Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library
Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library

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, 1998–September 3, 1999
Kids WB.png February 13, 1999–October 25, 2003
Cartoon Network.pngCartoon Network 2004.png 2002–2009
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.

List of affiliates of where the show was broadcast:

  • Albany, GA - WBKL (Channel 35/Independent)
  • Albany, NY - WXXA (Channel 23/Fox)
  • Albuquerque, NM - KWBQ (Channel 19/WB)
  • Anchorage, AK - KYES (Channel 5/UPN)
  • Atlanta, GA - WUPA (Channel 69/UPN)
  • Augusta, GA - WFXG (Channel 54/Fox)
  • Austin, TX - K13VC (Channel 13/UPN)
  • Bakersfield, CA - KUVI (Channel 45/UPN)
  • Baltimore, MD - WNUV (Channel 54/WB)
  • Baton Rouge, LA - KWBJ (Channel 39/WB)
  • Birmingham, AL - WABM (Channel 68/UPN)
  • Boise, ID - KNIN (Channel 9/UPN)
  • Boston, MA - WSBK (Channel 38/UPN)
  • Buffalo, NY - WNYO (Channel 49/WB)
  • Burlington, VT - WBVT (Channel 39/WB)
  • Champaign, IL - WCCU & WRSP (Channels 27 & 55/Fox)
  • Charleston, SC - WMMP (Channel 36/UPN)
  • Charleston, WV - WVAH (Channel 11/Fox)
  • Charlotte, NC - WFVT (Channel 55/WB)
  • Chattanooga, TN - WDSI (Channel 61/Fox)
  • Chicago, IL - WPWR (Channel 50/UPN)
  • Cincinnati, OH - WSTR (Channel 64/WB)
  • Cleveland, OH - WBNX (Channel 55/WB)
  • Columbia, SC - WACH (Channel 57/Fox)
  • Columbus, GA - WXTX (Channel 54/Fox)
  • Columbus, MS - WBII (Channel 20/UPN)
  • Columbus, OH - WWHO (Channel 53/UPN)
  • Dallas, TX - KTXA (Channel 21/UPN)
  • Dayton, OH - WRGT (Channel 45/Fox)
  • Davenport, IA - KLJB & KJMH (Channels 18 & 26/Fox)
  • Des Moines, IA - KDSM (Channel 17/Fox)
  • Denver, CO - KFCT & KDVR (Channels 22 & 31/Fox)
  • Detroit, MI - WKBD (Channel 50/UPN)
  • El Paso, TX - KKWB (Channel 65/WB)
  • Eugene, OR - KTVC (Channel 36/Pax)
  • Florence, SC - WFXB (Channel 43/Fox)
  • Flint, MI - WSMH (Channel 66/Fox)
  • Ft. Myers, FL - WTVK (Channel 46/WB)
  • Ft. Smith, AR - KFDF (Channel 32/UPN)
  • Fresno, CA - KMPH (Channel 26/Fox)
  • Grand Rapids, MI - WXMI (Channel 17/Fox)
  • Green Bay, WI - WACY (Channel 32/UPN)
  • Greensboro, NC - WUPN (Channel 48/UPN)
  • Greenville, SC - WHNS (Channel 21/Fox)
  • Hartford, CT - WTXX (Channel 20/UPN)
  • Houston, TX - KTXH (Channel 20/UPN)
  • Idaho Falls, ID - KFXP (Channel 31/Fox)
  • Indianapolis, IN - WNDY (Channel 23/UPN)
  • Jackson, MS - WDBD (Channel 40/Fox)
  • Jackson, TN - WMTU (Channel 16/UPN)
  • Jacksonville, FL - WJWB (Channel 17/WB)
  • Kansas City, MO - KSMO (Channel 62/WB)
  • Knoxville, TN - WTNZ (Channel 43/Fox)
  • La Crosse, WI - WLAX & WEUX (Channels 25 & 48/Fox)
  • Las Vegas, NV - KVWB (Channel 21/WB)
  • Lexington, KY - WDKY (Channel 56/Fox)
  • Little Rock, AR - KASN (Channel 38/UPN)
