Rise of the Turtles Part One

Rise Of The Turtles Part One Title Scene
Michelangelo cooking for his family.

Rise Of The Turtles Part One Ending Scene
Michelangelo sees a Mutagen canister.

Season Code 101
Episode 1
Airdate September 29, 2012
Written By Joshua Sternin & J.R. Ventimilia
Supervising Producer Ant Ward
Producers Ciro Nieli
J.R. Ventimilia
Joshua Sternin
MacGregor Middleton
Peter Hastings
Directed By Michael Chang
Voice Direction Andrea Romano
Supervising Director Ciro Nieli
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Rise of the Turtles Part One is the first episode of Season 1 of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV Series).


Splinter allows his teenage sons to visit the surface for the first time; the turtles make discoveries about the surface world.



Splinter's Wisdom

Character Debuts

Object Debuts

Location Debuts




  • The origin story of the Ninja Turtles and Splinter is similar to that of the Mirage comics and 1987 animated series.
    • The Ninja Turtles, who were baby turtles, were purchased from a pet shop in New York City. The difference in this incarnation is that Hamato Yoshi purchased the baby turtles, not Chester Manley.
    • As for the 1987 animated series allusion, Splinter was originally Hamato Yoshi himself.
  • Leonardo loves a TV show titled "Space Heroes", which is a parody to "Star Trek: The Animated Series".
  • Raphael is seen reading a comic book with a monster on its cover that looks similar to Mutagen Man. Mutagen Man is a mutant that the Turtles would later on confront during Season 1 and Season 2.
  • April O'Neil and Kirby O'Neil are both introduced while walking in front of a store named "Second Time About...", which is an antique shop passed down to April in the Mirage comics, IDW comics, the original films, and 2003 animated series.
  • When April is rescued by Donatello and they look at each other face-to-face, they both shared a scream of terror. This is a "meeting tradition" that was first introduced in the original film.