8.3
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Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Fox Kids 1994

Imagine being able to sense danger, crawl any wall, be strong enough to bend steel, and have more agility than any other human? For Peter Parker, this is a fact. Except he doesn't think of it as a gift. In his final year of High School, Peter Parker was bitten by an irradiated spider. After brief hallucinations, Peter wakes up with incredible powers--much like that of a spider. Thus, to make some extra cash, Peter takes on the persona of Spider-Man, and tries to pursue a career as a pro wrestler. When he witnesses a robbery, he lets the criminal escape, simply because "it's not his problem". Then, when his dear Uncle Ben is killed, Peter finds that the murderer is none other than the criminal he failed to stop before. Now, Peter uses his powers to stop crime, as he learns that "With great power, comes great responsibility".

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S4E9

#1 - Partners in Danger (9): The Haunting of Mary Jane Watson

6.59

Season 4 - Episode 9

Mary Jane is back, and has got the lead role in a major film. But when filming starts, all hell breaks lose, and Mary Jane vanishes from the studio. Spidey must fight to ensure that he doesn't lose Mary Jane again, even if it means teaming up with Mysterio. And when it's all over, Peter has a secret to tell...

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 51 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S4E4

#2 - Partners in Danger (4): The Return of Kraven

6.89

Season 4 - Episode 4

When a savage creature begins attacking people in New York, Black Cat tries to convince Spider-Man that he needs her help to stop it. All clues point to the creature being Kraven The Hunter, but sleuthing by Debra Whitman, Flash Thompson, and the Black Cat solves the case. The beast, Calypso, is related to Kraven, but the Hunter wants to capture and cure her.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 61 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S4E7

#3 - Partners in Danger (7): The Vampire Queen

6.92

Season 4 - Episode 7

There's a new Vampire in town, but Morbius is getting all the blame. Just as Spidey, Black Cat, Whistler and Morbius have the Vampire Queen trapped, Blade bursts in and prevents her destruction. His revelation sets the others against him, while the queen attempts to create an army of vampires. Meanwhile, Harry Osborn discovers Peter's spare Spider-Man mask!

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 50 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S4E10

#4 - Partners in Danger (10): The Lizard King

6.95

Season 4 - Episode 10

Peter and Mary Jane get engaged! The happy couple goes to ask Dr. Connors if he'll give away the bride, not knowing that he's been fighting against the return of the Lizard. While they are talking to him, three more humanoid lizards attack and kidnap Dr. Connors. With the Lizard taking over and Spider-Man captured, Margaret Connors, Mary Jane Watson, and Debra Whitman will have to save the day!

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 58 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S1E7

#5 - Kraven the Hunter

6.99

Season 1 - Episode 7

Robbie has set Peter up with a job interview with a researcher by the name of Dr. Mariah Crawford. However, when he gets to her lab, he finds her under attack by a monstrous man who deems himself Kraven the Hunter. Spider-Man leads Crawford away from Kraven to the roofs. There, Crawford tells Spider-Man that Kraven was not always that way, that in fact she loved him as Sergei Kravenoff. Crawford tells of an accident years back that would have killed Sergei had she not used a dangerous potion that saved his life and gave him the strength and instinct of an animal, but turned him mad. Meanwhile, while looking for Crawford at her apartment, Kraven learns of her connection to Robbie and kidnaps him. He then threatens to kill Robbie if Spider-Man does not come to him with Crawford.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 117 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S3E5

#6 - Sins of the Fathers (5): Rocket Racer

7.02

Season 3 - Episode 5

While a gang of jet-pack wearing thieves run by Jackson Weele, an ex-pilot in a rampaging gyro-wheel plunder the city, Peter tries to deal with his alter-ego giving him competition with Felicia. Meanwhile, a good kid with a criminal record, Robert Farrell, tries to help his ailing mother by using his science-savvy and the gang's technology to arm himself as The Rocket Racer. Will the Rocket Racer return to his criminal past, or will he be an ally to Spidey? While Spidey's fighting crime, the mysterious "Jason Phillips" starts to make moves on Felicia...

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 65 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S4E1

#7 - Partners in Danger (1): Guilty

7.06

Season 4 - Episode 1

Spider-Man captures a gang of thieves, and it looks like Robbie Robertson is their leader! Peter Parker and J. Jonah Jameson must team up to try to clear Robbie's name. But while Jameson returns to the skills he had as an Investigative Reporter, Peter must keep him safe from Tombstone. At the bottom of the whole plot is Richard Fisk, but can Spidey find the right clues to clear Robbie in time?

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 66 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S1E11

#8 - The Hobgoblin (1)

7.09

Season 1 - Episode 11

Norman Osborn hires hitman and thief, the Hobgoblin, to take out Osborn's "silent" partner, Wilson Fisk (the Kingpin). When he fails in the attempt, the Hobgoblin changes sides, kidnapping Norman's son, Harry. Harry just happens to be best friends with Peter Parker.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 113 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S1E12

#9 - The Hobgoblin (2)

7.20

Season 1 - Episode 12

When Aunt May is slightly injured by one of the Hobgoblin's pumpkin bombs during the kidnapping of Harry, Spider-Man enters the fray with a vengeance. After several battles, the trail leads Peter to Oscorp and Harry's own father. For Peter, rescuing his friend is easy compared to explaining to Harry that his own father is involved.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 93 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S1E2

#10 - The Spider Slayer (1)

7.20

Season 1 - Episode 2

Norman Osborn hires Spencer Smythe to design a machine capable of destroying Spider-Man - the Black Widow Spider Slayer. But when Flash Thompson puts on a Spider-Man costume as a party gag, the deadly machine spots him, and he's carried off in Peter's place.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 230 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S3E3
#11 - Sins of the Fathers (3): Attack of the Octobot
7.26
Season 3 - Episode 3

Spider-Man loses his memory and becomes partners in crime with Dr. Octopus. Can a little girl and a cabbie save him?

