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The 10 Best (Nickelodeon) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Episodes

From the very first episode, Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- which is about to begin its fifth season -- has proven to be more than just another take on the beloved cartoon from the 1980s. This iteration has come with unique story arcs, a radically different art style, and all-new versions of the characters. It's TMNT for a whole new generation, and yet has maintained the spirit of the old versions as well. Suffice to say, putting together a Top 10 Episodes list was a shell of a challenge, but somehow we managed to narrow it down -- like a Turtle do!

It's worth noting that, while we did take our original review scores into consideration, they weren't the deciding factor in putting together the Top 10. Sometimes it takes a season or more to put certain episodes into perspective, as you'll see below.

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Ultimate Spider-Man Actor Talks About THAT Major Twist

Warning: Full spoilers from the June 13th episode of Ultimate Spider-Man, "The New Sinister Six - Part 1," follow...

If you watched the new episode of Ultimate Spider-Man Sunday morning -- and I sincerely hope you did since you've now crossed into spoiler territory (final warning!) -- then you know that Spidey's close ally Ben, aka Scarlet Spider, revealed himself to be a traitor and spy for Doctor Octopus! Not only that, but he revealed Peter Parker's secret identity to the tentacle-wielding villain, thus ensuring his place in the new Sinister Seven.

Check out this exclusive clip from the episode below:

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: 12 Tubular Easter Eggs

With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows now in theaters, we decided go through all the easter eggs and references we spotted in the new movie. Of course, if we missed any, be sure to share 'em with us in the comments below!

Warning: Full spoilers from Out of the Shadows follow...

The original Ninja Turtles theme song crops up several times throughout the movie, mainly through Donatello's tech. The refrain "heroes in a half-shell" is used for the horn of the Turtle Tactical Truck, as well as Donnie's T-Phone and portable USB drive. A revamped version of the theme also plays over the animated credits sequence.

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Outcast: Series Premiere Review

Note: Since this is an advance review of the Outcast premiere, spoilers -- from both the episode and comic book -- will be kept to minimum.

After the wild success of AMC's The Walking Dead, creator Robert Kirkman is now delving into the supernatural world of exorcism on Cinemax's Outcast, premiering Friday night. (You can also watch the first episode on YouTube now.) Based on Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta's comic of the same name, the new TV series follows Kyle Barnes (Almost Famous and Gone Girl's Patrick Fugit), who has been plagued by possessions since he was a kid. Now grown up, he soon discovers he's not the only one with demon problems and teams up with Reverend Anderson (Life on Mars' Philip Glenister) to battle the occult and find answers to his dark past.

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A Visual History of Every Power Rangers Team Costume

Inspired by (and using footage from) Japan's Super Sentai series, Haim Saban's Power Rangers has been a thriving TV staple since it first aired in 1993. Nearly 25 years later, Lionsgate and Saban are teaming up to release a new Power Rangers movie reboot, based on the original Mighty Morphin series. Of course, a lot has changed between now and then, as the Rangers have gone through all the colors of the rainbow (and then some).

Click through the gallery below for a look back at all the incarnations of the Power Rangers' costumes over the years...

Which teams/costumes are your favorite? And how do they stack up to this latest batch of morphin' heroes? Let us know in the comments!

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Supergirl: Season 1 Review

Warning: Full spoilers for Supergirl Season 1 follow.

So much about CBS's Supergirl series was flawless right out of the gate. Melissa Benoist, for example, totally encapsulated the lead role and portrayed both the vulnerability of Kara Danvers and the determination of Kara Zor-El. The character was also written very well: strong, capable, upbeat, but also not above making mistakes and owning up to them. This of course carried over into the show itself, which nailed the hopeful, cheery tone it was going for right away. As a result, it felt more like a spiritual successor to Donner's Superman or Lois & Clark, rather than the dark and gritty Superman we've seen in the recent Snyder films.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: “Earth’s Last Stand” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow.

Well. That. Was. Epic.

As fun, funny and action-packed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can be, it only strikes an emotional chord every once in awhile, but when it does, it's often the standout moment of the episode. (Suffice to say, Master Splinter has gotten his fair share of these over the years.) But in "Earth's Last Stand," the truly affecting arc this week was Fugitoid's, and for me it stood out as one of this season's best. Because at its core this episode was about second chances -- not just for the Turtles, but for Fugitoid as well, who, until now, we knew relatively little about.

Obviously one of the driving forces this week was the discovery that Fugitoid created and sold the black hole generator to the Kraang many years ago, which divided the team. For Leonardo, this culminated in a reckless (but visually awesome) attack on the Triceraton mothership. Meanwhile, back on Earth, we found out that, yes, there were in fact two sets of Turtles now: our time-traveling Turtles from the "present" and the Turtles of six months ago. And while many of the scenes were retreads from the Season 3 finale, they had the added twist of being seen from our Turtles' perspective, along with Mozar learning the truth about the past.

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TMNT: Two Turtle Teams Unite in New Clip

This Sunday, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return to Earth to relive their battle against the deadly Triceratons -- and this time they've got their past selves to fight alongside them!

IGN has an exclusive clip from the new episode, "Earth's Last Stand," as the time-traveling Turtles meet the Turtles of six months ago and duke it out with Mozar (Michael Dorn).

TMNT's all-new episode debuts Sunday, April April 24, at 11am ET/PT.

Max Nicholson is a writer for IGN, and he desperately seeks your approval. Show him some love by following @Max_Nicholson on Twitter and MaxNicholson on IGN.

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Supergirl: Season Finale Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the Supergirl: Season 1 finale follow.

While last week's Supergirl wasn't the strongest, it did set up a good cliffhanger for tonight's finale. Unfortunately, the first 10 minutes of "Better Angels" wrapped up the Myriad storyline with little more than a "Well, that's that!" Apparently, snapping National City out of its zombie daze was as simple as offering a few words of encouragement. Not only did this abruptly end the anticipated skirmish between Alex and Supergirl, but it gave the creators a thinly veiled excuse to trudge out a mini-clip show of everyone remembering their favorite moments with Kara.

In the end, Myriad really was pretty pointless, and it didn't help that Non was so easily convinced to throw his idea of saving Earth out the window and chose to kill everyone instead. As well as that being a silly idea in itself, this only solidified how weak Non is as a character and how unclear his motives truly are. I mean, did he really care about saving Earth or not? Because basically destroying it would have been the exact opposite of what Astra wanted, which... wasn't that the whole point of Myriad, to finish Astra's plan?

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: “The Ever-Burning Fire” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow.

As the final spacefaring episode of TMNT, "The Ever-Burning Fire" brought the Turtles' six-month voyage to an exciting close -- albeit in near-identical circumstances as when they started. But the great thing about this entry was how it brought in both the Triceratons and Lord Dregg into the race for the third black hole generator piece. Plus, it introduced a new Tokka, who was one of the Six Great Cosmic Monsters of the Universe, and the final fragment's guardian.

This episode was nothing if not action-packed, starting with the showdown between the Turtles and Lord Dregg. I have to admit, I was a little surprised to see Dregg back so quickly after his defeat in the previous episode, but I kind of like how his non-demise has become an ongoing joke at this point. ("Man, finally! Dregg's harder to squish than a cockroach!") It was also a nice touch having Dregg work for the Triceratons, at least for a time.

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