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How to watch DC's Teen Titans TV series and movies in order

Want to get started watching the DC Universe’s Teen Titans? Here’s how to do it!

Teen Titans GO!
Image credit: Warner Bros. Animation

When there’s trouble you know who to call…..Teen Titans!

Don’t write them off as kid sidekicks or junior heroes, because the Teen Titans are one of the most powerful groups in the DC Universe. They might not have the powers or experience as the Justice League, but the Titans have saved the world many times over. The group made their debut in 1964’s The Brave and the Bold #54, and quickly earned their own spin-off comic. In 1980 Marv Wolfman and George Perez revamped the team in The New Teen Titans, introducing dynamic new characters and leveling up the storytelling. The gambit paid off, and New Teen Titans became one of the best-selling books in the industry, rivaling Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men.

The popularity of the Teen Titans has led to multiple media projects. There’s the fondly remembered 2003 cartoon, the long-running and mega-popular Teen Titans Go!, and the HBO Max adult series. Maybe you’re a young adult who grew up on Teen Titans Go! and now you’re looking to explore more adventures with the group. Or maybe you’re a millennial who wants to revisit the team thanks to your fond memories of the 2003 cartoon. Or maybe you’re a new fan (WELCOME!) and you’re looking to meet the Titans for the first time.

Either way, Popverse has you covered! This list will tell you everything you need to know about watching Teen Titans in release and chronological order, and how to distinguish the various continuities. Let’s get started…

How to watch Teen Titans in release order

Teen Titans Go!
Image credit: Cartoon Network

If you’re looking to watch every incarnation of Teen Titans in release order, here is how to do it. However, it’s important to keep in mind that release order will result in you jumping back and forth between multiple continuities. Don’t worry, because we’ll break down the continuity differences in the chronological section of this guide. With that in mind, if release order is your jam, just follow this list….

How to watch Teen Titans in chronological order

Titans still
Image credit: Warner Bros. Television

Watching Teen Titans in release order can be a bit disorientating, since you’re constantly jumping from one continuity to another. If you’re just looking to watch the animated Titans, or the live-action Titans, or want to stay in a particular universe, let this chronology list be your guide. We’ve divided each Titans television show and movie into separate categories based on their continuity.

2003 animated universe

This continuity covers the 2003 Titans animated series and subsequent appearances of the characters. Once their television series wrapped up, the Teen Titans starred in Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, which served as a post-finale movie. The characters were briefly seen in a credits scene for Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, which set up their return appearance in Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans.

In case you’re wondering, despite many theories to the contrary, the 2003 Teen Titans cartoon is not part of the DC Animated Universe.

  • Teen Titans (5 season animated series, 2003-2006)
  • Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (2006 animated film)
  • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018 animated theatrical film) (note: credits scene)
  • Teen Titans Go! Vs Teen Titans (2019 animated film)
Teen Titans Go!

This watch list covers Teen Titans Go! and all their wacky specials and movies. This list includes the New Teen Titans shorts, which set the stage (and the tone) for Teen Titans Go! and its offbeat brand of irreverent superhero fun. When you watch Go! and the NTT shorts, it’s easy to see why we’re concluding they’re in the same continuity.

Not that continuity is important with TTG. In fact, many episodes will end with characters dying or irreversibly changed, with the next episode ignoring everything. There are small bits of continuity here and there, but the Teen Titans Go! universe doesn’t take itself seriously, so don’t get too wrapped up in it.

Teen Titans Go! to the Movies takes place between the fourth and fifth episode of season 5 – but again, don’t sweat the continuity.

  • New Teen Titans (animated shorts, 2014)
  • Teen Titans Go! season 1 through season 5 episode 4 (ongoing animated series, 2013-present)
  • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018 animated theatrical film)
  • Teen Titans Go! season 5 episode 5-present (ongoing animated series, 2013-present)
  • Teen Titans Go! Vs Teen Titans (2019 animated film)
  • Teen Titans Go! See Space Jam (2021 animated film)
  • Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse (2022 animated film)
DC Animated Movie Universe

This list covers the Teen Titans appearances in the DC Animated Movie Universe. The DCAMU was a shared continuity between a series of direct-to-video films Warner Bros. Animation released between 2013 and 2020. This version of the Teen Titans was significantly more mature than Teen Titans Go! and the 2003 cartoon. Warner Bros. Animation concluded the DCAMU with Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, setting the stage for the Tomorrowverse (which began with Superman: Man of Tomorrow). As of this writing, the Teen Titans have not appeared in the Tomorrowverse.

  • Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016 animated film)
  • Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (2017 animated film)
  • Teen Titans Go! Vs Teen Titans (2019 animated film) (Note: brief cameo via the multiverse)
  • Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2020 animated film)
Live-Action Titans

Keeping track of the live-action (and adult-oriented) Titans series is pretty simple. Just watch all four seasons of their show, and you’re good. You can ignore the Crisis on Infinite Earths appearances, since those are silent cameos using existing footage. They have no place in the overall Titans saga, so it doesn’t matter when you watch them. Titans is a standalone series, with no ties to the Arrowverse or any of DC’s live-action films. We’ll discuss Titans’ relationship with Doom Patrol later in the guide.

