All 7 Seasons of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ in Order (Including Live-Action Show)

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Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, and Zuko are all probably familiar to you if you’ve watched even a minute of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender.’ What’s regarded as one of the best Western anime of all time turned into a real media franchise that spans two series across seven seasons and more than 100 episodes, including a live-action movie.

Considering there is a lot of material to cover, we decided to bring you a complete watch order of the ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ franchise.

Editor’s Note: This watch order was updated in February 2024 with the release of Netflix’s live-action series and encompasses all installments in the ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ franchise released so far.

All ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ seasons & a movie in release date order

The franchise started with the release of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ in 2005. The series ran successfully for three seasons. Following the conclusion of the series, a sequel was released, ‘The Legend of Korra,’ that was bound to set the storyline 70 years into the future. Here’s the release order of all seasons, including a movie and shorts.

  1. ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 1 – Water’ (2005)
  2. ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 2 – Earth’ (2006)
  3. ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 3 – Fire’ (2007-2008)
  4. ‘The Last Airbender’ – Movie (2010)
  5. ‘Avatar: The Legend of Korra Book 1 – Air’ (2012)
  6. Republic City Hustle(2013)
  7. ‘Avatar: The Legend of Korra Book 2 – Spirits’ (2013)
  8. ‘Avatar: The Legend of Korra Book 3 – Change’ (2014)
  9. ‘Avatar: The Legend of Korra Book 4 – Balance’ (2014)
  10. ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ – Live action (2024)

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Are all ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ series connected? What’s the best way to watch them?

‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and its sequel series, ‘The Legend of Korra,’ are absolutely connected. They are set in the same fictional world and share a continuity. ‘The Legend of Korra’ takes place about 70 years after the events of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and follows a new Avatar named Korra. While each series has its own unique story and characters, they are connected through the concept of the Avatar cycle and the overarching history of the world they inhabit.

The live-action movie released in 2010 is simply an adaptation of the first season of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ so it’s also set in the same continuity. ‘Republic City Hustle’ is connected directly to two characters that appear in ‘The Legend of Korra,’ notably Mako and Bolin. The live-action series released by Netflix is also an adaptation of the firs season. If you’re new to the franchise, I recommend you to watch everything related to ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ in release date order. However, if you’re a seasoned veteran and merely planning a re-watch, then chronological order might be more appropriate.

All ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ series & seasons in chronological order

‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ doesn’t really have as complicated of a chronology as some other works. The first series is the starting point of a timeline, and ‘Legend of Korra’ is set 70 years later; what complicates things is the additional media, namely the ‘Republic City Hustle,’ ‘Last Airbender’ live-action movie, and the live-action show. The chronological order of the ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ franchise looks like this.

  1. ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 1 – Water’ (2005)
  2. ‘The Last Airbender’ – Movie (2010)
  3. ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ (2024) 8 Episodes
  4. ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 2 – Earth’ (2006)
  5. ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 3 – Fire’ (2007-2008)
  6. Republic City Hustle(2013)
  7. ‘Avatar: The Legend of Korra Book 1 – Air’ (2012)
  8. ‘Avatar: The Legend of Korra Book 2 – Spirits’ (2013)
  9. ‘Avatar: The Legend of Korra Book 3 – Change’ (2014)
  10. ‘Avatar: The Legend of Korra Book 4 – Balance’ (2014)

Ideally, you start with the first season of ‘The Last Airbender,’ and after you’re finished watching it, you move straight to the live-action movie and live-action series. Why? Because the live-action movie & show are nothing more than the adaptation of the first season, it’s set during the same time frame and adapts more or less the same story. You can also save the movie for last, but if we’re following the in-franchise chronology, the movie & show come before everything else.

After the movie, you proceed with ‘Book 2 -Earth’ and ‘Book 3 – Fire.’ The final season sees the war come to an end. Zuko becomes the new Fire Lord and wows to restore the balance to the world.

Following the original series, you should watch three short videos released in 2013 titled ‘Republic City Hustle.’ The videos cover the life of Mako and Bolin, two hustlers before the events of the first season of ‘Legend of Korra.’ If you’re not interested in their individual character development prior to the events of ‘Korra,’ you can skip them altogether.

After you’ve watched the shorts, you can proceed with ‘The Legend of Korra.’ It takes place about 70 years later. The series follows Korra, the new Avatar after Aang. Unlike Aang, who was an Airbender, Korra is a Waterbender from the Southern Water Tribe.

The world has changed significantly since Aang’s time. Republic City, a bustling metropolis where people of all nations live together, has been established. However, a new anti-bending movement emerges, led by a group called the Equalists, who seek to rid the world of bending abilities.

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Where to watch the above-mentioned series & movies?

All three seasons of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ can be found on Netflix and Paramount+, and while you’re there with an active subscription, you will gain access to all four seasons of ‘Legend of Korra’ as well.

‘The Last Airbender’ movie can be watched on Paramount+ or bought on Apple TV store, among other digital marketplaces. The three-short collection can be watched on YouTube. There isn’t really a streaming service that has all the videos in its collection. The live-action series can be streamed only on Netflix.

Will there be more seasons or movies related to the ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ franchise?

The live-action series was only recently released and the reviews as mixed with critics being undecided on whether the show is actually improvement compared to the live-action movies. So far, Netflix hasn’t renewed the show for the second season but if that happens, we will update this so make sure to check back! Have something to add? Let us know in the comments below!

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