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 73 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S3E9
#12 - Sins of the Fathers (9): Tombstone
7.27
Season 3 - Episode 9

Robbie Robertson is losing his son, Randy, to a gang of thugs lead by Tombstone. When this harder-than-stone hit man tries to use his history with Robbie to kill a story about his new boss, Alicia Silvermane, he runs afoul of Spider-Man. Both discover Robbie's bond with his child and his ethical resolve is mightier.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 64 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S5E2
#13 - Six Forgotten Warriors (1)
7.27
Season 5 - Episode 2

After a visit from an "old friend" of the family, Peter travels to Russia to investigate the mystery of his parents disappearance, and runs into some old friends!

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 78 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S1E1
#14 - Night of the Lizard
7.34
Season 1 - Episode 1

Peter Parker and his college science professor Dr. Curt Conners explore neogenics as a method of limb regeneration. But while experimenting on himself, Connors accidentally becomes the Lizard, a half-man, half-reptile monstrosity that terrorizes Manhattan and subsequently kidnaps his own wife. Spider-Man's task is doubly difficult because he doesn't want to hurt the good friend he knows is trapped inside...but he must stop the inhuman beast who is out of control.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 370 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S2E7
#15 - Neogenic Nightmare (7): Enter the Punisher
7.35
Season 2 - Episode 7

The Punisher comes to New York to deal with the mutating Spider-Man, who has just grown four extra arms, and is in search for also mutated Morbius who is killing (eating) innocent people, and the people of New York blame Spider-Man for all that is happening.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 85 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S1E3
#16 - Return of the Spider Slayers (2)
7.37
Season 1 - Episode 3

With Spencer Smythe dead, his son Alistair turns to the Kingpin to help seek his revenge on Spider-Man and others he deems responsible for his father's death. He captures, Eddie Brock, J. Jonah Jameson, Norman Osborn, and Flash Thompson. He then turns his sights on Spidey and sends three slayers after him. Spidey only manages to hold his ground while fighting them individually. However, he is not so lucky when they combine into a super slayer and carry him off to Smythe.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 161 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S5E9
#17 - Secret Wars (1): Arrival
7.38
Season 5 - Episode 9

Spider-Man is transported to an alien world, where he meets the Beyonder, a being who wants to see if good is stronger then evil. He then summons a group of the greatest villains from Earth to this world and tells Spider-Man to put together a group of heroes to fight them, and save the planet.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 64 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S2E5
#18 - Neogenic Nightmare (5): Mutants' Revenge
7.42
Season 2 - Episode 5

Wolverine catches up with Spider-Man, hot on the trail of the missing Hank McCoy. Discovering his location and the plot to destroy all mutantkind the two team up and rescue Beast in the nick of time just as he was about to become the first test subject of Landon's horrendous plan. But when Landon accidentally falls victim to his own experiment he is changed into a giant monster that feeds on electrical energy. Can Spider-Man and the X-Men succeed in stopping this 50-foot tall, ohm-eating monster?

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 98 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S2E14
#19 - Neogenic Nightmare (14): The Final Nightmare
7.43
Season 2 - Episode 14

Spider-Man seeks Curt Connors aid to help reverse the aging effects of the Vulture's talons. The Vulture meanwhile sporadically turns into the man-spider from the mutagenics he absorbed with Spidey's youth. At the same time, the Scorpion grabs Dr. Farley Stillwell to seek a cure for his own mutation. With Doc Connors in the middle, feeling the onset of his own his reptilian transformation, will everyone be cured in time for Peter to meet up with Mary Jane as she confronts her wayward father???

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 65 votes.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series - S2E1
#20 - Neogenic Nightmare (1): The Insidious Six
7.43
Season 2 - Episode 1

The Crime Lords, led by Silvermane, are holding The Kingpin accountable for his failure to eliminate Spider-Man. So six of the Wall-Crawler's greatest enemies are called together to do the job: Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, The Scorpion, The Rhino, The Shocker and The Chameleon. Unfortunately, Spidey's powers have been on the blink due to the changes in his blood chemistry.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 109 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

Comments

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A tad bit dated today. The animation may not be the best, but that's just the way things were, and it doesn't hold back from the good stories and very strong characterization in the show. Too many Morbius episodes for my tastes, but they did a great job focusing on Peter's life as both a photographer and a superhero. Worth the watch for any Spidey fan.

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I agree with shanytc and RealPetChicken. It is awesome!

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Ah, so many fond memories of watching this as a kid and just getting into superhero stuff.

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This was probably the best Spider-Man cartoon series ever. I wish the movies were this good.

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imho, the best spider-man cartoon of its times. no new stuff even come close! 1994 rocked!

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A spectacular Spider-Man series. Peter Parker was too big and buff. That was my only problem, ever. With this well written and great fun series.

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This and X-men were awesome.

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Agreed with shanytc here. The series was very well done.

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