A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a multimedia franchise was born full of adventure, lightsabers, spaceships, princesses, Jedi knights, dark lords, an evil empire, and the fight between good and evil that is a tale as old as time, oops I think I’m mixing movies here.
Star Wars was created by George Lucas back in 1977, and since then, it hasn’t stopped growing. On October 30, 2012, the franchise landed in the hands of Disney when the company acquired it for $4.05 billion.
With 45 years and counting on its shoulders, Star Wars is followed by several generations. So, if you’re new in the Star Wars universe, it’s normal to feel daunted at the beginning without knowing where to start.
Don’t worry, I am here to guide you through the galaxy and show you how you can start watching these amazing movies.
May the force be with you!
Where are all Star Wars movies and TV series available to watch?
The complete Star Wars franchise is available worldwide on Disney+. So, you don’t need to search every streaming service to hunt down each movie or series.
You only need a Disney+ subscription, that’s all. If you live in a country where Disney+ is not available yet, you may take a look at our comprehensive guide on How to watch Disney+ in any country to learn how to access the service from anywhere.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in to how you can watch everything Star Wars in order.
The Skywalker Saga
Star Wars has become a huge saga, and when I say huge, I mean it. However, the origin and backbone of everything is The Skywalker Saga.
Since we are talking about a multimedia franchise in this article, we’re narrowing our focus to films and series.
The Skywalker Saga comprises three movie trilogies, and here starts the confusion about in which order to watch them.
In the following list, the films are in the release order.
The release order is how the creator meant to tell the story, and in this case, George Lucas’ choice was starting the saga in what, in narrative terms, is known as in medias res.
This narrative device is commonly found in epic stories, whether we are talking about literature, films, or video games. So, it’s not a coincidence that George Lucas has chosen to use this narrative device for his epic films.
The original trilogy begins with the story in medias res, as I mentioned before, and the audience is introduced to the Star Wars universe with a short recap when the movies start. This recap became a trademark of the franchise.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy – 121 min.
Luke Skywalker is a farm boy who lives with his aunt and uncle on the planet Tatooine. They buy two droids, R2D2 and C-3PO, from Jawa traders.
When Luke is cleaning the R2D2 droid, he discovers a holographic message from Princess Leia Organa requesting the help of Obi-Wan Kenobi. From this moment on, Luke sees himself involved in an adventure searching for Obi-Wan, and trying to rescue the princess from the evil hands of the empire.
But he won’t be alone because he joins forces with Han Solo, the pilot of the Millenium Falcon, and his Wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca.
From the original trilogy this is the only film directed by George Lucas. The cast is composed of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), and Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa).
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy – 124 min.
Directed by Irvin Kershner (Never Say Never Again, Robocop 2), and with the main cast reprising their roles, this film is set after three years of the destruction of the Death Star.
Darth Vader is after the Rebels, and Luke begins his training as a Jedi. Meanwhile his friends are in danger with the Empire chasing them. The Empire Strikes Back suffers from the middle film syndrome, it has no beginning and no end.
For the critics back then, it was difficult to classify it because trilogies weren’t the trend in the 70s. For example, The Washington Post’s Judith Martin labelled it a “good junk” film, enjoyable but fleeting, because it lacked a stand-alone narrative.
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy – 131 min.
This last instance of the original trilogy was directed by Welsh director Richard Marquand. After rescuing Han Solo, the rebels head to Endor to destroy the second Death Star.
In the meantime, Luke tries to convince Darth Vader to return to the light side of the force. The film has received great reviews from critics.
Roger Ebert gave the film four out of four stars, calling it “a complete entertainment, a feast for the eyes and a delight for the fancy. It’s a little amazing how Lucas and his associates keep topping themselves.”
The prequel trilogy was written and directed by George Lucas, marking his return as a director after a 22 years hiatus since the first Star Wars film.
Lucas planned this trilogy before releasing the original one, but he decided to wait until having the CGI resources he needed for his vision.
While the original trilogy focuses on the journey of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa as they fight the Empire and learn about their origin, this prequel focuses on Anakin Skywalker’s origins and how he succumbed to the dark side rising later as Darth Vader.
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy – 136 min.
The Phantom Menace was released in cinemas on May 19, 1999, almost 16 years after The Return of the Jedi. The story takes place 32 years before the original trilogy, following two Jedi Knights: the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi.
They try to protect the young Queen Padmé Amidala of Naboo, whose planet is suffering a blockade from The Trade Federation. On their journey, the Jedi knights meet a young slave boy, Anakin Skywalker, who has the natural powers of the Force.
