The adorable pocket monsters of Pokemon have been super effective at delighting us ever since they first debuted in 1996. Maybe you had the trading card game. Maybe you played the GameBoy game. Maybe you watched the cartoon or movie. Maybe you didn’t know anything about them until you got into Pokemon Go. Now, more than 30 years later, the Great Pop Culture Debate podcast wants to determine: what IS the Best Generation 1 Pokemon?

Join host Eric Rezsnyak and panelists Bob Erlenback, Curtis Creekmore, and special guest Brayden Rezsnyak as they battle it out to name the champion of the original 151.

The Round 2 match-ups are:

NOTE: Round 1 decisions for this episode was determined strictly by seedings/panel picks, so the debates pick up right at Round 2.

Match 1: Eevee (1) vs. Jolteon (4)

Match 2: Vaporeon (3) vs. Squirtle (2)

Match 3: Bulbasaur (1) vs. Dragonite (4)

Match 4: Snorlax (3) vs. Jigglypuff (2)

Match 5: Mew (1) vs. Gengar (5)

Match 6: Psyduck (3) vs. Mewtwo (2)

Match 7: Pikachu (1) vs. Flareon (4)

Match 8: Cubone (3) vs. Charmander (2)

Want to play along at home?

Download the listener bracket here and see if your picks match up with ours!

Looking for more related content?

Check out these other episodes from Great Pop Culture Debate:

Best Animal Crossing Character

Best Final Fantasy Game

Best Classic Children’s Game

And if you want to further Pokemon content, check out Harry Loizides’ list of the Top 10 Gen 1 Pokemon Glow-Ups!

Have a say in future episodes!

Finally, if you want to have a say in what episodes we tackle next, vote in our Topic Polls! And we would love to have you pick your faves in the polls currently open for your votes!


Host: Eric Rezsnyak

Panel: Bob ErlenbackCurtis Creekmore, and special guest Brayden Rezsnyak

Producer: Curtis Creekmore

Editor: Jack Kwait-Blank

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