Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

  • TV-14
  • 1986
  • 5 Seasons
  • 8.5  (53,576)

Dragon Ball began as a Japanese comic book, commonly known as Manga. The series both on air and in print is about a young boy called Goku going on a quest to find Dragon Balls. These Balls will grant whom ever has them all one wish, before spreading back out across the world. Through out the show the young protagonist must battle others seeking to use the Dragon Balls for their own nefarious purposes. The majority of the villains in this show belong to an origination called The Red Ribbon Army. The Red Ribbon Army is led by Commander Red, until his staff officer Black realizes that Reds' ambition for the dragon balls comes from his own personal wish to be taller, not the world domination he has promised the army. Black over-throws Red and becomes the new commander, renaming the army, in the English series, to The Black Ribbon Army. The Dragon Ball series was written by Akira Toriyama. Toei Animation in Japan produced the anime series based on the original manga. The directors were Minoru Okazaki and Daisuke Nishio, both working closely with Toriyama to preserve his vision. In Japan the series lasted for 153 episodes; these ran from 1986 until 1989. Dragon Ball was acquired by Funimation Entertainment in the U.S. They broadcast 13 episodes in America in the fall of 1995; these were canceled after one series due to budget shifting and low ratings. It was picked back up in 2001 after the sequel "Dragon Ball Z" was highly successful on Cartoon Network. Dragon Ball aired new episodes on Cartoon Network until 2003. Reruns were run on Colours TV and Funimation Channel starting in 2006. Dragon Ball was released to a boxed DVD set from 2009-2010. This delay in part was due to Lionsgate Entertainment owning rights to the first season, the set was delayed until Funimation could gain the rights back.

