What are your "must-see" episode suggestions for each series?


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Aug 27, 2012
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The idea of binge-watching the whole show before it ends floated around in my head until I realized it's logistically impossible. So I'll try to do the next best option and watch some highlights instead.

Aside from the obvious Gym Battles and Ash's captures, which episodes in general, filler or not, you consider to be super worth watching?

I don't have any specifics in mind, but for instance, I usually recommend The Wayward Wobbuffet for Johto, simply because IMO it's one of the funniest ones in the entire anime. Or The Ghost of Maiden Peak due to how unique it feels. Basically, it doesn't have to be just flashy battles or big story developments, just stuff you personally like.


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Mar 11, 2015
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Oh this looks like fun! I'll just go with episodes I personally love or think of as classic episodes for whatever reason. I could do like hundreds, but in the interest of time I'll limit it to really special ones. This is hard because there are so many little moments I want to include, but the entire episode wasn't as important. Looking at my list after it wound up being personal favorites more than classics and I know my tastes aren't typically the norm, but whatever!

Original Series:
The School of Hard Knocks
The Ghost of Maiden's Peak (sorry to copy, but I really feel that one is a classic)
Pokemon Fashion Flash
Ditto's Mysterious Mansion
Go West Young Meowth
The Crystal Onix
The Wacky Watcher
The Chikorita Rescue/Chikorita's Big Upset/Current Events/Turning over a new Bayleef (personal love for Chikorita)
The Fortune Hunters
Air Time
A Hot Water Battle
Houndoom's Special Delivery
The Light Fantastic
Fly Me to the Moon
Just Waiting on a Friend

Seeing is Believing
Now that's Flower Power
A Poke-Block Party
A Double Dilemma
Claydol Big and Tall
Who, What, When, Where, Wynaut?
The Right Place and the Right Mime
Time Warp Heals all Wounds
Once More with Reeling
Celebi and Joy [Chronicles]

Borrowing on bad Faith
Steamboat Willies
Malice in Wonderland
A Full Course Tag Battle
Ghoul Daze
Noodles Roamin Off
Historical Mystery Tour

Cilan takes Flight
Battling the Leaf Theives
Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times
Team Rocket's Shocking Recruit

The Cave of Mirrors
Bonnie for the Defense
Under the Pledging Tree
Rotom's Wish
A Frolicking Find in the Flowers

Mallow and the Forest Teacher
Tasting the Bitter with the Sweet
A Haunted House for Everyone

Not ready to do Journey's yet, plus I know I missed some, maybe I'll edit this post again in the future!
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Original Series/Kanto
  • Challenge of the Samurai
  • The Path to the Pokemon League
  • The School of Hard Knocks
  • Haunter versus Kadabra
  • Snow Way Out
  • Attack of the Prehistoric Pokemon
  • The Battle of the Badge


Original Series/Orange Islands
  • Charizard Chills
  • The Pokemon Water War
  • A Tent Situation
  • The Rivalry Revival


Original Series/Johto
  • Charizard's Burning Ambition
  • Wired for Battle
  • Ring Masters
  • Octillery The Outcast
  • Dueling Heroes
  • The Perfect Match
  • Extreme Pokemon
  • Great Bowls of Fire


Advanced Generation
  • The Right Place and the Right Mime
  • Cutting the Tie that Bind
  • Pokemon Ranger - Deoxys Crisis Part 2
  • Gathering the Gang of Four
  • Home is Where the Start Is


Diamond and Pearl
  • When Pokemon Worlds Collide
  • Different Strokes for Different Blokes
  • An Elite Meet and Greet
  • Top Down Training
  • Ill-Will Hunting
  • Tag We're It
  • Glory Blaze
  • Smells Like Team Spirit
  • Tears for Fears
  • Lost Leader Strategy
  • Enter Galactic
  • Pika and Goliath
  • Chim Charred
  • Aiding the Enemy
  • Barry's Busting Out All Over
  • A Pyramiding Rage
  • Pedal to the Mettle
  • Evolving Strategies
  • Uncrushing Defeat
  • Fighting Ire with Fire
  • Flint Sparks the Fire
  • An Elite Coverup


