Down 185 this week

Dragon Ball (1986–1989)
"Dragon Ball: Doragon bôru" (original title)

TV Series  |  TV-Y7  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.7/10 from 24,661 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 4 critic

Son Gokû, a fighter with a monkey tail, goes on a quest with an assortment of odd characters in search of the Dragon Balls, a set of crystals that can give its bearer anything they desire.

Watch Trailer
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon




5   4   3   2   1  
1989   1988   1987   1986  
Top Rated TV #79 | See the Top Rated TV as voted by our users.



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Follows the adventures of an extraordinarily strong young boy named Goku as he searches for the seven dragon balls. These balls, when combined, can grant the owner any one wish he desires. ... See full summary »

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, Masako Nozawa
Dragon Ball Z (1989–1996)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

The adventures of Earth's martial arts defender Son Goku continue with a new family and the revelation of his alien origin. Now Goku and his allies must defend the planet from an onslaught of new extraterrestrial enemies.

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Jôji Yanami, Mayumi Tanaka
Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

After learning that he is from another planet, a warrior named Goku and his friends are prompted to defend it from an onslaught of extraterrestrial enemies.

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Jôji Yanami
Dragon Ball Z Kai (2009–2015)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

The February of 2009, Toei Animation announces that as honor to 20 years of Dragon Ball Z will begin the production of a renewed DragonBall Z, named DragonBall Kai. This new anime ... See full summary »

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Jôji Yanami, Mayumi Tanaka
Dragon Ball GT (1996–1997)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After Goku is made a kid again by the black star dragon balls, he goes on a journey to get back to his old self.

Stars: Stephanie Nadolny, Elise Baughman, Andrew Chandler
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Paragus tricks Vegeta into coming to a counterfeit planet called New Vegeta. Little does he know, he comes to realize that Broly is the legendary super saiyan that Goku (Kakarot) tries to warn him off.

Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Stars: Bin Shimada, Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa
Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In order to wish for immortality and avenge his father, Garlic Jr. collects the dragon balls, kidnapping Goku's son Gohan in the process. Goku, Kami, Piccolo, and Krillin unite to rescue ... See full summary »

Director: Daisuke Nishio
Stars: Masako Nozawa, Toshio Furukawa, Hiromi Tsuru
Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Cooler has resurrected himself as a robot and is enslaving the people of New Namek. Goku and the gang must help.

Director: Daisuke Nishio
Stars: Masako Nozawa, Toshio Furukawa, Mayumi Tanaka
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Z-Fighters must contend with Lord Beerus, the God of Destruction, but only a God can fight a God, and none of them are Gods. However with the creation of the Super Saiyan God, will the Z-Fighters be able to defeat Lord Beerus?

Director: Masahiro Hosoda
Stars: Masako Nozawa, Hiromi Tsuru, Ryô Horikawa
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A mysterious being named Hoy arrives on Earth and asks the Z Warriors to use the dragon balls to help him release Tapion. Tapion, an ancient warrior imprisoned in a music box, and Hoy needs... See full summary »

Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Stars: Masako Nozawa, Takeshi Kusao, Mayumi Tanaka
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The death of Dr. Gero at the hands of Androids 17 and 18 prompts the activation of Androids 13, 14, and 15. They try to kill Goku, who fights them with the help of Trunks, Piccolo, Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan.

Director: Daisuke Nishio
Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Christopher Sabat
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The universe is thrown into dimensional chaos as the dead come back to life. Now Goku and Vegeta must track down the cause of this uproar.

Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Stars: Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa, Takeshi Kusao


Series cast summary:
Masako Nozawa ...
 Son Gokû (153 episodes, 1986-1989)
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator / ... (153 episodes, 1986-1989)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma (114 episodes, 1986-1989)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (105 episodes, 1986-1989)
Tôru Furuya ...
 Yamcha (101 episodes, 1986-1989)
Naoko Watanabe ...
 Puar / ... (101 episodes, 1986-1989)
Kôhei Miyauchi ...
 Kamesennin Muten Roshi / ... (100 episodes, 1986-1989)
Naoki Tatsuta ...
 Oolong / ... (91 episodes, 1986-1989)
Mami Koyama ...
 Lunch / ... (78 episodes, 1986-1989)
Kenji Utsumi ...
 Announcer / ... (71 episodes, 1986-1989)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
 Tenshinhan (64 episodes, 1987-1989)


What starts off as a bizarre re-telling of the Chinese legend "Journey to the West" quickly transforms into pure madness. On a twisted version of Earth, the ridiculously strong child-fighter Son Gokû is joined by several companions in the quest for the seven "dragon balls", which, when assembled, will summon the Grand Dragon, who will grant the bearer of the balls one single wish. The problem is, the Grand Dragon can only be invoked once a year, and villains battle Gokuu and friends constantly for possession of the Dragon Balls. Written by Mike Toole <micabob@ix.netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-Y7 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

26 February 1986 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Dragon Ball  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(153 episodes)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


In the episode in which Bulma, Goku, and Oolong are camping out in the desert, there is a scene in which a nude Bulma looks out the window, and glare covers her bare breasts. Contrary to popular belief, this scene is not edited for the dub. The glare is there in all versions, uncut Japanese included. See more »


When Goku beats Tien in the 23rd World Tournament, the announcer says Goku will go on to fight Piccolo Jr. in the finals. However, at this point the Shen/Piccolo Jr. fight had NOT yet taken place. Therefore the announcer couldn't have known this. See more »


Son Gokû: Well, this blows.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The closing credits are a montage of images based on covers from the "Dragon Ball" manga. See more »


Referenced in G.I. Joe: Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep (1986) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Good show, but read the Manga first
3 January 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

As a fan of Manga and Anime, I really enjoyed the Dragonball TV series, but I thought it could have done a lot better, but before I get to that, let me just explain one thing about the show.

DRAGONBALL IS NOT A KIDS SHOW! Some of the content of the show is not suitable for children, particularly the uncut Japanese version. The English translation does try to clean it up a bit, but it still contains some things anyone under 10 shouldn't be exposed to. For example, one character (Oolong) attempts to "have his way" with another while she sleeps (although in the English version he was just after the Dragonballs) and in several episodes we see some of the male characters nude.

OK, that's cleared up, so what's the show about? The series is based on the manga by Akira Toriyama, which was based on a Chinese legend, and follows the Adventures of Son Goku, a child with incredible powers. Goku meets Bulma, a 16 year old girl, who is looking for the Dragonballs, magical relics that, when all 7 are united, can summon Shenlon (Shenron in the English versions), who can grant 1 wish. Goku agrees to give Bulma his Dragonball (which he calls "Grandpa as it is the only thing he has that reminds him of his Grandpa, Son Gohan) only if he can join her. But they are not the only ones after the Dragonballs.

While Dragonball offers some entertainment (although it does get better as it goes along), the Manga was far better. This maybe because the manga series was just straight-ford, while the anime goes of the track a bit with pointless episodes that weren't featured in the manga. That and the extra scenes that try to develop the characters we don't really care about.

Apart from that, the series is fun and never takes itself seriously. Any Dragonball Z fans who haven't seen Dragonball should do so.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
When did they dub it in mexico? cobrall_stinger
all episodes rt807
Season Sets BatFlyer
When Does Goku Turn into an Adult? alexoneill1469
following the story geldart_8-1
List of countries that showed the anime series? Chivito_83
Discuss Dragon Ball (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: