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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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    Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang

    July 19, 2008

    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.

  • 2
    445
    75

    The Tales of Ba Sing Se

    September 29, 2006

    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.

  • 3
    311
    38

    The Blind Bandit

    May 5, 2006

    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

  • 4
    335
    48

    Zuko Alone

    May 12, 2006

    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.

  • 5
    282
    34

    The Firebending Masters

    July 15, 2008

    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.

  • 6
    257
    34

    Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno

    July 19, 2008

    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.

  • 7
    284
    51

    The Siege of the North, Part 2

    December 2005

    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.

  • 8
    272
    46

    The Avatar and the Fire Lord

    October 26, 2007

    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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    242
    38

    The Blue Spirit

    June 17, 2005

    Season1

    Episode Number13

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

  • 10
    283
    61

    The Puppetmaster

    November 9, 2007

    Season3

    Episode Number8

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

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    253
    52

    The Crossroads of Destiny

    December 1, 2006

    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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    215
    37

    Sokka's Master

    October 12, 2007

    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.

  • 13
    218
    45

    The Boiling Rock, Part 2

    July 16, 2008

    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.

  • 14
    203
    45

    The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse

    November 30, 2007

    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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    156
    27

    The Beach

    October 19, 2007

    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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    203
    52

    The Storm

    June 5, 2005

    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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    46

    Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters

    July 3, 2008

    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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    48

    The Southern Raiders

    July 17, 2008

    Season3

    Episode Number16

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

  • 19
    169
    38

    Appa's Lost Days

    October 13, 2006

    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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    24

    Season1

    Episode Number4

    SeriesAvatar: The Last Airbender

    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.

  • 21
    152
    29

    The Western Air Temple

    July 14, 2008

    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.

  • 22
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    61

    The Ember Island Players

    July 18, 2008

    Season3

    Episode Number17

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

  • 23
    140
    24

    Avatar Roku: Winter Solstice, Part 2

    April 15, 2005

    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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    114
    17

    The Headband

    September 28, 2007

    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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    132
    31

    Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King

    July 19, 2008

    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.