  • Los Angeles, CA - KCOP (Channel 13/UPN)
  • Louisville, KY - WBNA (Channel 21/WB)
  • Madison, WI - WHPN (Channel 57/UPN)
  • Memphis, TN - WLMT (Channel 30/UPN)
  • Miami, FL - WBFS (Channel 33/UPN)
  • Milwaukee, WI - WCGV (Channel 24/UPN)
  • Minneapolis, MN - KMSP (Channel 9/UPN)
  • Montgomery, AL - WAXC (Channel 64/UPN)
  • Nashville, TN - WUXP (Channel 30/UPN)
  • New Orleans, LA - WUPL (Channel 54/UPN)
  • New York, NY - WPIX (Channel 11/WB)
  • Norfolk, VA - WTVZ (Channel 33/WB)
  • Oklahoma City, OK - KOCB (Channel 34/WB)
  • Omaha, NE - O2TV (Cable Channel 2/UPN)
  • Orlando, FL - WOFL (Channel 35/Fox)
  • Paducah, KY - WDKA (Channel 49/UPN)
  • Peoria, IL - WYZZ (Channel 43/Fox)
  • Philadelphia, PA - WPSG (Channel 57/UPN)
  • Phoenix, AZ - KUTP (Channel 45/UPN)
  • Pittsburgh, PA - WPGH (Channel 53/Fox)
  • Portland, ME - WPXT (Channel 51/Fox)
  • Portland, OR - KWBP (Channel 32/WB)
  • Providence, RI - WLWC (Channel 28/UPN)
  • Raleigh, NC - WLFL (Channel 22/WB)
  • Reno, NV - KAME (Channel 21/UPN)
  • Richmond, VA - WRLH (Channel 35/Fox)
  • Roanoke, VA - WJPR & WFXR (Channels 21 & 27/Fox)
  • Rochester, NY - XWBT (Cable Channel 26/WB)
  • Sacramento, CA - KMAX (Channel 31/UPN)
  • St. Louis, MO - KPLR (Channel 11/WB)
  • Salt Lake City, UT - KUWB (Channel 30/WB)
  • San Antonio, TX - KABB (Channel 29/Fox)
  • San Diego, CA - KSWB (Channel 69/WB)
  • San Francisco, CA - KBHK (Channel 44/UPN)
  • Santa Barbara, CA - KKFX (Channel 24/Fox)
  • Savannah, GA - WTGS (Channel 28/Fox)
  • Scranton, PA - WSWB (Channel 38/WB)
  • Seattle, WA - KSTW (Channel 11/UPN)
  • Shreveport, LA - KSHV (Channel 45/UPN)
  • Spokane, WA - KSKN (Channel 22/UPN)
  • Springfield, MO - K05JQ & K15CZ (Channels 5 & 15/UPN)
  • Syracuse, NY - WNYS (Channel 43/UPN)
  • Tallahassee, FL - WTLH & WFXU (Channels 49 & 57/Fox)
  • Tampa, FL - WTOG (Channel 44/UPN)
  • Terre Haute, IN - WBAK (Channel 38/Fox)
  • Tucson, AZ - KWBA (Channel 58/WB)
  • Tulsa, OK - KOKI (Channel 23/Fox)
  • Twin Falls, ID - KXTF (Channel 35/Fox)
  • Tyler, TX - KTPN & K58FS (Channels 48 & 58/UPN)
  • Waco, TX - KAKW (Channel 62/UPN)
  • Washington, DC - WDCA (Channel 20/UPN)
  • Watertown, NY - WBQZ & W66CH (Channels 34 & 66/UPN)
  • West Palm Beach, FL - WTVX (Channel 34/UPN)
  • Wichita, KS - KCTU (Channel 55/Independent)
  • Yakima, WA - K60EB (Channel 60/Independent)

As of January 1, 2021, the first 52 of 79 episodes of the Indigo League season (those originally aired through May 1999) are available for digital streaming; all other episodes are still only available on DVD.

Home video timeline

Main article: List of Pokemon videos and DVDs


Entire series:

The anime:



  • 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.
  • Any countries that were never once occupied by Imperial Japan all use the 4Kids dub version of the anime.