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How to watch the Star Wars movies and shows in order

All you need to know to watch Star Wars in either chronological or release order
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For close to 50 years, Star Wars has enchanted generations of audiences around the world. George Lucas created a never-ending universe of heroes, villains, and everything in between, that fans have been eating up since episode 4 premiered in 1977. Now we are able to learn about the extended universe through television shows, comics, books, radio dramas, and more.

But how does the extended universe fit in with the movies most people are familiar with? This is a great question and one that could take days to answer. For sake of ease, we’ll be focusing on the movies and television shows – live-action and animated – and how to watch them in canonical order. Watching them in release order is fun (and easy), but breaking the series down into canonical order elevates your viewing experience, and can help you appreciate the Star Wars universe on a whole new level. It should also be noted that The Clone Wars was released out of order in its initial run, and Disney+ has not put it in canon order. You will need to plan out your viewing with this in mind.

We have also noted the in-universe years – also known as the Galactic standard calendar – for when these movies and shows take place. These years are then broken down further with BBY-ABY dating system – Before the Battle of Yavin and After the Battle of Yavin. The Battle of Yavin is best known to most people as the Battle of the Death Star when said Death Star was destroyed in Episode 4: A New Hope.

It is also crucial to note that some things are no longer considered canon, but rather, are considered 'Legends' (previously known as the extended universe). Since Disney’s buyout of Star Wars in 2012, anything made after the buyout and including the movies made prior to the buyout (Episodes 1-6) and The Clone Wars are considered canon. Therefore Ewoks, Droids, and of course, The Holiday Special, are not a part of the canon. Micro-series, such as Blips, Forces of Destiny, and the shows on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel – Galaxy of Adventures, Roll Out, and Galaxy of Creatures, are also not canon but are nice additions for fans of all ages. Visions is also not a part of the canon, despite being released in 2021. Instead, Visions gives fans a chance to see the Star Wars universe through a different lens.

As for upcoming movies and TV series, in most cases we do not know exactly where they fit beyond being in certain ages. We'll wait until we have more information (and can actually watch them!) to place them on these lists.

Everything on this list can be found on Disney+ or on whichever physical media copies you have!

Star Wars in chronological order

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (film)

Star Wars year: 32 BBY

Year released: 1999

Episode 2: Attack of the Clones (movie)

Star Wars year: 22 BBY

Year released: 2002

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (television show)

Star Wars year: 19-22 BBY

Year released: 2020

  1. Cat and Mouse (season 2, episode 16) 22 BBY
  2. Hidden Enemy (season 1, episode 16) 22 BBY
  3. The Clone Wars (animated movie) 22 BBY
  4. Clone Cadets (season 3, episode 1) 22 BBY
  5. Supply Lines (season 3, episode 3) 22 BBY
  6. Ambush - Trespass (season 1, episode 1 - 15) 22 BBY
  7. Blue Shadow Virus - Liberty on Ryloth (season 1, episode 17 - 21) 21 BBY
  8. Holocron Heist - Children of the Force (season 2, episode 1 - 3) 21 BBY
  9. Bounty Hunters - The Zillo Beast Strikes Back (season 2, episode 17-19) 21 BBY
  10. Senate Spy - Duchess of Mandaore (season 2, episode 4 - 14) 21 BBY
  11. Death Trap - Lethal Trackdown (season 2, episode 20 - 22) 21 BBY
  12. Corruption (season 3, episode 5) 21 BBY
  13. The Academy (season 3, episode 5) 21 BBY
  14. Assassin (season 3, episode 5) 21 BBY
  15. ARC Troopers (season 3, episode 2) 21 BBY
  16. Sphere of Influence (season 3, episode 4) 21 BBY
  17. Evil Plans (season 3, episode 8) 21 BBY
  18. Hostage Crisis (season 1, episode 22) 21 BBY
  19. Hunt for Ziro (season 3, episode 9) 21 BBY
  20. Heroes on Both Side (season 3, episode 10) 21 BBY
  21. Pursuit of Peace (season 3, episode 11) 21 BBY
  22. Senate Murders (season 2, episode 15) 21 BBY
  23. Nightsisters - Wookiee Hunt (season 3, episode 12 - 22) 20 BBY
  24. Water War - Revenge (season 4, episode 1 - 22) 20 BBY
  25. A War on Two Fronts - Point of No Return (season 5, episode 2-13) 20/19 BBY
  26. Revival (season 5, episode 1) 20 / 19 BBY
  27. Eminence (season 5, episode 14) 19 BBY
  28. Shades of Reason - The Wrong Jedi (season 5, episode 15 - 20) 19 BBY
  29. The Unknown - Sacrifice (season 6, episode 1 - 13) 19 BBY
  30. Gone With A Trace - Together Again (season 7, episode 5 - 8) 19 BBY
  31. The Bad Batch - Unfinished Business (season 7, episode 1 -4) 19 BBY
  32. Old Friends Not Forgotten - Victory and Death (season 7, episode 9 - 12) 19 BBY

