The Transformers

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The Transformers
Genre Science fiction
Format Animated series
Written by Various
Directed by John Gibbs (Season 1)
Terry Lennon (Season 2)
Ray Lee (Season 3)
Jaeho Hong (Season 4)
Starring See Cast
Country of origin United States (production)
Japan (animation)
South Korea (animation)
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 98[1] (List of episodes)
Producer(s) Nelson Shin
Joe Bacal
Margaret Loesch
Tom Griffin
Lee Gunther
Running time 23–24 minutes
Production company(s) Sunbow Productions
(Sony Pictures Television)
Marvel Productions
(20th Century Fox Television)
Toei Animation
(Japanese Animation Studio)
(South Korean Animation Studio)
Distributor Claster Television, Inc.
Original channel first-run syndication[2]
Original run September 17, 1984 (1984-09-17) – 1988 (1988)
Status Ended

The Transformers is an animated television series about a war between two factions of alien shapeshifting robots called Autobots and Decepticons.


The Transformers is based on the Hasbro toy line of the same name.[3]

Marvel's Editor-in-Chief at the time, Jim Shooter, produced a rough story concept for the series, creating the idea of the two warring factions of alien robots – the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons.[4]





  1. "Transformers: The Complete Series DVD Review". IGN. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  2. "From Lassie to Pee-Wee". The New York Times. October 30, 1988. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  3. "A brief history of the Transformers". Malaysia Star. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  4. "Rogue's Gallery: Megatron". IGN. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 

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