In 2003, animated adventure show, Teen Titans hit television screens. The cartoon – based on the comic book of the same name – focused on a group of super heroes, and their never-ending battle against the forces of evil.
Teen Titans featured five teen heroes, Robin, Beast Boy, Raven, Starfire, and Cyborg, and included such villains as Mad Mod, Trigon, Dr. Light and Slade (aka Deathstroke). The show was a big hit with comic book fans, as well as non-comic book fans, and balanced action, with humour, and on some occasions, sadness.
At the heart of Teen Titans was a sense of friendship and family. The idea that families can be made through choice, rather than blood, and that people are stronger when they stand together.
These values, along with some killer animation made Teen Titans stand out from the crowd. In my opinion, Teen Titans was (and still is) one of the best written, and best animated shows of all time.
If you have never watched Teen Titans, I urge you to give it a watch. It is a fun series, perfect for all ages, and loaded with great characters.
In this post I am providing a full episode list for the series. This list covers all five seasons, along with the movies, and a ‘lost episode’ you should also check out.
In addition to a list of the episodes, after each season I am going to offer up my pick of some killer episodes. In truth, I highly recommend you watch every episode, but if you just want to dip in and out, these are the stories I suggest you try.
Season One aired between July 2003 and November 2003 and included 13 episodes. This season introduced Robin (Scott Menville), Beast Boy (Greg Cipes), Cyborg (Khary Payton), Raven (Tara Strong) and Starfire (Hynden Walch).
The season-long story arc for this opening year focused on Robin, and introduced chief bad guy, Slade (Ron Perlman). Other villains included Blackfire, Red X, Plasmus, Cinderblock, Mumbo, Puppet King, Gizmo, Jinx, Mammoth, Thunder, Lightning, Dr. Light, Trident, Mad Mod, and Overload.
The Season One episodes are as follows:
- 1) Final Exam
- 2) Sisters
- 3) Divide and Conquer
- 4) Forces of Nature
- 5) The Sum of His Parts
- 6) Nevermore
- 7) Switched
- 8) Deep Six
- 9) Masks
- 10) Detention
- 11) Apprentice Part 1
- 12) Apprentice Part 2
- 13) Car Trouble*
*Please note: Episode 13: Car Trouble originally aired out of order, appearing after the two-part season finale, Apprentice. However, the episode should be watched before the finale.
The best of Season One
My pick of the best Season One episodes include Switched, Masks, Detention and Apprentice. If I had to single out just one episode to watch over-and-over again, it would be Detention.
Detention is a strong episode which features the British villain, Mad Mod (as voiced by Malcolm McDowell). The episode is funny, surreal, and loaded with various references and stereotypical nods to British culture.
Season Two followed hot on the heels of Season One, airing between January 2004 and August 2004. This season included 13 episodes, with the main story arc focusing on Beast Boy and new Titan member, Terra (Ashley Johnson).
New villains this year included Soto, Atlas, Control Freak, Killer Moth, the Master of Games, and Johnny Rancid.
The Season Two episodes are as follows:
- 1) How Long is Forever?
- 2) Every Dog Has His Day
- 3) Terra
- 4) Only Human
- 5) Fear Itself
- 6) Date with Destiny
- 7) Transformation
- 8) Titan Rising
- 9) Winner Take All
- 10) Betrayal
- 11) Fractured
- 12) Aftershock Part 1
- 13) Aftershock Part 2
The best of Season Two
Top picks for Season Two include How Long is Forever?, Terra, Fear Itself, Date with Destiny, Transformation, and Aftershock. My top choice would be Date with Destiny, as this episode is a joy to watch.
In Destiny, the Titans find themselves up against the villainous Killer Moth, who is threatening to unleash an army of insects on the city. He agrees to halt his plan if Robin will do just one thing for him – take his daughter to the prom.
Season Three began almost immediately after Season Two finished airing, appearing on screens between August 2004 and January 2005. The season included 13 episodes, introduced the villainous, Brother Blood, and focused largely on Cyborg.
New villains for Season Three included Professor Chang, Virus, Malchior, Kardiak, and Adonis.
The Season Three episodes are as follows:
- 1) Deception
- 2) X
- 3) Betrothed
- 4) Crash
- 5) Haunted
- 6) Spellbound
- 7) Revolution
- 8) Wavelength
- 9) The Beast Within
- 10) Can I Keep Him?
