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Starting in 1992, X-Men: The Animated Series (X-Men: TAS) was Marvel's answer to DC's newest Batman cartoon, Batman: The Animated Series, the cartoon lasted a good five seasons and depicted one of the more popular versions of the X-Men team based on Jim Lee's early 90's run, they were Cyclops, Wolverine, Jean Grey, Storm, Rogue, Gambit, Beast, Jubilee and Professor X.
Supprisingly this was not Marvel's first attempt at an X-Men cartoon, in 1989, Marvel created a pilot for a new X-Men animation called "Pryde of the X-Men" though the pilot was not carried over to a series it was still broadcast several times between 1989 and 1992 when X-Men: TAS began. While the original airing of X-Men TAS was scheduled to appear in September of 1992, production delays set it back several weeks, though the first two episodes entitled "Night of the Sentinels" was aired early as a sneak peek, but it has been reported that there had been several errors in the animation that were corrected by the following year.
During it's run, X-Men: TAS has continued the work of the comic book in depicting several famous storylines, including the Dark Phoenix Saga and Days of Future Past, but more than that, the cartoon represented social issues like discrimination, one of the main reasons that the X-Men were created for in the first place and something that as continued into the movies. While the main focus of this prejudice would be focused on the anti-mutant movements, there would also be other stories which would bring up things like religion, the holocaust and the AIDS scandal as well as several other social topics.
Unlike Batman: TAS, the X-Men cartoon had a massive array of both hero and villain characters including additional members of the X-Men, X-Factor, Alpha Flight, XSE, Cable's Clan Chosen, the X-Terminators, the StarJammers, the Acolytes, the Morlocks, the Shi'ar, the Brotherhood, Project: Wideawake, the Hellfire Club, the Nasty Boys, the Savage Land Mutates, the Horsemen of Apocalypse, the Reavers, Weapon X, Mojo's Trackers and the Brood, as well as many other appearances by lone characters such as Apocalypse, Mr Sinister, Spider-Man IronMan, etc, etc.
X-Men's original run was only supposed to last for four seasons, but FOX (who were airing the cartoon) wanted more episodes, even though the animators (AKOM) were unavailable at the time, this is why the remaining ten episodes (season five) have a distinctly different animation style.
All of the original run (seasons 1-4) are available to watch for free at Marvel.Com along with another three episodes from season 5 (as of 19/08/2010) with a new episode being added every Tuesday, the episodes below should be episodes one and two (Night of the Sentinels)