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21 Mighty Morphin Facts About The Power Rangers TV Series

It's Morphin Time! (Just let me pretend, damnit...)

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1. The show is the American version of a Japanese Super Sentai series called Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger (Dinosaur Team Beast Ranger).

4. Austin St. John (Jason), Walter Jones (Zack), Thuy Trang (Trini) and Jason David Frank (Tommy) were all martial artists before being cast in the show.

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Amy Jo Johnson (Kimberly) and David Yost (Billy) were gymnasts, so they choreographed their skills into the fight scenes in addition to taking self-defense classes.

5. Jason David Frank was never meant to be a main character.

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During his time on the show, he became the most popular the Rangers and when his stint was done, Saban got a massive amount of fan mail begging to bring him back.

7. The work schedule for the show ran Monday through Friday from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM for sixteen weeks.

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The Ranger actors worked seven days a week, coming in on the weekends for dialog recording.

8. The unaired pilot of the first episode was pretty different from the series.

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Trini was a totally different personality played by a different actress, Zordon's name was Zoltar, and there was no Juice bar (which also means no Ernie).

9. Allegedly, the pyrotechnics used in Billy's brain-switching machine occasionally would set both Amy Jo Johnson and David Yost on fire while filming.

10. There was an alternate ending to the Season 1 finale in case the show was not renewed.

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The alternate ending depicted the Rangers sealing Rita and her minions in the Space Dumpster. The season ended up getting picked up for an additional 20 episodes. (Season 1, Episode 40)

12. Because of complaints from parents that the Power Rangers were too violent, the Rangers’ Blade Blasters were holstered in their belts most of Season 2.

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13. Austin St. John, Thuy Trang, and Walter Jones left the show in the middle of Season 2 because of rumored pay issues.

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Saban used old footage for their unmorphed scenes voiced by other actors until they were replaced by Steve Cardenas, Karan Ashley and Johnny Yong Bosch.

14. Lord Zedd is Jewish.

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When he married Rita Repulsa, he wore a yarmulke and carried out the traditional breaking of a glass while the song "Hava Nagila" was playing. (Season 2, Episode 43)

16. Kimberly's last name is Hart and her birthday is on February 14th.

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19. Thuy Trang passed away September 3, 2001.

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Thuy, Angela Rockwood (from Push Girls), and one of Angela's bridesmaids were in a car accident in San Francisco, CA, which killed Thuy and left Angela paralyzed.

RIP TRINI.

20. They shut down an eight mile stretch of an LA freeway when they hosted a D.A.R.E. event at Universal Studios Hollywood in 1994.

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35,000 people showed up, breaking a 30-year attendance record for the park.

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