The birth of evil

Samurai Jack is an American animated television series created by animator Genndy Tartakovsky. The series aired on Cartoon Network from August 10, 2001, to October 29, 2004, for four seasons and a total of 52 episodes.

All four seasons are available on Region 1 DVD. The first three episodes were released as a stand-alone movie titled Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie on March 19, 2002.[1][2]

Series overview

Samurai Jack series overview
Season Episodes Originally aired Season DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 4
1 13 August 10, 2001 November 2, 2001 May 4, 2004[3] July 11, 2007[4]
2 13 August 30, 2002 November 22, 2002 May 24, 2005[5] April 3, 2009[6]
3 13 August 22, 2003 November 7, 2003 May 23, 2006[7] September 9, 2009[8]
4 13 August 6, 2004 October 29, 2004 August 28, 2007[9] March 10, 2012[10]

Episodes

Season 1 (2001)

Samurai Jack season 1 episodes
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1/2/31/2/3 "The Premiere Movie" Genndy TartakovskyPaul Rudish and Genndy TartakovskyAugust 10, 2001 (2001-08-10)
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. 
44 "Jack, the Woolies, and the Chritchellites" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Chris MitchellAugust 31, 2001 (2001-08-31)
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 YostSeptember 7, 2001 (2001-09-07)
Jack and a group of space-bound scientists join forces to try to escape the wrath of Aku. 
66 "Jack and the Warrior Woman" Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyMike Manley and Genndy TartakovskySeptember 14, 2001 (2001-09-14)
A mysterious female warrior joins Jack in his quest, but Jack isn't certain she is really an ally. 
77 "Jack and the Three Blind Archers" Genndy TartakovskyMark Andrews and Bryan AndrewsSeptember 21, 2001 (2001-09-21)
Jack must get past three mysterious and terrifyingly skilled archers to reach an all-powerful wishing well. 
88 "Jack vs. Mad Jack" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyChris Mitchell and Carey YostSeptember 28, 2001 (2001-09-28)

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. 
99 "Jack Under the Sea" Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Charlie BeanOctober 5, 2001 (2001-10-05)
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. 
1010 "Jack and the Lava Monster" Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyMike ManleyOctober 12, 2001 (2001-10-12)
Jack survives a cave full of challenges only to find an ancient warrior, cursed by Aku, longing to reach Valhalla. 
1111 "Jack and the Scotsman" Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyMark Andrews and Bryan AndrewsOctober 19, 2001 (2001-10-19)

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

This episode marks the second time Phil LaMarr and John DiMaggio have worked together following Futurama
1212 "Jack and the Gangsters" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyChris ReccardiOctober 26, 2001 (2001-10-26)
Jack teams up with some Chicago gangsters to try to get close to Aku. 
1313 "Aku's Fairy Tales" Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyChris Mitchell and Carey YostNovember 2, 2001 (2001-11-02)

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)

Samurai Jack season 2 episodes
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141 "Jack Learns to Jump Good" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenAugust 30, 2002 (2002-08-30)
Jack helps a peaceful tribe defend themselves against attacks in return for lessons on how to "jump good". 
152 "Jack Tales" Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyErik Wiese and Chris MitchellSeptember 6, 2002 (2002-09-06)
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 ReccardiSeptember 13, 2002 (2002-09-13)
Jack must defend himself in the "Dome of Doom". 
174 "Jack and the Scotsman II" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyMark AndrewsSeptember 20, 2002 (2002-09-20)
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 LarsenSeptember 27, 2002 (2002-09-27)
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. 
196 "Jack Remembers the Past" Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenOctober 4, 2002 (2002-10-04)
Jack returns to his birthplace and reminisces about his childhood. Features a cameo by Lone Wolf and Cub
207 "Jack and the Monks" Rob Renzetti and Genndy TartakovskyChris Mitchell, Erik Wiese and Charlie BeanOctober 11, 2002 (2002-10-11)
Jack searches for truth by climbing the "Mountain of Fatoom" with three monks. 
218 "Jack and the Farting Dragon" Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Aaron SpringerOctober 18, 2002 (2002-10-18)
A village is overpowered by a stench coming from "The Spire". Jack investigates and finds a dragon with severe indigestion. 
229 "Jack and the Hunters" Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyGenndy TartakovskyOctober 25, 2002 (2002-10-25)
Aku enlists a band of elite hunters to capture Jack for him. 
2310 "Jack vs. Demongo, the Soul Collector" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyMark AndrewsNovember 1, 2002 (2002-11-01)
Jack battles Demongo—Aku's most powerful minion—and his army of captured warriors. 
2411 "Jack Is Naked" Randy Myers, Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Aaron SpringerNovember 8, 2002 (2002-11-08)
Jack's clothes are stolen and he must get them back while being chased by an angry mob who think he is indecent. This episode greatly echoes Alice In Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, and Benny Hill. 
2512 "Jack and the Spartans" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenNovember 15, 2002 (2002-11-15)
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. This episode pays homage to the Battle of Thermopylae
2613 "Jack's Sandals" Randy Myers, Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyPaul Rudish and Charlie BeanNovember 22, 2002 (2002-11-22)
Jack goes after a gang of bikers who destroy his sandals, and has trouble picking new footwear. 

