8.6
1,374 votes
Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack

YTV 2001

Made by Genndy Tartakovsky, this cartoon tells the story of a great warrior displaced to the distant future by the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. The world has become a bleak place under the rule of Aku, segregated into fantastic tribes and ruled by Aku's evil robot warlords. Jack travels this foreign landscape in search of a time portal that can return him to his home time so he can "undo the future that is Aku!".

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The 10 Best Episodes of Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack - S5E10

#1 - CI

8.84

Season 5 - Episode 10

The fate of the entire universe hangs in the balance as Samurai Jack finally faces Aku.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 485 votes.

Samurai Jack - S5E3

#2 - XCIV

8.71

Season 5 - Episode 3

Samurai Jack is gravely injured, but still decides to face one of the deadliest foes he's ever faced, Assassins from the Cult of Aku.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 519 votes.

Samurai Jack - S5E2

#3 - XCIII

8.68

Season 5 - Episode 2

Jack's will to survive is pushed to its absolute limits after a deadly, unseen foe launches a relentless surprise attack.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 572 votes.

Samurai Jack - S5E7

#4 - XCVIII

8.54

Season 5 - Episode 7

Jack and Ashi overcome a series of dangerous physical and spiritual tests in order to recover Jack's sword.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 474 votes.

Samurai Jack - S2E5

#5 - XVIII: Jack and the Ultra-Robots

8.54

Season 2 - Episode 5

Jack goes from destroyed village to destroyed village looking for the ultra-robots responsible for the destruction only to find that they were created by a troll commissioned by Aku.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 190 votes.

Samurai Jack - S5E9

#6 - C

8.53

Season 5 - Episode 9

Samurai Jack's worst fear is realized when he faces off against Aku; the demon makes a shocking discovery about Ashi that puts her in grave danger.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 449 votes.

Samurai Jack - S2E12

#7 - XXV: Jack and the Spartans

8.51

Season 2 - Episode 12

As jack climbs up to the top of a mountain he meets up with an army of great warriors and gets asked to help them in the last chapter of a 300 year battle.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 173 votes.

Samurai Jack - S3E4

#8 - XXX: Jack and the Zombies

8.49

Season 3 - Episode 4

Aku resolves to do something about The Samurai once and for all and lures him into a cemetery.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 164 votes.

Samurai Jack - S3E12

#9 - XXXVIII: The Birth of Evil (2)

8.49

Season 3 - Episode 12

The gods send the Emperor a mystical horse to free him and deliver him to a castle in the sky. The three gods give him powers and forge a mystic sword for him to wield before sending him forth to fight Aku.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 126 votes.

Samurai Jack - S1E11

#10 - XI: Jack and the Scotsman

8.49

Season 1 - Episode 11

When Jack and a Scotsman meet on a seemingly never-ending bridge, they end up shackled together and on the run from bounty hunters.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 242 votes.

Samurai Jack - S5E6
#11 - XCVII
8.49
Season 5 - Episode 6

Ashi's search for Samurai Jack helps her to see his effect on the world after encountering numerous people and places where he has changed things for the better.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 486 votes.

Samurai Jack - S5E1
#12 - XCII
8.48
Season 5 - Episode 1

It's been 50 years since we last saw Samurai Jack and time has not been kind to him. Aku has destroyed every time portal and Jack has stopped aging, a side effect of time travel. It seems he is cursed to just roam the land for all eternity. His past haunts him as well as a cult of assasins dedicated to killing him for Aku's glory.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 657 votes.

Samurai Jack - S3E6
#13 - XXXII: Jack and the Travelling Creatures
8.47
Season 3 - Episode 6

To get to a time passage, Jack must pass a lake which sucks down any who try to cross it without touching its bottom.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 154 votes.

Samurai Jack - S1E7
#14 - VII: Jack and the Three Blind Archers
8.44
Season 1 - Episode 7

Samurai Jack hears of a mysterious island which possesses a well that can grant any wish. He arrives at the island and discovers the well is not alone.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 297 votes.

