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Power Rangers is an American entertainment and merchandising franchise built around a live-action superhero television series, based on the Japanese tokusatsu franchise Super Sentai. Produced first by Saban Entertainment, second by BVS Entertainment, later by SCG Power Rangers and today by Hasbro, the Power Rangers television series takes much of its footage from the Super Sentai television series, produced by Toei Company.[1] The first Power Rangers entry, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, debuted on August 28, 1993, and helped launch the Fox Kids programming block of the 1990s, during which it catapulted into popular culture along with a line of action figures and other toys by Bandai.[2] By 2001, the media franchise had generated over $6 billion in toy sales.[3]

Power Rangers
Power rangers logo.png
The most recently revealed logo for the Power Rangers franchise (from February 2018).
Created byHaim Saban
Shuki Levy
Original workMighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993–1996)
OwnerSaban (1993–2002)
Disney (2002–2010)
Saban Brands (2010–2018)
Hasbro (2018–present)
Print publications
ComicsList of comics
Films and television
Film(s)List of films
Television seriesList of television series
Theatrical presentations
Play(s)Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: World Tour Live on Stage
Games
TraditionalPower Rangers Collectible Card Game
Video game(s)List of video games
Audio
Soundtrack(s)Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (Original Soundtrack Album)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Album – A Rock Adventure
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Power Rangers (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Original music"Go Go Power Rangers"
"Power Rangers: The Official Single"
Miscellaneous
ToysList of toys
Official website
Official website

Despite initial criticism that its action violence targeted child audiences, the franchise has continued, and as of 2017 the show consists of 24 television seasons of 20 different themed series and three theatrical films released in 1995, 1997 and 2017. In 2010, Haim Saban, creator of the series, regained ownership of the franchise after seven years under The Walt Disney Company.

In 2018, Hasbro was named the new master toy licensee. Shortly afterwards, Saban Brands and Hasbro announced that the latter would acquire the franchise and the rest of the former's entertainment assets in a $522 million deal, with the first products from Hasbro becoming available in early 2019.[4][5]

Contents

Premise

Since Power Rangers derives most of its footage from the Super Sentai series, it features many hallmarks that distinguish it from other superhero series. Each series revolves around a team of youths recruited and trained by a mentor to morph into the eponymous Power Rangers, able to utilize special powers and pilot immense assault machines, called Zords, to overcome the periodic antagonists. In the original series Mighty Morphin, the wizard Zordon recruits "teenagers with attitude" against Rita Repulsa.[6]

When "morphed," the rangers become powerful superheroes wearing color-coded skin-tight spandex suits and helmets with opaque visors; identical except in individual rangers' color and helmet design. Morphed Rangers generally possess enhanced strength, durability, agility and combat prowess. Some possess superhuman or psychic abilities such as super-speed, element manipulation, extra-sensory perception or invisibility.[7] In addition, each individual ranger has a unique weapon, as well as common weaponry used for ground fighting.[note 1] When enemies grow to incredible size (as nearly all do), Rangers utilize individual Zords that combine into a larger Megazord.

Rangers teams operate in teams of five or three, with more Rangers joining the team later. Each team of Rangers, with a few exceptions, obeys a general set of conventions, outlined at the beginning of Mighty Morphin and implied by mentors throughout many of the other series: Power Rangers may not use their Ranger powers for personal gain or for escalating a fight (unless the enemy does so), nor may the Power Rangers disclose their identities to the general public.[note 2] The penalty for disobeying these rules is the loss of their power.

As in Super Sentai, the color palette of each Power Rangers team changes every series.[note 3] Only Red and Blue appear in every Ranger team, while a Yellow Ranger has been present in every season except Power Rangers Dino Charge. Other colors and designations also appear throughout the series.[note 4] A Rangers' color designation also influences their wardrobe throughout the series: civilian clothing often matches Ranger color.[note 5]

History

Adapting the Super Sentai series

Before creating Power Rangers, the idea of adapting Sentai series to the American public emerged in the late 1970s after the agreement between Toei Company and Marvel Comics to exchange concepts to adapt them to their respective audiences. Toei, together with Marvel, created the Spider Man series, based on the comics of the same name, and produced three Super Sentai series, which had great success in Japan. While Stan Lee and Marvel tried to sell the Sun Vulcan series to various television stations, including HBO, but unlike what happened in Japan, this did not succeed and after three years, the agreement ended.[8][9]

