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2003 TMNT Series Coming Back To Television for Christmas

No, this is not a joke. While many fans thought that we’d never see it on television again, it turns out that Nickelodeon hasn’t forgotten the 2003 series after all. In a recent press release, the network confirmed something that a lot of turtle fans have been waiting for years to hear:

“Nicktoons is stuffing viewers’ stockings this holiday season with the first two seasons of the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series from Dec. 22 – 28, at 8:00 p.m. (ET).”

When Nickelodeon purchased the rights to the Ninja Turtles a few years ago, fans were hopeful that they would start airing the 4Kids Entertainment animated show, but Nick instead went on to create their own version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Of course, Nick’s TMNT has proven to be quite good and fans have really enjoyed it, but there are still a lot of Shellheads out there who have been wondering what happened to the oft forgotten series that preceded the current iteration of the turtles.

For those of us who have fond memories of the 2003 series, this is definitely good news, because this is the first time in four years that Nickelodeon has done something with the show. Being that it was never fully released on DVD or any other home media format, a lot of fans have been clamoring for Nick to do something with the series instead of just letting it fade away into obscurity. Whether or not this special event is a sign of things to come remains to be seen, but it’s definitely a much better sign than anything else we’ve seen in the past four years.

One thing is for sure: If you want Nickelodeon to come even close to considering a release of this series (on DVD or digitally), it would be wise to support this special event and tune in as much as possible over the holiday season. After all, if they get a lot of people watching the first two seasons during this time period, it might just entice them to finally provide some more options for fans to watch their favorite show. There’s no guarantee that tuning in to Nicktoons will convince them to make such a move, but it won’t hurt to let Nick know that there are still a lot of fans out there who want to watch the 2003 TMNT series.

Sadly, this won’t be airing on their main network channel and you will need to have access to their Nicktoons channel in order to watch the show. Most cable providers offer this channel in various packages, so if you want to make sure that you can watch this special holiday event, you might want to call your local cable provider and ask them if they have the Nicktoons network.

So what do all of you shellheads think? Is this the best Christmas present you’ll get this year? Are you hopeful for a DVD or digital release of the 4Kids Entertainment series at some point in the future? No matter what your thoughts may be, let us know in the comments below or feel free to sound off in our forums!

The Author

Justin W

Justin W

My name is Justin Wren and I love to write about the TMNT! I've been a big Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan since the late 80's. Back then, I would watch the original animated series and play with the Playmates toys all the time. I have been following the boys ever since I was a kid, and I'm very happy to see them back in the limelight after all these years. Needless to say, I'm proud to be a member of the team on this awesome TMNT Fan Site!

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