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X-Men the Animated Series

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X-Men the Animated Series

 

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It ran from October 31, 1992 to September 20, 1997 on the Fox Network as part of its Fox Kids Saturday morning lineup, for 76 episodes of 22 minutes and 5 seasons.

Based on the original early 90’s cast drawn my Jim Lee, the cartoons followed the same story line as the comics, being Marvel Comics' second attempt at an animated X-Men program, after the pilot X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men which was not picked up for a series, though it was broadcast multiple times between 1989 and 1992.

Along with loosely reproducing famous story lines and plots of the original series, it also created episodes that dealt openly with mature social issues, though mostly in subtext.

The show included characters like the early 1990s X-Men drawn by Jim Lee, composed of Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Grey, Professor X, it also adds an original character to the line-up, Morph (an adaptation of previous X-Men member Kevin Sydney). While the following all guest-starred in at least one episode: Colossus, Nightcrawler, Emma Frost, Forge, Havok, Polaris, Cannonball, Banshee, Iceman, Archangel, Longshot, Dazzler, Sunfire, Psylocke, Cable, and Bishop. Of all X-Men members, Shadowcat was the only member to never appear in any way during the series run.

Just like the comics, the series also touched mature social issues, like prejudice, intolerance, isolation, and racism.

The series had very high ratings for a Saturday morning cartoon, and like Batman: The Animated Series it was highly praised for its portrayal of many different storylines from the comics. This is one of the longest lasting shows on Fox Kids running 5 seasons and 76 episodes, second only to Batman, and is also one of Americas most viewed and highest rated morning programs in history.

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