The animated adventure series—set in a world where select individuals called “benders,” command the elements of earth, wind, water, and fire—began a three season run on Nickelodeon. The show centered on the adolescent Avatar, a uniquely powerful bender, and his friends as they attempted to save the world from a conquering empire. Consistently well-rated and critically appreciated, Avatar spawned a series of comic book extensions, a spin-off series in The Legend of Korra, and a live-action film adaptation which is best forgotten. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Richard Beymer, Twin Peaksian (74); Jack Coleman, character actor (55); Tyne Daly, cop (67); Christine Ebersole, SNLer (60); Kelsey Grammer, shrink (58); Jennifer Love Hewitt, ghost associate (34); Rue McClanahan, golden (d. 2010); William Petersen, forensic detective (60); Sophie Turner, Stark scion (17).