The boy joins them on their crusade, meanwhile the Sith are returning.
The cast is composed of Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan), Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn), Natalie Portman (Queen Amidala), and Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker). Although fans were unsatisfied with this film, to be honest, it’s still one of my favourite ones.
Until today Qui-Gon Jinn is my favourite Jedi.
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy – 142min.
Ten years have passed since the events in The Phantom Menace. The Galaxy is near a civil war after an assassination attempt on senator Padmé Amidala.
Obi-Wan Kenobi decides to investigate this event, and he ends up discovering an army of clones created by the Jedi. Anakin Skywalker is now a young Jedi who is assigned to protect Padmé Amidala. This is their first encounter after ten years.
They fall in love and must keep their romance a secret because the Jedi Code forbids any type of relationship.
The film stars Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Natalie Portman (Padmé Amidala), Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker), Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine), Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu), Christopher Lee (Count Dooku), and Frank Oz (Yoda).
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy – 140 min.
Three years have passed since the beginning of the Clone Wars. The Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Doku, while Obi-Wan is after a new threat.
Anakin is working as a double agent for the Jedi and Palpatine, who proposes to him an alluring plan. This plan is what ends up leading Anakin to the dark side of the force, becoming Darth Vader and losing his humanity.
Before releasing the first Star Wars film, George Lucas affirmed he had planned three trilogies. Once he finished the prequel trilogy, he considered the Star Wars story was complete, and there wasn’t a need for a sequel.
In 2012, when he decided to retire from working on Star Wars and sold the franchise to Disney, Lucas gave to Katheleen Kennedy, the Lucasfilm’s chairman, his outlines and notes for the sequels.
Disney announced the release of The Force Awakens for 2015, and all Lucas’ ideas regarding the sequels were discarded to give the new filmmakers total creative freedom. This decision was accompanied by discarding all the Star Wars Extensive Universe from the canon.
The Extensive Universe were the stories from the comics, novels, and games which were made since the first Star Wars film was released. Although this action has made the Star Wars universe more cohesive and coherent, it also enraged fans and George Lucas himself.
The Sequel Trilogy, which has adepts and haters in equal parts, is the final act of the Skywalker Saga. This trilogy is chronologically set after the Original Trilogy.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 138 min.
This first entrance in the final trilogy was directed by J. J. Abrams, with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford reprising their roles of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo, respectively, and with the newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver.
Thirty years have passed since the destruction of the second Death Star. Luke Skywalker has disappeared. The remains of the Empire are now the First Order, whose objective is to destroy Luke and the New Republic.
The Resistance, whose leader is Leia Organa, fights the First Order. Poe Dameron (Isaac), a pilot of the Resistance, gets a map to locate Luke Skywalker, but he’s captured by Kylo Ren (Driver), the First Order commander.
Poe’s droid, BB8, escapes with the map and meets scavenger Rey (Ridley). Now both team up with Finn (Boyega), a deserting stormtrooper, and join forces with Han Solo and Chewbacca to deliver the map to the Resistance.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy – 152 min.
Rian Johnson (Knives Out, Looper) sat in the director’s chair and also wrote the screenplay for this sequel. The complete cast of the previous film is back in their roles, and this time Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio Del Toro join the party.
With Luke Skywalker’s help, Rey is developing her new abilities and learning to control them. Meanwhile, Leia, Finn, and Poe try to escape from the First Order attack.
The Last Jedi is the first posthumous film performance by Carrie Fisher, who died in December 2016.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy – 141 min.
J. J. Abrams is back as director and co-writer for the last chapter in the Skywalker Saga. The whole cast reprises their roles. The remaining members of the Resistance are fighting against the First Order once more.
The eternal circle of Jedi vs Sith reaches the highest point, while Rey is fighting Kylo and trying to understand her feelings at the time she makes a powerful discovery about her origins.
From the three Sequel Trilogy films, The Rise of Skywalker was the one with mixed reviews and low ratings by critics.
Scott Mendelson for Forbes criticized the film for retconning The Last Jedi and for its conventional plot twists, and said that the film is full of “patronizing reversals in the name of mollifying the fans who merely want to be reminded of the first three movies.”
The anthology films are spin-off stand-alone movies set in different parts of the Star Wars timeline that expands certain events or characters’ backstories.
Since they don’t belong to the Skywalker Saga, they aren’t part of the main filmography, but they show events that affect the main story. So far, there are two anthology films, but more are going to be produced shortly.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 133 min.
