Samurai Jack: Season 5 (2017)


Season 5
Samurai Jack

Critics Consensus

An increasing intensity and maturity are evident in Samurai Jack's beautifully animated, action-packed, and overall compelling fifth season.



Critic Ratings: 23


Audience Score

User Ratings: 444
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Air date: Mar 11, 2017
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Phil LaMarr
as Samurai Jack
as Aku

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Critic Reviews for Samurai Jack Season 5

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

It's hard to tell if this tighter approach to episodic storytelling will reach a satisfying end, since Tartakovsky excels more at bringing us into the heat of the moment than exploring a bigger picture. But he's off to a promising start.

Mar 3, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

It hasn't missed a single beat, effortlessly recapturing everything that has always made the series great... It's intoxicatingly perfect action cinema.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Samurai Jack wasn't a property I'd been dreaming of ever seeing again, but it's emerged from its trip through time and space far better than most of the recent TV revivals.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Even with the weight of Jack's grief hanging over every moment, Tartakovsky manages to flavor certain scenes with an absurdist comedic flair.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Take any single image from the new season by itself and it looks like a dynamic work of art. With so many haunting visuals, we're going to be remembering this show for a long time to come.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

My god, this is the most wonderful time to be alive for fiction. Listen, when we talk about comebacks. When we talk about Ali, Foreman, Jordan, we going to have to put Samurai Jack up there with the greats.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Focuses on maximizing its artistic aesthetics, though that's not to say it is bereft of narrative cleverness, catharsis, and philosophical introspections.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Even when things are dark, the show is still fun in the way that Tartakovsky, his team of animators, and the writers have always approached scenes.

Sep 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

These 10 episodes featured some of the show's finest animation and gave Jack a resonant and satisfying emotional conclusion.

Sep 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Kudos to Genndy Tartakovsky for this masterpiece of a show, 16 Years later we finally get back to the past, Samurai Jack.

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a remarkable work of optimism in the face of overwhelming darkness without and within. For an action cartoon, it feels timely, even if it wasn't intended to be.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm happy to report that this cartoon created by Genndy Tartakovsky is as exciting, beautiful, and multilayered as it ever was.

Mar 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Samurai Jack: Season 5

  • Nov 05, 2018
    Oh boy, where to start. I'm hard on you because I love you, Jack. This season started off great. Couldn't be better. I was on the edge of my seat. Then Episode's 9 and 10 happened. The one thing this show could not screw up. The ending and Jack returning to the past. The final battle with Aku is brief and underwhelming. It felt rushed and winning through the 'power of love' was as cliche and cringey. First 8 episodes, loved it, 5 stars. Just couldn't stick that landing.
  • Oct 11, 2018
    The beautifully animated series takes a huge turn from the first couple of seasons, turning into a dark, bloody, story-driven tale... And does it for the (much, much) better.
  • Oct 03, 2018
    a great sense of growth was given to jack, you feel his anger and his hapiness.
  • Jul 24, 2018
    An absolutely phenomenal season. So beautifully crafted and executed.
  • May 27, 2018
    After all those years, this fifth season is a magnificent conclusion to the series. I even hope it would come back for more, as this season just blows everything, with the scripts, animation, and overall quality.
  • May 05, 2018
    Absolutely amazing final season, only thing that that was a letdown was the fact that we never got to see an epic final battle with the Gate Keeper, also the final battle with Aku felt rushed. They should of made it an hour long. Other than that it's an easy 5 Stars.
  • Jan 21, 2018
    Dark and mature, Samurai Jack is not only the best season so far, but is the best piece of adult animation ever made.
  • Jan 08, 2018
    Best animation movie/series I've witnessed in my lifetime!!!
  • Sep 20, 2017
    Wow... just wow. We don't get to see our childhood stories come back much. Let alone, grow up in a manner that makes them beloved all anew. Season 5 of Samurai Jack... I'm kinda speechless. Great animation. Fantastic writing and voice acting. That plot... that finish! I'm glad I bought it 'cuz I want my money to support this kind of wonderful storytelling. To those who made this season possible via your work, effort, and heart, thank you. I'm going to go contemplate life for a bit now...
  • Sep 16, 2017
    Season 5 starts out by giving you the Jack you've always wanted: one tortured by his inability to get home to his family or fulfil his purpose, constantly hounded to the point of exhaustion by Aku's minions and unable to protect so many innocent people. After 50 ageless years, he is mentally broken and without his sword, resorting to eclectic Mad Max-style combat and for once fighting flesh and blood fighters whose violent deaths further lead to a psychological schism in his weakening psyche. Season 5 also offers what the other seasons did not: a sequential story line. Unfortunately, the creators were clearly in too much of a rush to end the series and after a mere 4 episodes of awesomeness resort to the "same old Jack" who magically reappears and sugar coats the remaining few episodes of the series completely softening the gritty, agro and violent samurai you were waiting for for 4 long seasons of perpetual kiddishness. Good start, failed finish.

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