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Avatar: The Last Airbender, was an animated fantasy show, created and produced by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, that aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons. The show's pilot first aired on February 21, 2005, and its highly anticipated two-hour finale aired on July 19, 2008. The show was well received even outside of its intended 6-11-year-old demographic and was praised for its fluid action, rich setting, compelling story and memorable characters.

Avatar was set in a world inspired by a fusion of many cultures and featured countries modeled after China, India, Tibet and the Inuit. Mystics known as benders played a central role in the show. Benders used martial arts mixed with mystical powers to control one of the four classical elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. At any given time, there was one bender who could bend all four elements and served as the arbiter of world peace: the Avatar.

The show followed the journey of one such Avatar, a 12-year-old Airbender named Aang, whose inability to accept his role as the Avatar allowed the Fire Nation to conquer most of the world. Over the course of the show's three seasons, Aang came to terms with himself and learned to bend all four elements, leading to a final confrontation with the ruthless Firelord.

"Avatar" featured a diverse cast of memorable characters, representing each of the world's three remaining countries. Aang, voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen, was the main character of the series and the sole remaining member of the Air Nomads. Aang was pure-hearted and often struggled with the responsibilities forced upon him as the Avatar.

Sokka and Katara, a brother and sister, represented the Water Tribe and accompanied Aang throughout the series. Katara, voiced by Mae Whitman, was Aang's romantic interest throughout the show and was a powerful Waterbender. Sokka, voiced by Jack DeSena, was the sole non-bender among the show's main cast and demonstrated the ability of intelligence to overcome raw power.

The Earth Kingdom was represented by Toph Beifong, a blind Earthbender voiced by Jessie Flower. Though blind, Toph was able to see thanks to her prodigious Earthbending skills. She joined the group in the second season as Aang's Earthbending teacher.

The disgraced prince of the Fire Nation, Zuko, served as the main antagonist of the show for much of the first and second season. Zuko, voiced by Dante Basco, was driven to capture the Avatar to restore his lost honor. He was mentored by his uncle Iroh, voiced first by Mako Iwamatsu and later by Greg Baldwin following Mako's death in 2006.

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3 Seasons, 61 Episodes
February 21, 2005
Animation & Cartoons
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Avatar: The Last Airbender Full Episode Guide

  • Having decided to split up, Zuko and Katara head to the Fire Nation in order to stop Azula, who has become extremely paranoid and power hungry since becoming Firelord, once and for all; while Sokka, Toph, and Suki head to stop the air ship fleet that will destroy the Earth Kingdom. Both groups find their tasks harder than they expected. Meanwhile, Aang faces off with Ozai, but finds himself overwhelmed by the immense power he has gained from Sozin's Comet. Elsewhere, the Order of the White Lotus battles for the freedom of Ba Sing Se.

  • The gang is forced to look at themselves from a third party view after watching a play about their adventures, and don't like what they see. Mainly Zuko, who regrets betraying his uncle, and Aang, who is unsure where he stands with Katara.

  • Feeling as though Katara's hatred for him is somehow deeply rooted in the death of her mother, Zuko asks Sokka to explain how she died. After hearing the story, Zuko realizes he knows who killed her, and takes Katara off to find him. Aang worries that once face to face with the murderer, Katara will do something she will later regret.

  • Staying at Boiling Rock an extra day ends up paying off, as Hakoda does turn out to be one of the incoming prisoners. Now with him in their plans, they devise a second escape, which seems to work perfectly, until Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee arrive.

  • The force continues to fight their way to the Fire Nation Capital as the eclipse draws nearer. Aang, Sokka, and Toph infiltrate the secret underground bunker where they believe the Firelord is hiding, but face problems once inside. Meanwhile, Zuko confronts his father and Iroh escapes from jail.

  • The entire invasion force gathers together and charts out the plan of attack they will use during the invasion. With help from technology designed by Sokka and built by the Mechanist, the force makes it to the island and the battle begins. Meanwhile, Aang travels to the Capital Building in order to face Firelord Ozai, but finds a surprise when he arrives.

  • As the day of the invasion draws near Aang begins to suffer from strong anxiety. In order to stop his nightmares he decides to stay awake until the invasion is over, however the lack of sleep causes him to lose a serious grip on reality. Meanwhile, Zuko is hurt after he finds out he wasn't invited to an upcoming meeting about the war.

  • Avatar Roku decides it's time Aang learned of Roku's past, and takes him on a spiritual recap of his life. Meanwhile, Zuko discovers the past of his great-grandfather, Firelord Sozin, through old books. Shockingly to both the them, Avatar Roku and Firelord Sozin had more in common than they thought.

