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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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  • 1

    Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang

    July 19, 2008
    426
    55

    Season3

    Episode Number21

    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.

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  • 2

    The Tales of Ba Sing Se

    September 29, 2006
    516
    86

    Season2

    Episode Number15

    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.

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  • 3

    The Blind Bandit

    May 5, 2006
    355
    54

    Season2

    Episode Number6

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

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  • 4
    May 12, 2006
    381
    67

    Season2

    Episode Number7

    SeriesAvatar: The Last Airbender

    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.

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  • 5

    The Firebending Masters

    July 15, 2008
    324
    48

    Season3

    Episode Number13

    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.

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  • 6

    Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno

    July 19, 2008
    293
    41

    Season3

    Episode Number20

    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.

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  • 7

    The Avatar and the Fire Lord

    October 26, 2007
    315
    51

    Season3

    Episode Number6

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

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  • 8

    The Siege of the North, Part 2

    December 2005
    325
    58

    Season1

    Episode Number20

    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.

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  • 9

    The Blue Spirit

    June 17, 2005
    281
    48

    Season1

    Episode Number13

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

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  • 10

    The Puppetmaster

    November 9, 2007
    323
    69

    Season3

    Episode Number8

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

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  • 11

    The Crossroads of Destiny

    December 1, 2006
    288
    59

    Season2

    Episode Number20

    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.

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  • 12

    Sokka's Master

    October 12, 2007
    254
    46

    Season3

    Episode Number4

    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.

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  • 13

    The Boiling Rock, Part 2

    July 16, 2008
    260
    52

    Season3

    Episode Number15

    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.

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  • 14

    The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse

    November 30, 2007
    239
    53

    Season3

    Episode Number11

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

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  • 15

    The Beach

    October 19, 2007
    201
    40

    Season3

    Episode Number5

    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.

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  • 16

    The Storm

    June 5, 2005
    238
    59

    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.

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  • 17

    The Southern Raiders

    July 17, 2008
    221
    53

    Season3

    Episode Number16

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

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  • 18

    Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters

    July 3, 2008
    211
    53

    Season3

    Episode Number19

    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.

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  • 19

    Appa's Lost Days

    October 13, 2006
    204
    50

    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!

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  • 20

    Avatar Roku: Winter Solstice, Part 2

    April 15, 2005
    167
    33

    Season1

    Episode Number8

    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.

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  • 21

    The Western Air Temple

    July 14, 2008
    175
    37

    Season3

    Episode Number12

    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.

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  • 22

    The Ember Island Players

    July 18, 2008
    239
    77

    Season3

    Episode Number17

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

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  • 23
    163
    39

    Season1

    Episode Number4

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    The gang arrives at Kyoshi Island and are captured by some Kyoshi warriors. When Aang reveals that he is the avatar, news quickly spreads out and suddenly reaches to Prince Zuko who then goes to Kyoshi Island to capture him.

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  • 24

    The Headband

    September 28, 2007
    144
    29

    Season3

    Episode Number2

    Posing as a regular kid, Aang goes to a Fire Nation school and sees what's missing from their lives. Zuko visits his uncle in prison.

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  • 25

    Lake Laogai

    November 3, 2006
    152
    35

    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.

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