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The End, The Beginning
31. The End, The Beginning
April 19, 1989
Goku and Chichi reach the Magical Furnace, but its guardian refuses to extinguish the flame. To spare the Ox-King from certain death, Goku takes matters into his own hands, venturing into the heart of the blaze!
Mystery Of The Dark World
30. Mystery Of The Dark World
November 26, 2003
When the Basho Fan fails to extinguish the blaze surrounding the Ox-King's castle, Goku and Chichi must venture into a horrifying world of darkness in search of the Magical Furnace!
Outrageous Octagon
29. Outrageous Octagon
November 25, 2003
While the Ox-King struggles to escape the mysterious flames threatening to consume his kingdom, Goku and Chichi journey to a treacherous mountain peak protected by a bone-chilling curse!
The Fire-Eater
28. The Fire-Eater
November 24, 2003
Goku and Chichi's quest to build a new Basho Fan leads them to the center of a deadly volcano. Deep within the molten-mountain lives a mystical flame-guzzling bird that carries the key to saving the Ox-King!
Dress in Flames
27. Dress in Flames
November 20, 2003
Goku and Chichi's wedding plans are put on hold when an earthquake sparks an uncontrollable blaze that threatens to incinerate the Ox King and Chichi's wedding dress!
The Victor
26. The Victor
November 19, 2003
Humanity's fate hangs in the balance as Goku and Piccolo battle for the title of world's greatest martial artist! Kami has a sure-fire way to swing the momentum in Goku's favor, but it requires the ultimate sacrifice!
Goku Hangs On
25. Goku Hangs On
November 18, 2003
Eager to end his brutal match with Goku, Piccolo unleashes a technique of unprecedented power! In the aftermath of the monster's onslaught, Goku's friends are elated to find their hero still standing, but how much longer can he continue?
Goku's Trap
24. Goku's Trap
November 17, 2003
After a savage beating at the hands of Piccolo, Goku fights back with a double dose of internal punishment for the green fiend. The monster's next attack is lethal to say the least, but Goku's evasive maneuvers leave Piccolo painfully shorthanded!
Junior no More
23. Junior no More
November 13, 2003
The audience erupts into mass pandemonium after Junior reveals his true identity! While the world searches for a place to hide, Goku turns his attention to defeating Piccolo -a challenge that keeps getting bigger.
Super Kamehameha
22. Super Kamehameha
November 12, 2003
Goku has the power to end Junior's ruthless reign of terror, but he cannot destroy the monster without sacrificing Kami! Goku's hands appear tied until Krillin saves the day with a sudden stroke of genius!
Battle for the Future
21. Battle for the Future
November 11, 2003
Titles and tournaments take a backseat as Goku faces his nemesis in a battle that will determine the fate of the world! Should Goku fail to defeat the monstrous mauler, humanity will tremble at the feet of Piccolo!
Kami vs Piccolo
20. Kami vs Piccolo
November 10, 2003
The Evil Containment Wave takes center stage when the two most mysterious fighters in the tournament meet in a ferocious semifinal match that quickly escalates to all-out warfare.
The Four Faces of Tien
19. The Four Faces of Tien
November 6, 2003
Fighting Goku at top speed is too much for one man to handle, so Tien calls upon a technique capable of turning a lone fighter into an army of destruction! Death has many faces, and Goku's about to meet them all!
Goku Gains Speed
18. Goku Gains Speed
November 5, 2003
Goku and Tien dazzle the crowd with a midair display of martial arts madness! Tien's incredible speed gives him the upper hand until Goku slips into something more comfortable.
Rematch
17. Rematch
November 4, 2003
Hero unveils his true strength and hints at his true identity, when Yamcha desperately conjures a powerful attack. Next up, Tien and Goku trade crushing blows in a not-so-friendly rematch!
The Mysterious Hero
16. The Mysterious Hero
November 3, 2003
Krillin and Junior mix it up in a high-flying battle the audience won't soon forget, and Yamcha suffers a blow to his manhood when he underestimates the bumbling fighter known as Hero.
Anonymous Proposal
15. Anonymous Proposal
October 30, 2003
Goku squares off against a beautiful brawler who fights with the fury of a woman scorned! This enchanting warrior won't reveal her identity unless Goku defeats her -or makes good on a promise he made as a boy.
Tien Shinhan vs Mercenary Tao
14. Tien Shinhan vs Mercenary Tao
October 29, 2003
Mercenary Tao is back from the dead, reborn as a robot and seeking revenge against Master Roshi and his students. Unfortunately for the mechanical menace, Tien's learned a few tricks since the last time they sparred!
Battle of Eight
13. Battle of Eight
October 28, 2003
Yamcha, Krillin, Goku, and Tien battle their way to the semifinals, where Master Roshi is confronted by a malevolent martial artist from his past. Meanwhile, Piccolo waits for the right moment to extract his vengeance!
Preliminary Peril
12. Preliminary Peril
October 27, 2003
The element of surprise dominates the tournament's opening round as Goku wins with brains instead of brawn, a formidable female fighter wows the crowd, and a mechanized mercenary deals Chiaotzu a deadly blow!
Changes
11. Changes
October 23, 2003
The crowd is eager for the start of the World Martial Arts Tournament! Bulma is baffled by the arrival of a tall, handsome stranger, and Master Roshi is worried his students won't arrive in time for registration!
Hotter Than Lava
10. Hotter Than Lava
October 22, 2003
The sparks flying between Krillin and Mint are the only things hotter than the lethal lava threatening to level her village. Krillin and his friends have been training hard, and they refuse to let the volcano beat them!
Walking Their own Ways
9. Walking Their own Ways
October 21, 2003
Goku's training takes an unusual twist when Mr. Popo challenges him to a game of hide and seek. Back on Earth, Krillin and the gang get lured into a mysterious festival where something very bad is about to happen!
Goku's Doll?
8. Goku's Doll?
October 20, 2003
Goku has his hands full with a spitting-image sparring partner who knows all his best moves. Meanwhile, Yamcha, Tien, Krillin, and Chiaotzu journey to Korin Tower with hopes of training under the Master.
The Time Room
7. The Time Room
October 16, 2003
Time travel lands Goku in the middle of a rivalry between teenage versions of Roshi and Shen. The young masters have eyes for the same woman, and Goku must learn to harness the power of his Spirit Energy -or the girl goes up in flames!
Secret of the Woods
6. Secret of the Woods
October 15, 2003
Mr. Popo sends Goku deep into the woods on a journey of mysterious origin. The little man believes he's on the lookout for a fearsome fighter, but could a peaceful afternoon with a master fisherman be the next step in his training?
Quicker Than Lightning
5. Quicker Than Lightning
October 14, 2003
Under the watchful eye of his new master, Goku embarks on a treacherous trek to the top of Mount Rumble. He's on a mission to don the legendary Sacred Crown, but one false step could lead to a fate more painful than death!
Eternal Dragon Resurrected
4. Eternal Dragon Resurrected
October 13, 2003
Meeting Goku restored Kami's faith in humanity, so he agreed to revive the Eternal Dragon. But there's a catch: Goku must promise to spend three years training with Kami in preparation for the rematch of all rematches!
Earth's Guardian Emerges
3. Earth's Guardian Emerges
October 9, 2003
Mr. Popo proves stronger than Goku ever could have imagined, but the little warrior won't give up until his friends are resurrected. Impressed by Goku's courage, Kami makes a shocking appearance!
Temple Above the Clouds
2. Temple Above the Clouds
October 8, 2003
Goku survives his electrifying ascent to the Temple Above the Clouds, only to learn that he must defeat the jovial -yet formidable -Mr. Popo before being granted an audience with Kami.
Lost and Found
1. Lost and Found
October 7, 2003
