In 2005, when Avatar: The Last Airbender first made its appearance on Nickolodeon, we started watching with our kids. The kids’ interest dropped off (though one of them would become a massive fan of the series later on its rerelease), but the adults just kept watching. Watching a kids’ animated series solo was our guilty secret — but I soon found out I wasn’t alone. A friend admitted she was eagerly watching the saga of Ang and his friends unfold each week — and watching it without her son. A co-worker also mentioned that she knew many adults who were watching the series.
Why did so many adults watch the show? Great characters and good storytelling, combined with good animation.