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[1] to September 25, 2004,[2] for four seasons that span 52 episodes.[3] A fifth season spanning 10 episodes premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block on March 11, 2017.[4]

The first four seasons are available on Region 1 DVD.[5][6][7][8][non-primary source needed] The first three episodes were released as a stand-alone movie titled Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie on March 19, 2002.[9][10][non-primary source needed]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
113August 10, 2001 (2001-08-10)December 3, 2001 (2001-12-03)Cartoon Network
213March 1, 2002 (2002-03-01)October 11, 2002 (2002-10-11)
313October 18, 2002 (2002-10-18)August 26, 2003 (2003-08-26)
413June 14, 2003 (2003-06-14)September 25, 2004 (2004-09-25)
510March 11, 2017 (2017-03-11)May 20, 2017Adult Swim

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2001)[edit]

No.
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No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten and storyboarded byOriginal air date
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2
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2
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"Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie"Genndy TartakovskyPaul Rudish and Genndy TartakovskyAugust 10, 2001 (2001-08-10)
Part I: The Beginning – Aku, an evil shape-shifting demon, devastates a young prince's land, and his parents send him into exile. After years of intensive training, the prince receives a mystical sword and samurai's robes, and frees his people from Aku's minions. He then defeats Aku in battle, but before striking the final blow the latter casts a spell to send him into the future.
Part II: The Samurai Called Jack – The samurai is plunged into a dystopian world ruled by Aku, adopting the name "Jack". After getting in a fight at a nightclub, he is hired by a group of canine miners to protect them from Aku's forces.
Part III: The First Fight – Armed with various weapons and traps, Jack single-handledly defeats Aku's "beetle-bots". He subsequently vows to fight the demon's oppression until he can return to the past.
44"Jack, the Woolies, and the Chritchellites"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Chris MitchellAugust 13, 2001 (2001-08-13)
Jack helps free the Woolies from the tyrannical Chritchellites. In return, the leader of the Woolies bestows his wisdom upon Jack.
55"Jack in Space"Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyCharlie Bean and Carey YostAugust 27, 2001 (2001-08-27)
After accidentally exposing a colony of scientists seeking to escape Earth, Jack trains as an astronaut to protect them from Aku's robots.
66"Jack and the Warrior Woman"Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyMike Manley and Genndy TartakovskyNovember 19, 2001 (2001-11-19)
A talented warrior named Ikra joins Jack as he seeks a magical jewel that could send him back to his own time. However, her true motives threaten to derail his quest.
77"Jack and the Three Blind Archers"Genndy TartakovskyMark Andrews and Bryan AndrewsAugust 20, 2001 (2001-08-20)
Jack learns of a powerful wishing well that can return him to the past, but must find a way past the three deadly archers who protect it.
88"Jack vs. Mad Jack"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyChris Mitchell and Carey YostOctober 15, 2001 (2001-10-15)
Angered by the failure of his bounty hunters and mercenaries to defeat Jack, Aku uses the samurai's inner darkness to create an evil clone whose sole purpose is to destroy him.
99"Jack Under the Sea"Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Charlie BeanSeptember 3, 2001 (2001-09-03)
Jack has an underwater adventure while hunting for an ancient time machine. The denizens of the deep, known as the Triceraquins, seem welcoming, but may prove to be untrustworthy.
1010"Jack and the Lava Monster"Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyMike ManleyOctober 12, 2001 (2001-10-12)
Jack survives a series of traps and encounters a Viking king transformed into a giant rock figure by Aku, who insists that Jack slay him in battle so that he can reach Valhalla.
1111"Jack and the Scotsman"Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyMark Andrews and Bryan AndrewsOctober 29, 2001 (2001-10-29)
Jack meets the Scotsman, a warrior who also wields an enchanted sword, and they argue on a bridge. After realizing that Aku has placed bounties on both of them, however, they join forces to escape.
1212"Jack and the Gangsters"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyChris ReccardiNovember 26, 2001 (2001-11-26)
Jack teams up with some gangsters to try to get close to Aku. The only way to do it is to get a mystical jewel guarded by three elementals.
1313"Aku's Fairy Tales"Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyChris Mitchell and Carey YostDecember 3, 2001 (2001-12-03)
Seeking to weaken Jack's popularity among his subjects, Aku gathers the children of the world in his palace and tells them a series of "fairy tales", all of which portray himself as a hero and Jack as the villain.

