Teen Titans Go! is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics fictional superhero team. The series was announced following the popularity of DC Nation's New Teen Titans shorts.
Sporting a new animation style, Teen Titans Go! serves as a comedic spin-off with little to no continuity to the previous series or any other media in the DC Comics franchise. Many DC characters make cameo appearances and are referenced in the background. The original principal voice cast returns to reprise their respective roles. This series explores what the Titans do when they are hanging out around the tower.
On July 28, 2016, the series was confirmed to be renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on October 20, 2016. A feature film, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, is scheduled for a theatrical release on July 27, 2018, including Will Arnett and Kristen Bell voicing as guest characters in the film.
Teen Titans Go! is an animated series that follows the adventures of the young Titans, residing in Jump City, when they are not saving the world while living together as teenagers without adults who intrude. Unlike most of the other superhero series, the situations are comic, crazy and parodic - for example, juvenile jokes that reach new heights of danger, obtaining the license to drive after destroying the Batmobile or washing the suits after staining them when fighting their enemies. The show regularly features characters who have appeared in the original series, albeit with reduced roles and/or exaggerated personalities. It also features greater attachment to the DC Universe at large, with more references to other characters in the Justice League, plus a few appearances by Batman and Commissioner Gordon in lighthearted moments.
The show is littered with in-jokes regarding the whole of DC's library, many of them in blink-and-miss moments, as well as numerous jokes at the expense of the show itself.
Why It Sucks
- Lazy animation, character designs (compared to the original) , and writing.
- Some episodes have deceptive titles, such as "Dude, Relax", "I'm The Sauce", "Hey You, Don't Forget About Me in Your Memory", "The Return of Slade", and "Smile Bones", just to name a few.
- Many "villains" aren't much of a threat. Trigon, once an embodiment of evil in the comics and the Teen Titans series, is portrayed as a sitcom dad rather than a demonic father.
- False life lessons such as cheating to win, girls being better than boys, TV keeping your brain from rotting (according to Cyborg), getting more presents on Christmas being more important than your family, xenophobic towards science/fiction romance, harsh rejection as a joke, and books being bad.
- The developers cannot handle criticism, going as far as making episodes that mock the critics, Internet reviewers, and fans of the original Teen Titans.
- The Titans have been butchered badly:
- Robin is a complete overbearing and severely mentally or psychologically ill dominant jerk. He barely ever gets any respect by his own team and they often don't listen to him, even if he doesn't do anything wrong or mean to them.
- Starfire is more child-like and often licks Silkie.
- Beast Boy is a couch potato who barely gets up to do something simple.
- Cyborg is an annoying idiot.
- Raven (despite being the most likable out of the five) is a hypocritical Pretty Pretty Pegasus (a parody of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) fan.
- The humor is mostly offensive, insulting, and forced, mainly consisting of incredibly stupid jokes and toilet humor.
- According to an interview, the developers explicitly stated that they have never watched the original Teen Titans.
- It's overly random and lots of things are excessively out-of-place.
- Because of its annoyance, laziness, randomness, and stupidity, it can essentially be an eleven-minute long "It's for kids!" excuse, as well as a middle finger to the fans of the original Teen Titans due to disrespecting the content and characterization from its predecessor.
- It's a complete waste of talented voice actors.
- Horrid dialogue.
- Inappropriate moments targeted at kids, such as some of the characters twerking in some of the episodes, as seen in "Booty Scooty", and "The Fourth Wall".
- Annoying and repetitive songs such as "Waffles", "I'm a Hot Pepper", and the lackluster theme song.
- It often insults many other franchises of every type among other stuff, like other DC and non-DC properties, as well as some movie franchises like The Matrix, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and Indiana Jones. Two episodes ("Let's Get Serious" and "Money Grandma") even insulted the Young Justice fans and George Washington respectively as well.
- No continuity.
- Lots of padding.
- So many plotholes, such as Beast Boy eating meat before the episode, "Vegetables" came out.
- It became self-aware of how bad it is and is proud of that.
- It completely takes away the charm of the original Teen Titans, as it lacks the dark, serious tone of it because it barely focuses on action and mostly humor.
- Animation errors in many episodes.
- The Titans behave like villains and are far more annoying and unlikable than the "villains" themselves.
- Like in "The HIVE Five", the Titans continuously torment the HIVE, and yet they were doing nothing bad through the entire episode.
- Another example is where in "Finally a Lesson", they deliberately kick out the "villains" from their apartment homes in a harsh way.
- In "Movie Night", Robin attacks Control Freak and steals his television, but he wasn't doing anything wrong.
- In "Caged Tiger", Dr. Light tries to redeem himself and join the Titans, but Robin, Cyborg, and Beast Boy don't accept his redemption and instead mercilessly beat him up for no apparent reason.
- In "Snuggle Time", to get more free time with their cats and drink hot cocoa, the Titans straight up become villains, build an evil lair, kill Batman, Batgirl, the Titans East, Aqualad, and Aquaman, all without feeling a bit of sorrow out of it.
- Mostly, justification of their destructive behaviors to "protect" Jump City and causing more collateral damage than any of the "villains". The Titans treat it like their playground and are disrespectful towards citizens, as well as "villains" on their day off, intentionally creating enemies through ridiculous insults and inflicting harm on individuals like the Mocking Birds, Zan the Wonder Twin, Aqualad, etc.
- The Titans barely even go on adventures.
- In one episode, Darkseid was given the voice of "Weird Al" Yankovic! He doesn't even sing!
- It completely ruins the Robin x Starfire relationship by having Robin being either psychotically obsessed with Starfire or very abusive to her (especially in "Hey You, Don't Forget About Me in Your Memory").
- The scary/dramatic music from the first season's episodes are recycled from YouTube.
- The Titans admitted that the original Teen Titans is better, as mentioned in the episode "The Fourth Wall".
- Every now and then (to be fair), there is an episode or a duo that is good. "40%, 40%, 20%" and the four part miniseries "The Night Begins to Shine" or "The Day the Night Stopped Beginning to Shine and Became Dark Even Though it Was the Day".
- The voice acting (for the most part) is at least decent. Speaking of the voice acting, the voice actors (Scott Menville, Hynden Walch, Khary Payton, Tara Strong and Greg Cipes) and most of the crew from the original Teen Titans haven't changed.
- It contains lesser-known corners of the DC canon.
- Raven sometimes acts as the "voice-of-reason" of the Teen Titans.
- Fall Out Boy appeared in this and they are actually based on the real life members. They also have a pretty decent role in one episode.
- Some funny moments here and there.
Episodes With Their Own Pages
- "The Return of Slade"
- "Smile Bones"
- "The True Meaning of Christmas"
- "Boys vs Girls"
- "Serious Business"
- "The Best Robin"
- "Hot Garbage"
- "Staring At The Future"
- "Hey You, Don't Forget about Me in Your Memory"
Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, Teen Titans Go! has been heavily panned by Internet reviewers and fans of the original Teen Titans. Mr. Enter has been known to call the characters the "Toddler Titans" due to their immaturity.
It has below average ratings on TV.com and IMDb. It was ranked #1 on WatchMojo's Top 10 Worst Animated Superhero Shows video and is nearly always at the top of PhantomStrider's bad shows dealing countdown videos.