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Teen Titans is an American animated television series based on the DC comics series of the same name by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani. Developed by David Slack for Cartoon Network, the series was produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation with Sander Schwartz serving as executive producer and Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, and Linda M. Steiner signing on as producers. The series follows the adventures of a team of crime-fighting teenaged superheroes, consisting of the leader Robin (voiced by Scott Menville), foreign alien princess Starfire (voiced by Hynden Walch), the technological genius Cyborg (voiced by Khary Payton), the dark sorceress Raven (voiced by Tara Strong), and the green shapeshifter Beast Boy (voiced by Greg Cipes).

Inspired by the success of the DC Comics based series Justice League, the series was created in a semi-serialized format, utilizing anime styles and mixing it with American style animation. The show was greenlit in September 2002 and began airing on Cartoon Network on July 19, 2003, and on Kids' WB network on November 1, 2003.[1][2][3] The series lasted five seasons, each consisting of 13 episodes, with the 65th and final episode airing on January 16, 2006. The series was concluded with a television movie titled Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo on September 15, 2006. Each season has a story arc revolving around a main character: Robin (season one), Terra (season two), Cyborg (season three), Raven (season four), and Beast Boy (season five).[a] The series's alternative network, Kids' WB, aired two seasons of the show. All five seasons of the series were released on DVD, starting with the first season on February 7, 2006 and ending with the fifth season on July 22, 2008. The first season was released on Blu-Ray Disc on January 23, 2018.[4]

Teen Titans has been critically acclaimed for its strong storylines and for its use of anime influences.[5][6] The first season garnered strong ratings for Cartoon Network, which prompted the network to order 52 more episodes.[7] The series was also nominated for 3 Annie Awards.[8]

Contents

Series overviewEdit

SeasonSeason-centric
Titan[9]
EpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1Robin13July 19, 2003 (2003-07-19)October 11, 2003 (2003-10-11)
2Terra13January 10, 2004 (2004-01-10)August 21, 2004 (2004-08-21)
3Cyborg13August 28, 2004 (2004-08-28)January 22, 2005 (2005-01-22)
4Raven13January 17, 2005 (2005-01-17)July 16, 2005 (2005-07-16)
5Beast Boy[b]13September 24, 2005 (2005-09-24)January 16, 2006 (2006-01-16)

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (2003)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
11"Divide and Conquer"Ciro NieliDavid SlackAugust 2, 2003 (2003-08-02)385–901
22"Sisters"Alex SotoAmy WolframJuly 26, 2003 (2003-07-26)385–902
33"Final Exam"Michael ChangRob HoegeeJuly 19, 2003 (2003-07-19)385–903
44"Forces of Nature"Ciro NieliAdam BeechenAugust 16, 2003 (2003-08-16)385–904
55"The Sum of His Parts"Alex SotoDavid SlackAugust 23, 2003 (2003-08-23)385-905
66"Nevermore"Michael ChangGreg Klein and Tom PugsleyAugust 30, 2003 (2003-08-30)385-906
77"Switched"Ciro NieliRick CoppSeptember 6, 2003 (2003-09-06)385-907
88"Deep Six"Alex SotoMarv WolfmanSeptember 13, 2003 (2003-09-13)385-908
99"Masks"Michael ChangTom Pugsley and Greg KleinSeptember 20, 2003 (2003-09-20)385-909
1010"Mad Mod"Ciro NieliAdam BeechenSeptember 27, 2003 (2003-09-27)385-910
1111"Car Trouble"Alex SotoAmy WolframNovember 11, 2003 (2003-11-11)385-911
1212"Apprentice Part I"Michael ChangDavid SlackOctober 4, 2003 (2003-10-04)385-912
1313"Apprentice Part II"Ciro NieliDavid SlackOctober 11, 2003 (2003-10-11)385-913

Season 2 (2004)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
141"How Long Is Forever?"Alex SotoDavid SlackJanuary 10, 2004 (2004-01-10)257-321
152"Every Dog Has His Day"Michael ChangRob HoegeeJanuary 17, 2004 (2004-01-17)257-322
163"Terra"Ciro NieliAmy WolframJanuary 24, 2004 (2004-01-24)257-323
174"Only Human"Alex SotoAdam BeechenJanuary 31, 2004 (2004-01-31)257-324
185"Fear Itself"Michael ChangDwayne McDuffieFebruary 7, 2004 (2004-02-07)257-325
196"Date with Destiny"Ciro NieliRick CoppFebruary 14, 2004 (2004-02-14)257-326
207"Transformation"Alex SotoRob HoegeeFebruary 21, 2004 (2004-02-21)257-327
218"Titan Rising"Michael ChangAmy WolframFebruary 28, 2004 (2004-02-28)257-328
229"Winner Take All"Ciro NieliDwayne McDuffieMarch 6, 2004 (2004-03-06)257-329
2310"Betrayal"Alex SotoAmy WolframJuly 31, 2004 (2004-07-31)257-330
2411"Fractured"Michael ChangDavid SlackAugust 7, 2004 (2004-08-07)257-331
2512"Aftershock: Part 1"Ciro NieliDavid SlackAugust 14, 2004 (2004-08-14)257-332
2613"Aftershock: Part 2"Alex SotoAmy WolframAugust 21, 2004 (2004-08-21)257-333

