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  • 1966
  • 1 Season
  • 7.9  (1,017)

Ultraman is a Japanese television show that aired from 1966-1967 on Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS). The show follows the story of a team of scientists and their battle against giant monsters and alien invaders. It is widely considered as one of the most iconic tokusatsu (special effects) shows of all time and has become a cultural phenomenon in Japan and beyond.

The main character of the show is Hayata, played by Susumu Kurobe, a member of the Science Special Search Party (SSSP), a covert organization tasked with defending Earth from extraterrestrial threats. While on a mission to investigate a mysterious object in space, Hayata is exposed to a deadly energy beam that would have killed him, were it not for a benevolent alien named Ultraman. To save Hayata's life, Ultraman merges his own life force with Hayata's, giving him the ability to transform into a giant, powerful superhero whenever a threat arises.

Throughout the series, Hayata and his fellow SSSP members battle a variety of terrifying monsters and aliens, each with their unique abilities and weaknesses. From the fire-breathing Red King to the laser-shooting Peguila, each monster presents a new challenge for the team to overcome. The SSSP employs a variety of high-tech weapons and vehicles, including the VTOL Sky Ace and the powerful Beta Capsule, which Hayata uses to transform into Ultraman.

The show's production values were innovative for their time, with a emphasis on detailed miniature models and elaborate suit designs for the monsters and Ultraman himself. The show's creators also made extensive use of chroma key technology, allowing them to seamlessly combine live-action and special effects footage.

Ultraman's popularity quickly skyrocketed in Japan, spawning a franchise that has produced countless movies, TV shows, and merchandise. The show's success can be attributed in part to its unique blend of science fiction, action, and Japanese mythology. For example, many of the show's monsters are based on creatures from Japanese folklore, such as the Fishman, inspired by the kappa, a legendary river spirit.

In addition to the action-packed battles, Ultraman also explores deeper themes of sacrifice, heroism, and the dangers of unchecked scientific advancement. In one episode, for example, Hayata must confront a former friend and colleague who has become a mad scientist, using his inventions to terrorize the city. In another episode, Ultraman must sacrifice himself to save Earth from a powerful alien threat, plunging the show into a moment of darkness and sorrow that belies its colorful exterior.

Despite its age, Ultraman remains a beloved classic of Japanese television, with a dedicated fanbase that spans generations. Its influence can be seen in a variety of other media, from modern film adaptations to popular video games. In many ways, Ultraman represents an enduring symbol of the power of Japanese creativity and innovation. So, Ultraman is not just a show, it is a cultural touchstone that has left a lasting impact on Japanese media and beyond.

Ultraman is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (39 episodes). The series first aired on July 17, 1966.

