie voiced by Katee Sackhoff.
  • A webcomic named Teen Boat ran for a short time, with a teenager who could turn into a small yacht.
  • A commercial for The Rotten Tomatoes Show on Current TV in July 2009 includes a man similarly transforming into a red sports car, a Mazda Miata. The man is wearing a wardrobe similar to Brett Matthews' wardrobe.
  • The Rick and Morty episode The Ricks Must Be Crazy parodies Turbo Teen, revealing that Morty can also transform into a car (and ultimately does, in a similar-looking fashion).
  • In the "Simpsons Comics" story "Con-nukah!" a toy called "Turbo Poochie Teen" appears on Bart's wishlist.

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