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The best order to watch all the Star Wars movies and shows

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Disney Plus can help you catch up for The Rise of Skywalker

Disney Plus is a haven of Star Wars content. Disney’s new streaming service has nearly every movie and show that’s currently canon (you’ll have to jump to Netflix to watch The Last Jedi and Solo until they arrive to the platform in a few months), plus the new original series The Mandalorian. For those who aren’t sitting through a theatrical marathon in the weeks to come, the new streaming service offers a chance to watch the existing Star Wars canon before The Rise of Skywalker comes out later this year.

But how to watch it? After George Lucas released his prequel trilogy, Star Wars fans debated the order in which to devour the series. Now, with animated and live-action spin-offs, the “proper” way to watch Star Wars saga is even more complicated. With all that in mind, here are a few alternate viewing orders to guide you, whether you’re a longtime fan looking to revisit the films and shows, or a newcomer in need of a Star Wars crash course.


WATCHING STAR WARS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

This viewing order doesn’t require much explanation. This is how the events of the Star Wars universe happened on the BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) / ABY (After the Battle of Yavin) timeline. It starts with the earliest events and moves forward in time from there. A couple of these may happen simultaneously, but that’s not our fault.

  1. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  2. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  3. The Clone Wars animated movie
  4. The Clone Wars animated series
  5. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  6. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  7. Star Wars: Rebels animated series
  8. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  9. Star Wars: A New Hope
  10. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  11. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  12. The Mandalorian
  13. Star Wars: Resistance season 1
  14. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  15. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  16. Star Wars: Resistance season 2

WATCHING STAR WARS IN SKYWALKER SAGA ORDER

Taking a bit of inspiration from the internet-famous Ernst Rister order — originally taken from a now-deleted forum post — this list uses A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back as set up for the prequel movies, and puts more focus on Luke Skywalker. Viewing the movies and shows this way makes sure that you know where his family came from.

This order diverges from the Skywalker story between Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi, but it gives you a much better context for Anakin’s heroics during the Clone Wars and sets up his redemptive moment of siding with Luke over Emperor Palpatine. As you get into the new trilogy, it continues to put Luke at the center, though it’s unclear what that will mean for Rise of Skywalker when it comes out in December.

  1. Star Wars: A New Hope
  2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  3. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  4. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  5. The Clone Wars animated movie
  6. The Clone Wars animated series
  7. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  8. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  9. Star Wars Rebels animated series
  10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  11. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  12. The Mandalorian
  13. Star Wars Resistance season 1
  14. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  15. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  16. Star Wars Resistance season 2

WATCHING STAR WARS IN … GALAXY BRAIN ORDER

We recommend this playlist for those who’ve seen all of Star Wars enough times that they want to mix things up with a truly weird experience. This doesn’t really complement any one character or storyline so much as the series as a whole. This order should help you catch all the small references from one movie or show and connect them to the next — though you’ll probably still miss a few.

In the first three movies, the focus is on the Rebellion. Then, at its lowest moment, we switch sides to Anakin to see how he became Darth Vader and how the Empire gained control of the galaxy. After that, we see the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi, and the aftermath in The Mandalorian.

 

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