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First US airing of Dragonball Z?

HlubockyHlubocky Registered User
edited September 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
My coworker insists that the first US airing of DBZ was on Cartoon Network. I remember in high school (circa 1996) watching it on maybe UPN or FOX for the first 13 episodes or so. They played one episode per week and frequently restarted at the beginning (I'm sure pissing everyone off in the process). Can anyone confirm that this was how it started or if it was also airing on Cartoon network at the same time or earlier than on UPN/FOX?

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  • DondumsDondums Registered User
    edited September 2007
    I do not know on which network it began on but careful Wiki'ing has led me to believe it did not start on Cartoon Network.
    ...originally in syndication in the US from 1996-1998. It was later moved to Cartoon Network(1996-2003).

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    The show started in the US in 1996 on Cartoon Network.

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  • YodaTunaYodaTuna Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I'm pretty sure it didn't start airing on cartoon network too. Also I think that's the reason Pioneer owned the first season for a really long time and then Funimation picked up it after that.

  • InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    There's no way DBZ started on cartoon network in the US.

    I know I watched it before on as a kid on TV, and not on cartoon network.

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  • KubrickonKubrickon Registered User
    edited September 2007
    I don't know what channel it was on, but I watched DBZ on a weekly basis (crazy early Saturday) long before it was on cartoon network. Whoever showed it showed everything pioneer had the rights to.

  • InvisibleInvisible Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Are you sure you're not thinking of the original 'kid Goku' Dragonball? It used to air on Fox early in the mornings before Funimation bought the rights.

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  • Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt Damn you, eidetic memory! Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    No, we're thinking of Dragonball Z. I remember watching both series, first the first season of Dragonball, and then DBZ (I remember struggling to figure out all the changes that had occurred in the vast gap cut out in between) on Sunday mornings in 94-95 or so. Also, Teknoman.

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  • CruixCruix Registered User
    edited September 2007
    I dunno if it helps at all, but I also remember watching Dragonball Z before it ever came to Cartoon Network. I think it was on the UPN, as the original post states, but I don't remember for sure.

    I just know I was really glad when Cartoon Network picked it up because they actually started to air NEW episodes. Like it was said before, they just kept running through probably under 20 episodes and then restarting the series.

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  • KubrickonKubrickon Registered User
    edited September 2007
    I must have seen it on a different channel than you guys because I remember seeing it into the namek saga with the Ginyu force well before it was on CN.

  • JPArbiterJPArbiter Registered User
    edited September 2007
    heck I remember seeing DBZ on FoxKids when I was 10 (1994)

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  • TheungryTheungry Registered User
    edited September 2007
    I also definitely remember watching DBZ (and not the kid Goku version, the Raditz--> Vegeta first season of DBZ) in '96, and It was on network TV, not cable... probably UPN.

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  • noir_bloodnoir_blood Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Yep, I also saw it on UPN around that time. They only got as far as the end of the vegeta saga

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  • KingSpikeKingSpike Registered User
    edited September 2007
    I used to watch Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z on Fox 31 in Denver back in 93-94. It was every morning at like 7AM. So definitely did not start on Cartoon Network.

  • HerschelHerschel Registered User
    edited September 2007
    Yea, it didn't start on CN. It aired on Fox and other networks for a while -- Funimation still produced them back then, AFAIK, but Saban distributed them. That's why CN originally only aired those early episodes over and over -- that's all that was produced.

  • Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt Damn you, eidetic memory! Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I remember liking the original Vegeta and Piccolo voice actors more than the later ones.

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  • variantvariant Registered User
    edited September 2007
    It also used to be on the International Chanel before cartoon network.

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