Several years later, another idea to adapt Super Sentai began in the 80s when Haim Saban made a business trip to Japan, in which, during his stay at the hotel, the only thing that was being transmitted on his television was the Japanese series "Super Sentai". At that time, Saban was fascinated by the concept of 5 people masked in spandex suits fighting monsters, so in 1985, he produced the pilot episode of Bio-Man, an American adaptation of Choudenshi Bioman, which was rejected by several of the largest American television stations.[10][11]

Production of Power Rangers episodes involves extensive localization of and revision of original Super Sentai source material in order to incorporate American culture and conform to American television standards. Rather than making an English dub or translation of the Japanese footage, Power Rangers programs consist of scenes featuring English-speaking actors spliced with scenes featuring either Japanese actors dubbed into English or the action scenes from the Super Sentai Series featuring the Rangers fighting monsters or the giant robot (Zord and Megazord) battles with English dubbing. In some series, original fight scenes are filmed to incorporate characters or items unique to the Power Rangers production.[12] Like many of Saban Entertainment previous ventures in localizing Japanese television for a Western audience, the plot, character names, and other names usually differ greatly from the source footage, though a few seasons have stayed close to the story of the original Super Sentai season.

Along with adapting the villains from the Super Sentai counterparts, most Power Rangers series also feature villains with no Sentai counterpart. Generally, the primary antagonist of a Power Rangers series (for example, Lord Zedd, Divatox, etc.) are not adapted from the Sentai. Exceptions to this includes Mighty Morphin, Zeo, Lightspeed Rescue and a few others which only use villains adapted from the Japanese shows.

The series that began the franchise, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (an American adaptation of the 1992 Japanese Super Sentai Series, Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger), began broadcasting as part of the Fox Kids block of programing that aired on the FOX network. It lasted for three seasons (from 1993 to 1996).[13]

Hasbro announced National Power Rangers Day to be celebrated annually on August 28.[14][15]

Broadcast history

 
The Saban Entertainment run of the franchise—beginning with Power Rangers in Space—used this version of the Power Rangers logo (1998–2001). A similar design was used starting with Zeo, although mostly without the Saban Entertainment wordmark.

Saban Entertainment distributed the Power Rangers series from 1993 until the end of 2001, and Fox broadcast it until the fall of 2002. The Walt Disney Company purchased the franchise as part of a buyout that took place in 2001.[13][16][17][18] This resulted in Fox Family Worldwide becoming ABC Family Worldwide Inc.[18] This buyout also saw Saban Entertainment becoming BVS Entertainment in 2002, from News Corporation, Fox's parent company, and Haim Saban.[18] The show continued to air on Fox until the company replaced its Fox Kids package with "FoxBox" in the United States. Since September 2002, all Power Rangers shows had aired on various Disney-owned networks (ABC Kids, Toon Disney and Jetix channels worldwide).[13] When Wild Force ended, Disney moved production of the franchise from Los Angeles to New Zealand. This resulted in the closure of MMPR Productions and the dismissal of many members of the production. From Ninja Storm to date, Power Rangers is produced in New Zealand. ABC Family, another Disney-owned network, also used to air Power Rangers until it did away with its Jetix timeslot after August 31, 2006. On February 12, 2009, Toon Disney ended in the wake of Disney XD, ending cable airings of Power Rangers in certain areas of the United States. Several ABC affiliate broadcasting groups declined to air most of the Power Rangers series since 2006 due to the lack of FCC-compliant educational and informational content in the programs.[19]

The Saban-era seasons used the "Saban's Power Rangers" moniker. Although Mighty Morphin, Zeo and Turbo occasionally used the Saban Entertainment wordmark (albeit mostly for advertising), this did not become commonplace until In Space. Wild Force also used the "Saban's Power Rangers" moniker pre-production prior to the Disney buyout before production began. Since the re-acquisition of Power Rangers by Saban in 2010, this practice has continued once again starting with Samurai, and will continue with the Hasbro-era seasons.

From 2005 until 2007, Jetix aired Power Rangers reruns branded as Power Rangers Generations showcasing select episodes from Mighty Morphin through Dino Thunder.

