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.
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Series cast summary:
Doc Harris ...
 Narrator (223 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Piccolo / ... (214 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Goku / ... (204 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (198 episodes, 1996-2003)
Scott McNeil ...
 Piccolo / ... (192 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Vegeta / ... (181 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (168 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Gohan / ... (146 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Goku / ... (137 episodes, 2000-2003)
Don Brown ...
 Hercule / ... (133 episodes, 1997-2003)
Dale Kelly ...
 Narrator / ... (127 episodes, 1999-2000)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma / ... (127 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Goten / ... (121 episodes, 2000-2003)
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 Narrator / ... (120 episodes, 2000-2003)
Ted Cole ...
 Yamcha / ... (115 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Trunks / ... (112 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mike McFarland ...
 Master Roshi / ... (112 episodes, 1999-2003)
Cynthia Cranz ...
 Chi-Chi / ... (110 episodes, 1999-2003)
Chris Rager ...
 Hercule / ... (91 episodes, 2000-2003)
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 Chi-Chi / ... (91 episodes, 2000-2003)
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 Supreme Kai / ... (90 episodes, 1996-2003)
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In the version that is shown on YTV in Canada, the story begins mid-way through the Dragon Ball Z series. Raditz, Goku's brother has traveled to Earth to find out why Goku has not yet destroyed the planet as he was supposed to do. But while as a baby, Goku was dropped (down a huge cliff) and forgot his real mission. Kakarot, Goku's real name battles his brother Raditzs along with former enemy Piccolo and friend Krillin. Meanwhile, Gohan; Goku's son reveals his hidden powers against Raditz and nearly kills Raditz. However Goku is killed in the end, but Raditz is eventually defeated by Piccolo. Before he dies, he tells them that two evil Saiyans even more powerful then he is, are on route to Earth. The remaining fighters, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu begin their training to battle the evil Saiyans, while Piccolo takes off with Gohan to train him in using his new found power. Meanwhile, Goku has to make his way back on Snake Way to King Kai's where he trains himself in the secret ... Written by dreamian

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Trivia

Originally airing in the United States in 1996, its initial run was heavily edited from the Japanese version, so much that out of the first 67 episodes, the American version was cut down to 53 episodes, 14 episodes worth of content. This was mostly due to the partnership between FUNimation productions (Who owned the rights) and Saban Entertainment (Who was responsible for distribution) When the show gained a following on Cartoon Network, it was renewed and FUNimation had sole control. As a result, the episodes were not as clipped as before, following the Japanese episode number precisely from then on. See more »

Goofs

English dubbed version: Early in the series, Raditz states that the planet Vegeta was destroyed three years prior to the beginning of the series. Later on, this is changed to twenty years (which is accurate to the original Japanese version). When they went back and did the "uncut dubbed" version that aired on Cartoon Network, they still used the inaccurate "three years" quote. See more »

Quotes

Piccolo: Not bad, for an early prototype.
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Crazy Credits

When Dragon Ball Z was first dubbed, the opening credits used a mix of footage from the series, from the first three movies, and the Japanese intro sequences. It was accompanied by an American-only theme song called Rock the Dragon. This intro was unusual in that it had footage from movies that never aired on TV at the time, and in that it showed many things that would not happen until much later in the series, and not as a part of this dubbed version (Future Trunks, short-haired Yamcha, Super Saiyan transformations, etc.) See more »

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Soundtracks

DragonBall Z
(theme song) (English version)
Performed by Faulconer productions
Written and Composed by Faulconer productions
(Broadcast Seasons 4 - 7)
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DAMN GOOD SHOW!!
30 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have been watching DBZ for a while now. Of coarse it has its flaws, but every great show does!! It has action, suspense (if you watched episode by episode on Cartoon Network) love, and character development. When people say FUNimation ruined DBZ, from your point of view they might have. With me, whatever version I see first, that is the one I enjoy the most. I prefer the English version over the original Japanese version, just because I saw the dub before the Japanese version. But, I will watch the original version and keep an open mind. I respect everyones opinion and understand where they are coming from. Although, I can NOT tolerate people who talk shit about a show they probably don't understand. (Dragonball Z is a very complex TV show, if you don't see all, or a lot, of the episodes, your lost!) So, what I'm trying to say is If you don't like a show or movie, keep it to yourself. The whole world doesn't need to know what you don't like.

Just to set the record straight: The first 64 episodes of DBZ were done by a company in Vancouver, Canada. Not the Fort Worth company FUNimation.

It was SABAN who changed the show more than FUNimation. Thats why they sounded like Power Rangers (Somebody said they sounded like them) And, whoever said this show doesn't teach you anything? This show used a very vivid vocabulary. They said lines like "But to no avale" Children could learn more watching DBZ than in a vocab lesson at school.

About the music: You have to remember that the music was conducted during two different time periods. The original music was made in the late 80's to early 90's. The dub's music was made in the very late 90's to the early 2000's. Music changed a lot from the Japanese version to the dub. I personally like both versions.

I like DBZ very much, even though I didn't at first, I thought it was stupid because it was a cartoon, then I watched it... I was hooked after the first episode. If you could sit through it with an opened mind you DBZ haters just might learn to like it.


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