Blast from the Past: That time the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were on Oprah. Really.

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May 13, 2014, 8:48 AM EDT (Updated)

Remember that time the Ninja Turtles were a band? Consider this your incredibly painful reminder. 

If you were born any time in the '80s or '90s, you had at least even odds that you loved you some Ninja Turtles. They were a huge phenomenon and showed up everywhere -- cartoons, movies, action figures, lunch boxes, Hostess Cream Pies and who knows what else. Some of it was good, some of it ... eh.

The low point, though, was probably the "Coming Out of Their Shells" tour, wherein the Ninja Turtles became a boy band replete with denim jackets and flair.  Oh, god, why?

In 1990, Oprah Winfrey got roped into playing along. She had an entire episode in which she interviewed the Turtles -- LIKE THEY WERE ACTUAL PEOPLE. Prepare to cringe as you have never cringed before.

I mean, at least it's not The Next Mutation. At this point, though, I'm a little terrified that the Turtles will get hugely popular again, thus causing us to inevitably cycle back to this. Everything '90s is popular again, Oprah has her own network ... don't laugh -- IT COULD HAPPEN.

(via YouTube)

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