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Created byK. A. Applegate (book series)
Theme music composer
  • Craig Hazen
  • Julie Dansky
  • David Wolfert
Opening theme
  • "It's All in Your Hands"
  • "It's All in Your Hands" (instrumental; later episodes)
Ending theme"It's All in Your Hands" (instrumental; episode 3 onwards)
ComposerNorman Orenstein
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Production locationsToronto, Ontario, Canada
Running time22–23 minutes per episode
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 15, 1998 (1998-09-15) –
October 8, 1999 (1999-10-08)

Animorphs (also known under the promotional title AniTV) is a television adaptation made by Protocol Entertainment based on the Scholastic book series of the same name by K. A. Applegate. It was made for YTV for Season 1 and Global for Season 2 in Canada and Nickelodeon for the United States. The series was broadcast from September 15, 1998 to October 8, 1999 in the United States and Canada.





Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
120September 4, 1998 (1998-09-04)February 16, 1999 (1999-02-16)
26September 3, 1999 (1999-09-03)October 8, 1999 (1999-10-08)

Season 1 (1998–99)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateOriginal US air dateProd.
11"My Name is Jake, Part 1"Timothy BondNeal Shusterman & Jeff VlamingSeptember 15, 1998 (1998-09-15)September 4, 1998101
Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassie, and Marco, five teenagers only vaguely acquainted with one another, choose to take a shortcut through a construction site and wind up encountering Elfangor, an alien who offers them the power to morph into animals to save the Earth from the Yeerks and an insidious secret invasion. Based on The Invasion. Narrated by Jake.
22"My Name is Jake, Part 2"Timothy BondNeal Shusterman, Dan Angel & Billy BrownSeptember 15, 1998 (1998-09-15)September 11, 1998102
Jake and his friends must decide how to make use of their newfound power to outsmart and fight back against the Yeerks, an alien race that have parasitically begun taking over humans. Based on The Invasion. Narrated by Jake.
33"Underground"Ron OliverNeal Shusterman & Jeff VlamingSeptember 22, 1998 (1998-09-22)September 18, 1998106
The group begin acquiring morphs from the zoo where Cassie's mother works in their first attempt to confront the Yeerks. Meanwhile, Jake discovers his brother Tom has become a Controller—a human who has become a host for a Yeerk, through a group known as The Sharing. Their assault is a failure; they don't free any humans and apparently lose both Tobias and the mysterious disc that Elfangor entrusted to him. Based on The Invasion. Narrated by Marco.
44"On the Run"Ron OliverScott PetersSeptember 29, 1998 (1998-09-29)September 25, 1998103
When the Yeerks offer to exchange the Andalite disc for an Andalite, Jake and Marco come up with a risky plan to get a Controller to capture an animal instead. Meanwhile, Cassie and Rachel attend a Sharing meeting to find out more about the Yeerks and what may have happened to Tobias. This episode is not based on any book in particular, but follows a few plot lines of The Invasion (investigating a Sharing meeting), The Visitor (finding out the original entrance to the pool is gone) and The Predator (Yeerks finding Animorphs by following a fake signal). Narrated by Jake.
55"Between Friends"Shawn LevyRon OliverOctober 6, 1998 (1998-10-06)October 2, 1998104
Now that it's certain that Tobias is trapped in his hawk morph, Rachel attempts to rescue her friend, Melissa Chapman, from infestation. Melissa's father, Principal Chapman, is an important Controller and Rachel is captured and taken to Visser Three. The Animorphs must rescue her and avoid recklessly endangering themselves. Based on The Visitor and one plot line of The Invasion (an Animorph finding out at night that Tobias is stuck in morph). Narrated by Rachel.
66"The Message"William FruetMarc Scott Zicree & Neal ShustermanOctober 13, 1998 (1998-10-13)October 9, 1998105
Cassie and Tobias suspect another Andalite is on Earth when a different thought-speak contacts them and Visser Three. It soon becomes a race between the Animorphs and the Yeerks to claim the Andalite. Based on The Message. Narrated by Cassie.
77"The Escape"Ron OliverJessica Scott & Mike WollaegerOctober 20, 1998 (1998-10-20)October 16, 1998109
The Animorphs discover that a certain type of oatmeal is a stimulant to the Yeerks, and leaves them unable to control their hosts' actions. The usage of this "drug" also affects the hosts, but the Animorphs know they must use this advantage to inflict some serious damage upon the Yeerk pool. Based on The Underground. Narrated by Rachel.
88"The Alien"Don McCutcheonMarc Scott ZicreeOctober 27, 1998 (1998-10-27)October 23, 1998110
Ax, seeming foreign to his new surroundings, tries to fit in with his new friends. After making the grave mistake of giving technology to humans, he must fix his error by Andalite law and defeat Visser Three—alone. Based on The Alien. Narrated by Ax.
99"The Capture, Part 1"William FruetNeal ShustermanNovember 3, 1998 (1998-11-03)January 10, 1999107
Jake discovers Victor Trent, his father's business partner in opening a new health clinic, is actually Visser Three. When the Animorphs go to destroy the Yeerk pool in the building, Jake falls into the pool and unknown to his friends, becomes a Controller. Based on The Capture. Narrated by Jake.
