How Many Seasons and Episodes of Naruto Are There?

Naruto, as a whole, consists of 26 seasons and 720 episodes, and is one of the most popular Japanese anime series. Naruto is an anime that follows the story of a young ninja from Hidden Leaf Village, Naruto Uzumaki, who strives to gain recognition and achieve his dream of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village.

Naruto anime series is divided into two parts: the first part, “Naruto,” consists of 220 episodes with a total of 5 seasons, while the second part, “Naruto Shippuden,” has a total of 21 seasons with 500 episodes. However, streaming and over-the-top media platform have only provided nine seasons and 200 episodes.

The first part covers Naruto’s early years as he tries to gain the recognition of people around him in his pre-teen. Naruto Shippuden, on the other hand, conveys the struggles Naruto and his friends faced as they witness and fight against the cruel fate of the shinobi world. The series began broadcasting from 2002 to 2007, with the sequel, Naruto Shippuden, broadcasted from 2007 to 2017.

Although Naruto series has ended, fans who feel attached to the series can still watch their favourite e character in the Naruto spinoff, Boruto: Naruto The Movie. The series tells the story of Boruto Uzumaki, the son of Naruto Uzumaki and Hinta Hyuga.

How Many Seasons are in Naruto?

The original series of Naruto has a total of 5 seasons with 220 episodes, and the spinoff, Naruto Shippuden, consists of 21 seasons, totalling 26 seasons. Although the original series has 26 seasons, OTT platforms like Netflix only provided 9 seasons with 200 episodes.

Naruto, which had fans hooked ever since it began to air back in 2002, has continued to generate the curiosity of many even though it ended over five years ago. The series revolves around the journey of young ninjas and their desire to achieve their dreams while striving to break the cruel fate of the world they were born and raised in.

Following the journey of the young ninjas from their pre-teen days in Naruto into their teenage years in Naruto Shippuden, the show has been nothing but pleasing to fans of the series. Although days have turned into months and months into years, fans across the globe are still very much obsessed with Naruto.

The first part of Naruto consists of the following seasons:

  • Season 1 was initially aired on (October 3, 2002, and ended on November 5, 2003)
  • Season 2 aired from (November 12, 2003 – September 8, 2004)
  • Season 3 (September 15, 2004- June 29, 2005)
  • Season 4 (July 6, 2005- May 3, 20060
  • Season 5 (May 10, 2006- February 8, 2007)

The second part – Naruto Shippuden, which premiered on February 15, 2007, concluded its run on March 23, 2017, after ten successful years and 500 episodes.

Naruto Shippuden consists of the following seasons:

  • Season 1 first aired on (February 15, 2007, and was last aired on October 25, 2007)
  • Season 2 (November 8, 2007-April 3, 2008)
  • Season 3 (April 3, 2008- August 14, 20080
  • Season 4 (August 21, 2008- December 11, 2008)
  • Season 5 (December 18, 2008 – June 4, 2009)
  • Season 6 (June 11, 2009 – January 14, 2010)
  • Season 7 (January 21, 2010 – March 11, 2010)
  • Season 8 (March 25, 2010 – August 26, 2010)
  • Season 9 (September 2, 2010 – January 27, 2011)
  • Season 10 (February 10, 2011 – July 28, 2011)
  • Season 11 (July 28, 2011 – December 28, 2011)
  • Season 12 (January 5, 2012- August 16, 2012)
  • Season 13 (August 23, 2012 – January 10, 2013)
  • Season 14 (January 17, 2013- July 4, 2013)
  • Season 15 (July 18, 2013 -January 30, 2014)
  • Season 16 (February 6, 2014 – May 8, 2014)
  • Season 17 (May 15, 2014 – August 14, 2014)
  • Season 18 (August 21, 2014- December 25, 2014)
  • Season 19 (January 8, 2015 – May 21, 2015)
  • Season 20 (May 28, 2015 – October 13, 2016)
  • Season 21 (October 20, 2016- March 23, 2017)

How Many Episodes Are in Naruto?

Naruto is an animation series with 720 episodes. The series is a long-running anime with 220 original episodes and 500 episodes of the spinoff, making up a total of 720 episodes.

