Avatar: The Last Airbender is a cartoon that was truly ahead of its time and today stands as a firm favourite among fans and critics.
First aired on Nickelodeon in February 2005, it ran for three successful seasons. The show follows the story of Aang and his friends in a fantasy world where certain people can manipulate the elements of fire, earth, water and air using a combination of Chinese-inspired martial arts and telekinetic powers.
Aang must bring balance back to a world after a hundred years of war and domination by the Fire Nation.
There are so many reasons why you should be watching this show right now, and not just because it's available on Netflix. It's light-hearted, funny and visually stunning, with deft story-telling and impressive character development.
At the same time, it explores themes that are rarely seen in Western cartoons aimed at a younger audience, such as grief, free choice, war, and genocide. This gives Avatar an unmistaken cross-generational appeal and launched it to award-winning status, boasting a Kids' Choice Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and plenty more.
Don't let 'that' M. Night Shyamalan movie put you off watching what critics largely refer to as the best animated television series of all time!