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Turbo Teen
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GenreCartoon series, Superheroes, Adventure
Created byRuby-Spears Productions
Developed byMichael Maurer
Voices ofT. K. Carter
Pat Fraley
Pamela Hayden
Michael Mish
Frank Welker
ComposerUdi Harpaz
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producersJoe Ruby
Ken Spears
Running time20 mins (excluding commercials)
Production companyRuby-Spears Productions
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1984 (1984-09-15) –
August 31, 1985 (1985-08-31)

Turbo Teen is an American animated television series about a teenager with the ability to transform into a sports car. It aired on Saturday morning on the ABC Network for thirteen episodes in 1984.[1]

The series was rerun on the USA Network's USA Cartoon Express programming block.[2]


Turbo Teen is about a teenager named Brett Matthews who swerves off a road during a thunderstorm and crashes into a secret government laboratory. There, he and his red sports car are accidentally exposed to a molecular beam, invented by a scientist named Dr. Chase for a government agent named Cardwell. As a result, Brett and his car become fused together. Brett gains the ability to morph into the car when exposed to extreme heat and revert into his human form when exposed to extreme cold. With this new superhero power, Brett, along with his girlfriend Pattie (a freelance reporter), his best friend Alex (a mechanic who calls Brett "TT"), and his dog Rusty go on crime-fighting adventures together and solve other mysteries.[3]

A recurring subplot involves Brett's, Cardwell's, and Dr. Chase's search for a way to return Brett to normal. Also, a recurring villain is the mysterious, unseen "Dark Rider" who drives a monster truck and seeks to capture Brett in order to find the secret behind his abilities. Dark Rider is voiced by Frank Welker in a similar way to his voice performance of Dr. Claw in the Inspector Gadget series.[2]


The show was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions with animation supplied by Toei Animation and Hanho Heung-Up. It was broadcast during the growing popularity of the Knight Rider television series and mirrors much of it. The car that Brett turns into looks like an amalgam of a Third Generation Chevrolet Camaro and its sister car, the Pontiac Trans Am; the later model Knight Rider's KITT is based on.[clarification needed] Neither of those, though, have turbochargers.[4]


In The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows, David Perlmutter writes, "This is perhaps the most absurd concept developed for television animation in the genre's history. Despite a basis in somewhat-plausible science, it was not produced competently enough to make its premise anywhere near believable."[5]


Title Story Original air date
1"Turbo Thieves"Mark JonesTBA
2"Dark Rider and the Wolves of Doom"Michael MaurerSeptember 8, 1984 (1984-09-08)
3"Mystery of Fantasy Park"Matt UitzSeptember 15, 1984 (1984-09-15)
4"No Show UFO"Evelyn A.R. GabaiSeptember 22, 1984 (1984-09-22)
5"Micro-Teen"Dennis MarksOctober 6, 1984 (1984-10-06)
6"The Sinister Souped-Up Seven"Matt UitzOctober 13, 1984 (1984-10-13)
Turbo and his friends evade the Dark Rider in the American southwest. After dropping them off, he crashes into a cave wall, getting amnesia, to be woken up by reservation natives. His friends find them and try to help him regain his memory, while thwarting the plans of villains who want to destroy a mission on the reservation.
7"Video Venger"Michael BrownOctober 20, 1984 (1984-10-20)
Various war machines from an arcade game come to life when Brett and his friends discover the game is a training program for a real planned invasion of Washington D.C.
8"Dark Rider and the Wolves of Doom"Michael MaurerOctober 27, 1984 (1984-10-27)
Dark Rider captures Monique's father Dr. Fabro and his formula that can cause dogs to regress to their primitive state in his latest plan to capture Brett Matthews.
9"The Curse of the Twisted Claw"Matt Uitz,
Michael Maurer
November 3, 1984 (1984-11-03)
10"Daredevil Run"Cliff Ruby,
Elana Lesser
November 10, 1984 (1984-11-10)
Brett, Alex, and Pattie enter a cross-country race as cover while escorting a girl named Paula to court so that she can testify against a jewel thief called "The Dragon."
11"The Amazon Adventure"Ted PedersenNovember 17, 1984 (1984-11-17)
12"Fright Friday"Matt UitzNovember 24, 1984 (1984-11-24)
13"The Mystery of Dark Rider"Michael MaurerDecember 1, 1984 (1984-12-01)


Additional voices




  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 875. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (10 January 2014). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010, 2d ed. McFarland. ISBN 9780786486410. Retrieved 4 October 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Turbo Teen". Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Cartoon Car Spotlight: Creepy 'Turbo Teen' TV Show Should Stay Buried in the '80s". 31 March 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  5. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 664–665. ISBN 978-1538103739.

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