X-Men: The Animated Series
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Starring
Played by
Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd, Lenore Zann, Iona Morris, Alison Sealy-Smith, George Buza, Chris Potter, Tony Daniels, Alyson Court, Catherine Disher, Cedric Smith
Reality
Developers

Eric Lewald
Sidney Iwanter

Mark Edens
Runtime
22 minutes
Producers
Will Meugniot
Executive Producers

Avi Arad
Stan Lee
Joseph Calamari
Winston Richard

Eric S. Rollman
Country
Canada & USA
Network
Fox Kids Network
Total Episodes
76
First and Last Aired Episodes

X-Men, an animated series, debuted on October 31, 1992 (the 1993–1994 season) on the Fox Network as part of Fox’s “Fox Kids” Saturday morning lineup, which featured cartoons such as X-Men, Bobby’s World, and Life with Louie, and live-action programming such as Power Rangers, directed at young children.

X-Men is Marvel Comics' second attempt at an animated X-Men program, after the ill-received half-hour pilot "Pryde of the X-Men" was broadcast multiple times between 1991 and 1992.

The popularity and success of X-Men, along with Batman: The Animated Series (which also debuted in the 1992-93 season), helped launch a number of 1990s-2000s animated series based on comic book series.

Episodes

Season 1

  1. Night of the Sentinels - Part I
  2. Night of the Sentinels - Part II
  3. Enter Magneto
  4. Deadly Reunions
  5. Captive Hearts
  6. Cold Vengeance
  7. Slave Island
  8. The Unstoppable Juggernaut
  9. The Cure
  10. Come The Apocalypse
  11. Days of Future Past - Part I
  12. Days of Future Past - Part II
  13. The Final Decision

Season 2

  1. Till Death Do Us Part - Part I
  2. Till Death Do Us Part - Part II
  3. Whatever It Takes
  4. Red Dawn
  5. Repo Man
  6. X-Ternally Yours
  7. Time Fugitives - Part I
  8. Time Fugitives - Part II
  9. A Rogue's Tale
  10. Beauty & the Beast
  11. Mojovision
  12. Reunion - Part I
  13. Reunion - Part II

Season 3

  1. Out of the Past - Part I
  2. Out of the Past - Part II
  3. Phoenix Saga - Part I: Sacrifice
  4. Phoenix Saga - Part II: The Dark Shroud
  5. Phoenix Saga - Part III: Cry of the Banshee
  6. Phoenix Saga - Part IV: The Starjammers
  7. Phoenix Saga - Part V: Child of Light
  8. Savage Land, Savage Heart - Part One
  9. Savage Land, Savage Heart - Part Two
  10. Obsession
  11. The Dark Phoenix Saga - Part I: Dazzled
  12. The Dark Phoenix Saga - Part II: The Inner Circle
  13. The Dark Phoenix Saga - Part III: The Dark Phoenix
  14. The Dark Phoenix Saga - Part IV: The Fate of The Phoenix
  15. Cold Comfort
  16. Orphan's End
  17. The Juggernaut Returns
  18. Nightcrawler
  19. Weapon X, Lies, And Videotape

Season 4

  1. One Man's Worth - Part I
  2. One Man's Worth - Part II
  3. Courage
  4. Proteus - Part I
  5. Proteus - Part II
  6. Sanctuary - Part I
  7. Sanctuary - Part II
  8. Beyond Good and Evil - Part I: The End of Time
  9. Beyond Good and Evil - Part II: Promise of Apocalypse
  10. Beyond Good and Evil - Part III: The Lazarus Chamber
  11. Beyond Good and Evil - Part IV: End and Beginning
  12. Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-Mas
  13. The Lotus and the Steel
  14. Love in Vain
  15. Secrets, Not Long Buried
  16. Xavier Remembers
  17. Family Ties

Season 5

  1. The Phalanx Covenant - Part I
  2. The Phalanx Covenant - Part II
  3. A Deal with the Devil
  4. No Mutant Is an Island
  5. Longshot
  6. Bloodlines
  7. Storm Front - Part I
  8. Storm Front - Part II
  9. The Fifth Horseman
  10. Jubilee's Fairytale Theater
  11. Old Soldiers
  12. Hidden Agendas
  13. Descent
  14. Graduation Day

History

X-Men was one of the longest-lasting series on Fox Kids, and next to Batman: The Animated Series, its most acclaimed and successful to date. Despite its final new episode airing in late 1998 after 5 complete seasons, Fox did not remove the show from the line-up until 1998. The show is also one of the highest-rated and most-viewed Saturday morning programs in American history. During its peak years (1995 and 1996), the show was often shown weekday afternoons, in addition to Saturday mornings.

X-Men stands as the longest running Marvel Comics based show, running for five seasons and 76 episodes. The next longest-running, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, lasted for five seasons and 65 episodes.

After the box office success of the X-Men movie in the summer of 2000, Fox began airing reruns of the cartoon on weekday afternoons. This ended in early 2001. Soon after, ABC Family and Toon Disney, due to Disney's buyout of all Saban Entertainment programs, began airing reruns.

The show features a team line-up similar to that of the early 1990s X-Men comic books, including Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Grey, and Professor X. In fact, the line up largely resembles that of Cyclops' Blue Team, established in the early issues of X-Men vol.2.

Though they were not part of the X-Men team in the animated series, the following early ’90s X-Men characters all guest starred in at least one episode of the cartoon: Colossus, Nightcrawler, Forge, Banshee, Iceman, Archangel, Psylocke, and Bishop.

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Initially only a few episodes were released on DVD, under the titles:

  • The Phoenix Saga
  • Sanctuary/Weapon X, Lies and Videotape/Proteus
  • Reunion/Out of the Past/No Mutant Is an Island
  • Legend of Wolverine

Starting in 2009, X-Men: The Animated Series was released on DVD as The X-Men: Marvel Comic Book Collection. There are 5 volumes, including every episode of the series.

Fox canceled the series in large part because the network did not like that Marvel Studios controlled their most popular animated series. Thus, they pulled the plug on both X-Men and Spider-Man animated series despite the fact that both received good ratings. Many fans predicted the series' cancellation because of the noticeable drop in the quality of the animation and story during the second half of the final season. Fox soon realized just how popular the X-Men animation series was when ratings dropped 31% after the network stopped showing it in heavy rotation.

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