The Super Sentai Series' (スーパー戦隊シリーズ) is a franchise of Japanese sci-fi shows, usually involving three to seven main characters in brightly colored suits and robots. The shows are part of the tokusatsu special effects genre and have been a mainstay of Japanese pop culture since the 70s. A new show is produced every year, with a show generally not receiving any more material beyond its air time outside of the VS special, though Samurai Sentai Shinkenger will be the first series to have a semi-sequel in the form of a direct to video feature.
Each series deals with an overall theme or motif that is represented in the suits and mecha of the team of characters, often called rangers or senshi. A typical series will run 50 episodes and involving a year-long plot, often segmented into four arcs, with each arc being made up of many character building episodes. The shows were originally created to add a superhero flair to the typical secret agent stories popular in the 70s and 60s, though more recent shows have dived into mystical and magical elements for story purposes.
Characters can usually have their personality derived from the characteristics of the colors of their individual suits. Though a common misconception, red is not always the leader of a team, but the main character of the series. In addition to the core set of characters, there might be an older or younger character who acts as a mentor to the team, as well as comic relief characters. The series will often involve the introduction of one or more extra rangers later on in their run.
Super Sentai music often uses popular anisong artists, with a major group called Project.R made in recent years to be the official Super Sentai band.
- Himitisu Sentai Goranger - "Secret Sentai Goranger" - 84 episodes
- J.A.K.Q. Dengeki-tai - "J.A.K.Q. Electric Team" - 35 episodes
- Battle Fever J - 52 episodes
- Denshi Sentai Denjiman - "Electronic Sentai Denjiman" - 51 episodes
- Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan - "Solar Sentai Sun Vulcan" - 50 episodes
- Dai Sentai Goggle-V - "Super Sentai Goggle-V" - 50 episodes
- Kagaku Sentai Dynaman - "Science Sentai Dynaman" - 51 episodes
- Choudenshi Bioman - "Super Electronic Bioman" - 51 episodes
- Dengeki Sentai Changeman - "Electric Sentai Changeman" - 55 episodes
- Choushinsei Flashman - "Supernova Flashman" - 50 episodes
- Hikari Sentai Maskman - "Light Sentai Maskman" - 51 episodes
- Choujuu Sentai Liveman - "Ultra Beast Sentai Liveman" - 49 episodes
- Kousoku Sentai Turboranger - "High Speed Sentai Turboranger" - 51 episodes
- Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman - "Earth's Sentai, Fiveman" - 51 episodes
- Choujin Sentai Jetman - "Birdman Sentai Jetman" - 51 episodes
- Kyouryuu Sentai Zyuranger - "Dinosaur Sentai Zyuranger"- 50 episodes
- Gosei Sentai Dairanger - "Five Star Sentai Dairanger" - 50 episodes
- Ninja Sentai Kakuranger - 53 episodes
- Chouriki Sentai Ohranger - "Superpower Sentai Ohranger" - 48 episodes
- Gekisou Sentai Carranger - "Racing Sentai Carranger" - 48 episodes
- Denji Sentai Megaranger - "Electric Sentai Megaranger" - 51 episodes
- Seijuu Sentai Gingaman - "Galactic Beast Sentai Gingaman" - 50 episodes
- Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoFive "99 Sentai GoGoFive" - 50 episodes
- Mirai Sentai Timeranger - "Future Sentai Timeranger" - 51 episodes
- Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger - "Hundred Beast Sentai Gaoranger" - 51 episodes
- Ninpu Sentai Hurricanger - "Hidden Wind Sentai Hurricanger" - 51 episodes
- Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger - "Blast Dragon Sentai Abaranger" - 50 episodes
- Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger - "Special Investigation Sentai Dekaranger" - 50 episodes
- Mahou Sentai Magiranger - "Magic Sentai Magiranger" - 49 episodes
- GouGou Sentai Boukenger - "Rumbling Sentai Boukenger" - 49 episodes
- Juuken Sentai Gekiranger - "Beast Fist Sentai Gekiranger" - 49 episodes
- Engine Sentai Go-Onger - 50 episodes
- Samurai Sentai Shinkenger - 49 episodes
- Tensou Sentai Goseiger - "Heavenly Armored Sentai Goseiger" -
Since 2001, there has been a yearly movie in the franchise every year, these movies are typically short, lasting only 20 to 35 minutes in length and are double-billed with the yearly Kamen Rider movie, the films in another franchise of sci-fi created by the same company.
- Himitsu Sentai Goranger
- Goranger: The Blue Fortress
- Goranger: The Red Death Match
- Goranger: Fire Mountai's Final Explosion
- Himitsu Sentai Goranger: The Bomb Hurricane
- J.A.K.Q. Dengeki-tai
- J.A.K.Q. vs Goranger
- Denji Sentai Denjiman: Bells of Hope
- Choudenshi Bioman the Movie
- Changeman the Movie
- Dengeki Sentai Changeman: Shuttle Base! Near Miss
- Choushinsei Flashman
- Flashman: Big Rally! Titan Boy!
- Hikari Sentai Maskman the Movie
- Kousoku Sentai Turboranger
- Gosei Sentai Dairanger
- Ninja Sentai Kakuranger
- Ohranger the Movie
- Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger the Movie: Fire Mountain Roars
- Ninpu Sentai Hurricanger: Shushuuto the Movie
- Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger DELUXE: Abare Summer is Freezing!
- Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger the Movie: Full Blast Action
- Mahou Sentai Magiranger the Movie: Bride of Infershia
- GouGou Sentai Boukenger the Movie: The Strongest Precious
- Juuken Sentai Gekiranger Movie Edition: Nei-Nei! Hou-Hou! Hong Kong Decisive Battle
- Boom Boom! Bang Bang! GekijouBANG!!
- Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (silver screen): The Fateful War
Direct to video/DVD films have also been a staple of Super Sentai, often called the "V-Cinema" series by Toei, the production company, these will run slightly longer than the theatrical films (anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour) and serve as side-stories.