Goku may have defeated Piccolo, but his fallen friends will linger in agonizing limbo for eternity unless he can find his missing power pole and use it to reach Kami -the only man who can resurrect his comrades.
Lost and Found
123. Lost and Found
August 17, 1988
Goku may have defeated Piccolo, but his fallen friends will linger in agonizing limbo for eternity unless he can find his missing power pole and use it to reach Kami - the only man who can resurrect his comrades.
Temple Above the Clouds
124. Temple Above the Clouds
August 24, 1988
Goku survives his electrifying ascent to the Temple Above the Clouds, only to learn that he must defeat the jovial - yet formidable - Mr. Popo before being granted an audience with Kami.
Earth's Guardian Emerges
125. Earth's Guardian Emerges
August 31, 1988
Mr. Popo proves stronger than Goku ever could have imagined, but the little warrior won't give up until his friends are resurrected. Impressed by Goku's courage, Kami makes a shocking appearance!
Eternal Dragon Resurrected
126. Eternal Dragon Resurrected
September 14, 1988
Meeting Goku restored Kami's faith in humanity, so he agreed to revive the Eternal Dragon. But there's a catch: Goku must promise to spend three years training with Kami in preparation for the rematch of all rematches!
Quicker Than Lightning
127. Quicker Than Lightning
September 21, 1988
Under the watchful eye of his new master, Goku embarks on a treacherous trek to the top of Mount Rumble. He's on a mission to don the legendary Sacred Crown, but one false step could lead to a fate more painful than death!
Secret of the Woods
128. Secret of the Woods
September 28, 1988
Mr. Popo sends Goku deep into the woods on a journey of mysterious origin. The little man believes he's on the lookout for a fearsome fighter, but could a peaceful afternoon with a master fisherman be the next step in his training?
The Time Room
129. The Time Room
October 12, 1988
Time travel lands Goku in the middle of a rivalry between teenage versions of Roshi and Shen. The young masters have eyes for the same woman, and Goku must learn to harness the power of his Spirit Energy - or the girl goes up in flames!
Goku's Doll
130. Goku's Doll
October 19, 1988
Goku has his hands full with a spitting-image sparring partner who knows all his best moves. Meanwhile, Yamcha, Tien, Krillin, and Chiaotzu journey to Korin Tower with hopes of training under the Master.
Walking Their Own Ways
131. Walking Their Own Ways
October 26, 1988
Goku's training takes an unusual twist when Mr. Popo challenges him to a game of hide and seek. Back on Earth, Krillin and the gang get lured into a mysterious festival where something very bad is about to happen!
Hotter Than Lava
132. Hotter Than Lava
November 2, 1988
The sparks flying between Krillin and Mint are the only things hotter than the lethal lava threatening to level her village. Krillin and his friends have been training hard, and they refuse to let the volcano beat them!
Changes
133. Changes
November 9, 1988
The crowd is eager for the start of the World Martial Arts Tournament! Bulma is baffled by the arrival of a tall, handsome stranger, and Master Roshi is worried his students won't arrive in time for registration!
Preliminary Peril
134. Preliminary Peril
November 16, 1988
The element of surprise dominates the tournament's opening round as Goku wins with brains instead of brawn, a formidable female fighter wows the crowd, and a mechanized mercenary deals Chiaotzu a deadly blow!
Battle of the Eight
135. Battle of the Eight
November 23, 1988
Yamcha, Krillin, Goku, and Tien battle their way to the semifinals, where Master Roshi is confronted by a malevolent martial artist from his past. Meanwhile, Piccolo waits for the right moment to extract his vengeance!
Tien Shinhan vs. Mercenary Tao
136. Tien Shinhan vs. Mercenary Tao
November 30, 1988
Mercenary Tao is back from the dead, reborn as a robot and seeking revenge against Master Roshi and his students. Unfortunately for the mechanical menace, Tien's learned a few tricks since the last time they sparred!
Anonymous Proposal
137. Anonymous Proposal
December 7, 1988
Goku squares off against a beautiful brawler who fights with the fury of a woman scorned! This enchanting warrior won't reveal her identity unless Goku defeats her - or makes good on a promise he made as a boy.
The Mysterious Hero
138. The Mysterious Hero
December 14, 1988
Krillin and Junior mix it up in a high-flying battle the audience won't soon forget, and Yamcha suffers a blow to his manhood when he underestimates the bumbling fighter known as Hero.
Rematch
139. Rematch
December 21, 1988
Hero unveils his true strength - and hints at his true identity - when Yamcha desperately conjures a powerful attack. Next up, Tien and Goku trade crushing blows in a not-so-friendly rematch!
Goku Gains Speed
140. Goku Gains Speed
January 11, 1989
Goku and Tien dazzle the crowd with a midair display of martial arts madness! Tien's incredible speed gives him the upper hand until Goku slips into something more comfortable.
The Four Faces of Tien
141. The Four Faces of Tien
January 18, 1989
Fighting Goku at top speed is too much for one man to handle, so Tien calls upon a technique capable of turning a lone fighter into an army of destruction! Death has many faces, and Goku's about to meet them all!
Kami vs. Piccolo
142. Kami vs. Piccolo
January 25, 1989
The Evil Containment Wave takes center stage when the two most mysterious fighters in the tournament meet in a ferocious semifinal match that quickly escalates to all-out warfare.
Battle for the Future
143. Battle for the Future
February 1, 1989
Titles and tournaments take a backseat as Goku faces his nemesis in a battle that will determine the fate of the world! Should Goku fail to defeat the monstrous mauler, humanity will tremble at the feet of Piccolo!
Super Kamehameha
144. Super Kamehameha
February 8, 1989
Goku has the power to end Junior's ruthless reign of terror, but he cannot destroy the monster without sacrificing Kami! Goku's hands appear tied until Krillin saves the day with a sudden stroke of genius!
Junior No More
145. Junior No More
February 15, 1989
The audience erupts into mass pandemonium after Junior reveals his true identity! While the world searches for a place to hide, Goku turns his attention to defeating Piccolo - a challenge that keeps getting bigger.
Goku's Trap
146. Goku's Trap
February 22, 1989
After a savage beating at the hands of Piccolo, Goku fights back with a double dose of internal punishment for the green fiend. The monster's next attack is lethal to say the least, but Goku's evasive manoeuvres leave Piccolo painfully short-handed!
Goku Hangs On
147. Goku Hangs On
March 1, 1989
Eager to end his brutal match with Goku, Piccolo unleashes a technique of unprecedented power! In the aftermath of the monster's onslaught, Goku's friends are elated to find their hero still standing, but how much longer can he continue?
The Victor
148. The Victor
March 8, 1989
Humanity's fate hangs in the balance as Goku and Piccolo battle for the title of world's greatest martial artist! Kami has a sure-fire way to swing the momentum in Goku's favor, but it requires the ultimate sacrifice!
Dress in Flames
149. Dress in Flames
March 15, 1989
Goku and Chichi's wedding plans are put on hold when an earthquake sparks an uncontrollable blaze that threatens to incinerate the Ox King - and Chichi's wedding dress!
The Fire-Eater
150. The Fire-Eater
March 22, 1989
Goku and Chichi's quest to build a new Basho Fan leads them to the center of a deadly volcano. Deep within the molten-mountain lives a mystical flame-guzzling bird that carries the key to saving the Ox-King!
Outrageous Octagon
151. Outrageous Octagon
April 5, 1989
While the Ox-King struggles to escape the mysterious flames threatening to consume his kingdom, Goku and Chichi journey to a treacherous mountain peak protected by a bone-chilling curse!
Mystery of the Dark World
152. Mystery of the Dark World
April 12, 1989
When the Basho Fan fails to extinguish the blaze surrounding the Ox-King's castle, Goku and Chichi must venture into a horrifying world of darkness in search of the Magical Furnace!
Description

