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Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Nickelodeon 2005

In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S3E21

#1 - Sozin's Comet: Avatar Aang (4)

9.15

Season 3 - Episode 21

Aang defeats the Fire Lord by bending the elements within the Fire Lord and removing his fire bending abilities. After Zuko is taken down protecting Katara from Azula, Katara fights and manages to restrain Azula. Afterwards, Zuko is crowned Fire Lord and promises a better future for the world. Aang takes his place as the next Avatar, changing his attire in the process. Katara finally shows her love for Aang as they kiss in the last scene.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 953 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S3E20

#2 - Sozin's Comet: Into the Inferno (3)

8.88

Season 3 - Episode 20

Sokka, Suki, and Toph try to stop the Fire Nation's air fleet. Meanwhile, Zuko and Azula duel in an Agni Kai and Aang confronts the Fire Lord. On the verge of losing, Aang gets hit in the back of his scar which sends him into the Avatar State.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 776 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S1E20

#3 - The Siege of the North (2)

8.72

Season 1 - Episode 20

Aang returns from the spirit world to a big surprise. Meanwhile, Zhao and his forces continue to press deeper into the Northern Water Tribe. What could possibly stop the fire nation from destroying this tranquil region? If Zhao has his way, nothing. Also, Iroh makes a powerful stand and Zuko struggles to keep his plan intact.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 824 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S3E11

#4 - The Day of Black Sun: The Eclipse (2)

8.60

Season 3 - Episode 11

As the invasion force fights their way to the Fire Nation capital, the kids help Aang to find the Fire Lord in time for the eclipse. But there are a few surprises. Zuko confronts his father and tells him that he's going to join the Avatar.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 723 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S2E20

#5 - The Crossroads of Destiny

8.58

Season 2 - Episode 20

Everyone races against time to stop Azula's sinister plan. Zuko finds companionship in an unlikely source. Aang's destiny hangs in the balance - and so does Zuko's, as Iroh tells him "it is time to choose."

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 800 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S3E6
#6 - The Avatar and the Firelord
8.52
Season 3 - Episode 6

The tale of Avatar Roku and Fire Lord Sozin is revealed to Aang and Zuko by different sources. Both learn about themselves and are shown the origins of the war.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 834 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S3E8
#7 - The Puppetmaster
8.47
Season 3 - Episode 8

The gang investigates the bizarre disappearances taking place within an eerie town.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 835 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S3E13
#8 - The Firebending Masters
8.47
Season 3 - Episode 13

While teaching Aang firebending, Zuko finds that he has lost all his firebending skills. Now to regain his powers, Zuko and Aang must seek the original source of firebending within the ruins of a lost civilization.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 799 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S3E15
#9 - The Boiling Rock (2)
8.46
Season 3 - Episode 15

Zuko and Sokka make new plans to break out of the prison with Suki, Sokka's father and some others while a shocking twist leaves Azula none to happy with her two closest friends.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 717 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S2E6
#10 - The Blind Bandit
8.45
Season 2 - Episode 6

In search for an Earthbending teacher for Aang, the kids go to an underground Earthbending tournament called Earth Rumble 6, where they encounter Toph (aka the Blind Bandit), a blind, but powerful Earthbending girl. After seeing her unique style of Earthbending, Aang wants Toph to become his teacher, but there are complications with Toph's family.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 923 votes.

Last updated: feb 24, 2021

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I was recommended by a colleague to watch this show. To put it bluntly I was sceptical - it seemed just like a kids cartoon, and I am in my mid 30s - but I decided to give it a go, mainly because he kept saying "trust me"! Over the past month I have watched the entire series and must say I was quite impressed. While it definitely is aimed at a younger audience, like all good children's stories it appeals to parents and children alike. If anything, it appeals to adults because it reminds them of what they loved about children's stories as kids. The first season took a few episodes to get going. It took me a while to get into it and embrace the characters. The early episodes tend to be generally self-contained stories, however towards the end of season 1 the story takes off, and the story become much more serialised. From then on out it is a really enjoyable ride all the way through to the series 3 finale. If anything it gets better from season to season. The animation is first rate for TV. I have never really watched any anime (or anime-style, in this case) series before so I was definitely going into this green, but I found the quality to be first rate. The characters were also very well written, and the constructed world of element benders was believable within its mythos. I highly recommend this to kids and adults alike. Better still, watch it with your kids. At the end of the day, they are just telling good stories, and who wouldn't enjoy that?