Like most Shonen animation, Naruto was an adaptation of popular Japanese manga serialized in Shueisha’s magazine Weekly Shonen Jump from 1999 to 2014. The book form was released in 700 chapters and 72 volumes. Around the time the manga was being released, the anime also began airing on TV, so to keep the anime from overtaking the manga, anime-only stories were added, making the series longer.

The original Naruto series, which has 5 seasons with a total of 220 episodes, has the following number of episodes per season.

  • Season 1 has 57 episodes
  • Season 2 has 43 episodes
  • Season 3 has 41 episodes.
  • Season 4 has 42 episodes
  • Season 5 has 37 episodes

The spinoff of the original Naruto series titled Naruto Shippuden adapts the second part of the manga series. Naruto Shippuden, set two and a half years after the original series, is made up of 500 episodes with 21 seasons and 11 movies, making it longer than the original series.

It presents an older Naruto who is thrust into the world of war, betrayal, and death with the introduction of the Akatsuki, the backstory of the Uchiha clan, and the grand plan.

Naruto Shippuden has the following number of episodes per season.

  • Season 1 (32 episodes)
  • Season 2 (21 episodes)
  • Season 3 (18 episodes)
  • Season 4 (17 episodes)
  • Season 5 (24 episodes)
  • Season 6 (31 episodes)
  • Season 7 (8 episodes)
  • Season 8 (24 episodes)
  • Season 9 (21 episodes)
  • Season 10 (25 episodes)
  • Season 11 (21 episodes)
  • Season 12 (33 episodes)
  • Season 13 (20 episodes)
  • Season 14 (25 episodes)
  • Season 15 (28 episodes)
  • Season 16 (13 episodes)
  • Season 17 (11 episodes)
  • Season 18 (21 episodes)
  • Season 19 (20 episodes)
  • Season 20 (66 episodes)
  • Season 21 (21 episodes)

As stated earlier, the OTT platforms provide just 9 seasons with 200 episodes in total.

Each season has the following number of episodes:

  • Season 1 (26 episodes)
  • Season 2 (26 episodes)
  • Season 3 (28 episodes)
  • Season 4 (26 episodes)
  • Season 5 (29 episodes)
  • Season 6 (25 episodes)
  • Season 7 (26 episodes)
  • Season 8 (26 episodes)
  • Season 9 (8 episodes)

How Many Episodes are in Naruto Season 1?

There are 57 episodes in season 1 of Naruto. Despite how grand Naruto episodes and seasons are, fans have fallen in love with the story, which was so wonderfully narrated that it touched our hearts. The anime has set a benchmark for its fantastic storyline with a mix of humor, character development, romance, action, and other factors.

Naruto Season 1 presents the circumstances surrounding the birth of the fan-favourite character, Naruto, who was born on the day nine-tails attacked Kumogakure, destroying the village and taking the lives of many innocent people. To protect the village, his father, the fourth Hokage, sacrificed his life and sealed the demon in him.

Twelve years after this incident, an ostracized and ridiculed Naruto began a journey to gain recognition by enrolling in the Ninja Academy.

Naruto Season 1 has the following episodes;

