The Worst Episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Avoid These Shell-Shocking Disasters

Cowabunga, dudes and dudettes! As a self-proclaimed expert in all things TMNT, I have scoured through the archives to bring you a list of the absolute worst episodes of the classic animated series. From cringe-worthy dialogue to downright bizarre plot twists, these episodes will have you shouting “Turtle Power” in frustration. So grab a slice of pizza (or two, or three), and get ready to relive some of the most cringe-worthy moments in TMNT history. Let’s dive into the sewers and take a look at the episodes that even the most die-hard fans would rather forget.
Rise of the Turtles (1)

Rise of the Turtles (1)

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2012-09-28

For fifteen years, four mutant Turtles and their rodent sensei have lived a secret life beneath the sewers of New York. Coming to the surface for the first time, the Turtles soon find their day out interrupted as a young girl and her father become the targets of mysterious, and dangerous, men…

Rise of the Turtles (2)

Rise of the Turtles (2)

Season 1 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2012-09-29

When April O’Neil is abducted, the Turtles search leads to the base of the robotic Kraang army, and Leonardo struggles to unify his rebellious brothers to victory.

Turtle Temper

Turtle Temper

Season 1 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2012-10-06

The Turtles are in danger of exposure when hot-headed Raphael is caught on video arguing with a human on the street. He must learn to control his temper in order to help the others retrieve the video before it falls into the wrong hands.

New Friend, Old Enemy

New Friend, Old Enemy

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2012-10-13

To prove that Turtles can be friends with humans, Michelangelo uses a social networking site to befriend a famous martial artist who is secretly Shredder’s top lieutenant.

I Think His Name Is Baxter Stockman

I Think His Name Is Baxter Stockman

Season 1 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2012-10-20

When Donatello’s latest invention gives failed inventor and perpetual loser Baxter Stockman enhanced abilities, the turtles must learn to use their heads instead of brute force to defeat him.

Metalhead

Metalhead

Season 1 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2012-10-27

When Donatello loses confidence in his bo staff as an effective weapon, he constructs Metalhead, a fully armed robotic turtle based on Kraang technology.

Monkey Brains

Monkey Brains

Season 1 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2012-11-03

Donatello and April investigate a scientist’s disappearance, but discover a conspiracy regarding a bizarre psychic monkey instead.

Never Say Xever

Never Say Xever

Season 1 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2012-11-10

Leo fears his act of mercy has come back to haunt him when Xever holds a local noodle shop owner hostage.

The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet

Season 1 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2012-11-17

After April receives a warning from her imprisoned father, she and the Turtles embark on a mission to save him and stop The Kraang from detonating a mutagen bomb in the city.

Panic in the Sewers

Panic in the Sewers

Season 1 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2012-11-24

The Turtles must defend their home in the sewers when Chris Bradford tries to destroy it with a dangerous chemical.

Mousers Attack!

Mousers Attack!

Season 1 – Episode 11

Air Date: 2012-12-08

When simultaneous threats from the Purple Dragons and Baxter Stockman’s mechanical Mousers force the Turtles to split into two groups, Donnie & Mikey must prove that their “B Team” is just as valuable as Leo & Raph’s “A Team.

It Came From The Depths

It Came From The Depths

Season 1 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2012-12-15

Michelangelo befriends Leatherhead, an unstable mutant alligator who possesses a strange piece of Kraang technology, but the other Turtles aren’t sure whether Leatherhead is a friend or a foe.

I, Monster

I, Monster

Season 1 – Episode 13

Air Date: 2013-01-25

The Turtles must face off against a new enemy, The Rat King, who threatens not only to take control of the city, but of Splinter’s mind as well.

New Girl in Town

New Girl in Town

Season 1 – Episode 14

Air Date: 2013-02-01

Snakeweed returns and begins abducting people. Tired of Raphael’s constant criticism while trying to stop Snakeweed, Leonardo lets Raphael try his hand at leadership. While away from the group, Leonardo meets a female Foot Ninja named Karai, who tries to lure him to the dark side.

The Alien Agenda

The Alien Agenda

Season 1 – Episode 15

Air Date: 2013-02-08

The Turtles get their first look at high school when April’s school project draws attention from the Kraang.

The Pulverizer

The Pulverizer

Season 1 – Episode 16

Air Date: 2013-02-15

The Turtles meet their first fan when a teenager decides to dress up and fight crime as “The Pulverizer.

TCRI

TCRI

Season 1 – Episode 17

Air Date: 2013-03-01

While breaking into the hostile environment of TCRI headquarters, the Turtles discover the true intent of the Kraang and resolve to stop the alien invasion once and for all.

Cockroach Terminator

Cockroach Terminator

Season 1 – Episode 18

Air Date: 2013-03-15

While trying to foil a Kraang invasion plot, the Turtles are hunted by a giant cockroach.

Baxter's Gambit

Baxter’s Gambit

Season 1 – Episode 19

Air Date: 2013-04-05

Baxter Stockman seeks revenge on Fishface and Dogpound as well as the Turtles, and lures them all into a deadly labyrinth.

Enemy of My Enemy

Enemy of My Enemy

Season 1 – Episode 20

Air Date: 2013-04-12

After witnessing the Kraang in action, Karai realizes the seriousness of the alien threat and proposes an alliance with the Turtles….unless the Shredder finds out.