Samurai Jack: Season 5 (2017)


Season 5
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An increasing intensity and maturity are evident in Samurai Jack's beautifully animated, action-packed, and overall compelling fifth season.



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Air date: Mar 11, 2017

In the fifth season premiere, Samurai Jack begins slipping into madness and finds his pysche his own worst enemy.

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Air date: Mar 18, 2017

Jack's will to survive is pushed to its absolute limits after a deadly, unseen foe launches a relentless surprise attack.

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Air date: Mar 25, 2017

Samurai Jack is gravely injured, but still decides to face one of the deadliest foes he's ever faced, Assassins from the Cult of Aku.

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Air date: Apr 1, 2017

Samurai Jack partners with a deadly assassin in order to escape a gargantuan creature that has swallowed them whole.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2017

Samurai Jack fights to save a group of enslaved people from being harvested as the power source for a monstrous Mega-Robot.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2017

Ashi's search for Samurai Jack helps her to see his impact on the world after he encounters numerous people and places where his heroics have changed things for the better.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2017

Jack and Ashi must overcome a series of dangerous physical and spiritual tests in order to recover Jack's long lost sword.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2017

The burgeoning relationship between Samurai Jack and Ashi takes an unexpected turn after they find themselves hunted by one of the galaxy's deadliest creatures.

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Air date: May 13, 2017

Samurai Jack's worst fear is realised when he faces off against Aku, and the demon makes a shocking discovery about Ashi that puts her in grave danger.

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Air date: May 20, 2017

The fate of the entire universe hangs in the balance as Samurai Jack faces Aku in the final showdown between good versus evil.

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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…
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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.

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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

  • May 10, 2020
    An epic final season which finally brought an end to Jack and Aku's story. This season honoured the visual masterpieces of the original seasons with even greater visuals than before. Although the last episode was a little rushed, and paradoxical, it was an entertaining and satisfying end to this amazing show.
  • May 09, 2020
    A surprisingly beautiful saga conclusion.
  • Mar 23, 2020
    The series definitely took a hit without Mako voicing Aku. He wasn't the same character and it was cringy. Overall though, I was glad to finally see how Gendy wanted to end the series, and the fact that is was able to take a darker and more mature turn was spectacular for long time followers of the series.The score and art were just as breathtaking as I remembered.
  • Feb 15, 2020
    This show seems to never miss.
  • 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.

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