Pokemon
Debut: January 01, 1998
Debut: January 01, 1998

Perhaps among the most succesful animated television shows of all time, Pokémon took the world by storm, and with the incredibly popular series came toys, games, clothing, accesories, and the ever-popular Pokemon trading card game. Pokémon began as "Pocket Monsters", a role playing-style video game for Nintendo's handheld console Game Boy, where the player assumed the role of a "Pokemon-trainer", caught and trained creatures named "Pokémon" that inhabited the world the game was set to, and then used them in battles against other trainers' Pokémon. As for the show itself, the show is the tale of ten-year-old Ash Ketchum, who sets out from his hometown of Pallet Town on his 10th birthday to begin a Pokémon journey and become a Pokémon master. Late to start, he is given a Pikachu by Professor Oak, and the Pokémon does not like him very much. Soon, Pikachu does finally take a liking to Ash and the Pokémon becomes his primary one across every region. From region to region, it is almost the same. Ash sets out with only Pikachu by his side, makes a few new friends who he begins to travel with, and catch a few new Pokémon in each new land. He works his way through the eight gyms of each region, defeating their leaders and earning the badge, and makes his way to the regional Pokémon League only to be defeated. Along the way, he and his friends must put up with the villainous antics of Team Rocket, a trio of baddies who are after Pikachu and other Pokémon for their own nefarious deeds.

Intros
Credits
Posters
Quotes
Ash: "Team Rocket. What are they up to this time?"
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Meowth: "We interrupt this message to bring you a Magmar meltdown!"
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Blaine: "This Pokemon is too hot to handle, and it has a power that could interest you, because it turns all its opponents into Ash!"
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Blaine: "Ice in a volcano?! That's freezer burn!"
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Meowth: "I hate water, especially wet water!"
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Jessie: "He failed again."
Meowth: "Don't think of it as failing, think of it as not succeeding!"
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Clemont: "The future is now thanks to science! Clemontic-gear on!"
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Mewtwo: "Who am I? What is my purpose? I shall find my purpose and purge this planet of all who oppose me, humans and Pokémon alike, the world will heed my warning. The reign of Mewtwo is about to begin!"
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Cilan: ""It's evaluation time!""
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Mewtwo: ""You humans are a dangerous species!""
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Ash: "Pikachu, use Thunderbolt!"
Rudy: "Nice of you to re-charge my Electabuzz's batteries, Ash!"
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Team Rocket: "We want to capture Pikachu. We hope to do it soon. And when we do we'll be the new stars of this... cartoon!"
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Jessie and James: "You know us as Team Rocket and we fight for what is wrong. We're tired of our motto so we thought we try a song!"
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James: "Drat! We wasted this episode cheering the good guys!"
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Team Rocket: "Looks like Team Rocket's blasting off again!"
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Dawn: "My bike! It's extra crispy!"
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Jessie: "Prepare for trouble!"
James: "Make it double!"
Jessie: "To protect the world from devastation."
James: "To unite all peoples within our nation."
Jessie: "To denounce the evils of truth and love."
James: "To extend our reach to the stars above."
Jessie: "Jessie!"
James: "James!"
Jessie: "Team Rocket blast off at the speed of light!"
James: "Surrender now or prepare to fight!"
Meowth: "Meowth! That's right!"
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Old man: ""Stay back, the woman in this portrait died over 2000 years ago.""
Brock: ""2000 years...""
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May: "Torchic, use Amber!"
Max: "Don't you mean Ember?!"
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Man: "You with the Pikachu on your head. Please pay attention!"
Ash: "The least he can do is learn my name..."
