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The show's adapted from the Japanese tokusatsu Super Sentai franchise, but is not simply an English dub of the original. Rather, it is a 'new' production with English-speaking actors spliced in with the original Japanese footage in varying ratios. Due to the very Japanese nature of many of Sentai's stories and design, the American shows are always at least slightly changed to fit a Western audience. However, the action sequences featuring the characters in costume, and the scenes featuring daikaiju and mecha (referred to as "Zords" in the English series), are typically dubbed. The vast majority of the toy line is similarly adapted, though there are toys exclusive to English-speaking countries.

The series that began the franchise was Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which began broadcasting as part of the Fox Kids group of programs that aired on Fox. It lasted for three seasons. The franchise has continued, and as of 2006 has consisted of thirteen television series and two theatrical films. The fifteenth anniversary series, Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive is set to air in 2007.

The Power Rangers series was distributed by Saban Entertainment from 1993 until the end of 2001 and was broadcast on Fox. The franchise was purchased by Disney as a part of a Saban buyout between 2001 and 2002, and the show continued to air on Fox until its Fox Kids package was dismantled in the United States. Since Fall 2002, all Power Rangers shows have aired on various Disney-owned networks (ABC Kids, Toon Disney and Jetix channels worldwide


What is a Power Ranger?
A Power Ranger is a person who morphs from an unpowered form into a powerful superhero wearing a brightly colored battle suit featuring a helmet with an opaque visor; in many cases, the helmet serves to protect his or her secret identity. A morphed Ranger generally possesses superhuman strength, durability, and hand-to-hand combat ability; unmorphed Rangers may possess other innate abilities (such as telepathy, super speed, invisibility, great hand-to-hand combat ability, etc.) that are usually not directly related to his or her Ranger powers.

Rangers appear to retain their original physiology beneath their suits when in morphed form, as Rangers' helmets have been seen removed or broken on numerous occasions, revealing his or her natural form underneath (there are exceptions to this rule: Justin, the Blue Turbo Ranger, was in his early teens and was much shorter than his Ranger form when unmorphed; Anubis "Doggie" Cruger, the S.P.D. Shadow Ranger, has a muzzle [he is a humanoid dog-like alien] that seems to disappear beneath the helmet; and Daggeron, the Solaris Knight, transforms into his Ancient Mystic Mode while in the process of morphing). Helmets aside, the suits are donned and removed nearly instantaneously with a glow of light or some other effect. Sometimes, Rangers "de-morph" involuntarily due to powerful physical attacks.

Rangers regularly operate in teams of five, with a special sixth Ranger frequently joining the team part way into the series; sometimes a core team of three will later be joined by additional Rangers. Each Ranger's suit and energy spectrum will match a specific color, with red, yellow, and blue being joined by some combination of pink, green, black, or white. Rangers may be named after their respective colors, such as Red Ranger, Blue Ranger, etc., but numbers or other names may also be used. There is usually no more than one Ranger of a given color on a team, but exceptions of this rule are generally given alternate names (in Time Force, there were two Rangers with red-colored costumes; the first was the Red Time Force Ranger, the second was the Quantum Ranger). The team's costumes are nearly identical aside from color, helmet design (most notably the shape of the opaque visor) and perhaps a numerical designation; any additional Rangers will regularly have additional costume modifications, usually some form of additional armor.

The Rangers' color designation also influences their wardrobe throughout the series, as their civilian clothing is often the same color as their Ranger color. This correlation was joked about in Dino Thunder when Tommy Oliver (a former Green Ranger, White Ranger, and twice a Red Ranger) became the new Black Dino Ranger; he said that he had to go shopping because he did not own enough black-colored clothing.

THE POWER RANGER TEAMS

1 Mighty Morphin
2 Alien Rangers
3 Zeo
4 Turbo
5 In Space
6 Lost Galaxy
7 Lightspeed Rescue
8 Time Force
9 Wild Force
10 Ninja Storm
11 Dino Thunder
12 S.P.D.
13 Mystic Force
14 Operation Overdrive





1 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers ("MMPR") was an American live-action television series, created for the American market based on the sixteenth installment of the Japanese Super Sentai franchise, Kyouryuu Sentai Zyuranger. The show and its related merchandise both saw unbridled overnight success, catapulting into pop culture in mere months. Under the original name Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the series ran from 1993 to 1996 and spawned a feature (non-canon) film, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.

