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Nickeloden has a show call Avatar: The Last Airbender and what a great show it is.  I started watching when the show first appeared.  Initially, my daughter brought it to my attention when I was reviewing other shows for suitability.  The commercials looked interesting so I watched the pilot with my kids and we have all been hooked ever since. 

The story is set on a world where there are essentially four “nations“ of people including Air, Water, Fire, and Earth Benders.  It follows a 12 year old kid named Ang (who is the Avatar and is also the last air bender), his flying bison Oppa, and some friends he makes along the way. He is destined to save water and earth nations from the attacking fire nation.  The first season just completed and during the season Ang met with many interesting people.  Some were friends, some were not, all were well developed.

The animation is in the style of Anime and the drama and character development are as complex and as well-crafted as any made-for-adult television show.  The writers cleverly focus on the characters and long-term storyline while making the individual episodes interesting and enjoyable.  They never seem to lose sight of the “big picture” yet never bore the viewer with episodes that do not answer questions.

Contemporary television seems to be dumbed down unnecessarily.  While there are certainly times for (and shows for) more immediate gratification and simple entertainment, too often we see programming that insults the intelligence of the audience, even when the show claims to be “smart television.”  Avatar is able to break the mold of the “dumbed-down” show while still remain appropriate for kids. 

In addition to great animation, excellent writing, and (my favorite) well-developed characters, Avatar teaches morality, character, respect, and honor.  No, it's not a tree-huggin', bunny-lovin' kinda show.  It focuses on balance (not surpising given its Anime background).  In fact, the Yin-Yang theme is prominent in the season finale. 

Although the season is over, I am sure Nickelodeon will show repeats throughout the year.  I hope you can take a few minutes to enjoy this show.  If you are already enjoying the show, please offer your feedback.  I'd love to know what others think about it.

Posted on Sunday, December 4, 2005 9:35 AM Entertainment | Back to top


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I can never seem to catch this show on, but no kiddin'...goood stuff! I think the show would encourage children to genuinely *think* rather than just listen. Unlike some of the anime I've seen (Princess Monokee comes to mind) there is no "higer purpose" to the show. Don't get me wrong, I loved PM, but I found it a bit preachy.
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Agreed! It's really cool to talk about plot lines and to predict story trends with my daughter. She really does think about it on multiple levels. Good point!
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Avatar Rocks!!
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Love the show, but what's up with the arrows?
Left by Brian on Dec 05, 2005 9:07 AM

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The arrow on Ang's head (according to my daughter) is an Air Nation symbol indicating that he is a master air bender. Can anyone refute or confirm this?
Left by Codesailor on Dec 05, 2005 10:15 AM

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There was an episode where Ang was hangin' with his other air-bender boyz. I can't quite remember if the markings were on everyone-I'm thinking they were all tatt'ed up.
Also I think Gary Cole does a voice over as Kim Possible's dad.
Left by Steelurai on Dec 18, 2005 7:16 AM

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Steelurai...that's a cool name!

Thanks for the info. I'll check it out yo'!

Word up!

B-Dogg
Left by Co on Dec 18, 2005 7:51 AM

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I've watched that show, and I say I absolutely love it!! It's practically the only show that I actually purposely plan to watch. If there are people who say that the show isn't "dumbed down," then I will certainly agree. Actually, the first season might be over, but I think there might be another season coming up.

Um... has anyone noticed something about Prince Zuko? For some reason I'm started to think of him as a good guy, although I guess none of the characters are really "bad" guys on a deeper level, I guess. Wasn't there an episode that kind of hinted that he used to be a friend of Aang's.
Left by H2o. on Dec 28, 2005 8:50 PM

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To add to my last comment. I'm not sure about the Prince Zuko thing.
Left by H2o. on Dec 28, 2005 8:53 PM

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I never saw this show before i need all the info on all the avatars.
Left by bob on Feb 09, 2006 6:43 PM

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Try this for Avatar information:

http://www.nick.com/all_nick/tv_supersites/display_show.jhtml?show_id=ava

Click "Characters"
Left by Codesailor on Feb 12, 2006 3:56 AM

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I like Zuko alot! The poor boy...can you blame him for his attitude problem?!?

In response to a previous post...Aang and Zuko aren't friends. Yet. Aang was just trying to get through to Zuko when mr."angry boy" fired a fireball at him! Later, however, you could tell Zuko was thinking it over...



Left by Sarah on Mar 17, 2006 10:37 PM

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Avatar is cool.I think it is the coolest show ever.
Left by monty on May 07, 2006 11:59 AM

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Avatar is cool.I think it is the coolest show ever.
Left by Monty on May 07, 2006 12:00 PM

# the avatar is awsome watch it everyday or ure dumb
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if u dont watch the avatar u dumb!!!
Left by aang on May 28, 2006 1:10 PM

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Hi ppl,
gr8 show, watch it every day !
It's jst gd, the plot.....the characters pesonalities !
Everything !!
I really hope there will me new series.
Er.....can anyone tell me wat was the last event or wat happened at the end of the present series?

Thx
It totaly cool !
Left by The Avatar on Jul 03, 2006 2:21 PM

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..... from my last comment

I dont think i've seen the lasy episode..not sure plz fill me in


thx
Left by The Avatar on Jul 03, 2006 2:22 PM

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last * not lasy
Left by The Avatar on Jul 04, 2006 1:34 PM

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I agree with everyone. The Avatar is a great show. I am actually happy to let my 7 year old daughter watch it. I think that it does often teach life lessons in the show. Much better than say, SpongBob Square Pants or some of the other crap out there.

By the way, I am probably going out on a limb here, but I think that Aang and Prince Zuko will unite in a future show and end up bringing ballance back in the world. The premise of the show is that Aang must master all four elements so that he can restore ballance. Whose going to teach him fire bending? And Zuko has been basically kicked out of his tribe. And this season he is a refugee, and is starting to soften a little.

Anyway, I've written too much. Just wanted to agree and say that it is great to see worthwile programming on TV.
Left by Michael on Sep 17, 2006 5:06 PM

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Oh Yeah !! The concept is Awesome. Some times it ressembles even the Indian Cultural concept like There are 5 main parts of world or human being 1. Air 2. Water 3. Earth 4. Fire 5. Soul Avtar is the one who can COntrol all four powers (It is said that in Vedic Culture ) the one who knows himself and Knows the power of his soul can Rule everything he want to. Avtar is a 12 year old kid and yet he is not that mature to know everythin he want to. His Air wending is at extreme power even he is used to Water wending if he is with KATARA, Ang is Awesome
Left by Suhas on Sep 21, 2006 1:40 PM

# YOU NEED TO KNOW: they're trying 2 take avatar off the air! WE HAVE 2 do something!
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hi my name is elissa lewis, my husband and i just got into watching avatar! YEAY! My husband used to practice tai-chi which i c is used in the show. he is of the tao religion im just bareley starting tai chi myself, and this show i think is way more for adults then children because its so profound! The lessons of emotional effects of martial arts, the honor theme is incredible! WHERE did they come up with appa? I mean a flying bison is so incredibly creative,&momo i want one! LOL! we've only been at the starting point of the show and its so worth it once you watch the first episode.stay loyal fellow benders! i mean that in a nice way please no one think im a weirdy!
Left by Elissa Lewis on Sep 28, 2006 12:39 PM

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avatar rocks!!! im adicted to that show. its not on enough they need to put it on more!!
Left by emo penguin on Dec 02, 2006 12:55 PM

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I've seen every episode and Aang mentioned that one of his good friends growing up was a fire bender...but that was 100 years ago. It would be cool if it turned out to be Zuko's great great great grandpa. Also, Aang has already learned fire bending. There was a general in the fire nation army who decided the war was wrong and he went MIA. Aang met him and he taught him how to stand and breathe and fire comes from the belly and things like that. Sometime while practicing, he burned Katara, accidentally, but he vowed never to fire bend again. In the latest episode, Aang was unblocking hi "Chi" and decided to fire bend again. Make sure and buy the dvds, book one is out and book 2 should be out soon. Any Avatar questions, just shoot them my way.
Left by Sabrina on Dec 04, 2006 12:48 PM

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Prince Zuko is one hot boy who goes great with Katara.
Left by sarah on Dec 07, 2006 7:33 PM

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ass wholes
Left by joe krack on Dec 07, 2006 7:34 PM

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Prince Zuko is one hot boy who goes great with Katara.
Left by sarah on Dec 07, 2006 7:36 PM

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Great Show !! Me (34 years old) and my son (4 years old).. both are adicted to this show !!

