List of Samurai Jack episodes
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Samurai Jack is an American animated television series created by animator Genndy Tartakovsky. The series aired on Cartoon Network from August 10, 2001, to September 25, 2004, for four seasons and a total of 52 episodes.
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||13||August 10, 2001||December 3, 2001|
|2||13||March 1, 2002||October 11, 2002|
|3||13||October 18, 2002||August 26, 2003|
|4||13||June 14, 2003||September 25, 2004|
Season 1 (2001)
|Title||Directed by||Storyboarded and Written by||Original air date|
|1/2/3||1/2/3||"The Premiere Movie"||Genndy Tartakovsky||Paul Rudish and Genndy Tartakovsky||August 10, 2001|
|Part I - The Beginning: Aku devastates a young boy's land forcing him to travel around the world to train as a samurai. When he returns as an adult and attempts to defeat Aku, the wizard sends him to the future.
Part II - The Samurai Called Jack: After Aku flings him into the future, the samurai is called Jack by the locals and he meets a group of archeologist dogs who've been forced by Aku to dig for jewels that would increase the wizard's powers.
Part III - The First Fight: With the help of the archeologist dogs, Jack battles Aku's army of beetle drones.
|4||4||"Jack, the Woolies, and the Chritchellites"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Chris Reccardi and Chris Mitchell||August 13, 2001|
|Jack helps free the Woolies from the tyrannical Chritchellites. In return, the leader of the Woolies bestows his wisdom upon Jack.|
|5||5||"Jack in Space"||Rob Renzetti and Genndy Tartakovsky||Charlie Bean and Carey Yost||August 27, 2001|
|Jack and a group of space-bound scientists join forces to try to escape the wrath of Aku.|
|6||6||"Jack and the Warrior Woman"||Rob Renzetti and Genndy Tartakovsky||Mike Manley and Genndy Tartakovsky||November 19, 2001|
|A mysterious female warrior joins Jack in his quest, but Jack isn't certain she is really an ally.|
|7||7||"Jack and the Three Blind Archers"||Genndy Tartakovsky||Mark Andrews and Bryan Andrews||August 20, 2001|
|Jack must get past three mysterious and terrifyingly skilled archers to reach an all-powerful wishing well.|
|8||8||"Jack vs. Mad Jack"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Chris Mitchell and Carey Yost||October 15, 2001|
|Aku is disappointed because the sizable reward he has offered for Jack's life has not attracted any bounty hunters with enough skill to take him down, so he creates an evil spirit-clone of Jack, since no foe can be more difficult than one's self.
Note: Og, the "round" bounty hunter, is a reference to Chewbacca from the Star Wars franchise.
|9||9||"Jack Under the Sea"||Rob Renzetti and Genndy Tartakovsky||Chris Reccardi and Charlie Bean||September 3, 2001|
|Jack has an underwater adventure while hunting for an ancient time portal. The denizens of the deep seem welcoming, but may prove to be untrustworthy.|
|10||10||"Jack and the Lava Monster"||Robert Alvarez and Genndy Tartakovsky||Mike Manley||October 12, 2001|
|Jack survives a cave full of challenges only to find an ancient warrior, cursed by Aku, longing to reach Valhalla.|
|11||11||"Jack and the Scotsman"||Rob Renzetti and Genndy Tartakovsky||Mark Andrews and Bryan Andrews||October 29, 2001|
|When Jack and a Scotsman meet on a never-ending bridge, they end up shackled together and on the run from bounty hunters.
Note: This episode marks the second time Phil LaMarr and John DiMaggio have worked together following Futurama.
|12||12||"Jack and the Gangsters"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Chris Reccardi||November 26, 2001|
|Jack teams up with some Chicago gangsters to try to get close to Aku.|
|13||13||"Aku's Fairy Tales"||Rob Renzetti and Genndy Tartakovsky||Chris Mitchell and Carey Yost||December 3, 2001|
|Word of Jack's journeys has circled the globe, making him a hero in the eyes of children. This infuriates Aku, so he tells fairy tales to the children, all with a decidedly skewed point of view, in hopes the children won't get any ideas to rebel against their overlord.
Note: Aku's version of Three Little Pigs includes a reference to The Shining.
Season 2 (2002)
|Title||Directed by||Storyboarded and Written by||Original air date|
|14||1||"Jack Learns to Jump Good"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Bryan Andrews and Brian Larsen||March 1, 2002|
|Jack helps a peaceful tribe defend themselves against attacks in return for lessons on how to "jump good".|
|15||2||"Jack Tales"||Rob Renzetti and Genndy Tartakovsky||Erik Wiese and Chris Mitchell||March 8, 2002|
|Three short stories about some of Jack's confrontations. He confronts a two-headed riddling worm, a family that feeds on metal, and tries to rescue a fairy from a gargoyle.|
|16||3||"Jack and the Smackback"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Chris Reccardi||March 15, 2002|
|Jack must defend himself in the "Dome of Doom".|
|17||4||"Jack and the Scotsman II"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Mark Andrews||March 22, 2002|
|The Scotsman needs Jack's help in rescuing his kidnapped wife from the castle of Boon.|
|18||5||"Jack and the Ultra-robots"||Rob Renzetti and Genndy Tartakovsky||Bryan Andrews and Brian Larsen||March 29, 2002|
|After Jack finds several destroyed cities, he tries to stop the eight ultra-bots responsible with the help of the professor who originally created them.|
|19||6||"Jack Remembers the Past"||Rob Renzetti and Genndy Tartakovsky||Bryan Andrews and Brian Larsen||April 5, 2002|
|Jack returns to his birthplace and reminisces about his childhood.
