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Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z

Fuji TV 1989

The adventures of Earth's martial arts defender, Son Goku, continue with a new family and the revelation of his alien origins. Now Goku and his allies must defend the planet from an onslaught of new extraterrestrial enemies.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z - S8E18

#1 - Final Atonement (Season 8 - Episode 18)

Trunks and Goten save Vegeta from a savage beating, but the headstrong Super Saiyan is determined to destroy Majin Buu by himself. Vegeta is prepared to risk everything to defeat this foe, but is he really ready to give up his own life?

The episode was rated 8.77 from 123 votes.

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Dragon Ball Z - S6E26

#2 - Save the World (Season 6 - Episode 26)

The final showdown begins! Cell has returned more powerful than ever, and it's all up to Gohan to put him down! While Goku coaches him telepathically from the Other World, the Z Fighters jump in for a five-sided attack! Gohan may have the potential inside him, but can Goku show him how to bring it out?

The episode was rated 8.59 from 109 votes.

Dragon Ball Z - S3E21

#3 - Transformed At Last (Season 3 - Episode 21)

It looks like the battle is over, as Frieza seems to be defeated and the Ginyu Force has fallen down to Hell. As everyone celebrates, Frieza reappears and spares no time knocking Piccolo out and killing Krillin. Fueled by rage, Goku's power increases exponentially. Has Goku finally fulfilled the Super Saiyan legend?

The episode was rated 8.59 from 164 votes.

Dragon Ball Z - S9E33

#4 - Spirit Bomb Triumphant (Season 9 - Episode 33)

Goku is ready to throw the Spirit Bomb, but Vegeta is in the way, and, despite Vegeta's pleas otherwise, he refuses to take out Vegeta along with Buu. Suddenly, old Buu gets up and holds Kid Buu down long enough for Hercule to pull Vegeta to safety. Old Buu is kicked aside, and Goku throws the Spirit Bomb. It hits Kid Buu, but he starts pushing it back. Goku uses all of the energy he has trying to push it back into Kid Buu, but Buu is too powerful. Vegeta suddenly remembers that they still have a third wish with Porunga. He instructs Dende to wish for Goku's power to be normal again. The wish is granted, and Goku is able to force the Spirit Bomb back at Majin Buu. As he does so, he silently wishes that Buu had been a better person, and hopes to fight him some day in the future. The Spirit Bomb hits with full force, driving Buu into the ground. Majin Buu is finally dead.

The episode was rated 8.51 from 106 votes.

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Dragon Ball Z - S6E23

#5 - A Hero's Farewell! (Season 6 - Episode 23)

Clearly outmatched by the powered-up Gohan, Cell initiates his last line of defense: a self-destruct program that will blow up the entire planet! With only seconds to act, Goku uses his Instant Transmission technique to transport Cell away from the Earth. The planet is saved, but at what cost?

The episode was rated 8.50 from 96 votes.

Dragon Ball Z - S6E20

#6 - Awakening (Season 6 - Episode 20)

Gohan attacks! Spurred on by Android 16's dying words, Gohan's hidden power is unleashed! With his amazing new strength and speed, Gohan easily destroys the wicked Cell Juniors. Now the young Super Saiyan has his sights set on a bigger target, Cell himself!

The episode was rated 8.50 from 117 votes.

Dragon Ball Z - S8E26

#7 - Super Saiyan 3?! (Season 8 - Episode 26)

Trunks searches frantically for the lost Dragon Radar, as Goku powers-up to an unimaginable level...Super Saiyan 3! But will this newfound strength be enough to stop Majin Buu from destroying West City?

The episode was rated 8.44 from 117 votes.

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Dragon Ball Z - S9E27

#8 - Vegeta's Respect (Season 9 - Episode 27)

Goku and Buu continue to fight, each taking powerful blows from each other. Buu tries his ball trick again, and hits Goku hard. Goku puts all of his energy into a massive Kamehameha, but Buu just reforms afterward. Goku powers down to his normal state and collapses. Vegeta steps in, but he is no match for Buu. Buu cleans his clock, and just as he's about to give Vegeta his finishing blow, Goku pushes him out of the way. He then powers back up to Super Saiyan 3 and continues their furious fight. Vegeta reminisces about all of the fights he and Goku were in. He finally admits that Goku is better.

