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Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z

Fuji TV 1989

Many years have passed since Goku first searched for the Dragon Balls. He is a grown man, with a wife and son. He and his friends have settled into their own lives and, for the most part, things are rather peaceful. Then one day, Goku learns he is really a Saiyan and comes from another planet. Now begins new adventures for Goku and his friends as they defend their home against new, more powerful threats.

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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 #1 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z from 123 votes.

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 #2 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z 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 #3 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z 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 #4 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z from 106 votes.

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 #5 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z 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 #6 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z 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 #7 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z from 117 votes.

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 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z 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 #9 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z 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 #10 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z from 135 votes.

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 #1 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z from 93 votes.

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 #2 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z from 94 votes.

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 #3 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z from 127 votes.

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 #4 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z from 134 votes.

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 #5 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z from 102 votes.

Dragon Ball Z - S4E13
#16 - Another Super Saiyan?
Season 4 - Episode 13

As Frieza and King Cold prepare to strike, a mysterious young man armed with a sword comes out of nowhere and challenges them to fight. It looks like this boy has made a grave mistake, or maybe ...it's the other way around.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z from 142 votes.

Dragon Ball Z - S9E38
#17 - Goku's Next Journey
Season 9 - Episode 38

Goku and Uub begin to fight, and it's clear that Uub doesn't know much about fighting. But as the match goes on, he learns more and more, and is able to go toe to toe with Goku. Uub nearly falls out of the ring, but Goku saves him from hitting the ground. He realizes that Uub doesn't even know how to fly, so he decides to live with Uub in his village and train him. Despite his friends and family pleading with him to stay, he flys away with Uub. Goku is training Uub to defend the earth when he's gone. He hopes one day, when Uub's training is complete, to have a real all-out match with him to test their power.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z from 116 votes.

Dragon Ball Z - S9E10
#18 - A Whole New Gohan
Season 9 - Episode 10

Gohan arrives at the scene, and everyone is shocked at how much power he has. As Gohan begins pounding him, Buu steps up the intensity, but Gohan still has the upper hand. He is easily picking Buu apart.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z from 114 votes.

Dragon Ball Z - S4E15
#19 - Mystery Revealed
Season 4 - Episode 15

Goku finally arrives to Earth, but wonders who this mysterious man is. The young swordsman asks Goku to speak to him privately. Once he and Goku are out of nearly everyone's earshot, his identity is finally revealed, and he is from the future. But why is he here, and what news does he bring?

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z from 141 votes.

Dragon Ball Z - S3E27
#20 - The Last Wish
Season 3 - Episode 27

With Guru back to life, the Namekian Dragon Balls have been restored as well, with Porunga ready to grant the third wish. As Dende prepares to complete the final phase of King Kai's plan, Frieza flies towards Porunga to have his wish granted as well.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Dragon Ball Z from 115 votes.