Season 3 (2003)

Samurai Jack season 3 episodes
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271 "Chicken Jack" Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Aaron SpringerAugust 22, 2003 (2003-08-22)
A vengeful wizard turns Jack into a chicken. He then has to figure out how to return to normal. 
282 "Jack and the Rave" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyChris Mitchell and Erik WieseAugust 29, 2003 (2003-08-29)
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. 
293 "The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful" Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyPaul Rudish and Charlie BeanSeptember 5, 2003 (2003-09-05)
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. Includes cameo appearance by Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey. 
304 "Jack and the Zombies" Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenSeptember 12, 2003 (2003-09-12)
Jack's path lands him in a graveyard. Mobbed by undead warriors, Jack must fight against his own sword – in Aku's hand. 
315 "Jack in Egypt" Chris Savino and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenSeptember 19, 2003 (2003-09-19)
Aku unleashes the minions of Set. Only a distant memory can save Jack when he encounters the minions in an eerily familiar surrounding. 
326 "Jack and the Traveling Creatures" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyGenndy Tartakovsky and Erik WieseSeptember 26, 2003 (2003-09-26)
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. 
337 "Jack and the Creature" Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Aaron SpringerOctober 3, 2003 (2003-10-03)
While continuing on his mission, Jack is followed by an overly friendly creature who accidentally thwarts his every move. This episode pays homage to Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro
348 "Jack and the Swamp Monster" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyPaul Rudish and Charlie BeanOctober 10, 2003 (2003-10-10)
Jack meets a hermit who guides him to three gems of the Titans. 
359 "Jack and the Haunted House" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Aaron SpringerOctober 17, 2003 (2003-10-17)
Jack encounters a haunted house in his travels and must free the family trapped inside. 
3610 "Jack, the Monks and the Ancient Master's Son" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenOctober 24, 2003 (2003-10-24)
Jack meets a hidden temple of Shaolin Monks, who agree to help guide him to a time portal. 
37/3811/12 "The Birth of Evil" Robert Alvarez, Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyDon Shank and Genndy TartakovskyOctober 31, 2003 (2003-10-31)
This epic story tells how Aku came to exist, and how he came to be in conflict with Jack's father. 
3913 "Jack and the Labyrinth" Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyDon ShankNovember 7, 2003 (2003-11-07)
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. This character is a homage to Daisuke Jigen of Lupin III fame. 

Season 4 (2004)

Samurai Jack season 4 episodes
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401 "Samurai vs. Ninja" Robert Alvarez, Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenAugust 6, 2004 (2004-08-06)
Aku sends a ninja after Jack in hopes the samurai's swordsmanship will be outdone by the ninja's unmatched skills of stealth. 
412 "Robo-Samurai vs. Mondo Bot" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian Larsen
Jim Smith and Erik Wiese
August 13, 2004 (2004-08-13)
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 SpringerAugust 20, 2004 (2004-08-20)
Jack meets an annoying would-be samurai and teaches him a lesson. "Da Samurai" is likely based on the personas of Sho'Nuff - The Shogun of Harlem and MC Hammer
434 "The Aku Infection" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyPaul Rudish and Charlie BeanAugust 27, 2004 (2004-08-27)
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 LarsenSeptember 3, 2004 (2004-09-03)

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. 
456 "The Scotsman Saves Jack: Part I" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenSeptember 10, 2004 (2004-09-10)

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
467 "The Scotsman Saves Jack: Part II" Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Brian LarsenSeptember 17, 2004 (2004-09-17)
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 RudishSeptember 24, 2004 (2004-09-24)
Jack helps save fairy-like aliens from Aku who have fled from their homeworld. This episode contains many references to Star Wars IV: A New Hope
489 "Jack vs. Aku" Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyChris Reccardi and Aaron SpringerOctober 1, 2004 (2004-10-01)
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. 
4910 "Seasons of Death" Randy Myers and Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Mark AndrewsOctober 8, 2004 (2004-10-08)
Jack faces four different menaces on different seasons of the year. 
5011 "Tale of X-9" Genndy TartakovskyBryan Andrews and Genndy TartakovskyOctober 15, 2004 (2004-10-15)
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. 
5112 "Young Jack in Africa" Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyJim Smith, Erik Wiese and Genndy TartakovskyOctober 22, 2004 (2004-10-22)
A tale of Jack training in Africa as a child. 
5213 "Jack and the Baby" Robert Alvarez and Genndy TartakovskyPaul Rudish and Genndy TartakovskyOctober 29, 2004 (2004-10-29)
Jack rescues a baby and then tries to find the child's mother while caring for it and protecting it from hungry ogres. Last episode to be produced before series cancellation, but the series itself remains unresolved. During this episode Jack retells the story of Momotaro to the baby. 

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