The Transformers (1984–1987)
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More Than Meets the Eye: Part 1 

As the Energon supply runs low on the planet Cybertron, the Autobots leave to find a new energy source. Their enemies, the Decepticons, follow. After a vicious battle in space, both of their ships crash land on Earth.



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Episode credited cast:
... Prowl / Sideswipe (voice)
... Shockwave / Spike Witwicky / Sunstreaker / Brawn / Additional Voices (voice)
Victor Caroli ... Narrator (voice)
Christopher Collins ... Starscream / Wheeljack / Reflector / Sparkplug Witwicky (voice) (as Chris Latta)
... Jazz (voice)
... Optimus Prime / Ironhide / Joe (voice)
... Bumblebee (voice)
... Cliffjumper / Teletraan I / Bluestreak (voice)
... Ratchet / Gears (voice)
Ken Sansom ... Hound (voice)
... Thundercracker / Huffer / Windcharger (voice)
... Megatron / Soundwave / Laserbeak / Ravage / Rumble / Skywarp / Trailbreaker / Mirage / Additional Voices (voice)


The Autobots are running low on Energon, they leave their home planet of Cybertron to search for more sources. The Decepticons follow them and attack the Autobot's ship. The ship crashes on Earth and ends up inside a volcano. Millions of years later, Teletran One, the ship's computer activates and revives them. The Decepticons are determined to exploit Earth's resources for their own needs. The Autobots are just as determined to stop them. The start of the series. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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17 September 1984 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


An Autobot in the form of a truck crane, who is referred to as Hauler, appears briefly to haul Hound up for repairs. He appears only in this episode, neither speaks nor transforms into robot mode, and is never seen again after that scene. Many fans assume that Hauler is an early version of the Autobot Grapple. See more »


Soundwave is at first seen turning into what looks like a lamp-post near the Autobots' base. It is never explained, nor even touched upon how nobody notices that one of the posts is missing when he leaves. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Many millions of years ago, on the planet Cybertron, life existed. But, not life as we know it today. Intelligent robots, that could think and feel inhabited the cities. They were called Autobots and Decepticons. But, the brutal Decepticons were driven by a single goal, total domination. They set out to destroy the peace-loving Autobots, and a war between the forces of good and evil raged across Cybertron. Devastating all in its path. Draining the planet's once rich sources of ...
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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This is the one that started it all
5 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is the episode that started the craze, I still remember watching this when I was 11 and was totally blown away, they were the coolest thing to me. I can't believe I'm 44 now (Edited this post on 6-1-17) and still think about this episode from time to time. I always thought this was the coolest cartoon until they changed everything up after the movie in 86. If they only would've started a 2nd TV series instead of killing off all the main / best characters it would've remained on the air for many more years instead of being cancelled after the 3rd season.

All in all this is great fun and is such a classic to me. I can still remember going to the toy stores like Lionel Playworld before Chirstmas in 1984 and they would bring out a box of the toys and the parents would fight over them like a bunch of crazies. Still makes me laugh to this day.

If you've never watched any of these episodes and you do like sci-fi then give it a chance. If you have seen the current live action movies and have not seen the old cartoons that started it all it might seem a little dated of course but never the less still a lot of fun if you can watch it with your kid eyes!! I really liked how they would slowly introduce you to new transformers and they really built up a mass amount of toys which were the coolest toy line ever.

I will always consider this the best cartoon of all time. I missed many hours of doing homework because i would watch this instead. September 17, 1984 changed the world for me just like 5-25-77 when the original Star Wars came out changed the world as well. Those two days influenced my life so much I think it's why I don't like Michael Bay's version of Transformers as much as if he would've stuck to the original material more.

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