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Here is a list of the episodes in the first storyline of the original Pocket Monsters series. All episodes are listed in the Japanese order. Click on the Japanese episode number to reach the comparison.
Season One (Syndication)
Season One began airing in the United States on September 7th, 1998. The season ran for 52 episodes.
The first 40 episodes of the season premiered in syndication, meaning that the network they aired on was different depending on the city. For some people, Pokémon aired on their local Fox affiliate. For others, UPN or Kids' WB!
The batch of episodes dubbed for syndication omitted three episodes; Episode 018, "Holiday at Aopulco," Episode 035, "The Legend of Miniryuu," and Episode 038, "Electric Soldier Porygon." The eighteenth episode was eventually dubbed and aired as a "lost episode," but it is not recognized as being a part of any season.
After the December 16th, 1997 airing of Pocket Monsters Episode 038, "Cyber Soldier Porygon," OLM went back over the first 37 episodes of the TV series and re-edited them to reduce any strobe lights, flashing, quick background color changes, or any other special effects that even slightly resembled the types of images that sent all those children to the hospital during the "Pokémon Shock" incident. This was probably done both out of an abundance of caution as well as an attempt to show the public at large that OLM and every other party involved was taking the incident seriously.
Season One (Kids' WB!)
After the initial 40 episodes aired, Kids' WB! picked up the rights to air the show exclusively on their network. On February 13th, 1999, the remaining twelve episodes of the season began premiering on Kids' WB!
The episodes "Princess Versus Princess" and "The Purr-fect Hero" were skipped during this time and aired as the first two episodes of Season Two.
Season Two began airing in the United States on September 4th, 1999. The season originally ran for 52 episodes but is now being officially listed as 51 episodes because of the removal of "Holiday Hi-Jynx" in early 2014.
The first 26 (27) episodes of the season finish out the Indigo League storyline, and the remaining 23 (25) episodes begin the Orange Islands adventures.
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