Revenge of the Sith (movie)

Star Wars year: 19 BBY

Star Wars: The Bad Batch(television show)

Star Wars year: 19 BBY

EPISODES:

  1. Aftermath (season 1) 19 ABY
  2. Cut and Run (season 1) 19 ABY
  3. Replacements (season 1) 19 ABY
  4. Cornered (season 1) 19 ABY
  5. Rampage (season 1) 19 ABY
  6. Decommissioned (season 1) 19 ABY
  7. Battle Scars (season 1) 19 ABY
  8. Reunion (season 1) 19 ABY
  9. Bounty Lost (season 1) 19 ABY
  10. Common Ground (season 1) 19 ABY
  11. Devil’s Deal (season 1) 19 ABY
  12. Rescue on Ryloth (season 1) 19 ABY
  13. Infested (season 1) 19 ABY
  14. War-Mantle (season 1) 19 ABY
  15. Return to Kamino (season 1) 19 ABY
  16. Kamino Lost (season 1) 19 ABY

Solo: A Star Wars Story (movie)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (May 25, 2022, television show)

Star Wars year: 9 BBY

Andor (September 21, 2022, television show)

Star Wars year: 5 BBY

Star Wars: Rebels (television show)

Star Wars year: 0-5 BBY

SEASON 1

  1. Spark of Rebellion - 5 BBY
  2. Spark of Rebellion Part 2 - 5 BBY
  3. Droids in Distress - 5 BBY
  4. Fighter Flight - 5 BBY
  5. Rise of the Old Masters - 5 BBY
  6. Breaking Ranks - 5 BBY
  7. Out of Darkness - 5 BBY
  8. Empire Day - 4 BBY
  9. Gathering Forces - 4 BBY
  10. Path of the Jedi - 4 BBY
  11. Idiot’s Array - 4 BBY
  12. Vision of Hope - 4 BBY
  13. Call to Action - 4 BBY
  14. Rebel Resolve - 4 BBY
  15. Fire Across the Galaxy - 4 BBY

SEASON 2

  1. The Siege of Lothal Part 1 - 4 BBY
  2. The Siege of Lothal Part 2 - 4 BBY
  3. The Lost Commanders - 4 BBY
  4. Relics of the Old Republic - 4 BBY
  5. Always Two There Are - 4 BBY
  6. Brothers of the Broken Horn - 4 BBY
  7. Wings of the Master - 4 BBY
  8. Blood Sisters - 4 BBY
  9. Stealth Strike - 4 BBY
  10. The Future of the Force - 3 BBY
  11. Legacy - 3 BBY
  12. A Princess on Lothal - 3 BBY
  13. The Protector of Concord Dawn - 3 BBY
  14. Legends of the Lasat - 3 BBY
  15. The Call - 3 BBY
  16. Homecoming - 3 BBY
  17. The Honorable Ones - 3 BBY
  18. Shroud of Darkness - 3 BBY
  19. The Forgotten Droid - 3 BBY
  20. The Mystery of Chopper Base - 3 BBY
  21. Twilight of the Apprentice Part 1 - 3 BBY
  22. Twilight of the Apprentice Part 2 - 3 BBY

