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The Best Episodes of 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'

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There are so many great and gripping episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "The Crossroads of Destiny" the best, or is "Zuko Alone" your favorite episode of Avatar? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of ATLA are, let's rank every Avatar: The Last Airbender episode from best to worst.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in a war-torn world of elemental magic and follows Aang, the Avatar and the one person who can bring the world together, just as he is the only one who can manipulate all four elements. Avatar: The Last Airbender premiered on Nickelodeon on February 21, 2005. In only three seasons, ATLA built a dedicated fanbase and garnered positive response from fans and critics alike, with the show holding steady at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one ATLA episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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  • 26

    Appa's Lost Days

    October 13, 2006
    211
    53

    Season2

    Episode Number16

    In this special episode, we go back in time to the moment Appa was stolen, will find out where he has gone and who he has met along the way and more importantly where he is now!

  • 27

    The Storm

    June 5, 2005
    246
    63

    Season1

    Episode Number12

    Aang relives the events after finding out that he is the Avatar 100 years ago and tells them to Katara, while Iroh tells the story of Zuko's scar and banishment to the crew.

  • 28

    The Drill

    September 15, 2006
    146
    36

    Season2

    Episode Number13

    After arriving at the great wall of Ba Sing Se, Aang and the gang discover that the Fire Nation has constructed a great drilling machine to penetrate the wall. 

  • 29

    The Runaway

    November 2, 2007
    107
    26

    Season3

    Episode Number7

    When Toph discovers a quick way to make cash, Katara disapproves, and the rift between them has disastrous consequences.

  • June 2, 2006
    123
    31

    Season2

    Episode Number9

    SeriesAvatar: The Last Airbender

    Aang begins to learn earthbending from Toph; Uncle Iroh resumes teaching Zuko firebending to better prepare him for facing Azula, and reveals a new technique he learned from watching waterbenders.

  • 31

    Lake Laogai

    November 3, 2006
    156
    41

    Season2

    Episode Number17

    The Avatar gang encounters Jet in Ba Sing Se and he helps them to discover the location of Appa. But they will end up discovering something else, a secret of the city.

  • 32

    The Awakening

    March 17, 2006
    93
    23

    Season3

    Episode Number1

    Weeks after the fall of the Earth Kingdom, Aang and his friends must infiltrate the Fire Nation. Katara meets her father for the first time in years. Zuko returns home, but is uneasy with his newfound reputation.

  • 33

    Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King

    July 19, 2008
    149
    39

    Season3

    Episode Number18

    Sozin's Comet is only three days away. Zuko tells the others what the Fire Lord plans on the day of the comet and the gang realizes that they must stop him before then. But Aang doubts that he can do what is expected of him.

  • 34

    The Southern Air Temple

    February 25, 2005
    109
    28

    Season1

    Episode Number3

    After his departure from the Southern Air Temple 100 years ago, an excited Aang finally returns home but is disillusioned by what he finds there.

  • 35

    The Waterbending Master

    November 18, 2005
    112
    29

    Season1

    Episode Number18

    The heroes finally arrive at the North Pole. But for Katara, the trip may have been in vain, as Master Pakku refuses to teach girls waterbending.

  • 36

    The Siege of the North, Part 1

    December 2, 2005
    167
    46

    Season1

    Episode Number19

    While Katara herself becomes a great waterbending master, Commander Zhao plans a siege on the Northern Water Tribe. Meanwhile, Sokka's on a mission to stop this siege while Aang tries to buy them some time.

  • 37

    City of Walls and Secrets

    September 22, 2006
    131
    37

    Season2

    Episode Number14

    After getting a house to stay in, Aang and company are given a tour of Ba Sing Se. As they try to get in to tell the Earth King the news, they find that nothing is quite what is seems.

  • 38

    The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion

    November 30. 2007
    176
    52

    Season3

    Episode Number10

    Zuko makes a decision about his future. Aang reunites with many of his old friends in a full-scale invasion of the Fire Nation capitol to coincide with an eclipse which will remove the Fire Nation's powers.

  • 137
    40

    Season2

    Episode Number2

    SeriesAvatar: The Last Airbender

    On their way to Omashu, Team Avatar is forced to travel underground to avoid Fire Nation attacks. Iroh and Zuko adjust to life as fugitives.

  • 40

    The Spirit World: Winter Solstice, Part 1

    April 8, 2005
    86
    25

    Season1

    Episode Number7

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

  • 41

    The Ember Island Players

    July 18, 2008
    246
    80

    Season3

    Episode Number17

    The gang, now hiding at Ember Island, watch a play about themselves and their adventures.

  • 42

    Return to Omashu

    April 7, 2006
    94
    28

    Season2

    Episode Number3

    Finding the city of Aang's old friend, King Bumi, captured by the Fire Nation, the heroes hatch a plan to rescue Aang's earthbending teacher. Azula gathers two old friends to help her hunt the Avatar.

  • 43

    The Library

    July 14, 2006
    168
    54

    Season2

    Episode Number10

    When he learns that there is a lost Library with all the knowledge in the world, Sokka convinces the others to seek it out in hopes of finding a weakness of the Fire Nation.

  • 44

    The Serpent's Pass

    September 15, 2006
    93
    30

    Season2

    Episode Number12

    After getting tickets for the ferry headed to Ba Sing Se, the gang meets an old friend. 

  • 45

    The Chase

    May 26, 2006
    150
    53

    Season2

    Episode Number8

    Every time they land, Azula and her warriors find Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph. Toph refuses to help set up camp, claiming she carries her own weight and no one else's.

  • 46

    The Painted Lady

    October 5, 2007
    98
    36

    Season3

    Episode Number3

    When Aang and his friends come across a fishing village being poisoned by a nearby factory, a local legend comes to life to help the townspeople.

  • 47

    The Desert

    July 14, 2006
    99
    43

    Season2

    Episode Number11

    Lost in the desert without Appa, Team Avatar must find a way out. Iroh and Zuko make contact with a secret organization.

  • 48

    The Northern Air Temple

    November 4, 2005
    76
    33

    Season1

    Episode Number17

    Aang is upset when he finds an old Air Temple has been desecrated by an old inventor and his son.

  • 49

    The Deserter

    October 21, 2005
    83
    38

    Season1

    Episode Number16

    When he meets an outcast from the Fire Nation, Aang is impatient to skip ahead in his training.

  • 50

    The Waterbending Scroll

    April 29, 2005
    73
    34

    Season1

    Episode Number9

    Katara, desperate to improve her abilities and teach Aang, steals an expensive waterbending scroll from pirates, causing them to pursue the group.