Note: This page only covers the Indigo League and Orange Islands episodes.


On his tenth birthday, a young boy named Ash Ketchum begins his journey in the world of Pokémon to become a true Pokémon Master. But when he oversleeps on the day when he's supposed to get his first Pokémon, Professor Oak, the local Pokémon researcher, has already given away all but one Pokémon -- a Pikachu. Throughout Ash's journey, Pikachu does not stay in a Poké Ball, Ash is accompanied by his friends Misty (from Cerulean City) and Brock (from Pewter City), who are being followed by Team Rocket, in a quest to steal Ash's Pikachu and other Pokémon as well.


Character's name Japanese voice actor 4Kids voice actor Sonic counterpart MLP counterpart
Satoshi/Ash Ketchum Rica Matsumoto Veronica Taylor Tails Fluttershy
Pikachu Ikue Ōtani Spike
Kasumi/Misty Mayumi Iizuka Rachael Lillis Amy Rose Rarity
Takeshi/Brock Yuji Ueda Eric Stuart Knuckles Pinkie Pie
Kenji/Tracey Tomokazu Seki Ted Lewis Sonic Applejack
Shigeru Ōkido/Gary Oak Yuko Kobayashi Jimmy Zoppi Snively Rainbow Dash
Hiroshi/Ritchie Minami Takayama Tara Jayne Scootaloo
Professor Okido/Oak Unshō Ishizuka Stan Hart Princess Celestia
Professor Uchikido/Ivy Keiko Han Kayzie Rogers
Hanako/Delia Ketchum Masami Toyoshima Veronica Taylor Vanilla
Nurse Joy Ayako Shiraishi Megan Hollingshead Princess Cadance
Officer Junsar/Jenny Chinami Nishimura Lee Quick
Musashi/Jessie Megumi Hayashibara Rachael Lillis Rouge Trixie
Kojiro/James Shin'ichirō Miki
  • Ted Lewis
  • Eric Stuart
Shadow Discord
Nyarth/Meowth Inuko Inuyama
  • Nathan Price
  • Maddie Blaustein

List of episodes

Main article: List of Pokemon episodes

Broadcast history

Channel aired Broadcast run
First-run syndication September 7–October 30, 1998
Kids WB February 13, 1999–March 2002
Cartoon Network 2002-2004, 2006-2007
Boomerang logo April 12, 2010–February 2017

Only the first 40 English dubbed episodes aired on syndication (ending with the one where Charmander evolved into Charmeleon); after that, the show continued with new episodes exclusively on Kids' WB. At the end of each episode is one of two songs: the Pokérap (used for the first 50 episodes of Season 1) or Pikachu's Jukebox (used for the remainder of the show, up to the end of Season 2).

Of the 93 stations that aired Pokemon in the United States, 37 were UPN affiliates, 28 were affiliates of the Fox Network, 27 were affiliates of the WB Network, and one (from Wichita, Kansas) was an independent station that would later become a PAX TV affiliate.

Home video timeline

Main article: List of Pokemon videos and DVDs




  • Pokémon was introduced the same year when My Little Pony was officially discontinued in the United States, making it a possible successor to the latter franchise.
  • Three episodes were banned from airing in U.S. television. One of them was "Beauty and the Beach", where James wore inflatable breasts in order to win a beauty contest. Another episode, titled "The Legend of Dratini", had a man pointing a revolver gun at Ash. And the third, known as "Electric Soldier Porygon", gave more than 600 children in Japan seizures, causing the episode to be banned worldwide by order of the Japanese government. This reduces the number of episodes within the Indigo League and Orange Islands from 118 to 115.
  • The List of Pokémon can be found in the Video Games section. We're not posting it here.