In 2008, Power Rangers Jungle Fury was originally set to be the final season, but due to obligations with Bandai, Disney produced one more season, Power Rangers RPM.[20] An article in The New Zealand Herald published on March 7, 2009, identified RPM as the last season of the Power Rangers run. Production manager Sally Campbell stated in an interview, "...at this stage we will not be shooting another season."[21][22] A September 1, 2009, revision to Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia by Disney's head archivist Dave Smith states that "production of new episodes [of Power Rangers] ceased in 2009".[23] Production of Power Rangers ceased and the last series by BVS Entertainment, RPM, ended on December 26, 2009.[21]

On October 1, 2009, Bandai released a press release that Disney would re-broadcast Mighty Morphin Power Rangers starting in January 2010 on ABC Kids in lieu of a new series utilizing footage from the 2009 Super Sentai television series. A new toy line accompanied the series and appeared in stores in the later part of 2009.[13][24][25] ABC's over-the air telecasts ended on August 28, 2010, and turned the hour back to affiliates.

On May 12, 2010, Haim Saban bought back the Power Rangers franchise from Disney for $43 million and announced plans to produce a new season of the television series.[26][27][28] The eighteenth season, Samurai, began airing on Nickelodeon on February 7, 2011,[27][29] with the previous episodes beginning rebroadcast on Nicktoons later that year.[29][30][31] It was also announced that Saban plans to make a new Power Rangers movie.[32]

On July 2, 2012, it was announced that Saban Brands would launch a Saturday morning cartoon block on The CW, called Vortexx, on August 25, 2012, that would air Power Rangers Lost Galaxy.[33][34][35][36][37] The series was removed before the season even finished, ending up doing so on the Vortexx website. The block itself ended in fall 2014.

To commemorate the series' 20th anniversary, Nickelodeon began airing Power Rangers Megaforce on February 2, 2013, featuring all of the past rangers from the series' 20-year history in the last episode of the season. On October 1, 2013, Saban Brands announced that it had extended agreements with Nickelodeon and Bandai America Incorporated through 2016 for its globally recognized Power Rangers franchise.[38] The 90s Are All That aired Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as part of Mighty Morphin Weekend in 2013.

In May 2014, Saban Brands and Lionsgate announced that they are planning to produce a new Power Rangers feature film, and would hopefully launch a Power Rangers film franchise.[39] The movie, titled simply Power Rangers, was released on March 24, 2017, with mixed reviews and a failure at the box office, as a result, the future of a cinematographic universe for the franchise is uncertain. RJ Cyler, who starred in Power Rangers stated on August 20, 2018 that Hasbro has yet to announce any plans for a movie sequel.[40]

In January 2016, Saban and Nickelodeon extended their broadcast partnership through 2018.[41] In February 2018, the companies announced that Power Rangers would continue airing on Nickelodeon through 2021.[42]

Television series

The first six seasons, starting with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and ending with In Space, were direct continuations of the preceding season with evolving storylines and character development. The second season began the annual tradition of the Power Rangers acquiring new Zords to battle enemies when they grow to an incredible size while the core suites from first season were used except for the White Ranger. The fourth season began the annual tradition of the Power Rangers receiving new powers and Zords similar to the Super Sentai series. Beginning with Lost Galaxy, although it had ties with the previous story arc, each Power Rangers series had its own self-contained storylines, independent of previous series. Crossover episodes between different series featuring rangers, villains, and other characters from past seasons also began with Lost Galaxy, with a few exceptions.