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Farewell, Ultraman!
39. Farewell, Ultraman!
April 9, 1967
In this final episode of the Ultraman television series, a fiendish alien race, the Z-Ton Aliens, plots to conquer Earth. While plotting to cripple the Science Patrol Headquarters, they dispatch their giant insect-like monster, Z-Ton, to destroy it from the outside. After the Science Patrol destroy the Z-Ton fleet, Ultraman intervenes, but the monster proves to be more than a match for him! Will Ultraman, or the Science Patrol, be able to destroy Z-Ton? If Ultraman fails, what will happen next . .
The Spaceship Rescue Command
38. The Spaceship Rescue Command
April 2, 1967
The Science Patrol takes to the stars and learns that a missing piece of equipment could cause Space Station V2 to explode. After determining that the closest replacement is on a nearby planet, the Science Patrol makes a beeline for it...only to encounter a pair of ferocious monsters in their path.
The Little Hero
37. The Little Hero
March 26, 1967
When Pigmon, the cute human-sized monster thought to have been killed in Episode 8, inexplicably re-appears in the toy section of a department store, the Science Patrol learns that a giant creature with the ability to resurrect monsters has appeared in Japan.
Don't Shoot, Arashi!
36. Don't Shoot, Arashi!
March 19, 1967
A monster with the power to emit blinding flashes of light is terrorizing Japan. The Science Patrol's attempts to subdue it only cause it to mutate into a new form. The orders come to halt the attack, but the creature continues its rampageÂ… Until Ultraman steps in to stop it.
The Monster Graveyard
35. The Monster Graveyard
March 12, 1967
When a moon rocket accidentally penetrates a "monster graveyard" in space, it returns to earth with an unexpected visitor - a glum skeletal monster who wants nothing more than returning to its original resting place in the stars.
Gift From the Sky
34. Gift From the Sky
March 5, 1967
When the Science Patrol investigates a strange meteor fallen to Earth, they realize it's actually a super-heavy giant monster that proves impervious to their attacks. After trying a variety of techniques to subdue the creature without success, it's up to Ultraman to step in and save the day.
The Forbidden Words
33. The Forbidden Words
February 26, 1967
Hayata and the other Science Patrol members are trapped by the malevolent alien invader Mefilas, who proceeds to briefly turn Fuji into a giant monster herself before resurrecting doppelgangers of Ultraman's previous enemies Baltan Alien, the Kemurian, and Zarab Alien.
The Endless Counterattack
32. The Endless Counterattack
February 19, 1967
The Science Patrol discovers that the culprit behind a baffling series of volcanoes, earthquakes and other natural disasters is actually a giant monster. When it heads towards Tokyo, only Ultraman can stop it.
Who Has Come?
31. Who Has Come?
February 12, 1967
When an agent visiting Japan from the Science Patrol's South American headquarters begins behaving suspiciously, the Science Patrol discovers that he has been infected by an Amazonian blood-sucking creature intent on spreading its evil tendrils throughout the entire world.
The Snowy Mountain of Illusions
30. The Snowy Mountain of Illusions
February 5, 1967
A hunter claims to have been attacked by a towering, Yeti-like creature in the mountains. When the Science Patrol's investigation is impeded by a mysterious local girl named Uki, they begin unraveling her surprising connection to the giant monster.
A Challenge to the Underground
29. A Challenge to the Underground
January 29, 1967
Science Patrol member Ide and Captain Muramatsu use a special drilling vehicle to subdue a mysterious gold-colored monster deep within a mine shaft. Unfortunately, they quickly discover the monster isn't alone down there!
Human Specimens 5 & 6
28. Human Specimens 5 & 6
January 22, 1967
Science Patrol Captain Muramatsu suspects a woman is involved with a series of bus crashes he's investigating. Tailing her to a nearby space research institute, he realizes the facility has been invaded by a malevolent alien being called Dada.
His Monster Majesty (2)
27. His Monster Majesty (2)
January 15, 1967
After Escaping from Arashi, the giant monster Gomora tunnels through the ground to the city of Osaka. Although the Science Patrol attacks succeed in severing its deadly tail, Gomora threatens to destroy Osaka CastleÂ… unless Ultraman can stop it first!
His Monster Majesty (1)
26. His Monster Majesty (1)
January 8, 1967
Science Patrol member Arashi discovers a strange monster as he protects a scientific expedition to a South Pacific Island. After subduing it with tranquilizer bombs, he attempts to haul it to Osaka, with disasterous results.
Mystery Comet Tsuifon
25. Mystery Comet Tsuifon
January 1, 1967
The Science Patrol gets word that the stellar radiation emitted by a comet as it roars past the Earth may accidentally cause hydrogen bombs to explode. After racing for the Japan Alps, where a monster known to have swallowed a warhead is said to be hiding, they are surprised to encounter not one but three giant monsters locked in a ferocious battle.
The Undersea Science Base
24. The Undersea Science Base
December 25, 1966
When the support lines connecting a newly constructed undersea base to the surface world are mysteriously destroyed, the Science Patrol launces a rescue mission. Upon their arrival, they come face to face with the culprit - a furious amphibious monster with a drill-like beak.
My Home is Earth
23. My Home is Earth
December 18, 1966
The International Peace Conference building is attacked by invisible rockets, sparking a Science Patrol investigation. The culprit turns out to be a former astronaut who went missing during a risky mission, mutated into a towering monster obsessed with exacting revenge against humanity.
The Underground Destruction Work
22. The Underground Destruction Work
December 11, 1966
Science Patrol Member Ide is convinced that a female agent dispatched from headquarters in Paris isn't who she appears to be. His suspicions prove correct when she reveals herself to be a member of a race of subterranean humanoids bent on enslaving the Earth's surface.
Break Through the Smoke!
21. Break Through the Smoke!
December 4, 1966
Strange things are happening around a dead volcano including reports of dead birds and a giant smoking bellowing monster. The Science Patrol is asked to investigate. Seeing no danger, Mura sends Fuji to investigate the monster sighting. Hoshino stows away in the airplane and confirms the sighting. Both Mura and Hoshino are trapped by the monster Kemurah who starts a rampage in a nearby city.
Terror on Route 87
20. Terror on Route 87
November 27, 1966
An enormous bird-monster is attacking motorists on Route 87. The Science Patrol discovers a supernatural link between the monster and a statue located nearby. Once they realize the connection, it's up to Ultraman to put a stop to this terror once and for all.
The Demons Once More
19. The Demons Once More
November 20, 1966
A pair of ancient capsules unearthed at a construction site unleash a pair of monsters who are mortal enemies sealed away a long time ago by the ancestors of mankind. Can Ultraman stop them before their blood feud reduces Tokyo to rubble?
The Brother from Another Planet
18. The Brother from Another Planet
November 11, 1966
A mysterious radioactive fog settles over Tokyo. An even more mysterious alien arrives to clean it up. But can this good samaritan really be trusted? And what is his connection to the evil doppelganger of Ultraman that's terrorizing the city?
Passport to Infinity
17. Passport to Infinity
November 6, 1966
A pair of unusual meteors discovered by an American explorer fuse together after being exposed to a special beam. They mutate into a bizarre fourth-dimensional monster capable of warping reality as we know it. Can Ultraman overcome this psychedelic menace in time to save the day?
The Science Patrol to Outer Space
16. The Science Patrol to Outer Space
October 30, 1966
When a manned spacecraft bound for Venus is hijacked by aliens, the Science Patrol outfits the Jet VTOL for interstellar travel. When it becomes clear that the incident is a springboard for Baltan's alien race to invade the Earth, Ultraman goes on the defense.
The Terrifying Cosmic Rays
15. The Terrifying Cosmic Rays
October 23, 1966
An unusual form of space radiation turns a child's chalk sketch into a real-life giant monster that's all but impervious to the Science Patrol's attacks. As the creature mutates, only Ultraman has the power to stop it.
The Pearl Oyster Protection Directive
14. The Pearl Oyster Protection Directive
October 16, 1966
A strange creature with the face of a frog and the body of a whale is attacking pearl farms on the Japanese coastline. When napalm bombs and electrical nets fail to stop the rampage, ultraman comes to the rescue!
Oil S.O.S.
13. Oil S.O.S.
October 9, 1966
An enormous starfish monster that feeds on petroleum products is preying upon oil tankers in Tokyo Bay. Before long, it sets its sights on bigger game - a massive oil storage facility in the port. Only the Science Patrol and Ultraman have the power to stop it before Japan's energy supplies are cut off!
The Cries of the Mummy
12. The Cries of the Mummy
October 2, 1966
A seven thousand year old mummy is awakened by scientific experiments and it goes on a rampage. When finally cornered, it summons an enormous, four-legged dragon so powerful that only Ultraman stands a chance of defeating it.
The Ruffian from Outer Space
11. The Ruffian from Outer Space
September 25, 1966
A con artist discovers a meteorite with the power to make wishes come true. He uses it to conjure up a strange creature and begins terrorizing his neighbors. After creating a giant-sized version of the creature, only Ultraman and the Science Patrol can set things right.
The Mysterious Dinosaur Base
10. The Mysterious Dinosaur Base
September 18, 1966
A dinosaur-like monster emerges from the depths of Lake Kitayama. The Science Patrol uncovers a mysterious connection between it and the legend of Loch Ness. When they find the creature too powerful to subdue by normal means, Ultraman steps in to take it down once and for all.
Operation: Lightning Speed
9. Operation: Lightning Speed
September 11, 1966
When a uranium-eating monster disrupts efforts to rebuild a village after a tropical storm, the Science Patrol intervenes. However, the only succeed in diverting the angry creature's path of distruction. It's up to Ultraman to prevent further casualties!
The Lawless Monster Zone
8. The Lawless Monster Zone
September 4, 1966
Contact has been lost with a meteorological station on a distant Pacific island. When the Science Patrol investigates, they encounter a lone survivor, carnivorous plants, giant monsters, and a diminutive friendly creature! Can it help them make their way off the island in one piece?
The Blue Stone of Baradhi
7. The Blue Stone of Baradhi
August 28, 1966
The Science Patrol investigates a series of plane crashes in the Middle East, where they encounter a vicious insect-monster that brings Ultraman to his knees. This time, it's up to the Science Patrol to try and turn the tables.
The Coast Guard Command
6. The Coast Guard Command
August 21, 1966
While playing with his friends on the docks of Yokohama Bay, Hoshino witnesses a strange-looking giant monster rise from the sea, the monster Gesula! It originated from Brazil, and is in search of its favorite food, cacao beans. However, Hoshino and his friends have been kidnapped by the notorious jewel smuggler Diamond Kick and his gang, who hide out in a warehouse. To complicate matters, not only is there a huge shipment of cacao beans inside the warehouse, but one of the shipments contains the diamonds that Diamond Kick and his gang were searching for, with Gesura quickly drawing near! Will the Science Patrol, and Ultraman, save the children, catch Diamond Kick and his gang, and stop Gesura?
Treasure of the Miloganda
5. Treasure of the Miloganda
August 14, 1966
A group of scientists and reporters have went on an expedition to Oilis Island, and find a rare Miloganda plant, but were almost attacked by a huge green plantlike monster (known as Greenmons), which they shoot to death. But one month after their return to Japan (with the Miloganda plant at a greenhouse lab), the very same Greenmons murders all of the expedition members.
5 Seconds Before The Big Explosion!
4. 5 Seconds Before The Big Explosion!
August 7, 1966
When a rocket with six nuclear bombs was sent into outer space for development of the planet Jupiter, the rocket malfunctions and lands into the sea, with only one of the bombs exploding, causing a disaster at sea.
Sally Forth, Science Patrol!
3. Sally Forth, Science Patrol!
July 31, 1966
Beneath a well in Mount Iwami lies a dormant monster called Neronga, which was defeated by the samurai Ichiemon Murai in the Edo Period. Recently reawakened by the construction of a new power plant in Mount Iwami, only its roars are heard, and a wake of destruction is left all over the power plant.
Defeat the Invaders!
2. Defeat the Invaders!
July 24, 1966
The Science Patrol goes back into action when an invisible UFO anchors itself over the Scientific Technical Center in Tokyo. The UFO's inhabitants are the clawed insect-like aliens from the planet Baltan!
Ultra Operation No. 1
1. Ultra Operation No. 1
July 17, 1966
The episode that started it all! This episode shows how Ultraman came to Earth, and during his chase with the fugitive monster Bemular, a tragic accident that befell Science Patrol member Hayata forces the alien to save the Earthling's life by merging with him.
Where to Watch Ultraman
Ultraman is available for streaming on the TBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ultraman on demand at Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 17, 1966
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (1,017)