Dragon Ball began as a Japanese comic book, commonly known as Manga. The series both on air and in print is about a young boy called Goku going on a quest to find Dragon Balls. These Balls will grant whom ever has them all one wish, before spreading back out across the world. Through out the show the young protagonist must battle others seeking to use the Dragon Balls for their own nefarious purposes.

The majority of the villains in this show belong to an origination called The Red Ribbon Army. The Red Ribbon Army is led by Commander Red, until his staff officer Black realizes that Reds' ambition for the dragon balls comes from his own personal wish to be taller, not the world domination he has promised the army. Black over-throws Red and becomes the new commander, renaming the army, in the English series, to The Black Ribbon Army.

The Dragon Ball series was written by Akira Toriyama. Toei Animation in Japan produced the anime series based on the original manga. The directors were Minoru Okazaki and Daisuke Nishio, both working closely with Toriyama to preserve his vision. In Japan the series lasted for 153 episodes; these ran from 1986 until 1989.

Dragon Ball was acquired by Funimation Entertainment in the U.S. They broadcast 13 episodes in America in the fall of 1995; these were canceled after one series due to budget shifting and low ratings. It was picked back up in 2001 after the sequel "Dragon Ball Z" was highly successful on Cartoon Network. Dragon Ball aired new episodes on Cartoon Network until 2003. Reruns were run on Colours TV and Funimation Channel starting in 2006. Dragon Ball was released to a boxed DVD set from 2009-2010. This delay in part was due to Lionsgate Entertainment owning rights to the first season, the set was delayed until Funimation could gain the rights back.Dragon Ball is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (276 episodes). The series first aired on February 26, 1986.

Dragon Ball is available for streaming on the Fuji TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Dragon Ball on demand at Amazon and Hulu.

  • Premiere Date
    February 26, 1986
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (53,576)