Rogue One is the first movie in the anthology series, and it’s considered by critics and fans alike as one of the best Star Wars movies. I must say that it’s my favorite Star Wars movie and I totally agree with the critics.
The story is an immediate prequel to Star Wars: A New Hope, and the tone is far different from the rest of the Star Wars films. Rogue One is a war film telling a dramatic story.
The film follows Jyn Erso, the daughter of a research scientist and creator of the Death Star, Galen Erso. He works for the Empire, and after a confrontation with one of the imperial weapon developers, his wife is killed while his daughter manages to escape and is rescued by rebel extremist Saw Gerrera.
Fifteen years later, Jynn joins the Rebel Alliance and along with intelligence officer Cassian Andor lead the dangerous mission to steal the Death Star schematics.
The film was directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and the cast features Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Diego Luna (Cassian Andor), Alan Tudyk (K2SO), Donnie Yen (Chirrut Îmwe), Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera), and Mads Mikkelsen (Galen Erso).
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 135 min.
The second anthology film focused on a young Han Solo, with events set 10 years before Star Wars: A New Hope.
The film had some production issues when directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie), who were in charge of directing the project, were fired due to creative differences with Lucasfilm.
In their replacement, they hired Ron Howard as director. The film is one of the most expensive ever made, with a budget of USD 275 million, but it was a box office bomb.
The cast is led by Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures, Brave New World), who portrays a young Han Solo, Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games, Zombieland), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Donald Glover as a young Lando Calrissian, Thandiwe Newton (Westworld), and Paul Bettany (WandaVision, Uncle Frank).
In this adventure, Han Solo meets Chewbacca and Lando way before they join the Rebel Alliance and team up to be part of a heist within the criminal world.
How to watch the Star Wars movies in chronological order
According to George Lucas, the correct way of watching Star Wars films is in chronological order. But, the chronological order is a different experience from the release order, and it also changed the focus.
Why? Because the release order is focused on Luke Skywalker and his hero’s journey, while the chronological order follows Anakin Skywalker’s life and legacy.
Although I haven’t tried the chronological order yet, because I’m more of a purist of release order (not only with Star Wars but with everything), this is on my list to experience at least once.
For now, the chronological order is this. You never know when this could change because Lucasfilm and Disney announced that soon will be new anthology films. And even with the Skywalker Saga already finished, you never say never.
Remember, this list only includes the films, not the new TV series streaming on Disney+, which are also part of the canon and chronology.
- Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
- Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
- Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
- Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
- Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Spin-Off TV Films
The two spin-off films made for television are focused on the Ewoks. These furry creatures live in the forest moon of Endor, and they made their debut in The Return of the Jedi.
Later, they starred in two TV films, an animated series and made a brief appearance in The Rise of Skywalker.
Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy – 96 min.
The film is aimed at children, with a simple plot following two siblings, Mace and Cindel, who get lost in the forest of Endor after their family spacecraft crashes.
The Ewoks find the children and take them to their village. There, Cindel becomes a friend of Wicket, portrayed by Warwick Davis. After they find out the children’s parents were taken by the monstrous Gorax, who resides in a deserted area, the Ewoks decide to help.
They form a caravan to go rescue the parents and reunite them with the children.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy – 94 min.
This sequel to Caravan of Courage is set six month after. Cindel and Mace’s family spacecraft is fixed and ready to return home, when the Ewok’s village is attacked by a Marauder group led by Terak and his sorceress Charal.
Mace and his parents are killed during the raid, leaving Cindel orphaned. The Marauders steal the energy source of the family’s spacecraft believing it has some sort of magical power. Now Cindel and Wicket must escape from the witch Charal and save the Ewok village.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
Animation, Action, Adventure – 98 min.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the only Star Wars animated film in the franchise so far. Released in 2008, it was produced by Lucasfilms Ltd. and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, becoming the first Star Wars film not to be distributed by 20th Century Fox.
The movie is set right after the events of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the clones. Anakin Skywalker has a new padawan, Ahsoka Tano, and both of them has to fulfill the mission of rescuing Jabba the Hutt’s son who was kidnapped.
Count Dooku and Jabba the Hutt’s uncle Ziro frame the Jedi and turn Jabba against the Galactic Republic.
In the meantime, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala investigate Dooku and Ziro’s plans to uncover them. This movie serves as the pilot episode to the animated series of the same name.
Although the film received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike, the TV series proved to be a great success.
Animated TV series
The first Star Wars animated TV series were Droids and Ewoks. They aimed at a children’s audience and lasted for one season and two respectively.
