7.3/10
1,065
7 user 7 critic

Defenders of the Earth 

Four of the greatest comic strip heroes join forces to battle Ming the Merciless.
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1991   1990   1989   1986   Unknown  

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Four elite Galaxy Rangers with unique abilities defend law & order among the space colonies and protect humanity from the evil Crown Empire.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Bob Bottone, Laura Dean
Dungeons & Dragons (1983–1985)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A group of kids are thrown into a fantasy world where they must search for a way home, armed with magic weapons that an evil tyrant wants.

Stars: Willie Aames, Don Most, Katie Leigh
Flash Gordon (1979–1982)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The adventures of the comic strip space hero and his friends as they battle the tyranny of Ming the Merciless on the planet Mongo.

Stars: Robert Ridgely, Alan Oppenheimer, Diane Pershing
C.O.P.S. (1988–1989)
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A team of specially enhanced policemen fights crime in the year 2020.

Stars: Ken Ryan, Zevi Wolmark, Len Carlson
G.I. Joe (1990–1992)
Animation | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Based on Hasbro's line of toy soldiers. "G. I. Joe is America's top secret mobile strike force team. The mission: to defend freedom. The threat: Cobra, an evil organization bent on world ... See full summary »

Stars: Don Brown, Garry Chalk, Christopher Collins
G-Force: Guardians of Space (TV Series 1987)
Action | Animation | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A bird-themed superhero team battles the threat of Galactor and his minions, an international terrorist organization with advanced technology.

Stars: Bill Capizzi, Sam Fontana, Barbara Goodson
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The GI Joe Special Missions force must battle to build a counterweapon to Cobra's teleportation device.

Stars: Michael Bell, Arthur Burghardt, Christopher Collins
G.I. Joe (1985–1986)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An elite special missions force fights against the terrorist forces of Cobra.

Stars: Jackson Beck, Christopher Collins, Michael Bell
Dino-Riders (1988)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Pursued by intergalactic warlord Krulos and his Rulons, human Valorians fly through a wormhole and end up on the prehistoric Earth. Krulos follows and becomes stuck in prehistory as well. Both sides build dinosaur armies and engage.

Stars: Dan Gilvezan, Charlie Adler, Peter Cullen
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

In the distant future, a team of four high tech Star Sheriffs defends frontier space colony Yuma from outlaws, as well as Outriders, an army of humanoid alien beings called Vapors, led by mysterious Nemesis, who need Yuma's resources.

Stars: Townsend Coleman, Pat Fraley, Pat Musick
Battle of the Planets (1978–1985)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A five-member superhero team called G-Force fights to defend Earth and its space colonies from the threat of the planet Spectra.

Stars: Alan Young, Keye Luke, Ronnie Schell
The Herculoids (1967–1969)
Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In this widely syndicated cartoon, King Zandor and a group of bizarre creatures protect their futuristic kingdom from creatures from other galaxies.

Stars: Mike Road, Virginia Gregg, Ted Eccles
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Loren Lester ...  Rick Gordon / ... 66 episodes, 1986-1991
Peter Renaday Peter Renaday ...  Mandrake the Magician 31 episodes, 1986-1991
Peter Mark Richman ...  Kit Walker / ... 31 episodes, 1986-1991
Dion Williams Dion Williams ...  L.J. 31 episodes, 1986-1991
Sarah Partridge Sarah Partridge ...  Jedda Walker 30 episodes, 1986-1991
Lou Richards ...  Flash Gordon 30 episodes, 1986-1991
Adam Carl ...  Kshin / ... 29 episodes, 1986-1991
Buster Jones Buster Jones ...  Lothar 29 episodes, 1986-1990
Diane Pershing ...  Dynak X / ... 26 episodes, 1986-1991
Edit

Storyline

When Ming the Merciless returns to wreak havoc, he immediately hunts down the man who caused him to lose his throne in the first place, Flash Gordon. In the process, Ming captures and kills Dale Arden Gordon, but not before she transfers her essence into a special crystal. Flash then gathers together a force made up of The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician and his assistant Lothar. Also joining the heroes are Flash's son Rick, The Phantom's daughter Jedda, Lothar's son L.J. and Madrake's adopted son Kshin. Rick then invents a super computer using the crystal with his mother's essence. Joining Ming is his son Crotan. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-Y7 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Branioci Zemlje See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The lyrics to the theme song were written by Stan Lee See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
The Phantom: By jungle law, the ghost who walks calls forth the power of ten tigers.
See more »

Connections

Version of Kizil maske (1968) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Dream Team
18 August 2005 | by mrphantasmSee all my reviews

80's really were a creative era and Defenders are a good example of the cartoons of that decade. The Defenders of the Earth were a team that united some characters such as The Phantom, Flash Gordon and Mandrake all of them are classics of the comic-strips. The whole idea of getting them together was great but this cartoon also had good and interesting stories that also had the unavoidable moral-message to young kids. And also all of them were the source of inspirations for the superheroes that came with the birth of Superman.

The premise is simple and it was already successful with shows such as GI.Joe and others, a group a brave men gather their forces to fight the threat of the Day. In this case the group of brave men is formed for fabulous creations of geniuses such as Alex Raymond and Lee Falk. But they also have to take care of their young children (they wee added to had characters more down to earth and young), teaching them and trying to keep them away from trouble. Anyway Mandrake and the rest were the star and the favorites. Lothar is an interesting case he was portrayed as the obvious strong guy but he also was much more intelligent than previous incarnations. The need of change is rooted in be more politically correct because the modern times have had trouble with the previous status quo of Lothar. The nemesis in this case was Ming who is probably one of the best fictional villains.

Even comparing this classic to some of today's cartoon it has energy and a good pace that if it is given a chance could capture the attention of a new generation of children who want to see adventures and heroes.


17 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed