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Season 1: 1984

#TitleWriterOriginal airdateProduction code
1 More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1 George Arthur Bloom September 17, 1984 MP4023
In search of energy, a group of Autobots leave Cybertron and are pursued by the Decepticons
2 More Than Meets the Eye, Part 2 George Arthur Bloom September 18, 1984 MP4024
The Decepticons continue raiding Earth's energy sources, including Sherman Dam and the Ruby Crystal Mines of Burma
3 More Than Meets the Eye, Part 3 George Arthur Bloom September 19, 1984 MP4025
The Autobots attempt to lure the Decepticons into a trap with a massive holographic illusion, but the bad guys aren't duped. Instead, having gathered the energy they need, the Decepticons prepare to return to Cybertron, and the Autobots have one chance to stop them. 
4 Transport to Oblivion Bryce Malek,
Dick Robbins
October 6, 1984 #700-01
After months in hiding, the Decepticons return and have a new method for moving Energon cubes to Cybertron. 
5 Roll For It Douglas Booth October 13, 1984 #700-02
The Decepticons seek a powerful antimatter formula, and the Autobots with their new human ally Chip Chase try to stop them. 
6 Divide and Conquer Donald F. Glut October 20, 1984 #700-03
Autobots must journey to Cybertron to retrieve a vital piece of technology to save the life of an ailing Optimus Prime
7 Fire in the Sky Alfred A. Pegal October 27, 1984 #700-04
While siphoning the Earth of its energy, Megatron discovers a long-lost colleague of Starscream
8 S.O.S. Dinobots Donald F. Glut October 27, 1984 #700-05
The Autobots create the Dinobots, but can barely control these new powerful warriors. 
9 Fire on the Mountain Douglas Booth December 22, 1984 #700-06
The Decepticons uncover the Crystal of Power in Peru, and the Autobots resurrect Skyfire to stop them. 
10 War of the Dinobots Earl Kress November 24, 1984 #700-07
Snarl and Swoop are added to the Dinobot roster... and just in time! 
11 The Ultimate Doom, Part 1 Larry Strauss November 3, 1984 #700-08
Megatron brings Cybertron into Earth's orbit to harvest the energy from the destruction caused by Cybertron's gravity. 
12 The Ultimate Doom, Part 2 Larry Strauss November 10, 1984 #700-09
Cybertron's arrival causes disasters on Earth, leaving the Autobots to battle both the Decepticons and nature. 
13 The Ultimate Doom, Part 3 Leo D. Paur November 17, 1984 #700-10
As Cybertron's orbit ravages Earth, the Autobots take the fight to the Decepticons. 
14 Countdown to Extinction Reed Robbins,
Peter Salas
December 1, 1984 #700-11
In the aftermath of The Ultimate Doom storyline, Starscream seizes control of the Decepticons and puts into motion a plan to destroy the Earth. 
15 A Plague of Insecticons Douglas Booth December 29, 1984 #700-12
Reports of giant insects terrorizing a South American village leads the Decepticons to discover their long-lost comrades, the Insecticons, who have adapted to life away from Cybertronian technology by learning how to convert any material they eat into Energon
16 Heavy Metal War Donald F. Glut December 15, 1984 #700-13
Megatron challenges Optimus to a one-on-one battle to end the war. 