Season No.Season titleSuper Sentai counterpartOriginal networkFirst airedLast airedNo. of
episodes
1"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"Kyōryu Sentai ZyurangerFox KidsAugust 28, 1993 (1993-08-28)May 23, 199460
When the evil witch Rita Repulsa and her minions Goldar, Squatt, Baboo, and Finster, are freed from their imprisonment on the Moon, the wizard Zordon, with the help of his assistant Alpha 5, enlists five teenagers—Jason Lee Scott, Trini Kwan, Billy Cranston, Kimberly Hart, and Zack Taylor—to become the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to battle Rita's invasion of the Earth, using their Power Coins and Dinozords to combat her monsters. Rita soon creates her own evil Power Ranger by brainwashing a recent transfer student Tommy Oliver, but the Power Rangers are able to free him from her control and he joins their side.
2"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"Gosei Sentai DairangerFox KidsJuly 21, 1994 (1994-07-21)May 20, 199552
Rita's superior Lord Zedd returns to the Earth to take over for Rita's incompetence, imprisoning her once more. His new monsters prove too powerful for the Dinozords, leading Zordon to empower them into the Thunderzords. Jason, Trini, and Zack leave to join a youth conference in Switzerland, and are replaced by Rocky DeSantos, Aisha Campbell, and Adam Park, respectively, and Rita returns and marries Lord Zedd.
3"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"Ninja Sentai KakurangerFox KidsSeptember 2, 1995 (1995-09-02)November 27, 199533
Rita's brother Rito Revolto comes to Earth and destroys the Power Rangers' Power Coins and Thunderzords. The Power Rangers seek out Ninjor, creator of the Power Coins, for new Power Coins giving them new ninja powers and the Ninjazords, and later the Shogunzords. Rita also enchants a new Australian exchange student Kat Hillard into slowly draining Kimberly of her Ranger powers, until the spell is broken; when Kimberly ultimately leaves to train for the Olympics, she entrusts Kat to be her replacement amongst the Power Rangers.
3.5"Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers"Ninja Sentai KakurangerFox KidsFebruary 5, 1996 (1996-02-05)February 17, 199610
When Rita's father Master Vile comes to Earth, he turns back time, turning the Power Rangers, and many of their friends, into children. Zordon calls upon his proteges the Alien Rangers of Aquitar to protect the Earth from Master Vile's monsters and to help work on a machine that would return the child rangers to their proper ages. Unfortunately, only Billy returns to normal as the machine which required the power coins as a power source is stolen by Rito & Goldar allowing Rita & Zedd to destroy the coins. The child rangers then travel throughout time to gather the fragments of the Zeo Crystal to bring time back to normal. During her journey in Africa, Aisha meets Tanya Sloan and realizes that she can do more help to stop the sickness plaguing the wildlife and sends Tanya back with her Zeo Crystal.
4"Power Rangers Zeo"Chōriki Sentai OhrangerFox KidsApril 20, 1996 (1996-04-20)November 27, 199650
With the Zeo Crystal restored, time brought back to normal, and Master Vile defeated, the Rangers are caught off guard when Goldar and Rito destroy their headquarters. Although Zordon reveals he is fine, he warns the Rangers that the Machine Empire is planning on conquering the Earth, and the Rangers must use the power of the Zeo Crystal to become the Zeo Rangers to battle them. Billy, who used his scientific prowess to return to his original age during Alien Rangers, decides to work on the Zeo Zords and other machinery, and his presence in the destruction of the previous Command Center leaves him unable to receive the powers of the Gold Ranger, Trey of Triforia, but Jason returns instead. Billy soon begins to age rapidly, a side effect from the regenerator, he used to return to his normal age, and leaves Earth to be healed on Aquitar.
5"Power Rangers Turbo"Gekisou Sentai CarrangerFox KidsApril 19, 1997 (1997-04-19)November 24, 199745
After Divatox's plans are foiled, she sets her sights on conquering the Earth, with the Turbo Rangers and eventually the intergalactic police officer the Blue Senturion combatting her monsters. Tommy, Adam, Tanya, and Kat soon retire from being Power Rangers, choosing T.J. Johnson, Carlos Vallerte, Ashley Hammond, and Cassie Chan as their replacements, who are also assisted by the Phantom Ranger. Zordon also leaves, putting Dimitria in his place.
6"Power Rangers in Space"Denji Sentai MegarangerFox KidsFebruary 6, 1998 (1998-02-06)November 21, 199843
After Divatox succeeds in destroying the Command Center, she is called off planet to participate in Dark Specter's evil alliance in conquering the universe. T.J., Carlos, Ashley, and Cassie travel into outer space to try to stop him, and meet up with Andros, who they join to become the Space Rangers to stop Dark Specter and his protege Astronema. They eventually awaken Andros' friend Zhane, the Silver Ranger, and free Andros' sister Karone (Astronema) from Dark Specter's control and ultimately use Zordon, captured by Dark Specter, to defeat Dark Specter's armies and free the universe from his control.
7"Power Rangers Lost Galaxy"Seijuu Sentai GingamanFox KidsFebruary 6, 1999 (1999-02-06)December 18, 199945
The governments of the Earth decide to send out an experimental space colony Terra Venture, on which Leo Corbett stows away to join his brother Mike on the journey to find new planets. When it encounters a wormhole on the Moon, Leo, Mike, Kai Chen, and Kendrix Morgan go through it and encounter Maya and her planet Mirinoi which is under attack from Scorpius and his minions, led by Trakeena. After Leo, Mike, and Kendrix are stranded, Kai commandeers the Astro Megaship along with its mechanic Damon Henderson to save them. Mike, Kai, Damon, Maya, and Kendrix are chosen by the Quasar Sabers to fight Scorpius, but Mike seemingly falls to his death, leaving Leo to act as the leader of the Galaxy Rangers in his stead back on Terra Venture. Mike later returns after it is revealed the Magna Defender has been using his body as a vessel to fight Scorpius' monsters along with the Galaxy Rangers. Mid-season, Deviot revives the Psycho Rangers and the space rangers come to help. Kendrix ultimately dies while saving the Pink Space Ranger, Cassie and is replaced by Karone. They later must fight Captain Mutiny and his space pirates after they are transported to the Lost Galaxy.
8"Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue"Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoFiveFox KidsFebruary 12, 2000 (2000-02-12)November 18, 200040
Carter Grayson, Chad Lee, Joel Rawlings, Kelsey Winslow, and Dana Mitchell are hired by Operation Lightspeed to protect Mariner Bay from a group of evil demons led by Queen Bansheera from taking over the world by fighting as the Lightspeed Rangers. They are later joined by Dana's long lost brother Ryan.
9"Power Rangers Time Force"Mirai Sentai TimerangerFox KidsFebruary 3, 2001 (2001-02-03)November 17, 200140
When the mutant Ransik and his daughter Nadira escape custody of the Time Force police in the year 3000 by stealing the very prison, they travel back in time to 2001, but not before seemingly killing the Red Time Force Ranger Alex. His subordinates Jen Scotts, Lucas Kendall, Katie Walker, and Trip travel back in time to 2001 and seek out Alex's ancestor Wes Collins, as his DNA unlocks the Time Force Morphers, allowing all of them to become the Time Force Power Rangers to recapture the mutants Ransik uses to thwart them and stop the Bio-Lab who ended up creating him. They are ultimately joined by Eric Myers, who uses the Quantum Morpher and Q-Rex to fight.
10"Power Rangers Wild Force"Hyakujuu Sentai GaorangerFox Kids (Eps. 1-26)
ABC Kids (Eps. 27-40)
February 9, 2002 (2002-02-09)November 16, 200240
Jungle man Cole Evans, Air Force pilot Taylor Earhardt, would-be pro-bowler Max Cooper, florist Danny Delgado, and martial artist Alyssa Enrilé are chosen by Princess Shayla of the floating island Animaria to be the Wild Force Power Rangers to fight the evil Orgs. They are later joined by Merrick Baliton, one of the original Wild Force Power Rangers who used a forbidden power to defeat the Master Org 3,000 years in the past, after he is freed from the power in the present.
11"Power Rangers Ninja Storm"Ninpuu Sentai HurricanegerABC KidsFebruary 15, 2003 (2003-02-15)November 15, 200338
Shane Clarke, Tori Hanson, and Dustin Brooks are bumbling students of Kanoi Watanabe's Wind Ninja Academy, but when Lothor kidnaps the other students, they are all that remain to protect the Earth from Lothor's evil space ninjas as the Wind Rangers. They are also joined in battle by adopted brothers Hunter and Blake Bradley of the rival Thunder Ninja Academy as the Thunder Rangers and Kanoi's son Cam as the Samurai Ranger.
12"Power Rangers Dino Thunder"Bakuryuu Sentai AbarangerJetix (ABC Family)February 14, 2004 (2004-02-14)November 20, 200438
When the evil Mesogog appears to bring the Earth back to the Mesozoic age, Dr. Tommy Oliver of Reefside reluctantly enlists his students Conner McKnight, Ethan James, and Kira Ford to battle him as the Dino Rangers. Tommy later joins them as a Ranger, once more, as well as Trent Fernandez-Mercer, adopted son of Tommy's once colleague Dr. Anton Mercer, who is Mesogog's alterego.
13"Power Rangers S.P.D."Tokusou Sentai DekarangerJetix (ABC Family) (Eps. 1-21)
Jetix (Toon Disney) (Eps. 22-38)
February 5, 2005 (2005-02-05)November 14, 200538
In the year 2025, the Space Patrol Delta police force protects the galaxy from the Troobian Empire's forces. When their A-Squad of Power Rangers fall in battle, B-Squad members Sky Tate, Bridge Carson, and Syd Drew are joined by rookies Jack Landors and Z Delgado under the direction of Commander Anubis Cruger to be the S.P.D. Power Rangers. They are later joined by Sam, a young boy they save from the Troobian Empire who in the future becomes the Omega Ranger, as well as Cmdr. Cruger as the Shadow Ranger and technical expert Dr. Kat Manx as the Kat Ranger.
14"Power Rangers Mystic Force"Mahou Sentai MagirangerJetix (Toon Disney)February 20, 2006 (2006-02-20)November 13, 200632
The sorceress Udonna enlists the help of Chip Thorn, Madison Rocca, Vida Rocca, Xander Bly, and new guy in town Nick Russell to become the Mystic Rangers to protect Briarwood and its nearby magical forest from the evil forces of Morticon, who plans on taking over both the magical and human worlds. They are eventually joined by Udonna's old friend Daggeron and his genie Jenji, and Udonna and her long lost husband Leanbow, who has been trapped as the evil Koragg since falling in battle 20 years prior.
