Challenge of the GoBots

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Challenge of the GoBots
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On-screen title card.
Network: Syndication
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Original release: October 29, 1984December 13, 1985
Run time: 22 minutes
Starring: Lou Richards
Arthur Burghardt
Frank Welker
Bernard Erhard
Bob Holt
Marilyn Lightstone
Sparky Marcus
Leslie Speights
Morgan Paull
Brock Peters
Peter Cullen
Rene Auberjonois
Executive producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Patrick S. Feely
Joe Taritero
Producer(s): Kay Wright
Mitch Schauer
Lois Hanrahan
Ray McDonald
Iwao Takamoto
Lew Saw
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s): Alan Burnett
Tom Ruegger
Jeff Segal
Jeff Segal
Kelly Ward
Director(s): Oscar Dufau
Carl Urbano
Art Davis
Volus Jones
Don Lusk
Rudy Zamora
Alan Zaslove
Ray Patterson (supervising)
Gordon Hunt (voices)
Second title card
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Mini-series' title card.

Challenge of the GoBots is an American animated sci-fi action-adventure TV series produced Hanna-Barbera for syndication on stations that took part in The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera programming block (although the preceding miniseries aired in syndication outside of the block). It ran from 1984 to 1985, airing 65 episodes in total that spanned one season. The TV series is an adaptation of Tonka's toyline, which was intended as direct competition to Marvel/Sunbow's adaption of Hasbro's The Transformers, even to the point where Hanna-Barbera combated Marvel/Sunbow's The Transformers: The Movie in 1986, with its own theatrical movie, GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords.

Two warring sentient robotic factions, the peaceful Guardians and the evil Renegrades, take their fight from their homeworld of GoBotron to Earth, where both sides find human allies.




The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin, which for the miniseries, he was credited for conducting and composing, whereas for the series proper, he was credited with arranging and composing. In the case of Paul DeKorte he was credited as music director then music supervisor.


Title Number Original air date
"Battle for GoBotron" 1x01 October 29, 1984
"Target Earth" 1x02 October 30, 1984
"Conquest of Earth" 1x03 October 31, 1984
"Earthbound" 1x04 November 1, 1984
"The Final Conflict" 1x05 November 2, 1984
"Time Wars" 1x06 September 23, 1985
"It's the Thought That Counts" 1x07 September 24, 1985
"Trident's Triple Threat" 1x08 September 25, 1985
"Renegade Alliance" 1x09 September 26, 1985
"Cy-Kill's Cataclysmic Trap" 1x10 September 27, 1985
"Speed Is of the Essence" 1x11 September 30, 1985
"Genius and Son" 1x12 October 1, 1985
"Dawn World" 1x13 October 2, 1985
"Nova Beam" 1x14 October 3, 1985
"Forced Alliance" 1x15 October 4, 1985
"Invasion from the 21st Level Part I" 1x16 October 7, 1985
"Invasion from the 21st Level Part II" 1x17 October 8, 1985
"Lost on GoBotron" 1x18 October 9, 1985
"Cy-Kill's Shrinking Ray" 1x19 October 10, 1985
"Doppelganger" 1x20 October 11, 1985
"The Quest for Roguestar" 1x21 October 14, 1985
"Rogue Renegade Part I" 1x22 October 15, 1985
"Rogue Renegade Part II" 1x23 October 16, 1985
"Ultra Zod" 1x24 October 17, 1985
"Sentinel" 1x25 October 18, 1985
"Cold Spell" 1x26 October 21, 1985
"Crime Wave" 1x27 October 22, 1985
"Auto Madic" 1x28 October 23, 1985
"Scooter Enhanced" 1x29 October 24, 1985
"Tarnished Image" 1x30 October 25, 1985
"In Search of the Ancient GoBonauts" 1x31 October 28, 1985
"Gameworld" 1x32 October 29, 1985
"Wolf in the Fold" 1x33 October 30, 1985
"Depth Charge" 1x34 October 31, 1985
"Transfer Point" 1x35 November 1, 1985
"Steamer's Defection" 1x36 November 4, 1985
"The GoBot Who Cried Renegade" 1x37 November 5, 1985
"The Seer" 1x38 November 6, 1985
"Whiz Kid" 1x39 November 7, 1985
"Ring of Fire" 1x40 November 8, 1985
"Cy-Kill's Escape" 1x41 November 11, 1985
"Queest for the Creator" 1x42 November 12, 1985
"The Fall of GoBotron" 1x43 November 13, 1985
"Flight to Earth" 1x44 November 14, 1985
"Return to GoBotron" 1x45 November 15, 1985
"Pacific Overtures" 1x46 November 18, 1985
"Destroy All Guardians" 1x47 November 19, 1985
"Escape from Elba" 1x48 November 20, 1985
"Fitor to the Finish" 1x49 November 21, 1985
"Clutch of Doom" 1x50 November 22, 1985
"The Third Column" 1x51 November 25, 1985
"A New Suit for Leader-1" 1x52 November 26, 1985
"Renegade Carnival" 1x53 November 27, 1985
"The Gift" 1x54 November 28, 1985
"Terror in Atlantis" 1x55 November 29, 1985
"The Last Magic Man" 1x56 December 2, 1985
"Braxis Gone Bonkers" 1x57 December 3, 1985
"Inside Job" 1x58 December 4, 1985
"Element of Danger" 1x59 December 5, 1985
"Mission: GoBotron" 1x60 December 6, 1985
"Et Tu, Cy-Kill" 1x61 December 9, 1985
"The GoBots That Time Forgot" 1x62 December 10, 1985
"The Secret of Halley's Comet" 1x63 December 11, 1985
"Guardian Academy" 1x64 December 12, 1985
"Quest for New Earth" 1x65 December 13, 1985

The series is rife with continuity errors and not even the most thoroughly researched order could avoid some of these issues.