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How to Watch Star Wars? A Complete Watch Order Guide

Science fiction has never been the same as when Star Wars first set off in the theatres in the late 70s.

Star Wars has given new meaning to pop culture and established a cult following with many movies and ongoing and planned TV series, both animated and live-action, since its debut.

Because the franchise is still running strong and has no plans to end, it is just proof of the creators’ outstanding writing and sophisticated world-building when they first started.

Star Wars starts with its original nine movies and the recent two anthological movies. They also have their plate full with numerous spin-off animated and animated micro-series.

With the most recent release, The Mandalorian, completing its second season, the live-action TV series has also stirred its audience. 

Star Wars is not shy of boasting its franchise’s immense quantity when it comes to the number of content.

So, allow me to assist you in navigating your light sabers through the release and chronological orders of this fantastic and entertaining universe.

1. Release Order

How to Watch Star Wars? A Complete Watch Order Guide
Star Wars | Source: IMDb

1.1 Movies

  • Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
  • Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984)
  • Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)
  • Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) (animated movie)
  • Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Rogue one (2016)
  • Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Solo (2018)
  • Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

1.2 TV Series 

1.2.1 Animated Series

  • Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3P0 (1985)
  • Star Wars: Ewoks (1985-86)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-20)
  • Star Wars: Rebels (2014-18)
  • Star Wars: Resistance (2018-20)
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021-ongoing)
  • Star Wars: Visions (2021)
How to Watch Star Wars? A Complete Watch Order Guide
Star Wars: Rebels | Source: Amazon

1.2.2 Animated Micro Series

  • Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003-05)
  • Blips (2017)
  • Star Wars Forces of Destiny (2017-18)
  • Galaxy of Adventures (2018-20)
  • Roll Out (2019-20)

1.2.3 Live-action

  • The Mandalorian (2019 – ongoing)
  • The Book of Boba Fett (to be released on 29 December 2021)

1.2.4 TV Special

  • Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

2. Chronological Order

  • Episode I – The Phantom Menace
  • Episode II – Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003-05)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (movie)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-20)
  • Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
  • Solo
  • Star Wars: Rebels
  • Rogue one
  • Episode IV – A New Hope
  • Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
  • Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
  • The Mandalorian
  • Star Wars: Resistance
  • Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  • Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
  • Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker
How to Watch Star Wars? A Complete Watch Order Guide
Star Wars: Clone Wars | Source: IMDb
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3. Conclusion

Watching dedicatedly and committing to every main character of this massive space opera saga franchise is a task that requires your undivided attention.

Star Wars is best watched or instead experienced through the recommended list that I have mentioned above.

The above-mentioned chronological order is not the only order you might adhere to, as numerous others Google might show you.

This does not mean that the mentioned list is wrong, as when it comes to Star Wars, the watch order is somewhat controversial.

Star Wars: Visions | English Dub Trailer | Disney+

Apart from the mentioned movies and TV series in the chronological list, all the other installments are either spin-offs or specials that are not canon but can be a great entertainment flick if you wish to see other than the canon movies and series.

4. Where to Watch Star Wars with Subtitles?

Disney + streaming platform is now providing every Star Wars movie and TV show available.

The recently released, The Mandalorian, The Rise of Skywalker and Solo is also available to watch in Disney + with preferred subtitles.

5. Can You Download and Watch Star Wars Offline?

Since most Star Wars movies and shows are streaming in Disney +, you can download an unlimited amount of content and watch it offline according to your daily schedule.

All that is needed is for you to become a Disney + subscriber.

6. How Much Time Will it Take to Watch Star Wars?

Considering all the movies, TV shows, animated series, and special, you would likely take 172 hours and 38 minutes which is approximately eight days’ worth of binge-watching.

How to Watch Star Wars? A Complete Watch Order Guide
Return of the Jedi | Source: Amazon

Here is the list of the runtimes of each installment –

  • Episode IV – A New Hope – 121 minutes
  • Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back – 124 minutes
  • Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – 132 minutes
  • Episode I – The Phantom Menace – 133 minutes
  • Episode II – Attack of the Clones – 142 minutes
  • Episode III – Revenge of the Sith – 140 minutes
  • Episode VII – The Force Awakens – 135 minutes
  • Episode VIII – The Last Jedi – 152 minutes
  • Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker – 142 minutes
  • Rogue one – 133 minutes 
  • Solo – 135 minutes
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – 98 minutes
  • Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure – 97 minutes
  • Ewoks: The Battle for Endor – 94 minutes
  • Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO – 308 minutes 
  • Star Wars: Ewoks – 572 minutes
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – 3059 minutes
  • Star Wars: Rebels – 1650 minutes
  • Star Wars: Resistance – 880 minutes
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch – 931 minutes
  • Star Wars: Visions – 162 minutes
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – 165 minutes
  • Blips – 8 minutes
  • Star Wars Forces of Destiny – 96 minutes 
  • Galaxy of Adventures – 11 minutes
  • Roll Out – N/A
  • The Mandalorian – 640 minutes
  • Star Wars Holiday Special – 98 minutes

Note: The above runtimes given are approximate.

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7. About Star Wars

Star Wars is a space opera franchise created by George Lucas. It all started off in 1977 with its very first film. The series has branched out into several media including tv series, video games, comics, and novels to name a few.

The film is focused on an era where humans co-existed with other species as well as robots. The original film covers the story of Luke Skywalker who is caught in the conflict between the Empire and Rebellion.

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