Season 1: Episodes 1-26 | Season 2: Episodes 27-52 | Season 3: Episodes 53-78 |
Season 4: Episodes 79-104 | Season 5: Episodes 105-130 | Season 6: Episodes 131- 157 |
Season 7: Episodes 158 - 182 | Season 8: Episodes 183 - 209 | Season 9: Episodes 210 - 234 |
Season 10: Episodes 235 - 261 | Season 11: Episodes 262 - 288 | Season 12: Episodes 289 - 318 | Season 13: Episodes 319 -

Clarity to See Responsibility

Posted: Thu, 03 Dec 2009 19:54:02 PST

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Next Step #78: A look at Jesus' answer to Evil in the Gospel of Luke 13 as an instruction to shift emphasis from others to ourselves and accept responsibility for our lives. Advent Sunday #2 - is a step closer to introducing meaning to the Christmas season and the value of finding a lasting “Peace on Earth.” It’s got to be more than a Christmas card greeting! Celebs that make it into the cast: Tiger Woods, the Salahis, Fred Claus and much mush (sic) more.
Song of the Day: About Light by Gor Mkhitarian
Bubbles by Ani: A Modern Thanksgiving Prayer
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for ePostle.net
Sponsored by Pomegranateandeye.etsy.com
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Giving Thanks for Blessings

Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2009 01:53:40 PST

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Next Step #77: The Thanksgiving and Advent edition of the Next Step. As we wrap up our third season, a time to reflect on the meaning of thanksgiving, while looking at the meaning and purpose of Advent. It's about getting ready, it's about facing the message of Love at Christmas.
Song of the Day - "Blessings" by Gor Mkhitarian
Ani's Bubbles: A Thanksgiving Prayer
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for ePostle.net
Sponsored by PredatorCycling.com
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More than a Footnote – Check the Message!

Posted: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:16:33 PST

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Next Step #76: Interview with Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary (StNersess.edu), Part 2 of 2 - Armenian Church is not a footnote to Christianity; the “Developed Theology of Sacrifice”; the “Radical Message of the Gospel”; How to connect to programs at St. Nersess Seminary. Also in this episode: reflections on St. Andrew, the First Called; Twilight continues with “New Moon” – vampires and the living dead
Song: Gomidas' Sourp Sourp, with intro by Fr. Findikyan
Ani's Bubbles: The Pencil
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for ePostle.net
Sponsored by PredatorCycling.com
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Let’s Give the Footnote a Chance

Posted: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 00:49:22 PST

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Next Step #75: Interview with Fr. Daniel Findikyan (part 1 of 2) – Dean of the St. Nersess Seminary (www.stnersess.edu). Fr. Daniel explains why the Armenian Church is “more than a footnote” in Christendom and World history. What does the Armenian Church have to offer the rest of the world? Here is a candid talk about the centrality of Christianity to Armenian Identity. Also on this cast, Fr. Vazken reflects on Veterans day and the need for a new metaphor, one for peace. A preview of the Advent calendar is coming.
Song: Donavan's "Universal Soldier"
Ani's Bubble - Love and Time
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for ePostle.net
Sponsored by www.PredatorCycling.com

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Lessons Along the Way

Posted: Thu, 05 Nov 2009 15:16:22 PST

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Next Step #74: A couple of “lessons along the way” from St. Thaddeus I to HH Karekin II, finding a journey toward "raw" Christianity. An holistic look and approach to the Divine Liturgy and spirituality. A biblical link to Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 7, and it’s not just "Mac 1". Lessons from the Navy Man: An encounter with Paul Ignatius as well as insights into a life observed through the lens of Armenian Orthodoxy.
Song: "Hrashapar" on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of HH Karekin II’s enthronement as Catholicos (from "Arevakal" by Students at Vazkenian Seminary at Lake Sevan)
Ani’s Bubbles: Two Frogs
Produced by: Suzie Shatarevyan for ePostle.net
Sponsored by: Predator Cycling
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Hallowed Saints: Under the Masks

Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 19:41:40 PDT

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Next Step #73: Halloween through the lens of Armenian Orthodoxy, as a challenge to find the saints around us - living with them as they live within us. Under the masks, there's a self that waits (and needs) to be discovered. A podcast filled with Tricks and Treats.
Song: Gomidas' Pontifical Wish on 10th Anniversary of Enthronement of HH Karekin II
Ani's Bubbles: Father and Son
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net
Sponsored by Predator Cycling - www.predatorcycling.com
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Quakes in the Twilight

Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 10:52:33 PDT

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Next Step #72: While getting ready to upgrade to Windows 7 an earthquake and a trip to another dimension divert our attention to better things - mostly of the resurrection kind. Loma Prieta 20 years later; Rod Sterling 50 years later - reflections on the need to look beyond our sufferings and the importance of imagination. Ken's in trouble this time.
Bubbles by Ani: Butterfly
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net
Sponsored by Pomegranateandeye.etsy.com
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A Mission Statement to Love With

Posted: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 20:08:32 PDT

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Next Step #71: Reflections from a clergy conference: New issues for a new day - artificial insemination is only the beginning. More on same sex marriages. The ordination of a priest and remembering the heretics. Before you look for the Unified Field Theory, try to find the Mission Statement of the Church; a look at Luke 4 and adopting Jesus' mission statement as our own. Who are the blind and the poor? Is the answer a pleasant surprise?
Ani's Bubble's: A Special Teacher;
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net;
Sponsored by Pomegrante and Eye
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Exercising Exorcism “as viewed through the lens of Armenian Orthodoxy”

Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2009 13:15:21 PDT

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Next Step #70: It’s not all about head-spins and vomit, as Fr. Vazken follows up on last week’s report of exorcism. The nature/nurture argument in defining evil and the devil. Where are balances of good and evil in our lives. Bulletin from the Vatican about New Media in the church. A look at spirituality in the world and rising trends. Some personal thoughts on post-Genocide walking in the shoes of others.
Ani's Bubbles: Sand and Stone
Song of the Day: Shogher Jan performed by Gor Mkhitarian written by Gomidas Vartabed and celebrating the 140th Anniversary of the monk’s birth
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net
Sponsored by Pomegranateandeye.etsy.com
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The End is Just a Challenge

Posted: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 19:23:07 PDT

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Next Step #69: (viewed through the lens of Armenian Orthodoxy) Discussion on absolute morals in light of Roman Polanski’s arrest in Zurich. Overlooking rape? How about Genocide? A quick look at end-time "fright" theology and how it alienates people from some of the true strengths of religious thought. Is Jesus the only way? Here’s an explanation that gives Armodoxy its unique flavor. All these topics and some updates on the growth of the In His Shoes movement and the “epostle” ministry.
Song of the Day: Khorhoort Khorin, Gomidas Vartabed, Strings of Armenia
Ani’s Bubble: The Rose Within
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan
Sponsored by Pomegranate & Eye. Mention The Next Step podcast and receive a 15% discount - which will be donated to our ministry.
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Simons of our Crosses

Posted: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 14:00:59 PDT

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Next Step #68: Part 3 of 3 on the Holy Cross - Looking for help in carrying our crosses and realizing we are the only ones who can climb them in the end. Fr. Vazken uses the story of Jesus' Crucifixion to guide this meditation about help – Simon - in our sufferings - and finding purpose in a life style that makes us each, Simons of Cyrene. Also: A follow up to an exorcism, becoming a story of faith. A bit about end time theology with a look to the future podcasts as well.
Bubbles - Ani does cow imitations in "That's not my problem"
Song of the Day: "Saturday and Sunday" by the students of the Vazgenian Seminary at Lake Sevan.
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan.
Sponsored by Pomegranate & Eye. Mention The Next Step podcast and receive a 15% discount - which will be donated to our ministry.
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The Cross is Elevated

