Since it first started airing nearly three decades ago, Power Rangers has been on our television screens almost every single year in some form. It is an undeniably classic franchise that has generated billions of dollars; if you’re in the right age range but didn’t watch at least a couple of series of it in your childhood, you really missed out.
If you did, though, and we’re assuming you did because you’re here, we’re taking you on a trip down memory lane. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to list out every version of the show in order while recapping a bunch of information about when it ran until, who the villains were, and more.
Sit back and feel the nostalgia.
The one that started it all. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers first aired on August 28th, 1993 on Fox Kids and it’s the only version of the series on this list that ran for multiple seasons. Rita Repulsa is released from 10,000 years of confinement which she was put under by Zordon. Aware of her release, Zordon summons five teenagers to defend earth.
Considered a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers mini-series spin-off, there are just ten episodes of this one. It also features the same characters as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It picks up where the previous series left off. When the Power Rangers are unable to fight, Zordon recruits the Alien Rangers to help.
Airing from April 20th to November 27th in 1996 on Fox Kids, Zeo is also a continuation of the previous series. In fact, each series was linked until Lost Galaxy, which we’ll get to later. Here, the main antagonist is the Machine Empire, although Rita and Lord Zedd do reappear.
From April 19th to November 24th, 45 episodes of Power Rangers Turbo aired on Fox Kids. Here, a space pirate called Divatox wants to conquer Earth, and the Turbo Rangers must stop her. Notably, this season saw a lot of changes to the original rangers and new characters introduced where assistance was needed.
Picking up where Turbo left off, Zordon is still a prisoner and Dark Specter wants to use his powers to spread evil not all across the earth, but the entire universe. This is the last series that was part of the Zordon era. This series also contained one of the cooler enemies, the Psycho Rangers. It aired on Fox Kids from February 6thto November 21st in 1998.
Debuting on the 6th of February and ending on December 18th, 1999, Lost Galaxy marks the first time that a new cast got introduced with every new series. Also, spoiler alert, this series marked the first time that a Ranger was killed off in the series because the actor had to be treated for leukemia. She thankfully made it back for the last episode after successful treatment.
The fictional town of Mariner Bay in California was built on an ancient demon burial ground, so no awards for guessing what happened here. The demons are accidentally released and so a government organization, Lightspeed, recruits five people, one of which is Captain Mitchell’s daughter, to stop them. The famous Titanium Ranger appears here, the only ever American exclusive Ranger.
Set in the year 3000, Time Force is the police force that must deal with mutants and people with superpowers. A dangerous mutant, Ransik, escapes Time Force custody and travels back to the year 2001 after he kills the Red Time Force Ranger. Some of his subordinates also travel back to seek out his ancestor, using his DNA to create the Time Force Power Rangers. This series ran from February 3rd to November 17th, 2001.
Animaria is an island that many believed to only be a part of fairy tales but when Cole Evans encounters it in real life, he is met by Princess Shayla who selects him and four others to be the Wild Force Power Rangers and defeat the evil Orgs. This one originally aired on Fox Kids but eventually moved to ABC Kids when Fox was sold.
Ninja Storm was the first series not to be produced by MMPR Productions, the first to be shot in New Zealand, and the first to air entirely on ABC Kids. Airing from February 15th to November 15th in 2003, Shane, Tori and Dustin are students of the Wind Ninja Academy, but they have to become the Wind Rangers when all of the other students are kidnapped.
Mesogog is a humanoid dinosaur who brings Earth back to a prehistoric time, so Dr. Tommy Oliver is forced to recruit his students to become the Dino Rangers. Eventually, he and his colleague’s adopted son join them as the green and white Rangers. Dino Thunder aired on Jetix from February 14th to November 20th in ’04.
Set twenty years in the future (which is only four years from now, yikes), S.P.D. stands for Space Patrol Delta, a force that protects the Galaxy from the Troobian Empire. S.P.D. is interesting because aliens and humans are allies for a good portion of it. Like its immediate predecessor, this one also aired on Jetix.
