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Pokémon (1997-Present)

Pokémon (Japanese: ポケモン, Hepburn: Pokémon), abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター, Poketto Monsutā) 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 began broadcasting in Japan on TV Tokyo in April 1997. The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1996.

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 25 seasons, with the 25th season, Ultimate Journeys, streaming on Netflix in the United States (with additional episodes to be released quarterly). First seven series follows 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”, travelling through the various regions of the Pokémon world and competing in various Pokémon-battling tournaments known as the Pokémon League. The 8th anime series will follow 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 and Meet Up at the Pokémon House?

The Pokémon anime series was largely credited for allowing anime to become more popular and familiar around the world, especially in the United States, 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 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 Information:

TV SeriesPokémon
Release dateApril 1, 1997 – present
No. of seasons24
No. of episodes 1,231
Directed byKunihiko Yuyama
Masamitsu Hidaka
Norihiko Sudō
Yūji Asada
Tetsuo Yajima
Daiki Tomiyasu
Maki Kodaira
Jun Owada
Written byTakeshi Shudo
Junki Takegami
Atsuhiro Tomioka
Aya Matsui
Shoji Yonemura
Shinzo Fujita
Akemi Omode
Yukioshi Ohashi
Hideki Sonada
Masashi Sogo
Junichi Fujisaku
Music byShinji Miyazaki (1997–2019)
Yuki Hayashi (2019–present)
StudioOLM, Inc.
Team Ota (1997–2006)
Team Iguchi (2006–2009)
Team Kato (2010–present)
Licensed by4Kids Entertainment (1998–2006)
The Pokémon Company International (2006–present)
Original network TXN (TV Tokyo)
English networkFirst run syndication (1998–1999)
The WB (Kids’ WB!) (1999–2006)
Cartoon Network (2006–2017)
Disney XD (2017–2020)
Netflix (2020–present)

List of All Pokémon TV Series in Order:

SeasonEpisodesTV Series TitleFirst AiredLast Aired
182Indigo LeagueApril 1, 1997January 21, 1999
236Adventures in the Orange IslandsJanuary 28, 1999October 7, 1999
341The Johto JourneysOctober 14, 1999July 27, 2000
452Johto League ChampionsAugust 3, 2000August 2, 2001
565Master QuestAugust 9, 2001November 14, 2002
640AdvancedNovember 21, 2002August 28, 2003
752Advanced ChallengeSeptember 4, 2003September 2, 2004
854Advanced BattleSeptember 9, 2004September 29, 2005
947Battle FrontierOctober 6, 2005September 14, 2006
1052Diamond and PearlSeptember 28, 2006October 25, 2007
1152Diamond and Pearl: Battle DimensionNovember 8, 2007December 4, 2008
1253Diamond and Pearl: Galactic BattlesDecember 4, 2008December 24, 2009
1334Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League VictorsJanuary 7, 2010September 9, 2010
1450Black & WhiteSeptember 23, 2010September 15, 2011
1549Black & White: Rival DestiniesSeptember 22, 2011October 4, 2012
16.125Black & White: Adventures in UnovaOctober 11, 2012April 18, 2013
16.220Black & White: Adventures in Unova and Beyond April 25, 2013September 26, 2013
1748XYOctober 17, 2013October 30, 2014
1845XY: Kalos QuestNovember 13, 2014October 22, 2015
1947XYZOctober 29, 2015October 27, 2016
2043Sun & MoonNovember 17, 2016September 21, 2017
2149Sun & Moon: Ultra AdventuresOctober 5, 2017October 14, 2018
2254Sun & Moon: Ultra LegendsOctober 21, 2018November 3, 2019
2348JourneysNovember 17, 2019December 4, 2020
2450Master JourneysDecember 11, 2020TBA


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