Note: This episode features a cameo by Lone Wolf and Cub.
|20||7||"Jack and the Monks"||Rob Renzetti and Genndy Tartakovsky||Chris Mitchell, Erik Wiese, and Charlie Bean||April 12, 2002|
|Jack searches for truth by climbing the "Mountain of Fatoom" with three monks.|
|21||8||"Jack and the Farting Dragon"||Robert Alvarez and Genndy Tartakovsky||Chris Reccardi and Aaron Springer||September 6, 2002|
|A village is overpowered by a stench coming from "The Spire". Jack investigates and finds a dragon with severe indigestion.|
|22||9||"Jack and the Hunters"||Robert Alvarez and Genndy Tartakovsky||Genndy Tartakovsky||September 13, 2002|
|Aku enlists a band of elite hunters to capture Jack for him.|
|23||10||"Jack vs. Demongo, the Soul Collector"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Mark Andrews||September 20, 2002|
|Jack battles Demongo—Aku's most powerful minion—and his army of captured warriors.|
|24||11||"Jack is Naked"||Randy Myers, Robert Alvarez, and Genndy Tartakovsky||Chris Reccardi and Aaron Springer||September 27, 2002|
|Jack's clothes are stolen and he must get them back while being chased by an angry mob who think he is indecent.
Note: This episode greatly echoes Alice In Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, and Benny Hill.
|25||12||"Jack and the Spartans"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Bryan Andrews and Brian Larsen||October 4, 2002|
|As Jack climbs up to the top of a great mountain he meets up with a band of 300 warriors and offers to help them win a war that has raged for five generations against an army of robots that repairs itself after every day of battle.
Note: This episode pays homage to 300, a stylized depiction of the Battle of Thermopylae.
|26||13||"Jack's Sandals"||Randy Myers, Robert Alvarez, and Genndy Tartakovsky||Paul Rudish and Charlie Bean||October 11, 2002|
|Jack goes after a gang of bikers who destroy his sandals, and has trouble picking new footwear.|
Season 3 (2002–2003)
|Title||Directed by||Storyboarded and Written by||Original air date|
|27||1||"Chicken Jack"||Robert Alvarez and Genndy Tartakovsky||Chris Reccardi and Aaron Springer||October 18, 2002|
|A vengeful wizard turns Jack into a chicken. He then has to figure out how to return to normal.|
|28||2||"Jack and the Rave"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Chris Mitchell and Erik Wiese||November 1, 2002|
|As Jack passes through a town he discovers that all the children of the town are going to a rave party and have been hypnotized by Aku's music, which is being played on the outskirts of town, turning the children to violence and keeping them away from their parents.|
|29||3||"The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful"||Robert Alvarez and Genndy Tartakovsky||Paul Rudish and Charlie Bean||November 8, 2002|
|While taking a trip on an Old West-style train, Jack is stalked by a bounty hunter, Ezekiel Clench. Jack evades capture but is caught by Clench's ex-wife Josephine.
Note: This episode includes cameo appearance by Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey.
|30||4||"Jack and the Zombies"||Genndy Tartakovsky||Bryan Andrews and Brian Larsen||October 25, 2002|
|Jack's path lands him in a graveyard. Mobbed by undead warriors, Jack must fight against his own sword – in Aku's hand.|
|31||5||"Jack in Egypt"||Chris Savino and Genndy Tartakovsky||Bryan Andrews and Brian Larsen||November 22, 2002|
|Aku unleashes the minions of Set. Only a distant memory can save Jack when he encounters the minions in an eerily familiar surrounding.|
|32||6||"Jack and the Traveling Creatures"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Genndy Tartakovsky and Erik Wiese||April 26, 2003|
|Jack's path leads to a mysterious lake. Several creatures guide him to a passage through time. However, once Jack reaches the passage, he discovers an unbeatable warrior guards it.|
|33||7||"Jack and the Creature"||Robert Alvarez and Genndy Tartakovsky||Chris Reccardi and Aaron Springer||May 3, 2003|
|While continuing on his mission, Jack is followed by an overly friendly creature who accidentally thwarts his every move.
