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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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  • The Tales of Ba Sing Se
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    The Tales of Ba Sing Se

    A series of short stories covering some of the time spent by Katara, Toph, Iroh, Sokka, Aang, Zuko and Momo as they live in Ba Sing Se.

  • Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang
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    Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang

    Aang's moment of truth arrives. Can he defeat Ozai, the Phoenix King? Will he be forced to take a human life? All the characters face their greatest challenges.

  • Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno
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    Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno

    Zuko battles his sister with Katara's help for the right to be named Fire Lord. Elsewhere, Aang meets Ozai just as the comet arrives.

  • The Blue Spirit
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    The Blue Spirit

    When Aang is captured by the Fire Nation, his only hope is a mysterious masked figure.

  • The Blind Bandit
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    The Blind Bandit

    Still searching for an earthbending teacher, Aang and his friends stumble across a small earth village. When they hear about an underground earthbending tournament

  • The Puppetmaster
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    The Puppetmaster

    Creepy things are afoot when the gang meets a mysterious old innkeeper with a secret.

  • The Siege of the North, Part 2
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    The Siege of the North, Part 2

    As the Fire Nation continues its assault on the Northern Water Tribe, Sokka, Katara and Yue set out on a search for Aang, being guided by his spirit.

  • The Firebending Masters
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    The Firebending Masters

    Zuko has joined up with Aang's group and is now ready to teach Aang fire bending. Unfortunately, Zuko has found out that he has lost his ability and must now relearn it.

  • The Avatar and the Fire Lord
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    The Avatar and the Fire Lord

    Both Aang and Zuko must learn the history of how the war began. Zuko learns a secret about his great-grandfather's past.

  • Sokka's Master
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    Sokka's Master

    After deciding he's the least valuable member of the team, Sokka seeks an apprenticeship with a sword-master. The rest of the gang tries to adjust to being without him. The imprisoned Iroh may not be as beaten as he seems.

  • The Boiling Rock, Part 2
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    The Boiling Rock, Part 2

    The escape is planned and the heroes attempt to break from the prison that very day. But problems come when Azula, Mai and Ty Lee arrive at the prison.

  • The Crossroads of Destiny
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    The Crossroads of Destiny

    The heroes work together to stop Azula's destructive plans; Zuko finds companionship in an unlikely source and learns the time has come to make an imperative choice about his future.

  • As Zuko tries to make it by in exile without his uncle, he remembers how his father became Firelord and what happened to his mother.

  • The Storm
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    The Storm

    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.

  • The Southern Raiders
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    The Southern Raiders

    Trying to prove that she can trust him, Zuko helps Katara track down the man who killed her mother.

  • The Western Air Temple
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    The Western Air Temple

    The gang hides out in the Western Air Temple. Zuko tries to convince the gang of his change in heart, but they are very hesitant. Combustion Man/Sparky-Sparky Boom Man attacks again.

  • Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King
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    Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King

    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.

  • The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse
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    The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse

    The invasion seems to be succeeding until Aang learns that their arrival was anticipated. Zuko confronts his father.

  • City of Walls and Secrets
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    City of Walls and Secrets

    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.

  • The Beach
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    The Beach

    On a forced vacation, Zuko, Azula, Ty Lee and Mai try to blend in with normal teenagers and learn about themselves and one another. Aang and company are attacked by an ominous assassin.

  • Avatar Roku: Winter Solstice, Part 2
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    Avatar Roku: Winter Solstice, Part 2

    To contact the spirit of the previous Avatar, Aang must reach a temple in the Fire Nation before the sun sets on the following day.

  • The Waterbending Master
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    The Waterbending Master

    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.

  • The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion
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    The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion

    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.

  • 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.

  • Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters
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    Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters

    Aang awakes on a mysterious island and confronts his past lives for advice on how to stop the Fire Lord without killing him. The rest of the group searches for Aang.