Season 2: 1985–1986

#TitleWriterOriginal airdateProduction code
1 Autobot Spike Donald F. Glut September 23, 1985 #700-16
A wounded Spike is turned into an Autobot Frankenstein's monster to save his life. 
2 Changing Gears Larry Parr October 1, 1985 #700-17
In a plot to drain the sun for power, the Decepticons capture and alter the grumpy Autobot Gears. 
3 City of Steel Douglas Booth October 17, 1985 #700-18
The Decepticons invade New York City. 
4 Attack of the Autobots David Wise October 4, 1985 #700-19
After a surprise attack (read: diversion) by the Decepticons, the Autobots repair themselves in their regeneration chambers. Only to emerge... EVIL! 
5 Traitor George Hampton
Mike Moore
September 27, 1985 #700-20
Could Mirage betray the Autobots? 
6 The Immobilizer Earl Kress September 24, 1985 #700-21
The Decepticons steal Wheeljack's latest invention, which immobilizes stuff, and Ironhide attempts to retrieve it. 
7 The Autobot Run Donald F. Glut October 31, 1985 #700-22
When the Autobots perform a race for charity, the Decepticons take the opportunity to trap them in their vehicle modes. 
8 Atlantis, Arise! Douglas Booth October 3, 1985 #700-23
The Decepticons ally with the undersea realm of Sub-Atlantica. But they may be more treacherous than Megatron expected. 
9 Day of the Machines David Wise October 10, 1985 #700-24
Megatron's latest scheme involves using the most powerful computer on Earth to control machinery remotely. 
10 Enter the Nightbird Sylvia Wilson,
Richard Milton
September 30, 1985 #700-25
The Decepticons get a hold of the Nightbird, a deadly ninja-bot. 
11 A Prime Problem Dick Robbins,
Bryce Malek
October 2, 1985 #700-26
Megatron creates a clone of Optimus Prime to lure the Autobots to their doom. 
12 The Core Dennis Marks October 29, 1985 #700-27
Megatron tries to drill his way to the center to the Earth, while the Autobots harass Devastator with mind-controlling Dominator Discs. 
13 The Insecticon Syndrome Douglas Booth October 9, 1985 #700-28
The Insecticons feed on a source of power which causes them to grow... and will cause them to explode if not cured. 
14 Dinobot Island, Part 1 Donald F. Glut September 25, 1985 #700-29
The Dinobots are sent to a mysterious, prehistoric island for training. But the Decepticons intend to plunder its energy resources. 
15 Dinobot Island, Part 2 Donald F. Glut September 26, 1985 #700-30
The Decepticons' plundering of Dinobot Island's resources cause instabilities in the timestream. 
16 The Master Builders David N. Gottlieb,
Herb Engelhardt
October 8, 1985 #700-31
Grapple and Hoist ally themselves with the Constructicons
17 Auto Berserk Antoni Zalewski October 16, 1985 #700-32
After having his logic circuits damaged in battle, Red Alert feels rejected by the Autobots and allies himself with Starscream
18 Microbots David Wise October 7, 1985 #700-33
Perceptor, Brawn, and Bumblebee must shrink themselves to go inside Megatron and retrieve an artifact, the Heart of Cybertron, that is giving him enormous power. 
19 Megatron's Master Plan, Part 1 Donald F. Glut October 14, 1985 #700-34
In the war with the Autobots, the Decepticons change tactics, turning the humans against the Autobots. 
20 Megatron's Master Plan, Part 2 Donald F. Glut October 15, 1985 #700-35
Having had the Autobots exiled from Earth, Megatron reveals the Decepticons' true intentions. 
21 Desertion of the Dinobots, Part 1 Earl Kress October 21, 1985 #700-36
The Dinobots abandon the Autobots as both the Autobots and Decepticons begin to suffer malfunctions. 
22 Desertion of the Dinobots, Part 2 Earl Kress October 22, 1985 #700-37
The Dinobots have deserted the dying Autobots, so Spike and Carly must find them to save the Autobots. 
23 Blaster Blues Larry Strauss October 23, 1985 #700-38
The Decepticons hijack Earth's airwaves. Yet somehow, you are still able to watch this episode. 
24 A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur's Court Douglas Booth October 24, 1985 #700-39
The Transformers time-travel to Camelot, even though it's a silly place. 
25 The Golden Lagoon Dennis Marks November 4, 1985 #700-40
Beachcomber finds a stream of golden liquid (watch it!) that renders his hand invulnerable. Unfortunately, the Decepticons do too, and decide to take a dip. 
26 The God Gambit Buzz Dixon October 28, 1985 #700-41