Season 2 (2002)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten and storyboarded byOriginal air date
141"Jack Learns to Jump Good"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenMarch 1, 2002 (2002-03-01)
After his lack of jumping skills cause him to lose a chance to return home, Jack helps a peaceful tribe of apelike creatures and their human leader defend themselves against the attacks of a rival tribe in return for lessons on how to "jump good".
152"Jack Tales"Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyErik Wiese and Chris MitchellMarch 8, 2002 (2002-03-08)
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.
163"Jack and the Smackback"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyChris ReccardiMarch 15, 2002 (2002-03-15)
Jack is captured and taken to the "Dome of Doom", where he forced to fight as a gladiator against the Dome's champions.
174"Jack and the Scotsman II"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyMark AndrewsMarch 22, 2002 (2002-03-22)
The Scotsman needs Jack's help in rescuing his kidnapped wife from the castle of Boon.
185"Jack and the Ultra-robots"Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenMarch 29, 2002 (2002-03-29)
While investigating the destruction of several scattered villages, Jack learns that Aku's new "ultra-bots" are responsible. Unable to destroy them, he receives assistance from an unexpected source: their creator.
196"Jack Remembers the Past"Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenApril 5, 2002 (2002-04-05)
Upon stumbling onto the ruins of his family's estate, Jack recalls some of his childhood memories.
207"Jack and the Monks"Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyChris Mitchell, Erik Wiese,
and Charlie Bean
April 12, 2002 (2002-04-12)
Jack searches for truth by climbing the "Mountain of Fatoom" with three monks.
218"Jack and the Dragon"Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Aaron SpringerSeptember 6, 2002 (2002-09-06)
A village is overpowered by a stench coming from "The Spire". Jack investigates and finds a dragon with severe indigestion.
229"Jack vs. the Five Hunters"Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyGenndy Tartakovsky
Mike Manley (additional storyboarder)
September 13, 2002 (2002-09-13)
Aku challenges the Imakandi, regarded as the greatest hunters in the universe, to capture the ultimate prey: Jack.
2310"Jack vs. Demongo, the Soul Collector"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyMark AndrewsSeptember 20, 2002 (2002-09-20)
Aku sends his servant Demongo, a demon who captures and enslaves the souls of warriors to serve him, to destroy Jack.
2411"Jack Is Naked"Randy Myers, Robert Alvarez,
and Genndy Tartakovsky
Chris Reccardi and Aaron SpringerSeptember 27, 2002 (2002-09-27)
Jack's clothes are stolen and he must get them back, while being chased by an angry mob who think he is a "cat" burglar and by the police for almost-indecent exposure.
2512"Jack and the Spartans"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenOctober 4, 2002 (2002-10-04)
While ascending a mountain, Jack encounters a hidden society of warriors who have fought a nearly 500-year war against an army of robots and offers to help them put an end to it.
2613"Jack's Shoes"Randy Myers, Robert Alvarez,
and Genndy Tartakovsky
Paul Rudish and Charlie BeanOctober 11, 2002 (2002-10-11)
Jack goes after a gang of bikers who destroy his sandals, and has trouble picking new footwear.

