The first season of Samurai Jack officially premiered August 10, 2001. The first three episodes premiered as a TV movie called The Premiere Movie. The premiere received high praise, including four award nominations, Cartoon Network ordered 52 episodes of Samurai Jack, which were aired as 4 seasons of 13 episodes each, as a primetime member of the Cartoon Cartoon Fridays programming block.

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See also: Episode Guide

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
1 13 August 10, 2001 December 3, 2001
No. # Title Airdate Prod. Code
1 1 "Episode I: The Beginning" August 10, 2001 101
Aku devastates a young boy's land, forcing him to travel around the world to train as a samurai. When he returns as an adult and attempts to defeat Aku, the wizard sends him to the future.
2 2 "Episode II: The Samurai Called Jack" August 10, 2001 102
After Aku flings him into the future, the samurai is called Jack by the locals and he meets a group of archeologist dogs who've been forced by Aku to dig for jewels that would increase the demon's powers.
3 3 "Episode III: The First Fight" August 10, 2001 103
With the help of the archeologist dogs, Jack battles Aku's army of Beetle Drones.
4 4 "Episode IV: Jack, the Woolies, and the Chritchellites" August 13, 2001 104
Jack helps free the Woolies from the tyrannical Chritchellites. In return, the leader of the Woolies bestows his wisdom upon Jack.
5 5 "Episode V: Jack in Space" August 27, 2001 105
Jack and a group of space-bound scientists join forces to try to escape the wrath of Aku.
6 6 "Episode VI: Jack and the Warrior Woman" November 19, 2001 106
A mysterious female warrior joins Jack in his quest, but Jack isn't certain she is really an ally.
7 7 "Episode VII: Jack and the Three Blind Archers" August 20, 2001 107
Jack must get past three mysterious and skilled archers to reach an all-powerful wishing well.
8 8 "Episode VIII: Jack versus Mad Jack" October 15, 2001 108
Aku is disappointed because the sizable reward he has offered for Jack's life has not attracted any bounty hunters with enough skill to take him down, so he creates an evil spirit-clone of Jack, since no foe can be more difficult than one's self.
9 9 "Episode IX: Jack Under the Sea" September 3, 2001 109
Jack has an underwater adventure while hunting for an ancient time portal. The denizens of the deep, known as the Triseraquins, seem welcoming, but may prove to be untrustworthy.
10 10 "Episode X: Jack and the Lava Monster" October 12, 2001 110
Jack survives a cave full of challenges only to find an ancient warrior, cursed by Aku, longing to reach Valhalla.
11 11 "Episode XI: Jack and the Scotsman, Part 1" October 29, 2001 111
When Jack and a Scotsman meet on a never-ending bridge, they end up shackled together and on the run from bounty hunters.
12 12 "Episode XII: Jack and the Gangsters" November 26, 2001 112
Jack teams up with some Chicago gangsters to try to get close to Aku.
13 13 "Episode XIII: Aku's Fairy Tales" December 3, 2001 113
Word of Jack's journeys has circled the globe, making him a hero in the eyes of children. This infuriates Aku, so he tells fairy tales to the children, all with a decidedly skewed point of view, in hopes the children won't get any ideas to rebel against their overlord.


  • The Premiere Movie is also available in its own stand-alone DVD and VHS format.
    • A remastered version of the film was shown for a one-night theatrical release on October 16, 2017.
  • This season was released on DVD on May 4, 2004.
    • A Blu-ray set containing all five seasons was released on October 17, 2017.
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