1010"The Capture, Part 2"William FruetNeal Shusterman & Marc Scott ZicreeNovember 10, 1998 (1998-11-10)January 10, 1999108
Ax realizes that after falling into the Yeerk pool they destroyed, Jake has become a Controller; the group must prevent Jake from using his morphing powers to escape and reveal the Animorphs to Visser Three. Jake and the Yeerk inside him struggle to maintain control of his body as Jake attempts to kill the Yeerk by depriving it of the nourishing Kandrona rays it needs. Based on The Capture. Narrated by Ax.
1111"The Reaction"Graeme LynchCarl EllsworthNovember 17, 1998 (1998-11-17)November 6, 1998111
Cassie rescues a boy from a crocodile pit during a field trip at the zoo and develops an allergic reaction to the crocodile DNA she has acquired and cannot control her morphing abilities. When she is invited to a popular television show featuring star Jason Jon McCole as a guest, the Animorphs must find a way to stop him from encouraging millions of fans to join the Sharing. Based on The Reaction. Narrated by Cassie.
1212"The Stranger"Don McCutcheonMarc Scott ZicreeNovember 24, 1998 (1998-11-24)November 13, 1998112
Rachel spends time with her father, struggling with whether she should move away with him or not. Meanwhile, Visser Three captures Ax and the rest of the Animorphs in a cunning trap until a mysterious figure known as the Ellimist arrives and offers them a dangerous choice. Based on The Stranger. Narrated by Rachel.
1313"The Forgotten"William FruetScott PetersDecember 1, 1998 (1998-12-01)November 20, 1998115
Rachel suffers amnesia, which causes her to forget everything she knows, including everything about being an Animorph, and the battle against the Yeerks. When she unknowingly wanders into a human-Controller infested area and is about to be taken by the Yeerks, her friends must find a way to save her and restore her memory. Based on one plot line of Megamorphs: The Andalite's Gift (Rachel having amnesia). Narrated by Rachel.
1414"The Leader, Part 1"Shawn LevyJessica Scott & Mike WollaegerJanuary 5, 1999 (1999-01-05)February 7, 1999113
Jake finds out Visser One will be at the EGS Tower, where the Yeerk Kandrona ray generator is located. When Jake and Marco are captured while spying on the Yeerks and brought on board their spaceship, their escape is hindered when they discover Visser One's host is Marco's missing mother. Based on The Stranger and The Predator. Narrated by Marco.
1515"The Leader, Part 2"Shawn LevyJessica Scott & Mike WollaegerJanuary 12, 1999 (1999-01-12)February 12, 1999114
Now that Marco has found his mother again, he is reluctant to leave the Yeerk ship without her. Cassie and Rachel destroy the Kandrona ray generator while Ax must devise a way to bring Jake and Marco back to Earth. Meanwhile, their actions have revealed the existence of a new enemy. Based on The Stranger and The Predator. Narrated by Marco.
1616"Tobias"Graeme LynchCarl EllsworthJanuary 19, 1999 (1999-01-19)January 17, 1999116
Ax creates a device that allows an individual to relive their most cherished memories, which Tobias and Ax use to relive their past days. Tobias relives his pre-Animorph life, remembering how he met Rachel, how he first acquired animal DNA, and how he decided to join the fight, while Ax remembers how awkward he was at first when he became human. Narrated by Tobias and Ax.
1717"Not My Problem"Stacy CurtisGeorge MelrodJanuary 26, 1999 (1999-01-26)January 24, 1999117
When Jake succumbs to the pressures of being the Animorphs' leader, the Ellimist appears and grants him the wish to be normal. However, in the alternate reality, everyone but Tobias is infested by the Yeerks and Tobias must carefully plot his next move to avoid the same fate. Shares similarities to Megamorphs: Back to Before, although the book came out after the episode. Narrated by Jake.
1818"The Release"Robert K. SprogisMarc Scott Zicree & Carl EllsworthFebruary 2, 1999 (1999-02-02)February 21, 1999118
With too many Controllers and not enough Kandrona rays, Yeerks are dying and losing control of their hosts, including Tom, whom Jake and Marco try to rescue. Among the Controllers regaining their freedom include Jake's science teacher, Mr. Perkins, who has begun a crusade to free other Controllers. Based on one plot line of The Alien (Yeerks dying from lack of Kandrona rays). Narrated by Jake.
1919"Face Off, Part 1"Graeme LynchJessica Scott & Mike WollaegerFebruary 9, 1999 (1999-02-09)February 28, 1999119
At the basketball final, the Animorphs discover that all of their enemies will be in one place, giving them to opportunity to deal a blow to the Yeerks. However, a plan goes horribly wrong as Jake is trapped. The Animorphs must now split up to find the Andalite disc and free Jake. This episode is not based on any book in particular, but contains one plot line from The Change (Tobias regaining his human body as a morph).
2020"Face Off, Part 2"Graeme LynchMike Wollaeger & Jessica ScottFebruary 16, 1999 (1999-02-16)March 7, 1999120
Separated and surrounded by enemies, the Animorphs struggle to avoid being captured. Rachel manages to save Tobias by morphing into a Yeerk, but Jake remains in Tom's clutches as everyone else becomes dangerously close to being infested. This episode is not based on any book in particular, but contains one plot line from The Sickness (one Animorph morphing a Yeerk), although the book came out after the episode.