- 11) Bunny Raven… or… How to Make a Titananimal Disappear
- 12) Titans East Part 1
- 13) Titans East Part 2
The best of Season Three
Top episode choices for Season Three include X, Haunted, Spellbound, and Titans East. My favourite of this bunch is Haunted, which sees Robin haunted by visions of his arch enemy, Slade, but the Raven-centric episode, Spellbound is also very good.
The Lost Episode
- 1) The Lost Episode
What’s this? A lost episode?!
Yep, The Lost Episode is a one-off episode of Teen Titans, which appeared on the DVD release of the 2006 movie, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (see below).
Why is it here? Well, while this episode was released in 2006, the events of this story take place towards the end of Season Three, before the events of Titans East Part 1 & 2.
Season Four aired between January 2005 and July 2005, and comprised 13 episodes. This season focused on Raven and her relationship with her father, Trigon.
New villains for this season included Katarou, Krall, Newfu, The Locrix, Shrieker, Billy Numerous, See-More, and Mother Mae-Eye.
The Season Four episodes are as follows:
- 1) Don’t Touch That Dial
- 2) The Quest
- 3) Birthmark
- 4) Cyborg the Barbarian
- 5) Employee of the Month
- 6) Troq
- 7) The Prophecy
- 8) Stranded
- 9) Overdrive
- 10) Mother Mae-Eye
- 11) The End Part 1
- 12) The End Part 2
- 13) The End Part 3
The best of Season Four
Season Four is a very strong season and is often regarded by fans as the darkest, and one of the best seasons of the show. Top episodes from Season Four include Birthmark, The Prophecy, Stranded, Mother Mae-Eye, and The End.
The three-part finale, The End is a great way to conclude the season, but the episode that stands out for me is Mother Mae-Eye – a creepy tale about mind control. In Mother Mae-Eye, the eponymous villain takes over the minds of the Titans, regressing them into children.
Season Five was the show’s final season. Once again, this season comprised 13 episodes, with the story arc focusing largely on Beast Boy and the expansion of the Titans.
For this final run of episodes, the show brought back all of the villains from previous seasons, and introduced a number of new villains including The Brain, Monsieur Mallah, Madame Rouge, General Immortus, André LeBlanc, Ding Dong Daddy, Wintergreen, and Lord Trogar, amongst others.
The Season Five episodes are as follows:
- 1) Homecoming Part 1
- 2) Homecoming Part 2
- 3) Trust
- 4) For Real
- 5) Snowblind
- 6) Kole
- 7) Hide and Seek
- 8) Lightspeed
- 9) Revved Up
- 10) Go!
- 11) Calling All Titans
- 12) Titans Together
- 13) Things Change
The best of Season Five
Season Five differed from previous seasons, in that it featured stories which placed the focus on new Titans members, rather than the five core team members. Top episode picks for this season include Homecoming, Go!, Calling All Titans, and Titans Together.
Writers across the Teen Titans series included Rob Hoegee, Amy Wolfram, David Slack, Adam Beechen, Greg Klein, Tom Pugsley, Rick Copp, Marv Wolfman, John Esposito, Richard Elliott, Simon Racioppa, Louis Hirshorn, Joelle Sellner, Melody Fox, and George Pérez. Fan favourite comic book writer, Dwayne McDuffie wrote the Season Two episodes Fear Itself and Winner Take All.
Teen Titans: Extended
Following the cancellation of the television series, Teen Titans was followed by a direct-to-DVD movie called Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo. The movie featured all five team members, but placed its focus on the relationship between Robin and Starfire – a leftover plot thread from the series.
- Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (2006)
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo was effectively the end of the Teen Titans. However, in 2013 the series was reworked and reimagined as Teen Titans GO!, a new television show aimed at a younger demographic.
Teen Titans GO! proved popular with audiences, and this lead to the release of a big screen movie called Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018). This feature-length adventure focused solely on Teen Titans GO!, but during the end credits the film included a teaser for a potential crossover between the original Teen Titans and Teen Titans GO!.
- Teen Titans GO! vs. Teen Titans (2019)
In 2019, and following on from that brief teaser, Teen Titans GO! vs. Teen Titans was released on home video as a direct-to-video movie. The feature-length tale brought together the characters from both shows, for a multi-verse battle against the Trigon of two universes.
If you have never given Teen Titans a single moment of your time, but you love DC Comics characters, find some time to give it a go. Teen Titans is a fun show, with great characters, solid writing, and a positive vibe – it is simply a brilliant series.
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