Season 3 (2002–03)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten and storyboarded byOriginal air date
271"Chicken Jack"Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Aaron SpringerOctober 18, 2002 (2002-10-18)
Jack is transformed into a chicken after bumping into a cranky wizard and winds up being captured by a greedy Italian-accented man who seeks to turn him into a prizefighter.
282"Jack and the Rave"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyChris Mitchell and Erik WieseNovember 1, 2002 (2002-11-01)
Jack infiltrates a rave party after witnessing the participants stage a riot in a nearby town. It turns out that the DJ is one of Aku's servants, and has been using his music to hypnotize the local children into becoming his master's slaves.
293"Couple on a Train"Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyPaul Rudish and Charlie BeanNovember 8, 2002 (2002-11-08)
Jack boards a train to his next destination, only to be pursued by legendary bounty hunter Ezekiel Clench and his ex-wife Josephine.
304"Jack and the Zombies"Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenOctober 25, 2002 (2002-10-25)
Aku leads Jack into a cursed graveyard, where he is attacked by an army of undead warriors. Jack defeats them, but then discovers Aku's true plan: kill Jack with his own sword.
315"Jack and the Scarab"Chris Savino and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenNovember 22, 2002 (2002-11-22)
Aku summons the three immortal servants of Set to destroy Jack while he travels through Egypt. To destroy them, Jack must assemble a golden scarab using clues from his time as a young boy.
326"Jack and the Traveling Creatures"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyGenndy Tartakovsky and Erik Wiese
Jim Smith (additional storyboarder)
April 26, 2003 (2003-04-26)
Recognized as a mighty warrior, Jack is guided to a mysterious portal capable of returning him to the past. However, he learns that only one man can use the portal: the man who defeats its unbeatable legendary Guardian. The Guardian defeats Jack but spares him, prophesying that Jack is not yet ready.
337"Jack and the Annoying Creature"Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Aaron SpringerMay 3, 2003 (2003-05-03)
While continuing on his mission, Jack is followed by an overly friendly creature who accidentally thwarts his every move. To make matters worse, he's attacked by robotic bounty hunters.
348"Jack and the Swamp Wizard"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyPaul Rudish and Charlie BeanMay 10, 2003 (2003-05-10)
Jack meets a swamp hermit who guides him to the three gems of Cronus which can take him home, but the hermit is Aku in disguise.
359"Jack and the Haunted House"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Aaron SpringerMay 17, 2003 (2003-05-17)
Jack encounters a haunted house in his travels and must free the family trapped inside from the evil spirit haunting them.
3610"Jack, the Monks, and the Ancient Master's Son"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenMay 31, 2003 (2003-05-31)
Jack is attacked by two monks, who he realizes are members of the order he once trained with. Their master informs Jack of an ancient temple that can send him home, but which is protected by an army of stone warriors.
37
38
11
12
"The Birth of Evil"Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyDon Shank (Part I)
Don Shank and Genndy Tartakovsky
Erik Wiese (additional storyboarder) [Part II]
August 16, 2003 (2003-08-16)
Centuries ago, the demon Aku is accidentally released by Jack's father, who receives a magic sword from the gods. Eventually, he uses the same sword to imprison Aku beneath the earth.
3913"Jack and the Labyrinth"Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyDon ShankAugust 26, 2003 (2003-08-26)
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 Jack's plans in jeopardy.