  • Zuko and the Fire Nation gang take a break at the beach, where they learn more about each other. Meanwhile, the bounty hunter Zuko hired catches up with the gang.

  • The kids comes across a small town based in the middle of a river, whose waters have been polluted by a nearby Fire Nation factory. Mysteriously, soon after they arive, a spirit who goes by the name of "The Painted Lady" shows up to aid the town.

  • The gang gets new Fire Nation clothes in order to blend in, but Aang is mistaken for a student and gets enrolled in a local school. He uses this opportunity to learn more about the secrets of the Fire Nation, but soon realizes that Fire Nation traditions are much different than that of the Air Nomads, and decides to throw a dance party in order to help the kids there lighten up. Meanwhile he bonds with a girl from his class, making Katara a bit jealous. Elsewhere, Zuko confronts Iroh in jail, but doesn't get the response he was looking for.

  • The gang struggles to stop Azula who seems to be taking over Ba Sing Se with the help of the Dai Lee, and Zuko comes to a crossroads in his destiny; his choice will effect them all.

  • Aang travels to the Eastern Air Temple to meet Guru Pathik, who claims he can teach Aang how to control the Avatar State. Sokka is finally reunited with his father, Azula begins phase one of her sinister plan, and Iroh helps Zuko come to terms on what his destiny really is.

  • Now with Appa back, the gang tries hard to show the Earth King the conspiracy of Ba Sing Se, but the Dai Lee have covered their tracks well. Meanwhile, Zuko enters a sick state of spiritual crisis after making his major choice to drop his old way of living.

  • Appa's adventures are chronicled from the time he was captured in the desert to the present time.

  • Finally in Ba Sing Se, the kids are eager to inform the king of their plan to defeat the Fire Nation. However, there are complications. Everyone acts weird whenever the war is mentioned. Meanwhile, Zuko and Iroh are followed by Jet, who is trying to prove they are from the Fire Nation. Jet's friends are disappointed that he's so obsessed with catching them, and set out to make a better life for themselves.

  • Aang and Momo have arrived at Ba Sing Se to find Appa, and discover that the Fire Nation is attacking. He quickly finds the others and informs them what is happening. Meanwhile, Zuko and Iroh get to know Jet, who says he wants to join them.

  • Getting to Ba Sing Se without Appa turns out to be harder than the kids thought after they decide to help a family of refugees get to Ba Sin Se the only way they know how: through the Serpent's Pass.

  • Aang goes to search for Appa while Katara struggles to keep everyone together, in hopes they can get out of the desert alive. Zuko and Iroh, meanwhile, seek help from an ancient society.

  • When Aang struggles with a block while trying to learn earthbending from Toph, he wonders if the problem is with him or his teacher. Meanwhile, Sokka gets himself in a jam, literally.

  • Tired, snippy, and on the run, fights break out as the kids try to escape a tank with, unbeknowst to them, Azula and her to friends in it, persuing them.

  • Traveling without Uncle now, Zuko wanders alone into an Earth Kingdom town where he bonds with a local boy. All the while being haunted by memories of his own youth.

  • While searching for an earthbender who can teach Aang earthbending, the kids stumble upon an underground earthbending tournament. There they find Toph, a small blind girl who holds the championship belt. Aang desperately wants Toph to be his teacher, but complications with her family make it seem like an impossibility.

  • Aang tries desperately to clear the Avatar's good name when the gang stumbles upon a town which celebrates "Avatar Day", a day of anti-Avatar. The Avatar resentment has apparently been inspired by something a past Avatar did to the town. Meanwhile, Zuko and Iroh's views on how to live their new lives begin to conflict with each other.

  • While on their way to Ba Sing Se to find Aang a new earthbending teacher, the gang is caught up in a tornado and Aang, Katara, and Sokka are seperated from Appa and Momo. Now both groups must survive the horrors of the swamp and find each other. Meanwhile, Aang learns more about "connecting" with the earth.

  • Aang is shocked to find out King Bumi has surrendered Omashu to the Fire Nation, and insists that they try and find him within the it's borders. Meanwhile, Azula searches down old friends to help her hunt down Zuko, Iroh, and now the Avatar.

  • Aang is haunted by the thought of reverting into the Avatar State, fearing he won't be able to control himself, and tries to avoid it at all costs. The gang travels to the Earth Kingdom to meet with a general who plans on using the Avatar State to beat the Fire Nation. Meanwhile, Zuko and Iroh are visited by Azula, Zuko's sister, who tells them they are finally going home. However, Iroh is suspicious.

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