We can safely say there are a lot of Star Wars shows. Like, a lot. So many you can make a marathon of it, but the sheer volume might leave you horribly confused.
Which one should you watch first? Do you want to binge? If you want to see these shows in the order that in-universe events occurred, here’s our canon order list for your reference.
Note: This list does not include shows or films that have not been released as of this writing.
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999 Film)
The Phantom Menace is the first film in the prequel trilogy and the canonical “start” of Star Wars on-screen. It follows Anakin as a child and introduces us to Obi-Wan, Padme, and the Separatist threat prior to the outbreak of war.
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002 Film)
Attack of the Clones focuses on the war with the Separatists. It also delves into the romance between Anakin and Padme. Palpatine begins to act more sinister.
Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003-2005 TV Series)
There are a lot of shows with the words “Clone Wars” in them. We know, it’s a bit confusing. The first one is an animated TV series that follows Anakin and Obi-Wan directly after the events of Attack of the Clones.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-2013 TV Series)
Next is an all-around fan favorite that ran for five seasons. It focuses on the characters in the prequel trilogy while introducing us to new ones like Ahsoka Tano. It’s set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
Lego Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 (2009 TV Short)
Didn’t think we would include the Lego films? Well, Lucasfilm was involved so it technically makes the list. The Quest for R2-D2 is a TV short set during the Clone Wars. It’s about Anakin and Ahsoka searching for the missing droid.
Lego Star Wars: Bombad Bounty (2010 TV Short)
Another short film by Lego, Bombad Bounty follows Jar Jar Binks and Boba Fett.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 Film)
An animated film set during the Clone Wars. Anakin and Obi-Wan lead a clone army against the Separatists, and we learn more about Ahsoka Tano.
Lego Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick (2005 Film)
A Lego film that takes a humorous slant on the events that happened during Revenge of the Sith. It focuses on the Battle of Kashyyyk.
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005 Film)
Now we’re back to the main films. Revenge of the Sith centers on Anakin as he falls to the dark side and becomes Darth Vader. Luke and Leia are born, Padme dies, and Palpatine seizes control of the Empire.
Star Wars: Droids – The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO (1985-1986 TV Series)
An animated TV series that follows our favorite droids on their uhh, “wacky” adventures after the rise of the Empire.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018 Film)
A Star Wars anthology film that chronicles Han Solo’s early life during the height of the Galactic Empire. It shows us how he went from a runner on Corellia to his chosen career as a smuggler.
Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018 TV Series)
An animated TV series set 14 years after the fall of the Republic. It follows a group of rebels as they try to run sabotage missions.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016 Film)
Another anthology film set just before A New Hope. Jyn Erso and a crew of rebels try to steal the plans for the Death Star.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977 Film)
The first film in the original trilogy. Setting the stage for the entire franchise, A New Hope introduces Luke, Leia, and Han.
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980 Film)
The second film in the original trilogy. It follows Luke as he learns to become a Jedi and face off against Darth Vader. Leia and Han fall in love, and tensions heat up with the Empire.
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (2016-2017 TV Series)
An animated series about the siblings Rowan, Kordi and Zander. They make their living by salvaging, but get mixed up with the Empire when Rowan discovers the Kyber Saber.
Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984 Film)
Ewoks help two human children find their parents after their ship crash-lands on Endor.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985 Film)
A made-for-TV feature and direct sequel to Caravan of Courage. The child Cindel joins forces with the Ewoks to protect their village from space marauders.
Star Wars: Ewoks (1985-1987 TV Series)
An animated series focusing on the Ewok Wicket. Yes, there were a lot of Ewok films. No, we don’t understand it.
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983 Film)
The third film in the original trilogy. Luke, Leia and Han face off against the Empire. Palpatine is defeated and Vader dies.
Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales (2015 Mini-Series)
A five-part series that follows C-3PO and R2-D2 as they celebrate the end of the Empire. Unfortunately their good fortune doesn’t last, as they’re kidnapped by some Stormtroopers.
The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978 Film)
A much-maligned by deeply funny TV special about Chewbacca’s family. George Lucas famously panned the film.
Lego Star Wars: The Resistance Rises (2016 Mini-Series)
A five-part series that focuses on the characters from The Force Awakens in the lead-up to the sequel trilogy.
Star Wars Resistance (2018 TV Series, Ongoing)
The newest Star Wars series to hit the screens. Resistance takes place six months before The Force Awakens and follows Kazuda Xiono, a pilot recruited to spy on the First Order.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015 Film)
The Force Awakens is the start of the sequel trilogy. Thirty years after the fall of the Empire, Luke is missing and our new protagonists—Rey and Finn—are stuck on Jakku until they team up with Han Solo to stop the First Order. Along the way they must confront Han’s wayward son—the black-clad Kylo Ren, who fell to the dark side.
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017 Film)
Finally free from Jakku, Rey finds Luke and tries to convince him to help. Leia—mother of Kylo—tries to come to come to terms with a crumbling Resistance. Kylo and Rey form a mental connection, while Finn teams up with Rose to go on a journey of self-discovery.
Star Wars Forces of Destiny (2017 TV Series, Ongoing)
An animated web series released through Disney’s YouTube channel. Set across multiple eras in the Star Wars universe, it follows female characters in the series through their major life events.
Good Luck Trying to Watch All This in a Week
You’ll need it. Have we missed a film or TV series you think we should add? What’s your absolute favorite Star Wars canon story arc? Let us know in the comments!