Season 2 (1999)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateOriginal US air dateProd.
211"Face Off, Part 3"Don McCutcheonRhonda OlsonSeptember 3, 1999 (1999-09-03)February 20, 2000221
With everyone in a desperate situation, Marco manages to save the day when he destroys a number of special Yeerks and creates a sufficient distraction for everyone else to escape. Jake almost gets caught after morphing into Tom to escape from Visser Three. This episode is not based on any book in particular, but contains one plot line from The Encounter (an Animorph being stuck between morphs). This episode, and its predecessors of the same name, are narrated by Jake.
222"My Name is Erek"Don McCutcheonJeff SchechterSeptember 10, 1999 (1999-09-10)February 20, 2000222
Jake and Marco discover a bizarre child with superhuman strength, who they soon discover is Erek, a member of the android race known as the Chee. Erek and the Chee need the Animorphs' assistance to recover their hologram technology from the Yeerks. Based on The Android. Narrated by Marco.
233"The Front"Graeme LynchGeorge MelrodOctober 8, 1999 (1999-10-08)February 27, 2000223
Ax lands a job at a new electronics store, where he is pressured to sell as many cell phones as possible. When Tom buys a cell phone for himself and his latest crush, Melissa Chapman, Jake and Marco become suspicious and investigate. However, they're horrified to discover what Ax is really selling. This episode is not based on any book in particular, but contains one plot line from The Decision (Ax asking for a job). Narrated by Ax.
244"Changes, Part 1"Ron OliverRon OliverSeptember 17, 1999 (1999-09-17)April 9, 2000224
The Animorphs decide that they've earned a break and plan to go to the spring dance. Cassie tries to urge Jake to help her stop a cosmetics factory's experiments with animals, but it ends up being a disaster. After the remaining Animorphs come to the rescue, Marco is caught on tape demorphing. This episode is not based on any book in particular, but contains one plot line from The Journey (Animorphs being photographed demorphing), although the book came out after the episode.
255"Changes, Part 2"Ron OliverRon OliverSeptember 24, 1999 (1999-09-24)April 16, 2000225
The boy who taped Marco demorphing, Harold Nesbit, is about to reveal his finding for profit. Jake and Marco try to personally steal the tape, but are unsuccessful, so the group must find the tape and stop it from broadcasting. Meanwhile, Visser Three is using a TV executive morph to broadcast a new show that will make human infestation easier, and Ax is behaving strangely. This episode is not based on any book in particular, but contains one plot line from The Journey (Animorphs recovering a tape of them demorphing), although the book came out after the episode.
266"Changes, Part 3"Ron OliverRon OliverOctober 1, 1999 (1999-10-01)April 23, 2000226
Tobias follows the trail of hawk images being left around town, but is shocked by what he finds. Meanwhile, when Marco notices a suspicious looking construction worker hanging around school, he investigates and discovers that friends and the rest of their classmates are in huge danger. Before he can tell anyone, however, Marco finds himself trapped, unbeknownst to his friends, who are now arriving at the dance. This episode is not based on any book in particular, but contains plot lines from The Pretender (Tobias finding out his parentage) and The Sickness (Animorphs attending a dance and Ax being unfamiliar with human culture). This episode, and its predecessors of the same name, are narrated by Tobias.

Home releases

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (when they were known as Columbia TriStar Home Video) had released twelve episodes in four VHS volumes known as The Invasion Series, collecting episodes from the series. The first 12 episodes are only released on VHS and not re-released on DVD.

Seven volumes spanning the first 20 episodes (only the first of which was identical to its U.S. counterpart) were released in Australia. The episodes were placed in chronological order. Each volume had three episodes apart from Volume 7, which had two ("Face Off", parts 1 and 2).

All 26 episodes are currently available on iTunes, Vudu and Amazon Video spread across three volumes. Also, all 26 episodes were previously available on Netflix, and are currently available on Tubi.

See also