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Season 4 Episode 42.5 :: Microsode – TMNT Rip-Offs

Posted by NerdyShow on April 5, 2012


The insane success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles spawned myriad offspring.  Whether mutants, aliens, or anything in between – the results were mixed at best, but as far as marketing was concerned these knock-offs were totally rad, and awesomely rude dudes.  Join Cap, Colin, Brandon, and Luke as we recollect our favorite and least favorite Ninja Turtle wannabes. If it’s drizzled in toxic waste, has a killer vehicle, and a gnarly action figure line we dig it up from the dark recesses of time.  Be sure to watch the show intros in the links below!

Note: This episode was recorded before Michael Bay’s TMNT announcement.


  1. Biker Mice from Mars Theme :: Jeff Scott Soto
  2. Samurai Pizza Cats Theme :: Michael Airington


  • Gah. I literally watched all of these.

  • In the vein of Bucky O’Hare and Road Rovers, does anyone else remember the terrible Mighty Ducks cartoon featuring duck-people? It was pretty bad.

  • I’m reasonably sure Bucky O’Hare predated the Turtles

  • The ska geek in me went nuts listening to this.

  • Steven Villman

    The Street Sharks and the Extreme Dinosaurs were among the best “rip-offs” of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I really liked those T.V. shows _because_ they were similar to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T.V. show back in the day!!! Also, there are rip-offs of “rip-offs” of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, such as the Dino Squad and Kung Fu Dino Posse T.V. shows of the current century that ripped-off of the Extreme Dinosaurs T.V. show of the late 1990’s (although technically the Extreme Dinosaurs T.V. show was a rip-off – it and of itself – of The Adventures of T-Rex T.V. show of the early 1990’s, which was technically a rip-off of the original animated T.V. show that featured a super hero team of anthropomorphic dinosaurs: the Dinosaucers animated T.V. series of 1987 – _*which came out in the* **exact same year** *as the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated T.V. series!!!*_ – so it is very difficult for us to say which animated T.V. show is a rip-of of the other one when it comes to the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated T.V. series and the Dinosaucers animated T.V. series.

    • capblackard

      Heck yeah, man! All art is derivative and some great things came from the purposted “rip-offs” of TMNT. Heck, just look at our very own Lightning Dogs!

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