Best Wishes
  • A Rival Battle for Club Champ
  • A Connoisseur's Revenge
  • Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster
  • Reunion Battles in Nimbasa
  • Cilan Versus Trip,Ash Versus Georgia
  • The Club Battle Hearts of Fury Emolga Versus Sawk
  • Club Battle Finale: A Hero' Outcome
  • Ash Versus the Champion
  • Cilan Takes Flight
  • The Clubsplosion Begins
  • Search for the Clubultimate
  • A Clubsplosion of Excitement
  • Commanding the Clubsplosion Crown
  • Jostling for the Junior Cup
  • Battling Authority Once Again
  • Ash, Iris, and Trip: Then There Were Three
  • The Fires of a Red Hot Reunion
  • A Pokemon of Different Color


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Jan 10, 2016
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Charmander — The Stray Pokémon
Battle Aboard the St. Anne - Island of the Giant Pokémon
The Ghost of Maiden’s Peak
Holy Matrimony
Who Gets to Keep Togepi?
Pikachu Re-Volts
Bound For Trouble
Charizard’s Burning Ambitions
Forest Grumps
The Wayward Wobbuffet
Fly Me to the Moon
Can’t Beat the Heat


A Poached Ego!
A Hole Lotta Trouble
The Bicker the Better
Do I Hear a Ralts?
The Right Place and the Right Mime
Sweet Baby James
Time Warp Heals All Wounds
King and Queen for a Day!
Once More With Reeling!


Tears For Fears!
Once There Were Greenfields
Crossing Paths
Noodles! Roamin’ Off!
The Battle Finale of Legend!
Familiarity Breeds Strategy - Battling a Thaw in Relations!


The Dream Continues!


Lumiose City Pursuit!
A Conspiracy to Conquer!
A Showcase Debut!
A Fork in the Road! A Parting of the Ways!
A Frenzied Factory Fiasco!
All Eyes on the Future!
Meeting at Terminus Cave!
An Explosive Operation!
All Hail the Ice Battlefield! - A Real Icebreaker!
A Riveting Rivalry!
Forming a More Perfect Union!


The Sun, the Scare, the Secret Lair!
One Journey Ends, Another Begins…
A Team-on-Team Tussle!
Pulling Out the Pokémon Base Pepper!
When Regions Collide!
The Professors’ New Adventure!
Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime?
Lillier and the Staff!
Memories in the Mist!
Pikachu’s Exciting Adventure!
From Z to Shining Z!
Thank You Alola! The Journey Continues!


Destination: Coronation!
A Talent for Imitation!
A Battle of Mega Versus Max!
Breaking the Ice!
Reuniting for the First Time!
Radio Lulled the Mischievous Stars!
The Homecoming Crown!
Helping the Hometown Hero!
Friends, Rivals, Lend Me Your Spirit!
Entirety of Ash vs. Leon


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There is too many to list right now, but Malice in Wonderland had to be the must of the must-see episodes, as it encapsulates the whole show in itself.
A complete mind trip?
My must see episodes:
Pokemon, I Choose You!
Here Comes The Squirtle Squad
Electric Shock Showdown
Bye Bye Butterfree
Ditto’s Mysterious Mansion
Pikachu’s Goodbye
Volcanic Panic
Charizard Chills
Ash vs Drake
Charizard’s Burning Ambition
Gotta Catch You Later
Get the Show on the Road
A Poached Ego
The Lotad Lowdown
A Mudkip Mission
Do I Hear a Ralts?
The Symbol Life
Odd Pokémon Out and the episodes after that
Gathering the Gang of Four
Pace- The Final Frontier
Following a Maidens Voyage (first few episodes of DP)
All Hunter J episodes
Hearthome Tag Battle Arc
Tears for Fears
Ash vs Paul Lake Acuity
Ash vs Paul SL
Memories Are Made of Bliss
A Maractus Musical
Piplup, Pansage, and a meeting of the times
The Dream Continues
The first seven episodes of XY are the best stretch of episodes imo
Heroes- Faux and Foe Alike
The Cave of Mirrors
Under the Pledging Tree
A Showcase Debut
A Fork in the Road! A Parting of Ways!
Battling at Full Volume
Whole Snowbelle City arc
Whole TF arc
Til We Compete Again (my favorite episode ever)
Every Litten episode
Dia Parallel Worlds Arc


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Jan 22, 2021
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I haven't watched that many OS, DP and AG episodes (given have I never grew up with them) but I'll list the episodes from the following series.

Battle for the Underground!
Unova's Survival Crisis!
The Dream Continues!

Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!
Seeking Shelter from the Storm!
The Cave of Mirrors!
A Showcase Debut!
All Eyes on the Future!