When the Prequel trilogy was released, new series were produced and are currently being produced, tied to the canon and continuity from the films, aiming at a more general, and in some cases, mature audience.
Droids (1985 – 1986)
Animation, Action, Adventure – 1 season – 14 episodes
This series is a spin-off focused on the adventures of C3PO and R2D2 before joining the Rebel Alliance. Chronologically, the series is set four years after Revenge of the Sith and fifteen years before A New Hope.
During the series, the Droids serve different masters and face a lot of threats.
Ewoks (1985 – 1986)
Animation, Adventure, Family – 2 seasons – 26 episodes
The series follows the adventures of the Ewoks, focusing on Wicket W. Warrick and his friends. The series takes place before the events of the Star Wars films and Ewoks films.
The series finale is linked to what happened in The Return of the Jedi. Although the Ewoks talk in their languages in the films, in the series they speak in English with some phrases and words in Ewokese.
The Clone Wars (2008 – 2020)
Animation, Action, Adventure – 7 seasons – 133 episodes
Although the movie that serves as a pilot episode to this series wasn’t welcomed as expected, the series proved to be a great addition to the Star Wars saga, lasting for seven steady seasons.
The Clone Wars began its run on Cartoon Network on October 3, 2008, two months after the film was released. The series is set during the three years between the prequel films Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and according to George Lucas, it’s a continuation from the previous Clone Wars series created by Genndy Tartakovsky in 2003.
From seasons 1 to 5, the series was aired on Cartoon Network and distributed by Warner Bros. Season 6 was made for streaming and Netflix, and the seventh final season was exclusively made for streaming on Disney+.
The main plot follows the conflict of the clone wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The Jedi Knights of the Republic lead their legions of clone troopers to fight the Separatist droid armies headed by the cyborg commander General Grievous.
The main characters are returning ones from the Prequel trilogy like Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, and Yoda, also two original characters created for the series like Ahsoka Tano and clone Captain Rex of the 501st Legion, who later became iconic characters of the whole franchise.
Rebels (2014 – 2018)
Animation, Action, Adventure – 4 seasons – 77 episodes
This series takes place more than ten years after The Revenge of the Sith and develops towards the events of A New Hope.
With a mix of original characters, some from The Clones Wars and others from the Original trilogy, Rebels shows how the Galactic Empire hunts down the remaining Jedi while a newborn rebellion against the Empire starts its first steps.
Overall, Rebels has been praised for its storytelling, characters, voice acting, and music, and for expanding the Star Wars lore beyond the movies. The series won several awards and accolades throughout its run.
Resistance (2014 – 2018)
Animation, Action, Adventure – 2 seasons – 50 episodes
Resistance is set right before and during the Sequel Trilogy. The story follows Kazuda Xiono, a New Republic pilot recruited by the Resistance to spy on the First Order.
Some characters from the Sequel Trilogy appear in this series, with their original actors providing their voices such as Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, and Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux.
The Bad Batch (2021 – present)
Animation, Action, Adventure – 2 Seasons – 16 episodes
The Bad Batch was created for streaming on Disney+ and works both as a sequel and spin-off to The Clone Wars.
The story follows a squad of elite defective clone troopers with genetic mutations known as The Bad Batch. They work as mercenaries in the postwar of the Clone Wars. The second season will be available on January 4, 2023.
Visions (2021 – present)
Animation, Action, Adventure – 1 season – 9 episodes
This anthology series was created for Disney+ and consists of various original stories set in the Star Wars universe, portraying different visions from diverse creators.
The first volume has nine animated shorts by seven Japanese studios: Kamikaze Douga, Studio Colorido, Geno Studio, Trigger, Kinema Citrus, Production I.G, and Science SARU. Although they received guidance from Lucasfilm, the creators from each studio had total freedom to create their shorts.
A second volume with shorts from animation studios in Japan, India, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Chile, France, South Africa, and the United States is planned to be released early in 2023.
Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003-2005)
Animation, Action, Adventure – Total runtime: 133 min.
This series was developed by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. Set between the Star Wars prequel trilogy films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, this was the first animated series since Ewoks, and also the first one in exploring the conflicts of the Clone Wars.
The whole story was planned as a prequel to The Revenge of the Sith since it directly leads to the beginning of the film. It lasted for three seasons aired on Cartoon Network, with episodes running between three and five minutes each.
The story starts right after the events depicted in Attack of the Clones when the failing Galactic Republic and the Jedi are under attack from the Separatist Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Sith.