Season 3 (2004–05)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
271"Deception"Michael ChangRob HoegeeAugust 28, 2004 (2004-08-28)257–481
282"X"Ben JonesDavid SlackSeptember 4, 2004 (2004-09-04)257–482
293"Betrothed"Alex SotoAmy WolframSeptember 11, 2004 (2004-09-11)257–483
304"Crash"Michael ChangRick CoppSeptember 18, 2004 (2004-09-18)257–484
315"Haunted"Ben JonesAdam BeechenOctober 2, 2004 (2004-10-02)257–485
326"Spellbound"Alex SotoDavid SlackOctober 9, 2004 (2004-10-09)257–486
337"Revolution"Michael ChangJohn EspositoOctober 16, 2004 (2004-10-16)257–487
348"Wavelength"Ben JonesGreg Klein and
Thomas Pugsley
October 23, 2004 (2004-10-23)257–488
359"The Beast Within"Alex SotoDavid SlackOctober 30, 2004 (2004-10-30)257–489
3610"Can I Keep Him?"Christopher Berkeley
and Michael Chang
Richard Elliott
and Simon Racioppa
November 6, 2004 (2004-11-06)257–490
3711"Bunny Raven... or... How to Make a Titananimal Disappear"Ben JonesLouis Hirshorn
and Joelle Sellner
January 8, 2005 (2005-01-08)257–491
3812"Titans East: Part 1"Alex SotoMarv WolfmanJanuary 15, 2005 (2005-01-15)257–492
3913"Titans East: Part 2"Michael ChangDavid SlackJanuary 22, 2005 (2005-01-22)257–493

Season 4 (2005)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
401"Episode 257-494"
"Don’t Touch That Dial (iTunes Version)"
Ben JonesDavid SlackJanuary 17, 2005 (2005-01-17)257–4941.22[10]
412"The Quest"Ben JonesAmy WolframJanuary 29, 2005 (2005-01-29)257–4971.03[11]
423"Birthmark"Michael ChangDavid SlackFebruary 5, 2005 (2005-02-05)257–496N/A
434"Cyborg the Barbarian"Alex SotoRichard Elliott and Simon RacioppaFebruary 12, 2005 (2005-02-12)257–495N/A
445"Employee of the Month"Alex SotoRob HoegeeFebruary 19, 2005 (2005-02-19)257–498N/A
456"Troq"Michael ChangAmy WolframMay 14, 2005 (2005-05-14)257–4990.53[12]
467"The Prophecy"Ben JonesGreg Klein and Tom PugsleyJune 4, 2005 (2005-06-04)257–5000.57[13]
478"Stranded"Alex SotoMelody FoxJune 11, 2005 (2005-06-11)257–501N/A
489"Overdrive"Michael ChangDavid SlackJune 18, 2005 (2005-06-18)257–502N/A
4910"Mother Mae-Eye"Ben JonesDavid SlackJune 25, 2005 (2005-06-25)257–5030.63[14]
5011"The End - Part 1"Alex SotoAmy WolframJuly 2, 2005 (2005-07-02)257–5040.76[15]
5112"The End - Part 2"Michael ChangRob HoegeeJuly 9, 2005 (2005-07-09)257–505N/A
5213"The End - Part 3"Ben JonesDavid SlackJuly 16, 2005 (2005-07-16)257–5060.71[16]

Season 5 (2005–06)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
531"Homecoming - Part 1"Michael ChangRob HoegeeSeptember 24, 2005 (2005-09-24)507
542"Homecoming - Part 2"Ben JonesRichard Elliott & Simon RacioppaOctober 1, 2005 (2005-10-01)508
553"Trust"Matt YoungbergAmy WolframOctober 8, 2005 (2005-10-08)509
564"For Real"Michael ChangMelody FoxOctober 15, 2005 (2005-10-15)510
575"Snowblind"Ben JonesRob HoegeeOctober 29, 2005 (2005-10-29)511
586"Kole"Matt YoungbergAmy WolframNovember 5, 2005 (2005-11-05)512
597"Hide and Seek"Michael ChangAmy WolframNovember 12, 2005 (2005-11-12)513
608"Lightspeed"Ben JonesRob Hoegee, George Pérez and Marv WolfmanDecember 3, 2005 (2005-12-03)514
619"Revved Up"Matt YoungbergJohn EspositoDecember 10, 2005 (2005-12-10)515
6210"Go!"Michael ChangDavid SlackDecember 17, 2005 (2005-12-17)516
6311"Calling All Titans"Ben JonesAmy WolframJanuary 7, 2006 (2006-01-07)517
6412"Titans Together"Matt YoungbergRob HoegeeJanuary 14, 2006 (2006-01-14)518
6513"Things Change"Michael ChangAmy WolframJanuary 16, 2006 (2006-01-16)519

SpecialsEdit

Special episode (2005)Edit

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"The Lost Episode"Matt YoungbergRick CoppJanuary 10, 2005 (2005-01-10) (online)
February 6, 2005 (DVD)

A new villain called Punk Rocket sets off shock waves playing loud music on his guitar, which releases destructive sonic waves, and wants to spread "The Sound of Chaos". The events of the special episode is take place between episode 11 and 12 of the third season.


Villain(s): Punk Rocket, H.I.V.E Headmistress (cameo at concert), Mad Mod (cameo at concert), Wintergreen (cameo at concert), Amazing Mumbo (human form; cameo at concert)

FilmsEdit

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
Teen Titans: Trouble in TokyoMichael Chang, Ben Jones, and Matt YoungbergDavid SlackSeptember 15, 2006 (2006-09-15)
Teen Titans Go! vs Teen Titans[citation needed]TBATBA2019 (2019)

DVD releasesEdit

From September 28, 2004 to September 20, 2005, Warner Home Video released three volumes (the entire first season and the first six season two episodes) of the series, but cancelled other volumes. From February 7, 2006 to July 22, 2008, currently released complete season releases on two-disc sets. On October 2, 2018, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released the complete series box set on the seven-disc set.

Teen Titans home video releases
Season Episodes Release dates
Region 1
1 13 Volume 1: Divide and Conquer (episodes 1-6): September 28, 2004
Volume 2: Switched (7-13): April 12, 2005
The Complete First Season: February 7, 2006
The Complete Series: October 2, 2018
2 Volume 3: Fear Itself (episodes 14-19): September 20, 2005
The Complete Second Season: September 12, 2006
The Complete Series: October 2, 2018
3 The Complete Third Season: April 10, 2007
The Complete Series: October 2, 2018
4 The Complete Fourth Season: November 20, 2007
The Complete Series: October 2, 2018
5 The Complete Fifth Season: July 22, 2008
The Complete Series: October 2, 2018
Movie Trouble in Tokyo: February 6, 2007

NotesEdit

  1. ^ A similar setup was later used by WB/DC for The Batman.
  2. ^ This season is also focused on the Honorary Titans as a group.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Godfrey, Leigh (September 30, 2002). "New Superhero Series Greenlit For Cartoon Network And Kids' WB!". Animation World Network. AWN, Inc.
  2. ^ DeMott, Rick (July 22, 2003). "Teen Titans Premiere Sets Cartoon Net Records". Animation World Network. AWN, Inc. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  3. ^ Baisley, Sarah (October 31, 2003). "Xiaolin Showdown Premieres On New Kids' WB! Sked". Animation World Network. AWN, Inc. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  4. ^ Lussier, Germain. "Fans Can Finally Own a Great Version of the Original Teen Titans Series". io9. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  5. ^ McEntire, Mac (October 25, 2006). "Teen Titans: The Complete Second Season". DVD Verdict. Verdict Partners, LLC. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  6. ^ Cornelius, David (February 7, 2006). "Teen Titans - The Complete First Season". DVD Talk. Internet Brands. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  7. ^ Strike, Joe (November 24, 2003). "What Makes a Hit a Hit?". Animation World Network. AWN, Inc. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Teen Titans - Awards". Internet Movie Database. Amazon.com. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Five Seasons of Murakanime - Titanstower.com". Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  10. ^ https://animesuperhero.com/forums/threads/toonami-ratings-press-release.3941561/
  11. ^ Vasquez, Diego (February 4, 2005). "Ashlee Simpson, queen of teens. Not". Media Life Magazine. Media Life. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  12. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings/2005/06/01/cartoon-network-sets-new-may-record-for-highest-kids-total-day-delivery-ratings-in-network-history-with-kids-6-11-kids-2-11-and-tweens-9-14--18489/20050601cartoon01/
  13. ^ "Juniper Lee Debut in Fridays Wins 9 P.M. Kids 6-11 Demos on All TV" (Press release). The Futon Critic. June 7, 2005. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  14. ^ https://animesuperhero.com/forums/threads/toonami-ratings-2nd-quarter-2005.3914801/
  15. ^ "Originals Teen Titans and the Life & Times of Juniper Lee Earn Triple-Digit Gains Among Target Audiences for Cartoon Network" (Press release). The Futon Critic. July 6, 2005. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
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