[[caption-width-right:200:[[BerserkButton Don't speak of this to Peter Laird.]]]]

The first and so far only live-action tv series starring the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, produced by Creator/SabanEntertainment. [[ShortRunners It lasted from September 12, 1997 to March 20, 1998]]. While supposedly taking place after the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 1987 cartoon series]], in reality, it follows the [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles live-action film continuity]]. Confused yet?

The series begins with some familiarity: The four iconic anthropomorphic reptiles do battle with the Foot Clan and its leader, the Shredder. The turtles' master, Splinter still aids his sons with advice, and Leonardo and Raphael bicker amongst themselves. Suddenly, Splinter's spirit is rat-napped by an army of dragon warriors called the Rank. Led by their ill-tempered dictator, the Dragon Lord, the Rank ruled the world before they were banished to the Realm of Dreams by a mystic mirror. Splinter's friend, Chung I, a Shinobi master from China, was killed by the Rank, but not before telling his apprentice Mei Pieh Chi of her origins.

Turns out Mei Pieh Chi is really a pet turtle from Chinatown in New York who was covered in mutagen and became an anthropomorphic, 5 foot tall, talking turtle. Mei returns to New York, meets the other four turtles, uses her Shinobi magic to MindRape the Shredder right off the bat, effectively leaving the Foot without a leader, and rescues Splinter's spirit. Unfortunately, she accidentally helps the Rank escape, who take up the mantle as the new major threat to the turtles. Mei joins the four brothers and is given the nickname Venus de Milo.

The show only lasted 26 episodes, and was canceled after the end of the first season, with any hope of a second season permanently scrapped. Reception was not great, as fans of the first show and to an extent, [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage the original comic]] didn't like that the Shredder and the Foot Clan were PutOnABus and no other established characters besides Splinter and the Turtles themselves made any appearances, or that the Turtles were frequently overshadowed by Venus' mysticism. The [[CanonForeigner characters created for the show]], i.e. Venus and the rogues gallery, took the brunt of the fan backlash, with ''TMNT'' co-creator [[BerserkButton Peter Laird personally hating Venus for ruining the brotherhood dynamic of the turtles]] and subsequently barring the character from appearing again in the franchise for the remainder of his ownership of it. Combine all of that with the hefty price-per-episode thanks to the animatronics required for most of the characters. Of all the ''Ninja Turtles'' shows, this usually stands as both the least successful and least remembered.

The show ended up in Creator/{{Disney}}'s hands when they bought Saban Entertainment, but Saban Brands has now got the show back, along with the other Toei collaborations (''Franchise/PowerRangers'', ''Series/VRTroopers'', ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'', and ''Series/MaskedRider''). The franchise itself is owned by {{Creator/Nickelodeon}}. As of 2011, the show is now available on Netflix. Shout!Factory released the series on DVD in 2012. Prior to that, the series had previously seen a Region 2 DVD release, although in a heavily edited form (and under the "Hero Turtles" banner, as the word "Ninja" was a no-no in Europe at the time). For some odd reason it got back on the airwaves in 2013 via Creator/TheHub until the network switched brand names to ''Discovery Family''.

For more details on the ''TMNT'' franchise in general, visit the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' page. For a list of some of the characters in the series, and the tropes that apply to them, visit the franchise [[Characters/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles character page]]. For the old cartoon, see ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]] (1987)'' for the second cartoon see ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]] (2003)'' and for the latest cartoon see ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]] (2012)''.

''Now With A Character Page Under Construction''

