The Best Episodes of Samurai Jack

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2018

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 8.87
458 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
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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
496 votes
Writers: David Krentz, Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
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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 8.69
549 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
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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 8.59
165 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen
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C

#5 - 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 8.57
422 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
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XCVIII

#6 - 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 8.55
447 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
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XXV: Jack and the Spartans

#7 - 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 8.54
148 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen
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XXXVIII: The Birth of Evil (2)

#8 - 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 8.54
111 votes
Writers: Don Shank & Genndy Tartakovsky
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XI: Jack and the Scotsman

#9 - 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 8.53
213 votes
Writers: Mark Andrews, Bryan Andrews
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XCVII

#10 - 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 8.51
457 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
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XCII

#11 - 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 8.50
628 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
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XXXII: Jack and the Travelling Creatures

#12 - 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 8.48
136 votes
Writers: Erik Wiese, Genndy Tartakovsky
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XXX: Jack and the Zombies

#13 - 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 8.48
143 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen
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XLIII: The Aku Infection

#14 - 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 8.47
112 votes
Writers: Paul Rudish, Charlie Bean
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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
126 votes
Writers: Chris Reccardi
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VII: Jack and the Three Blind Archers

#16 - 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 8.45
260 votes
Writers: Mark Andrews, Bryan Andrews
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XXXVI: Jack, the Monks, and the Ancient Master's Son

#17 - 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 8.45
123 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen
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XL: Samurai vs. Ninja

#18 - 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 8.44
160 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen
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X: Jack and the Lava Monster

#19 - 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 8.41
210 votes
Writers: Mike Manley
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XCVI

#20 - 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 8.39
462 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
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XXII: Jack and the Hunters

#21 - 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 8.38
143 votes
Writers: Genndy Tartakovsky
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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 8.38
490 votes
Writers: Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
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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 8.36
158 votes
Writers: Chris Mitchell, Erik Wiese, Charlie Bean
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XLIV: The Princess and the Bounty Hunters

#24 - XLIV: The Princess and the Bounty Hunters

Season 4 - Episode 5

Bounty hunters come together and vie among themselves to determine who will go first. Each hunter outlines his plan while another, armored hunter points out the flaws in each plan. The armored hunter is a woman, Princess Mira and she proposes they fight together, but she claim the bounty so that Aku will free her people.. The bounty hunters prepare their trap, digging pits to ambush Jack. But Jack defeats them all in the span of a second and even the princess yields before his superior ability.

star 8.35
104 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen
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L: Tale of X9

#25 - 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 8.32
109 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
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