The recent addition (OK it was in the spring but in my mind, it’s still March, so let it be) of Avatar: The Last Airbender (ATLA) to Netflix has sparked a fire in longtime fan’s hearts and hit new viewers like a wave.
Originally on Nickelodeon from 2005-2008, the series highlights difficult subjects like war and belonging in ways that young audiences could easily digest and older viewers can’t get enough of. Those who have recently binge-watched every episode may be feeling like something is now missing in their lives.
While it’s hard to compete with a classic, finding something to fill the arrow-shaped hole in your heart has just become a breeze. Check out our recommendations below on what to do when you’re missing ATLA.
WHAT TO WATCH
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power | Netflix
If you haven’t caught our constant coverage of this show, we can surely say you don’t read enough of the Pop Insider, but we won’t hold it against you.
The reboot of the ‘80s series is all the best parts of a retro show without any of that pesky misogyny. It features a diverse cast of voice actors whose characters develop through every episode. It’s classically funny and classically heartbreaking all at the same time.
Over The Garden Wall | Hulu
If you want another show to be upset about when it ends too soon, here ya go.
Christopher Lloyd and Elijah Woods are just two of the familiar voices in this 10-episode series. It follows brothers Wirt and Greg after they get lost in the woods and end up in the Unknown. The folk art-like illustration and powerful story gives fans the feeling of an adventure like no other.
Voltron: Legendary Defender | Netflix
This anime-influenced series also reimagines classic characters from the ’80s. Five space pilots accidentally end up as the defenders of the universe in the series. Voltron brings fans flying robot dogs, 328-foot-tall robot warriors, and lots of breathtaking animation.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood | Netflix, HBO Max
If Avatar is the first step for creating an anime fan, then Brotherhood is the essential leap. It’s a family tale like no other, as brothers Edward and Alphonse search for the Philosopher’s Stone.
The pair had tried to resurrect their mother with alchemy but instead, Edward lost his limbs and Alphonse’s soul became tethered to a metal suit. The stone is their only chance to save themselves but they aren’t the only ones looking for it. The series animates modern-day issues and thrives through relatable, well-executed characters.
WHAT TO PLAY
Element | Buy it Here
Water. Earth. Fire. Air. They’re all there ready for you to attack.
This game is not based on the Avatar series, but it turns out very few games are. Stay tuned for our petition to create a Risk-like game of the four nations. Until that day, fans can master the kingdoms through this two-to-four-player game. In 30-60 minutes, players will take turns drawing and placing element stones, utilizing each one’s unique abilities. Players avoid capture, conquer opponents, and create an unforgettable experience.
Wooden 500PC 3D ATLA Intellect Jigsaw Puzzle | Buy it Here
This is a play-at-your-own-risk type of puzzle. Officially-licensed games are hard to come by. Maybe because the series ended 12 years ago or maybe because no one will read my petitions. Still, if you have $21.66 to spare, Appa’s adorable face is worth it.
WHAT TO COLLECT
If all else fails, you can always just go destroy some cabbages to make all feel right with the world.