Posted: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 10:10:18 PDT

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Next Step #67: Part 2 of 3 on the Holy Cross. Explanation of the “Exaltation” in history, and its place in life today. Going beyond the John 3:16 message of everlasting life, Fr. Vazken brings the message home in a holistic manner, so the sacrifice of LOVE is our orders for life. A special prayer is offered on this 8th Anniversary of 9/11, with a letter Navy Seaman Apprentice Dembekjian that talks that look for peace. In His Shoes news includes Warren Goodman’s release from prison.
Song of the Day, Lilit Danielyan’s "Cut up this pomegranate here"
Bubbles by Ani: "Twins"
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan
Today’s show is sponsored by Pomegranate & Eye Mention The Next Step podcast and receive a 15% discount - which will be donated to our ministry.
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Can't Avoid that Cross

Posted: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 18:27:14 PDT

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Next Step #66: In the aftermath of making history with another electronic next step - streaming the Armenian Orthodox perspective. New models for living- finding the central point of our lives and the programming that is fed us. A letter about the prosperity gospel – watch out for the wolves in sheep’s skin! This podcast begins a three part series about the symbol of the Holy Cross - It's not something you can avoid! (nor should you want to avoid it!). Really? Who needs suffering? Part 1 (of 3) on the Armenian Orthodox significance of the Holy Cross.
Ani's Bubbles: "Three Trees"
Song of the Day: "Two Short Planks" by Ian Anderson.
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan
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Working the Wild Fires

Posted: Thu, 03 Sep 2009 16:35:53 PDT

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Next Step #65: The wild fires of Southern California serve as a metaphor for sin. A Labor day meditation on work, labor and purpose - the necessity to work - and what about when the work doesn't yield large profits? Is it worth it? The need to work/labor responsibility, even in worship. The example given by the Kennedys at the death of Teddy.
Music Kim Kashkashian “Songs from Spain and Argentina.”
Ani's Bubbles: George Mardikian on "Why I closed my restaurant."
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Summer Wrap Up and the Electronic Horizon

Posted: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 23:50:02 PDT

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Next Step #64: Wrapping up a busy summer and looking ahead at the electronic ministry to come, Fr. Vazken details some of projects that were developed during his Sabbatical and new steps for the electronic vision. The passing of Ted Kennedy, gives cause for reflection – about him, yes, but even more, about us and religion. The recent decision of the 9th Circuit court and the Armenian Genocide – how to counter the blatant disregard for justice.
Music: The Dance of the people of Trapizone, (Music of Armenian, Kanun)
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The Evolution of the Fashion Show

Posted: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:15:36 PDT

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Next Step #63: "The Evolution of the Fashion Show" or TURN AROUND THAT UPSIDE-DOWN MORTGAGE! Focusing in on goals and purpose is the key that leads to a productive life rich in flavor and meaning. Drawing from John 15, the metaphor of the grapes and the grapevine, is used to outline a simple diet guaranteed to bring results. Don’t get stuck with the raisins of life, at least not while there is rich and robust grapes waiting for the harvest. Just back from the desert, Fr. Vazken keeps it warm with music and thoughts for the next step in life.
Music: “The Fire of Your Love” by Hover Chamber Choir of Armenia
…and a bit of Tchaikovsky too!
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The Virgin at Woodstock: What we learn from grapes

Posted: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 00:00:06 PDT

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Next Step #62: It’s the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock and the FEAST of Assumption of St. Mary. Two events separated by millennium, held together by Armodoxy. Fr. Vazken delves into the notion of goodness and saints, by explaining that St. Mary – as the “Mother of God” is moreover the “Bearer of Love.” St. Mary’s life offers reflections on life lived with principles and a challenge to the listener to become today’s Mary. And what about the Grapes? Did you hear it through the grapevine? Here is a quick primer about the grape blessing service with notations from John 15 – Jesus is the vine, the Father is the vinedresser and we are the branches! The bearer of love, indeed! And was Jesus a member of the Counter Culture? Find out in this podcast that ties in the Virgin and Woodstock, Grapes and productive living. Also, the new and energized Fr. Vazken offers “Post-Sabbatical thoughts” and reflects on the necessary evils of church life. Putting all the circuits in place, here are some healthy tips of Christian living within the confines of Church structure.
Musical Selection: “Woodstock” by Joni Mitchell
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Empire Ideas Stimulate Orthodox Thoughts

