The Legend of Korra: Season 1 (2012)


Season 1
The Legend of Korra

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 10


Audience Score

User Ratings: 278
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Air date: Apr 14, 2012
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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…

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…

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…
Top Critic

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…

[Non-benders vs. benders] seemed like the most interesting out of all the arcs.

Sep 20, 2018 | Rating: B+ | 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

  • Jul 22, 2019
    A worthy and darker successor to The Last Airbender. The animation and fight scenes are marvels, and the style and wit are the quality you'd expect from these writers, with added romance and grit. While as a whole the show can't beat its predecessor, what can?
  • Mar 20, 2019
    I'm not the target audience and while it's not among my favourite shows I can appriciate it.
  • Mar 08, 2019
    This was terrible. Avatar: The LAST Airbender was fantastic and one of the greatest tv shows ever but this was woeful. Ang was an interesting, engaging, funny, colourful character on a spiritual journey, while Korra was bland, boring, humourless and dull.
  • Oct 28, 2018
    *lady gaga voice* talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, showstopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique
  • Oct 05, 2018
    Very good continuation to Avatar: The Last Airbender and a nice flashback to the 1920's. The characters are good and the story Arc is completely different to what I'm used to.
  • Feb 14, 2018
    Really good its a must watch!
  • Dec 26, 2017
    Korra can be a bit brash and hard to adjust to at first given how instantly likeable Aang had been, but I actually don't mind that--the creators didn't just retread the same ground as the past series, they took special care to make SURE that Legend of Korra was a new era with new characters. Korra isn't Aang. If anything she's the opposite--and while Aang had to learn to step up to the plate and fight Korra has to learn to step down and compromise. Both are powerful lessons. Anyway, overall it's an interesting season with interesting questions raised as to what it would be like being a nonbender in this world. Overall I quite like it (and particularly how well they build up the main villain). My main complaint with season 1 would be that the final episode sure wraps up quickly, but I don't blame the creators for that, Nickelodeon really messed with them during the making of Korra and its schedule--they thought it was the only season they could make and so they HAD to wrap it all up neatly. They later rectified this for season 4 and you get to see how they would have resolved it if they had been given time.
  • Jun 20, 2017
    I am a fan of ATLAB, so I wanted to see the same magic from that show in a sequel. Unfortunately this show is what we got. This was a missed opportunity to have a comedic series about the adventures of prince Zuko as he develops into the new fire lord and searches for his mother with the help of Aang and friends. This show is dark and not the light hearted romp that the ATLAB was and, as the series progresses, Korra comes off as an incompetent Avatar.
  • Jan 23, 2017
    Great way to start of the series, really engaging and is really fun to watch.
  • Jun 21, 2016
    Worst Avatar show ever. 1. The hero is a temperamental hot head with no logic OR common scenes. Rushing into danger and never learning from it. She ruins the show and the avatar legacy. Basically every plot involves Korra losing her temper and making a reckless unrealistic decision. 2. Action is boring and predictable. Basically 3 shots are fired and the 3rd always hits. Spoiler 3. POOR WRITING: Unlikeable characters. They were anti-logical, puerile, and unintelligent. They even made the appearances of old characters from the original series unlikeable and uneventful. 4. Unbalanced unfunny humor. It just gots worst and worst. If you like the uncute things kids say, OR stupidly pointless and random humor… you might like it.

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