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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 Worst Episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S1E11

#1 - The Great Divide

7.67

Season 1 - Episode 11

While on their way to the North Pole, Aang and his friends arrive at a giant canyon where two groups of refugees are bickering over who should get to go across. Aang decides to walk across with the two groups to ensure they don’t fight one another. However, he soon learns that the two tribes have been feuding for one hundred years and they both believe their actions are justified. But when the predators inside the canyon start to come out, Aang is stuck trying to defend both tribes from each other and the vicious wildlife.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 906 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S3E9

#2 - Nightmares and Daydreams

7.69

Season 3 - Episode 9

Four days prior the invasion, Aang becomes nervous over his soon-to-come confrontation with the Fire Lord. His anxiety gets the better of him as he begins to suffer from outrageous nightmares and hallucinations. Meanwhile, Zuko becomes upset to learn that he was not informed about a war meeting.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 772 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S2E5

#3 - Avatar Day

7.76

Season 2 - Episode 5

Aang and the gang discover an Earth town that celebrates something called "Avatar Day." But when they get there and learn the festival is of "anti-Avatar" sentiment and Aang is put on trial for a crime a past incarnation allegedly committed. Looking to clear the Avatar's good name, Katara and Sokka venture back to a familiar place to gather evidence and discover the truth.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 835 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S1E10

#4 - Jet

7.80

Season 1 - Episode 10

It's all about instincts...While traveling towards the North Pole, the group almost gets captured by the Fire Nation. However, when a charismatic young man and his band of rebels attack the Fire Nation camp and rescue them, they learn that they are trying to resist the Fire Nation’s motives to expand their territory. Katara and Aang really enjoy their time with the band of rebels, but Sokka soon discovers that they aren’t as noble as meets the eye.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 927 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S1E14

#5 - The Fortuneteller

7.83

Season 1 - Episode 14

When the group tries to help a man who is being attacked by a platypus-bear, they discover that the local town has a fortuneteller named Aunt Wu in it, who has been forecasting the town's fate for years. But when Sokka and Aang discover one of the fortuneteller's most vital predictions is dead wrong, they have to develop a plan to convince the stubborn townspeople that their beloved Aunt Wu was wrong.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 880 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S3E5

#6 - The Beach

7.84

Season 3 - Episode 5

Zuko, Azula, Mai and Ty Lee take a vacation to ember island. In the process, they come to learn more about themselves and each other as well as their desires for the future. Elsewhere, Aang and others face off against a new adversary.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 827 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S1E9

#7 - The Waterbending Scroll

7.88

Season 1 - Episode 9

After Katara attempts to teach Aang waterbending, but realizes that he is learning it much faster than she is, she is desperate to improve her abilities. When Katara inadvertently stumbles across a waterbending scroll that can help improve her ability while Aang is looking at a pirate’s store, she decides to steal it after she realizes that she couldn’t hope to afford it; but will she be capable of stealing from the pirates without causing herself and her friends trouble?

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 993 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S2E4

#8 - The Swamp

7.88

Season 2 - Episode 4

A mysterious tornado pulls the kids into a supernatural swamp where Katara, Sokka and Aang have mysterious visions. Meanwhile, Momo and Appa are chased by rogue swamp dwellers and only Aang and the gang can save them.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 849 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S1E6

#9 - Imprisoned

7.90

Season 1 - Episode 6

In a nearby Earth Village, the gang meets a teenage earthbender named Haru. This village lives in fear of the Fire Nation, for soldiers there capture any earthbenders they can find.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 1068 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S1E1

#10 - The Boy in the Iceberg

7.91

Season 1 - Episode 1

Two teenage siblings (Sokka and Katara) living in the South Pole discover a very strange boy (Aang), along with his pet flying bison Appa, in an iceberg. But can they trust him when he accidentally draws the war to their village's doorstep?

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 1749 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S1E4
#11 - The Warriors of Kyoshi
7.93
Season 1 - Episode 4

The gang arrives at Kyoshi Island and are captured by some Kyoshi warriors. When Aang reveals that he is the avatar, news quickly spreads out and suddenly reaches to Prince Zuko who then goes to Kyoshi Island to capture him.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 1217 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S1E2
#12 - The Avatar Returns
7.95
Season 1 - Episode 2

Katara and Sokka discover that Aang is the long-lost Avatar and must rescue him when a Firebending prince named Zuko kidnaps him.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 1346 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S3E3
#13 - The Painted Lady
7.96
Season 3 - Episode 3

When the gang arrives at a suffering fishing village, a mysterious spirit appears to help the villagers.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 786 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S1E5
#14 - The King of Omashu
7.98
Season 1 - Episode 5

Aang's abilities as an airbender are challenged by a king.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 1129 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S1E7
#15 - The Spirit World: Winter Solstice (1)
7.98
Season 1 - Episode 7

Aang and friends visit a village being terrorized by an angry spirit. Iroh is captured by Earth Kingdom soldiers.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 1064 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S2E3
#16 - Return to Omashu
7.98
Season 2 - Episode 3

Despite the shocking news the gang have just discovered, Aang insists on trying to find King Bumi within Omashu's borders, even with the dangers that will await him and his friends if his real identity is discovered. Meanwhile Azula goes in search of old friends to help her with her mission.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 847 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S1E15
#17 - Bato of the Water Tribe
7.99
Season 1 - Episode 15

Aang feels neglected as Katara and Sokka reunite with Bato, an old friend of their father’s from the South Pole. They begin to reminisce on their times in the past while they wait for a message to arrive from their father; in which Aang believes Katara and Sokka will abandon him and go out to find their father should the message arrive. However, when the messenger gives Aang the message to give to Bato, Aang betrays his friends in a way Katara or Sokka could never imagine. However, when Zuko recruits a bounty hunter named Jun to track Aang down, his friendship is put to the test as he must deal with the fact that he betrayed his friends while defending himself from yet another fight.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 846 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S3E17
#18 - The Ember Island Players
8.01
Season 3 - Episode 17

A play recounting the gang's adventures does not sit well with Aang and his friends, except for Toph who enjoys it very much. Meanwhile, Aang confesses his love to Katara, but the response is ambiguous.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 808 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S3E7
#19 - The Runaway
8.02
Season 3 - Episode 7

When Katara expresses her disapproval to Toph's new way to make quick cash, the group finds her too motherly and tension grows between Katara and Toph. When Katara finally decides to participate in this scam to disprove Toph's accusations, they are left vulnerable and are forced to face the dire consequences.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 800 votes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - S1E17
#20 - The Northern Air Temple
8.03
Season 1 - Episode 17

When Aang and his friends hear rumors about surviving airbenders, they decide to stop by the Northern Air Temple on their way to the North Pole to see for themselves. What they find is a bunch of people who are not airbenders, but have mastered the art of gliding; though this upsets Aang because they have been defacing the temple. However, there was one part of the temple where nobody has been able to enter, and what Aang and his friends discover inside spells oncoming conflict.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from 837 votes.

Last updated: apr 17, 2021

Comments

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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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