Best Pokemon Seasons

The Top Ten

1 XY&Z (19)

This is by far the best. It might not be indigo league, but it has better animations, better character development, and better action. Ash Greninja was an amazing mystery, Serena's crush on Ash was fun (Especially at the end when they finally kiss), and Clemont's famous line:The future is now, thanks to science will always be there when I complete a science project. The Team Flare arc is Fantastic with real emotion, action, and explosions. For it having the most character emotional investment, amazing characters, story, animation, and mystery, I chose XYZ, a series that I will never forget, even when I am 20. I was up till 12:00 in the night on Thursday mornings, waiting to watch that episode in Japanese with english sub's. That is how much this series meant to me. Therefore, Pokemon XYZ will always be the best pokemon series!

These graphics are the best, and the love between Ash and Serena is awesome! Also, why is there no option for pokemon journeys?

This is the best season of all time and the best forever and ever like this never before this the greatest journey of ash ketchum and it is the greatest cartoon season that I ever saw in my world it was so amazing

It has the best animation and a great story line. Even the smallest battles were animated well and were also interesting. Moreover, Bringing the new greninja style just shot the entire series to the star.

2 Indigo League (1)

This Ash is just pure, silly, and funny. He's also really caring. This is one of the best pokemon series's ever

This was by far the best season. I miss the dumb, funny Ash Ketchum, but eventually he turned into a boring, mature kid. Everything is at it's best in this season, with an exception of the art style, which I think is still up on the top 5. Great, great season. I watched a lot of the episodes in this season a lot because I got so much happiness watching them!

Indigo League was the best season of the Pokemon series. No one will ever replace the unique Ash, the funny Brock, or the short-tempered Misty. The Hoenn and Sinnoh Brock seemed to...weird and not as funny as he used to be. Ash now seems too serious, and doesn't have much as fun with his new companions. Misty...we haven't heard if her, but she was a unique trainer who was afraid on becoming a Gym Leader without anyone's help (only from her Pokemon). You don't see any other intro when Ash tells Misty and Brock, "'re my best friend..." He deeply cares for both characters, and they too care a lot for him. PokeShipping was the best. The topic of it is simple. Ash secretly likes Misty and she secretly likes him. It was very cute, even though they were still ten years old and wouldn't admit that they liked each other. BEST SERIES EVER! (ALSO BEST SHIPPING 4 EVER! )

Everything (apart from the animaton) is at its best here. Ash is funny and stupid in an endearing way when he travels with Misty and Brock. The banter they all share is hilarious but after they left at the end of Johto, ash lost his spunk and he became this boring brave hero. The image I have of ash in my mind will always be of how he was in this season. It's like the writers dumbed him down in the later seasons
There's evidence that ash acknowledges he's changed when misty and brock come back in sun and moon. He says, starry eyes that "it's been so long since I felt like this" when he was in the cerulean gym
Even team rocket who are so lovable. In the later seasons they actually became good at their job, in XY they changed James' hair which is a disgusting blunder on the animators part and they were ruined. Their decline happened after ash's, in around Sinnoh
In this season everyone was funny, witty and they genuinely cared about each other. They were full of life and ...more

3 Diamond & Pearl (10)

The beginning had a rough start. But it had a great cast, dawn was annoying at first but started to grow on you throughout the series, brock and ash was their usual selves. But what I really enjoyed in the series was the rivalries that faced our heroes. They were different and posed an actual threat to our heroes.

I love the characters, setting, Pokemon, and really everything about it! Although I might be bias because I used to watch it as new episodes aired when I was younger, I can still say this is one of my favorite series!

All the other seasons of Pokemon were not so good as this. This is the best season. This is the reason why I started watching Pokemon.


The season's decent, but I prefer the later season as it does have more diverse characters. They're not three dimensional characters, but it's definitely worth something than nothing! Oh, and the fillers aren't needed!

4 Master Quest (5)

I used to stay up till 3:00 watching these episodes on my 3ds 4 years ago because this was my favorite region

My personal favorite season. There were so many good plots, Johto is my favorite region, Ash finally beat Gary, and many other reasons.

Good quality episodes. Fron ash vs gery to Lugia and red garadose story lines.

There were good gym battles, the johto league was amazing, there were reappearences of squirtle, bulbasaur, charizard, tauros, muk, kingler, heracross, lapras and snorlax. There were also a lot of side stories that took more then one epidode, like the water pokemon tournament, the battle with dragonite, the red gyarados story and the lugia kidnapping. Richie, that girl with the Ditto and Gary were also in this season. Overall this was a really good season

5 Orange Islands (2)

Their not just putting the Indigo League due to noglasica, the Indigo league build the story, the characters and Ash's team for the Orange Islands. The story of the orange islands build on to the Johto region season 3 - season 5. The orange islands have some good points such as interesting, new setting compared with the inland areas of every other setting until Sun and Moon which had a beach style simillar to the Orange Islands setting. They was also trials that Ash had to complete in both. As wella bring something to some profressor plot, the orange Islands were a bit comptrived with the G. S. Ball that was ament to be celibi but the sun and moon series actually had a pokemon egg which hatched into an vulpix. Orange island certainly has merit to it but just not enough to beat the orginal series.

Honestly, I feel people are only voting for indigo league because of the nostalgia crap.

Best series ever should have showed whole orange league, we only saw the finals

Short but quality episodes like indigo.

6 Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors (13)

The rivalry between ash and paul was really one of the best rivalries in franchise history. It showed the moral of being a trainer as ash and paul had the same dream but took drastically different paths to get there, and it was all worth it seeing them battle eachother in the sinnoh league. This season also provoked different battle strategies to make trainers work outside the box and think differently. After that tobias just pukes on us ruining the vibe but the season was still great!

This season was amazing, no one can tell me otherwise. It shows how much they improved with graphics and effects in 4 years and the grand festival and sinnoh league were unforgettable.

The Sinnoh League. Tobias was there just to shove a stick up our butts but he and the rest of the league was really good.

This was my fave

7 XY (17)

From the breathtaking animations to best gym battles ever. This season and the series rocks.

This season is just awesome hand down

Ash gets the best travelling companions, especially Serena who supports Ash from her heart. All of Ash's pokemon are really cool and strong. The maturity of Ash can be clearly seen

I understand why people choose indigo it's the first duh but after indigo Pokemon just got worst and when I saw xy it was amazing it's not the same like indigo but it had many great things the animation, the characters, armor shipping (the haters probably see it diffrent), greeninja and Ash being so close to win the finals it was amazing I even like it MORE than indigo

8 Advanced Challenge (7)

I latterly SKIPPED almost all the johto episodes and I was bout to quit pokemon but then I saw one hoenn I was in love and I kept watching pokemon.

YES! It's in the tens! And why is it only number ten? Seriously, I love this season above all others, even the first.


I love gen 3

9 Johto League Champions (4)

Houndoom's Special Delivery was my favorite out of this season.

Good like indigo

Shiny noctowl

10 Advanced Battle (8)

Best theme song ever and the best story. Also introduces lots of cool pokemon, the plot is the best and in my opinion the best season of pokemon ever.

Best season ever may is the best character ever designed

Cause It features a lot of legendary Pokemon

Very Underrated

The Newcomers

? Journeys (23)

This anime season is fantastic! It has great balance and I think that it can be one of the best yet. I love Goh and I love how this Ash feels like a sun and moon ash + the xy and z ash combined. The best parts. On top of that his team is already looking really good.

The Contenders

11 Diamond and Pearl Galactic Battles (12)

Best season ever with dawn the best character pokemon could ever have

I have to say it has the best Pokemon Theme Song ever. "Some times its hard to know, which way you're suppose to go" I can just keep jamming to this.

This has an amazing theme song! It is really catchy!

This season introduced Arceus. Its opening is very good.

12 Diamond & Pearl Battle Dimension (11)

This one is cool because I was born when these were being made and I like Dawn

I like all the characters and episodes and at the start when James departs from caknia

I love this series its graphics its ash drees and heroine ash pokemon and its song

love it

13 The Johto Journeys (3)

The character development of ash, from stubborn to dedicated pokemon trainer is the BEST! and the whole region is awesome

The Johto Journeys was the best season in Pokémon and Master Quest was awesome and Johto League Champions was beyon amazing

14 Battle Frontier (9)

I started the show on this season. It holds a special place in my heart for that reason.

The best season ever it had character development for ash may and their rivals

Something different

I like ash new voice

15 Black & White (14)

Wow! Why so much hate on this one? It definitely different, but in a good way. All the moves look way more epic because of the cool effects. And the characters are really awesome. Cilan never fails to put a smile on my face and Iris had this sassy kind of nature that I've always liked (if that's how you explain it). Team Rocket was actually smarter than usual. They have always been annoying as heck, but not this time! Overall, super underrated season without a single dull or uninteresting moment.

