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How to Watch Dragon Ball Series in Order (2022)

There’s no way you haven’t watched Dragon Ball series in your life; but if you are someone who watched a couple of episodes here and there and not the entire series, then this article will help you for sure. In this article, I am going to show you how to watch Dragon Ball series in order!

The Dragon Ball franchise is one of the most popular anime franchises in the world, it’s literally the show that brought worldwide recognition to the anime industry.

Growing up, this was my favorite show but back then I had no idea what anime even was, forget about the other anime shows that were airing at the time. But now I know what anime is and I was able to watch Dragon Ball in order once I found out about the entire series. Believe me, I watched Dragon Ball Z and I didn’t even know that there was a series before that titled “Dragon Ball” which featured Goku’s adventures as a kid. I learned of that much later.

Since I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I did, I prepared this Dragon Ball watch order guide. If you are like me who watched only a couple of episodes or movies without knowing about the entire series, then this article will help you watch the entire show in proper order.

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How to Watch Dragon Ball Series in Order?

The Dragon Ball anime series is an iconic series unlike any other. There are a grand total of 807 episodes in the series, divided in to multiple seasons that are further divided into multiple sagas.

There are also several movies that were released while the show was on air, and we will talk about them too.

So, let’s have a look at the Dragon Ball watch order!

1. Release Order

  • Dragon Ball (1986)
  • Dragon Ball Z (1989-1996)
  • Dragon Ball GT (1996-1997)
  • Dragon Ball Kai (2009-2011)
  • Dragon Ball Kai: The Final Chapters (2014-2015)
  • Dragon Ball Super (2015-2018)

These are the seasons that make up the entire Dragon Ball anime series. But there’s some info that you should know before you begin watching it.

Dragon Ball GT is an anime-only series. It’s really well done and the animation is top-notch, but the story isn’t canon. I personally enjoyed watching it but there are fans who don’t really care about it. However, I would certainly recommend you to watch it because it features one of the most popular Super Saiyan forms ever!

Next, Dragon Ball Kai is a revised version of Dragon Ball Z. It’s mostly the same but has less filler content than DBZ; and Kai ends at Cell Games Saga. Dragon Ball Kai: The Final Chapters covers the Majin Buu Saga!

2. Dragon Ball Movies In Order

The movies in the franchise aren’t canon, but they are definitely worth watching. The movies that were released recently, specifically the Dragon Ball Super movies, those are canon and you should definitely watch them!

  • Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (1986)
  • Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle (1987)
  • Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure (1988)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone (1989)
  • Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest (1990)
  • Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might (1990)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug (1991)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge (1991)
  • Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler (1992)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! (1992)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan (1993)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound (1993)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming (1994)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly (1994)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (1995)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon (1995)
  • Dragon Ball: The Path to Power (1996)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (2013)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (2015)
  • Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018)

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3. Dragon Ball Specials

  • Dragon Ball Specials (1988)
  • Dragon Ball Z Special 1: Bardock, The Father of Goku (1990)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Summer Vacation Special (1992)
  • Dragon Ball Z Special 2: The History of Trunks (1993)
  • Looking Back at it All: The Dragon Ball Z Year-End Show! (1993)
  • Dragon Ball GT: A Hero’s Legacy (1997)
  • Dragon Ball: Yo! The Return of Son-Goku and Friends!! (2008)
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai: Bring Peace to the Future! Goku’s Spirit is Eternal (2011)
  • Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock (2011)
  • Dragon Ball Super: Broly – Skytree Super (2018)

4. OVAs

  • Dragon Ball Z: Atsumare! Goku World (1992)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Plan to Destroy the Saiyajin (1993)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Plan to Eradicate Super Saiyans OVA Remake (2010)

These are all the episodes, movies and OVAs that make up the entire Dragon Ball universe! There are over 800 episodes to watch, and several movies, but I guarantee that you will enjoy watching it.

If you ask me how I would watch it, I would first watch the anime series and once I am done with that, I would then take my time watching the movies, OVAs and specials or spin-offs.

But there’s also the chronological order to watch the show, and if you want to go through with it, I’ve got you covered. In the next section, I will tell you just how to watch Dragon Ball series and movies in chronological order!

How to Watch Dragon Ball Series in Chronological Order?

If you don’t know what chronological order means, then here’s a short explanation. It basically means watching the story according to the time the events unfold.

I am not sure why anyone would want to watch the series in this order because it includes everything in the closest timeline possible. The movies might conflict with the timeline of the show a little bit and that is why they are not considered canon.

But if you are ready for this Dragon Ball watch order, by all means go ahead. Here’s how you can watch the series in chronological order:

  • Dragon Ball – All Episodes
  • Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z – Episodes 1-86
  • Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku (TV Special)
  • Dragon Ball Z – Episodes 87-107
  • Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z – Episodes 108-123
  • Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks (TV special)
  • Dragon Ball Z – Episodes 124 and 125
  • Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z – Episodes 126-146
  • Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13 (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z – Episodes 147-173
  • Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z – Episodes 174-194
  • Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z – Episodes 195-207
  • Dragon Ball Z: Broly’s Second Coming (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z – Episodes 208-250
  • Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z – Episodes 251-253
  • Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z – Episodes 254-288
  • Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z – Episodes 289-291
  • Dragon Ball GT – All Episodes
  • Dragon Ball Super – Episodes 1-3
  • Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Super – Episodes 4-18
  • Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F (Movie)
  • Dragon Ball Super – Episodes 19-131
  • Dragon Ball Super: Broly – Skytree Super
  • Dragon Ball Super: Broly (Movie)

How to Watch Dragon Ball Series In Canon Order?

For those fans who aren’t willing to watch everything that has the Dragon Ball name on it, here’s a canon order of the series. When you watch the show according to the info mentioned below, you won’t have to waste time behind movies or episodes that aren’t canon and aren’t considered as part of the main story.

I would personally recommend everyone to only watch Dragon Ball in canon order, and once you are done, maybe then you can watch all the movies and OVAs!

  • Dragon Ball – All Episodes
  • Dragon Ball Z or Kai – Until the end of the Frieza Saga
  • Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku (TV special)
  • Dragon Ball Z or Kai – From Frieza Saga until the end of the Cell Saga
  • Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks (TV special)
  • Dragon Ball Z – All Remaining Episodes
  • Dragon Ball Super

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Where to Watch Dragon Ball Series?

Most of the series is available on multiple streaming platforms and you can start watching it right from the start instantly. You can watch Dragon Ball on the below platform:

Conclusion

I hope that you now know everything you need in order to watch the entire Dragon Ball series in proper order. If you ask my opinion, I would recommend you to watch the series in canon order if you haven’t watched it completely.

But if you are already a fan and you want to rewatch the show and revisit all the epic moments, then go ahead with the chronological order and consume everything that the franchise has to offer.

For now, this is all the info I can give you. I hope that you will use this Dragon Ball watch order guide to make yourself familiar with one of the most epic, most popular, and best anime series out there; and then you might get interested in checking out all the other epic shows that the world of anime is filled with!

Arbaz Khan

My name's Arbaz Khan, and I am the guy behind SlushTimes.com! Since I spent most of my time watching anime and reading manga, I thought of creating a website where I can talk about things I like. So here we are!

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