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Here’s How You Should Watch The Star Wars Movies And Shows

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Trying to get someone into Star Wars can be difficult. With so many films and TV shows, things can quickly get overwhelming. One key factor in fulfilling your enjoyment is properly following the storylines. Fortunately, if you watch the movies in a specific order, the storylines are clearer. 

Starting Out

The first thing to watch is 1999’s Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. As the first film in the Skywalker saga, it introduces the viewer to nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker. The young lad runs into Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi in their quest to protect Queen Amidala. After watching that movie, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is next on the agenda. Released in 2002, Skywalker now looks after Amidala while Kenobi tries to determine who tried to assassinate her. 

After Attack of the Clones, it’s time to dive into the 2008 CGI film Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The film takes a closer look at the battle. This should be followed up with the 2008 CGI series also titled Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This series made a comeback in 2020 after a six-year absence for a final season. While there is a 2002 cartoon of the same name, this is non-canonical to the franchise.

After finishing the CGI Clone Wars show, it’s time to hop back to live-action with 2005’s Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The film finds Skywalker turning into Darth Vader with the help of Palpatine. It’s both deep and very exciting. 

Watch These Just Before The Original Trilogy

2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story is next on the list, and it showcases Han Solo and Chewbacca heading off on a wild journey. This film takes place a decade before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Following Solo, it’s time for another animated adventure with Star Wars Rebels. Released in 2014, this series follows a group of rebels looking to take down the Galactic Empire.

After this show, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is next in line. This film continues the fight for the Galactic Empire’s takedown with a new batch of rebels and it has a key connection with the previous two Star Wars cartoons. Voice actor Stephen Stanton, who appeared in Clone Wars and Rebels, lends his voice to Admiral Raddus.

The Original Trilogy Has The Core Of The Star Wars Storyline

After Rogue One, it’s time to finally hit the original trilogy. A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi are timeless classics. A New Hope finds Solo, Kenobi, and Luke Skywalker trying to save Princess Leia from Darth Vader. In The Empire Strikes Back, Skywalker learns about the power of the Force. Return of the Jedi finds Skywalker facing off against his father.


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Going Out With A Bang

After Return Of The Jedi comes The Mandalorian. Taking place five years after Jedi, the show follows the journey of Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin. When The Mandalorian is done, it’s time to watch Star Wars: Resistance. The animated series tells the tale of New Republic pilot Kazuda Xiono, who needs to spy on the New Order. This show has the distinction of taking place before and during the sequel trilogy.

Speaking of the sequel trilogy, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is next after Resistance. The movie follows the same formula as A New Hope. The viewer is introduced to a trio of individuals bound by their loyalty to the Resistance. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi and Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker both help conclude this explosive journey.

Making Sense Out Of A Complicated Universe

Sure, the Star Wars Universe is a complicated place, but it is possible to figure out what’s going on. This suggested order will help – at least for the time being. Going forward, pay some attention to the content of any new films that are released. They’ll have their place in the chronological order of the films that will help you continue to keep track of what’s happening in the future.

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