  • Episode 1- Enter: Naruto Uzumaki!
  • Episode 2- My Name is Konohamaru!
  • Episode 3- Sasuke and Sakura: Friends or Foes?
  • Episode 4- Pass or Fail: Survival Test
  • Episode 5- You Failed! Kakashi’s Final Decision
  • Episode 6- A Dangerous Mission! Journey to the Land of Waves!
  • Episode 7- The Assassin of the Mist!
  • Episode 8- The Oath of Pain
  • Episode 9- Kakashi: Sharingan Warrior!
  • Episode 10- The Forest of Chakra
  • Episode 11- The Land Where a Hero Once Lived
  • Episode 12- Battle on the Bridge! Zabuza Returns!
  • Episode 13- Haku’s Secret Jutsu: Demonic Mirroring Ice Crystals
  • Episode 14- The Number One Hyperactive, Knucklehead Ninja Joins the Fight!
  • Episode 15- Zero Visibility: The Sharingan Shatters
  • Episode 16- The Broken Seal
  • Episode 17- White Past: Hidden Ambition
  • Episode 18- The Weapons Known as Shinobi
  • Episode 19- The Demon in the Snow
  • Episode 20- A New Chapter Begins: The Chunin Exam!
  • Episode 21- Identify Yourself: Powerful New Rivals
  • Episode 22- Chunin Challenge: Rock Lee vs. Sasuke!
  • Episode 23- Genin Takedown! All Nine Rookies Face Off!
  • Episode 24- Start Your Engines: The Chunin Exam Begins!
  • Episode 25- The Tenth Question: All or Nothing!
  • Episode 26- Special Report: Live from the Forest of Death!
  • Episode 27- The Chunin Exam Stage 2: The Forest of Death
  • Episode 28- Eat or be Eaten: Panic in the Forest
  • Episode 29- Naruto’s Counterattack: Never Give In!
  • Episode 30- The Sharingan Revived: Dragon-Flame Jutsu!
  • Episode 31- Bushy Brow’s Pledge: Undying Love and Protection!
  • Episode 32- Sakura Blossoms!
  • Episode 33- Battle Formation: Ino-Shika-Cho!
  • Episode 34- Akamaru Trembles: Gaara’s Cruel Strength!
  • Episode 35- The Scroll’s Secret: No Peeking Allowed
  • Episode 36- Clone vs. Clone: Mine are Better than Yours!
  • Episode 37- Surviving the Cut! The Rookie Nine Together Again!
  • Episode 38– Narrowing the Field: Sudden Death Elimination!
  • Episode 39- Bushy Brow’s Jealousy: Lions Barrage Unleashed!
  • Episode 40- Kakashi and Orochimaru: Face-to-Face!
  • Episode 41- Kunoichi Rumble: The Rivals Get Serious!
  • Episode 42- The Ultimate Battle: Cha!
  • Episode 43- Killer Kunoichi and a Shaky Shikamaru
  • Episode 44- Akamaru Unleashed! Who’s Top Dog Now?
  • Episode 45- Surprise Attack! Naruto’s Secret Weapon!
  • Episode 46- Byakugan Battle: Hinata Grows Bold!
  • Episode 47- A Failure Stands Tall!
  • Episode 48- Gaara vs. Rock Lee: The Power of Youth Explodes!
  • Episode 49- Lee’s Hidden Strength: Forbidden Secret Jutsu!
  • Episode 50- The Fifth Gate: A Splendid Ninja is Born
  • Episode 51- A Shadow in Darkness: Danger Approaches Sasuke
  • Episode 52-Ebisu Returns: Naruto’s Toughest Training Yet!
  • Episode 53- Long Time No See: Jiraiya Returns!
  • Episode 54- The Summoning Jutsu: Wisdom of the Pervy Sage!
  • Episode 55- A Feeling of Yearning, A Flower Full of Hope
  • Episode 56- Live or Die: Risk it All to Win it All!
  • Episode 57- He Flies! He Jumps! He Lurks! Chief Toad Appears!

What Comes after Naruto Season 9?

Boruto: Naruto the movie comes after season 9 of Naruto on the OTT platform. As stated earlier, the OTT platform (over-the-top media) provides for just 9 seasons of Naruto out of the 26 seasons of the original series and the spinoff of the original series. After the last episode of Naruto, there is a sequel to the anime, which is Boruto: Naruto the Movie. It premiered on April 5, 2017, the same year Naruto was concluded.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations presents the new generation of the village Hidden in the leaves with the story evolving around Boruto, the son of the 7th Hokage (Naruto), and his friends. Unlike Naruto, who aspires to be the Hokage of his village, Boruto dreams of surpassing and outdoing his father as a sort of vengeance towards his father, who pays little to no attention to him.

The series features emotional scenes as fans witness Naruto achieve his dream of becoming a Hokage. Fans also get to see both romantic and platonic relationships between the ninjas in Naruto and the change in dynamics.

Like its primary series, Boruto: Naruto the movie has a vast number of episodes with over 279 outings. However, Netflix provides 102 episodes which have been segmented into 4 seasons.

  • Season 1 (24 episodes)
  • Season 2 (16 episodes)
  • Season 3 (40 episodes)
  • Season 4 (22 episodes)

What Order to Watch Naruto?

The number of episodes and seasons can be extremely overwhelming for people thinking of seeing Naruto for the first time. It can be time-consuming and confusing for some, so knowing the order to watch the series can be extremely helpful, especially for those who have limited time.

The best way to watch the series is in the order that it was released. First, Naruto, then Naruto Shippuden.

