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April 1, 1997
Season: 26
Episodes: 1,281 (running)
Status: released, running

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Pokémon TV Series Details:

Original titlePoketto Monsutā
Japanese titleポケットモンスター
Also known asPocket Monster
Country Japan
Language Japanese, English
GenreAnimated Action Adventure
Fantasy comedy
Release dateApril 1, 1997 – present
Running time24min
Age ratingTV-Y7
Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama (1997–2019)
Daiki Tomiyasu (2019–2022)
Jun Owada (2022–2023)
Saori Den (2023–present)
Written byTakeshi Shudo (1997–2002)
Junki Takegami (2002–2006)
Atsuhiro Tomioka (2006–2016)
Aya Matsui (2016–2019)
Shōji Yonemura (2019–2023)
Dai Satō (2023–present)
Music byShinji Miyazaki (1997–2019)
Yuki Hayashi (2019–2023)
Conisch (2023–present)
Production CompanyOLM Team Ota (1997–2006)
OLM Team Iguchi (2006–2009)
OLM Team Kato (2010–present)
Licensed by4Kids Entertainment (1998–2006)
The Pokémon Company International (2006–present)
Viz Media (home video rights; 2006–present)
Netflix (distribution rights; 2020–present)
Distributor Original network
TXN (TV Tokyo)
English network
First run syndication (1998–1999)
The WB (Kids’ WB!) (1999–2006)
Cartoon Network (2006–2016)
Disney XD (2016–2020)

Pokémon TV Series Cast & Character:


Ten-year-old Ash aspires to be the greatest Pokémon (Pocket Monster) trainer in the world. To do this, he enlists the help of many friends, and his own Pokémon, Pikachu. Together, they must search their world for new Pokémon, while avoiding the likes of Team Rocket, as well as other evil organizations, as well as battling rivals, and meeting legendary Pokémon.

About Pokémon TV Series:

Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters, and currently branded in English as Pokémon the Series, is a Japanese anime television series, part of The Pokémon Company’s Pokémon media franchise, which premiered on TV Tokyo in April 1997.

The anime franchise consists of eight sequential series in Japan, each based on a main installment of the Pokémon video game series. In the international broadcasts, these series are split across 26 seasons. The show originally followed Ash Ketchum, a young trainer of fictional creatures called Pokémon. Joined by his partner Pokémon Pikachu and a rotating cast of human characters, Ash goes on a journey to become a “Pokémon Master”, traveling through the various regions of the Pokémon world and competing in various Pokémon-battling tournaments known as the Pokémon League. However, by the 26th season, a new cast is featured, with new protagonists Liko and Roy.

The anime series is accompanied by spin-off programming; including Pokémon Chronicles, a series of side stories; and the live-action variety and Pokémon-related news shows; such as Pocket Monsters Encore, Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station, Pokémon☆Sunday, Pokémon Smash!, Pokémon Get☆TV, Meet Up at the Pokémon House? and Where are we going with Pokémon!?

The Pokémon anime series was largely credited for allowing anime to become more popular and familiar around the world, especially in the United States and Asia, where many Pokémon films are among the highest-grossing anime films. It is also considered to be one of the first anime series on television to reach this level of mainstream success with Western and Asian audiences, as well as being credited with allowing the game series to reach such a degree of popularity and vice versa. Pokémon is regarded as the most successful video game adaptation of all time, with over 1,200 episodes broadcast and adapted for international television markets, concurrently airing in 192 countries worldwide and one of the most widely watched shows on Netflix, as of 2016.

Pokémon TV Series Seasons & Episodes:

Pokémon is a Japanese animated television series based on the Pokémon video game series published by Nintendo. The Pokémon anime series debuted in Japan on April 1, 1997, and as of 2023 it has more than 1,200 episodes. However, for various reasons, some have been pulled from rerun rotation or went unaired in certain countries, while others were altered or completely banned.

SeasonSeason NameEpisodesFirst AiredLast Aired
1Indigo League82April 1, 1997January 21, 1999
2Adventures in the Orange Islands36January 28, 1999October 7, 1999
3The Johto Journeys41October 14, 1999July 27, 2000
4Johto League Champions52August 3, 2000August 2, 2001
5Master Quest65August 9, 2001November 14, 2002
6Advanced40November 21, 2002August 28, 2003
7Advanced Challenge52September 4, 2003September 2, 2004
8Advanced Battle53September 9, 2004September 29, 2005
9Battle Frontier47October 6, 2005September 14, 2006
10Diamond and Pearl52September 28, 2006October 25, 2007
11Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension52November 8, 2007December 4, 2008
12Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles53December 4, 2008December 24, 2009
13Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors34January 7, 2010September 9, 2010
14Black & White48September 23, 2010September 15, 2011
15Black & White: Rival Destinies49September 22, 2011October 4, 2012
16Black & White: Adventures in Unova and Beyond45October 11, 2012September 26, 2013
17XY48October 17, 2013October 30, 2014
18XY: Kalos Quest45November 13, 2014October 22, 2015
19XYZ47October 29, 2015October 27, 2016
20Sun & Moon43November 17, 2016September 21, 2017
21Sun & Moon: Ultra Adventures49October 5, 2017October 14, 2018
22Sun & Moon: Ultra Legends54October 21, 2018November 3, 2019
23Journeys48November 17, 2019December 4, 2020
24Master Journeys42December 11, 2020December 10, 2021
25Ultimate Journeys57December 17, 2021March 24, 2023
26Horizons47April 14, 2023TBA