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TMNT – The Future of the Television Series

by TurtlesAdmin

As was announced months ago, the current iteration of the TMNT television series has already been renewed for a fifth season.  That means it will likely be on air until at least the middle of 2017, if not all the way through September (judging from when the season finales have occurred the past three years).  So there’s still a lot of time to be spent with these characters and the world that has been created.  But as season four prepares its return and the story takes another step forward to that ultimate undoing of everything season three built in its finale, what could the show possibly do in later seasons?  What would a season six or season seven look like, and, more importantly, should the show be allowed to continue that long?


It’s been no secret that episode reviews here have gotten progressively harsher with each new installment.  The stories have become stale, the characters aren’t actually growing and changing, and no plot point seems to be allowed to stick and just exist as it was first introduced.  With season four and the voyage into space, it would appear that the show is trying to regenerate some of the initial interest, while still bringing in characters and plot ideas that have existed in the TMNT universe for decades.  There’s nothing wrong with that move – if it works.


The problem is that once the space adventures are over, what’s next?  Season five seems primed to finally figure out the Karai situation, but it could also see the return of Renet and adventures through time.  Both could be plausible stories, and maybe both will be done to extend the life of the show.  There could, potentially, even be another invasion storyline, only this time with the threat coming from Lord Dregg (depending heavily on how his character is left at the end of the current season).  If that were the case, then the show very much could go on for several more seasons and allow the brand to ride its wave as high as it possibly can before taking a break.


But, the more important question is this: Should the show continue past season five?  While no one will say that the 1987 series was the pinnacle of TV writing at any point in its run, the later seasons got to be pretty bad even by the standards of the show (due in large part to waning interest and network problems).  Likewise, the 2003 series tried some gimmicks in seasons six and seven to refresh interest in the show, going so far as to skip season five entirely (airing it two years after the end of season four, and four months after season six had finished its run).  If history is any indicator, then season five is about the time when this type of show loses its mojo and starts searching for whatever boosts it can find.  The 2012 series has been so solid for most of its run that it would be a shame to see it jump the shark, when it should just be allowed to end properly and with the dignity it deserves (whenever that will be).  Of course, that’s the biggest issue with American television as a whole, so it’s certainly not limited to the turtles.


All good shows must come to an end at some point, and the current turtle TV show will be no different.  Of course, when it ends and how that happens are still up in the air, but most certainly it will come.  It would be reasonable to suspect that the show will keep going as long as there are feature films in development (to maintain the multimedia blitz).  With any luck, though, the show will have its fun, do what it needs to do, and then go out with a bang, letting fans remember it as the amazing animated show it has been, and guaranteeing it a spot at the top of many media lists about the franchise.

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Totaldrama Icequeen January 14, 2016 - 1:53 pm

I like the show as it is

Pyrenees Gal (TMNT2012Obsessio February 26, 2016 - 12:18 pm

Me too! I’ve loved this show ever since I saw it on TV at a Hilton Hotel in San Diego. I hope they do more seasons. I love this show.

NUMBER ONE TMNT FAN January 14, 2016 - 5:44 pm

well said turtle admin. very well said

Totaldrama Icequeen January 14, 2016 - 9:54 pm

I want it to continue for a long time! Remember, the space stuff is for 13 episodes so who knows. I just want Karai back and Shredder well…shredded

Pyrenees Gal (TMNT2012Obsessio February 26, 2016 - 12:17 pm

Yes. Me too.

Michail Popov January 15, 2016 - 3:50 pm

I dont really care how many seasons there will be, I just want it to end properly with a good finale and no unresolved plot threads (or at least minimum of them), not like 2003 and 1987 series where the final episodes were totally rushed

disqus_TiFHwui96K January 16, 2016 - 5:38 pm

As long as it has a satisfying end then i’ll be satisfied with three 5 to 6 seasons.

Janusz Bolbotowski January 18, 2016 - 7:29 pm

I want to see Leo and Karai share their first real kiss. I want them to become the official couple.

NUMBER ONE TMNT FAN January 19, 2016 - 11:49 am

dude no. that’s never gonna happen. right now they will be lucky if they ever even see karai again.

Janusz Bolbotowski January 19, 2016 - 3:59 pm

Oh come on, they’re not blood-related and they are destined to be together. Hello, they’re both reptiles, so they decided to fall in love with each other. And I’m not saying that is gonna happen and I’m not saying that isn’t, I’m just saying it’s a possibility.

Pyrenees Gal (TMNT2012Obsessio February 26, 2016 - 12:17 pm

But, she’s his sister. Is it actually possible for siblings to date?

Janusz Bolbotowski April 28, 2016 - 6:10 am

Hello, they’re not blood-related. They’re being adopted. Of course it’s possible for Leo and Karai to date.

Pyrenees Gal (TMNT2012Obsessio April 28, 2016 - 7:27 pm

(I’m kinda insulting them ’cause I have a crush on Leo. Jealousy reasons.

Janusz Bolbotowski April 29, 2016 - 5:06 pm

Well, that’s rude to insult and that’s not nice. And you can’t have a crush on Leo. And you’re not supposed to be jealous.

Pyrenees Gal (TMNT2012Obsessio April 30, 2016 - 10:31 am

Well, then tell the other fangirls for all of the other Turtles including Leo. They shouldn’t crush on them, then. Tell that to them.

Rosemarie May 2, 2016 - 3:34 pm

I have a crush on the turtles ^_^ . (this symbol here is for blush or giggle)

Janusz Bolbotowski October 10, 2016 - 9:49 am

Karai is Leo’s true love and you fangirls should never crush on the Turtles, alright?

Janusz Bolbotowski April 28, 2016 - 6:12 am

Seth Green and Kelly Hu are the greatest Leorai shippers.

newsball January 19, 2016 - 12:37 am

again i think one of the plusses is where the season’s have been they’ve reached out to some of the best actors to do voiceover roles, i mean the first one season 2 ghost story in china town, basiclly doing a 22 minute version of big trouble in litlle china and even having the ghost the same name and voice, last year the people they got john kazar, robert englund, robbie rist, and again i’m looking foward to the crossover ep of 87 turtles vs current series where they got the entire voice cast from 87 back

Pyrenees Gal (TMNT2012Obsessio January 19, 2016 - 8:10 pm

It makes me sad that episode reviews for this series, as well as ratings, are coming very sucky. However, not every TV show in the world is extremely perfect. There are a few declining ones. It makes me very depressed as a HUGE Tmnt 2012 fan.

Tommy May 1, 2016 - 4:23 am

this show hasn’t really done it for me. but thats’ coming from a 03′ fan. the show had it’s good moments an it’s definitely had it’s bad moments. but,it’s been a ok experience.

Paul Stevens July 12, 2016 - 1:59 pm

The show is great for a long time fan. My 2 and 3 year old love them as well and now my wife watches and can’t get enough of it! Keep them going!!!

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