5 super things you didn’t know about ‘Power Rangers’

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By: Jared Cotter | Dave Hanson Posted: 3:43 PM, Mar 24, 2017

The new Power Rangers movie is out now. The TV show started in 1993 and many Hollywood executives were sure it was doomed, but enough people said “GO GO Power Rangers” that it became a huge hit. Jared Cotter has five more super fun facts about this massive franchise.

1.  Zordon’s Home

Their command center is actually a building at the American Jewish University's Brandeis-Bardin campus in Simi Valley, California. The structure has a pretty impressive career in show biz with appearances in Star Trek VI, The Lawnmower Man and videos including Marilyn Manson's “The Dope Show.”

2.  Go Go Bryan Cranston

He voiced 2 characters on the show in 1993. The show later honored the future Walter White by giving the Blue Ranger the last name Cranston. Bryan is back in the new film — presumably with less auditioning and more dough.

3.  Controversial History

The show was banned in New Zealand over its violent fight scenes, several Canadian stations banned the show and Malaysia temporarily banned it over the use of the word 'morphin' which the government felt children would associate with the drug morphine.

4.  Mighty Morphin Spinoffs

The American version of Power Rangers has spawned 20 spinoffs including Power Rangers in Space, Power Rangers Time Force, Power Rangers Jungle Fury and Power Rangers Super Samurai. All of this was based on a long-running Japanese show called Super Sentai.

5.  Almost Too Popular

When the actors went to Universal Studios in Los Angeles in 1994 for a meet and greet with fans, they attracted 35,000 people and caused an 8-mile-long traffic jam. The action figures were so popular that parents  trying to get them for Christmas gifts were forced to camp out, bribe clerks and buy them from unscrupulous "markup artists" at hugely inflated prices.

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