This series was continued in the 3D animated series The Clones Wars in 2008.
Animation, Comedy – 1 season – 8 episodes
This collection of YouTube shorts was produced to promote The Last Jedi, featuring fun situations starring BB-8, R2-D2, Chewbacca, and porgs.
Forces of Destiny (2017 – 2018)
Animation, Action, Adventure – 2 seasons – 36 episodes
This 2D animated web series is set through different times in the Star Wars universe and focuses on female characters such as Princess Leia Organa, Sabine Wren, Jyn Erso, Rose Tico, Ahsoka Tano, Padmé Amidala, Hera Syndulla, and Rey.
These shorts are between two and three minutes long and were released through Lucasfilms’ YouTube channel. Currently, all the shorts are available on Disney+.
Galaxy of Adventures (2018 – 2020)
Animation, Shorts, Action – 2 seasons – 54 episodes
This collection of shorts that was released on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel in 2018 reimagines key scenes and events from the whole Skywalker Saga. The series was meant to lead to The Rise of Skywalker release.
The episodes use the original audio from the movies and are narrated by Dante Basco.
Roll out (2019 – 2020)
Animation, Familly, Sci-Fi
This collection of shorts was released on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel, portraying the characters as ball-shaped, similar to BB-8.
Galaxy of Creatures (2021)
Animation, Shorts, Family – 1 season – 12 episodes
This series of shorts was released on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel and follows the droid SF-R3 (“Aree”) while he journeys across the galaxy learning about wild creatures.
Galactic Pals (2022)
Animation, Shorts, Family – 1 season
Also released on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel, this series is a spin-off of Galaxy of Creatures. It follows M1-RE (“Miree”), a friend of SF-R3, who is in charge of the Youngling Care Space Station.
There, she takes care of young ornery Ortolans, fussy Hutts, scavenging Jawas, and more creatures and aliens from around the galaxy.
Disney+ opened the door to more original content for the Star Wars franchise. The several live-action series are proof of it.
They not only have been a huge success in the streaming platform but also have been enriching and expanding the stories and characters in many diverse ways.
The Mandalorian (2019 – present)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy – 2 seasons – 24 episodes
The Mandalorian was a big surprise back in 2019 when it was released. No one, including Disney, believed this series was going to be one of the finest products from the Star Wars franchise.
Created by Jon Favreau (Chef, The Jungle Book, The Lion King), this series is the first live-action series in the Star Wars universe. The story is set five years after the events of The Return of the Jedi and during the fall of the Galactic Empire.
It follows Din Djarin, a lone Mandalorian working as a bounty hunter and travelling lonely to the outer reaches of the galaxy. Hired by the remaining Imperial forces to retrieve the child Grogu, the Mandalorian instead protects the infant and tries to get him back to his kind.
The series features Pedro Pascal as the titular character, and he’s supported by Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Barry Lowin, and Gina Carano. A third season will be released on Disney+ on February 2023.
The Book of Boba Fett (2021 – present)
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 1 season – 7 episodes
Like the Mandalorian, this series was also created by Jon Favreau. This is a spin-off to the Mandalorian, taking place in the same time frame and connected to the events after The Return of the Jedi.
The story follows bounty hunter Boba Fett, who already appeared in The Mandalorian and other Star Wars stories, as he establishes himself as the new crime lord where Jabba the Hutt used to rule.
Temuera Morrison plays the titular character and he’s followed by Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand.
Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022)
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 1 season – 6 episodes
Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally planned as a feature film in the Anthology films series, but due to the Solo movie performing so badly at the box office, Disney decided to make a mini-series to stream on Disney+.
Ewan McGregor is back to his role in this story set ten years after the dramatic events that took place in Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith.
Obi-Wan hides on the planet Tatooine, watching Anakin’s son Luke, when he’s called to rescue Leia, Anakin’s daughter, from the Galactic Empire that kidnapped her.
Hayden Christensen is back as Darth Vader, while James Earl Jones is back providing Vader’s voice. Vivien Lyra Blair (Bird Box) plays Leia Organa.
Action, Adventure, Drama – 1 season – 12 episodes
This series is a prequel to the spin-off Star Wars film Rogue One. With Diego Luna reprising his role of Cassian Andor, the story is set five years before the events portrayed in Rogue One and shows how the Rebel Alliance was born.
Andor, once a thief becomes a revolutionary and later joins the Rebellion. At the time of writing, the series is currently airing on Disney+, with an episode being released each week.