All episodes between A Full-Strength Battle Surprise! and A Real Icebreaker!
All episodes between Finals Not for the Faint-Hearted! and Forming a More Perfect Union!
Till We Compete Again!

Alola to New Adventure!
One Journey Ends, Another Begins...
Alola, Kanto!

All episodes from Revealing the Stuff of Legend! to 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!
A Battle Hand-Off!
Securing the Future!
Memories in the Mist!
Chasing Memories, Creating Dreams!

Every episode from Getting Down to The Ire! to Thank You, Alola! The Journey Continues! except for Z-Move Showdown!
The Climb to Be the Very Best!
A Chilling Curse!
Caring for a Mystery!
A Festival Reunion!
Time After Time!
Nightfall? Nightmares!
Star Night, Star Flight!
Breaking the Ice!
The Homecoming Crown!
Helping the Hometown Hero!
Friends, Rivals, Lend Me Your Spirit!
JN129-JN132 (these episodes have no english dub name yet)
The Distant Blue Sky


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May 13, 2014
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I'm gonna put mine in categories instead.

EP70:Go West Young Meowth
EP129:Ignorance is Blissey
EP232:Just Waiting On a Friend
EP249:I Politoed Ya So!
EP273:Gotta Catch Ya Later!
AG44&45:The Princess and the Togepi/A Togepi Mirage!
AG76:Me, Myself and Time
AG109:Do I Hear a Ralts?
AG157:Time Warp Heals All Wounds
DP6:Different Strokes for Different Blokes!
DP54:Once There Were Greenfields
DP90:Ghoul Daze!
DP100:Aiding the Enemy!

BW27: Scare at the Litwick Mansion!
BW30: A UFO for Elgyem!
BW33: Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!
BW97:Unova's Survival Crisis!
BW117:Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation!
BW130:Butterfree and Me!
EP3:Ash Catches a Pokémon
EP23:The Tower of Terror
EP50:Who Gets to Keep Togepi?
EP56:The Ultimate Test
EP94:Snack Attack
EP107:Pokémon Food Fight!
EP151:The Totodile Duel
EP155;Forest Grumps
EP229:An EGG-sighting Adventure!
AG48:ZigZag Zangoose!
AG88:The Garden of Eatin'
AG103:A Cacturne for the Worse
AG104:Claydol Big and Tall
AG117:Berry, Berry Interesting
DP65:Sleight of Sand!

BW17: A Connoisseur's Revenge!
BW25:Emolga and the New Volt Switch!
BW99:Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige!
EP77:The Fourth Round Rumble
EP140:Wired for Battle!
EP182:From Ghost to Ghost
EP256:Just Add Water
EP271&272:Playing with Fire!/Johto Photo Finish
(though the whole Johto league could count, it's the most consistent)
AG110&111:The Great Eight Fate!/Eight Ain't Enough
AG153:Tactics Theatrics!!
AG167:What I Did for Love!
AG178:Battling the Enemy Within!
DP16&18:A Gruff Act to Follow!/O'er the Rampardos We Watched!
DP51:Glory Blaze!
DP67&68:Crossing the Battle Line!/A Triple Fighting Chance!
DP102:Shield with a Twist!
DP128:A Pyramiding Rage!
DP131&132:Pedal to the Mettle!/Evolving Strategies!
DP176:Coming Full Festival Circle!
DP186/187/188:Familiarity Breeds Strategy!/A Real Rival Rouser!/Battling a Thaw in Relations!

BW79:Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!
EP1:Pokémon - I Choose You!
EP104:Bound For Trouble
EP115&116:A Tent Situation/The Rivalry Revival
EP121:Illusion Confusion!
EP210: Around the Whirlpool
AG15:Gonna Rule The School!
AG133:The Right Place and the Right Mime
AG191&192:Once More With Reeling!/Home is Where the Start Is!
DP1:Following A Maiden's Voyage!
DP22:Borrowing on Bad Faith!
DP34:Buizel Your Way Out Of This!
DP64:Riding the Winds of Change!
DP76:A Full Course Tag Battle!
DP88:Camping It Up!
DP145:A Rivalry to Gible On!
DP180:Four Roads Diverged in a Pokémon Port!

BW28:Oshawott's Lost Scalchop!
BW116:The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!
BW142:The Dream Continues!
That was long lol so I'll do the other series later.
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