The Transformers (1984–1987)
"Transformers" (original title)

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Two opposing camps of alien transforming robots fight in a war that has the fate of Earth in the balance.

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Series cast summary:
 Megatron / ... (95 episodes, 1984-1987)
Chris Latta ...
 Starscream / ... (81 episodes, 1984-1987)
 Optimus Prime / ... (73 episodes, 1984-1987)
 Spike Witwicky / ... (72 episodes, 1984-1987)
John Stephenson ...
 Thundercracker / ... (70 episodes, 1984-1987)
Jack Angel ...
 Ultra Magnus / ... (63 episodes, 1985-1987)
 Bumblebee / ... (62 episodes, 1984-1987)
 Prowl / ... (61 episodes, 1984-1987)
 Teletraan I / ... (60 episodes, 1984-1987)
Don Messick ...
 Ratchet / ... (51 episodes, 1984-1986)
 Bonecrusher / ... (45 episodes, 1984-1987)
Gregg Berger ...
 Grimlock / ... (41 episodes, 1984-1987)


The Autobots and Decepticons, during the great Cybertronian War, crash landed on earth. Millions of years later, geological activity revives the warring factions - the Decepticons want to strip the earth of its vast energy resources, and the Autobots seek to protect the inhabitants of earth from that fate. And so an endless battle begins... Written by Michael Silva <>

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Release Date:

17 September 1984 (USA)  »

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(98 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Voice actor Peter Cullen's voice for Optimus Prime was inspired by John Wayne. See more »


The second title sequence of Season 3 contains a number of notable animation errors. When the Sharkticon swims towards the screen and opens its mouth, it suddenly turns upside-down for a couple of frames. And in the last shot of the sequence, Ultra Magnus' head is colored entirely blues (his face should be gray), and Kup is drawn with Springer's head. These errors are easy to spot, since the appear in almost every episode. See more »


Starscream: [in Cyclonus' body] So, you think Galvatron's nothing but slag iron now?
Octane: Yeah, we've seen the last of that creep!
[Galvatron enters the room]
Galvatron: Seen the last of who, Cyclonus?
Starscream: [in Cyclonus' voice] Er, no-one really, sir, I mean...
Galvatron: You mean what, old friend?
Starscream: [in his own voice] Well now, who do you think I mean?
Galvatron: Starscream!
[Starscream laughs while Octane runs off]
Galvatron: [smiling] I shall enjoy destroying you even more this time than the last.
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Followed by Transformers: The Return of Optimus Prime (1987) See more »

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Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye.
27 January 2003 | by (Cuba) – See all my reviews

One of the best cartoons to come out in the 80's along with G.I. Joe and Visionaries.

This story is about two waring Robot factions, The Autobots (the good guys) lead by Optimus Prime, and The Decepticons (the evil nasty pieces of work) lead by the maniacal Megatron.

The show starts off with the Autobots leaving their home planet of Cybertron to find a new source of energy to win the war, having depleted their own planet of energy they set off in their space craft (known in the comics and the Beast Wars TV Series as The Ark) to find new sources of energy to help win the war and replenish there own planets energy supplies, but unknown to them The Decepticons already new about their plan and set off to follow them in their own space craft, The Decepticons ambush The Autobots in space and board there ship but the ship is caught in the magnetic pull of earths atmosphere and the ark crashes into a volcano and lies dormant for 4 million years, before an eruption re-activates the ships computer (teletraan I) which rebuilds and reactivates The Transformers giving them Human vehicles designs and the war starts all over again.

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