A second season consisting of twelve episodes as well will be the conclusion to the series. Diego Luna is followed by an ensemble cast featuring Stellan Skarsgård, Alex Ferns, Genevieve O’Reilly, and Fiona Shaw.
Currently, there are two Star Wars live-action series in development, and the other two are planned.
Ahsoka is planned to be released in 2023. Written, directed, and produced by Jon Favreau, the series will work as a spin-off to The Mandalorian, and it’s going to be set in the same time frame.
Rosario Dawson plays the titular character, reprising her role from her appearance in The Mandalorian. Ahsoka was created for the animated series The Clone Wars, as Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice. It has been revealed that several characters from the animated series Rebels will be appearing too.
Star Wars: Skeleton Crew is another live-action that will be released in 2023.
Jon Watts (the MCU Spider-Man trilogy) and Christopher Ford are the creators behind it and it’s going to be another spin-off to The Mandalorian and the related series, which is set in the same time frame. The series will tell a coming-of-age story, and it has been revealed that Jude Law will be one of the stars.
The other two series are The Acolyte and Lando. There is no certain date yet for these two projects.
The Acolyte is said to be set during the late High Republic era and will have a female protagonist. Leslye Headland (Russian Doll) is the showrunner, and she said the writing was almost complete.
Some names of the cast are Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games, The Hate U Give), Lee Jung-Jae (Over the Rainbow, The Housemaid), and Manny Jacinto (The Good Place). Lando is going to be a limited series focused on the titular character.
Disney is in talks with Donald Glover about reprising the role from Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) in the series.
Chronology of Everything Star Wars
In a previous section of this article, I showed you how to watch the Star Wars movies in chronological order. But what happens if you want to watch everything that fits into the canon in chronological order?
Well, here you have a complete list:
- Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
- Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
- Clone Wars (2003)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (animated film – 2008)
- The Clone Wars (2008)
- The Bad Batch (2022)
- Star Wars: Episode III – The Revenge of the Sith (2005)
- Solo (2018)
- Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022)
- Droids (1985)
- Ewoks (1985)
- Rebels (2014)
- Andor (2022)
- Rogue One (2016)
- Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
- Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984)
- Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
- Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983)
- The Mandalorian (2019)
- The Book of Boba Fett (2021)
- Resistance (2018)
- Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
- Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
- Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Lego Movies and TV Series
Lego Star Wars is a Lego Theme focused on the Star Wars franchise.
So far, the Lego Star Wars include construction sets, video games, short films, TV Specials, and TV series. Of course, these shorts and specials aren’t part of the Star Wars canon, they’re mostly parodic and aimed at children.
However, Lego has already proved to have fun and great animation movies and series overall.
So, whether you’re a Star Wars fan or a Lego fan, or maybe both, these films and shorts are for you.
Lego Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick (2005)
Animation – Short – Comedy – 5 min.
Loosely based on Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, this short follows Lego Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan as they stop an invasion on Kashyyyk using the Force to win over the droid army.
Lego Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 (2009)
Animation, Short, Comedy – 5 min.
The short follows the characters from The Clone Wars animated series as R2-D2 get lost with important data after blasting out one of Anakin’s spaceships during a battle with the separatists. Now, the droid is sought by both the Jedi and the Sith.
Lego Star Wars: Bombad Bounty (2010)
Animation, Short, Comedy – 5 min.
Vader hires Boba Fett to pursue Jar Jar Binks after an accident the Gugan has caused. Now Jar Jar Binks sees himself trapped in a series of galactical troubles.
Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (2011)
Animation, Short, Action – 22 min.
C-3PO and R2-D2 are in the middle of a battle between Jedi and Sith while they’re taking care of a group of rambunctious Jedi younglings that were on a Jedi field trip with Yoda. Since Yoda is called to save the Republic, the two droids get in charge of the young Jedi.
Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out (2012)
Animation, Action, Comedy – 22 min.
Luke Skywalker is on a mission to destroy an imperial base in Naboo, but he’s distracted by a group of fangirls who consider him a celebrity for destroying the Death Star. Meanwhile, Darth Vader engages in a fight with Darth Maul to prove who is the best Sith for Emperor Palpatine.
The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)
Animation, Short, Action – 44 min.
This is the first Lego Star Wars TV Special made for Disney+ and works as a successor and parody to Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978.
The story is set after Episode IX, Rey feels she’s not a good teacher for Finn, so she decides to go to a temple and finds a Time Key that allows her to travel to different times in the Star Wars saga to learn from other Jedi and their padawan.
However, she loses the key to Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. Now she must get the key back and also make it in time for the Day of Life.
