I barely watch it now, I think it's lost personality & attitude. The first few season were the best Ash was a much better character he was egotistic, crazy, cocky, and a bit dumb which I liked and Misty was so energetic & crazy too. Right now Ash's too much of the typical cliche hero and his voice is not cool anymore, but that's just my opinion boys & girls. I also liked Gary as a rival he was a laugh in your face jerk, paul is the more cliche typical rival a total opposite of the heroe & negative I've seen enough of that (vegeta from DBZ)
The earlier episodes also had better stories for gym leaders & such I mean Sabrina a gym leader that turned people into dolls. What I do like now is that they are getting more connected to the video games, but for some one who didn't know anything about pokemon or the game pokemon I'd recommend the first season simply because it has more adventure aspects and such. But that's just my opinion boys & girls.
I still watch it like twice a month just to kill time that's about it, I haven't followed the newest episodes since like 2 years ago.