Domestic debut: February 26, 1986

Yes, Dragon Ball Z is a very compact storyline, and it's unique in that it can exist all on its own. Dragon Ball is better, however, because the stakes are smaller in scale yet feel so much bigger. As someone who started by watching Dragon Ball Z, and then went back to study Dragon Ball, I can say with confidence that it's far more exciting to experience Goku and Krillin as sparring equals; see Goku struggle to keep up with Master Roshi (posing as Jackie Chun) at the World Martial Arts Tournament; and watch the team (consisting roughly of Goku, Bulma, Krillin, and Yamcha) explore Earth to take down foes that would seem inconsequential in DBZWhether you're a super fan looking to explore Dragon Ball franchise creator Akira Toriyama's universe, or witnessing Goku for the first time, you'll want to begin your search for the Dragon Balls right here. —Gregory Babcock