Samurai Jack - S3E9
#15 - XXXV: Jack and the Haunted House
8.44
Season 3 - Episode 9

Jack travels through a swampland, when he comes across a small shadow crying in the distance. After approaching the being, it drops a small toy doll and Jack follows it back to a small house in hopes of giving the item back to the creature.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 143 votes.

Samurai Jack - S4E4
#16 - XLIII: The Aku Infection
8.40
Season 4 - Episode 4

Jack is infected with a bit of Aku and the piece infects him with Aku, trying to take him over and drive him to evil.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 131 votes.

Samurai Jack - S4E1
#17 - XL: Samurai vs. Ninja
8.40
Season 4 - Episode 1

Aku sends forth the robotic ninja Shinobi, Warrior of the Dark, to kill the Samurai. Jack responds to the cries of a young boy from a village beset by robot lobsters. Jack defeats them all while Shinobi watches - then the ninja takes the boy to a nearby ruined tower where he strikes from the darkness at Jack as he follows. Jack knows of the ninja's technique and reveals that he is trained to blend with the light just as Shinobi can blend with the dark. The warriors of light and dark fight from shadow to light and back again - with the sun going down, Jack quickly runs out of concealment and in a last desperate measure reflects the waning light onto Shinobi and destroys him with a well-tossed sword.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 178 votes.

Samurai Jack - S3E10
#18 - XXXVI: Jack, the Monks, and the Ancient Master's Son
8.39
Season 3 - Episode 10

Jack meets two Shaolin monks and after a brief fight he convinces them of his credentials and they take him to see their Grand Master at their hidden temple.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 139 votes.

Samurai Jack - S5E4
#19 - XCV
8.38
Season 5 - Episode 4

Jack partners with a deadly assassin in order to escape a gargantuan creature that has swallowed them whole.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 516 votes.

Samurai Jack - S2E9
#20 - XXII: Jack and the Hunters
8.38
Season 2 - Episode 9

On an alien planet, Aku contacts four Emikandi hunters and offers them the chance to hunt Jack. They capture Jack with incredible ease but Jack just as easily frees himself after he hears they're working for Aku and the real hunt begins! After an extended chase the two sides battle atop a skyscraper and Jack falls to his death...but the hunters rescue him out of respect for their greatest prey. Then the Emikandi refuse to give him to Aku out of respect for Jack's skill and depart.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Samurai Jack from 167 votes.

Last updated: mar 13, 2021

Comments

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Just found out this is coming back to Adult Swim in 2016!

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The epic fights and unique scenarios in a original show really put this over the top, but season 5, woo season 5 is just on a whole other level, highly Recommend Samurai Jack if you ever gain the chance

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One of my favorite shows of all time, ever since I saw it premiere while I was a kid. What more truly needs to be said? A unique art style with superb animation, amazing action sequences alongside an in depth story with lots of interesting side stories, valuable wisdom and even humor for people of all ages, and excellent voice acting (R.I.P. Mako). While not every episode is the greatest thing ever, as a whole this show is one of the best.

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Jack's story first began when he was born after Aku had his imprisonment by the hands of Jack's father. About a decade later, Aku escaped by an eclipse. Jack's mother went into hiding and sent Jack to train around the world, as was planned by his parents should Aku ever escape his prison and Jack's father fail to stop him. After years of training with some of the greatest warriors of the time, Jack returned to the temple his mother was hiding in and was given the sword his father used to defeat Aku with and his signature kimono.

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Amazing. This is the epitome of great cartoon. I also found it to be better than the originals but only because the originals stretch the story too much and some times it gets boring. But this is also expected of a children's cartoon. I also loved the fact this one is a little more mature. Aishi is also interesting and has a similar charisma to Jack's, though Jack is still the protagonist. This is beyond fantastic. This is what Cartoon Network gets for trusting basically the same team as that of the original.

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