  • Titans (4 season live-action series, 2018-2023)
  • Supergirl "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One" (2019 live-action television episode) (Note: brief cameo via previously unreleased archival footage)
  • Legends of Tomorrow "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five" (2020 live-action televison episode) (Note: brief cameo via archival footage)
James Gunn’s DC Universe

In March 2024 Hollywood Reporter reported that James Gunn and Peter Safran were developing a Teen Titans film for DC Studios. The screenplay will be written by Ana Nogueira, who also wrote the script for DC Studios’ Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. As of this writing there is no additional information regarding release date, cast, characters, and story. However, it’s safe to assume that this series will be set in the cinematic DC Universe which will begin with Creature Commandos and James Gunn’s Superman.

  • Teen Titans (upcoming DC Studios film, TBA)
Standalone projects with no connected continuity

This section is pretty self-explanatory (but let’s explain anyway). The following watch list covers miscellaneous Titans appearances that aren’t tied to a particular continuity or media franchise. In other words, this is the obscure stuff (like the animated drug PSA) for true completists.

  • The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1 season animated series, 1967-1968)
  • New Teen Titans Say No to Drugs (1984 animated PSA)
  • Justice League: The New Frontier (2008 animated film) (Note: brief silent cameo)
  • DC Super Hero Girls “#TweenTitans” (2020 animated television episode)

What’s the difference between Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go?

Teen Titans (2003) meet Teen Titans Go!
Image credit: Warner Bros. Animation

At first glance, Teen Titans Go! may seem like a continuation of the 2003 Teen Titans animated series. Both shows have the same team members, costume designs, voice actors, and share various other concepts. However, once you watch Teen Titans Go!, the differences quickly become clear. Although the 2003 Teen Titans cartoon contained comedy and meta moments, Teen Titans Go! raises it to a new level. Teen Titans Go! is a fun caricature of the 2003 cartoon, exaggerating the characters’ personalities for comedic effect.

In case it isn’t clear, the two shows take place in different continuities. However, they did crossover in the 2019 film Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans.

What’s the difference between Teen Titans and Young Justice?

Teen Titans meet Young Justice
Image credit: Warner Bros. Animation

It’s easy to mix up Young Justice and Teen Titans. Both are teams comprised of young DC heroes. Some of DC’s teenage heroes, such as Robin and Cyborg, are on both teams. In fact, Greg Cipes voices Beast Boy in both animated programs. However, both teams share some fundamental differences.

Teen Titans (2003) and Teen Titans Go! are more lighthearted than Young Justice. Teen Titans Go! will frequently break the fourth wall, while Young Justice takes a more serious approach to storytelling. As for the teams themselves, the group inYoung Justice is simply referred to as the Team, despite the series being named after a comic book superhero group. The Team acts in coordination with the Justice League, while the Teen Titans appear to have their own autonomy.

Although Young Justice features many of the same heroes, the Teen Titans don’t exist as a group in their universe. However, Young Justice did appear in the Teen Titans Go! episode “Let’s Get Serious.” However, the episode was a fourth wall breaking meta-adventure, and shouldn’t be taken seriously. Yes, we realize the irony.

Is Titans in the same universe as Doom Patrol?

The Titans and Doom Patrol
Image credit: Warner Bros. Television

Titans and Doom Patrol are set in separate universes, but we understand how it could be confusing. A live-action version of the Doom Patrol was introduced in the Titans season one episode ‘Doom Patrol.’ Warner Bros. Television built off this appearance by giving the Doom Patrol their own show. The cast from the Titans episode was used, but the role of Niles Caulder was recast, with Timothy Dalton replacing Bruno Bichir.

When Doom Patrol premiered in 2019, there was no mention of the Titans. Some pieces of continuity were off, such as the Doom Patrol’s backstories and their relationship to the outside world. Viewers began to suspect that the two shows were in separate continuities. This theory was confirmed during the Legends of Tomorrow episode “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five,” which stated that Titans took place on Earth-9, while Doom Patrol was set on Earth-21.

Simply put, the Doom Patrol we see in Titans season one is not the same Doom Patrol we see in the Doom Patrol television series. However, the Titans were able to meet the Earth-21 version of the Doom Patrol in Titans season four, thanks to some multiversal travel.

Where can I watch Teen Titans?

Teen Titans Go!
Image credit: WB Animation

If you want to stream the Titans, then a Max subscription is your best bet. Max is the streaming home for the 2003 Teen Titans cartoon, Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, and the live-action Titans series. Please note, the availability of these projects might change as streaming licenses expire.

Now you have everything you need to begin your Titans viewing journey. Titans together!

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Joshua Lapin-Bertone

Joshua Lapin-Bertone: Joshua is a pop culture writer specializing in comic book media. His work has appeared on the official DC Comics website, the DC Universe subscription service, HBO Max promotional videos, the Batman Universe fansite, and more. In between traveling around the country to cover various comic conventions, Joshua resides in Florida where he binges superhero television and reads obscure comics from yesteryear.


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