When Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles debuted in 1984, I was far too wrapped up in the full-color adventures of The New Teen Titans, Uncanny X-Men and New Mutants to pay much attention to their black-and-white escapades. And when the heroes in a half shell made the leap first to animated television and then to live-action film, I considered my self too old to follow along. And that’s unfortunate, because it means I missed the 1990 appearance by Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo on The Oprah Winfrey Show, a proposition so ridiculous that it requires video proof to be believed.
Luckily CBR columnist Brett White has that video, which he uploaded to YouTube, providing irrefutable evidence of perhaps the weirdest-ever episode of Oprah, to say nothing of a disturbing reminder of the Turtles’ platinum-selling album Coming Out of Their Shell and concert tour (sponsored by Pizza Hut, and showcased in a pay-per-view special, concert video and making-of video).
The Huffington Post contends “it doesn’t get more ’90s than this,” a statement I find impossible to argue with.