!!''Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation'' provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: Finding a way to put the Dragonlord and his army back to the enchanted mirror they escaped from, Oroku Saki resuming his role as The Shredder.
** "The Good Dragon" suggested that there were many other good dragons still in the enchanted mirror and that they would one day emerge to overthrow their evil master.
* AdaptedOut: While they were planned to appear in the scrapped second season, this continuity stands out as the only major incarnation of ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' to not feature Casey Jones and April O'Neil.
* ActionGirl: Venus de Milo.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: In "Silver and Gold," Michelangelo reports his encounter with Silver. The other mutants express disbelief that an ape could talk. Michelangelo himself expressed disbelief during said encounter until being reminded by Silver that he's a talking turtle.
* ArcVillain: The vampire Vam-Mi was the villain of the three-part episode "Unchain my Heart" until she is killed.
* ArtisticLicenseLinguistics: In this show, the word "shinobi" is treated as being a kind of magician, with Venus being trained to use shinobi magic and having no experience in ninjutsu. Not only is "shinobi" a synonym for "ninja" in real life, but it also specifically means a male ninja.
* BerserkButton: Bonesteel hates it when he is called "Bonehead".
* BigBad: The Dragon Lord. ([[VideoGame/DragonQuest No relation.]])
* BlackBestFriend: Andre for Splinter.
* BlindAndTheBeast: Splinter is friends with an elderly blind man named Andre. The two of them [[SmartPeoplePlayChess play Chess together]] and Andre even lived with Splinter and the Turtles when he was evicted from his apartment.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Venus. Well, she is new to American culture.
* BottleEpisode: "Going Ape" mostly takes place in an old abandoned house.
* BroadStrokes: Certain visual cues such as Splinter missing an ear and the Turtles living in an abandoned subway station seems to imply that the series takes place after [[{{Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles}} the live-action films by New Line Cinema]], but certain details (such as the Shredder still being alive, Michelangelo using tonfa instead of nunchucks, and April O'Neil and Casey Jones seeming to not even exist) suggest that the films' events may have happened differently.
* CanonForeigner: Venus is the most notable, but also Dragon Lord, Wick, Silver and Bonesteel.
* {{Crossover}}: With ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''. Probably the only thing most fans remember about the show.
* ClipShow: TWO episodes in just one season. One focus on Raph and Leo while the other was about Venus.
* CoDragons: The Dragonlord had [[TheDragon three Dragons]]: A small dragon sorcerer named [[SycophanticServant Wick]], the [[MookLieutenant Rank Lieutenant]], and [[MadScientist Dr. Quease]]. While Dragonlord himself is literally a dragon, [[CaptainObvious he is not an example of this trope]].
* TheCorrupter: Dragonlord. He was once the only bad member of the Rank, until he turned the rest of them against mankind.
* DeathByOriginStory: Chung I is killed by the Dragon Lord and tells Venus to go to New York on his deathbed.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Dr. Quease tries to invoke this by pointing out his method of destroying his nearly [[CloningBlues robotic clones]] of the Turtles is painless. Naturally the Turtles disagree.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: It really wouldn't be TMNT without one, but the ''Next Mutation'' theme gets major points just for starting with the line "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin FOUR GREEN TURTLES!]]"
** Followed by - "Check it out, another one found, made her way to Chinatown..."
* EyeScream: Though it's played up. Dr Quease TORE ONE OF HIS EYES OUT FOR A SCOUTING ROBOT. He later has to destroy it to get Venus' DNA. This just seems to merely annoy him since he just clones a new one. An earlier episode had Dragonlord threaten to suck out the eyes of one of his minions.
* FiveEpisodePilot
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Leo
** [[TheBigGuy Big]] [[TheLancer Lancer]]: Raph
** TheSmartGuy: Donny
** PluckyComicRelief: Mikey
** TheChick: Venus
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In one episode, the Dragonlord yells at the turtles that he will have their shells for defeating him, which takes on a different meaning when you remember that the turtles have said "kiss my shell". [[DontExplainTheJoke The word "shell" was used in place of "ass"]].
** In "All In The Family", Venus tells Michelangelo that he must have a talk with Splinter about the birds and the bees after he asks her how she knew the baby turtle was female.
** The episode "Turtles' Night Out" featured a gang called The Unknowables, the leader of which resembled [[Film/AClockworkOrange Alex DeLarge]]. Another member of the gang crudely flirts with Venus by asking her what she has under her shell. Michelangelo also hosted a radio show where one of his callers asked about "getting high".
** Due to the turtles wearing little more than knee pads, elbow pads, and bandannas, there are frequent shots of Venus's ass whenever she is viewed from behind.
*** It stands out because the male turtles bottoms are clearly not as detailed, and their shells fit in a way that hides their bottoms more fully.
* GreaterScopeVillain: The "Unchain my Heart" episodes had a vampire named Vam-Mi as the main antagonist, but she briefly summons some kind of elder vampire god to ask him for help.
* HypnoFool: "Banana!"
* ICallItVera: Bonesteel has many weapons with girl's names. The Turtles even lampshade it.
* IdiosyncraticWipes: Ninja weapon based.
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: Slight variant in "Silver and Gold."
-->'''Leonardo:''' We're ninja, not PowerRangers.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: With ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''
* KidAppealCharacter: Mikey
* KilledOffForReal: Chung I via DeathByOriginStory. ArcVillain Vam-Mi stands out as being the only villain on the show to be permanently defeated.
* LadyOfWar: Venus.
* LeftHanging
* LicensedGame: There was a Tiger Handheld LCD game based on this show as well as a UsefulNotes/PlayStation title that ended up becoming VaporWare shortly after it was announced.
* LiteralMinded: Venus.
-->'''Venus''': I'm feeling unnerved by all the attention I am getting from the boys.
-->'''Michelangelo''': Who could blame them? You're some babe!
-->'''Venus''': Babe? I'm exactly as old as you are! And one boy said I was quite a fox. You'd think he'd got his species mixed up?
* MadScientist: Dr Quease
* MarketBasedTitle: It's called ''Hero Turtles: The Next Mutation'' in the UK.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: The Unknowables gang from the episode "Turtles' Night Out" stand out as being the only antagonists in the series who only appeared once.
* MookLieutenant: The Rank Lieutenant, lead soldier of the Rank, differs from the other dragon soldiers in that he wears a magenta veil over his mouth in contrast to the others' purple veils.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: The episode "The Good Dragon" featured a member of the Rank who was benevolent. In the end, the Dragon Lord imprisoned him in the enchanted mirror, but not before the good dragon made a vow to find other dragons like him to amass a rebellion against the Dragon Lord.
* MythologyGag: Several to the [[{{WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987}} 1987 cartoon]]: The turtles wear buckles with their initials on them as well as bands on their arms and legs matching the colors of their bandannas, their taste for weird pizza toppings, and they ride in a van with a license plate that reads "TRTL PWR"(Turtle Power!)
* NonMammalMammaries: Venus, but it's more like her shell is curved in.
* NonMammalianHair: Dragon Lord when he's not wearing his helmet.
* NotBloodSiblings: Not the first continuity to suggest it, but the one that is remembered for outright saying it. Apparently, they made a point of saying this specifically so Venus could play love-interest to the brothers.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: A three part arc dealt with the turtles having contend with a vampire queen whose out to restore her heart so she can fully recover. Aided by her two childlike servants. They seem to be based on the Chinese mythos with some American concept thrown in (afraid of sunlight, can turn into bats, etc).
* PaintingTheMedium: At one point, Leo almost seems startled by the Sword [[IdiosyncraticWipes Idiosyncratic Wipe]] and rushes out of frame.
* PowerUpFood: The Dragonlord wants to eat the turtles, so he can have the "magic" that made them what they are, believing it will make him stronger.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: In Going Ape.
* SealedEvilInACan: The Dragonlord and his army of dragon warriors were imprisoned in an enchanted mirror before breaking free in the FiveEpisodePilot. The "Unchain My Heart" episodes introduced a vampire named Vam-Mi, who was locked in her casket by Chung I 17 years before the events of the series.
* ShoutOut: In the "Unchain My Heart" episodes, the villain Simon Bonesteel reveals that he has hunted vampires in addition to endangered animals. A vampire hunter named Simon? [[{{Franchise/Castlevania}} Now, why does that ring a bell?]]
* SixthRanger: Venus
* SpotTheImposter: In the clones episode.
* TheStarscream: Wick became this to the Dragonlord in the episode "King Wick" after accidentally drinking a potion that gives him new powers. He uses his new powers to steal Dragonlord's powers and become the new leader of the Rank, but eventually is [[StatusQuoIsGod tricked into losing his powers]].
* StockSoundEffects: There are many laced throughout the show, usually during fight scenes and almost every few seconds.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Dragon Lord has many traits and characteristics in common with The Shredder. Dr. Quease is also similar to Baxter Stockman, namely in that both are mad scientists.
* TitleThemeTune: Though the words "Next Mutation" aren't in the song, it ''does'' mirror the omission of the words "Teenage Mutant" from the title.
* ThemeTuneRap
* {{Toku}}: Despite being a western series, it uses live effects like a typical Tokutatsu. It may be due to being made by Saban, the same company that adapted SuperSentai into PowerRangers.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: In "Mutant Reflections," Raph and Mikey debate what would happen if Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/{{Superman}} had a fight.
** For the record, Raph thinks Batman would win, while Mikey thinks Superman has the advantage.
* VillainousBSOD: The Shredder, post-MindRape.
* VocalDissonance: Vam-Mi's minion Bing looks like a young boy, but has a deep and gravelly voice.