I'm surprised this got so much hate, my favorite series being chewed up and spat out. The time and effort they put into this series was impressive. 40% of galar Pokemon come from black and white, and it holds the best of the best. Oshawott, Tepig, Snivy! all different! In Kanto, the starters were bland. All the same basic Personality, that made it less exciting. Black and White was definitely the start of a change.

Tepig was a determined, warmhearted starter that showed its feelings very clear.

Oshawott was a cute and caring starter that would do anything for its trainer!

And last but NOT least, Snivy was a sassy, powerful starter that helps a lot in the series. It's attacks are effective.

Before hating, think about all the memories ash, Iris, and Cilan had! Now you can't rate a Pokemon series without team rocket, can you?

Team Rocket was impressive in this series, their work may be weird and annoying, but they all worked together, and had a good, ...more

for me, this was the best ever season and also my first I loved this season and just how interesting I wish I could be ash. All the pokemon are so interesting in this series why do so many people hate it?

This season is terrible. Ash is an absolute idiot, Iris and Cilan have hardly any character development, The rivals are either to nice or are just plain old annoying jerks. The only good parts where when the Dawn came back and how Team Rocket are actually very menacing in this one. Also most episode are really just filler lets just admit that.

16 Advanced (6)

I love this season

As a season it had some of the best movies

17 XY: Kalos Quest (18)

Majestic talents await! Ash in battles, Serena in performances XD

This is the relapse season of the sixth generation anime. It's bad, but it's not the worst.

The Intro is very nice.

It's nice. As usual epic animation and artstyle

18 Sun & Moon (20)

I just love this series so much, the Sun And Moon series, along with the Ultra Adventures, are my favorite series, I don't have a reason why this series had to end. I miss this series so much

This series is great bc there's so much character development of all the pokemon school characters.

The new Pokemon and the concept of Z crystals and Z ring was awesome

Yes the graphics have changed, and yes the story too. But it's completely new Ash, in the world that is vary different than what we (and him) used to see. It's my favourite because of the positivity, unique crew of characters- finally more than 2/3 and every of them have an amazing story to tell personally, also there's Lillie's story that really touched me, and I agree every season have a heart touching story, but for me, this is more personal one that some of us faced but never talk about it. Also the 'Ultra Adventures' that took more serious 'Moon' tone is a good mirror to the first 'Sun' season.
Many things have changed, but if you'll sit in front of this season with an open mind, leaving nostalgic thoughts and being capable of going really deep into the story- you'll be surprised how valuable it can be.

19 Sun and Moon: Ultra Adventures (21)

I love this series, this is my favorite series of all time, I don't see why this series had to end, I miss this series so so much

Honestly, this series was the best, because Ash finally won a championship league.

The show literally has never been better. It constantly strays away from a boring formula in order to further character and world development. The new animation style is always lively and expressive. It's no longer just about battle after battle, but about the endless possibilities of ways people and Pokemon live together. It may be considered "heretical" to say this, but any one of Ash's new friends have more personality than any previous group he's traveled with - yes, even Brock and Misty (who were very one-note if you ask me). XYZ was good, but because it always had to stick to the formula of walking around -> meet one-episode character -> battle team rocket, it could quickly become groan-worthy. Sun and Moon: Ultra Adventures can have its serious moments, but also its funny and endearing ones. This show is not afraid to explore themes, settings, and morals. Even though we're college students, my friends and I truly feel for these characters and enjoy watching their ...more

It is great how ash got Nebby (Cosmog) which then evolve into solgaleo. The stoy was great too and the story of Blinding One(Necrozma) was awesome. The masked Royal thing was great too

20 Ultra Legends (22)

Same as my opinion with Sun and Moon and Sun And Moon Ultra Adventures! I love this so much, Why did these series have to end

It's awesome to see the alolan pokemon league, the Dream of Kukui coming true and Ash finally won the League and even defeated Tapu Koko
The last episode was very Emotional and very Touching

Ultra legend character theme and even story is way better than season 20 I just love this show keeps improving

Ash won the league in the season and became the alola champion. That only is enough to make it the best season.

21 Black & White: Rival Destinies (15)

I like black and white. Especially Rival Destinies

Rival Destinies is better than season 14. Season 14 has filler episodes.

22 Black & White: Adventures in Unova and Beyond (16)

Unova is such a beautiful region. Honestly the best if you're looking just for background art.

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