Voltron: Defender of the Universe
GenreScience fiction, Adventure, Mecha, Superhero
Anime television series
Lion Force Voltron
(Based on Beast King GoLion)
Directed byFranklin Cofod
Produced bySteve Sterling
Written byJameson Brewer
Music byJohn Petersen
StudioWorld Events Productions
Toei Animation (epis. 1–52)
Original networkFirst-run syndication
Original runPart I:
September 10, 1984

November 27, 1984
Part II:
October 21, 1985 –
November 18, 1985
Episodes72 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Vehicle Team Voltron
(Based on Armored Fleet Dairugger XV)
Directed byFranklin Cofod
Produced bySteve Sterling
Written byJameson Brewer
Music byJohn Petersen
StudioWorld Events Productions
Toei Animation
Original networkFirst-run syndication
Original runSeptember 14, 1984February 18, 1985
Episodes52 (List of episodes)
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Voltron at New York Comic Con 2016

Voltron: Defender of the Universe is an American animated television series that features a team of astronauts who pilot a giant Super Robot known as "Voltron". Initially produced as a joint venture between World Events Productions and Toei Animation, the original television series aired in syndication from September 10, 1984 to November 18, 1985. The first season of Voltron, featuring the "Lion Force Voltron", was adapted from the Japanese anime television series Beast King GoLion. The second season, featuring the "Vehicle Team Voltron", was adapted from the unrelated anime series Armored Fleet Dairugger XV.

Voltron was the top-rated syndicated children's show for two years during its original run,[1] and it spawned two follow-up series, several comic books, and a 1-hour special.


The original series was created by Peter Keefe and John Teichmann in 1984 using material that they had licensed from the Japanese animated series Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. But since they had no means of translating the Japanese series into English, Keefe and Teichman surmised the plots, commissioned writer Jameson Brewer to write all-new dialogue, edited out the more violent scenes, and remixed the audio into stereo format. The series was an immediate hit in the United States, topping the syndication market for children's programs in the mid-1980s.[1]

The Japanese Future Robot Daltanious series was originally planned to be adapted by World Events Productions as part of Voltron. When requesting master tapes from Toei Animation for translation purposes, the World Events Productions producers requested "[the] ones with the lion." Mistakenly, Toei then proceeded to ship World Events copies of Beast King GoLion, another "combining-robot" cartoon which featured lion-shaped fighting robot starships.[citation needed]. Because the World Events producers greatly preferred GoLion to Daltanious, the GoLion episodes were adapted instead, going on to become the most popular portion of the original Voltron run. A third version/series of Voltron based on yet another Japanese series, Lightspeed Electroid Albegas, was also in progress, but it was dropped when World Events Productions joined with Toei to make new GoLion-based shows, due to that show's popularity over the Dairugger run.

Other Languages
العربية: فولترون
български: Волтрон
Deutsch: Voltron
español: Voltron
français: Voltron
한국어: 볼트론
italiano: Voltron
日本語: ボルトロン
русский: Вольтрон
svenska: Voltron
Türkçe: Voltran