The second and third seasons drew on footage and elements from the Japanese series Gosei Sentai Dairanger and Ninja Sentai Kakuranger respectively, though the Zyuranger costumes were still used extensively; the main 5 Dairanger suits were never used at all, only the KibaRanger (White Power Ranger) suit was used. The series was produced by MMPR Productions and distributed by Saban Entertainment, and aired on Fox Kids.

In 1996, the Mighty Morphin label was retired as the series would follow in the footsteps of its Sentai source material, changing its name every year; thus the Power Rangers franchise was born. Power Rangers still runs in this format to this day, though currently the majority of post-MMPR series are not spin-offs in the traditional sense.





Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers

Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers was a Power Rangers mini-series inside the third season of the TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers that lasted for 10 episodes. As with the 3rd season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, this miniseries used footage and monsters from the eighteenth Super Sentai series, Ninja Sentai Kakuranger; however, the Rangers' costumes from Kakuranger were now used as well.



Power Rangers: Zeo

Power Rangers: Zeo (often abbreviated as PRZ, and often simply called Zeo) is a continuation of the television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is based on the Super Sentai series Chouriki Sentai Ohranger. Power Rangers: Zeo is the first series in Power Rangers that is part of the annual Ranger suit change to match the annual change of the Super Sentai series.





Power Rangers: Turbo

Power Rangers: Turbo (often abbreviated as PRT, and often simply called Turbo) was a television show based on the Japanese Super Sentai television series Gekisou Sentai CarRanger it is the fifth season of Power Rangers.

The series is the follow up to Power Rangers: Zeo and the continuation of the storyline begun in the film, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, in which the former Zeo Rangers Tommy (V — Red), Adam (IV — Green), Tanya (II — Yellow), and Kat (I — Pink) are joined by Justin, the twelve-year-old new Blue Ranger (who replaces an injured Rocky), in the quest to stop Divatox, a barbaric but beautiful space pirate, from unleashing the evil of her demonic fiancé, Maligore, upon the universe. The power of the Zeo Crystal and the Zeo Zords are not strong enough to withstand this new evil, so Zordon and Alpha 5 assist the Rangers in creating the new Turbo Powers, which also give the Rangers new Turbo Zords.





POWER RANGERS : IN SPACE

Power Rangers in Space (often abbreviated as PRiS or referred to as simply In Space) was a television show, in the Power Rangers franchise. It was the first full series to be handled by showrunners Judd Lynn and Jonathan Tzachor.

It was loosely based on, and involved footage from, the Japanese television show Denji Sentai Megaranger, the twenty-first Super Sentai series. The show was a turning point in the history of the Power Rangers franchise, as the season brought about the end of six years worth of storylines and was the ending of the practice of having the Power Rangers be a continuous serial-style show with a regular cast that carried over from one season to the next. It is also one of the most popular seasons in the franchise's history and is credited for saving it from cancellation after the dismal "Power Rangers: Turbo" season. Due to Turbo's low ratings, this season was also meant to be the last as the crew had a lower budget than the last few seasons. The ratings for this season proved strong enough to move the show on, however




Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy

Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy (often abbreviated as PRLG and often simply called Lost Galaxy) was a Power Rangers television series. It featured many familiar elements from previous incarnations. It is based on the Japanese Super Sentai television series Seijuu Sentai Gingaman.

This is the first Power Rangers series to not be a continuation of the previous series, with its own new cast and story. With the annual suit change that began with Power Rangers: Zeo and the annual cast and story change starting with this series, this is the first series to follow the practice set by the Super Sentai series. However, there were allusions to Zordon being the source of the Galaxy Power Rangers' powers, plus the Space Power Rangers returned, Paul Schrier reprised his role as Bulk in a couple of episodes, Alpha 6 and D.E.C.A., as well as the Astro Megaship (all from the previous season), were used again, and Melody Perkins reprised her role as Karone midway through the series. Thus, it serves as something of a transitional series and also a unique one in Power Rangers history: it is neither completely self-contained nor a direct continuation; it's a bit of both. The seasons would not begin to have completely independent stories until the following series, Lightspeed Rescue
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