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Watch BET's short-lived Black Panther animated series

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Mar 2, 2018

Wakanda forever! With Marvel’s Black Panther breaking all sorts of box-office records and getting tons of love from fans all over the globe, BET is riding the crest of the blockbuster’s success by re-releasing its little-known Black Panther animated series from nearly a decade ago.

The short-lived series originally aired for six episodes on the cable network back in 2011, and has been hard to come by ever since. Now BET has started uploading the series to its Facebook page.

Check out the first episode below.

social-mediaThe Black Panther series was written and created by filmmaker and writer Reginald Hudlin, the president of entertainment for BET from 2005 to 2008 -- the same man who created Shuri when he wrote the comic during the same period.

social-mediaThe Black Panther TV show, which initially aired in Australia in 2010 and later in the United States the year after, follows T'Challa’s quest to find out who killed his father, the former King T'Chaka, and to protect Wakanda from an invasion led by Klaw.

In addition to the characters from the new Black Panther movie, the series also features appearances from such old familiar Marvel faces as Captain America, Storm, and Wolverine.

And despite its quasi-obscurity, the show had quite the cast voicing the characters, including Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Amistad) as T'Challa, Kerry Washington (Scandal) as Shuri, Alfre Woodard (Luke Cage) as Dondi Reese, and Jill Scott (Black Lightning) as Storm. Even Stan Lee voiced a character named General Wallace.

All but one of the show’s six episodes are currently up on BET’s Facebook page (as of this writing, Episode 3 is inexplicably missing). The show is also streaming on Amazon Video for $2.99 per episode, but watch out—the show on Amazon is broken up into a dozen 10-12-minute episodes.

UPDATE: The entire six-episode series is now available on Marvel's YouTube page.