Last updated: apr 22, 2021



Dragonball z is the best


first comment in 2012 then 2013 then 2014 and 2015 and I write this in 2016 :D


Well now I've watched this series in its entirety for the first time since the age of nine. I'm not even sure where to start if I'm being honest lol. It definitely shifts away from the sense of adventure that the original Dragon Ball series had practically immediately with a much bigger focus on battles. It also steps away from the Mystical elements of the original series and goes toward the Sci-Fi genre for 2/3rds of the series but it goes back to the Mystical genre for the last 3rd. While there are plenty of funny moments they tend to be confined to mostly filler episodes due to the fact that DBZ takes a much serious tone than DB. The fights can get pretty intense and a lot of the times the villains keep you on the edge of your seat having you wonder what could possibly they do next or what kind of transformation they could have. While I can definitely see why so many love this series I actually still prefer DB over DBZ. I won't go too much into each part of the series but each one of them gets a plus from me. They start off by completely changing the series by showing that there's an Alien backstory to all of it and immediately showing just how serious it all is, by going as far as to have a character die early off in the series. The Saiyan saga brings along everybody's fav. Saiyan: Vegeta, who along with Piccolo has possibly the best character development. Frieza's possibly the most despicable (while somehow still having some charm) villain in the series, the more you learn of him the more you want to see him go down saga contains what's possibly the most iconic moment in the entire franchise with the debut of Goku's Super Saiyan form. Cell is incredibly terrifying, especially in his first form feeling like something out of a monster movie, he's also quite possibly the most arrogant DBZ villain which made his defeat most satisfying and extremely unique by having someone other than Goku defeat him, it's possibly the best ending for all of the sagas. The Majin Buu arcs shifts it to Mystical themes and somewhat silly elements we saw before in DB, introducing god-like characters, and the Fusion techniques. While some may dislike the Buu sagas I still love them, I really felt it was a much needed change after the first super serious parts of the series and hey it starts getting more serious as it goes. Majin Buu starts off as a silly villain, to a much more serious threat but still comedic and ending with a chaotic psychopathic Looney Tunes kind of animal. Buu ends up reaching levels of accomplishments that no other villain reaches and somehow still manages to be the "most fun" villain. I wouldn't even say any of the arcs are bad, they are all enjoyable and they all have their ups and downs. Personally I really dislike the ending....You'd think that in the end Goku would finally develop a sense about the importance of family and actually learn to love and appreciate his own family in the same exact way that they love him. But instead we get "Leaving to train this stranger, bye guys!" For god's sake, why even leave his family when he could literally teleport to train the kid? One of my issues is that in the Majin Buu arcs there are a lot of...well asspulls that conveniently come out of nowhere with no hint. Some of them are even hyped up to the maximum levels but then they go on to amount to nothing, they don't really progress the story or they're just there. As a huge DB fan I can definitely say it makes me sad to see the original cast of characters just get more useless as the story goes along. Even Vegeta, who's a fan favorite unfortunately always seems to end up falling victim to the Worf effect and being a punching bag for the main villains. But the one thing I will never understand though is why would a "Passing the Torch" theme be hinted at and accomplished only to have the spotlight go right back to Goku for the last villain.... **Number of Filler Episodes:*42 out of 291. I wouldn't call all of the filler episodes bad it's just that I found a good majority of them to be....unmemorable. If I'm being honest I found the famous Driver's License episode, Gohan by himself in the wild and Goku's battle with Pikkon to be the most memorable filler moments. I also have to mention the Garlic Jr. filler saga not cause it's magnificent but that it's unique in the sense that it gives the spotlight to characters that aren't Goku. The filler episodes that I would have to say are horrible are the "Fake Namek" episodes. I'm sure you've heard all the stories that say how much this series drags on, and heard how it's sometimes referred to as "Drag On Ball Z". Let me just confirm that all of those stories are true. You would think that the filler episodes are to blame for this but the biggest issue with this series is the fact that a ton of moments are extended for as long as possible. You'll either have the fights be extended for as long as possible or have about 10 cuts during battles that go back to something that's kind of unimportant. Some examples are: Goku and Frieza's fight going on for 4 hours & 13 minutes, having an episode recap in the middle of the last fight with Cell, constantly cutting back to see what Mr. Satan is doing in the middle of the fights with Super Buu. Unfortunately when the battles get dragged on it sometimes ends up making them feel repetitive, I thought it was especially noticeable in the Super Buu fights. If you'd like to experience this without it feeling dragged out then you may want to watch Dragon Ball Kai. NO Kai is not censored, it was only censored by Nickelodeon when they aired it.


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It is very, very slow paced. If it is your thing to watch slow paced shows, then it is good for you. It is heavy in action and the protagonist is decent.


Dragonball z is the beat


The cover for this show is wrong. The current image, featuring Goku in front of the show's various characters, was made for Dragon Ball Z Kai.


Android Saga>Frieza>Namek>Saiyan>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Cell>Cell Games>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Majin Buu>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Fusion and Kid Buu>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Great Saiyaman


@caiomatrix - Agreed


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