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
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

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

Broadcast history

Channel aired Broadcast run
First-run syndication September 7–October 30, 1998
Kids WB.png February 13, 1999–October 25, 2003
Cartoon Network.pngCartoon Network 2004.png 2002–2010
Boomerang logo.pngBoomerang Logo.png 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


Entire series:

The anime:


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  • 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.

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