Season

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A season of the Pokémon anime is a collection of dubbed episodes that begin airing for the first time over the course of a year starting between August and September (Seasons 1-9), between April and June (Seasons 10-13, 20), or between January and February (Seasons 14-19). They usually share an opening, and are often 52 or fewer episodes long. 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.

It should be noted that these seasons do not apply to the Japanese version of the show, where episodes of Pokémon air nearly every Thursday. Previously, the English dub was aired on a schedule similar to most American shows, where each 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. The Japanese release schedule, with an episode airing nearly every week, was eventually adopted by Pokémon USA (now known as The Pokémon Company International) after 4Kids Entertainment lost dubbing rights.

List of seasons

Logo Season name Medium Debut episode Final episode Episodes
Season1 logo.png Pokémon: Indigo League Televised airing EP001
Pokémon - I Choose You!
EP057
The Breeding Center Secret
52
Home Video release EP001
Pokémon - I Choose You!
EP080
Friends to the End
79
Season2 logo.png Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands Televised airing EP052
Princess vs. Princess
EP105
Charizard Chills
49
Home Video release EP081
Pallet Party Panic
EP116
The Rivalry Revival
36
Season3 logo.png Pokémon: The Johto Journeys Televised airing EP106
The Pokémon Water War
EP157
The Fortune Hunters
52
Home Video release EP117
Don't Touch That 'dile
EP157
The Fortune Hunters
41
Season4 logo.png Pokémon: Johto League Champions All EP158
A Goldenrod Opportunity
EP209
Machoke, Machoke Man!
52
Season5 logo.png Pokémon: Master Quest Televised airing EP210
Around the Whirlpool
EP262
You're a Star, Larvitar!
52
Home Video release EP210
Around the Whirlpool
EP274
Hoenn Alone!
64
Season6 logo.png Pokémon: Advanced Televised airing EP263
Address Unown!
AG040
Watt's with Wattson?
52
Home Video release AG001
Get the Show on the Road!
AG040
Watt's with Wattson?
40
Season7 logo.png Pokémon: Advanced Challenge All AG041
What You Seed is What You Get
AG092
Judgment Day!
52
Season8 logo.png Pokémon: Advanced Battle All AG093
Clamperl of Wisdom
AG145
Pasta La Vista!
52
Battle Frontier logo.png Pokémon: Battle Frontier All AG146
Fear Factor Phony
AG192
Home is Where the Start Is!
47
Season10 logo.png Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl All DP001
Following A Maiden's Voyage!
DP052
Smells Like Team Spirit!
51
Pokémon Battle Dimension logo.png Pokémon DP: Battle Dimension All DP053
Tears For Fears!
DP104
Sleepless In Pre-Battle!
52
Galactic Battles Logo.png Pokémon DP: Galactic Battles All DP105
Get Your Rotom Running!
DP157
Gotta Get a Gible!
52
Season 13 Logo.png Pokémon DP: Sinnoh League Victors All DP158
Regaining the Home Advantage!
DP191
Memories are Made of Bliss!
34
Season 14 logo.png Pokémon: Black & White All BW001
In the Shadow of Zekrom!
BW048
Battle for the Underground!
48
Season 15 logo.png Pokémon BW: Rival Destinies All BW049
Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!
BW097
Unova's Survival Crisis!
49
Season 16 logo.png
Season 16 logo 2.png
Pokémon BW: Adventures in Unova and Beyond All BW098
Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige!
BW142
The Dream Continues!
45
Pokémon the Series XY logo.png Pokémon the Series: XY All XY001
Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!
XY049
Bonnie for the Defense!
48
Season 18 logo.png Pokémon the Series: XY Kalos Quest All XY050
Pathways to Performance Partnering!
XY093
All Eyes on the Future!
45
Season 19 logo.png Pokémon the Series: XYZ All XY094
From A to Z!
SS036
The Legend of X, Y, and Z!
48
Season 20 logo.png Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon All SM001
Alola to New Adventure!
Ongoing



Seasons of the Pokémon anime
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 and Beyond
XY series: XYKalos QuestXYZ
Sun & Moon series: Sun & Moon

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