The Decepticons scheme to conquer a race of primitive humanoids by exploiting their religious beliefs. 
27 Make Tracks David Wise October 30, 1985 #700-42
The Transformers go to New York City. And Tracks makes a friend. 
28 Child's Play Beth Bornstein November 7, 1985 #700-43
The Transformers find themselves on an alien planet where they're no bigger than toys to the inhabitants! 
29 Quest for Survival Reed Robbins
Peter Salas
November 5, 1985 #700-44
The Autobots find themselves outnumbered when facing an Insecticon clone army and look to find a robotic insecticide to destroy them. However, their problems are just going to get bigger when spores from alien plants on Cosmos begin to rapidly grow .... 
30 The Secret of Omega Supreme David Wise November 6, 1985 #700-45
When the Constructicons begin mining on a distant asteroid, Optimus Prime calls on Omega Supreme for assistance. 
31 The Gambler Michael Charles Hill November 11, 1985 #700-46
Continuing the story set up in Child's Play, the Autobots are captured by a gambling-addicted alien, who trades them for some poker chips. Smokescreen and bounty hunter Devcon try to save them (the Autobots, not the poker chips). 
32 Kremzeek! David Wise December 27, 1985 #700-47
An electric pest annoys everyone. Including the viewers. 
33 Sea Change Douglas Booth November 20, 1985 #700-48
Seaspray turns into a merman with robot feet and falls in love. 
34 Triple Takeover Larry Strauss November 19, 1985 #700-49
Astrotrain and Blitzwing depose Megatron and Starscream, then proceed to wreak havoc. 
35 Prime Target Flint Dille
Buzz Dixon
November 14, 1985 #700-50
The big-game hunter Lord Chumley begins hunting Autobots, and he's gunning for Optimus Prime. 
36 Auto-Bop David Wise November 13, 1985 #700-51
Tracks and Blaster uncover a hypnosis plot. 
37 The Search for Alpha Trion Beth Bornstein November 12, 1985 #700-52
Discovering that his long-thought-dead love, Elita One, is in the hands of the Decepticons, Optimus Prime speeds to Cybertron on a rescue mission, only to end up discovering something about his own history in the process. 
38 The Girl Who Loved Powerglide David Wise November 18, 1985 #700-53
A newly-orphaned debutante must protect her late father's work from Megatron. She finds Powerglide, and with him, safety... or perhaps... something more? 
39 Hoist Goes Hollywood Earl Kress November 21, 1985 #700-54
Hoist get cast in a big Hollywood movie... hijinks ensue 
40 The Key to Vector Sigma, Part 1 David Wise November 25, 1985 #700-55
After being beaten by the Autobots once again, Megatron hatches a plan to create a team of Decepticons that will give him supremacy over the roads. 
41 The Key to Vector Sigma, Part 2 David Wise November 26, 1985 #700-56
To counter the new Stunticons, the Autobots create the Aerialbots. But they are hardly the fighting force that was hoped for. 
42 War Dawn David Wise December 10, 1985 #700-58
Trapped in Cybertron's past, the Aerialbots learn the truth about Megatron and the rise of Optimus Prime. 
43 Trans-Europe Express David Wise December 23, 1985 #700-59
In a plot to obtain a Cybertronian weather-controlling device, the Decepticons stage a fake race across Europe. 
44 Cosmic Rust Paul Davids December 25, 1985 #700-60
After finding a new weapon, Megatron becomes infected with a strange disease... one he intends to use against the Autobots. 
45 [Starscream's Brigade Michael Charles Hill December 26, 1985 #700-61
After his latest attempt to overthrow Megatron's rule of the Decepticons, Starscream is banished from HQ, but this time, he hatches a plan... 
46 The Revenge of Bruticus Michael Charles Hill January 7, 1986 #700-62
Even though Starscream and the Combaticons are banished to space, they are still a threat—a threat returning to destroy both the Decepticons and the Autobots... 
47 Aerial Assault Douglas Booth January 8, 1986 #700-57
Slingshot and Skydive allow themselves to be captured by plane-nappers to discover who the thieves are. 
48 Masquerade Donald F. Glut December 16, 1985 #700-63
After defeating the Stunticons, five of the Autobots pose as the crazed combiners to learn of Megatron's latest plan. 
49 B.O.T. Earl Kress January 9, 1986 #700-64
Swindle sells his shattered team members' parts for profit... until Megatron finds out! 