I am planning to get this animation serise for my home collection.. any help ?
Left by Vinay R. Indoria on Dec 10, 2006 2:13 PM

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Stuff for kids!! im 18 and love it, in fact im on search for dvds!!
Left by Timbo on Jan 16, 2007 6:35 AM

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yea.....show gleaming at astral realms...

thing points at various aspects of oneself 2 bring out d best of it eventuallt...Dats Ang's all about..


Rest of d piece wether its, katara,,zuko,,iro,,azel fr dat matter does their great job in the process.

I love ,,.....abuv alll LIVE AVATAR.!!!!!!!!!




(do inform as an charity whoever come to know for its dvd or vcd pack in india.)
Left by xeurek on Jan 21, 2007 12:14 AM

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It is possible to buy the first book (water) on DVD (8Hrs) from Amazon, if you live in US. I will soon find out if it is possible to import it, but it will be in Region One so I will need a multy region player.

The Avatar is trully a great show, Soka's very very funny! This show appels to any age. (I'm 17)

-Pete
Left by Pete on Feb 18, 2007 7:01 AM

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This thread is quite old, but what the heck, for avatar sake! I'm 26, seen Avatar for the first time on local tv (but it has been discontinued), and i dare say such a quality that you would never find on any animation series that you would see on TV, and that's enough for a TV sceptic like me to spent about 20 minutes on any given day in front of the dumbed screen.

It is everything you said on your review and much much more. Just when i thought that i have thing figured out, there came along prince Zuko' sister, and just when i thought he would be the redemption incarnate, a tight turn of event reunite him with his sister to reclaim his so called "honor", attacking his own uncle, and of course Ang and Katara who had proposed to cure Zuko with her water of special property. All of that happened without me ever knowing what really happening inside the mind of this character called Zuko. Zuko and a young blind earth bender that soon became Ang' teacher makes an interesting topic to discuss, not to mention the whole Avatar creative world.

Plot twisted accordingly, never show anything that is truely unnecessary, so not to create any drag for the continuation of the series... Indeed, whoever you are, you dont want to waste a great show.
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I think the show is wonderfull but I think there is a meaning to it and what I wonna know is did all that stuff about the bendings really happen?
Left by sadie orsler on Jun 01, 2007 2:21 PM

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olha eu sou do brazil e gostaria que voces passacem os episodios novos por que ja assisti todos e naum o final quando ele desafia o senhor do fogo!!!

lohana
por favor faz um esforço
é meu desenho prefirido
obrigada
Left by lohana dias rodrigues on Jun 20, 2007 11:54 AM

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this is a really old thread but
im a 16 year old boy and me and sum of my friends love this show
its so awsome and besides the good plot and well develope characters it keeps my atention just because i wish our world was like that kinda lame but it would be awsome
i was also just wondering if any one knew when book 3 was coming out or if they are even guna make one
Left by whitey on Jul 24, 2007 1:28 PM

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I am boy living in India .iam 15 yr old
and i like this show since i watched it
there is a tragedy that i dont know but
the other books telecast has already released in other countries whereas in india i am only able to watch
the !st season again and again also i can not find DVD
or CDs in the market

HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Left by Ayush on Jan 05, 2008 11:46 AM

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I am lov'in it
Left by Amit Bhawalkar on Feb 06, 2008 7:22 AM

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i love it too but its never on!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im addicted
Left by charlie on Feb 11, 2008 5:43 AM

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Hi, I really enjoyed your opinion on the show. My husband and 9 year old son, have their little Friday night routine with Avatar. They get their snacks ready and get on the couch and watch together.

I have seen a few episodes and feel your description is dead-on. If there were more shows like Avatar, television might be moving in the right direction, because there is so much trash on tv, I find it appalling : (.

Thanks!
Left by Erin on Mar 05, 2008 9:53 AM

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hey i too caught the show recently but hey stopped half way and are now putting ninja hattori or somthing like that! if you know what the new air dates and tmes are please send me an e-mail to hot.male.ems@hotmail.com. ( I live in Sri Lanka but we fet nick India through cable)
Left by Ephraim on Apr 05, 2008 12:28 PM

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Very muched agreed. I believe Avatar is a great story line and exelent anamation!
Left by britta on Nov 28, 2008 3:15 PM

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I totally agree, contemporary television does seem to be dumbed down and avatar breaks this mould and is a genuinely good show. It has an excellent story line and animation, more thought provoking ideas meanwhile being funny and entertaining. I will recommend this show to anyone at any age, its just great!
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