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The Ultimate Guide to Watching the “Star Wars” Series in the Best Order

“Star Wars” is a cultural phenomenon with a rich tapestry of stories spanning movies, TV shows, books, and more. With its complex timeline, deciding the best order to watch the series can be daunting. This guide aims to help fans old and new navigate the galaxy far, far away in a way that maximizes enjoyment and understanding of the saga.

1. Release Order

Why Choose This Order? Watching the series in release order allows you to experience “Star Wars” as audiences did originally. This order maintains the suspense and reveals that George Lucas intended.

Order:

  • Original Trilogy:
    • Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
    • Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    • Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Prequel Trilogy:
    • 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)
  • Sequel Trilogy:
    • Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
    • Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
    • Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

2. Chronological Order

Why Choose This Order? For those who prefer a linear narrative, watching in chronological order provides a clear timeline of events. This method starts with the prequels, moves to the original trilogy, and finishes with the sequels.

Order:

  • 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 – Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • The Mandalorian (2019-present)
  • The Book of Boba Fett (2021-2022)
  • Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

3. Machete Order

Why Choose This Order? The Machete Order, proposed by Rod Hilton, offers a unique approach that preserves major twists while omitting Episode I: The Phantom Menace for a tighter narrative.

Order:

  • Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
  • Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

4. Rogue One and Solo Included

Why Choose This Order? This order is for viewers who want a comprehensive experience, including spin-off films that add depth to the main saga.

Order:

  • 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 – Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • The Mandalorian (2019-present)
  • The Book of Boba Fett (2021-2022)
  • Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

5. The Ultimate Order

Why Choose This Order? This order is for the dedicated fan who wants to delve into everything “Star Wars” has to offer, including animated series and the latest TV shows.

Order:

  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-2020)
  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • The Bad Batch (2021-present)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
  • Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018)
  • 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 – Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • The Mandalorian (2019-present)
  • The Book of Boba Fett (2021-2022)
  • Star Wars Resistance (2018-2020)
  • Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

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Conclusion

Choosing the best order to watch the “Star Wars” series ultimately depends on your preferences. Whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned fan, each viewing order offers a unique way to experience the beloved saga. Enjoy your journey through the galaxy!

Additional Resources:

  • For more information on the “Star Wars” series, visit StarWars.com.
  • Stay updated with the latest releases and news at Lucasfilm.
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