Season 4 (2003–04)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten and storyboarded byOriginal air date
401"Jack vs. the Ninja"Robert Alvarez, Randy Myers,
and Genndy Tartakovsky
Bryan Andrews and Brian LarsenJune 14, 2003 (2003-06-14)
Aku sends the Shinobi, a deadly assassin, to kill Jack, who must use his own martial arts to survive.
412"Robo-Samurai vs. Mondo-bot"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews, Brian Larsen,
Jim Smith, and Erik Wiese
June 21, 2003 (2003-06-21)
Jack uses a stone giant to defeat Mondo-Bot to defend a city of robots.
423"Samurai vs. Samurai"Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Aaron SpringerJune 28, 2003 (2003-06-28)
Jack is goaded into a duel by an arrogant, bullying "samurai", and is given the chance to demonstrate the true ways of the warrior.
434"The Aku Infection"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyPaul Rudish and Charlie BeanNovember 5, 2003 (2003-11-05)
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.
445"The Princess and the Bounty Hunters"Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenNovember 12, 2003 (2003-11-12)
Five of the world's greatest bounty hunters gather to compete for the chance to kill Jack. A sixth hunter, revealed to be the princess of a fallen kingdom, persuades the group to work together instead.
45
46
6
7
"The Scotsman Saves Jack"Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky (Part I)
Genndy Tartakovsky (Part II)
Bryan Andrews and Brian LarsenAugust 23, 2003 (2003-08-23)
Part I – 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.
Part II – The source of Jack's amnesia is discovered in three beautiful sirens, whose bewitching song can hypnotize the strongest warrior.
478"Jack and the Flying Prince and Princess"Chris Savino and Genndy TartakovskyPaul RudishNovember 19, 2003 (2003-11-19)
The prince and princess of an alien planet are imprisoned by Aku when they come to Earth seeking his assistance and only Jack can rescue them.
489"Jack vs. Aku"Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Aaron SpringerNovember 24, 2003 (2003-11-24)
Seeking to end their struggle, Aku proposes a one-on-one duel between him and Jack, with neither combatant using their magic abilities. Jack agrees, but Aku's honesty is unclear.
4910"The Four Seasons of Death"Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Mark AndrewsSeptember 25, 2004 (2004-09-25)[2]
As he experiences summer, autumn, winter, and spring, Jack must overcome the dangerous foes he encounters during each season.
5011"Tale of X49"Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Genndy TartakovskySeptember 25, 2004 (2004-09-25)[2]
X-49, a retired robot hitman, is blackmailed by Aku into coming out of retirement to hunt down Jack.
5112"Young Jack in Africa"Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyJim Smith, Erik Wiese,
and Genndy Tartakovsky
September 25, 2004 (2004-09-25)[2]
While training in Africa as a child, Jack must save his master and his people from a rival tribe serving Aku.
5213"Jack and the Baby"Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyPaul Rudish and Genndy TartakovskySeptember 25, 2004 (2004-09-25)[2]
Jack rescues a baby from hungry ogres, but then trying to find the child's mother while caring for it and protecting it may be his greatest challenge. During the episode, Jack retells the story of Momotarō[citation needed] to the baby.

Season 5 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten and storyboarded byStory byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
531"XCII"Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Genndy TartakovskyDarrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews,
and Genndy Tartakovsky
March 11, 2017 (2017-03-11)1.55[11]
542"XCIII"Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Genndy TartakovskyDarrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews,
and Genndy Tartakovsky
March 18, 2017 (2017-03-18)1.30[12]
553"XCIV"Genndy TartakovskyDavid Krentz and Genndy TartakovskyDarrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews,
and Genndy Tartakovsky
March 25, 2017 (2017-03-25)1.35[13]
564"XCV"Genndy TartakovskyGenndy TartakovskyDarrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews,
and Genndy Tartakovsky
April 8, 2017 (2017-04-08)1.33[14]
575"XCVI"Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Genndy TartakovskyDarrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews,
and Genndy Tartakovsky
April 15, 2017 (2017-04-15)1.29[15]
586"XCVII"Genndy TartakovskyGenndy TartakovskyDarrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews,
and Genndy Tartakovsky
April 22, 2017 (2017-04-22)1.33[16]
597"XCVIII"Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Genndy TartakovskyDarrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews,
and Genndy Tartakovsky
April 29, 2017 (2017-04-29)1.30[17]
608"XCIX"Genndy TartakovskyGenndy TartakovskyDarrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews,
and Genndy Tartakovsky
May 6, 2017 (2017-05-06)1.36[18]
619"C"Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Genndy TartakovskyDarrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews,
and Genndy Tartakovsky
May 13, 2017 (2017-05-13)1.33[19]
6210"CI"Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Genndy TartakovskyDarrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews,
and Genndy Tartakovsky
May 20, 2017 (2017-05-20)1.46[20]

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