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Teen Titans
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"When there's trouble, you know who to call... TEEN TITANS!!"
Genre: Action
Adventure
Superhero
Comedy-drama
Science-fantasy
Running Time: 25 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: July 19, 2003 - January 16, 2006
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Kids' WB
Created by: Glen Murakami
Sam Register
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Starring: Scott Menville
Hynden Walch
Khary Payton
Tara Strong
Greg Cipes
Seasons: 5
Episodes: 66
Next show: Teen Titans Go! (2013-present)


Teen Titans is an animated series based off the DC comic book series of the same name that aired on Cartoon Network from 2003 to 2006.

Plot

The show focuses on the titular Teen Titans, five teenage superheroes that protect Jump City from various supervillains including the main antagonist Slade, whom Robin is obsessed with defeating.

Why It's GO! Time

  1. To this day, it is considered one of Cartoon Network's most beloved shows.
  2. Very good animation with an anime-esque art style.
  3. Awesome voice acting.
  4. Great soundtrack.
  5. Some episodes feature the theme song in Japanese courtesy of Puffy AmiYumi, which is very hilarious.
  6. All the Titans have their own personality, making them unique in their own ways.
  7. Each season focuses heavily on a specific Titan and their character development.
    • Season One focused on Robin and his obsession with defeating Slade.
    • Season Two focused on the temporary Titan Terra, whom Beast Boy falls in love with.
    • Season Three focused on Cyborg and his grudge against the H.I.V.E. leader, Brother Blood.
    • Season Four focused on Raven and her evil father, the demon lord Trigon.
    • Season Five focused on Beast Boy and his maturing into a fine hero as foes from his past resurface to destroy all young heroes.
    • The feature film, Trouble in Tokyo, focused on Starfire and her relationship with Robin as the Titans face off against a Japanese crime lord and the foe that's controlling him.
  8. Season Two and Season Four focused on two major Teen Titans comic arcs. Season Two was based on The Judas Contract, and Season Four was based on The Terror of Trigon.
  9. The characters have good chemistry, for the most part.
  10. Offered a proper blend of humor and action.
  11. Most of the humor is witty and hilarious.
  12. Silkie is a cute mutant caterpillar.
  13. Had several original villains made just for the show, such as Billy Numerous, Cinderblock, The Amazing Mumbo, Control Freak and Red X.
    • Billy Numerous, Cinderblock and Red X would eventually make their way into official DC Comics canon thanks to the show.
  14. The Titans themselves get a lot of character development.
  15. The popularity of Raven in Teen Titans brought her so much new popularity that DC resurrected her in the comics.
  16. Slade is arguably one of the most terrifying villains in cartoon history, especially thanks to his manipulative nature and machinations.
  17. Some of the villains are rather likable, especially Jinx, who eventually turned good in the final season.
  18. A game was made based off of it and it was decent.
  19. It's responsible for introducing Cheshire's now-iconic cat mask.
  20. Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, the TV movie and the true series finale, is amazing.

Bad Qualities

  1. The series' cancellation left a lot of things unresolved such as the true identity of Red X, who was responsible for the toxin in Slade's mask and how Terra came back from the dead.
  2. The characters can be idiots at times and lack the deeper characterization from the comics.
    • Speaking of which, the 2019 crossover movie Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans, although it was positively recieved by critics, wasn't well-received by fans of the original show due to its mass flanderization of the original Teen Titans.
  3. While most of the writing is good, some of it could have been better.
  4. Val-Yor is the only unlikable character in this show.
  5. Out of all the main characters, Starfire never got a whole season focused on her (the Trouble in Tokyo movie notwithstanding).
  6. The show was made lighter than most DC Animated Universe shows (despite being set in its own universe) to be suited for a younger audience (like Static Shock), but lacked the nuance of those other adaptations as a result.
    • Villains often had sympathetic motivations removed in order to not appeal to kids (a notable example being Slade, who in the comics, had a grudge against the Titans for the death of his son).
    • Some episodes have more childish plots and storytelling than most, though not a huge problem.
  7. The last episode, "Things Change", wasn't a good series finale, due to it resolving nothing and ending the show on a cliffhanger.
    • Worse still, Cartoon Network has shown zero interest in ever reviving the show.
    • Despite being amazing, Trouble in Tokyo ignores the events of "Things Change" and doesn't resolve the cliffhanger.

Reception

Teen Titans was one of Cartoon Network's most beloved shows, with its animation style and character development being especially praised. It spawned its own comic book series, feature film and video games. Even years after its cancellation, fans still seek a sixth season and curse the existence of Teen Titans Go! for soiling the name of this series.

Trivia

  1. When the theme song is played in Japanese, it usually means the episode will be light-hearted.
  2. The theme song was sung by the Japanese pop duo Puffy AmiYumi in both English and Japanese, who later got their own show, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.
  3. It spawned a comic book called Teen Titans Go! (not to be confused with the TV series) which ran from 2004 to 2008 for 55 comics.
  4. Ciro Nieli, one of the directors for this series, would later worked on two TV shows:
    • Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!: a Disney cartoon that was aired on Jetix block on ABC Family and Toon Disney from 2004 to 2006. The series was used an anime-influenced and most of the voice actors from Teen Titans voices some of the characters, especially Greg Cipes as Chiro, the show's main protagonist.
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: a Nicktoon which was a 2012 reboot of the same name and it was aired on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons from 2012 to 2017. The series was also used an anime-influenced and some of the voice actors from Teen Titans voices characters. They even have an anime-type show like this called Super Robo Mecha Force V and it was contained several references and inspired characters from SRMTHFG.
  5. In 2023, the show's spin-off Teen Titans Go! will become Cartoon Network's longest-running acquired animated series in 2023 and the network's second longest-running series overall.

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