The 90’s were a very strange (and awesome time). Sometimes, things happened that made no sense whatsoever. One example of this is that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appeared on Oprah at one point. I am not even kidding you. The website Uncanny Brett White dug up an old VCR tape version he had of this cross-promotion train wreck, and it might just be one of TV’s finest hours. I am not even kidding you.
So what is the main thing you walk away from this TMNT crossover with Oprah thinking? For me, it was pretty clear neither side had any idea what they were doing. It felt as awkward and forced as most crossovers do, and that is the single element that kept me watching in awe. This would be like if Oprah had an animated version of Finn and Jake on her show right now (if her show still existed and still pandered). Also, it is jarring to see an Oprah audience filled with kids. Normally, it is filled with frothing women. Now it is filled with frothing children, screaming for dudes dressed in turtle costumes. The best part, the adult ladies dressed up like the Turtles, too, randomly placed in the audience.
But watch it knowing you do not get that kind of insanity anymore. The 90’s were a very special time. The fact that the Ninja Turtles were on Oprah is now the benchmark for that decade.