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The Best Episodes of Dragon Ball

Every episode of Dragon Ball ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Dragon Ball!

Long ago in the mountains, a fighting master known as Son Gohan discovered a strange boy whom he named Son Goku. Gohan raised him and trained Goku in martial arts until he died. The young and very strong boy was on his own, but easily managed. Then one day, Goku met a teenage girl named Bulma, whose search for the mystical Dragon Balls brought her to Goku's home. Together, they set off to find all seven and to grant her wish.

Genres:AnimationAction & AdventureSci-Fi & Fantasy
Network:Fuji TV

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The best episode of "Dragon Ball" is "Anonymous Proposal", rated 8.8/10 from 5 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "Anonymous Proposal" aired on 12/7/1988 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "True Colors of the Masked Man".

  • Anonymous Proposal
    8.8/10 5 votes

    #1 - Anonymous Proposal

    Season 1 Episode 137 - Aired 1988-12-07

    Goku takes on his most lovely opponent yet in the second match of the Tenkaichi Budokai. Know only as Anonymous, the beautiful warrior's identity is a mysterious as her fierce anger toward Goku, who must win the match in order to learn her real name.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • True Colors of the Masked Man
    8.6/10 5 votes

    #2 - True Colors of the Masked Man

    Season 1 Episode 76 - Aired 1987-08-26

    Grabbing onto Goku’s tail, the fox mask man knocks Goku around! But then Goku’s tail comes off!! As Goku is about to counterattack, having lost his weakness, the man quickly surrenders. His identity was Goku’s adoptive grandfather Son Gohan after all!! Goku rejoices in their reunion! Thanks to Uranai Baba, Gohan was able to return from the afterlife for a single day. After the brief reunion, Gohan returns to the afterlife once again!

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Changes
    8.6/10 5 votes

    #3 - Changes

    Season 1 Episode 133 - Aired 1988-11-09

    Warriors the world over are lining up to compete as the Tenkaichi Budokai prepares to get under way. Unfortunately, all of the Turtle Hermit's pupils are missing, including Goku. With the entry-deadline approaching, the competitive future of our heroes look bleak, as does Muten Roshi's patience.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Preliminary Peril
    8.6/10 5 votes

    #4 - Preliminary Peril

    Season 1 Episode 134 - Aired 1988-11-16

    The Tenkaichi Budokai gets underway as Goku and the others compete in the exciting preliminary round. But the competition threatens to turn ugly when Goku gets a visit from an old adversary.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Goku Gains Speed
    8.6/10 5 votes

    #5 - Goku Gains Speed

    Season 1 Episode 140 - Aired 1989-01-11

    As the battle between Tenshinhan and Goku rages, Goku unloads a heavy burden, one that may shift the balance in the extraordinary showdown. All eyes turn to Tenshinhan as an embarrassing moment spurs him to make a dangerous choice.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Battle for the Future
    8.6/10 5 votes

    #6 - Battle for the Future

    Season 1 Episode 143 - Aired 1989-02-01

    Goku faces the ultimate test as he confronts his greatest nemesis in the final round of the Budokai. This time his fight is for more than the title. The future of the free world is at stake!

    Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto

    Writer: N/A

  • Super Kamehameha
    8.6/10 5 votes

    #7 - Super Kamehameha

    Season 1 Episode 144 - Aired 1989-02-08

    The battle to save the planet continues as Goku tries to take down Ma Junior in the final match of the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai. Goku has an ultimate weapon: The Ultimate Super Kamehameha Wave. However, if he uses it to destroy Ma Junior, God will be sacrificed, having been trapped inside Ma Junior's stomach.

    Director: Daisuke Nishio

    Writer: Toshiki Inoue

  • The Victor
    8.6/10 5 votes

    #8 - The Victor

    Season 1 Episode 148 - Aired 1989-03-08

    The end of the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai finds Goku struggling for survival as Ma Junior gets the upper hand, poised to take the Title and his life. God devises a way to rescue the young hero, but his plan calls for the ultimate sacrifice!

