If you’re here, you must be huge a fan of the Star Wars Universe. You, like many others, may be wondering how to watch Star Wars or what order you should watch them in. After all, there are a lot of movies and tv series out there, and it can be tough to keep track of them all. Luckily, we’re here to help. In this blog post, we’ll give you a rundown of the different Star Wars movies and tv series, as well as our recommendations for the best order to watch them in. So sit back, relax, and get ready to jump into a galaxy far, far away…
Note: As of the writing of this article the Andor Series is currently being aired with Tales of the Jedi debuting later in the month.
What order to Watch Star Wars?
The answer to this question depends on a few factors. Firstly, it depends on whether you want to watch the movies or the tv series first. Secondly, it depends on how much time you have. And thirdly, it depends on your personal preference.
If you want to watch the movies first, we recommend watching them in the order in which they were released. If you watch in chronological order there will be references and easter eggs you may not understand until you get to the later movies.
That means starting with Episode IV: A New Hope, then Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Then move on to the prequels; Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Finally, work your way through to Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, and Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. This is the order in which the movies were released, so it’s a good way to get a feel for the story arc. Plus, it’s always fun to see how the special effects have improved over time!
There are standalone films included Rogue One (one of my personal favorites) and Solo. I recommend holding off on these until you’ve had a chance to absorb Episodes I through VI first.
If you want to work the various tv series in as well (and you absolutely should), we recommend you at least finish watching the original and prequel film trilogies first. Once you’ve done this, start with The Clone Wars animated series. This series is set between Episodes II and III of the movies with the final season sort of happening at the same time as Episode III, and it does a great job of filling in some of the backstory and introducing a slew of amazing characters.
Once you’ve watched The Clone Wars, you can move on to Rebels animated series, which is set between Episodes III and IV and focuses on the early days of the formation of the Rebel Alliance. After Rebels check out the Bad Batch. This series focuses on a team of specialized clones, first introduced in the final season of Clone Wars who are naturally resistant to the Order 66 programming.
And finally, if you want to catch up on the latest happenings in the Star Wars universe, we recommend watching The Mandalorian seasons I and II, then The Book of Boba Fett season I. These two series are tied very closely together and take place a few years after Episode IV. Then tie it all off with the recent Kenobi Series, which takes place sometime after Episode III and follows Obi-Wan after exiling himself on Tatooine.
As of the writing of this art the Andor series is currently being released. This follows Cassian Andor, a main character from Rogue One, and takes place a few year before the events of Rogue One, presumably around the same time as Rebels and Solo.
How Long is Star Wars?
It would take over 25 hours to watch all 11 films. This includes all three trilogies and both anthology films (Rogue One and Solo)
The tv series referenced in this article make up about 6 days of content. So, all in it would take you just over one week straight of screen time to watch it all in one go.
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What Order did the Star Wars Movies Come Out?
The original trilogy – Episodes IV-VI
The prequel trilogy – Episodes I-III
How to watch Star Wars and What Order Do I watch Star Wars?
There’s really no wrong way to watch Star Wars. You can jump around between films and tv series as you wish and piece together the story arcs just fine. Personally, I feel with so much Star Wars content out there and more coming with no end in sight, it might get tricking keeping everything straight.
That’s why I recommend, at least for your first go around, to watch in the order in which they were released. Then, if you have time, challenge yourself to go through the whole thing in chronological order. No matter how you choose to watch Star Wars, we hope that this blog post has given you some helpful guidance. Remember – there’s no wrong way to watch these movies and tv series! So kick back, relax, and enjoy your journey into a galaxy far, far away…