Power Rangers is an 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 Saban Brands, and today by SCG Power Rangers LLC and its parent company, Hasbro, the Power Rangers television series takes much of its footage from the Super Sentai television series, produced by Toei Company. 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. By 2001, the media franchise had generated over $6 billion in toy sales.
|Created by||Haim Saban|
|Original work||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993–1996)|
|Owner||Toei Company (1993–present) (costumes, props and footage) |
Saban Entertainment (1993–2001)
The Walt Disney Company (2001–2010)
Saban Brands (2010–2018)
|Comics||List of comics|
|Films and television|
|Film(s)||List of films|
|Television series||List of television series|
|Play(s)||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: World Tour Live on Stage|
|Traditional||Power Rangers Collectible Card Game|
|Video game(s)||List of video games|
|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"
|Toy(s)||List of toys|
Despite initial criticism that its action violence targeted child audiences, the franchise has been commercially successful. As of 2022, Power Rangers consists of 29 television seasons of 21 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. It was previously owned for eight years by 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.
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 use 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.
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, helmet design, and minor styling such as incorporating a skirt. 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. 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 use individual Zords that combine into a larger Megazord.
Rangers teams operate in teams of three to five, 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 series except Power Rangers Dino Charge and Power Rangers Dino Fury. 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]
Adapting the Super Sentai series
The idea of adapting Sentai series for America 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, with Marvel Productions, created the Japanese Spider-Man television series, and produced three Super Sentai series, which had great success in Japan. Marvel and Stan Lee tried to sell the Sun Vulcan series to American television stations including HBO, but found no buyers and the agreement ended.
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 Choudenshi Bioman. 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. His idea only took off in 1992, as Saban came to Fox Kids, whose president Margaret Loesch had previously helmed Marvel Productions and thus was familiar with Super Sentai.
Production of Power Rangers episodes involves extensive localization of and revision of original Super Sentai source material 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. 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. The American arm of Bandai, who co-produced the Sentai shows and manufactured its toys, worked with the adaptation of the Japanese names. A brainstorming among executives led to "Power Rangers", and for the specific show that would be made, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, evoking the transformation sequences. The meeting also brought up the term "Zord" for the giant robots, to invoke both the sword that the Megazord carried, and the dinosaurs that were the team's theme. 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 franchise began with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (an American adaptation of the 1992 Japanese Super Sentai Series, Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger), which began broadcasting as part of the Fox Broadcasting Company's Fox Kids programming block.
In honour of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers's broadcast premiere, Hasbro announced "National Power Rangers Day" to be celebrated annually on August 28, 2018.
Broadcast and Production
Saban Entertainment produced and distributed Power Rangers from 1993 until the end of 2001, with Fox Kids broadcasting the series in the United States until the Fall of 2002. The Walt Disney Company acquired the franchise as part of a larger buyout of Fox Family Worldwide that took place in 2001. Fox Family Worldwide subsequently became ABC Family Worldwide Inc. This buyout also saw Saban Entertainment become BVS Entertainment in 2002, from News Corporation, Fox's parent company, and Haim Saban.
From September 2002, Power Rangers had aired on various Disney-owned networks, including the ABC Kids program block on ABC, the ABC Family and Toon Disney cable networks, and Jetix-branded outlets worldwide. Disney moved production of the franchise from Los Angeles to New Zealand after Wild Force ended, resulting in the closure of MMPR Productions. Several ABC affiliate broadcasting groups, including Hearst Television, declined to air the series due to the lack of FCC-compliant educational and informational content.
2008's Power Rangers Jungle Fury was originally set to be the final season, but due to obligations with Bandai, Disney would produce 2009's Power Rangers RPM. 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." 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". Production of Power Rangers ceased and the last[update] series by BVS Entertainment, RPM, ended on December 26, 2009.
On October 1, 2009, Bandai released a press release stating that Disney would re-broadcast Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in January 2010 on ABC Kids in lieu of producing a new season. A new toy line accompanied the broadcast and appeared in stores in the later part of 2009.
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. Beginning with the eighteenth season, Samurai (using footage from the 2009 Super Sentai series, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger) the series would be produced under Saban Capital Group's new Saban Brands subsidiary and premiere on Nickelodeon on February 7, 2011. Reruns of previous seasons and episodes would also begin airing on sister channel Nicktoons later that year. In addition to Samurai, Saban announced plans to make a new Power Rangers movie.
On July 2, 2012, Saban Brands announced that would it launch a new Saturday morning cartoon block on The CW, called Vortexx, on August 25, 2012, with reruns of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy to air on the block.
On October 1, 2013, Saban Brands announced that it had extended agreements for the franchise with Nickelodeon and Bandai America Incorporated through 2016. In January 2016, Saban and Nickelodeon extended their broadcast partnership through 2018. In February 2018, it was announced that Power Rangers would continue airing on Nickelodeon through 2021. That same month, Saban Brands appointed Hasbro as the global master toy licensee for Power Rangers in April 2019 with a future option to purchase the franchise. On May 1, 2018, Saban would agree to sell Power Rangers and other entertainment assets to Hasbro for US$522 million in cash and stock. The Saban Brands subsidiary ended operations upon the closure of the deal on July 2, 2018.
The twenty-sixth and twenty-seventh seasons, Power Rangers Beast Morphers, would produced by Hasbro's Allspark studio. Beginning with the twenty-eighth season, Power Rangers Dino Fury, the series is being produced by Entertainment One (which was acquired by Hasbro on December 30, 2019, and merged with Allspark in October 2020).
In late April 2021, actor Chance Perez announced in an interview that the second season of Power Rangers Dino Fury (the twenty-ninth season overall) would premiere on Netflix in 2022; making it the first season of the series to premiere exclusively online through a streaming service. Meanwhile, new episodes of the series moved to the streaming service on June 15, 2021.
On June 14, 2022, it was announced that Jenny Klein will serve as showrunner for a Power Rangers television series that is being developed by Entertainment One for Netflix. It has been reported that she will work alongside Jonathan Entwistle.
The first six seasons (beginning with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and ending with In Space) followed an overarching, evolving storyline. The second season began the annual tradition of the Rangers acquiring new Zords to battle enemies while the core suits from the first season were used, except for that of the White Ranger. With the fourth season, Zeo, Power Rangers began following the Super Sentai series' practice of annual Ranger suit changes.
Although the seventh season, Lost Galaxy, had ties with the preceding season, it was otherwise the first season to follow a self-contained story, as would later seasons of the show up until the seventeenth, RPM. The season also began the tradition of team-up episodes featuring Rangers, villains, and other characters from past seasons.
Beginning with the eighteenth season, Samurai, the show returned to a multi-season format similar to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, with self-contained storylines told across two seasons each.
The upcoming thirtieth season, Cosmic Fury, was announced to be a continuation of Dino Fury's story.
|Season No.||Season title||Super Sentai counterpart||Original network||First aired||Last aired||No. of|
|1||"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"||Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger||Fox Kids||August 28, 1993||May 23, 1994||60|
|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 Dairanger||Fox Primetime (Eps. 1–3)|
Fox Kids (Eps. 4–52)
|July 21, 1994||May 20, 1995||52|
|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. Tommy eventually loses the Green Ranger powers, but comes back as the new White Ranger and becomes the new leader of the team. 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 Kakuranger||Fox Kids||September 2, 1995||November 27, 1995||33|
|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 ones, 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 Kakuranger||Fox Kids||February 5, 1996||February 17, 1996||10|
|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 fill in for the Rangers' duties. While the team of Delphine, Corcus, Cestro, Tideus, and Aurico protect the Earth from Master Vile's monsters, they also assist the Rangers in building a machine that would return the child Rangers to their proper ages and allow them to morph again. Unfortunately, only Billy is able to return to normal, as the machine – which requires the Ninja Power Coins as a power source – is stolen by Rito and Goldar, allowing Rita and Zedd to destroy them. 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 to help stop the sickness plaguing the wildlife. She sends Tanya back with her piece of the Zeo Crystal.|
|4||"Power Rangers Zeo"||Chouriki Sentai Ohranger||Fox Kids||April 20, 1996||November 27, 1996||50|
|With the Zeo Crystal restored and time brought back to normal, the Rangers are caught off guard when Goldar and Rito steal the crystal and destroy The Command Center. Although Zordon and Alpha are fine and their headquarters rebuilds itself into the Power Chamber, they warn 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 decides to uses his scientific prowess to work on the Zeo Zords and other machinery, and his presence in the destruction of the Command Center leaves him unable to receive the powers of the Gold Ranger, Trey of Triforia, but Jason returns instead and gets the Gold Ranger powers himself, although they turn out to be temporary. 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 Carranger||Fox Kids||April 19, 1997||November 24, 1997||45|
|The space pirate Divatox sets her sights on conquering the Earth, with the Turbo Rangers and eventually the intergalactic police officer the Blue Senturion combatting her monsters. After an injury, Rocky retires from being a Power Ranger and chooses 12-year-old Justin Stewart as his replacement. Tommy, Adam, Tanya, and Kat soon follow, choosing T.J. Johnson, Carlos Vallerte, Ashley Hammond, and Cassie Chan as their replacements, who are also assisted by the Phantom Ranger. Zordon and Alpha 5 also leave for the former's home planet of Eltar, putting Dimitria in his place, as well as the upgraded model Alpha 6.|
|6||"Power Rangers in Space"||Denji Sentai Megaranger||Fox Kids||February 6, 1998||November 21, 1998||43|
|After Divatox succeeds in destroying the Power Chamber, she is called off the planet to participate in Dark Specter's evil alliance in conquering the universe. T.J., Carlos, Ashley, and Cassie along with Alpha 6 travel into outer space to try to stop him, and meet up with Andros, an extraterrestrial human from the planet KO-35, who they join to become the Space Rangers to stop Dark Specter and his protege Astronema, who was once Andros' sister. They eventually awaken Andros' friend Zhane, the Silver Ranger, and free Astronema from Dark Specter's control, reverting her back to Karone. After the United Alliance of Evil invades Earth, Andros meanwhile finds Zordon, who has been captured by Dark Specter, aboard the Dark Fortress in space. Upon Zordon's orders, Andros reluctantly sacrifices him and shatters his energy tube, releasing a wave of energy that vaporizes Dark Specter and most of his armies, purifies Lord Zedd, Rita, and Divatox, and frees the universe from Dark Specter's control.|
|7||"Power Rangers Lost Galaxy"||Seijuu Sentai Gingaman||Fox Kids||February 6, 1999||December 18, 1999||45|
|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 and Alpha 6 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. After the death of the Magna Defender, Mike harnesses the Magna Defender's powers himself. Mid-season, Deviot revives the Psycho Rangers and the Space Rangers return to join forces with the Galaxy Rangers to take down the Psycho Rangers again. Kendrix ultimately risks her life to save the Pink Space Ranger, Cassie, and is killed by a backlash blast from the Savage Sword, which was draining Cassie's life force; the Pink Quasar Saber is later found by Karone, sister of the Red Space Ranger Andros, and she is chosen by Kendrix's spirit to become the new Pink Ranger. 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 GoGoFive||Fox Kids||February 12, 2000||November 18, 2000||40|
|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 Timeranger||Fox Kids||February 3, 2001||November 17, 2001||40|
|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 from planet Xybria – 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 of the present-day organization the Silver Guardians, who uses the Quantum Morpher and Quantasaurus Rex to join the fight.|
|10||"Power Rangers Wild Force"||Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger||Fox Kids (Eps. 1–26)|
ABC Kids (Eps. 27–40)
|February 9, 2002||November 16, 2002||40|
|Jungle-raised Cole Evans, Air Force pilot Taylor Earhardt, amateur bowler Max Cooper, florist Danny Delgado, and university student 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 Hurricaneger||ABC Kids||February 15, 2003||November 15, 2003||38|
|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"||Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger||Jetix (ABC Family)||February 14, 2004||November 20, 2004||38|
|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 as the Dino Rangers to battle Mesogog. 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, whose body serves as Mesogog's vessel.|
|13||"Power Rangers S.P.D."||Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger||Jetix (ABC Family) (Eps. 1–21 & 35)|
Jetix (Toon Disney) (Eps. 22–34 & 36–38)
|February 5, 2005||November 14, 2005||38|
|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 Sydney Drew are joined by rookies Jack Landors and Elizabeth "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 Cruger, who becomes the Shadow Ranger, and technical expert Dr. Kat Manx as the Kat Ranger.|
|14||"Power Rangers Mystic Force"||Mahō Sentai Magiranger||Jetix (Toon Disney) (Eps. 1–24 & 26–32)|
Jetix (ABC Family) (Ep. 25)
|February 20, 2006||November 13, 2006||32|
|The sorceress Udonna enlists the help of Chip Thorn, the Rocca sisters Madison & Vida, Xander Bly, and new guy in town Nick Russell to become the Mystic Force Power 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, who becomes the Solaris Knight, aided by his genie Jenji, as well as Udonna herself as the White Ranger, 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 Boukenger||Jetix (Toon Disney)||February 26, 2007||November 12, 2007||32|
|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 Gekiranger||Jetix (Toon Disney)||February 18, 2008||November 3, 2008||32|
|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 the Wolf Ranger, as does Dominic Hargan, a former Pai Zhua student who went to find his path in life, and becomes the Rhino Ranger.|
|17||"Power Rangers RPM"||Engine Sentai Go-onger||ABC Kids||March 7, 2009||December 26, 2009||32|
|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, two twins of nebulous origins whom, like Doctor K, were kept at the corrupt military think-tank codenamed "Alphabet Soup"; both were initially presumed dead during Venjix's attack.|
|RV||"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"||Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger||ABC Kids||January 2, 2010||August 28, 2010||32|
|A rebroadcast of the first thirty-two episodes of the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers with an updated opening sequence and visual effects added to the original episodes.|
|"Power Rangers Samurai"|
"Power Rangers Super Samurai"
|Samurai Sentai Shinkenger||Nickelodeon||February 7, 2011|
February 18, 2012
|December 10, 2011|
December 15, 2012
|To prevent Master Xandred's Nighlok forces from taking over the Earth, Mentor Ji of the Shiba House trains Jayden Shiba – the descendant of the original Red Samurai Ranger – as well as fellow samurai descendants 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 Garcia as the Gold Ranger, who is instrumental in unlocking the group's Super Mode.|
|"Power Rangers Megaforce"|
"Power Rangers Super Megaforce"
|Tensou Sentai Goseiger|
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger
|Nickelodeon||February 2, 2013|
February 15, 2014
|December 7, 2013|
November 22, 2014
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.|
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, the last remaining citizen from the planet of Andresia.
