Alternate Series Title: Astroboy
The series was first shown on Fuji TV on January 1, 1963; eventually, it moved to NHK. Ratings of the original Japanese version rose to over 40%. Because of Tetsuwan Atom's excellent TV ratings in Japan, NBC Films brought the series to the United States, where it and the main characters were given American names and the soundtracks were redubbed. This was not the first animated TV series produced in Japan, although many people mistakenly think so. A total of 193 episodes were produced. Of these, only 104 episodes were adapted for the U.S. Market.