Season 3: 1986–1987

#TitleWriterOriginal airdateProduction code
1 Five Faces of Darkness, Part 1 Flint Dille September 15, 1986 #700-86
The Decepticons were thought to be defeated and the Autobots, now led by Rodimus Prime, are looking forward to a more peaceful future. Well, they can't be more wrong about that. 
2 Five Faces of Darkness, Part 2 Flint Dille September 16, 1986 #700-87
A near-death experience on Chaar allows Rodimus Prime to discover who kidnapped Ultra Magnus, Kup, and Spike
3 Five Faces of Darkness, Part 3 Flint Dille September 17, 1986 #700-88
Desperate to destroy the Autobots, the Quintessons make a deal with the Decepticons. 
4 Five Faces of Darkness, Part 4 Flint Dille September 18, 1986 #700-89
Desperate for answers, Rodimus Prime takes a journey through the Matrix to learn the truth about the Quintessons... and the origins of the Transformers. 
5 Five Faces of Darkness, Part 5 Flint Dille September 19, 1986 #700-90
With Earth and Cybertron under joint Decepticon-Quintesson assault, the Autobots raise a last stand against their old enemies... and the race which created them. 
6 The Killing Jar Michael Charles Hill,
Joey Kurihara Piedra
September 29, 1986 #700-91
Ultra Magnus, Cyclonus, Marissa Faireborn, and Wreck-Gar are captured by a Quintesson scientist for experiments, but are sucked into a more dangerous problem—a black hole. 
7 Chaos Paul Davids September 30, 1986 #700-92
A discovery on Goo forces Kup to face a demon from his past. 
8 Dark Awakening Antoni Zalewski October 1, 1986 #700-93
Optimus Prime is revived as a zombie by Quintessons. 
9 Forever is a Long Time Coming Gerry Conway,
Carla Conway
October 8, 1986 #700-94
The Quintessons open a time window to eleven million years in the past and cause chaos, as several Autobots journey to the past, where Quintesson slaves are about to rise up against their masters. In the meantime, the leader of the rebellion, A3, is sent to the present... and time itself begins to unravel. 
10 Starscream's Ghost Megeen McLaughlin October 2, 1986 #700-95
On the run from the Decepticons, Octane seeks asylum on Cybertron. While in a hidden tomb to fallen Decepticons, he encounters the ghost of Starscream, who is still scheming in death. 
11 Thief in the Night Paul Davids October 6, 1986 #700-96
The Triple Changer Octane steals Trypticon in an attempt to use him to control the Decepticons. 
12 Surprise Party Steve Mitchell
Barbara Petty
October 9, 1986 #700-97
Daniel and Wheelie's first team-up! Run! 
13 Madman's Paradise Craig Rand October 13, 1986 #700-98
A quick stroll through Cybertron leads Daniel Witwicky and Grimlock to someplace different. 
14 Nightmare Planet Beth Bornstein October 31, 1986 #700-99
A recurring nightmare of Daniel's turns out to be an experiment by the Quintessons. 
15 Ghost in the Machine Michael Charles Hill
Joey Kurihara Piedra
October 21, 1986 #700-100
Set on regaining a physical body, the ghost of Starscream possesses Scourge and makes a deal with the devil
16 Webworld Len Wein,
Diane Duane
October 20, 1986 #700-101
In an attempt to cure Galvatron's madness, Cyclonus takes him to the medical planet, Torkulon
17 Carnage in C-Minor Buzz Dixon October 14, 1986 #700-102
Several Autobots and Decepticons find themselves battling over a planet whose civilization completely revolves around music, and whose inhabitants are capable of using sound as a powerful weapon. 
18 The Quintesson Journal Richard Merwin November 11, 1986 #700-103
A Quintesson device may just be the key to peace between two worlds. 
19 The Ultimate Weapon Arthur Byron Cover November 10, 1986 #700-104
While Galvatron threatens the Autobots with a vague and mysterious "ultimate weapon", First Aid leaves the Autobots. 
20 The Big Broadcast of 2006 Michael Reaves November 12, 1986 #700-105
The Junkions fall victim to subliminal messages from the Quintessons, and prove that television does indeed cause more violence. 
21 Fight or Flee Tony Cinciripini
Larry Leahy
October 15, 1986 #700-106
The Decepticons conquer Paradron, a world inhabited by pacifistic Autobots. 
22 Dweller in the Depths Paul Dini October 30, 1986 #700-107
The Quintessons, as part of a new attempt at regaining Cybertron, unleash the most dangerous creature known. 
23 Only Human Susan K. Williams November 13, 1986 #700-108
Rodimus Prime, Springer, Arcee, and Ultra Magnus have their bodies stolen and their minds placed into synthoid bodies by crime lord Victor Drath and the strangely-familiar Old Snake
25 Money is Everything Gerry Conway
Carla Conway
November 17, 1986 #700-109
The Technobots follow Marissa Faireborn around while she dates Han Solo. The Quintessons play with the Terrorcons
24 Grimlock's New Brain Paul Davids November 14, 1986 #700-110
Grimlock gains tremendous intelligence and creates the Technobots
26 Call of the Primitives Donald F. Glut November 18, 1986 #700-112
All Transformers with beast modes are summoned to battle a being called Tornedron, the "little brother" of Unicron
27 The Face of the Nijika Mary Skrenes,
Steve Skeates
November 20, 1986 #700-113
The Autobots discover a race of aliens who have also experienced persecution from the Quintessons. 
28 The Burden Hardest to Bear Michael Charles Hill November 19, 1986 #700-114
An overwhelmed Rodimus Prime has the Matrix of Leadership taken from him. 
29 The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 1 Marv Wolfman
Cherie Wilkerson
February 24, 1987 #700-115
When a Hate Plague goes out of control, Rodimus Prime must call on the Autobots' greatest hero. 
30 The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 2 Story by Marv Wolfman & Cherie Wilkerson
Teleplay by Michael Charles Hill
February 25, 1987 #700-116
The freshly-resurrected Optimus Prime must help save the universe once again. 

Season 4: 1987

#TitleWriterOriginal airdateProduction code
1 The Rebirth, Part 1 David Wise November 9, 1987 #6701-01
The US series finale sees Galvatron invades Autobot City and then Cybertron with a plan to destroy the Autobots forever! This is something new? 
2 The Rebirth, Part 2 David Wise November 10, 1987 #6701-02
A crash-landing on Nebulos leads to a startling evolution in the Transformers' relationship with other races. 
3 The Rebirth, Part 3 David Wise November 11, 1987 #6701-03
The battle for the Key to the Plasma Energy Chamber comes to an end. 

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