    Director: Osamu Kasai

    Writer: N/A

  • Junior No More
    8.5/10 4 votes

    #9 - Junior No More

    Season 1 Episode 145 - Aired 1989-02-15

    Ma Junior reveals a startling secret that shocks the tournament. Goku finds himself facing a huge dilemma, as he fights for the championship becomes the fight for survival!

    Director: Yoshihiro Ueda

    Writer: Keiji Terui

  • Goku's Trap
    8.5/10 4 votes

    #10 - Goku's Trap

    Season 1 Episode 146 - Aired 1989-02-22

    As the exhausting battle between Goku and Ma Junior continues, Goku avoids disaster by taking the battle within. Ma Junior surprises all when he unveils a new threat!

    Director: Minoru Okazaki

    Writer: Keiji Terui

  • Goku Hangs On
    8.5/10 4 votes

    #11 - Goku Hangs On

    Season 1 Episode 147 - Aired 1989-03-01

    The Tenkaichi Budokai begins to fall to piece as Ma Junior unveils a technique that not only threatens to destroy Goku, but his friends as well. Even the mighty God believes that there is no way for Goku to survive in this winner-take-all massacre!

    Director: Kazuhisa Takenouchi

    Writer: Toshiki Inoue

  • The Fallen
    8.4/10 5 votes

    #12 - The Fallen

    Season 1 Episode 101 - Aired 1988-02-17

    The Kikouhou has left both fighters weary and exhausted. With all of their energy gone and the stage destroyed by the Kikouhou, Tenshinhan and Goku plummet towards the Earth, with the first to touch down losing the match! A new Champion is crowned today!

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Enter King Piccolo
    8.4/10 5 votes

    #13 - Enter King Piccolo

    Season 1 Episode 102 - Aired 1988-02-24

    Kuririn is dead! As Goku sets out on a quest for revenge, his friends attempt to learn the identity of Kuririn's killer. All clues lead to the Turtle Hermit's past and an evil that could destroy the world!

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Roshi's Gambit
    8.4/10 5 votes

    #14 - Roshi's Gambit

    Season 1 Episode 111 - Aired 1988-05-11

    Global destruction is one wish away if Piccolo Daimao succeeds in calling fourth the Eternal Dragon. The Turtle Hermit answers the call for a hero by placing himself between the creature and the remaining Dragon Balls. However, in his attempt to save the world, he may pay the ultimate price.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Final Showdown
    8.4/10 5 votes

    #15 - Final Showdown

    Season 1 Episode 122 - Aired 1988-08-10

    The fierce battle between Goku and Piccolo Daimao continues, but Piccolo gains the advantage when he breaks Goku down limb by limb. To make matters worse, Tenshinhan is used as a pawn in the battle. Goku is forced to make an awful choice. Will he surrender to Piccolo Daimao and save his friend or choose to fight and risk his own life?

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Battle of the Eight
    8.4/10 5 votes

    #16 - Battle of the Eight

    Season 1 Episode 135 - Aired 1988-11-23

    The preliminary round continues as Goku, Yamcha, Kuririn, and Tenshinhan battle one opponent after another in hopes of advancing to the semi-final round. Meanwhile, the Turtle Hermit is confronted by an old rival.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Mysterious Hero
    8.4/10 5 votes

    #17 - The Mysterious Hero

    Season 1 Episode 138 - Aired 1988-12-14

    The Budokai continues with a double header! First up, Kuririn battles Ma Junior, Piccolo Daimao's alter ego, and every bit as powerful. Yamcha jumps in the ring next, opposing Shen, whose meek appearance may hide a darker threat.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Dress in Flames
    8.3/10 3 votes

    #18 - Dress in Flames

    Season 1 Episode 149 - Aired 1989-03-15

    Eager to announce their wedding plans, Goku and Chichi return to her father's kingdom. The good news is short-lived when the Gyumao's castle goes up in flames! Goku embarks on a quest to find a sacred tool, which can save the Gyumao and his future with Chichi.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Fire-Eater
    8.3/10 3 votes

    #19 - The Fire-Eater

    Season 1 Episode 150 - Aired 1989-03-22

    Goku and Chichi's search for the Basho-sen leads them into the heart of a fiery volcano. Once inside, they must face a mighty creature that consumes flames: the Fire-Eater!

