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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Cast

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 / ... (182 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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 Narrator / ... (120 episodes, 2000-2003)
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 Goten / ... (118 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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 Supreme Kai / ... (92 episodes, 1996-2003)
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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

Namekians reproduce asexually by extracting eggs from their throats. See more »

Goofs

In numerous movies and episodes in the Garlic Jr. and Driver's License eras, Gohan's dragon appears. He got the dragon in The Tree Of Might - a movie that could never have taken place. See more »

Quotes

Vegeta: What's wrong Frieza? Is your brain another one of your weak and under used muscles?
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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 American Gun (2005) 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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THE GREATEST ACTION CARTOON ON ALL TIME!!!
7 July 2000 | by (Eagle Idaho) – See all my reviews

Frankly I demand that the animation industries crown DragonBallZ "THE GREATEST ACTION CARTOON OF ALL TIME!!!" A 10, a perfect 10 is what I give this BEYOND AWESOME TV SHOW! There is nothing like it in the world! No one else has thought up the kind of animation stunts they put on here before! If HollyWood tried to make this a live action film, the Special Effects company's would have a run for their money! This is red hot stuff from Japan, and it's steaming! The trick is, you must see the right episode. If you see a dull episode, then it's no good. But if you catch an episode with TONS of action, I promise you, "You're in for a real treat!" This show is very addictive, why? Because EVERY SINGLE EPISODE IS A "TO BE CONTINUED". There is no end! You pick up where you left off, just like a Soap Opera. Except this is not boring like Soap Opera's are. (No offense to Soap Opera lovers) I suggest this to the family groups. This is great for both kids and adults alike. (Though it can get too violent for the little kids. However it's a "PG" rating show) I highly suggest that you see the "Frieza Saga" since those are the best episodes. See it on "Cartoon Network" or rent them at your local video store. I'm not allowed to say too much more about this except for my good critisizm. As you can see, I am a true fan. And I wouldn't lie to you if I didn't think you wouldn't enjoy this a little. Just make sure you see the right episodes.


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