The Best Order To Watch Star Wars | Disney+ Streaming Guide


Disney Plus has officially launched in North America (and will be released in more countries in the coming weeks and months) and it has quickly amassed over 3 million subscribers. The service boasts a vast library of content from Pixar to Marvel, and it even has the original Mickey Mouse cartoons for you to look back on. With so much content available (all for the low price of $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year), we thought it would help to create a few streaming guides for all those who are overwhelmed by the number of options. This first one is for people who are wanting to watch Star Wars for the first time or are revisiting them now that they have easy access to the full roster.


The Skywalker Saga

There are quite a few ways to watch all the shows and movies that make up the Star Wars universe. First, let's start with the films that make up the main story-line, the ones that you'll need to watch to be prepared for Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.

Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Episode IV: A New Hope
Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Episode VII: The Last Jedi

While there is an argument to be made for watching the films in the order they came out, we'd recommend watching them in episode order, since the main reason Episode IV came out first is due to budgetary restrictions. If you don't want to watch them in episode order, you can try to change up the story arc a bit by starting with IV and V then skipping to I, II, and III before going back to VI, VII, and VIII. This changes the narrative, focusing a bit more on Anakin's story-line and adding more weight to the events in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.


The Definitive Order 

Now let's take it up a notch and add the live action spin-off movies and shows into the mix to give you a more complete Star Wars experience. Again, we'd recommend watching them in the canonical chronology and not by release date.

Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Solo: A Star Wars Story*
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Episode IV: A New Hope
Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Episode VII: The Last Jedi

This watch order lets you take a step away from the Skywalker Saga briefly to meet Han Solo in Solo and understand the events that transpired before A New Hope in Rogue One. For most people, this is a good, comprehensive trip through the galaxy far, far away with plenty of space adventures to keep you busy until the release of Episode IX. But for the binge hungry, we have one more list to follow.


The Entire Universe

Here it is. A full chronology of the Star Wars universe, for those wanting every piece of that Star Wars puzzle, consisting of all films and TV shows both live action and animated.

Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (movie)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (series)**
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Solo: A Star Wars Story*
Star Wars Rebels
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Episode IV: A New Hope
Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
The Mandolorian
Star Wars Resistance
Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Episode VII: The Last Jedi

One last thing, while they may not be canonically relevant, there are a few LEGO Star Wars series available on Disney+ to add some variety and humor in your space binge. For an added look behind the scenes of the making of Star Wars, you can also watch Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy which details the conception and production of the original Star Wars trilogy.

To reiterate the obvious, every show and movie listed above is available on Disney Plus (except Solo*). The only one that isn't fully binge-ready, yet, is The Mandalorian which is streaming weekly, but by the time you finish watching everything that comes before, it'll probably be done with Season One, unless you choose to skip work/school and not sleep, which is, of course, always an option.

*Due to a prior agreement, Solo: A Star Wars Story isn't available on Disney Plus until July 9, 2020. The film is currently streaming on Netflix.

**Yes, you can stream all seasons of The Clone Wars right now. However, for some reason, the series was aired out of order. If you want the proper chronology of the show, follow this guide which lists all 121 episodes in their correct sequence.

Once you're all done with your Star wars binge, come back for more streaming guides on Marvel, Disney animated classics, and more!

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