Here is the order to watch Naruto

  • Naruto- (Episode 1-101)
  • Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow – (Episodes 102-160)
  • Legend of the Stone of Gelel (Episode 161-196)
  • Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom (Episodes 197-220)
  • Naruto Shippuden: The Movie (Episodes 1-32)
  • Naruto Shippuden- Bonds (Episodes 72-121)
  • Naruto Shippuden- The Will of Fire (Episodes 122-154)
  • Naruto Shippuden- The Lost Tower (Episodes 155-196)
  • Naruto Shippuden- Blood Prison (Episodes 197-251)
  • Naruto Shippuden- Road to Ninja (Episodes 252-493)
  • The Last: Naruto the Movie (Episodes 494-500)
  • Boruto: Naruto the Movie
  • Boruto: Naruto the Movie- The Day Naruto became the Hokage
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
  • Naruto Spin-off: Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals

However, if seeing the entire 720 episodes is overwhelming, you can try to avoid the filler episodes. From the 720 episodes in the 26 seasons of Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, 299 episodes are filler episodes that can be sidestepped without doing any harm to the plot of the story. The original series, which has 220 episodes, has 91 filler episodes making up 40% of the entire original series.

Here are the Naruto filler episodes that you may or may not want to sidestep;

  • Episode 26 (Special Report: Live from the Forest of Death!)
  • Episode 97 (Kidnapped! Naruto’s Hot Spring Adventure)
  • Episode 101-106 (Gotta see Know! Kakashi-sensei’s True Face! -The last leg: A final act of desperation)
  • Episode 136-140 (Deep Cover? A Super S Ranked Mission! – Two Heartbeats Kabuto’s Trap)
  • Episode 143-219 (Tonton! I’m Counting on You! – The Ultimate Weapon Reborn)

The second part, “Naruto: Shippuden,” with a total of 500 episodes, has 210 filler episodes which make up about 42% of the entire part.

Here are all the Naruto filler episodes you can avoid while watching Naruto Shippuden;

  • Episodes 57-70 (Deprived of Eternal Sleep – Resonance)
  • Episodes 91-111 (Orochimaru’s Hideout Discovered – Shattered Promise)
  • Episodes 144-151 (Wanderer- Master, and Student)
  • Episodes 170-171 (Big adventure! The quest for the fourth Hokage’s legacy Part 1 and 2)
  • Episodes 176-196 (Rookie Instructor Iruka-Drive Towards Darkness)
  • Episodes 223-242 (The Young Man and the sea- Naruto’s Vow)
  • Episodes 257- 260 (Meeting-Parting)
  • Episode 271 (Road to Sakura)
  • Episodes 279-281 (White Zetsu’s Trap-The Allied Mom Force)
  • Episodes 284-295 (The Helmet Splitter: Jinin Akebino- Power-Final)
  • Episodes 303-320 (Ghosts from the Past-Run, Omoi)
  • Episodes 347-361 (Creeping Shadow-Team 7)
  • Episodes 376-377 (The Directive to Take the Nine-Tails! – Naruto vs. Mecha Naruto)
  • Episodes 388-390 (My first friend-Hanabi’s Decision)
  • Episodes 394-413 (The new Chunin Exams- Hopes Entrusted to the future)
  • Episodes 416-417 (The Formation of Team Minato- You’ll Be My Backup)
  • Episodes 422-423 (The Ones Who Will Inherit-Naruto’s Rival)
  • Episodes 427-450 (To the Dream World-Rival)
  • Episodes 464-468 (Ninshu: The Ninja Creed)
  • Episodes 480-483 (Naruto and Hinata- Jiraiya and Kakashi)

When was Naruto Created?

In 1997, the Japanese manga series Naruto was written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto, who was an art school student at the time. After winning a contest for aspiring manga artists with his story Karakuri, Masashi quickly followed his victory with a short story titled “Naruto’ which was published in Akamaru Jump. Setting himself out as a mangaka, Masashi projected his desire to gain recognition into the main character of the story Naruto. Of course, this character indeed gained recognition worldwide.

The manga began its serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump on September 21, 1999, and continued till November 10, 2014, with about 72 volumes in book form. In 2002, the manga was adapted into an anime series produced by Pierrot and Aniplex. The original series, which premiered in 2002, ended its five years run in the year 2007.

Chizzy Onukogu
Chizitere is a writer and editor with over five years of experience in producing articles on various subjects. My writings have been published on multiple websites and publications

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