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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 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

Vegeta is the only father that always took care of his children, Trunks and Bra. Piccoro took care of Gohan and Goten, Goku sometimes spent time with both of them, meanwhile Goku was taking care of Pan while Gohan was working. See more »

Goofs

In the Saiyan Saga, when Tien, Chiaotzu, Krillin, Yamcha, and Yajirobe first arrive at Kami's lookout, they have "flashbacks" of themselves in combat as Kami speaks to them. However, the events in these flashbacks have not happened yet (they would happen right after they started their training.) See more »

Quotes

Vegeta: There's only one certainty in life. A strong man stands above and conquers all!
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Crazy Credits

The show has three openings. The first opening (Saiyan and Frieza Saga) is a montage of the characters and battles, and it features a scene of Nappa and Vegeta walking through fire, and ends with the Z-Fighters assembled, joined by Goku who falls from above wielding his Power Pole (unusual considering he never uses it in Z.) The second intro (Cell Saga) is basically the same, however it eliminates the "Nappa and Vegeta in fire" sequence, and shows a more modern group shot of the Z-Fighters at the end, including Goku becoming a Super Saiyan. The third intro (Buu Saga) is completely different and features a new opening song, with footage of the Z-Fighters as they appear later in the series. The first two intros are accompanied by an end credits scene of Gohan running on a globe, intercut with other footage of Z-Fighters and allies. The third intro has an end credits scene featuring Gohan walking down a sidewalk, looking up to see Goku with angel wings, who drops a feather from them. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Ballz (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

DragonBall Z
(theme song) (Euro-Canadian English version)
Performed by Tom Keenlyside, John Mitchell & David Iris
Written and Composed by Tom Keenlyside, John Mitchell & David Iris
(Euro-Canadian Seasons 4 - 7)
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DAMN GOOD SHOW!!
30 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have been watching DBZ for a while now. Of coarse it has its flaws, but every great show does!! It has action, suspense (if you watched episode by episode on Cartoon Network) love, and character development. When people say FUNimation ruined DBZ, from your point of view they might have. With me, whatever version I see first, that is the one I enjoy the most. I prefer the English version over the original Japanese version, just because I saw the dub before the Japanese version. But, I will watch the original version and keep an open mind. I respect everyones opinion and understand where they are coming from. Although, I can NOT tolerate people who talk shit about a show they probably don't understand. (Dragonball Z is a very complex TV show, if you don't see all, or a lot, of the episodes, your lost!) So, what I'm trying to say is If you don't like a show or movie, keep it to yourself. The whole world doesn't need to know what you don't like.

Just to set the record straight: The first 64 episodes of DBZ were done by a company in Vancouver, Canada. Not the Fort Worth company FUNimation.

It was SABAN who changed the show more than FUNimation. Thats why they sounded like Power Rangers (Somebody said they sounded like them) And, whoever said this show doesn't teach you anything? This show used a very vivid vocabulary. They said lines like "But to no avale" Children could learn more watching DBZ than in a vocab lesson at school.

About the music: You have to remember that the music was conducted during two different time periods. The original music was made in the late 80's to early 90's. The dub's music was made in the very late 90's to the early 2000's. Music changed a lot from the Japanese version to the dub. I personally like both versions.

I like DBZ very much, even though I didn't at first, I thought it was stupid because it was a cartoon, then I watched it... I was hooked after the first episode. If you could sit through it with an opened mind you DBZ haters just might learn to like it.


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