Samurai Jack (2001–2004)

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A samurai sent through time fights to return home and save the world.

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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »



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 Samurai Jack / ... (48 episodes, 2001-2004)
 Aku / ... (23 episodes, 2001-2004)


In the distant past, a Japanese samurai embarks on a mission to defeat the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. Before he can complete his task, though, he is catapulted thousands of years into the future. He finds himself in a world where Aku now enjoys complete power over every living thing. Dubbing himself "Jack," he sets out on a new quest--to right the wrongs that have been done by his enemy and to find a way back to his own time so he can destroy the evil for good. Written by Alan Back <>

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In the future evil takes many forms, and our only hope is one man from the past.


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Release Date:

10 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Самурай Джек  »

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In Brazil, the name Aku was changed to Abu due to the original name's unfortunate similarity to a Portuguese swear word meaning anus. See more »


Aku: Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku, the shape shifting master of darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil. But a foolish samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I tore open a portal in time, and flung him into the future where my evil is law. Now the fool seeks to return to the past and undo the future that is Aku.
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At the end of the credits,the cartoon network logo gets sliced by jack. See more »


Referenced in Kung Fu Panda (2008) See more »

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8 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I was first introduced to this show, I wasn't expecting to love it. I don't just love it, I adore it! I feared it wouldn't be my thing, but there are many reasons why Samurai Jack is worth seeing. The animation consistently is absolutely outstanding, the whole show is amazing to watch, whether it is the backgrounds, character features, special effects or the colours. The music is wonderful also, a perfect mix of oriental and electronic sounds really add to the authenticity. The story lines are superb and interesting springing from a great idea, and the writing is top notch, funny and intelligent. Likewise with the voice acting, with Phil LaMarr especially impressive in the title role. Overall, just a superb show, easily one of the better shows on Cartoon Network. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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