Parents' Guide to

The Legend of Korra

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Strong heroine, positive messages make great fantasy series.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 47 parent reviews

age 18+

Great characters and storyline, but some very dark themes

I loved Avatar: The Last Airbender and it is appropiate for slightly older children. While I really enjoy Korra as an adult, a children's show it is not. I would have said 14 and up had it not been for the problematically presented murder/suicide at the end of the first season. In a day and age where we are experiencing a suicide epidemic and rising rates of mental illness in adolescents, this scene was nothing short of irresponsible. While young children and less sensitive children might not be affected by it, others will be. Not okay for a children's show. The main characters are older teenagers and the overall all feel is darker and more mature than The Last Airbender. I love the powerful female protagonist.
age 15+

I made an account just to review this.

I'm 18 years old and I've been very familiar with watching shows with content that wasnt for my age group as a child, and I get that: kids nowadays are exposed to more adult concepts at young ages, and that The Legend of Korra is supposed to be a more dark show compared to Avatar, but watching someone commit suicide in the 12th episode was just too much for me. Not only was it incredibly triggering as someone who deals with sucidal ideation, but it was borderline terrifying, and I'm actually shuddering at the thought that children are watching this show for the first time and will see this on screen. Even if they dont think much about it, that alone makes me thing this show is not 12+ in its content.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (47 ):
Kids say (120 ):

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. Kids' interest won't end at the clashes between good and evil; in fact, that aspect of the show is mostly overshadowed by rich characters and a plot that references Asian mysticism and legends of long-ago cultures rooted in unity with the elements of the earth. And there's much to glean from the responsible content and the outstanding heroine at the story's heart. Hot-headed and impatient, Korra is the antithesis of Tenzin, who doesn't relish his task of helping Korra find her inner balance. Ultimately, though, the pairing of these two opposites is what might save the day -- that is, if they can overcome their differences and find common ground.

Kids don't need to be familiar with Aang's story to follow Korra's, but if this sequel sparks their interest, they may want to revisit the original show for some background on the original players and the history of the recently unified nations. The best news? The Legend of Korra has so much going for it that you just might want to take it in along with your kids.

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