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If you were looking for the game mechanic introduced in Generation V, see seasons.

A season of the Pokémon anime is a collection of dubbed episodes first broadcast within the course of about one year, although different definitions have sometime been used. It is a concept that is in general unique to the North American television industry, and thus does not apply to the Japanese version of the anime.

Broadcast Seasons

An invention of the American broadcast industry, a season is typically aired new for nine months out of the year, with three months (usually during the summer) taken off to begin production for the next season, during which reruns air. Thus, for the first few seasons, of the Pokémon Anime, seasons begain airing in August or September of one year, and finished airing in May or June of the next, with the summer month being used for reruns. This schedule lasted from (Seasons 1 to9).

The Japanese release schedule of weekly episodes was eventually adopted by Pokémon USA (now known as The Pokémon Company International) after 4Kids Entertainment lost dubbing rights. Thus, later seasons would isntead run year-long, starting at first in April or May (Seasons 10-13) or in February (Seasons 14-present).

Seasons are generally 52 or fewer episodes long. While later seasons have usually shared a opening, this was not always true of the first few seasons. On the other hand, the replacement of the Pokérap by Pikachu's Jukebox corresponded with the change from season 1 to season 2.

This is the definition of season used by Poké and Australian DVD releases.

DVD Seasons

The term "season" has also been used, in the North American DVD releases, to describe group of episodes that share an opening and that fits the different series. Thus, while in terms of broadcast seasons, the Indigo League episodes were split between season 1 and season 2, on the DVD, the entire Indigo League constitutes Season 1.

Although the episode list for each season is different, the DVD releases use the same season titles as the broadcast seasons, except season 2 which is called Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands as an airing season and Pokémon: Adventures On The Orange Islands as a DVD season.

In Japan

There is no distinction between these dubbed seasons in the original Japanese airings, except when the seasons' beginnings and endings coincide with those of a new series in Japan. Each season also has a movie that corresponds to it, though the pairing of a movie with a specific anime season is merely due to the annual release they undergo in Japan. The concept of seasons does not exist in Japan, where episodes of Pokémon air nearly every Thursday.

List of seasons

Broadcast seasons

4Kids Entertainment

Logo Season Opening theme Debut episode Final episode Episodes
Season1 logo.png Indigo League Pokémon Theme EP001
Pokémon - I Choose You!
The Breeding Center Secret
Season2 logo.png Adventures in the Orange Islands Pokémon Theme (until EP083)
then Pokémon World
Princess vs. Princess
Charizard Chills
Season3 logo.png The Johto Journeys Pokémon World (until EP116)
then Pokémon Johto
The Pokémon Water War
The Fortune Hunters
Season4 logo.png Johto League Champions Born to Be a Winner EP158
A Goldenrod Opportunity
Machoke, Machoke Man!
Season5 logo.png Master Quest Believe in Me EP210
Around the Whirlpool
You're a Star, Larvitar
Season6 logo.png Advanced Believe in Me (until EP274)
then I Wanna Be a Hero
Address Unown!
Watt's with Wattson

The Pokémon Company International

Logo Season Opening theme Debut episode Final episode Episodes
Season7 logo.png Advanced Challenge This Dream AG041
What You Seed is What You Get
Judgment Day!
Season8 logo.png Advanced Battle Unbeatable AG093
Clamperl of Wisdom!
Pasta La Vista!
Battle Frontier logo.png Battle Frontier Battle Frontier AG146
Fear Factor Phony
Home is Where the Start Is!
Season10 logo.png Diamond and Pearl Diamond and Pearl DP001
Following a Maiden's Voyage!
Smells Like Team Spirit!
Pokémon Battle Dimension logo.png Diamond & Pearl: Battle Dimension We Will Be Heroes DP053
Tears For Fears!
Sleepless in Pre-Battle!
Galactic Battles Logo.png Diamond & Pearl: Galactic Battles Battle Cry - (Stand Up!) DP105
Get Your Rotom Running!
Gotta Get A Gible!
Season 13 Logo.png Diamond & Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors We Will Carry On! DP158
Regaining the Home Advantage!
Memories are Made of Bliss!
Season 14 logo.png Pokémon: Black & White Black and White BW001
In the Shadow of Zekrom!
Battle for the Underground!
Season 15 logo.png Pokémon Black & White: Rival Destinies Rival Destinies BW049
Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!
Unova's Survival Crisis!
Season 16 logo.png Pokémon Black & White: Adventures in Unova It's Always You and Me BW098
Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige!
TBA Ongoing

DVD seasons

Logo Season Opening theme Debut episode Final episode Episodes
Season1 logo.png Indigo League Pokémon Theme EP001
Pokémon - I Choose You!
Poké Ball Peril
Adventures On The Orange Islands logo.png Adventures On The Orange Islands Pokémon World EP084
The Lost Lapras
The Rivalry Revival
Season3 logo.png The Johto Journeys Pokémon Johto EP117
Don't Touch That 'dile
The Fortune Hunters
Season4 logo.png Johto League Champions Born to Be a Winner EP158
A Goldenrod Opportunity
Machoke, Machoke Man!
Season5 logo.png Master Quest Believe in Me EP210
Around the Whirlpool
Hoenn Alone!
Season6 logo.png Advanced I Wanna Be a Hero AG001
Get the Show on the Road
Watt's with Wattson

From Pokémon Advanced onward, the DVD seasons and the Broadcast seasons become identical.


  • Despite occurring in the middle of the time 4Kids Entertainment controlled the dub, the airing season and DVD season Pokémon: The Johto Journeys are identical.

Original series: Indigo LeagueAdventures in the Orange Islands
The Johto JourneysJohto League ChampionsMaster Quest
Advanced Generation series: AdvancedAdvanced ChallengeAdvanced BattleBattle Frontier
Diamond & Pearl series: Diamond and PearlBattle Dimension
Galactic BattlesSinnoh League Victors
Best Wishes series: Black & WhiteRival DestiniesAdventures in Unova
XY series: XYKalos Quest