|"Power Rangers Dino Charge"|
"Power Rangers Dino Super Charge"
|Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger||Nickelodeon||February 7, 2015|
January 30, 2016
|December 12, 2015|
December 10, 2016
|When the intergalactic bounty hunter Sledge comes to Earth looking for the Energems, entrusted to an alien known as Keeper who lost them during the asteroid bombardment that resulted in the extinction of the dinosaurs, the Dino Charge Power Rangers are formed to wield the Energems and keep them out of the hands of Sledge, and later a sinister outlaw known as Snide. Tyler Navarro, Chase Randall, Riley Griffin, Shelby Watkins, and Koda – a Neanderthal who was frozen in time – are entrusted with the prehistoric powers of the Energems, and are later joined by Sir Ivan of Zandar – a knight from the kingdom of Zandar who was previously trapped in the Gold Energem – as well as Amber Beach Museum proprietor Kendall Morgan, Zandar's current prince, Prince Phillip III, Tyler's father James, and Keeper's protégé Zenowing.|
|"Power Rangers Ninja Steel"|
"Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel"
|Shuriken Sentai Ninninger||Nickelodeon||January 21, 2017|
January 27, 2018
|December 2, 2017|
December 1, 2018
|The Ninja Steel Power Rangers are assigned to protect an item called the Ninja Nexus Prism from the forces of Galvanax, the champion of the universe's most popular intergalactic game show – Galaxy Warriors – who wants the Prism, which contains six magical Ninja Power Stars, to become an invincible force of destruction. Brody Romero, Preston Tien, Calvin Maxwell, Hayley Foster, and Sarah Thompson 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. It isn't much longer until Brody's long-lost brother Aiden is found – going under the country musician alias Levi Weston to stay off of Galvanax's radar; Levi then becomes the Gold Ranger of the team. After Galvanax's defeat, his former general Madame Odius rises from the shadows with her own sinister agenda.|
|"Power Rangers Beast Morphers"||Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters||Nickelodeon||March 2, 2019|
February 22, 2020
|December 14, 2019|
December 12, 2020
|In the future, a secret agency called Grid Battleforce combines a newly discovered substance called "Morph-X" with animal DNA to infuse into Devon Daniels, Ravi Shaw, and Zoey Reeves to become the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team. With powerful gear, Zords, and robotic companions known as Beast Bots, the Rangers must fight off an evil sentient computer virus named Evox who is bent on taking over the source of all Ranger power, the Morphin Grid itself, along with his cohort Scrozzle and evil clones of original Ranger candidates Blaze and Roxy. Child prodigy and Grid Battleforce scientist Nate Silva later becomes the Gold Ranger after he is kidnapped and forced to build a body for Evox, which instead becomes Steel – a half-human Beast Bot with the ability to become the Silver Ranger. In the final episodes of its second season, Beast Morphers would reveal itself to be a sequel to RPM.|
|"Power Rangers Dino Fury"||Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger||Nickelodeon|
|February 20, 2021 (Nickelodeon)|
June 15, 2021 (Netflix)
March 3, 2022
|October 15, 2021 (Netflix)|
December 18, 2021 (Nickelodeon)
September 29, 2022
|When a threatening army of powerful alien beings known as the Sporix are unleashed on Earth, a brand-new team of Power Rangers are recruited to deal with the threat. Led by the extraterrestrial knight Zayto of the planet Rafkon, he enlists aspiring archeologist Ollie Akana, journalist Amelia Jones, and the Garcia step-siblings, athlete Izzy & musician Javi, to wield the power of the dinosaurs to defend Earth, while also battling the mysterious Void Knight, an aggressive and bullheaded warrior from another world hoping to use the Sporix for his own purpose of reawakening his comatose lover Santaura, despite the dangerous power the Sporix possess. The team is later joined by the Gold Ranger, Aiyon, one of Zayto's fellow Knights of Rafkon and the only surviving knight alongside Zayto.|
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Power Rangers has been adapted into three theatrical motion pictures. The first two are distributed by 20th Century Fox, while the third film was released in 2017 by Lionsgate.
In May 2014, Saban Brands and Lionsgate announced that they are planning to produce a new Power Rangers feature film. The movie, titled simply Power Rangers, was released on March 24, 2017 to mixed reviews and a low performance at the box office. A fourth Power Rangers film is currently in development by Entertainment One and Netflix. On July 11, 2019, during a Reddit AMA, Dacre Montgomery revealed that the studio had plans to produce a second reboot, without him and the rest of the cast and the director returning. On December 13, 2019, it was reported that Jonathan Entwistle is in early talks to direct the reboot, with Patrick Burleigh being set to write the screenplay. The plot will reportedly involve time travel and will be set in the 1990s.
|Film||Release date||Box office revenue||Director||Company|
|TV series franchise|
|Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie||June 30, 1995||$38,187,431||$28,245,763||$66,433,194||Bryan Spicer||Saban Entertainment
Fox Family Films
|20th Century Fox|
|Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie||March 28, 1997||$8,363,899||$1,251,941||$9,615,840||David Winning and Shuki Levy|
|Power Rangers||March 24, 2017||$85,364,450||$57,167,102||$142,531,552||Dean Israelite||Lionsgate
Temple Hill Entertainment
|Untitled Power Rangers film reboot||TBA||N/A||N/A||N/A||Jonathan Entwistle||Entertainment One||Netflix|
Power Rangers has long had success in international markets and continues to air in many countries. As of 2006, Power Rangers aired at least 65 times a week in more than 40 worldwide markets. 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 until early-2019.
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. 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 another cast voicing the American 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 for Abaranger in 2007 and Power Ranger S.P.D. in place of Dekaranger.
On VHS, 3 million Power Rangers video cassettes had been sold in the United States by early 1994.
As of October 2009[update], 33 Power Rangers DVD collections have been released in the United States:
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, 1995; 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, 1997; 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie/Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, 1995, 1997; 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (DVD compilation set of both movies.)
- The Best of the Power Rangers: The Ultimate Rangers, 2003; Buena Vista Home Entertainment (DVD compilation of episodes from five different seasons of Power Rangers. The episodes include "Forever Red" and "White Light" [Tommy's reintroduction as the White Power Ranger])
- Power Rangers Ninja Storm Volumes 1–5, 2003; Buena Vista Home Entertainment
- Power Rangers Dino Thunder Volumes 1–5, 2004; Buena Vista Home Entertainment
- Power Rangers S.P.D. Volumes 1–5, 2005; Buena Vista Home Entertainment
- Power Rangers Mystic Force Volumes 1–3 and 'Dark Wish', 2006; Buena Vista Home Entertainment
- Power Rangers Operation Overdrive Volumes 1–5, 2007; Buena Vista Home Entertainment (The release of an entire season for the first time in the US.)
- Power Rangers Jungle Fury Volumes 1 & 2, 2008; Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (Volumes 3–5 are only available in the UK.)
- Power Rangers RPM Volumes 1 & 2, 2009; Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
- Power Rangers RPM 'Bandai Demo DVD', 2009; Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (A promo DVD given away at Disney Stores. Contains the episode In or Out).
- Power Rangers Samurai Volumes 1–5, 2012; Lionsgate Home Entertainment
- Power Rangers Samurai "Monster Bash" and 2 MMPR Halloween episodes; Lionsgate Home Entertainment
- Power Rangers Samurai "Christmas Together, Samurai Forever" and 2 MMPR Christmas episodes; Lionsgate Home Entertainment
- Power Rangers Super Samurai Volumes 1–4 plus The Complete Series; Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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. Additionally, Ninja Storm, Dino Thunder, S.P.D., Mystic Force, and Operation Overdrive saw complete boxset releases in the UK. 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. 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[update], 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. In 2015, Power Rangers became available on the iTunes Store. In 2021, all episodes of Power Rangers (excluding Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (season 1) to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers re-version and Power Rangers Beast Morphers) were removed from Netflix.
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, seasons 8–12 in November 2013, a 20-year collection in December 2013, and seasons 13–17 in April 2014.
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.
On February 15, 2018, Saban Brands announced that their 25-year partnership with Bandai would end in 2019. The next day, it was confirmed that Hasbro would 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. Hasbro paid $22.25 million upon the toy contract's closure. When they acquired the franchise as a whole later that year, that amount was credited against the purchase price paid to Saban for the series and related assets.
Hasbro has since sublicensed some toy rights to companies including Threezero and Super7.
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, 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/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. BOOM! Studios/DC Comics, 2017.
In November 2018, Insight Editions released Power Rangers: The Ultimate Visual History, detailing the various toys and television seasons over the franchise's 25-year run.
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