SEASON 3

  1. Steps into the Shadow Part 1 - 2 BBY
  2. Steps into the Shadow Part 2 - 2 BBY
  3. The Holocrons of Fate - 2 BBY
  4. The Antilles Extraction - 2 BBY
  5. Hera’s Heroes - 2 BBY
  6. The Last Battle - 2 BBY
  7. Imperial Super Commandos - 2 BBY
  8. Iron Squadron - 2 BBY
  9. The Wynkahthu Job - 2 BBY
  10. An Inside Man - 2 BBY
  11. Visions and Voices - 2 BBY
  12. Ghosts of Geonosis Part 1 - 2 BBY
  13. Ghosts of Geonosis Part 2 - 2 BBY
  14. Warhead - 2 BBY
  15. Trials of the Darksaber - 2 BBY
  16. Legacy of Mandalore - 2 BBY
  17. Through Imperial Eyes - 2 BBY
  18. Secret Cargo - 2 BBY
  19. Double Agent Droid - 2 BBY
  20. Twin Suns - 2 BBY
  21. Zero Hour Part 1 - 2 BBY
  22. Zero Hour Part 2 - 2 BBY

SEASON 4

  1. Heroes of Mandalore Part 1 - 1 BBY
  2. Heroes of Mandalore Part 2 - 1 BBY
  3. In the Name of the Rebellion Part 1 - 1 BBY
  4. In the Name of the Rebellion Part 2 - 1 BBY
  5. The Occupation - 1 BBY
  6. Flight of the Defender - 1 BBY
  7. Kindred - 1 BBY
  8. Crawler Commandeers - 1 BBY
  9. Rebel Assault - 1 BBY
  10. Jedi Night - 1 BBY
  11. Dume - 1 BBY
  12. Wolves and a Door - 0 BBY
  13. A World Between Worlds - 0 BBY
  14. A Fool’s Hope - 0 BBY
  15. Family Reunion – and Farewell Part 1 - 0 BBY
  16. Family Reunion – and Farewell Part 2 - 0 BBY

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (movie)

Star Wars year: 0 BBY

A New Hope (movie)

Star Wars year: 0-3 ABY

The Empire Strikes Back (movie)

Star Wars year: 3 ABY

Return of the Jedi (movie)

Star Wars year: 4 ABY

The Mandalorian (television show)

Star Wars year: 9 ABY

The Book of Boba Fett (television show)

Star Wars year: 9 ABY

Star Wars: Resistance Season 1

Star Wars year: 34 ABY

The Force Awakens (movei)

Star Wars year: 34 ABY

The Last Jedi (movie)

Star Wars year: 34 ABY

Star Wars: Resistance Season 2 (television show)

Star Wars year: 34 - 35 ABY

  1. Into the Unknown - 34 ABY
  2. A Quick Salvage Run - 34 ABY
  3. Live Fire - 34 ABY
  4. Hunt on Celsor 3 - 34 ABY
  5. The Engineer - 34 ABY
  6. From Beneath - 34 ABY
  7. The Relic Raiders - 34 ABY
  8. Rendezvous Point - 34 ABY
  9. The Voxx Vortex 5000 - 34 ABY
  10. Kaz’s Curse - 34 ABY
  11. Station to Station - 34 ABY
  12. The Missing Agent - 34/35 ABY
  13. Breakout - 34/35 ABY
  14. The Mutiny 34 ABY
  15. The New World - 34 ABY
  16. No Place Safe - 34 ABY

How to watch Star Wars in release order

The Rise of Skywalker (movie)

Star Wars year: 35 ABY

Star Wars Attack of the Clones Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme Amidala, and Anakin Skywalker holding their lightsabers.

If you’re watching Star Wars with someone who’s never seen it before, watching it in release order is a great way to avoid spoilers. This is slightly easier to do as you will not need to jump between episodes in The Clone Wars television show. All you need to do is sit down and start watching! As an added bonus, viewers will be watching this order the same way original fans watched Star Wars as it came out.

  1. Episode 4: A New Hope
  2. Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back
  3. Episode 6: Return of the Jedi
  4. Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
  5. Episode 2: Attack of the Clones
  6. Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith
  7. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  8. Star Wars Rebels
  9. Episode 7: The Force Awakens
  10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  11. Episode 8: The Last Jedi
  12. Star Wars: Resistance
  13. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  14. Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker
  15. The Mandalorian, season one
  16. The Mandalorian, season two
  17. The Book of Boba Fett, season one
  18. Obi-Wan Kenobi, season one
  19. Andor, season one

As far as the books, comics, and radio shows go, some are considered canon while others fall under the Legacy name. However that’s a story for another day – but one we will cover!

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