Samurai Jack is an American animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series follows time-displaced samurai warrior "Jack" in his singular quest to find a method of traveling back in time and defeating the tyrannical demonic wizard Aku. The series is known for its cinematic style and pacing, and many battle scenes are homages to samurai films.
Tartakovsky drew from a number of influences when creating the series, ranging from the 1970s series Kung Fu to the works of directors Akira Kurosawa and David Lean. The series premiered on August 10, 2001, with a TV movie called The Premiere Movie. As the series went on, ratings began to decline, and Cartoon Network decided not to renew it for another season. The series ended on September 25, 2004, totaling four seasons and 52 episodes.