He appears in the episode "Superhero for a Day" of the 1987-1996 animated TV series, and decides to make a hero comeback. He picks up his equipment, and heads off in his van. After trying to stop a schoolbus from falling down a bridge into the river-water below, Shredder offers him to stop faked crimes, preventing the turtles from following Shredder to power stations looking for Technodrome fuel. Over a radio broadcast, Gadgetman learns the turtles are the real heroes, and together, they fight off Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady.
- Gadgetman was quite possibly inspired as a parody of Inspector Gadget.