Morticon is the general of the Morlock Army and he plans to take over not just the human world, but the magical world too. Udonna, a sorceress, must form the Mystic Force Power Rangers to protect Briarwood. Mystic Force aired on Jetix in 2006 from February 20th to November 13th.
Originally called Drive Force and Relic Hunters, Operation Overdrive sees a billionaire adventurer called Andrew Hartford tasking his own son and four others with finding the jewels of the Corona Aurora before Flurious, Moltor, Kamdor or Fearcats can. This iteration of the show aired on Jetix in 2007 from the 26th of February to the 12th of November.
The evil spirit of Dai Shi has been stopped from destroying the world by the Phai Zhua for nearly ten thousand years. Master Mao chooses three people to guard the container of Dai Shi but one of them, Jarrod, is eventually deemed unworthy and replaced. He is angered and possessed by the spirit, so the Jungle Fury Power Rangers must stop the evil spirit from taking over the world.
In 2009, the series returned to ABC Kids. From March 7th to December 26th, Power Rangers RPM aired. Venjix is an AI computer virus that has spread across Earth and created robot druids that destroy or enslave humans. Only Corinth remains due to its protective force field and the RPM Power Rangers must protect it. Beast Morphers is a direct sequel to this series.
Jayden Shiba is a descendant of the original Red Samurai Ranger and he is being trained by Mentor Ji of the Shiba House so that he can prevent Master Xandred’s Nighlok forces from taking over the earth. Fellow samurai descendants join him to form the Samurai Power Rangers. This was the first series to live on Nickelodeon.
Super Samurai is technically the second season of Power Rangers Samurai, but it is recognized as its own season. The Super in the name was done to reflect that there was an upgrade in the Rangers’ powers and as you can see, it becomes a trend for a few years.
Zordon from the original few series has a protégé named Gosei and in Megaforce, he calls upon five teenagers to battle the invasion of the Warstar Empire, a group of evil aliens. This first season aired from February 2nd to December 7th in 2013 on Nickelodeon.
Super Megaforce is of course the second season of Megaforce. Here, Gosei gives the Megaforce Power Rangers new morphers which gives them the ability to assume Super Mega Mode, which gives them the powers of all Rangers before them. It aired in 2014 on Nickelodeon from February the 15th to the 22nd of November.
Sledge is an intergalactic bounty hunter who comes to Earth looking for Energems, so the Dino Charge Power Rangers must wield them to keep them out of his and Snide’s hands. It lasted for 22 episodes from February to December 2015.
The second season, Dino Super Charge, also spanned 22 episodes. Here, the Ranger team gets two new members and along with new, more powerful enemies come new, more powerful powers. Nickelodeon also housed this series, which aired almost all year in 2016, from January 30th to December 10th.
The item of desire in this series of Power Rangers is the Ninja Nexus Prism. It contains six magical Ninja Power Stars, which means that the Galaxy Warriors want it to become invincible. It’s up to the Ninja Steel Power Rangers to use the Stars to morph and stop them. The show lived on Nickelodeon from January to December in 2017.
2018 saw the second season, Super Ninja Steel. The premise was that Madame Odius is still alive and now wants to steal the Prism more than ever. Here, the Rangers eventually claim the Super Steel and become more powerful than ever before.
As we previously mentioned, Beast Morphers is a direct sequel to RPM. Grid Battleforce is a secret agency that combines Morph-X with animal DNA to create the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team, hence the name. Where the virus in RPM was Venjix, here it is Evox. There were two seasons of it, but with the same name, unlike the past few years. It ran from March 2nd, 2019 to December 12th, 2020, in total.
The latest iteration of the show debuted on Nickelodeon in February of this year but was recently brought to Netflix, a reflection of where television is going in general. Here, the dinosaur theme is present for the fourth time. Alien beings called Sporix arrive on Earth and the newest Power Rangers must wield the power of the dinosaurs to defend our planet.