Avatar: The Last Airbender parents guide: Can kids watch the live-action series?

Appa takes flight through couldy skies with passengers Aang (Gordon Cormier), Katara (Kiawentiio) and Sokka (Ousley) on his back.
Appa takes flight through couldy skies with passengers Aang (Gordon Cormier), Katara (Kiawentiio) and Sokka (Ousley) on his back. /

The painfully long wait is officially over. Avatar: The Last Airbender season 1 is finally streaming on Netflix, and I’m sure you can’t wait to watch all eight episodes of the live-action adaptation. But wait! Before you start your binge session, we want to share the parents guide and age rating with you. That way, you’ll know if it’s appropriate for kids to watch.

Developed by Albert Kim, the live-action series follows 12-year-old Aang, the young Avatar and the last Airbender, as he embarks on a journey to master all four elements to save the world from the ruthless Fire Nation. But he isn't on this journey alone. He has his new friends, siblings Katara and Sokka, to help him on his quest. Katara is a young waterbender, while Sokka is a Water Tribe warrior. They just need to make sure they stay clear of Prince Zuko, who is hot on their trail.

Young rising actor Gordon Cormier portrays the protagonist, Aang. The rest of the cast includes Kiawentiio, Ian Ousley, Dallas Liu, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Elizabeth Yu, Daniel Dae Kim, and many others.

Avatar: The Last Airbender. (L to R) Kiawentiio as Katara, Gordon Cormier as Aang, Ian Ousley as Sokka in season 1 of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Cr. Robert Falconer/Netflix © 2023 /

What is the Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series rated?

According to the show's title page on Netflix, the live-action series is rated TV-PG. This means it may not be suitable for young children. It was given this maturity rating for fantasy violence and fear. There is also some coarse language used, and several creatures in the series that might frighten younger kids. However, there isn't any suggestive dialogue used or sexual situations.

Additionally, while there are many fighting scenes, no serious blood is shed. So, if you're quite squeamish, you don't have to worry about seeing a lot of blood in this series. One time in the show, an older man is slapped across his face, and his nose starts bleeding. Another time, an older man is stabbed in the back with a sharp object, and blood seeps through his shirt. A third time, a masked man holds two swords to a young boy's neck, and a small trickle of blood from the boy slides down one of the swords. The boy also slightly bleeds from his neck because of the incident.

Here’s a list of some scenes from Avatar: The Last Airbender season 1 that many parents would deem inappropriate for young kids to be watching:

  • A man is burned alive, and then his burned corpse is shown.
  • Characters are killed by being set on fire.
  • After being set on fire, a hole can be seen through a character's chest.
  • A young boy almost drowns in the ocean.
  • A character uses profanity. He uses the word "a**es.
  • A close-up of a human skeleton is shown.
  • A half-naked teen boy is shown.
  • A tall woman with glowing eyes starts attacking people.
  • There are several times throughout the series when two characters share a chaste kiss.
  • A large, scary-looking creature with sharp teeth attacks two characters.
  • A shirtless man is shown.
  • A giant mole-like creature with no eyes and small tentacles sticking from its snout is shown.
  • An enormous talking owl is shown.
  • A humongous six-legged creature targets three characters.
  • There's a close-up of a guard with a scary-looking mask.
  • A huge centipede-like creature that can switch its face to different faces is shown. The creature's face switches to a young woman and then a monkey before switching back to its regular face.
  • The centipede-like creature feeds on an unconscious person's face. After the creature finishes feeding, all that is left of the person is their white skull.
  • Several characters are shown unconscious and wrapped up in spiderwebs.
  • A masked man holds a young boy hostage.
  • A teen boy is badly injured after a duel with his father. He has a big, red circular wound on his shoulder.
  • A large colossal fish-like figure is shown.
  • A burned corpse is briefly shown floating in the ocean.

Overall, we recommend that parents check out the series for themselves before allowing their kids to watch it.

Check out the action-packed trailer below for a sneak peek!

Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series is streaming now.

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