Posted: Thu, 06 Aug 2009 13:29:28 PDT

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Next Step #61: Returning from a teaching trip in New York, Fr. Vazken reflects on many thoughts inspired by the Empire State. A cab ride to California could have made us miss the eclipse! But a quick stop at the Eastern Diocesan headquarters in Manhattan, a refreshing oasis at the St. Vartan park. St. Nersess Seminary and the wants/needs of the youth should not be missed. A look at the newly published “Armenian Church Edition” of the Holy Bible – and the NRSV translation. Can we do better than the Bible stories such as Noah’s Ark? And should we defend them just because we always have? And what about Bill Clinton’s diplomacy in North Korea? Women in the church (deaconess)? Even an exorcism this week gives Fr. Vazken a chance to see Armodoxy as a means of connecting to the essence of God’s love. There’s a good flow of ideas in this episode that you will want to ride.

Musical Selection: Armen Chakmakian’s Ceremonies – Enchantress

Ani’s Bubbles: The boy and his nails
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More Than Language

Posted: Wed, 29 Jul 2009 17:45:12 PDT

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Next Step #60: The disenfranchised members of the Church – is language just a convenient scapegoat? (In His Steps? The Next Shoes? – definitely not about language!) Fr. Vazken gives instructions here on not just reading a prayer – but experiencing it! A look at the prayer/hymn Aravod Looso with an Armodoxy approach = don’t just read it, live it! Drop the camera, remove your eye from the viewfinder and you’ll see a beautiful life all around you. Today’s Next Step offers an exercise to holistic praying – by following the flow of the prayer and melody of St. Nersess Shnorhali. A preview of the “In Her Mittens” project by In His Shoes.
Music: Aram Khatchadourian’s “Dance of the Youths” from Gayane Ballet
Bubbles by Ani: Global proportions
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Sun and Moon: It's the Coffee that's important

Posted: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 19:20:14 PDT

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Next Step #59: Following up on the theme of Transfiguration, looking at light beyond its sources. The longest solar eclipse, the 40th Anniversary of the lunar landing, the sale of the St. James Church building on West Adams Blvd., and Croatia all come into play in this podcast. (Armenia and Croatia each become independent in 1991 but capitalism is probably the motive for this one!) Even the stove - "ojakh" is taken to a new level of central focus of spirit in the family, one that Michael Collins might appreciate. This is the prelude to Nersess Shnorhali's Aravod Looso - but don't look for a translation hear to find out why?
Song: John Bayless' rendition of "Here Comes the Sun" (Bach on Abbey Road)
Bubbles by Ani: God's coffee
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From Numbers to Light – it’s the connection that matters

Posted: Sat, 18 Jul 2009 11:17:14 PDT

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Next Step #58: Next Step begins with an interesting number theories from listener Yuri in St. Petersburg, Russia. Is it by chance that #57 had all the digits in the date stamp? If so, what about zero? Can you shed some light on that? Jesus did exactly that – with the Transfiguration. Light was not spared to tie us into the beginning of all creation and the end of time as we know it. God’s promise to open our hearts to love and the well-lit path is explored by Fr. Vazken’s expose of the feast of Transfiguration. But don’t fret the esoteric themes, there’s a serving of fish and chips in this episode. It happens to be everything you need and more. Listen in to a wild ride from numbers to light and realize that they are all connected.
Song: “Arev, Arev” by Mariam Matossian
“About Light” by Gor Mkhitarian (Spirit Album - BUY NOW)
Bubbles by Ani: Feeding the wolves
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With Freedom Comes Responsibility

Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2009 11:41:47 PDT

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Next Step #57: Today. Earth date 7.8.9. Just as the date flows so does this podcast. Two years after the “7x77 Forgiveness Conference” Fr. Vazken recaps the basics of the formula for forgiveness and peace. Also, one final look at the Michael Jackson death story in light of his memorial service. From these topics emerge the concept of responsibility. It is the basis for healthy living and mature faith. Herein Fr. Vazken challenges listeners to a life of purpose and what it means to be free.
Ani’s Spiritual Bubbles: The lonely girl
Music: Bambir’s “J.B.K.”
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Between a Rock and a Soft Place

Posted: Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:35:30 PDT

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Next Step #56: When Jesus was asked for a “sign” he offered nothing new. He only pointed to something that was “greater than” the signs. Here’s a casual look at symbols. In the wake of Michael Jackson’s death, Fr. Vazken looks into the ways information was processed, news was gathered, and the tools of technology to make our spirits come alive. The power of music – as expressed through Jackson and a surprisingly similar sound coming from Iran in the quest for freedom. The podcast ends with a special wish to America and the freedom it enjoys on this 233rd anniversary of Independence. Welcome back Gabriel from the Chad desert!

Songs: Sari Siroon Yar by Element Band; Miracles by Gor Mkhitarian
Bubbles with Ani – “The 1000 Mirrors”
The Next Step Theme Song is unveiled (composed and performed by Varoujan Movsesian)
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Dreaming Fathers for Peace

Posted: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 13:41:26 PDT

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Next Step #55: Fathers Dreaming of Peace – A look at Fatherhood through St. Joseph’s lens. In this podcast, Fr. Vazken explores parenting by looking at an individual’s relationship with God – in our ability to dream of the impossible and allow others to do the same. What happens when Jon leaves Kate? And what about the eight? You’ll find this podcast with a formula for real peace, whether in your life or in our world. Darfuri children make a phone call to President Obama – are you listening Mr. Obama?
Music: Our Father from the Focused Vision CD. And preview of a new theme song? (You’ll have to listen for this one.)
Ani with her Bubbles and much more.
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Hripsime & Gayane in Iran and Korea

Posted: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 16:40:13 PDT

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Next Step #54: If words turn into wars then simple acts of understanding and respect can turn into peace. With saber-rattling in Korea and political unrest in Iran, fear takes away thoughts of peace. But if peace is the ultimate equilibrium point, how is it achieved? In my life? On earth? In this podcast Fr. Vazken takes a look at two pioneering women of the early church, St. Hripsime and St. Gayane. Unwilling to compromise their principles, they made a difference in the life and quality of that life for generations to come. The H&G story is the prelude to “Etchmiadzin” – the place where Christ descends. In this podcast Fr. Vazken also challenges the listener to place respect as a condition and foundation to love through the “in his shoes” philosophy. News items: Iran, Korea, Holocaust Museum, KFI and Armenian bashing. It's all here.
Bubbles from Ani: the Philosophy of Peanuts
Music: Katmandu by Cat Stevens
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A Look Back at Year One

Posted: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 19:39:49 PDT

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Next Step #53: Wrapping up the first year of the Next Step Podcast, Fr. Vazken gives a moving account of a young cancer victim and the “Last Temptation of Christ.” What are the real questions that need to be asked? A look back on the year – from Darfur, to Obama, to new spiritual music, to messages of hope – Year ONE of the Next Step is only a step to year TWO coming up.
Guest William Archila reads from “The Art of Exile”
Music – John Bilezikjian rendition of Malanguena from the Neo Classical Oud album.
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Season 1: Episodes 1-26 | Season 2: Episodes 27-52 | Season 3: Episodes 53-78 |
Season 4: Episodes 79-104 | Season 5: Episodes 105-130 | Season 6: Episodes 131- 157 |
Season 7: Episodes 158 - 182 | Season 8: Episodes 183 - 209 | Season 9: Episodes 210 - 234 |
Season 10: Episodes 235 - 261 | Season 11: Episodes 262 - 288 | Season 12: Episodes 289 - 318 | Season 13: Episodes 319 -