15"Power Rangers Operation Overdrive"GoGo Sentai BoukengerJetix (Toon Disney)February 26, 2007 (2007-02-26)November 12, 200732
Wealthy adventurer Andrew Hartford tasks Will Aston, Dax Lo, Ronny Robinson, Rose Ortiz, and reluctantly his own son Mack to act as the Overdrive Rangers, searching for the jewels of the Corona Aurora before either Flurious or Moltor, and later Kamdor and the Fearcats can. They are later joined by Tyzonn, member of a search and rescue team from the planet Mercuria, who has a past with the Fearcats.
16"Power Rangers Jungle Fury"Juken Sentai GekirangerJetix (Toon Disney)February 18, 2008 (2008-02-18)November 3, 200832
The Pai Zhua, or "Order of the Claw", has protected the world from the evil spirit of Dai Shi for nearly ten thousand years. When Jarrod, Lily Chilman, and Theo Martin are chosen by Master Mao to guard the container of Dai Shi's spirit, Jarrod is deemed unworthy and replaced by rookie or "cub" member Casey Rhodes. Angered by this slight, Jarrod attempts to steal Dai Shi's vessel, only to become possessed by his spirit. Mao, who falls in battle, entrusts in best student R.J. to lead the others as the Jungle Fury Power Rangers to stop Dai Shi from taking over the world. R.J. later joins them in battle, as does Dom Hargan, a former Pai Zhua student who went to find his path in life.
17"Power Rangers RPM"Engine Sentai Go-ongerABC KidsMarch 7, 2009 (2009-03-07)December 26, 200932
A malicious and rapidly evolving computer virus known as Venjix has ravaged the Earth, leaving the surviving members of humanity to huddle for safety in the force field protected city of Corinth. To stop Venjix's attacks, led by his humanoid warrior Tenaya, the mysterious Doctor K enlists Scott Truman, Flynn McAllistair, Summer Landsdown, and reluctantly Ziggy Grover and the apparent cyborg Dillon as the RPM Ranger Operators. They are later joined by Gem and Gemma, Doctor K's old friends, who were presumed dead during Venjix's attack.
RV"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"Kyōryu Sentai ZyurangerABC KidsJanuary 2, 2010 (2010-01-02)August 28, 201032
A rebroadcast of the first half of the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers with an updated opening sequence and visual effects added to the original episodes.
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"Power Rangers Samurai"
"Power Rangers Super Samurai"
Samurai Sentai ShinkengerNickelodeonFebruary 7, 2011 (2011-02-07)
February 18, 2012
December 10, 2011
December 15, 2012
23
22
In order to prevent Master Xandred's Nighlok forces from taking over the Earth, Mentor Ji of the Shiba House trains Jayden, Kevin, Mia, Mike, and Emily in the ways of the samurai to fight as the Samurai Power Rangers. They are later joined by Jayden's childhood friend Antonio as the Gold Ranger, who is instrumental in unlocking the group's Super Mode.
20"Power Rangers Megaforce"Tensou Sentai GoseigerNickelodeonFebruary 2, 2013 (2013-02-02)December 7, 201322
Zordon's protege Gosei calls on high school students Troy Burrows, Noah Carver, Jake Holling, Emma Goodall, and Gia Moran to become the Megaforce Power Rangers to battle the invasion of the Warstar Empire. They are later joined by the Robo Knight in his fight against the Toxic Mutants.
21"Power Rangers Super Megaforce"Kaizoku Sentai GokaigerNickelodeonFebruary 15, 2014 (2014-02-15)November 22, 201420
With the Warstar Empire's forces increasing their invasion, Gosei gives the Rangers new morphers to assume Super Mega Mode, allowing them to call on the powers of all of the previous Power Rangers. They are joined by Orion, a citizen from the planet Andresia.
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"Power Rangers Dino Charge"
"Power Rangers Super Dino Charge"
Zyuden Sentai KyoryugerNickelodeonFebruary 7, 2015 (2015-02-07)
January 30, 2016
December 12, 2015
December 10, 2016
22
22
When an intergalactic bounty hunter comes to Earth looking for the Energems, entrusted to an alien who lost them during the asteroid bombardment that resulted in the extinction of the dinosaurs, the Dino Charge Power Rangers are formed to find the Energems first.
24
25
"Power Rangers Ninja Steel"
"Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel"
Shuriken Sentai NinningerNickelodeonJanuary 21, 2017 (2017-01-21)
January 27, 2018
December 2, 2017
TBA
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TBA
The Power Rangers are protecting an item called the Ninja Nexus Prism from the forces of Galvanax, the champion of the universe's most popular intergalactic game show, who wants the Prism, which contains six magical Ninja Power Throwing Stars, to become invincible. The Rangers must master the arsenal of throwing stars, Zords, and Megazords, all made from the titular legendary "ninja steel", to stop Galvanax's warrior contestants sent to Earth to retrieve the Prism, the Steel and the Power Stars for him.
26"Power Rangers Beast Morphers"Tokumei Sentai Go-BustersNickelodeonFebruary 2019 (February 2019)TBATBA
Set in the future, a secret agency combines a newly discovered substance called "Morph-X" with animal DNA to create the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team. The Rangers must fight off an evil sentient computer virus bent on taking over the source of all Ranger power, the Morphin Grid itself.[43]

