The BEST Episodes of Samurai Jack

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 7, 2019

Network: Adult Swim

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!".

CI

#1 - CI

Season 5 - Episode 10

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

star 8.85
476 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
XCIV

#2 - XCIV

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.

star 8.70
510 votes
Writers: David Krentz, Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
XCIII

#3 - XCIII

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.

star 8.68
563 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
XVIII: Jack and the Ultra-Robots

#4 - XVIII: Jack and the Ultra-Robots

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.

star 8.58
180 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen
XXV: Jack and the Spartans

#5 - XXV: Jack and the Spartans

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.

star 8.55
165 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen
C

#6 - C

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.

star 8.55
438 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
XI: Jack and the Scotsman

#7 - XI: Jack and the Scotsman

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.

star 8.54
228 votes
Writers: Mark Andrews, Bryan Andrews
XCVIII

#8 - XCVIII

Season 5 - Episode 7

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

star 8.53
465 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
XXX: Jack and the Zombies

#9 - XXX: Jack and the Zombies

Season 3 - Episode 4

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

star 8.53
157 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen
XXXVIII: The Birth of Evil (2)

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

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.

star 8.53
120 votes
Writers: Don Shank & Genndy Tartakovsky
XXXII: Jack and the Travelling Creatures

#11 - XXXII: Jack and the Travelling Creatures

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.

star 8.49
146 votes
Writers: Erik Wiese, Genndy Tartakovsky
XCVII

#12 - XCVII

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.

star 8.49
477 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
XCII

#13 - XCII

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.

star 8.48
649 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
VII: Jack and the Three Blind Archers

#14 - VII: Jack and the Three Blind Archers

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.

star 8.46
278 votes
Writers: Mark Andrews, Bryan Andrews
XXXV: Jack and the Haunted House

#15 - XXXV: Jack and the Haunted House

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.

star 8.46
138 votes
Writers: Chris Reccardi
XLIII: The Aku Infection

#16 - XLIII: The Aku Infection

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.

star 8.42
124 votes
Writers: Paul Rudish, Charlie Bean
XL: Samurai vs. Ninja

#17 - XL: Samurai vs. Ninja

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.

star 8.41
173 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen
XXII: Jack and the Hunters

#18 - XXII: Jack and the Hunters

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.

star 8.40
159 votes
Writers: Genndy Tartakovsky
XXXVI: Jack, the Monks, and the Ancient Master's Son

#19 - XXXVI: Jack, the Monks, and the Ancient Master's Son

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.

star 8.39
132 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen
X: Jack and the Lava Monster

#20 - X: Jack and the Lava Monster

Season 1 - Episode 10

Called on by a mysterious voice, Jack overcomes many obstacles and booby traps to find who is calling him. Deep in the earth he finds it is a creature made from rock and lava, who immediately challenges Jack to a fight, but why did it call for Jack?

star 8.38
222 votes
Writers: Mike Manley
XCVI

#21 - XCVI

Season 5 - Episode 5

Samurai Jack fights to save a group of enslaved people from being harvested as the power source for a monstrous Mega-Robot.

star 8.37
479 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
XCV

#22 - XCV

Season 5 - Episode 4

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

star 8.37
507 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
XX: Jack and the Monks

#23 - XX: Jack and the Monks

Season 2 - Episode 7

After Aku's beetle drones destroy yet another gateway to the past, only moments before he's is able to reach it, Jack is overcome with frustration and is about ready to give up the quest. Then, by chance, he meets three monks about to climb the Mountain of Fatoom. Where, legend has it, truth can be found at the top.

star 8.34
172 votes
Writers: Chris Mitchell, Erik Wiese, Charlie Bean
L: Tale of X9

#24 - L: Tale of X9

Season 4 - Episode 11

The first three-fourths of the story is a monologue: a Terminator-like killer robot with human emotions tells us the story of his life. He formerly worked for Aku, but stopped because of his emotions and because he felt in love with a little dog. But Aku kidnapped his dog and forces him to fight against Jack if he wants to see it again. He is tracking Jack and he is finally destroyed by the samurai His last words are for his puppy and Jack looks sadly at him. Then there is a close-up of his car and the last image of the episode is a photo of the dog.

star 8.33
115 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
XVII: Jack and the Scotsman

#25 - XVII: Jack and the Scotsman

Season 2 - Episode 4

The Scotsman needs Jack's help to save his kidnapped wife. But this woman is hardly the distressed damsel the Scotsman makes her out to be.

star 8.30
184 votes
Writers: Mark Andrews