Cartoons aren’t just for kids. There are plenty of cartoons aimed at children with subtle humor and themes for adults. Heck, did you know Rocko from Rocko’s Modern Life worked as a sex phone operator? Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of these shows. Originally it was aimed at children, but around season 2 gained a lot of adult viewers. Adults were drawn to the complex story telling, theme heavy ideas, and insane world building by show runners Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is a show about a boy who seeks to learn how to “bend” all elements. The world created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko is littered with these benders which fight using the elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire. The Avatar though is the only one in this world that can master all 4 of these elements and he must do so before Lord Ozai conquers the destroys the world.
I understand how childish this cartoom seems, but honestly this show turned a lot of heads when it was on air. Even Forbes wrote an article about how this show changed how networks think about viewership!
Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the greatest, most fulfilling shows I’ve ever watched. This is from a man that despises anime. But there’s a reason this cartoon has a 9.2 on IMDB! So if you’re looking for a new show let it be Avatar: The Last Airbender. If you’re already a fan like me, the Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Complete Collection is a must purchase. This will be your new favorite show. It sucks that Nickelodeon took all their shows off Netflix, but $50 bucks for hours of great television is a bargain.