The Star Wars Saga created by George Lucas is one of the most successful media franchises in history. In addition to the films, there are television shows, video games, comics, books, and even theme park attractions and areas. In 2012 when Lucas sold his company to Disney, it opened up the franchise to more resources and expanded its reach to people who may not have otherwise heard about the series.
With Disney now owning the franchise, the company is free to make more creative decisions based on the series that are all within the same realm of the fantasy world. The 9 core episodic films together make up the Skywalker saga, named after Luke Skywalker, one of the main characters of the franchise.
While one may think that the films and television shows in the franchise run consecutively, there is actually a proper order to watch them in, and it is not based on release dates. There is a lot of media to consume in order to fully comprehend the entire Star Wars Universe. Here is the correct order to watch everything in the Star Wars universe, including the new Disney+ network show The Mandalorian to be caught up on everything! This list will also ensure that you are prepared for the upcoming final episode in the Skywalker Saga, Episode IX, to be released on December 20, 2019.
How To Watch Star Wars In Order on Disney Plus
- Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) – Trilogy 2 of 3; Film 1 of 3
- To begin the Star Wars Saga chronologically, this is the first film to watch although it is part of the second trilogy, the prequel trilogy to be filmed. This is the first of the prequel trilogy films.
- Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) – Trilogy 2 of 3; Film 2 of 3
- This film takes place 10 years after The Phantom Menace and is the second prequel trilogy film.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) – Standalone animated film
- This animated feature explains the presence and absence of some characters in the franchise.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 – 2014, 2020) – Animated television series
- This collection of episodes follows its film theatrical predecessor and takes place in the 3 years that fall between second and third films of the sequel trilogy in the franchise.
- Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) – Trilogy 2 of 3; Film 3 of 3
- This film takes place 3 years into the Clone Wars and is the third prequel trilogy film.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) – Anthology film
- This film takes place 10 years before the sequel trilogy begins, and focuses specifically on Han Solo, a character introduced in that same trilogy.
- Star Wars Rebels (2014 – 2018) – Animated television series
- This collection of episodes takes place 5 years before the second trilogy begins. It focuses on the villains that are established in the franchise.
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) – Anthology film
- The events of this film take place immediately before the second trilogy.
- Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) – Trilogy 1 of 3, Film 1 of 3
- The anchor for the entire franchise, this is the first film in the original trilogy.
- Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – Trilogy 1 of 3, Film 2 of 3
- This film is set 3 years after the previous film.
- Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) – Trilogy 1 of 3, Film 3 of 3
- The events of the last film of the originally released trilogy takes place about a year after the events of the previous film.
- The Mandalorian (2019 – Present) – Television series
- This series saw its premiere on the new streaming service Disney+. It takes place 5 years after the last film in the original trilogy.
- Star Wars Resistance: Season 1 (2018 – 2019) – Animated television series
- This tv show takes place shortly before and during the events of the sequel trilogy.
- Episode VII – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – Trilogy 3 of 3, Film 1 of 3
- This film takes place 30 years after Episode IV – Return of the Jedi. It is the first of the sequel trilogy.
- Episode VIII – Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) – Trilogy 3 of 3, Film 2 of 3
- The events of this film immediately follow the end of the previous film.
- Episode IX – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) – Trilogy 3 of 3, Film 3 of 3
- This film signifies the end of the three trilogies of films. It will focus on the conflict between the protagonists and antagonists of the sequel trilogy.
- Star Wars Resistance: Season 2 (2019 – 2020) – Animated television series
- These episodes take place in between the second and third films of the sequel trilogy.
There are more films in the franchise that are in talks to be completed, namely by the writer and director of The Last Jedi. He is currently planning a fourth trilogy that will diverge from the Skywalker saga and focus instead on new characters in a new era of the main film franchise.
In addition to all of the above-named films and television series, there have been other items that are part of the Star Wars universe. In 1978, there was a Star Wars Holiday Special produced for CBS, presented as a variety show focusing on Chewbacca. There were also 2 spin off films based on Ewoks introduced in the original trilogy.
Star Wars fans will have a nearly complete collection available at launch, with all three films in the original trilogy, all three prequels, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and, thanks to a last minute deal brokered with Starz, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Fans will have to wait for those two installments, however. In addition, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story will be available on Disney+ on December 26, 2019 and July 9, 2020 respectively, once the contract with Netflix for those titles are up.
To date, the Stars Wars franchise films are the second highest grossing film franchise of all time, worldwide, following the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The films have grossed a total of over $9 billion globally, against a budget of $1.45 billion across the main 9, the animated and anthology films.