Lego Star Wars: Terrifying Tales (2021)
Animation, Short, Action – 44 min.
This TV special was released exclusively on Disney+.
The story is set after Episode IX, and it follows Poe, Dean, and BB8 as they face terrifying tales in a castle that used to belong to Darth Vader and now it’s going to be the galaxy’s first all-inclusive Sith-inspired luxury hotel.
Lego Star Wars: Summer Vacation (2022)
Animation, Action, Adventure – 45 min.
Finn wants to spend his summer vacation with his friends Rey, and Poe. Rosie, Chewie, BB-8, R2-D2, and C-3PO. However, everything goes wrong when he gets stranded from the group.
Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles (2013 – 2014)
Animation, Family, Fantasy – 1 season – 9 episodes
Focusing on master Jedi Yoda, the series follows him while he’s training young Jedi at the Jedi Academy Temple when he feels a disturbance in the force and leaves to fight it.
Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales (2015)
Animation, Action, Adventure – 1 season – 5 episodes
A comedic retelling of the main events in Star Wars by C3PO, set in the aftermath of The Return of the Jedi.
Lego Star Wars: The Resistance Rises (2016)
Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi – 1 season – 5 episodes
This series of short episodes is a comedy prequel to The Force Awakens that explores the characters from the film and also some characters from the Legacy stories.
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (2016)
Animation, Shorts, Action – 2 seasons – 31 episodes
The series is set between Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, and it follows a family of three siblings: Rowan, Kordi, and Zander Freemaker, and their ex-battle droid companion R0-GR.
They salvage old parts from destroyed or damaged ships to build new ones, and then, they sell them from their workshop aboard a space station named the Wheel.
When Rowan, who has a connection to the force, discovers the Kyber Saber, they get caught in the conflict between Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance.
Lego Star Wars: All-Stars (2018)
Animation, Action, Adventure – 1 season – 16 episodes
The story expands the Freemaker family’s relatives through different eras in the Star Wars saga, featuring young Han Solo, Chewbacca, Young Lando Calrissian, BB-8, and General Leia.
Did you know…?
In this section, I’m going to show some interesting facts that maybe you didn’t know yet about the Star Wars franchise.
Did you know that Yoda was almost played by a monkey?
Yes, as you’re reading it, George Lucas’ original idea for Yoda was a monkey wearing a mask and holding a cane. They hired a monkey trainer and a monkey.
Thankfully, for the monkey and Yoda, some crew members convinced George Lucas that this was a bad idea, and they decided to hire the services of Jim Henson to create the world’s first animatronic muppet, which was voiced by Frank Oz.
Did you know that Luke Skywalker was meant to turn evil at the end of the Return of the Jedi original script?
In the original script of The Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker grabbed Vader’s helmet and after Vader’s defeat, he said “Now, I’m Vader”.
If you ask me, I would have preferred this plot twist, but Lucas changed his mind because the movie’s main target was kids and turning the hero into a villain wasn’t a good message.
Did you know that Alec Guinness who played Obi-Wan Kenobi hated Star Wars?
Sir Alec Guinness was a big name among a cast of almost unknown actors. He had a filmography full of classic movies that gave him all sorts of awards, and he came from an old school of acting, so, for him, Star Wars was like junk food for a professional chef.
He disliked Sci-Fi, and his first impression of the script was that the dialogue was garbage. What convinced him to be part of the original trilogy was the money arrangement he got, in which he earned a lot of money from the box office.
Anyway, this didn’t stop him from hating the films and regretting having been part of them.
Did you know that Yoda’s original name was Buffy?
When you hear the name Buffy, probably the first thing that comes to your mind is a vampire slayer. Well, surprisingly, Buffy was Yoda’s original name in the early The Empire Strikes Back script.
Buffy’s name was Lucas’ idea, but he left the Empire Strikes Back script in the hands of Leigh Brackett as one of the screenwriters, and in her first draft, she changed the name Buffy to “Minch Yoda”.
Later, she dropped “Minch” and shortened it to “Yoda” in the drafts that followed. Sadly, Brackett passed away in 1978 before the film entered production. This made Lucas go back to being in charge of writing, and apparently, he approved the name Yoda.
Did you know that Ewoks speak Tibetan?
The Ewok language can sound like gibberish for most people, but it has its roots in real languages.
This was created for The Return of the Jedi by sound designer Ben Burtt, who mixed up Tibetan (the language of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China) and Kalmyk Oirat (the language of the Kalmyk people, a group of Mongolian descendants found today in the Republic of Kalmykia on the western shore of the Caspian Sea).
