There’s no better time to list the top 10 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe episodes with Netflix’s launching the new Masters of the Universe: Revelation series
Our Top 10 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe episodes are based on the IMDb fan ratings.
With new He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe Episodes launching July 23rd, let’a eflect on the legacy of the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series that ran from 1983 to 1985.
As the new series supposedly picks up where the old series left off. So it will be essential for fans to revisit the original shows to reacquaint themselves with the world of Eternia.
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Top 10 He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe Episodes
#10 To Save Skeletor
- Season 2, Episode 10 – IMDb Rating: 7.6
To be fair, there are several episodes in the series that have a 7.6 rating, but “To Save Skeletor” was notable in that the Masters and the Evil Warriors had to band together to save Eternia from the threat of an overpowering foe named Sh’Gora.
Although it was common for He-Man and his gang of heroes to spare the lives of their foes. This was the first time both factions worked together so thoroughly. Granted, it was from a threat Skeletor himself conjured, and he did double-cross He-Man at the climax of the episode, but it was fun to watch nonetheless.
#9 The Rainbow Warrior
- Season 2, Episode 20 – IMDb Rating: 7.6
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe were always progressive compared to other cartoons of its time in their depiction of women.
Teela and Evil-Lyn were powerful and well-developed characters who were pivotal warriors for their respective factions, and in “The Rainbow Warrior,” Queen Marlena got her turn to show her worth.
The episode was partly an origin story that illustrated her arrival to Eternia from Earth as an astronaut and her subsequent marriage to a young King Randor.
Most importantly, it showed her as a daring and competent adventurer who was more than capable of facing and beating Skeletor to save her friends and family.
#8 Orko’s New Friend
- Season 2, Episode 44 – IMDb Rating: 7.7
Orko was always a popular character with younger fans of the series, despite his constant tomfoolery and often grating voice. Several other Trollans popped up as the series progressed, and in the episode “Orko’s New Friend,” his old friend Squonge paid a visit.
As Orko explains to Prince Adam and Teela, Squonge had issues with telling the truth since he and Orko were studying magic at the Trollan Academy. Consequently, when Orko gets captured by space criminals, Adam and Teela have difficulty believing Squonge’s story. The episode is basically a retelling of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, which fits in well to the series’ pre-credits morality bumper.
#7 The Cat and the Spider
- Season 2, Episode 1 – IMDb Rating: 7.7
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe never really focused on a newly introduced character from the toy line as extensively as The Transformers or G.I. Joe did. After their one episode spotlights, they were usually consigned to the background as the series rotated around the core heroes and villains.
“The Cat and the Spider” introduced Webstor, the arachnid member of the Evil Warriors who unlike the usual cowering miscreants Skeletor surrounded himself with, had no qualms about plotting against him behind his back.
The episode also featured an intriguing original character in Kittrina, who demonstrated quite a crush on Battle Cat.
#6 The Dragon’s Gift
- Season 1, Episode 34 – IMDb Rating: 7.8
Part of the appeal of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was its fantasy-based setting, and what is a fantasy world without a dragon?
In “The Dragon’s Gift,” fans are introduced to Granamyr, a dragon so old and powerful his magic rivals that of the Sorceress.
To save Man-At-Arms from life as a crystal statue, He-Man and Teela seek him out, but the ancient being is not overly fond of humans.
After the heroes prove themselves worthy of his trust, Granamyr becomes one of their staunchest allies, giving them the means to restore their friend to life.
#5 Teela’s Quest
- Season 1, Episode 6 – IMDb Rating: 7.8
One of the running mysteries of the series was Teela’s true parentage. Although she knew she was adopted by Man-At-Arms as an infant, she knew little of her biological father and nothing about her mother.
“Teela’s Quest” followed her desire to learn more about her true lineage. Running afoul of Mer-Man, who bore a grudge against her adoptive father, Teela was aided by He-Man and Battle Cat in a fight with Bakkull, a sea-demon.
It was ultimately revealed that the Sorceress was Teela’s mother, who wiped her memory until the time Teela could take her place as the protector of Castle Grayskull.
- Season 1, Episode 25 – IMDb Rating: 8.0
One of the great things about the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was the fact that it went beyond the toyline in introducing original characters to the series.
One such character was Evilseed, a plant-based villain who nearly conquered Eternia in its eponymous episode.
His plan to rule the planet by overrunning it with plants vexed both He-Man and Skeletor, who had to join forces to defeat him.
#3 Battle Cat
- Season 2, Episode 31 – IMDb Rating: 8.0
Origin stories are often fun episodes, especially when they’re about characters or relationships fans were always curious about. In “Battle Cat,” it is revealed how Prince Adam came across Cringer, the green talking tiger who would eventually become his faithful partner-in-arms, Battle Cat.
Traumatized by being abandoned and threatened by larger predators, Cringer was timid and jumpy, but the Sorceress encouraged Adam to be loyal to the cat, as he would be important to Adam in the future.
Eventually, Cringer learns of Adam’s secret, inadvertently becomes Battle Cat, and proves to be essential to He-Man’s battle against evil.
#2 Into the Abyss
- Season 2, Episode 18 – IMDb Rating: 8.1
Castle Grayskull is the source of He-Man’s power, but the source of Grayskull’s power has always been shrouded in mystery.
Feeding into that mystery were the environs around the castle, particularly the bottomless pit that surrounded it.
In “Into the Abyss,” Teela falls into that pit after a spirited bout of hide-and-seek with Prince Adam.
Although she’s eventually found by He-Man and Man-At-Arms, Teela witnessed first-hand the enormous amounts of energy that emanated from the pit when Adam transformed into He-Man.
The episode also highlighted the extremely close relationships that Teela had with Prince Adam and the Sorceress.
#1 The Problem With Power
- Season 2, Episode 45 – IMDb Rating: 8.3
Unlike most comic books and superhero films, where the collateral damage from the titanic battles between super-powered beings is usually swept under the rug, “The Problem With Power” examined the fallout of such fights head-on.
When He-Man believes he has inadvertently caused the death of an innocent villager, Prince Adam gives up his alter-ego.
When it is revealed that Skeletor faked that death, Adam reclaims his identity as He-Man, however, the episode explored the consequences and consciences of those who would wield great power responsibly.