Note: This episode pays homage to Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro.
|34||8||"Jack and the Swamp Monster"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Paul Rudish and Charlie Bean||May 10, 2003|
|Jack meets a hermit who guides him to three gems of the Titans.|
|35||9||"Jack and the Haunted House"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Chris Reccardi and Aaron Springer||May 17, 2003|
|Jack encounters a haunted house in his travels and must free the family trapped inside.|
|36||10||"Jack, the Monks and the Ancient Master's Son"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Bryan Andrews and Brian Larsen||May 31, 2003|
|Jack meets a hidden temple of Shaolin Monks, who agree to help guide him to a time portal.|
|37/38||11/12||"The Birth of Evil"||Robert Alvarez and Genndy Tartakovsky||Don Shank and Genndy Tartakovsky||August 16, 2003|
|This epic story tells how Aku came to exist, and how he came to be in conflict with Jack's father.|
|39||13||"Jack and the Labyrinth"||Robert Alvarez and Genndy Tartakovsky||Don Shank||August 26, 2003|
|Jack finds a booby-trapped labyrinth, in the center of which is a diamond which could send him back to his own time, but a mysterious stranger who has also entered the maze could put Jacks plans in jeopardy. Jack faces off against a thief while they compete to steal the same magical jewel.
Note: The thief is a homage to Daisuke Jigen of Lupin III fame.
Season 4 (2003–2004)
|Title||Directed by||Storyboarded and Written by||Original airdate|
|40||1||"Samurai vs. Ninja"||Robert Alvarez, Randy Myers, and Genndy Tartakovsky||Bryan Andrews and Brian Larsen||June 14, 2003|
|Aku sends a ninja after Jack in hopes the samurai's swordsmanship will be outdone by the ninja's unmatched skills of stealth.|
|41||2||"Robo-Samurai vs. Mondo Bot"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen, Jim Smith, and Erik Wiese||June 21, 2003|
|Jack uses a stone giant to defeat Mondo-Bot to defend a city of robots.|
|42||3||"Samurai vs. Samurai"||Robert Alvarez and Genndy Tartakovsky||Chris Reccardi and Aaron Springer||June 28, 2003|
|Jack meets an annoying would-be samurai and teaches him a lesson.
Note: "Da Samurai" is likely based on the personas of Sho'Nuff - The Shogun of Harlem and MC Hammer.
|43||4||"The Aku Infection"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Paul Rudish and Charlie Bean||November 5, 2003|
|When Aku catches a cold and spreads it to Jack, Jack is accidentally infected with Aku's evil. Jack desperately seeks out a cure before Aku's essence transforms him into the monstrosity himself.|
|44||5||"The Princess and the Bounty Hunters"||Robert Alvarez and Genndy Tartakovsky||Bryan Andrews and Brian Larsen||November 12, 2003|
|A group of bounty hunters team up to capture Jack. The bounty hunters include a pair of cats named "I" and "Am", who are based on the Siamese cats from Lady and the Tramp.
Note: First episode in which Jack has no lines, and kills actual humans.
|45||6||"The Scotsman Saves Jack: Part I"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Bryan Andrews and Brian Larsen||August 23, 2003|
|The Scotsman suddenly discovers Jack aboard a ship with his memory completely blanked out. Refusing to let Jack think he's an ordinary commoner, the Scotsman sets out to discover what caused the samurai to suffer his amnesia- and stave off bounty hunters after a now defenseless Jack, having forgotten how to wield his sword.
Note: Jack's conversation with the captain is identical to the one between Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
|46||7||"The Scotsman Saves Jack: Part II"||Genndy Tartakovsky||Bryan Andrews and Brian Larsen||August 23, 2003|
|The source of Jack's amnesia is discovered in three beautiful sirens, whose bewitching song can hypnotize the strongest warrior.|
|47||8||"Jack and the Flying Prince and Princess"||Chris Savino and Genndy Tartakovsky||Paul Rudish||November 19, 2003|
|Jack helps save fairy-like aliens from Aku who have fled from their homeworld.
Note: This episode contains many references to Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
|48||9||"Jack vs. Aku"||Robert Alvarez and Genndy Tartakovsky||Chris Reccardi and Aaron Springer||November 24, 2003|
|Aku challenges Jack to a final fight, in which he won't use his powers if Jack refrains from using his sword. Jack soon finds out that even though he may keep his word, Aku is not as trustworthy.|
|49||10||"The Four Seasons of Death"||Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky||Bryan Andrews and Mark Andrews||September 25, 2004|
|Jack faces four different menaces on different seasons of the year.|
|50||11||"Tale of X-9"||Genndy Tartakovsky||Bryan Andrews and Genndy Tartakovsky||September 25, 2004|
|A story of a robot with emotions, being blackmailed by Aku to hunt down Jack. The only episode of the entire series to feature exactly one speaking part.|
|51||12||"Young Jack in Africa"||Robert Alvarez and Genndy Tartakovsky||Jim Smith, Erik Wiese, and Genndy Tartakovsky||September 25, 2004|
|A tale of Jack training in Africa as a child.|
|52||13||"Jack and the Baby"||Robert Alvarez and Genndy Tartakovsky||Paul Rudish and Genndy Tartakovsky||September 25, 2004|
|Jack rescues a baby and then tries to find the child's mother while caring for it and protecting it from hungry ogres. During the episode Jack retells the story of Momotarō to the baby.
Note: Last episode to be produced before series cancellation, but the series itself remains unresolved.