Well, I just went to check if Avatar: The Last Airbender had managed to hold on to its # 1 spot on US Netflix for the whole weekend, but it seems to have fallen behind a new show, sinking to … #2.
It’s been nothing short of a miracle that the 15-year-old cartoon has arrived with little fanfare on Netflix (I never see it in any of Netflix’s “featured” or “recommended” rows), and has been the number one show for that long, and is likely to stay in the top ten for at least another week as we usually do with new Netflix originals.
So what made it unseated? That would be Sweet Magnolias, a new series based on a romance that follows “three women from South Carolina, best friends since childhood, as they shepherd one another through the complexities of romance, career, and family.”
The show stars as the three central friends JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Once Upon a Time), Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva) and Heather Headley (Chicago Med), and needless to say it’s nothing like Avatar with episode titles like “Dance First, Think Later,” “Hold My Hand” and “Storms and Rainbows.” Probably the last one could be the title of an Avatar episode. The series hasn’t racked up enough scored ratings to even land a Rotten Tomatoes rating on itself, but it sure seems to some people like it.
Meanwhile, Avatar continues to gather both old fans who are watching it (like me) or new fans who are watching it for the first time, even though it’s so old it’s still in an aspect ratio of 4:3. I’ve heard from many readers who introduce their children to the series for the first time, and I can’t think of any better family bonding activities.
Avatar’s success: The Last Airbender on Netflix probably means two things: First, that Netflix has been validated in their decision to move forward with the original creators’ live-action adaptation of the series, given the clear interest.