The episode was rated 8.42 from 106 votes.

Dragon Ball Z - S9E32

#9 - People of Earth Unite (Season 9 - Episode 32)

Vegeta continues to plead with the people of earth, but no one will listen to him. Old Buu has finally lost all of his energy, so Vegeta is forced to fight Kid Buu. He is no match for him, and gets pounded. Now Goku asks the earthlings to raise up their arms, and small pockets of people who recognize his voice do so, but the vast majority remain uninterested. Piccolo, Gohan, Goten, and Trunks spread out into the city, hoping to convince people to raise their arms. Hercule has finally had enough, and he speaks to the people of earth. When they hear the familiar voice of the World Champion, all of the people of earth raise their arms and offer their energy. The Spirit Bomb is finally ready.

The episode was rated 8.38 from 97 votes.

Dragon Ball Z - S3E22

#10 - Explosion Of Anger (Season 3 - Episode 22)

Goku's hair has turned blonde and his eyes blue, as he is surrounded by a gold aura; the fuel of this power being his anger towards Frieza. As Gohan takes Piccolo to Goku's ship, our hero starts to pound on Frieza as the tyrant fires back, but none of his attacks are working against Goku now that he is a Super Saiyan. It looks like Frieza will finally be defeated.

The episode was rated 8.33 from 135 votes.

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Dragon Ball Z - S9E24

#11 - End of Earth (Season 9 - Episode 24)

Supreme Kai explains to the Elder Kai that there were once five Supreme Kais. Four of them ruled over a quadrant of the universe, and the fifth was their leader. He says that Kid Buu was his original form. North and West Kai perished against Majin Buu. South Kai was absorbed. The leader, Dai Kaio, was also absorbed, but this absorption changed Buu into the fat, happy Buu that came out of the ball. The absorption of the Kais weakened Buu. Back on earth, Kid Buu creates a massive ball of energy and throws it at the earth. Goku and Vegeta try to grab their sons and Piccolo, but are only able to grab Dende and Hercule. Goku Instantly Transmits to the world of the Kais.

The episode was rated 8.32 from 93 votes.

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Dragon Ball Z - S9E31

#12 - Call To Action (Season 9 - Episode 31)

The people of earth come back to life, including the Z Fighters and their friends. Goku gets into position to create the Spirit Bomb, and with the help of King Kai, Vegeta speaks to the entire population of earth. He tells them what's going on, and that do defeat Buu, they need to raise their hands up and offer their energy. Only Goku and Vegeta's family and friends comply. No one else is willing to listen to a mysterious voice from the sky. Vegeta repeatedly pleads with the earthlings, but to no avail. While this is going on, old Buu is buying them time by fighting Kid Buu, but it's not going well. Goku hasn't gathered nearly enough energy to destroy Buu.

The episode was rated 8.32 from 94 votes.

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Dragon Ball Z - S8E9

#13 - The Dark Prince Returns (Season 8 - Episode 9)

In an all out assault against Vegeta, Babidi uses his power to undo the unsuspecting Prince from within. Vegeta is stripped of his good qualities by the wicked wizard, and becomes the heartless warrior that he once was. Vegeta's first senseless act under his new master is attacking Goku!

The episode was rated 8.31 from 127 votes.

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Dragon Ball Z - S8E11

#14 - The Long Awaited Fight (Season 8 - Episode 11)

Super Saiyan powers collide! The long awaited battle between Goku and Vegeta has begun! With Babidi's magic enhancing his already incredible strength, Vegeta matches Goku move for move. But every blow the Saiyan Prince lands is a boost for Majin Buu!

The episode was rated 8.31 from 134 votes.

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Dragon Ball Z - S5E13

#15 - Say Goodbye, 17 (Season 5 - Episode 13)

The battle between Android 16 and Cell continue. Cell tries to counter-attack but falls short to 16's Inferno Flash. 16 warns 17 and 18 to quickly leave the battlefield. But before they could do so, Cell sneaks up behind 17 and quickly absorbs him. Cell has transformed, and his next task is to absorb 18 to become complete. Android 16 is no match for the second form of Cell, and is mortally wounded. Is there anyone left who can stop Cell from achieving perfection?

The episode was rated 8.30 from 102 votes.

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Last updated: feb 04, 2023

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