Star Wars movies and shows in order of how to watch them on Disney Plus

Star Wars movies and shows in order of how to watch them on Disney Plus

The Skywalker saga is complete, the Clone Wars animated series has come to an end (sort of), the Mandalorian is almost back for another season and there is no release date for Star Wars movies in the near future. And as we explore Cassian Andor’s adventures in the years leading up to his joining the Rebellion, there has never been a better time to catch up on everything about Star Wars. Disney Plus has every movie and show that is currently canon, which should make it all easy.

But how to view 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 “right” way to view the Star Wars saga is even more complicated. With that in mind, here are a few different watch sequences to guide you, whether you’re a longtime fan looking to rewatch the movies and shows or a newcomer in need of a Star Wars crash course.

Watch Star Wars in chronological order

Image: Lucasfilm

This viewing order does not need much explanation. This is how the events in the Star Wars universe took place on the BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) / ABY (After the Battle of Yavin) timeline. It starts with the earliest events and continues in time from there. A few of these can happen at the same time, but that’s not our fault.

  1. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  2. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (the animated movie)
  4. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (the animated series)
  5. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  6. Star Wars: The Bad Batch
  7. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  8. Obi-Wan Kenobi
  9. Star Wars Rebels animated series
  10. Andoro season 1
  11. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  12. Star Wars: A New Hope
  13. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  14. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  15. The Mandalorian sass 1
  16. The Mandalorian season 2
  17. Boba Fett’s book
  18. Star Wars Resistance season 1
  19. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  20. Star Wars: The Last Jedic
  21. Star Wars Resistance season 2
  22. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Watching Star Wars in Skywalker Saga Sequence

Luke Skywalker walks into the sunset with two sons on Tatooine in Star Wars: A New Hope

Image: Lucasfilm

Taking a little inspiration from the internet famous Ernst Rister order – originally taken from a now-deleted forum post – used this list A new hope and Empire Strikes Back as a setup for the prequel movies and puts more emphasis on Luke Skywalker. By watching the movies and shows this way, you definitely know where his family comes from.

This order is different 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 exploits during the Clone Wars and makes for his redemptive moment to side with Luke over Emperor Palpatine. As you get into the new trilogy, Luke continues to take center stage.

  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. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (the animated movie)
  6. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (the animated series)
  7. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  8. Star Wars: The Bad Batch
  9. Obi-Wan Kenobi
  10. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  11. Star Wars Rebels animated series
  12. Andoro season 1
  13. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  14. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  15. The Mandalorian season 1
  16. The Mandalorian season 2
  17. Boba Fett’s book
  18. Star Wars Resistance season 1
  19. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  20. Star Wars: The Last Jedic
  21. Star Wars Resistance season 2
  22. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Watching Star Wars in … galaxy brain order

old han solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Image: Lucasfilm

We recommend this playlist for those who have seen Star Wars so many times that they want to mix things up with a really weird experience. This isn’t really an addition to any character or storyline, but to the series as a whole. This sequence should help you catch all the little references from one movie or show and connect them to the next — though you’ll probably miss a few more.

The first few entries focus on the Rebellion. Then, at the lowest moment, we switch sides to Anakin to see how he became Darth Vader and how the Empire gained control of the galaxy. Then we see the fall of the empire in Return of the Jediand the aftermath in The Mandalorian and Book by Boba Fett.

The last odd piece of this sequence is the repositioning of the new trilogy with Han as a more central figure. We see his family struggle in The power awakensand then catch up on his backstory with Solo. This command causes Luke to give Han’s lucky dice to Leia in The Last Jedi to a slightly more important moment, making it clear that this is Luke trying to heal some of the pain he caused Han’s family.

Note: If you want to go all the way on this order, we recommend watching A new hope to the planning meeting for the Battle of Yavin. At that time, switch to Rogue Onewatch the whole thing, then watch Andor season 1, then go back to the rest of A new hope. In this way, Rogue One plays a bit like a heroic flashback to the rebellion.

  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  2. Andoro season 1
  3. Star Wars: A New Hope
  4. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  5. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  6. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  7. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (the animated movie)
  8. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (the animated series)
  9. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  10. Star Wars: The Bad Batch
  11. Obi-Wan Kenobi
  12. Star Wars Rebels
  13. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  14. The Mandalorian season 1
  15. The Mandalorian season 2
  16. Boba Fett’s book
  17. Star Wars Resistance season 1
  18. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  19. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  20. Star Wars: The Last Jedic
  21. Star Wars Resistance season 2
  22. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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