Teen Titans Go! (TV series)
|Teen Titans Go!|
|Genre||Surrealism, Comedy, Action-adventure|
by Glen Murakami
|Theme music composer||Puffy AmiYumi (remixed by Mix Master Mike)|
|Opening theme||"Teen Titans Go!", performed by Puffy AmiYumi|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||164 (list of episodes)|
Peter Rida Michail
|Running time||11 minutes|
Warner Bros. Animation
|Original network||Cartoon Network|
|Original release||April 23, 2013 – present|
Teen Titans Go! is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics fictional superhero team, the Teen Titans. The series was announced following the popularity of DC Nation's New Teen Titans shorts, which are based on the original Teen Titans TV series.
Sporting a new animation style, Teen Titans Go! serves as a comedic reboot with no continuity to the previous series or any other media in the DC Comics franchise, except for some details. Many DC characters make cameo appearances and are referenced in the background. The original principal voice cast returns to reprise their respective roles. This series gives a sneak peek at what the Titans do when they are hanging out around the tower.
- Robin (voiced by Scott Menville): Robin is the power-mad, perfectionist and spooky leader of the Titans. Sporting no superpowers, he relies on his acrobatics and gadgets to fight crime. He is continually annoyed by the delinquent qualities and actions of his teammates, and often gets frustrated that he can't fully control them. However, he can be very arrogant and emotionally unstable at times. He has a huge crush on Starfire.
- Starfire (voiced by Hynden Walch): A friendly warrior princess from the planet Tamaran. Due to her origin, many of her sentences are grammatically broken (such as saying "the" before verbs, or wording idioms too literally). She is very optimistic, kind, and all-around gleeful, though she can get ferociously enraged on rare occasions. She has the ability to fly very fast, and can generate bright green-colored energy blasts from her hands and eyes. She owns a pet mutant moth larva named Silkie. She is the most optimistic of the team. Her archenemy is her own older sister, Blackfire.
- Cyborg (voiced by Khary Payton): A laid-back half-human, half-robot who is more interested in chilling out rather than fighting crime. He is best friends with Beast Boy and is known to say 'booyah' (as mentioned by Starfire in Operation Tin Man). He seems to be the most soulful and outgoing of the group.
- Raven (voiced by Tara Strong): A cynical, deadpan half-demon girl who prefers silence. She is the daughter of the evil inter-dimensional demon Trigon. Humorously conflicting her constant dark persona, she is a big fan of "Pretty Pretty Pegasus" (a parody of My Little Pony). Raven's hair is black as opposed to being all violet-purple in the original show. She secretly has a crush on Beast Boy. She is most pessimistic of the team. Her own father, Trigon, is her archenemy.
- Beast Boy (voiced by Greg Cipes): A green furry prankster who can shape shift into wild animals. He is considered the least intelligent and most mischievous of the group. He is best friends with Cyborg and used to date Terra, one of the Titans' enemies. He has a massive crush on Raven and tends to flirt with her (he always calls her "Mama").
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||52||April 23, 2013||June 5, 2014|
|2||52||June 12, 2014||July 30, 2015|
|3||53||July 31, 2015||October 13, 2016|
|4||52||October 20, 2016||TBA|
|DVD title||Season(s)||Aspect ratio||Episode count||Total running time||Release dates|
|"Mission to Misbehave"||1||16:9||26||289 minutes||March 4, 2014|
|"Couch Crusaders"||1||16:9||26||286 minutes||July 29, 2014|
|"Appetite for Disruption"||2||16:9||26||286 minutes||April 14, 2015|
|"House Pests"||2||16:9||26||286 minutes||August 18, 2015|
|"Eat, Dance, Punch!"||3||16:9||26||286 minutes||May 31, 2016|
|Blu-ray title||Season(s)||Aspect ratio||Episode count||Total running time||Release dates|
|"Season 1"||1||16:9||52||578 minutes||April 21, 2015|
Common Sense Media gave the show 4 out of 5 stars and wrote that it "manages a few positive messages alongside the clever comedy and characterizations". IGN writer Scott Collura gave the pilot episode a score of 7.8 out of 10, stating that "DC Animation revamps the beloved Teen Titans series for a new generation – with pretty fun results". Randy Schiff of The Buffalo News praised its writing and animation, calling it a "consistently quirky comedy that is often laced with keen social commentary".
Writing for Slant Magazine, Lee Wang gave the show 2 stars out of 4, Teen Titans Go! would offer little to even the most ardent Titans nostalgists and completists". Aaron Wiseman of Moviepilot cited various criticisms of the show, noting slight appreciation for the characters of Starfire and Raven. Joseph Murphy of the website WhatCulture deemed it an "upsetting" replacement for the cancelled television series Young Justice.
Despite the show's mixed to positive ratio with critics, it received generally negative reaction from fans of the franchise. It received a 4.8/10 on IMDb and a 3.7/10 on TV.com.
The show's pilot episode brought in over 3 million viewers. On June 11, 2013, Cartoon Network renewed Teen Titans Go! for a second season, citing successful ratings and countless request from viewers to keep the show running despite the fluctuating fanbase that is either for or against the show. On April 29, 2015, the series was renewed for a third season.
According to Hope King, a tech reporter for CNNMoney, Teen Titans Go! was one out of three of the most viewed television shows and other media to contribute to a record setting 1.3 million simultaneous Xfinity On-Demand viewings during the January 2016 United States blizzard (also known as Winter Storm Jonas).
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- Wiseman, Aaron (19 July 2014). "Teen Titans Go! This show truly a mockery to the original?". Moviepilot. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- Murphy, Joseph (21 March 2014). "7 Reasons Why Teen Titans Go! Has Failed". WhatCulture. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
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- Official website
- Teen Titans Go! at the Internet Movie Database
- Teen Titans Go! at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Teen Titans Go! at TV.com