Proposed watch list for people first getting into Pokemon the animated series:
Indigo League (through the Viridian Gym)
Pokemon: The First Movie
Indigo League (the rest)
Orange Islands (through Tracey catching Scyther)
The Power of One
Orange Islands (the rest)
Johto League (through Ash getting Chikorita)
Johto League (through Ash getting Noctowl)
Spell of the Unknown
Johto League (through Chikorita evolving)
Johto League (the rest)
First few episodes transitioning into Hoenn (optional)*
Every movie through Pokemon Ranger (in English)
Every movie through Pokemon Kyurem vs the Sword of Justice (in Japanese)**
Kalos League (through Talonflame; in Japanese)***
Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
Kalos League (through Noibat)
Hoopa & the Clash of Ages
Kalos League (through Snowbelle City)
Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
Kalos League (the rest)
*I say first few episodes because it provides a nice transition for whether or not the person want to watch all of the episodes from each series. While the series between Johto and Kalos have some real high points, they’ve also some extremely low points. So, it might be best to just select specific episodes if you’re helping a friend get into the series. Otherwise, the movies should be enough.
**After the change in voice actors, the Japanese voice acting tends to be better, overall (especially by XY). Also, no one needs to experience the Genesects movie.
***Same as the movies; the Japanese voice acting tends to be better and more engrossing.
****Origins and Generations (as well as the other animated shorts tied to the games) are optional but worthwhile. If the person has prior experience with the games they could even be inserted after the Johto League. (Watching them beforehand might make for an awkward shift in graphics quality.
Pokémon the Series XY and Diancie & the Cocoon of Destruction is coming to Netflix
Pokémon The Series XY Season 1 and the Pokémon Movie Diancie & and the Cocoon of Destruction is coming to Netflix on February 1
The Pokémon Seasons & Movie currently on Netflix will be removed on February 2
- Pokémon: Indigo League: Season 2 - Pokémon: Black & White: Seasons 1-2 - Pokémon: Black & White: BW Adventures in Unova and Beyond - Pokémon the Movie: Black: Victini and Reshiram - Pokémon the Movie: White: Victini and Zekrom - Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened - Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice