The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Things You Didn't Know
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers have been a part of everyone’s lives for over two decades now. It has stemmed out to create over 20 different series. Each series features a new cast with even more to love by adding new characters and plotlines while still staying true to the originals each time.
Since the show’s first appearance in 1993, a few things have changed. However, what’s most shocking for long-time fans of the show is how many facts they didn’t know about the series. Here are a few things you might not have known about the Power Rangers:
The Power Rangers Were Originally Going To Be Called "Space Cops."
Before the show was produced, different names were thrown around. One name that producers had seriously considered was the “Space Cops”. Could you imagine turning on your Saturday morning cartoons and hearing the iconic intro song to "The Mighty Morphin Space Cops?" Thankfully, the producers decided last minute to chose to go with “Power Rangers” instead. Just thinking about the many spin-offs and years of the "Space Corps" seems so cringy!
It Took 20 Takes To Get The Power Ranger's Theme Song Right!
Did you know that initially it took voice actors 20 takes in order to get the Power Rangers Theme song right? There were more than 20 different versions originally put together for the power ranger intro theme song. After each take, the song was further revised to create what is now known as the epic theme song to the Power Rangers.
Jason David Frank, the Green and White Ranger from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, received his black belt in Taekwondo at age 16
I think by now, we all know that the Superhuman who was playing our favorite Ranger was Jason David Frank. Jason David Frank has always been a fan favorite in everything he does. Not only did he receive his black belt in Taekwondo at age sixteen, but he’s also been involved in real-life MMA matches. Plus, he was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame in June 2003.
If you’re unfamiliar with who Jason David Frank is, he has played multiple Red Rangers, The White Ranger, The Green Ranger, and even The Black Ranger. He is a recurring character in many of the Power Rangers series and movies. Not only has he appeared in the highest amount of episodes, but he has had a total of 257 character appearances spanning through an astonishing NINE seasons:
3 Seasons of Mighty Morphin
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Amy Jo Johnson (the Pink Ranger) played a character on an episode of Saved by the Bell: The New Class
You probably already know that the dazzling Pink Ranger, also known as Kimberly Hart, was played by the lovely Amy Jo Johhnson. However, what you might not have known is that your favorite Pink Power Ranger also played a character on the episode of Saved By The Bell. She played Linda in the Episode “Backstage Pass.”
Thuy Trang, who played the original Yellow Ranger, tragically died in a car accident at age 27
Thuy Trang, unfortunately, passed at the young age of 27 due to a car accident. The interviews of the original cast members talking about losing their beloved friend is truly gut-wrenching. Especially if you grew up with them, the news of the accident was not taken lightly.
There is a Power Ranger comic book series that started in 2016
Boom Studios, a comic book publisher, launched their Power Rangers comics back in 2016. They blended classic ideas from the original season with fresh concepts to produce tales that long-time and new fans alike have been waiting for. However, with so many different publications on the market and cross-overs here and there, it's sometimes challenging to figure out which was the original and which have been knock-offs of the Power Ranger comic book series.
The Power Ranger series began as a show for children
While the show was initially created for kids, it quickly became popular with adults too. The fact that this show has been around for 23+ seasons really shows its reach with audiences of all ages and its ability to captivate audiences for many decades.
When power rangers first came out, there were actually only 5 original power rangers
The original five power rangers were known as:
Jason Lee Scott: Red Ranger
Trini Kwan: Yellow Ranger
Billy Cranston: Blue Ranger
Kimberly Hart: Pink Ranger
Zack Taylor: Black Power Ranger
In The Original Power Rangers TV Series, There Were a Total of 167 Episodes
The original debuting versions are:
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-1995)
The only version of the series to run for multiple seasons
Power Rangers Zeo (1996)
Rita and Lord Zedd reappear as antagonists along with The Machine Empire
Power Rangers Turbo (1997)
Airing for 45 episodes, it features the space pirate "Divatox."
All other seasons in Order:
Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers (1996)
Considered to be a spin-off of MMPR, it only lasted ten episodes.
Power Rangers in Space (1998)
Picks up where Turbo ended. Also, the last series in the Zordon Era.
Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999)
The first series began the tradition of a new cast for every series.
Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (2000)
This features the only ranger exclusive to the American audience, the Titanium Ranger.
Power Rangers Time Force (2001)
Set 1,000 years in the future.
Power Rangers Wild Force (2002)
The WIld Force Power Rangers have to deal with the Evil Orgs. This is the first series appearing on ABC programming after Fox was sold.
Power Rangers Ninja Storm (2003)
The first of any series to be shot in New Zealand.
Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004)
This one features a fan favorite in Dr. Tommy Oliver. That's right, Tommy gets his doctorate.
Power Rangers SPD. (2005)
At the time, this is set 20 years in the future. SPD stands for Space Patrol Delta.
Power Rangers Mystic Force (2006)
The rangers have to battle Morticon and the Morlock Army
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive (2007
Originally called "Drive Force and Relic Hunters."
Power Rangers Jungle Fury (2008)
The rangers are tasked with stopping the spirit of Dai Shi.
Power Rangers RPM (2009)
Finally returning to ABC, the rangers must stop Venjix. Robot druids are trying to enslave humans.
Power Rangers Samurai (2011)
The first series to appear on Nickelodeon.
Power Rangers Super Samurai (2012)
Sometimes referred to as the second season of Rangers Samurai.
Power Rangers Megaforce (2013)
The rangers are called upon by Gosei, the protege of Zordon from the original series.
Power Rangers Super Megaforce (2014)
Considered to be the second season of Megaforce. The rangers now have "Super Mega Mode," which gives them all of the Rangers' powers before them.
Power Rangers Dino Charge (2015)
Lasting 22 episodes of the Rangers trying to stop Sledge.
Power Rangers Dino Super Charge (2016)
Keeping up with the trend, this is the second season of Super Charge.
Power Rangers Ninja Steel (2017)
The magical Ninja Power Stars are introduced.
Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel (2018)
The second season of Ninja steel features Madame Odius still trying to steal the Prism.
Power Rangers Beast Morphers (2019)
A direct sequel to RPM. This series ran for two years instead of splitting off into a "Super" series.
Power Rangers Dino Fury (2021)
The newest series and the first to feature on Netflix.
Power Rangers is the most expensive TV show ever made.
The power rangers series cost an estimated $50 million to produce per season! It takes up a lot of money. However, it has the audience and fan support to continue its production. Power Rangers is the longest-running children's live-action tv series in America with 23 seasons! It also holds the world record for most episodes of a weekly television series.
Power Rangers has Created A Total Of 23 TV Seasons, 19 Movies, and at least 15 Video Games.
The franchise alone has sold over 150 million copies. The power ranger's franchise is currently worth more than $43 billion! That makes power Rangers one of the top 50 highest-earning franchises in history. In addition, power Rangers has been translated to over 20 different languages, including Japanese, French, and Spanish.
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