He primarily used recordings from native speakers as a basis for voice actors to imitate the sounds.
Did you know that Darth Vader’s David Prowse is banned from all official Star Wars events?
Maybe you don’t know, but Darth Vader is composed of three actors: David Prowse, who played him physically, James Earl Jones, who provided his voice, and Sebastian Shaw, who played Anakin Skywalker when Luke unmasks his dying father.
Well, David Prowse is the Darth Vader banned from all official Star Wars events. The reason? A feud between Lucas and Prowse began back in 1978 when David Prowse revealed in a press conference that Vader was Luke’s father.
Thankfully, it was at a time when the internet didn’t exist yet, so spoilers didn’t spread like fire. However, Lucas was furious at this, and his first measure was choosing another actor to play unmasked Vader.
Other incidents increased the feud, and the final one was in 2010 when Prowse was part of “The People vs George Lucas”, an anti-Lucas documentary. From there on, their relationship ended and Lucas banned him from any official Star Wars event.
Did you know that Chewbacca’s voice is a mix of a bunch of animals?
As it happened with the Ewoks, Chewbacca’s voice was a creation of Ben Burtt, the sound designer of the film series. Burtt spent a whole year recording the field of different animal sounds that he could mix to make Chewbacca’s voice.
The imaginary species of the Wookies presented some challenges at the moment of vocalization. They don’t have articulated lips, so they only open and close their mouth, that’s why a bear was the best option. But Burtt also used a badger, a lion, a seal, and a walrus.
Did you know George Lucas left the Director’s Guild because of A New Hope?
Back in 1977, when A New Hope was released, the Directors Guild required all movies to begin with traditional opening credits.
We all know that Star Wars films do not have traditional opening credits. So, George Lucas had to pay a fine and resigned from the Guild to keep the iconic crawl.
Did you know the lightsaber noise comes from the familiar hum of an old television?
If you’re old enough, probably the noise a lightsaber makes sounds familiar to you. The reason is this sound is the combination of the hum of an old TV tube and the buzz of a film projector’s motor.
Did you know that Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan’s communicator is a lady’s razor?
When it comes to props, Star Wars has the most creative ones. However, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan’s communicator wins all the prizes.
The communicator was made by redecorating a Gillette Ladies Sensor Excel razor.
Did you know that Ewan McGregor continuously made lightsaber noises while filming fight scenes?
Ewan McGregor admitted he got carried away while filming fight scenes as he made lightsaber noises. George Lucas later said that sound effects needed to be added by the special effects people later on to cover Ewan’s sounds.
Did you know that Luke Skywalker’s surname was supposed to be Starkiller?
When George Lucas started working on the Star Wars saga in the 70s, he referred to Luke as Luke Starkiller. Even when A New Hope was in production, that was the name for Luke. But Lucas changed his mind because that name could bring bad connotations.
The reason was Charles Manson, the cult leader assassin, who at the end of the 60s killed several people, including actress Sharon Tate. The murders were still fresh in people’s memory in the 70s, and Lucas was afraid that Starkiller could be associated with Mason.
Did you know The Force Awakens is full of celebrity cameos?
At least 19 big names appear in cameos through the movies, and if you blink for a second, you probably miss them.
Starting with Daniel Craig portraying a Stormtrooper, and going through Mark Stanley (Game of Thrones), Warwick Davis (Harry Potter), Nigel Godrich, Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Billie Lourd (Scream Queens), Jessica Henwick (Game of Thrones) and Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys).
Plus Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, Game of Thrones, The Maze Runner), Bill Hader/Ben Schwartz, Emun Elliott (Game of Thrones), Michael Giacchino (Oscar-winning composer), Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Ken Leung (Lost), JJ Abrams (and Lin-Manuel Miranda), Harriet Walter (Downton Abbey), and Kiran Shah (Narnia, Lord of the Rings).
Star Wars is part of our popular culture, being a sci-fi and space opera icon that has bonded several generations since it was released 45 years ago.
The Star Wars universe is huge and keeps expanding in all directions. Sometimes it’s confusing for fans to follow the timeline, so imagine for a newcomer.
For this reason, I created this comprehensive guide not only for the movies, but for everything Star Wars, including TV series, animated series, and even the Lego shorts.
I hope you enjoy everything in this article, and regardless of the watching order, you may end up choosing, Star Wars is one of the best sagas ever created.
Which is your favorite? I would love to know so please drop me a comment below.