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The End, the Beginning
    8.3/10 3 votes

    #20 - The End, the Beginning

    Season 1 Episode 153 - Aired 1989-04-19

    Goku and Chichi must travel to Mt. Gogyo in a last ditch effort to save her father, the Gyumao, from the deadly magical flames, which threaten to consume his kingdom. Before Goku can complete his quest, he must fan the flames of Fate and hope he does not get burned!

    Director: Minoru Okazaki

    Writer: Takao Koyama

  • Tao Attacks!
    8.2/10 6 votes

    #21 - Tao Attacks!

    Season 1 Episode 60 - Aired 1987-04-29

    Goku is completely helpless before the might of Tao Pai-pai, who is unaffected by even the Kamehameha. Goku is felled after taking a direct hit from Tao Pai-pai’s sure-to-kill Dodonpa! Tao Pai-pai steals the Dragon Balls, and heads to a town to get new clothes to replace his tattered ones. However, Goku survived!! The Four-Star Ball that he had on his breast protected him!! After resolving to use the Dragon Balls to restore Bora to life, Goku climbs Karin Tower in order to become stronger than Tao Pai-pai. However, no matter how far he climbs, he is still unable to see the top.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Confront the Red Ribbon Army
    8.2/10 5 votes

    #22 - Confront the Red Ribbon Army

    Season 1 Episode 65 - Aired 1987-06-10

    Using the Dragon Radar that was stolen from Goku, Captain Violet returns to Red Ribbon Army Headquarters with a second Dragon Ball. Commander Red is not aware of Tao Pai-pai’s defeat, and looks on in good humor as the signal from the four Dragon Balls Goku is carrying approach on the radar. Meanwhile, Goku’s friends at Kame House use Bulma’s reconnaissance mecha to learn that Goku’s target is the Red Ribbon Army’s stronghold! In order to rescue Goku, Bulma and the others hurry to the Red Ribbon Army Headquarters in Yamcha’s plane!

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Real Bind
    8.2/10 5 votes

    #23 - A Real Bind

    Season 1 Episode 66 - Aired 1987-06-17

    Goku’s friends pick up Kuririn, who was out shopping, and head on after Goku. They are all prepared to die. Meanwhile, the Red Ribbon Army realizes that the approaching signal isn’t Tao Pai-pai, and begins a general offensive against Goku! Knocking around missiles and fighter planes, Goku charges into the base, and in the blink of an eye defeats nearly half the soldiers! Commander Red is horrified at Goku’s power, which far surpasses his imagination!!

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The End of Commander Red
    8.2/10 5 votes

    #24 - The End of Commander Red

    Season 1 Episode 67 - Aired 1987-06-24

    The Red Ribbon Army is on the brink of annihilation because of Goku. Captain Violet steals the money in the vault and flees! The cornered Commander Red attempts to kill Goku as well as Black. It turns out that Red’s objective was merely to use the Dragon Balls to make himself taller. Having survived, Black kills Red and confronts Goku in the Battle Jacket! Goku is KO’d by the Jacket’s formidable power, and cannot move! A sure-to-kill beam aims for Goku!!

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Counting Controversy!!
    8.2/10 5 votes

    #25 - Counting Controversy!!

    Season 1 Episode 91 - Aired 1987-12-09

    The Kamehameha that Kuririn fired hits Chiaotzu head-on! Angered, Chiaotzu uses his psychic powers to prevent Kuririn from moving, and attacks him! But Kuririn realizes that Chiaotzu releases his psychic powers through his hands, and instantly throws out a math question! He then defeats Chiaotzu as Chiaotzu tries to use his hands to do the calculations!! That night, Goku is attacked by the Crane Hermit! However, Tenshinhan enters and stops him, vowing that he will defeat Goku in their match!!

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A