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Best Watch Order for Star Wars Movies and Shows: Including New Disney Plus Series

If you have the whole weekend to spare sans sleep, then a Star Wars marathon is for you! A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the Star Wars franchise has been a staple in pop culture and it touched generations with its stories and ever-evolving plot. With more than three decades of films, spin-offs, and series, it will instantaneously fill your whole schedule taking up around three to four days if you go non-stop watching.

Surely, after watching the whole Star Wars Saga, you'll consider being a Jedi yourself for being able to watch all that there is to the Star Wars universe. With Star Wars venturing into Disney+, the Star Wars universe expands and the list seems to go on and on with an upcoming The Mandalorian 3, Obi-Wan,Ahsoka, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Rangers of the New Republic, The Book of Boba Fett, Patty Jenkins' Rogue Squadron, and an untitled Taika Waititi film joining the Star Wars roster. Depending on your preference, you can watch the Star Wars franchise in various sequences. Here's a guide on the order you can watch the whole Star Wars Franchise.

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The All-Encompassing Order of the Star Wars Saga

The Star Wars Saga began in 1997 and if you want to watch it in chronological order, then this is the list for you. This includes everything in the Star Wars Saga, with the movies, spin-offs, and the series and the series yet to be released, even with the Lego Star Wars films and their holiday special, if you prefer to completely get every last bit that Star Wars can offer.

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• Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

• Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

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• Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles (2013 to 2014)

• Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (2011)

• The Clone Wars (2008 to 2014)

• Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

• Star Wars: the Bad Batch (possibly in late 2021)

• Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

• Obi-Wan Series (possibly released in 2022)

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• Star Wars Rebels (2014 to 2018)

• Rogue One (2016)

• Star Wars: Droids (1985 to 1986)

• Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

• Star Wars: Holiday Special (1978)

• Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out (2012)

• Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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• Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983)

• Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (2023)

• Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (2016 to 2017)

• Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales (2015)

• Ewoks (1985 to 1986)

• The Mandalorian (2019)

• The Book of Boba Fett (possibly in 2022)

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• Ahsoka (no release date yet)

• Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic (no release date yet)

• Star Wars: Resistance (2018 to Present)

• Lego Star Wars: The Resistance Rises (2016)

• Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2016)

• Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

• Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

• Star Wars: Forces of Destiny (2017 to Present)

The Chronological Movie Order of Star Wars

If you prefer to watch all the films in the order of the events and live the story of the characters in an intimate way as to how everything has happened, this is your movie order. But this order has a downside, this way, one of the best and most iconic scenes to ever grace the cinemas, the reveal of Luke's parentage will shock you a little too early.

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• Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

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• Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

• Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-present)

• Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

• Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

• Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018)

• Rogue One (2016)

• Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

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• Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

• Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

• The Mandalorian (2019-present)

• Star Wars: Resistance (2018-2020)

• Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

• Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

• Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

The Theatrical Movie Order of Star Wars

This is your go-to list if you prefer watching the Star Wars Saga the old-fashioned way by experiencing the way they did it from 1977 where they had to wait for years before the release of the next chapter of the saga, but now it is available for you to put the old-fashioned way to the test. This might be confusing especially to those who are new to Star Wars considering the time jump in between the movies.

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• Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

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• Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

• Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983)

• Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

• Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

• Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

• Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

• Rogue One (2016)

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• Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

• Solo (2018)

• Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

"The Godfather" order of Star Wars

This order allows you to watch the original two Star Wars films, the shock reveals given by the ending of Empire Strikes Back, then back to the prequel trilogy giving Anakin's background. Then after the Revenge of the Sith, you proceed with Return of the Jedi to make way for the Vade-Luke clash with no disruptions to the big twists. However, with this order, it would be difficult to fit in the new films and series.

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• Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

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• Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

• Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

• Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

• Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

• Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

The Machete Order of Star Wars

Sans The Phantom Menace, the Machete order removes the "I am your father" moment. This order will make you enjoy the Saga before the Darth Vader backstory.

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• Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

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• Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

• Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

• Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

• Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

The Rinster Order of Star Wars or the Skywalker Order

This is based on the list of Star Wars superfan, Ernest Rinster who created his own order of the movies to preserve the twist of Luke's father but still including The Phantom Menace, leaving out the sequels. With this, you'll get to follow the story with the focus on Luke Skywalker where you get to know about his lineage.

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• Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

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• Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

• Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

• Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

• The Clone Wars (2008 to 2014)

• Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

• Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

• Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

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• The Mandalorian (2019-present)

• Star Wars: Resistance (2018-2020)

• Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

• Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

• Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

In whichever way you prefer, the Star Wars Saga will indulge you with a journey that will take you galaxies away and into an ever-evolving story of the characters. And in watching the saga, may the force be with you!

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