Feature films

The Power Rangers franchise has also generated three theatrical motion pictures. The first two are distributed by 20th Century Fox, and the third film released in 2017 by Lionsgate.

Film Release date Box office revenue Director
United States Foreign Total
TV series franchise
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie[44] June 30, 1995 $38,187,431 $28,245,763 $66,433,194 Bryan Spicer
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie[45] March 28, 1997 $8,363,899 $1,251,941 $9,615,840 David Winning and Shuki Levy
Reboot
Saban's Power Rangers[46] March 24, 2017 $84,350,803 $50,525,733 $134,876,536 Dean Israelite
Total 1995–2017 $130,902,133 $80,023,437 $210,925,570

Distribution

Power Rangers has long had success in international markets and continues to air in many countries, with the exception of New Zealand, where the series filming takes place as of 2009. As of 2006, Power Rangers aired at least 65 times a week in more than 40 worldwide markets.[47] Many markets carry or have carried the series on their respective Fox or later Jetix/Disney XD channels or have syndicated the program on regional children's channels or blocks, either dubbed into the local language or broadcast in the original English. Since the 2010 acquisition by Saban Brands, international television distribution rights for Power Rangers have been managed by MarVista Entertainment.[48][49][50]

Broadcast in East Asian territories has been treated differently from in other international markets due to the prevalence and familiarity of 'the Super Sentai brand originating in Japan. Power Rangers was briefly banned in Malaysia for supposedly encouraging the use of drugs because it contained the word "Morphin'" in its title, which could be associated with morphine. The show eventually aired without the offending word.[51] In Japan, many Power Rangers television seasons and movies were dubbed into Japanese for television and video with the voice actors often pulled from past Super Sentai casts, leading to the English-dubbed action sequences being "re-dubbed" or "restored" back to Japanese as well. Power Rangers Mystic Force is the latest season to be broadcast in Japan on Toei Channel in January 2014, with the Magiranger cast voicing their counterparts. After broadcast of Power Rangers ended in South Korea with Wild Force, Bandai of Korea started airing dubbed Super Sentai series under the 파워레인저 (Power Ranger) brand on JEI TV. Some seasons of Super Sentai broadcast in South Korea have similarly named titles as their American counterparts, such as Power Ranger Dino Thunder[52] for Abaranger in 2007 and Power Ranger S.P.D.[53] in place of Dekaranger.

Home media

As of October 2009, 33 Power Rangers DVD collections have been released in the United States:

Internationally, additional DVD releases have occurred (such as Lightspeed Rescue, Time Force and Wild Force in Germany) and as free DVDs attached to the Jetix magazine, published in the UK. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3, Power Rangers Zeo, Power Rangers Turbo, and Power Rangers in Space have been released in Germany as well in both English and German, with Power Rangers Lost Galaxy only in German.[60][61][62][63][64][65][66] Additionally, Ninja Storm, Dino Thunder, S.P.D., Mystic Force, and Operation Overdrive saw complete boxset releases in the UK.[67][68][69][70][71] In France, Mighty Morphin Season 1 and Season 2 have been released in their entirety in 5 episode DVD volumes, and the first 25 episodes of Season 3 were released in May 2008.[72] In Italy, Mighty Morphin, Zeo, Dino Thunder and S.P.D. have appeared in their entirety. Zeo and S.P.D. were made available as commercial DVDs, while Mighty Morphin and Dino Thunder were issued as bi-weekly volumes at newsstands.

