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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 Piccolo / ... (205 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Goku / ... (202 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (199 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Vegeta / ... (179 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (171 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Gohan / ... (149 episodes, 1997-2003)
Don Brown ...
 Hercule / ... (136 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Goku / ... (132 episodes, 2000-2003)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma / ... (129 episodes, 1999-2003)
Dale Kelly ...
 Narrator / ... (127 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Trunks / ... (126 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Supreme Kai / ... (123 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Goten / ... (122 episodes, 2000-2003)
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 Narrator / ... (121 episodes, 2000-2003)
Ted Cole ...
 Yamcha / ... (113 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Chi-Chi / ... (111 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Master Roshi / ... (109 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Hercule / ... (91 episodes, 2000-2003)
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 Chi-Chi / ... (91 episodes, 2000-2003)
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Storyline

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

Goku has achieved every level of Super Saiyan (canon or not) with the exception of the Legendary Super Saiyan form. See more »

Goofs

There are numerous animation errors and consistencies throughout the series. Often, for a single frame or two, someone will be drawn in the wrong outfit or their outfit will be the wrong color. Likewise, some characters general appearances/color schemes will change for no apparent reason (Nappa and Vegeta before their arrival on earth come to mind.) See more »

Quotes

Goku: Hi, Hercule.
Hercule: Hey, how are you?
Pan: Don't forget me, grandpa.
Hercule: How's my little girl? So have you come to cheer grandpa on?
Goku: No, silly, we're all entering the tournament.
Hercule: [stammers]
Goku: Don't worry, Hercule. If one of us makes it to the finals, we'll let you keep your title. Okay?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Naruto Shippûden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (2013) See more »

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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Best show in the world.
6 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow this is not only the best anime of all time its the best show of all time! I have liked this show since I was in 3rd grade absolutely amazing show. I love it not only for the action but for the emotional scenes in it are very well done, its definitely got a great storyline to back up its fabulous action. The only thing that can get annoying about this show is a lot of the stuff is drawn out too long but hey everything has its good and bad parts. The show starts off a little slow but trust me it gets good once Freeza saga hits. Also the music that Funimation's Bruce Falconer is a true artist wow I was blown away at how good the music is. The music really makes you feel how emotional the scene is. Its like the music puts you in the situation its so good.


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