The Legend of Korra: Season 1 (2012)

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The Legend of Korra

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The Legend of Korra expands the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender with narrative substance and crisp animation -- and progresses the drama and action with a female lead.

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User Ratings: 425

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Air date: Apr 14, 2012

In the series premiere of this cartoon about a bold and rebellious teenage girl who undergoes training to become a fully realized Avatar, Korra arrives in Republic City and discovers it's a dangerous place for benders.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2012

Korra is thrilled to discover the city's Pro-bending Arena, where she meets two brothers who compete there.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2012

Korra tries to gain access to the Equalist movement and its secretive leader.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2012

A task force recruits Korra to help them with their violent plan to remove Equalists.

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Air date: May 5, 2012

Romantic rivalries disrupt the harmony on Korra's team.

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Air date: May 12, 2012

Korra prepares for the pro-bending championship while a sense of danger hovers over the arena.

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Air date: May 19, 2012

Korra worries that a friend is secretly aligned with the Equalists.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2012

Korra quarrels with Councilman Tarrlok in the midst of growing Equalist activity.

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Air date: Jun 9, 2012

Korra tries to analyze the mysterious visions she's been having. Meanwhile, Tenzin and Beifong look for Equalist hostages.

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Air date: Jun 16, 2012

Republic City gets bombarded by the Equalists.

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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Korra Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Maybe having a 17-year-old girl run the world isn't as weird an idea as it sounds. In The Legend of Korra, it's sure entertaining watching her learn how.

Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…

[Avatar: The Last Airbender was] three seasons of dense mythology, solid comedy and amazing anime-inspired animation, followed up by "The Legend of Korra," a spin-off series which proved even more intriguing and progressive.

Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The Legend of Korra, another slick-looking, anime-informed concept,... this [series] represents a bit more ambitious storytelling for older kids, and perhaps a few adults with the geek gene.

Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…
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[Non-benders vs. benders] seemed like the most interesting out of all the arcs.

Sep 20, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

I've honestly loved that Korra was willing to go to continually sadder and harder to deal with places all season long.... sometimes, things suck and that's the way life is.

Sep 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Continuing in the tradition of epic fiction established in Avatar: The Last Airbender, this series boasts a surprising level of substance for an action cartoon.

Sep 21, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm pretty sure Naga is the most impressive character in this show so far.

Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…

I found the season to be a delight to watch. The animation from Studio Mir is crisp, clean, and has a wonderful atmosphere.

Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…

For both newcomers and fans alike, Season 1 gave us a memorable journey with dramatic highs and plenty of good-natured humor to back it up.

Sep 20, 2018 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Its finale, in which Korra walked into the sunset not with any of the male characters she'd known throughout the show, but with her female friend Asami, was nothing short of groundbreaking for a franchise aimed, nominally at least, at kids.

Aug 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Legend of Korra: Season 1

  • Oct 09, 2020
    The rushed love triangles and its frustratingly cheap final moments restrict its potential, but a thorough viewing of Season 1 shows excellent evolutions in the aesthetic, characterization, and mature world-building departments since the "Avatar" series ruled TV.
  • Oct 05, 2020
    A pretty perfect first season. It's so well thought out and constructed. The leads are compelling and complex. The villain is super interesting and fun to watch. It has an awesome balance between being kid friendly while getting more gritty and dark.
  • Sep 23, 2020
    If you hold it to the standards of its predecessor, you may come out disappointed. Though disregarding the previous installment of Avatar, this season is one you can't miss with the back half of it being almost perfect.
  • Sep 19, 2020
    Pretty neat story for the first season! The overall tone is definitely different from the last air bender, with a lot more emotional moments. The ending moves a bit too quick to be honest.
  • Sep 02, 2020
    i really like this show an yeah, i like it
  • Aug 26, 2020
    Really enjoyed this season as well as what it brings to the already established canon. It's not perfect, but for everything that follows it's an excellent start.
  • Aug 26, 2020
    A great season in its own right that turned out to sadly be the only good season of this show. It takes everything introduced in Avatar: The last Airbender and lets you see how it affects the world through the eyes of a huge social and physical threat. I liked that it wasn't world ending, it's simply a high stakes tale about how the world might not want the Avatar anymore, seeing them as an outdated symbol. Interesting commentary with interesting characters who end up overstaying their welcome in the following seasons.
  • Aug 26, 2020
    Its only season 1 and man it's good, A really good continuation to the beloved show Avatar: The Last Airbender in my opinion.
  • Aug 24, 2020
    This show is not at all the sequel I was hoping it would be. The romance is on par with Twilight, the original cultures and world building from the original series is all thrown out the window and completely white washed, and calling the cast of characters cardboard cutouts would be an insult to the cardboard industry. This show is a mess from beginning to end and only goes down hill the longer it goes on.
  • Aug 23, 2020
    I genuinely do not get the hate. The animation, music, writing is all truly amazing, the character depth definitely isn't as strong however this show was only ever meant to be one series. You cannot compare this to ATLA. They are two completely different shows set in the same universe. Season 1 is truly engaging and welcomes us to the Avatar Korra era. Go stream! Stick with it!

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