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Comments
3 years, 8 months ago
I remember getting the Pokemon promo tape in the mail and watching it about a thousand times; before that, I went to E3 1997 or 1998 and saw it there. If it was the latter, then I remember saying "Hey, isn't that the Japanese cartoon that made kids sick?" (I heard about the seizure incident in late 1997. That's where most of us first heard of Pokemon.) My first game was the Red version, my trainer's name was MARTHA (even though he was a male) and my rival's name was ELIZA (I named him after my neighbor, who was also my best friend.) Then I started watching the show on Saturday mornings. It was cool. I think I had a crush on Gary. Yeah. :gah:
    7 years, 1 month ago
    I LOVE Pokemon, ever since I was a kid; I was obsessed with Pokemon. For a while I never gave much thought, then I got Pokemon X for Christmas and I was back on the Pokewagon. I actually bought Alpha Sapphire a couple of days ago. But deep down I still have a soft spot for the original 151 Pokemon.
      4 years, 7 months ago
      why do you hate her
        4 years, 7 months ago
        yeah so do i
        but the only thing that use to get on my nerves was when
        they used to change the characters
          5 years, 11 months ago
          Yea me too
            8 years, 5 months ago
            No matter how old I get, I'll still love pokemon
              6 years, 11 months ago
              yeah same here
                7 years, 5 months ago
                Yea i still love pokemon too,
                  9 years ago
                  I had to delete large chunks of the description of this show and make it brief, since there seems to be a damn limit to how long the description is. Sorry about that, guys.
                    9 years, 9 months ago
                    I love pokemon and still do. But Black and white just sucks
                      6 years, 10 months ago
                      I agree with you there
                        7 years, 4 months ago
                        Yea it does,i miss the old pokemon
                          7 years, 5 months ago
                          Yea, black & white does suck,
                            9 years, 11 months ago
                            for shure my favorite show growing up this and yugioh
                              6 years, 10 months ago
                              hey same here
                                10 years, 1 month ago
                                Love the old. Hate the new
                                  6 years, 10 months ago
                                  i liked the old pokemon too,
                                    6 years, 10 months ago
                                    i'm the same way
                                      9 years, 1 month ago
                                      I agree with you and the old Pokemon is way better than the new one.
                                        10 years, 1 month ago
                                        This was created in 1997, not 1998. It only came here in the US in 1998. False predictment. I'll fix this later.
                                          4 years, 7 months ago
                                          why do you hate Dawn?
                                            10 years, 3 months ago
                                            The original Pokemon was the best!
                                              6 years, 10 months ago
                                              i agree it was the best
                                              then pokemon xy
                                                7 years, 3 months ago
                                                I liked pokemon with the origal characters
                                                  10 years, 3 months ago
                                                  pokemon brainwashed me- i started reading about this new game pokemon for the gameboy and was new to the concept of anime- completed blue and maxed up my chosen six (raichu(owen)that armodilo thingy(richter) squirtle thingy(dude) a sparrow thingy(..) a nine tails (..) and that buterfly thingy- you can see that despite knowing all 150 at the time i have skillfully forgot most of it. i bought any piece of crap with pokemon on it and recorded every ep of the series. i did tones of fan art in ms paint- one of an embarrassing self portrait 'pokemon style' with my main six which thanks to flimsy floppy only exists in a garish hardcopy that is still well kept to this day. despite the nostalgia i will state that one day i woke up- sat up in bed and at 19 yrs realized wtf and packed it in. then i watched dragonball z....
                                                    10 years, 4 months ago
                                                    now pokemon is getting on my nerves
                                                      10 years, 7 months ago
                                                      They banned Jinx? yeah she wasn't cute for a pokemon but y the heck did they get rid of her she was weirdly cool
                                                        10 years, 7 months ago
                                                        funny how they banned the jinx episode for being blackface but none of the dragonball z episodes with Mr. Po Po were banned.
                                                          10 years, 8 months ago
                                                          Seriously, even Max and May know Misty better than old lady Dawnderhead here, who probably won't know or visit her any time soon. Now even Brock has disappeared! Don't just waste arguements on the new pokemon. It's that stupid Dawn causing the problems. I loved Misty and still love her now. As for Dawn... she diserves a great big punch in the cheeks! DAWN MUST DIE!
                                                            10 years, 8 months ago
                                                            Pokemon was totally my favorite anime WAAAYYY back then, even when i wuz an infant! The original series was raging from cool to OK. The original wuz an anime classic! But, when Max and May came on the series, it slightly went downhill. And when that crap of a thing Dawn arrived... JUMPED THE SHARK!!!!
                                                              10 years, 9 months ago
                                                              totally bogus misty has been an original character and it should not end because more children have been beginning to watch it and if it ended they would be heartbroken.
                                                                10 years, 9 months ago
                                                                i really like the first season and i watch majority of the second season before they started that repeating stuff but after that i miss out on the other season. and those season i miss out on rock and misty left and keep coming back so no i dont think misty should come back it needs to end like the power ranger needs to end to long of a story with to many changes. it was cool with 151 pokemon not the 800 plus that keeps beeing add on
                                                                  10 years, 9 months ago
                                                                  who thinks they should bring misty and the original pokemon back????
                                                                    6 years, 7 months ago
                                                                    I think they should bring misty back
                                                                      10 years, 10 months ago
                                                                      Rubbish since series 2 is all I can say about this crap.
                                                                        10 years, 10 months ago
                                                                        good god, someone must really have time on their hands to write a summary that long. i watched the anime series up until it got to the ruby/sapphire series
                                                                          6 years, 7 months ago
                                                                          I used to watch it
                                                                            10 years, 10 months ago
                                                                            Hi...um i was just watching some pokemon episodes and i just realized that Misty has to come back. Because hello ash and misty are the cutest couple EVER! so plzzzzzz whoever runs pokemon plz put her back in so they can fall in love please please pleaseeeee....i'm begging u i love them together.<3
                                                                              6 years, 10 months ago
                                                                              ash & misty did make a cute couple
                                                                                10 years, 10 months ago
                                                                                Agree with Cartoonking2 here.
                                                                                  10 years, 11 months ago
                                                                                  I miss the OG Pokemon D:
                                                                                    10 years, 11 months ago
                                                                                    my guess would be bc thier gf smells like pizza farts and thinks shes gaga. you just dont understand pokemon do you?
                                                                                      10 years, 11 months ago
                                                                                      why would anyone threaten to leave there girlfriend for pokemon...thats pretty lame.
                                                                                        10 years, 11 months ago
                                                                                        Pokemon was good. The voice acting sucked, but that didn't change it, the show was good. And remember I said "was good", not "is good". That's because ever since the advance generation the show got boring, uninteresting, and became more focused on the girl character than Ash. But the first few seasons were great, and I'm a big fan of the Pokemon games.
                                                                                          10 years, 11 months ago
                                                                                          If pokemon was real i would leave my girlfriend and never look back. Why would anyone need a gf if you could run around training dragons and crazy birds and shit for the rest of your life. I couldn't figureout why ash never put the moves on misty, but then i realized who cares about girls when you live in a world like that.
                                                                                            10 years, 11 months ago
                                                                                            I just read an interesting article IGN posted about the series. It was only supposed to last a year and a half and for about 90 episodes but it was so popular, they kept it going all these years. After Kanto, Ash did the Orange Islands as anime filler until Gold and Silver were out, then he traveled across Johto. When Ruby and Sapphire came out, he went to Hoenn. Ten he went to the Battle Frontier as filler When Diamond and Pearl came out he went to Sinnoh. And in ever reigon except the filler arcs, he just comes up short and his journey continues. Now the new Black & White series is going to premire based on the Black & White games and it all begins again! And yes, with that we are up to 649 Pokemon!
                                                                                              10 years, 11 months ago
                                                                                              I have a love/hate relationship for this show; it was good back then, but now it just plain sucks...No offense to fans who still watch the show; just my opinion is all.
                                                                                                11 years, 1 month ago
                                                                                                This show was epic in the 90's, I actually cried once because I missed almost 3 weeks of episodes because I would get sooo much homework!
                                                                                                But now it's just...Bland. Do the kids of today even collect and play with the trading cards? Do they even make trading cards for this show anymore? LOL
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