Avatar: The Last Airbender (also known as Avatar: The Legend of Aang in several
countries) is an American animated television
series that currently airs on the Nickelodeon television network. Set in an Asian-influenced
world of martia arts and elemental magic, the series follows the
adventures of the latest of a long line of Avatars, Aang, and his friends
in their quest to save the world from the ruthless Fire Nation. The series is written in the form
of a book series, with each episode serving as a "chapter" and each individual season as a "book."
Originally slated to begin airing November 2004, Avatar: The Last Airbender debuted on TV on February
21, 2005. The show is also available on DVD or for download at
the iTunes Store, Xbox Live Marketplace and BitTorrent. Michael Dante DiMartino and
Bryan Konietzko are the creators and executive producers of the series. The show receives high
ratings in the Nicktoons lineup, even outside its intended 6-to-11-year-old demographic.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is popular with both audiences and critics,
garnering 4.4 million viewers on its best-rated showing.
The series' success prompted Nickelodeon to order a second season,
and a third season has been announced for 2007. Merchandise based on the series includes six DVD sets of episodes, six-inch (15.34 cm) scale action
figures, a trading card game, a video game, stuffed
animals distributed by Paramoun Parks, and two Lego sets.