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October 1992 - September 1997, FOX

Graz Entertainment, Saban, Marvel

Theme Song: X-Men (seasons 1-4)

X-Men (season 5)

Pryde of the X-Men (1989)

 
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his series was based on the popular X-Men comic book series published my Marvel Comics, beginning in 1963. The X-Men franchise deals with mutants and their place in society.

 

In regards to Marvel canon, mutants are humans who are born with a genetic anomaly - which normally manifests in a person's early teens - that gives them some type of superhuman ability. In the scheme of the world's overall population their numbers are extremely few, but these people are seen by many normal humans as a potential threat to mankind; on the immediate level because mutants possess powerful abilities that could be used for great harm, and as a long-term threat as possible successors to homo-sapiens (mutants are termed "homo-superior" by some) on the evolutionary scale. At their most benign, normal humans fear and shun mutants. Some want mandatory registration and monitoring of mutants or to have them interned, while a few radical thinkers even call for extermination.

 

Wheelchair-bound Professor Charles Xavier believed that mutants and non-mutants could coexist in harmony. Himself a mutant with powerful telepathic abilities, he established the Professor Xavier School For The Gifted under the pretext of a private institution for talented individuals. The school secretly provided a haven for mutants and worked to educate them on the responsible use of their powers and to use those powers for the benefit of all mankind. With sufficient training, students graduated to the X-Men team, where they confronted the forces that would destroy the harmony Charles Xavier hoped to one day achieve. They protected mutants from persecution, and they interfered with mutants who would use their power to wage war on humans.

 

 

Storylines for the television series followed many of the same plotlines explored in the comic books. The lineup of group members in the comics was ever changing and the total number of past and present members was correspondingly large. The group's membership was shuffled somewhat in the animated series as well, but it focused on and maintained a core lineup throughout the show's five year run. Several of the comic's most prominent members - such as Colossus, Nightcrawler, Angel and Iceman - only made spot appearances, usually in a storyline similar to their original introduction in the comic book series. Membership in the animated series did, however, consist of several of the franchise's mainstays, along with a few characters who were popular but fairly new at the time the animated series was produced.

 

Of the X-Men team members, Cyclops was normally second in command to Professor Xavier. His mutant ability allowed him to store solar energy for discharge as powerful force beams that he fired from his eyes. Jean Grey had psychokinetic abilities that allowed her to move objects with her mind. She also had limited telepathic abilities. Beast was extraordinarily agile and had superhuman strength. His furry appearance belied his high intelligence. Wolverine had heightened senses and an accelerated healing ability. A lacing of indestructible adamantium was surgically grafted to his skeleton (he was also given two sets of retractable claws that disappeared into his forearms when not in use). Storm had the ability to control and manipulate the forces of nature, shifting weather patterns to suit her needs. Rogue had the power to absorb energy from other living beings. If her skin came into contact with someone else she absorbed their powers and their strength to be used as her own. The affects were only temporary depending on the length of time she remained in contact; too long, and they became permanent. One such incident gave her the permanent power of flight and made her indestructible. Gambit could charge objects with kinetic energy, so that when he threw them they exploded upon impact. He carried playing cards for just such a purpose. The youngest member, Jubilee, could generate multi-colored bursts of plasmoid energy, to hurl as a physical force or to short-circuit electronic equipment. A group member called Morph was created specifically for the animated series. He could change his shape to match the appearance of others. Morph appeared to die in the second episode, and was most likely created to establish a tone for the series that showed the very real danger inherent to the X-Men during their missions.

 

The success of the series opened the door to a run of other Marvel superhero cartoons - such as Spider-Man: The Animated Series, The Fantastic Four and Iron Man - that got away from the standard, lighthearted fare of previous superhero animated shows and tackled more adult-oriented themes.

 
   

 

Cast

Charles Xavier (Professor X)

Cedric Smith

Scott Summers (Cyclops)

Norm Spencer

Jean Grey (Phoenix)

Catherine Disher

Hank McCoy (Beast)

George Buza

Jubilation Lee (Jubilee)

Alyson Court

Logan (Wolverine)

Cal Dodd

Ororo Munroe (Storm)

Iona Morris, Alison Sealy-Smith

Remy LeBeau  (Gambit)

Chris Potter, Tony Daniels

Rogue

Lenore Zann

Morph

Ron Rubin

Bishop

Philip Akin

Cable

Lawrence Bayne

Warren Worthington III (Angel)

Stephen Ouimette

Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler)

Paul Haddad

Piotr Rasputin (Colossus)

Robert Cait

 

 

 

 

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  Episodes  
 
 

Season 1

 

Night of the Sentinels, Part 1

Night of the Sentinels, Part 2

Enter Magneto

Deadly Reunions

Captive Hearts

Cold Vengeance

Slave Island

The Unstoppable Juggernaut

The Cure

Come the Apocalypse

Days of Future Past, Part 1

Days of Future Past, Part 2

The Final Decision

 

Season 2

 

'Til Death Do Us Part, Part 1

'Til Death Do Us Part, Part 2

Whatever It Takes

Red Dawn

Repo Man

X-Ternally Yours

Time Fugitives, Part 1

Time Fugitives, Part 2

A Rogue's Tale

Beauty and the Beast

Mojovision

Reunion, Part 1

Reunion, Part 2

 

Season 3

 

Out of the Past, Part 1

Out of the Past, Part 2

The Phoenix Saga, Part 1: Sacrifice

The Phoenix Saga, Part 2: The Dark Shroud

The Phoenix Saga, Part 3: Cry of the Banshee

The Phoenix Saga, Part 4: The Starjammers

The Phoenix Saga, Part 5: Child of Light

Savage Land, Savage Heart, Part 1

Savage Land, Savage Heart, Part 2

Obsession

The Dark Phoenix, Part 1: Dazzled

The Dark Phoenix, Part 2: The Inner Circle

The Dark Phoenix, Part 3: Dark Phoenix

The Dark Phoenix, Part 4: The Fate of the Phoenix

Cold Comfort

Orphan's End

Juggernaut Returns

Nightcrawler

Weapon X, Lies, and Videotape

 

Season 4

 

One Man's Worth, Part 1

One Man's Worth, Part 2

Courage

Proteus, Part 1

Proteus, Part 2

Sanctuary, Part 1

Sanctuary, Part 2

Beyond Good and Evil, Part 1: The End of Time

Beyond Good and Evil, Part 2: Promise of Apocalypse

Beyond Good and Evil, Part 3: The Lazarus Chamber

Beyond Good and Evil, Part 4: End and Beginning

Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-Mas

Lotus and the Steel

Love In Vain

Secrets, Not Long Buried

Xavier Remembers

Family Ties

 

Season 5

 

Phalanx Covenant, Part 1

Phalanx Covenant, Part 2

A Deal With the Devil

No Mutant Is an Island

Longshot

Bloodlines

Storm Front, Part 1

Storm Front, Part 2

Jubilee's Fairytale Theater

The Fifth Horseman

Old Soldiers

Descent

Hidden Agendas

Graduation Day

 

Specials:

 

Pryde of the X-Men (This was the pilot for a series

that never materialized. It debuted on the Marvel

Action Universe block of cartoons in 1989.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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