There's little doubt that Pokémon is the very best at separating parents from money. Like no franchise ever was. Getting Nintendo to relinquish control of content, though, is a real test. It doesn't generally stream its show for free without good cause. Today, however, it's available across the land. The animated series can now be streamed to Android handsets far and wide.


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Admittedly Pokémon licensing is something I don't understand, but it's pretty powerful that this app has free episodes inside. It's not the complete series, but it's probably enough Pokémon for you and me.  I haven't seen the show since high school, but I knew a reunion was destiny. There are also movies, trailers and Pokémon specials to watch with your best friend. We live in a crazy world and nostalgia is something we must defend. It sucks that you can only watch a certain selection, but at least the show's heart is still true. More episodes will cycle in so don't start worrying, your courage will see you through.

While the franchise has grown to be a monstrosity and one could argue it's become a trite cash grab, it's possible this show still has something to teach me and to teach you.

Pokémon. Gotta watch 'em all.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Adam92Wilkins

    screw that.

    step 1) Get retroarch
    step 2) Get a pokemon rom (legally of course)
    step 3) Play the **** out of pokemon on your android device.
    step 4) Remember how slow the game progresses and try to figure out how to FFWRD the game speed.

    I am currently stuck on step 4.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Well, that would certainly do everything this app does, except for everything.

      This app streams the show, not the game.

      • Adam92Wilkins

        why watch the show when you can play the game?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

          Why not do both?

          • Adam92Wilkins

            Touche' good sir

    • TheWhiteLotus

      you didn't read any of the article at all did you?

      • http://twitter.com/Cptnodegard Andreas Ødegård

        Nor did he try the emulator bit since it actually has a FFWD xD

        • Adam92Wilkins

          cant get it to work, hence why i said try. ill try reading through the readme again.

      • Adam92Wilkins

        yea, just the games are a lot more fun to play than watching the videos.

        honestly if i wanted to watch the series I would just download XBMC and install Navi-X then you could watch them ALL. and legally.

    • Larizard

      Here, here.

      • Adam92Wilkins

        i cant read it cause my reading skills are so bad.

        mind dictating it to me?

    • Athishay

      Oh and gameboid is a much better emulator.

      • Adam92Wilkins

        for just gba yes it is. Overall as a collection retroarch rules. and it's free. and also its on the google play store.

  • http://twitter.com/andrewr91 Andrew

    It was successful at separating my parents from their money, now it's good at separating me from my money!

    • TheWhiteLotus

      ...it's free

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

        He was talking about the franchise not the app.

      • http://twitter.com/andrewr91 Andrew

        I'm talking Pokemon as a whole.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    The recent games are awesome and the show is one of the few things I still watch on TV those days, just so you know.

    I say no to nostalgia. If you have the chance, play Pokémon Platinum or Black/White, they're much better than emulation of Red/Blue/Yellow.

  • wewewi

    Holy crap!! Am I seeing season FOURTEEN?!?!

    How many are they?!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Roughly half as many seasons as there are Land Before Time movies...

  • http://twitter.com/Cptnodegard Andreas Ødegård

    Btw, brilliantly written. For those who don't know what I mean, find the lyrics to the original opening theme, and then read the article again xD

  • http://profiles.google.com/zandmstudios Steven Zang

    This was one of the wittiest plays on the Pokemon theme I've read; it had me laughing the whole way. Nice job, Eric.

  • Arsalan Afzal

    The references are hidden yet easy to find when looking. Very appealing,lol

  • http://twitter.com/FaRTJeTpAcK STEVIE BABY

    Looking forwarding to downloading this and showing it to all the chicks at the club

  • Athishay

    Monsieur Ravenscraft, this is one of the most finely crafted articles on this site. I actually sang the article in my head to the pokemon tune while reading it! Good job, Eric, good job.

  • DeadSOL

    Haha. I'm 23 and I don't know why I'm watching old episodes. XD

  • kool_dude

    "This item is not available in your country". #RAGE

    • Harsha

      Which county to be used as for market enabler?

  • theflash

    it said FREE ?

    *running immediately to nearby wifi*

  • Imrab

    already instaled

  • ChainsawCharlie

    That was very funny :D

  • Larizard

    Hmm, looks like it's available on iOS, too. Title a could be misleading.