The iTunes Store previously made Power Rangers episodes available: part of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, all of Power Rangers S.P.D., and the first 26 episodes of Power Rangers Mystic Force. Subsequent seasons and episodes of the program also made their appearances in the iTunes Store, but as of July 2009, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie is the only Power Rangers film available. In 2012, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 1 volumes 1 & 2 were released on iTunes to coincide with the DVD releases. As of February 2013, all 3 seasons of MMPR were released on iTunes.

On June 15, 2011, all episodes of Power Rangers from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 1 to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers re-version were made available for instant streaming on Netflix.[73] In 2015, Power Rangers became available on the iTunes Store.

On March 12, 2012, Shout! Factory announced a home video distribution deal with Saban, which includes the first 17 series of Power Rangers. Shout! Factory released the first seven seasons on DVD in August 2012,[74] seasons 8-12 on November 2013,[75] a 20-year collection on December 2013,[76] and seasons 13-17 on April 2014.[77]

On March 22, 2012 Lionsgate Home Entertainment reached a home media distribution deal with Saban to release Power Rangers Samurai to DVD and Blu-ray.[78]

Toys

On February 15, 2018, Saban Brands announced that their 25-year partnership with Bandai will end in 2019.[79] The next day, it was confirmed that Hasbro will be the new "global master toy licensee" for the franchise starting in April 2019, with a future option for Hasbro to buy the entire franchise.[80]

Video games

Comics

Power Rangers has had several series of comics over the years.

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Hamilton Comics, 1994-1995.
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Marvel Comics, 1995-1996.
  • Power Rangers Zeo, Image Comics, 1996.
  • Power Rangers Turbo, Saban Powerhouse, 1997.
  • Power Rangers Ninja Storm, Disney Adventures, 2003.
  • Power Rangers Ninja Storm, Tokyopop, 2003-2004.
  • Power Rangers Ninja Storm, Jetix Magazine, 2003.
  • Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Tokyopop, 2004.
  • Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Jetix Magazine, 2004.
  • Power Rangers S.P.D., Jetix Magazine, 2005.
  • Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, Jetix Magazine, 2007.
  • Power Rangers Super Samurai, Papercutz, 2012.
  • Power Rangers Megaforce, Papercutz, 2013.
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Papercutz, 2014.

In 2015, Boom Studios won the Power Rangers comics license, which brought a lot of award-winning publications.

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, BOOM! Studios, 2016–present.
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink, BOOM! Studios, 2016-2017.
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Annuals, BOOM! Studios, 2016-present.
  • Power Rangers: Aftershock, BOOM! Studios, 2017.
  • Go Go Power Rangers, BOOM! Studios, 2017-present.
  • Justice League/Power Rangers. BOOM! Studios/DC Comics, 2017.

Books

In November 2018, Insight Editions will release Power Rangers: The Ultimate Visual History, detailing the various toys and television seasons over the franchise's 25-year run.[81]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ As the series progresses, one or more of the Rangers will usually receive motorcycles for long-distance travel, as well as individual Zords. In many series, a Ranger is also given additional Zords or weapons. In some cases, one Ranger may receive something that other Rangers do not; an example is the Battlizer given to the Red Ranger of each series since Power Rangers in Space (until Operation Overdrive).
  2. ^ Public servants (rescue squad, police officers, etc.) appearing as Rangers disregard this convention in Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, Power Rangers S.P.D., Power Rangers Operation Overdrive and Power Rangers RPM.
  3. ^ An original Power Ranger, the Titanium Ranger, was created especially for Lightspeed Rescue to add a sixth Power Ranger to the series.
  4. ^ Other color designations include metallic colors, violet, and "Shadow", as well as protagonists who have powers and costumes similar to those of the Rangers but are not called "Power Rangers", such as the Blue Senturion and Magna Defender.
  5. ^ A joke highlighted this correlation in Dino Thunder when Tommy Oliver (a former Green Ranger, White Ranger, and Red Ranger) became the new Black Ranger; he said that he had to go shopping because he did not own enough black-colored clothing.

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