Why 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Is Still One of the Best Cartoons of All Time

Updated on January 21, 2019

If you didn’t watch Avatar: The Last Airbender as a child, then your childhood was robbed. Sorry, but it had to be said. The animated hit series aired over 13 years ago and still as adults we love to go back, re-watch, and relive the excitement. Avatar: The Last Airbender was one of the first TV shows I watched that required the audience members to watch the episodes in order to get the full story. To be honest, the cartoon was completely genius when it came to storytelling and I’m not exactly sure how the show was able to hook such a young audience. From unique characters to action packed adventures to a fictional universe that felt fully realistic, the series impressed its viewers at every turn (and still does).

If you don’t know what Avatar: The Last Airbender is about I won’t even try to explain it. I’ll let the show do it itself. This quote is the opening sequence of the show spoken by one of the main characters, Katara:

"Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them, but when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years passed and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang. And although his airbending skills are great, he has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone. But I believe Aang can save the world."

What an incredible opener! Here are just a few reasons why Avatar: The Last Airbender is still one of the best cartoons of all time.

Unique Characters You Fall in Love With

This kids show was full of wonderfully rich characters with emotions and flaws and incredible backstories that made you want to keep watching. Anyone who watched the show will tell you all about their favorite characters. From characters with disabilities to characters with awesome combat skills, there was a character in this show for everyone.

The main gang of characters include Aang, Katara, Sokka, Zuko, and Toph. Each one of these characters (except for Sokka) has an extraordinary ability called bending. Each character can bend the elements to their will and use it for action packed combat, healing, or just plain fun.

An Engrossing and Fully Realized World

The fictional world of Avatar: The Last Airbender is captivating and intriguing. The world felt completely real and incredibly gigantic. The small towns that hustle and bustled with a plethora of new and interesting characters made the world come to life in an enriching and unique way.

The way the characters interacted with the world around them felt authentic and genuine. Not for one single moment did I think the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender was fake. The world was fully realized with unique creatures and fictional setting based on Asian cultures.

An Action Packed Adventurous Story

This action-packed story follows Aang, the last known air nomad in the world, as he tries to end a 100 year war by defeating the Fire Lord and learning how to bend each of the four elements .

The story of Avatar: The Last Airbender is full of juicy conflict and intriguing back story that will lock your eyes to the screen. Every twist and turn of this story is incredible and worth watching.


Avatar: The Last Airbender is definitely worth its audience’s time. It’s full of daring and charming characters, a uniquely authentic and captivating world, and packs a punch when it comes to genius storytelling. If you have never seen Avatar: The Last Airbender before, then pop some popcorn, grab the remote control, and turn it on right now. Go on! You know you want to.


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