First Season

"Many millions of years ago, on the planet Cybertron, life existed. But not life as we know it today. Intelligent robots that could think, and feel, inhabited the cities. They were called Autobots....and Decepticons."

.....Beginning in September of 1984, Marvel and Sunbow embarked on their great experiment: a regular series based on one of Hasbro's toys. Picked for this honor was an untested line of action figures, the Transformers. Unlike He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (which, by this point, had single-handedly revived both the animation and syndication markets), The Transformers was to be fully animated (as opposed to Filmation's studio-saving policy of stock footage), and weekly. Of course, someone forgot to let Toei know this, because there's some examples of stock footage in the episodes, if you look closely. There's conflicting reports online about whether or not the two three part episodes, "More Than Meets the Eye" and The Ultimate Doom, aired on weekdays, but logic indicates that the majority of markets probably aired them on the weekend with the other episodes of the first season.
.....The majority of first season episodes flow into one another, something largely unheard of at the time. As is normal for most American cartoons, each episode is a self-contained adventure. However, the ten episodes that are not a part of a multi-part string (although "More Than Meets the Eye" Part III and The Ultimate Doom Part III are no slouches in this area) generally contribute quite nicely to the general continuity, something that He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero never really attempted or hammered down. The idea would continue to a lesser extent until the end of the series, helping to effectively pave the way for more continuity-friendly shows.
.....Episodes are presented in their originally aired order.


First Season Opening (*.mp3 format): tfs1open
First Season Closing (*.mp3 format): tfs1end


Closing Credits

.....Due to the unique nature of "More Than Meets the Eye", two closing sequences, using the same animation, were produced. For history keeping purposes, the Cartoon Review Website shall discuss, and show the different sequences.

A Tale of Two Credit Sequences



"More Than Meets the Eye" Part I
"More Than Meets the Eye" Part II
"More Than Meets the Eye" Part III
"Transport to Oblivion"
"Roll For It"
"Divide and Conquer"
"Fire In the Sky"
"SOS Dinobots"
"Fire on the Mountain"
"War of the Dinobots"
The Ultimate Doom Part I: "Brainwash"
The Ultimate Doom Part II: "Search"
The Ultimate Doom Part III: "Revival"
"Countdown to Extinction": The Ultimate Doom Part IV
"A Plague of Insecticons"
"Heavy Metal War"


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