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I'm gonna watch this show and LoK until the day I take me last breath.

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Just an amazing show! I can watch this over and over again and it never gets old. Really looking forward to seeing The Legend of Korra.

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This cartoon is leagues above any other western animation I have ever seen. It appeals to both children and adults, as its story is not only simple to follow, but also extremely good. Each character is unique and endearing, and their interactions with each other are even more so. The plot flows perfectly, each story beat hitting its mark and culminating in an epic finale. This is a show that people are still talking about over ten years after its original release, and I think they still will be for many years to come, Netflix adaptation notwithstanding.

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Absolute classic series that was a big part of my childhood. Nothing more positive could be said about this series than what has already been said.

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I was one of those lucky enough to watch this show at a relatively young age, 11 I think- coincidentally the same age as Aang in the show. Because of it I started meditating and understanding Chakra systems and spiritual knowledge at that age! Bless this show for all that it gave me! FYI- If you haven't watched the show and are curious about its spiritual knowledge, reference season 2 episode 18 "The Guru" the one I am watching now!

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I need to shout into the void a little about this show. Sure, it's aimed at kids, and that comes across occasionally. Sometimes there is comedy that is obviously aimed at that age group. Sometimes an episode will have too neat a conclusion or an overly obvious moral. But as a whole, the show has more depth, of character, of theme, of everything, than most shows I've seen that are supposed to be for adults. The characters are brilliantly written on the whole. Sometimes an arc will seem slightly rushed, but it's hard to avoid considering each episode is only around 20 minutes long. The characters all pretty much make sense - OK, there are a couple of complete evil lunatics, but I think some are needed for the telling of this kind of elemental (no pun intended) story. The show looks gorgeous - some of the best fighting I've ever seen, really. And there are some beautiful moments in the show. There is a lot of emotional turmoil in here. I don't think this show really feeds my nostalgia of childhood. Something like Adventure Time is great at that - I feel like that is a show about childhood. And there is nothing wrong with that - Adventure Time is amazing after all. But I think this is just an amazing story, that gives one a lot to genuinely think about. It's seems remarkably not like a story for children to me... there are incredible cruelties enacted on heroes and villains alike, there are some complex lessons about the banality of evil, the nature of revenge, the nature of destiny, and of pacifism. Of course, that isn't to say that it isn't a story for children... just that it manages somehow to treat both audiences with respect. It is for children without pandering overly to them, and works for adult simply because it is a great story that doesn't become overly simple or obvious. I think everyone should watch this show. It is fantastic, and I truly think one of the best shows I've seen, animated or not, aimed at children or not.

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What could I possibly say about this **EXCELLENT** show that hasn't already been said? I wish it had never ended. It is; to this day; my all-time favorite American-produced animated show. The recurring themes in this series (and its sequel series: _**Avatar: The Legend of Korra**_ ) are timeless. It is the perfect mixture of drama, action and comedy. As I anxiously await the Netflix-produced live-action version of this story, I just rewatched it again and it still holds up. Such a great show. If you think animated shows are _just for kids_ then do yourself a favor and watch both series.

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This series is a martial arts masterpiece! The fight scenes are so well choreographed. Despite being a family friendly show the war aspect feels real and there is always a sense of danger. There are plenty of series wich are supposed to be "for adults" and don't give nearly as much thought to its battles as this cartoon does.

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This is one of the masterpieces of our time, IMHO. Probably the only series I would give a 10/10. The first episode is slow. Trust me, it gets better. The sequel series (Legend of Korra) is worth watching, especially if you appreciate the high art/music standard. And as others said, this is a mature story disguised as a Nickelodeon cartoon.

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