Masked Rider (TV series)

Masked Rider

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Created by Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Starring T.J. Roberts
Rheannon J. Slover
Ashton McArn II
David Stenstrom
Candace Kita
Ken Ring
Jennifer Tung
Voices of Jason Narvy
Paul Pistore
Wendee Lee
Michael Sorich
Steve Kramer
Michael McConnohie
Julie Maddalena
Narrated by Michael McConnohie (preview and credits narration)
Composer(s) Shuki Levy
Kussa Mahchi
Udi Harpaz
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 40 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Producer(s) Robert Hughes
Location(s) Los Angeles
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Saban Entertainment
Renaissance Atlantic-Films
Toei Company, Ltd.
Bugboy Productions, Inc.
Distributor Saban Brands
MarVista Entertainment
Original network FOX (Fox Kids)
Broadcast syndication
Original release September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16) – November 20, 1996 (1996-11-20)
Related shows Kamen Rider Black RX

Masked Rider (also titled Saban's Masked Rider) is a 1995 live action television series produced by Saban Entertainment and Toei Company, Ltd. It is an American adaptation of the 1988 Japanese television series Kamen Rider Black RX, and also serves a spinoff of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.[1] It aired on FOX as part of the Fox Kids program block from September 16, 1995 to August 31, 1996 and then in syndication from September 9, 1996 to November 20, 1996.


The series began with the main character, Dex, escaping the Plague Patrol with a small group of Edenoites rebels, before leaving for Earth, the next target of his sinister uncle Count Dregon who ruled Edenoi with an iron fist after displacing Dex's grandfather King Lexian who also gave Dex the Masked Rider powers (where the powers came from is a mystery, although they have been kept for some time by Edenoi's champions). Arriving on Earth in a massive crater, Dex finds himself in the care of the Stewarts, a multiracial family consisting of a white father and adopted daughter (named Hal and Molly respectively), an Asian wife (Barbara), and their adopted African-American son (Albee). The addition of an extra Stewart was not noticed by anyone (although, according to Albee, he and Molly are adopted) in Leawood, the town where the series took place in. Dex defends the town as Masked Rider from Count Dregon and his vicious Insectovores.

Edenoi was mentioned in the Power Rangers as the planet where Alpha 5 was created by Lexian, the Edenoites' leader.[2]

Dex was dispatched to Earth by his grandfather in order to keep Count Dregon from taking over it. The scene in which Dex is given his powers by King Lexian (a scene which differs from the televised version) remains in the title sequence, possibly one of the few remaining aspects of the original pilot.

Dex's Masked Rider armor was also eventually given upgrades to change into "Masked Rider Super Gold," a gold-and-black variation equipped with a powerful laser rifle, the Ecto-Ray, and "Masked Rider Super Blue," a blue-and-grey variation with the power of liquified teleportation and a powerful saber, the Blue Saber.

Edenoites are descended from insects, not apes. Dex is not aware that humans did not evolve from insects (as he discovered in "Pet Nappers" where he gives a report about how humans evolved from insects). Edenoites also possess telepathic abilities that are focused through a gem in the forehead, which can be hidden telepathically, though in times of stress can become visible. The gem is capable of focusing mental energy, as well as creating mental imagery that can be shared with others. Dex apparently possesses the knowledge needed to detoxify Leawood's rivers using solar-powered lasers.

Dex had a furry friend named Ferbus, a small bear/duck-like creature that followed him to Earth. Ferbus was kept hidden by Molly and Albee because Hal was allergic to fur. Ferbus is eventually revealed to the entire family during the course of the series.

Dex is a loquacious individual. In the first episode, Molly and Albee told him to speak like a regular person, and that he could learn how to do that by watching TV. Sadly, Dex misunderstood and spoke like a television show announcer.







The series is a co-production of Toei Company and Bugboy Productions. Though an adaptation of the toku series, the series is also a spinoff of the Power Rangers Franchise,[3] and the series has a much lighter tone compared to the original version.[4] The series also marks as the first American debut of two Toei Veterans, Kenyūkai Ōno (the suit actor for Masked Rider) and unit director Michi Yamato.[5]

The titular main character of Masked Rider was featured on a 3-part Power Rangers episode, "A Friend in Need," one week before his own series debuted. The Rangers themselves were never mentioned in the Masked Rider television series (except for a brief flashback exclusive to the VHS "Super Gold"), however, as Saban reformatted the series to sever links with Power Rangers.[6] The Rangers did, however, make a guest appearance in Masked Rider's short-lived comic book adaptation from Marvel Comics.

Like Power Rangers and VR Troopers, Masked Rider's battle and villain scenes were taken from Japanese stock footage – specifically Kamen Rider Black RX, (with a few exceptions, they'd occasionally have the American actors interact with the Japanese villain footage as with the episode "Exit Nafaria, Enter Barbaria", which seems to be filmed with American footage). Episodes also occasionally had Ferbus interact with Combat Chopper and Magno (which were Japanese stock props) but also the two Japanese Kamen Rider movies Kamen Rider ZO and Kamen Rider J. Robo Rider (episode "Super Gold") and Hydrasect ("Stranger from the North") were the only two of Count Dregon's Insectovores to appear in American footage throughout the show's run.

On May 7, 2010 the copyright for Masked Rider was transferred from BVS Entertainment to Saban Capital Group.[7]

Home video releases

In the U.S., two VHS tapes were released in April 1996: "Escape from Edenoi" and "Super Gold". Another VHS tape ("Ferbus' First Christmas") with a bonus episode ("Ferbus Maximus") was scheduled to be released, but was cancelled. In the United Kingdom, Maximum Entertainment released one DVD which includes both parts of "Escape from Edenoi" and "License To Thrill".


Shinichi Moriyasu, the former president of Bandai stated that the series was a commercial flop in the United States, and said that sales of the toys were low.[8]

International broadcasters of Masked Rider


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