Saban's Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (1997–1998)
"Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation" (original title)

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In this live-action TV series, the Turtles are older than in the movies or cartoon, and are joined by a fifth, female Turtle. "Venus De Milo" mutated with the other 4 Turtles but was washed... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Jarred Blancard ...
 Michaelangelo (26 episodes, 1997-1998)
Mitchell A. Lee Yuen ...
 Raphael (26 episodes, 1997-1998)
Dean Choe ...
 Raphael (26 episodes, 1997-1998)
Richard Yee ...
 Donatello (26 episodes, 1997-1998)
 Leonardo (26 episodes, 1997-1998)
 Venus De Milo (26 episodes, 1997-1998)
 Michaelangelo (26 episodes, 1997-1998)
Matt Hill ...
 Raphael (26 episodes, 1997-1998)
 Donatello (26 episodes, 1997-1998)
 Leonardo / ... (26 episodes, 1997-1998)
Lalainia Lindbjerg ...
 Venus De Milo (26 episodes, 1997-1998)
Shishir Inocalla ...
 Venus De Milo / ... (25 episodes, 1997-1998)
Fiona Scott ...
 Splinter (25 episodes, 1997-1998)
 Splinter (25 episodes, 1997-1998)
Larry Lam ...
 Leonardo / ... (24 episodes, 1997-1998)
Geoff Wong ...
 Donatello (20 episodes, 1997-1998)
 Michaelangelo (17 episodes, 1997-1998)
Gerald Wong ...
 Dragonlord (17 episodes, 1997-1998)
Christopher Gaze ...
 Dragonlord (17 episodes, 1997-1998)
Adam Behr ...
 Wick (12 episodes, 1997-1998)
 Wick (12 episodes, 1997-1998)
Patrick P. Pon ...
 Shredder (11 episodes, 1997-1998)


In this live-action TV series, the Turtles are older than in the movies or cartoon, and are joined by a fifth, female Turtle. "Venus De Milo" mutated with the other 4 Turtles but was washed away with the current in the sewer into New York's Chinatown before Splinter came across the turtles. After learning the Shinobi arts in China for 17 years, Venus has returned to New York. The Turtles are now faced with new villains such as Dragon Lord, Bonesteel and Vam Mi. Written by Venus De Milo <>

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The Next Mutation project was originally a concept for fourth live-action movie. In this concept the Ooze that transformed the Turtles and Splinter was still in their bodies causing a much more drastic 2nd mutation. Michelangelo's mutation would have given him a more human appearance allowing him to walk among the people of the City. Donatello's mutation would have given him psychic abilities, but have him wear an optic device because his mutation would cause his vision to deteriorate. Raphael's rage would cause him to mutate into a fearsome creature with claws and spikes jutting from his body. Leonardo would have the ability to mutate his skin into different textures. Splinter would transform into a creature twice his size that he would have limited control over. The movie itself was designed around a fifth turtle named Kirby. However, the project got stuck in development and plans for a fourth theatrical movie was nixed. Though concept of having the Turtles mutate into creatures was later used in the 'New Mutation' saga of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) cartoon. Soon after, Saban took over the Next Mutation project and made good on the promise of a fifth ninja turtle. See more »


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Bad Show That Was Going To Get Better
1 January 2005 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

I must admit from the start that I only watched half of the 26 episodes of terrible show and I was a huge fan of the previous movies and cartoons.

Though the first, and only, season of this show was terrible, it was supposedly suppose to become better with addition of April O' Neal, Casey Jones, and the Rat King in the second season, and the rumors of Bebop, Rocksteady, and Krang being added after. This is a show that could have became great if given time, but like everything on TV they get rid of good ideas quickly and leave bad ideas on forever.

The reason for me not liking this show was I thought the bad guys were bad character ideas, they should have got the rights to use original and good villains, like Krang, Leatherhead, Rat King, and such, they were good ideas. This show might have seemed better if I hadn't seen any other Turtles shows or Movies, but compared to anything else associated to the Turtles, this show was complete crap.

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