Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the most beloved animated series of all time. The show aired on Nickelodeon from 2005-2008 and developed a massive global fanbase. In 2023, excitement is mounting with news that Netflix will be releasing a live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. This has led many fans to wonder – will the original animated series also be coming to Netflix this year? In this blog post, we will break down everything you need to know about the availability of Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix in 2023.
Overview of Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in a fantasy world where people can manipulate the classical elements through martial arts inspired bending techniques. The protagonist is 12-year old Aang, the current incarnation of the Avatar, who has mastery over all four elements. Aang awakens after being frozen for 100 years to find his homeland has been destroyed in a war with the Fire Nation. He sets out on a journey with his friends Katara and Sokka to master the elements and defeat Fire Lord Ozai to end the war.
The series ran for 3 seasons from 2005 to 2008 on Nickelodeon. It was acclaimed for its anime-inspired animation, cultural references and in-depth storytelling. Itspawned a sequel series The Legend of Korra from 2012 to 2014.
Is Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix in 2023?
As of now, Avatar: The Last Airbender is not available to stream on Netflix in 2023. Netflix has not licensed the series for streaming in any global market. The rights are likely still held by Nickelodeon, which aired the original run.
There have been no official announcements regarding Avatar: The Last Airbender being acquired by Netflix this year. The main focus has been promoting the upcoming live-action adaptation. So the animated show is unlikely to release on Netflix anytime soon.
Where You Can Stream Avatar: The Last Airbender Now
Though Avatar: The Last Airbender is not on Netflix, fans still have options to stream the series legally:
- Paramount+: All 3 seasons of the show are available to stream on-demand with a Paramount+ subscription in the US.
- Amazon Prime Video: In the US and several other countries, the show can be purchased as VOD on Prime Video. Full seasons or single episodes can be bought in SD/HD formats.
- iTunes: Much like Amazon, the entire series is available for digital purchase and download on iTunes in SD/HD quality in the US and other regions.
- DVD/Blu-Ray: The complete series box set, along with individual season sets, can be purchased on DVD and Blu-Ray for repeat viewing.
So even though Avatar: The Last Airbender is not on Netflix, fans still have plenty of ways to rewatch the show through streaming, digital purchase or physical media.
Overview of the Live-Action Netflix Adaptation
After the disastrous M. Night Shyamalan film in 2010, Netflix aims to faithfully adapt Avatar as a live-action series. It will cover main events from the animated show’s first season across 8 episodes.
Gordon Cormier plays Aang, Kiawentiio portrays Katara, Ian Ousley is Sokka and Dallas Liu plays Zuko. Veteran actor Daniel Dae Kim will appear as Fire Lord Ozai.
The series will premiere on February 22, 2024. Showrunner Albert Kim promises an authentic take that respects the source material and diverse casting. Fans are excited and hope this version captures the original magic.
Could the Animated Show Come Later?
There is still a possibility of the animated Avatar: The Last Airbender coming to Netflix after the live-action adaptation. Netflix may license it to cash in on the franchise’s popularity.
For example, when Netflix released its Witcher series in 2019, it also acquired rights to stream the animated Witcher film a year later.
So if the live-action Avatar proves successful, Netflix could license the animated show to offer fans the complete experience. But we can only speculate for now until an official announcement.
What to Expect from the Live-Action Remake
While plot details are limited, we can make some predictions on what to expect from Netflix’s live-action take:
- Expanded storylines and new subplots to fill the 8 episodes. Certain characters may get more backstory.
- Updated visuals with realistic bending VFX along with costumes/sets inspired by Asian cultures.
- More serious, dramatic tone compared to the animated series with complex character development.
- Most key events adapted directly from season 1 but some surprise changes are likely.
- Excellent soundtrack that captures the feel of the original while also feeling fresh.
If done right, the live-action Avatar could end up being an engaging new take rather than a copy. But only time will tell how fans receive it when it finally premieres.
The original animated Avatar: The Last Airbender unfortunately remains unavailable for streaming on Netflix in 2023. For now, fans can rewatch the show through other services like Paramount+, Amazon Prime and iTunes.
While the live-action remake arrives in 2024, Netflix could eventually license the classic animated series as well. We have to wait for an official announcement from Netflix to know for certain if Avatar will be added to their library. Until then, fans can look forward to experiencing Aang’s journey in a whole new way through the live-action adaptation.