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Godzilla: The Series
Created by                 Produced by
Jeff Kline,
Richard Raynis
Adelaide Productions, Centropolis Television, Columbia TriStar Television
Distributed by                       Genre       
TriStar Animated series
Air date                           Channel
September 12, 1998 - April 22, 2000 Fox KidsUS
Network TenAU,
Direct TVJP
Episodes
40

Godzilla: The Series (ゴジラ ザ・シリーズ,   Gojira za Shirīzu?) was an animated series made as a sequel to the 1998 TriStar Pictures film, GODZILLA.


Summary

In the series, Godzilla (the baby that survived the destruction of Madison Square Garden and hatched from the egg at the end of the 1998 film--often nicknamed Zilla Junior by fans) battles a large group of giant monsters. The show tracks Godzilla and team H.E.A.T. around the planet battling new mutations and other supernatural beasts.

The series not only had Godzilla battle several other kaiju, such as a Giant Bat, but also face a fleet of invaders known as "Tachyons" in a tribute to Destroy All Monsters, and an eccentric billionaire rival of Nick's. In an ironic twist from the original Godzilla TV adaptation, in the 1998 film, Godzilla has a flammable power breath similar to fire, while in the series, his son breathes a green atomic breath.

Episodes

Season 1

  1. New Family: Part 1
  2. New Family: Part 2
  3. D.O.A.
  4. Talkin' Trash
  5. The Winter of Our Discontent
  6. Cat and Mouse
  7. What Dreams May Come
  8. Leviathan
  9. Hive
  10. Bird of Paradise
  11. DeadLoch
  12. Monster Wars: Part 1
  13. Monster Wars: Part 2
  14. Monster Wars: Part 3
  15. Competition
  16. Freeze
  17. Bug Out
  18. Web Site
  19. An Early Frost
  20. Trust No One
  21. Juggernaut

Season 2

  1. Future Shock
  2. Cash of the Titans
  3. S.C.A.L.E.
  4. Protector
  5. Freak Show
  6. End of the Line
  7. What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been
  8. Wedding Bells Blew
  9. Metamorphosis
  10. Area 51
  11. The Twister
  12. Shafted
  13. Where is Thy Sting?
  14. Lizard Season
  15. Underground Movement
  16. Ring of Fire
  17. Vision
  18. The Ballad of Gens Du Marais
  19. Tourist Trap

Reception

Despite the negative reaction to the film, Godzilla: The Series garnered surprisingly positive reactions from fans and it did well in the TV ratings. The series followed the adventures of Dr. Nick Tatopoulos, a major character from the film, and Godzilla's surviving baby. The series returned Godzilla's trademark characteristics to the monster in the series, including his strength and nigh-indestructibility, his atomic breath and general masculinity. This Godzilla follows Dr. Tatopoulos and the members of H.E.A.T around, having imprinted upon Nick as his own parent, and fights various other monsters that have been formed by nuclear radiation, in the style of the late Showa era. The fan response to the series was overall very positive, and the animated Godzilla gained much respect from those who hated the film.

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Videos

Trivia

  • Due to programming laws in the 1990's, Godzilla: The Series was unable to show or mention death. As such there are no human fatalities shown in the entire series, while monsters that are killed are usually said to be "destroyed" instead of "killed."
    • While this is the case, in the episode Shafted, there are some petrified and presumably dead miners. In the episode Future Shock, it is implied that a large portion of the human population was wiped out by the D.R.A.G.M.A.s in an alternate future, while Mendel Craven explicitly says that Godzilla died fighting the D.R.A.G.M.A.s.

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