Inspired by the Notalgia Critic’s rundown of the 11 Worst ATLA episodes and what is likely to be an 11 Best follow-up, I sorta wanted to waste time by creating a list of my own. But instead of Best/Worst, I decided to go with Most Essential/Least Essential.
The idea is, what if I wanted to get, say, my sister to watch the show. She’s into fantasy and not above dipping into kid’s fare. But she’s also a graduate student and very busy. So if I wanted to give her just 10 episodes (accompanied by a brief explanation of the premise) that would showcase the things I like best about the show and maybe inspire her to watch the whole series from beginning to end, which would they be?
Instead of ranking within the list, I’m going to go chronologically, since it would make more sense for a new viewer to watch these in order anyway: