The BEST Episodes of Samurai Jack

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 23, 2020

Network: Cartoon Network

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 - Aired May 20, 2017

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

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

#2 - XCIV

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 25, 2017

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
514 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Darrick Bachman, David Krentz, Genndy Tartakovsky
XCIII

#3 - XCIII

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 18, 2017

Jack's will to survive is pushed to its absolute limits after a deadly, unseen foe launches a relentless surprise attack.

star 8.68
567 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Darrick Bachman, Genndy Tartakovsky
XXXV: Jack and the Haunted House

#4 - XXXV: Jack and the Haunted House

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired May 17, 2003

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 8.65
219 votes
Writers: Chris Reccardi
XI: Jack and the Scotsman

#5 - XI: Jack and the Scotsman

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 29, 2001

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 8.64
310 votes
Writers: Mark Andrews, Bryan Andrews
XXV: Jack and the Spartans

#6 - XXV: Jack and the Spartans

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 4, 2002

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 8.59
245 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen
XII: Jack and the Gangsters

#7 - XII: Jack and the Gangsters

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 26, 2001

Jack joins a group of gangsters who work for Aku. He also agrees to help steal the heavily protected crystal that can give Aku power over the whole planet. Fortunately Jack has not become a traitor, but has his own plans of how to hand over the swag.

star 8.58
254 votes
Writers: Chris Reccardi
XVIII: Jack and the Ultra-Robots

#8 - XVIII: Jack and the Ultra-Robots

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 29, 2002

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 8.56
234 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen
C

#9 - C

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired May 13, 2017

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 8.54
443 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Darrick Bachman, Genndy Tartakovsky
XCVIII

#10 - XCVIII

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 29, 2017

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

star 8.54
469 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Darrick Bachman, Genndy Tartakovsky
XXII: Jack and the Hunters

#11 - XXII: Jack and the Hunters

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 13, 2002

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 8.54
213 votes
Writers: Genndy Tartakovsky
XX: Jack and the Monks

#12 - XX: Jack and the Monks

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 12, 2002

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 8.53
201 votes
Writers:
XVII: Jack and the Scotsman

#13 - XVII: Jack and the Scotsman

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 22, 2002

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 8.51
265 votes
Writers: Mark Andrews
VII: Jack and the Three Blind Archers

#14 - VII: Jack and the Three Blind Archers

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 20, 2001

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 8.51
365 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Mark Andrews
XCVII

#15 - XCVII

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 22, 2017

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 8.50
482 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Darrick Bachman, Genndy Tartakovsky
XL: Samurai vs. Ninja

#16 - XL: Samurai vs. Ninja

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 14, 2003

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 8.49
254 votes
Writers: Brian Larsen, Bryan Andrews
XCII

#17 - XCII

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 11, 2017

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
653 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Darrick Bachman, Genndy Tartakovsky
L: Tale of X9

#18 - L: Tale of X9

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 25, 2004

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 8.46
143 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
XXVI: Jack's Sandals

#19 - XXVI: Jack's Sandals

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 11, 2002

Jack's enjoying a nice, quiet day by the riverside... until a band of transforming biker-bots nearly runs him down, wrecking his precious sandals in the process!

star 8.44
172 votes
X: Jack and the Lava Monster

#20 - X: Jack and the Lava Monster

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 5, 2001

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 8.44
305 votes
Writers: Mike Manley
XIX: Jack Remembers the Past

#21 - XIX: Jack Remembers the Past

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 5, 2002

After defeating a band of robotic cat-demons Jack travels the land and finds himself in the area where he grew up. As he tours the ruins he has flashbacks to a day spent pursuing a locust in the company of a young girl, witnessing a wandering warrior defeat four men on a bridge, having his parents greet him, and tricking three bullies.

star 8.44
198 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen
XIV: Jack Learns to Jump Good

#22 - XIV: Jack Learns to Jump Good

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 1, 2002

Jack tries to save a peaceful tribe that move constantly due to an opposing food-stealing tribe of monkey/lions: Jack meets up with the Monkey Boy who can ""jump good"" almost to the point of flying. Jack is taken to his village and agrees to teach a group of furry creatures to fend for themselves in return for ""jumping good"" lessons. Jack teaches the creatures to use bamboo to fight and together they set up an array of traps for the monkey/lions. In return Jack has an challenging time trying to ""jump good"", a process involving climbing hills and vines... with boulders attached to his body.

star 8.43
327 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Brian Larsen
XXX: Jack and the Zombies

#23 - XXX: Jack and the Zombies

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 25, 2002

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

star 8.39
213 votes
Writers: Brian Larsen, Bryan Andrews
XCVI

#24 - XCVI

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 15, 2017

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

star 8.38
484 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Darrick Bachman, Genndy Tartakovsky
XCV

#25 - XCV

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 8, 2017

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

star 8.38
512 votes
Writers: Bryan Andrews, Darrick Bachman, Genndy Tartakovsky