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The original series is the first series of the Pokémon anime and is based on the events of the core series Generation I and II Pokémon games. Unlike later series, the name of the original series is entirely conjectural, used only to differentiate it from later series, as it is only officially referred to as Pokémon (Japanese: ポケットモンスター Pocket Monsters). It was succeeded by the Advanced Generation series. It ran from April 1, 1997 to November 14, 2002 in Japan and from September 7, 1998 to October 25, 2003 in the United States.

During the original series, rookie Trainer Ash Ketchum begins his journey in the Kanto region, leaving his home of Pallet Town with the only starter Pokémon that Professor Oak had left to give: a reluctant and moody Pikachu. Ash's quest begins in earnest to defeat all of the Gym Leaders and get to the Pokémon League as soon as he has gained Pikachu's trust, and he is joined by two mentors, Misty and Brock.

After competing in the Indigo Plateau Conference and not performing as well as he had hoped, Ash journeys to the Orange Archipelago to receive the GS Ball from Professor Ivy, as it cannot be transported to Professor Oak by PC. During his time there, Ash competes in another Pokémon League, the Orange League and meets a new friend named Tracey Sketchit. When Oak cannot figure out how to open the GS Ball on Ash's return to Pallet, the Professor sends Ash to Johto to give the special Poké Ball to Kurt. While there, Ash again competes in a Pokémon League, the Silver Conference.

Episodes in the original series are numbered with the prefix EP on Bulbapedia. For a complete episode listing, see the list of original series episodes.


The original series is officially divided into three chapters:

  • Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター) (EP001EP080)
  • Pocket Monsters: Episode Orange Islands (ポケットモンスター オレンジ諸島編) (EP081EP116)
  • Pocket Monsters: Episode Gold & Silver (ポケットモンスター 金銀編) (EP117EP274)

Dub seasons

When the anime was dubbed into English and other languages, the series was divided between six seasons:

Pokémon TV and the Poké Pokémon Trainer Club stamps divide it instead into Pokémon the Series: The Beginning, consisting of the Kanto and Orange Archipelago episodes, and Pokémon the Series: Gold and Silver, consisting of the Johto episodes.




  • Originally, this series of the anime was only to have lasted a year and a half, approximately as long as the Kanto saga lasted.
  • This is the only series based on two different generations of the core series Pokémon games, being based on both Generations I and II.
  • At 274 episodes, this is the anime's longest series.
    • This series also has the most dub seasons, with five.
    • This series also contains the most movies of any series, with five.
  • The first 40 episodes were originally aired in syndication in the United States in 1998 before moving to Kids' WB! in 1999 for the remaining 39 episodes.
  • This is the only series in which Ash doesn't have the same group of regular traveling companions for the entire series, with Brock briefly being swapped out for Tracey Sketchit during the Orange League.
  • Throughout the English dub versions of the Johto saga, the narrator refers to the group as being "On the road to Johto". Though it would be more correct to say "On the road through Johto", he could have just been referring to the Johto League.

In other languages


Pokémon the Series: The Beginning

Pokémon the Series: Gold and Silver

Indigo LeagueOrange LeagueJohto League
Advanced Generation
Hoenn LeagueBattle Frontier
Diamond & Pearl
Sinnoh League
Best Wishes!
Best Wishes!Season 2
Episode NDecolora Adventure!
Side stories
WPBSInterimPokémon Sunday
DP specialsBW specialsXY specials
Hoopa's Appear Plan!!Chronicles
All episodes

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