Note: This page only covers the first five seasons, the original series.
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|
|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|
See also List of Pokémon for the creatures themselves in order of appearance on the show.
List of episodes
- Main article: List of Pokemon episodes
|Channel aired||Broadcast run|
|First-run syndication||September 7–October 30, 1998|
|February 13, 1999–October 25, 2003|
|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
- Pokemon World (http://www.pokemon.com) (1998-1999)
- Pokemon World - The Official Pokemon Site (http://www.pokemon.com) (1999-2001)
- 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.
- Four 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. 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. And the final one, "The Ice Cave!" (from Season 5), never aired in North America or Europe because of the controversial Jynx.
|Video Games||Red, Green and Blue (1996) • Yellow (1998) • Gold and Silver (2000) • Crystal (2001)|
|Television series||List of episodes • List of home media|
|Books||Chapter books • Adventure Series • TV Animation Comic|