The BEST Episodes of Tarzan

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2021

Network: The WB

Tarzan is an American television series that premiered on October 5, 2003 on The WB. Based on the Tarzan series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, this TV series was set in New York City, depicting a modern-day adaptation on Burroughs' characters. The series was canceled after eight episodes.

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Pilot (1)

#1 - Pilot (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 5, 2003

This thrilling contemporary take transforms the classic Tarzan tale into a rapid-fire adventure, an intriguing mystery and, most of all, a fiery love story. Strong-willed NYPD detective Jane Porter's perfectly ordered life turns upside down when a routine case unexpectedly leads her to primal and passionate Tarzan, now loose in the urban jungles of New York City. After plucking the mysterious feral man from his wild home, Tarzan's billionaire uncle, the CEO of powerful Greystoke Industries, stops at nothing to ""civilize"" Tarzan in his own image. And, inexorably attracted to Tarzan's dangerous yet profoundly innocent nature, Jane wrestles with reason and instinct, civilization and savagery, her heart and her head.

star 7.90
20 votes
Writers: Eric Kripke
Secrets and Lies (2)

#2 - Secrets and Lies (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 12, 2003

Tarzan risks exposure when he assists Jane with a police case, helping her find a group of men responsible for attacking a young woman (guest star Kathleen Munroe) in Central Park. When Jane's fianc' Michael discovers that Tarzan is alive, he makes a deal with Richard Clayton , offering to help capture his nephew. Meanwhile, Jane contacts Tarzan's aunt, Kathleen Clayton (Lucy Lawless) in hopes that she will offer Tarzan shelter and protection.

star 7.17
6 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Eric Kripke
Rules of Engagement

#3 - Rules of Engagement

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 26, 2003

Richard Claytons fears come true as he discovers that his estranged sister Kathleen is harboring Tarzan and thinks that she is not only after Tarzan's share of the family fortune, but also control of Greystoke Industries. Meanwhile, Jane attempts to stop the sole witness (guest star Tim Guinee) to Michael's death from testifying and possibly incriminating Tarzan before Richard can get to him.

star 7.14
7 votes
Directors: Perry Lang
Writers: Molly Newman

#4 - Surrender

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 9, 2003

The lone witness (guest star Tim Guinee) to Michael's death is coerced by Richard to come forward to name Tarzan as the one responsible for the crime, incriminating Jane as well. While Kathleen contemplates giving Richard her shares of Greystoke Industries in exchange for Tarzan's safety, Tarzan considers returning to the jungle.

star 7.14
7 votes
Writers: Lynne E. Litt
The End of the Beginning

#5 - The End of the Beginning

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 23, 2003

When the police finally capture Jane, Tarzan agrees to turn himself in to Richard in exchange for Jane's safety and freedom. With Tarzan in his clutches, Richard attempts to have him declared legally insane so that he can claim legal custody of him and his Greystoke shares. Meanwhile, Kathleen fights to free them both.

star 7.00
4 votes
Directors: Peter Ellis
Writers: Lynne E. Litt, Michael Reisz
Wages of Sin

#6 - Wages of Sin

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 19, 2003

Jane and Sam hit a dead-end while investigating a young boy's disappearance, and Jane enlists Tarzan's help to use his extraordinary tracking skills to find the child. When Sam learns of Tarzan's involvement and his role in Michael's death, he must decide whether to turn him in or keep Jane's secret.

star 6.75
4 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: P.K. Simonds
Emotional Rescue

#7 - Emotional Rescue

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 2, 2003

When a friend of Jane's sister Nicki goes missing, they suspect a man (guest star Marcus Chait) she met over the Internet may be responsible. Meanwhile, as the search for Michael's killer continues, Jane begs Tarzan to keep out of sight for his own safety, but when Nicki lands in grave danger, Tarzan finds it impossible not to help.

star 6.75
4 votes
For Love of Country

#8 - For Love of Country

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 16, 2003

When Tarzan and Jane flee into the mountains to escape the vengeful cops seeking to arrest them, a car accident leaves them stranded in the woods where Jane must place her trust in Tarzan and rely on his jungle skills to survive.

star 6.67
3 votes
Writers: Leonard Dick, Mere Smith