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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Critic Ratings: 11

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User Ratings: 455

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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 (11) | Top Critics (5)

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…

Instead of spending time on character development, Legend of Korra mires its characters in absurd, round-and-round fights over who gets to date one another.

Jan 20, 2021 | 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…

[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

  • 2d ago
    A great new chapter to a beloved franchise!
  • Jan 12, 2021
    THE LEGEND OF KORRA, the second Avatar series, is a cleanly animated action story with likable and interesting characters and some plain good dialogue. The sense of timeless fantasy is still here and people who like a good steam punk universe will appreciate the technology upgrade three generations into the story. Korra is an older adolescent, compared to Aang's young adolescent, which adds a seriousness to this series. The character personalities are thematically sound, with Aang a goofy, sometimes flighty air-bender and Korra a sometimes brooding, melancholic water-bender. The Legend of Korra has solid story beats and some of the character stories are more mature than the first series. It's worth watching a few times.
  • Dec 24, 2020
    I binge-watched the whole season in two days! The fights are very catchy and the villain is very scary. It's great to see that there is a deeper background story with the villain.
  • Dec 07, 2020
    bad horrible abysmal sucks
  • Nov 23, 2020
    A female character that is a complete mary sue. Korra can bend 3 elements, and has access of the Avatar state. Messes up, and doesn't accept any form of responsibility. Korra has poor characterization and motivation. She does it. Just because.
  • Nov 11, 2020
    I hear people saying that this show is bad because it's not as good as Avatar but I don't get it. Was any show Nickelodeon put out gonna be as good as Avatar? I've yet to find a children's show superior. These characters are great and they add so much to the lore and world of Avatar focusing on place we've haven't been like the sprit world.
  • Nov 11, 2020
    The Legend of Korra Season 1 is incredibly fun and even nostalgic at times, serving as an excellent follow up to Avatar.
  • 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.

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