The Transformers, was the original cartoon that ran from 1984 to 1987. Writing and distribution for this series were handled as a joint effort by Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions. Animation was produced overseas, by Toei & AKOM. This cartoon series is commonly referred to as "Generation 1" by fans. The popular cartoon feature film, Transformers: The Movie (1986), takes place between the events of the second and third seasons.
Season 1 - 16 Episodes
Season 2 - 49 Episodes
Transformers: The Movie (later released as five episodes along with 15 previously released episodes as Season 5)
Season 3 - 30 Episodes
Season 4 - 3 Episodes
Season 5 - 20 Episodes (Season five featured a new opening and closing of an animatronic puppet of Optimus Prime in his Powermaster form telling a human Tommy Kennedy old stories ala "prior episodes" involving the Transformers)